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The Weekender: April 15 – 17

Samantha Chew

Thu Apr 14 2016


FROM fun geeky expos to quaint markets, there are plenty of activities that will drive away your mid-season blues. Samantha Chew has your back with what’s on this weekend.

Supanova 2016
April 15 – 17 (10.00am – 6.00pm) | Melbourne Showgrounds (Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale)

Fans of all things nerdy won’t want to miss out on Melbourne’s biggest pop culture expo this weekend. Supanova is back, bringing you exciting guests, panels and fangirling and fanboying opportunities galore. This expo will bring together some of the greatest and most interesting names across pop culture from the world of film, television and more.

Don’t miss out on your chance to meet Bonnie Wright from Harry Potter, Christopher Judge from Stargate SG-1, Adrianne Palicki from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Jack Gleeson from Game of Thrones, Doctor Who’s K-9 (or at least his voice actor, John Leeson) and many others.

Show up in your best cosplay or just hang around and soak up the geeky glory. A day pass is $32 a pop while a weekend pass is $55.

For more information about Supanova, head over to the event’s official website

The Color Run Night
Saturday, April 16 (Begins at 6.30pm) | Flemington Racecourse (448 Epsom Rd, Flemington)

Looking to run away from your academic stress? Want to do something physical instead of laying in your bed watching Netflix? Get healthy and see the world for once in multi-color by joining in one of the happiest, biggest and most colorful 5km runs happening this weekend.

The Color Run first exploded onto the scene with its debut event in March 2011 and has since grown exponentially. They now hold more than 300 events in more than 50 countries.

While early bird tickets are no longer available, normal individual tickets are sold for $74 each. A glow kit is included in the ticket that contains a t-shirt by The Color Run, headlamp, bib + safety pins, glow tattoos and glow packets (color packets you receive at the finish line).

Visit the website to learn more about The Color Run and find out how you can get tickets. 

The Makers & Shakers Market
Sunday, April 17 (10.00am – 3.00pm) | Coburg Town Hall (90 Bell St, Coburg)

For those of you who are avid market goers or want something to do that is relaxing and will stimulate your crafty side, The Makers & Shakers Market is a perfect fit. This one day only market is indoors, curated and full of talented local vendors/creators.

Find everything from homewares, flowers, furniture, food, stationary and so much more.

Admission is only a gold coin but if you have any little humans with you, those under the age of 12 are entitled to free admission.

For the full lineup of stallholders at the event, you can have a look at the market’s official website.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
March 23 – April 17 (Various times) | Various venues

If you haven’t seen the bright yellow posters for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival around the city yet then you must be living under a rock. Back for the 30th time, this festival is full to the brim with shows that want to make you laugh so hard you’ll get a tummy ache.

There are shows in abundance and they run almost everyday, with shows running the whole evening. There is something for everyone and the shows are affordable. On tightarse tuesdays, tickets are even cheaper!

The festival will be ending this weekend so this is your very last chance to catch some great comedy. See Comedy Zone Asia, a highlight of five Asian comedians from overseas; Game Boys, a hilarious nostalgia dive through the world of video games; Indian comedian Jeeves Verma or Korean comedy group, Ongals.

Ticket prices vary. For information about the shows and tickets, visit the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s website.