The Weekender: October 13 – 15
Batman Market Mid-Autumn Festival
Sunday, October 15 (11.00am – 8.00pm)| 14 Gaffney St, Coburg
In its pilot year, the Batman Market Mid-Autumn festival will bring celebration through food, music, and performances. Take some time off exam studies to have some fun eating your way through a mountain of mooncake which are traditional Asian cakes with different flavor fillings.
Traditionally celebrated with family in honour of the mountain gods after a year of harvest, the Mid-Autumn festival brings together the new and old generations for food, drink and even better yet… lion dances!
Head over to the Batman Market in Coburg to join in on the festivities for free! For maximum enjoyment, we do recommend bringing cash as some stalls may not accept card.
The Melbourne Gothic and Victorian Picnic 2017
Saturday, October 14 (1.00pm – 6.00pm)| Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade
Go darker than black this weekend by attending The Melbourne Gothic and Victorian Picnic. Bring your best bat-shaped cookies and black lace parasol along to enjoy the full experience. Those who do not wear dark colours need not apply!
Be inspired by amazing gothic costumes and make new friends within the community. There will be stalls selling goods such as baroque and romantic compositions by Jen Hanna so be ready to indulge yourself with good food, company and retail therapy.
Raffle tickets will be available for purchase and costs only $2. Not only are there many exciting prizes to be won, but your money will be helping mother nature. All proceeds go to the Fly By Night Bat clinic to help them care, rehabilitate and aid native flying foxes and microbats.
Sakura Picnic Day
Sunday, October 15 (11.00am – 2.00pm)| Banksia Park, Templestowe Rd
Looking for the best way to enjoy spring? Bring your partner or friends along for a sakura viewing picnic. Hanami festivals are when Japanese people gather to view the blooming sakura blossoms and you can do this right here in Melbourne too!
Ditch the gum trees for a day and have a picnic nearby blooming sakura blossoms that will surely make the atmosphere seem magical. Brought to you by the Japanese Society of Melbourne, the Australia Japan Society of Victoria, the Manningham City Council, Parks Victoria and the Rotary Club of Templestowe, the picnic will also feature food stalls, tea ceremonies, cultural performances, nature walks and more.
Make sure to bring an assortment of bento (lunchboxes), a picnic blanket or foldable chairs. Charge up your camera and mobile phone to ensure the beautiful view can be captured and kept, plus take tons of selfies of course. Even better still, the Sakura Picnic Day costs only a gold coin donation to participate so do not hesitate.
Spring Open Cellars Weekend
Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15 (Various times)| Nillumbik Shire Wine Region
Take some time away from inner-city Melbourne for a day of free wine-tasting, food, and good music! The Spring Open Cellars Weekend is irresistible for wine aficionados who are just itching to welcome spring with a glass in hand.
Celebrate this spring weekend by bringing along some friends to the beautiful Artisan Hills Region, north of the CBD. Award-winning wineries are nestled in the dips of the hills just waiting to be explored. Plan your wine trail with participating wineries such as Buttermans Track Wines, Hildebrand Ridge Organic Vineyard, Kings of Kangaroo Ground, and more. Each winery will have an individual set of fun activities, live performances or special menus just for this weekend.
Best of all? No bookings required. Just turn up and enjoy great offerings for free!