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The Weekender: May 1 – 3

Jennifer Zhao

Thu Apr 30 2015


WHETHER you are a dog lover, a book worm or a food aficionado, there is definitely something to keep you entertained this weekend. Jennifer Zhao has more on how to make the most of your weekend.

Melbourne Dog Lovers Show 2015
Saturday, May 2 – Sunday, May 3 (10.00am-5.00pm); Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Dog lovers are in for a treat this weekend as the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show hits the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton again.

The world’s largest dog show has been running successfully for the last two years. This year, the award-winning event promises to offer a fun mixture of everything doggy, featuring a special tribute to Australian Military Working Dogs, tips on how to find the right breed for your lifestyle and much more.

It’s open 10.00am to 5.00pm over the weekend. Tickets are $20 for adults and $9 for kids; the entry fee covers all shows inside the venue. Plus there are lots of places to take a rest and get a quick bite from the café stands at the venue.

It’s time to celebrate our loyal companions once again in Melbourne. Visit the Dog Lovers Show official page for more information.

NGV’s Art Book Fair
Saturday, May 2 – Sunday, May 3 (10.00am-5.00pm); National Gallery Of Victoria

Melbourne is a city full of avid readers and curious minds. If you have a passion for books and reading, the NGV’s inaugural Art Book Fair 2015 is not to be missed.

Celebrating Melbourne’s rich literary heritage and the thriving contemporary publishing scene, the Melbourne Art Book Fair is proud to showcase the publishers and special international guests Printed Matter (USA), making their Australian debut.

For those Japanese anime and manga fans out there, there will be some stands especially dedicated to Japanese publishing as well.

Featuring a diverse program of free music, talks and forums, you will be happily immersed in the ocean of books from both international and local publishers. If you are super keen, you can even go to the ticketed preview on May 1, which allows you to attend the “meet and greet” where you can interact with publishers and authors as well as purchase some limited-edition books.

Visit the official page of the NGV’s Art Book Fair for more information.

Harvest Festival 2015
Friday, April 24 – Sunday, May 3; Daylesford Macedon Region

This is a great family-friendly event that features hearty food and foodie themed activities including cooking workshops, a farmers’ market and much more for everyone to enjoy.

Held over ten days (April 24 to May 3) this weekend is your last chance to immerse yourself in the region’s food culture and to celebrate wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle.

Featuring a great selection of breakfast and dinner deals as well as a series of masterclasses, this event is sure to satisfy your taste buds with all the scrumptious options.

At the end of your visit, don’t forget to stop by at the farm gates and cellar doors and take advantage of the exclusive “Harvest Specials”.

For more information on the Harvest Festival 2015, including the full program of events and accommodation options, please visitDMP’s official page. 

Free Lion King Exhibition at Eastland
Monday, April 20 – Friday, May 15; Eastland Shopping Centre, Level 1

For the first time in Melbourne, Eastland Shopping Centre is hosting an exclusive costume and design exhibition, offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into the award-winning globe trotting theatre spectacular currently showing in Melbourne.

Apart from the music and video display snippets of the cast rehearsing their on-stage roles, the exhibition also provides insights into the charismatic show that has become the most popular Broadway production of all time.

And the best part is the exhibition will be giving away three double passes to see The Lion King Musical!

To enter the competition, you need to be an Eastland member. Go to Eastland’s official page to sign up and become a VIP member for free.