The Weekender: September 23 – 25
SEE some cute sausage dogs run around, find your inner-hipster at Melbourne Fringe, grab your showbags at the Royal Melbourne Show or load up on some quality doughnuts. Vondra Tay has got you covered this weekend.
Hophaus Annual Dachshund Race
Saturday, Sept 24 (From 11.00am) | Southgate Podium Level
Who needs horse racing when you’ve got costumed, floppy-eared dachshunds races?!
Returning for yet another paw-fect event this year, is the Hophaus Dachshund Race — a race that is likely to set the hearts of dog lovers aflutter. As part of Hophaus’ Oktoberfest festivities, see more than 70 of these bite-sized dachshunds dash around the pavement. The race will 12 heats along a teensy 15-metre racetrack.
Just to add to the cute factor, the ‘Best Dressed Dachshund’ award at noon is possibly the most sought after award in the event, with last year’s contenders for best costume including a doggy pilot, Melbourne trams, and floppy lifeguard. The race will also see Hophaus team up again with online retailer My Dachshund Online where they aim to raise money for Dachshund Rescue Australia.
No entry fee is required for onlookers to watch the race but it is expected to be very busy, so it’s basically first in best dressed. Priority is given to racing dogs and costume competition entrants.
For more information and updates, please visit the Hophauswebsite.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, October 2 (Various times) | Various locations
Each year, Melbourne Fringe Festival gives you a reason to step out of your artistic rut and see performances you wouldn’t see elsewhere. Now in its 34th year, the festival’s long-held spirit of unadulterated discovery continues with new genres and names to be entertained by.
Featuring more than 6,000 artists performing at more than 400 events in Melbourne, the three-week entertainment spectacular goes into full swing this weekend, with performances spreading across about 150 venues throughout the city.
The fringe program covers a cross-section of artistic genres from special events to performance, cabaret, comedy, visual arts, film, live art, music, circus, dance and a children’s program.
Over this weekend, you can check out shows and exhibitions such as I Am Art, A Painting to the Sounds of Death, Absolutely Famished, Five Cent Cinema, and the Emerald City Arts Exhibition.So satiate the inner hipster in you and check out some of these artsy delights!
The Royal Melbourne Show
Saturday, September 17 – Tuesday, September 27 (10.00am – 9.00pm daily) | Melbourne Showgrounds
The annual Royal Melbourne Show has returned offering the best of the best in rides, entertainment and attractions. If it’s your first show, you’re in for a treat.
Essentially a gigantic fair with heaps of awesome showbags to boot, the Royal Melbourne Show also caters to animal lovers by letting them into the animal nursery to touch and play with baby animals (try not to run off with one of them though).
Due to its popularity, the outdoor animal display has doubled in size this year, offering you more chances to watch and take part in interactive milking and shearing shows and horse demonstrations.
What about food, you say? The show wouldn’t be complete without some of the best in Melbourne’s food scene. Think pop-up restaurants and eateries from the famous Bomba, Mr Claws, Pho Nom, Mr Miyagi, Royale Brothers Burgers and Burn City Smokers! serving up their delicious signature dishes.
Bistro Morgan’s Pop-Up Shop
Sunday, September 18 – Sunday, September 25 | 190 Chapel St, Windsor
Who doesn’t love a good chocolate filled doughnut?
Drop by Bistro Morgan’s Pop-up Shop in Windsor this weekend, where Morgan Hipworth, the budding 15-year-old doughnut master, will be selling his his loaded doughnuts
Having been in the doughnut business for two years, the teenage prodidgy has already supplied his sugary creations to thirteen cafes and restaurants around Melbourne, with some of his doughnuts consisting of flavours such as the Golden Gaytime, salted caramel and popcorn and white chocolate and raspberry, alongside a selection of new and exciting flavours.
Soldier On Espresso will also deliver accompanying coffees and brews at the pop-up store via a bespoke Bistro Morgan cart while AYOMO and Workshop Brothers Specialty Coffee will serve cold drinks.
Be sure to not miss out on all the sugary goodies!