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The Weekender: July 15 – 17

Justin Lim

Thu Jul 14 2016


CELEBRATE Bastille Day, explore the wonders of Peruvian music and food or shop at the markets at Suitcase Rummage and The Village Square Pop Up Sunday Market. Justin Lim has your weekend sorted.

Bastille Day French Festival 2016
Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17 | State Library Victoria

If you’d like a good dose of French culture and would like to celebrate the French National Day with your French friends, then you may want to head on down to the Bastille Day French Festival.

Celebrating the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution, Bastille Day has served as an annual national French holiday since 1880 when a law was passed which designated July 14 as the day of celebrations.

The festival, which now enters its second year, visitors can expect a plethora of the very best of French culture, cuisine and entertainment. This year’s program is jammed packed with exciting events and activities including a multitude of conferences of all things French, screenings of the best of French cinema, wine tasting, raffle draws and much, much more.

Please note that there’ll be entry fees of varying prices for some of the events.

For more information about the Bastille Day French Festival, visit the official website. 

Melbourne Peruvian Festival
Saturday, July 16th (12.00 pm – 11.00pm) | Waterfront Way, Docklands

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Explore the wonders of Peru, home to the land of the Incas at the Melbourne Peruvian Festival and enjoy the vastness and depth of South American culture. If you’re looking to tickle your tastebuds, why not try out the many traditional Peruvian delights, or perhaps some Pisco Sour if you enjoy cocktails.

If music’s your thing, you’ll get to experience the haunting sounds from the Andes and rhythmic music of “música criolla” South American culture. Dance to the lively songs of salsa bands or try out the many exciting carnival rides in the festival.

Founded in 2012, the Melbourne Peruvian Festival enters its fifth year to promote Peruvian culture in Melbourne. The festival will be held near the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel in Docklands.

To learn more, visit the Peruvian Festival’s official Facebook page.

Suitcase Rummage
Sunday, July 17 (11.00 am – 4.00 pm) | Federation Square

Image: Suitcase Rummage Facebook

Image: Suitcase Rummage Facebook

Looking for exotic trinkets, items, wares or just a good bargain? Suitcase Rummage offers shoppers all kinds of creative goodies packed away in suitcases sold by independent store owners and craftsman.

Suitcase Rummage let’s you well… rummage through the suitcases of the various sellers in this organic market! From its humble beginnings on 2011, Suitcase Rummage has served as a platform for creatives and craftsmenl, or just the average Joe, to display their wares to the general public.

If you’re looking to have a fun afternoon shopping, be it by yourself or with friends or family, head on down to Federation Square. The horde of people with suitcases shouldn’t be hard to miss!

For more information, visit the Suitcase Rummage’s official website

The Village Square Pop Up Sunday Market
Sunday, July 17 (9.00 am – 2.00pm) | Village Green Hotel, Mulgrave

Market lovers all over won’t want to miss the grand opening of The Village Square Pop Up Sunday Market this Sunday. The market promises to be waterproofed in case of rain and will be hosted indoors monthly in a family friendly environment with attractions like face painting and jumping castles to keep the young’ins occupied.

With more than 115 unique store holders, the markets offers a range of wares from clothes, to ornaments, books, games and so much more. The market also offers a range of delectable street foods and drinks for the hungry shopper.

As part of their grand opening, entrants will be able to have the chance to draw to win one of ten $30 market vouchers that can be used at any stall within the market.

Find out more about The Village Square Pop-Up Market by visiting its official website