The Weekender: September 22 – 24
Royal Melbourne Show
Saturday, September 23 – Tuesday, October 3 | Melbourne Showgrounds (Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale)
It’s the time of the year again. One of Melbourne’s most popular attractions, the Royal Melbourne Show, returns to the Melbourne Showgrounds for another year of animals, rides and showbags!
At this annual event, visitors can get up close and personal with adorable farm animals, like sheep, pigs and dairy cattle. Food will be provided at the show’s food pavilion with alternative food truck options also available. Expect there to be plenty of adrenaline-inducing rides to get your heart racing. And what’s the Royal Melbourne Show without its famous supply of showbags! Buy themed showbags for brands like Cadbury, shows like Adventure Time and so much more!
Tickets to the show can be bought upon arrival or online. Tickets for rides at the show can also be purchased while you’re at the show but ride passes can be bought online, giving you a discounted rate which you can use across all rides.
Direct trains to the Melbourne Showgrounds will run from Flinders Street Station every 10 – 20 minutes. Travel time is approximately 15 minutes.
More information on the Royal Melbourne Show can be found at its official website.
Saturday, September 23 – Saturday, September 30 | Lithuanian Club (44 Errol St, North Melbourne)
Head out for a theatrical comedy show like no other this weekend with The Yonder, programmed as part of this year’s Melbourne Fringe festival.
Performed by Shannan Lim, Elizabeth Davie and Ezel Doruk the show takes place in a future where our planet is set to implode and the final bastions of humanity begin to board a flight to a desert planet. Using science fiction and comedy, The Yonder explores identity, race and migration with wit and intelligence. It is also the third in a trilogy that has explored similar themes.
Tickets to the show are currently available for purchase at the Melbourne Fringe website. Read more about artist Shannan Lim and his new show in our recent interview with the theatre maker, written by Yasmin Khushairi.
Melbourne International Guitar Festival
Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24 | Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (Melba Hall, Melbourne University, Gate 12, Royal Parade, Parkville)
Musicians and guitar afficianos won’t want to miss out on the Melbourne International Guitar Festival, the southern hemisphere’s largest annual classical guitar festival and competition. Sorry electric guitarists – no shredding here!
The festival gathers some of the world’s best guitarists and also provides attendees with masterclasses, music stalls and the chance to participate in its annual classical guitar competition.
Performers you can expect include Richard Tedesco and Gerard Mapstone, Lorenzo Micheli and the Melbourne Guitar Quartet. Tickets to individual shows can be purchased if you just wish to see one performance. Alternatively, a $200 festival pass gives you all access acrosss the three day event (if you have the cash!).
This is one event that guitarists won’t want to miss! Book your tickets now and find out more about the festival at its official website.
Hophaus Annual Daschund Race
Saturday, September 23 (11.00am – 1.00pm) | Hophaus (Southgate Restaurant and Shopping Precinct, 3 Southgate Avenue, Soutbank)
Daschund dogs are freakin’ adorable. Don’t deny that.
You can get your fill of daschunds at Hophaus Bavarian Bier Bar Grill at Southgate this Saturday afternoon when it hosts its annual Daschund Race, as part of Oktoberfest celebrations!
Come along and see these adorable mutts sprint towards their owners in different heats commencing at 11.00am. The tracks are only 15 meters long but seeing the dogs themselves is rewarding in itself.
If that’s not enough, a costume parade for the daschunds will also be hosted. You know where we’ll be…
The Hophaus Annual Daschund Race takes place this Saturday from 11.00am – 1.00pm. More information can be found at the Hophaus website.