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The Weekender: March 18 – 20

Lunnie Gan

Thu Mar 17 2016


HEAR the crowd roar over Formula 1 race cars, indulge in the best blooms, dim your lights for an hour, and haul some vintage gems. Lunnie Gan has you covered this weekend.

Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2016
Thursday, March 17 – Sunday, March 20 (All day) | Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park

Want to see top-ranking drivers race across gripping twists and turns? Get your mates all revved up for this first race of the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship in Melbourne.

This will be four days full of adrenaline-pumped races, fist-pumping music acts and direct access to drivers and teams at the Melbourne Walk. Whether you are a die-hard F1 fan or just someone seeking the thrill of Australia’s premier motorsport event, this will be one event that you must not miss.

This year, look out for the special addition — M-lane. This all-new precinct featuring Melbourne’s local chefs, food trucks and music, which will be set against the picturesque backdrop of Melbourne’s famous street art culture.

General Admission passes range from $39 for concession tickets on a Thursday to $185 for an adult four-day pass. Tickets are selling out fast so get a move on via the Australian Grand Prix website.

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2016
Friday, March 16 – Sunday, March 20 (All day) | Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

Calling all flower lovers – this is the event for you. Take a stroll in the Carlton Gardens where The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show will be in full bloom this autumn.

The flower show unveils the best blooms and features the creativity and passion of Australia’s top-rated florists, floral and landscape designers.

Coupled with a free floral design workshop to get hands on experience working with fresh flowers, a garden sculpture exhibition and an extensive array of award winning displays in landscaping floristry and gardens, as well as awesome food and entertainment for everyone, this is the perfect opportunity to take in the best sights and smells this weekend. 

An extra bonus for 2016 is that the show gardens and floral designs will come alive at night in the Gardens by Twilight. Opening the gates on the night of March 18, indulge in the flower displays in a whole new light under the stars at Carlton Gardens.

Concession tickets for The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show are priced at $23 and Gardens by Twilight is $20 per entry.Want to know more? Check out the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show website.

Earth Hour 2016
Saturday 19 March | 8:30pm – 9:30pm | Federation Square

This Saturday night, join Fed Square in switching off for Earth Hour from 8.30pm – 9.30pm to help show your support for a cleaner environment.

Earth Hour first took off as a light-off event in Sydney in 2007. Now, it’s a worldwide event, uniting people to strive for a low pollution and clean future for our planet.

On Saturday 19 March, do your part and participate in this temporary one hour lights out event!

If you want to find out how you can get more involved this Earth Hour, visit the Earth Hour website for more information. 

Melbourne’s Style It and Stitch It Fashion and Fabric Sale
Tuesday, March 15 – Saturday, March 19 (All day) | Phillips Shirts Factory

If you call yourself a vintage clothes lover, this is the event to haul away some prime garments from the last four few decades in Melbourne’s Style It and Stitch It Fashion and Fabric Sale.

Do arrive early to trawl through the treasure trove for that perfect piece for you, from unworn vintage shirts, bright prints, and Italian knitted sweaters, to plaid shirts and 80’s pastel skirts for the girls. 

What’s better, every piece of vintage clothing is priced at an affordable $25 or less.

For more information about the event, check out the Style it and Stitch it Facebook page.