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The Weekender: October 27 – 29

Meld Magazine

Thu Oct 26 2017


PAX Australia 2017
Friday, October 27 – Sunday, October 29 (Fri & Sat: 10.00am – 12.00am, Sun: 10.00am – 6.00pm)| Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf)

It’s that time of the year for gaming geeks to descend upon the halls of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The country’s biggest convention for all things gaming returns as PAX Australia gears up for another year of fun-filled entertainment.

What can you expect from gaming’s show of shows? At PAX Australia, you preview major games before they release to the public, explore new titles from big studios, observe and buy the latest in gaming technology, tour your way around emerging and independent game makers or enjoy the huge freeplay area where you can play all the board games, PC games and console games you want!

And of course, the cosplay… You’ll see some fantastic costumes from characters you might recognise from video games and beyond at PAX Australia! Cosplayers are happy to take a snap with you so long as you’re nice about it!

Additionally, attendees can visit panels, Q&As and other talks from gaming personalities, developers and more!

Limited passes are still available. To find out more about what you can get up to at PAX Australia, check out their website

South East Asia 50th Jubilee Celebration
Sunday, October 29 (10.00am – 4.00pm) | Queen Victoria Market (Corner Queen St & Therry St, Melbourne)

The ASEAN (Assocation for South East Asian Nations) Festival will unite the ten nations of the South East Asian region for a major celebration this weekend at Queen Victoria Market.

With countries like Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia taking part in festivities, visitors at the celebration will be treated to a fun and vibrant festival this weekend. Come along and enjoy authentic street cuisines from these South East Asian countries and experience cultural presentations as well!

This is a FREE event but do bring money if you plan to eat your way around South East Asia.

Register your interest and check out what else is on by checking out the South East Asian 50th Jubilee Celebration’s official Facebook event page.

Oktoberfest at Jardin Tan
Friday, October 27 (6.30pm – 10.00pm) | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (100 Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne)

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Still haven’t gotten your fill of South East Asian dining? Hit up Jardin Tan, located in the Royal Botanic Gardens on Friday night for a different kind of Oktoberfest bash.

Pairing Vietnamese food with European beers, Jardin Tan’s new head chef Noah Crowcraft, will walk attendees through the flavours of Vietnam with the new tasting menu which has been matched with a bevy of beers all chosen and explained by Jardin Tan’s beer guru Thijs van den Ende.

Spaces are currently limited and are set at $60 per person. It may be fancy but perhaps it’s the blow off you need while you’re getting ready for the exams that loom ahead.

Reservations are essential and can be done at Jardin Tan’s official website, where you can also learn more about Jardin Tan and the event itself.

Séance at Federation Square
Thursday, October 26 – Sunday, November 12 (Various times) | Federation Square (Corner Flinders St and Swanston St, Melbourne)

Celebrate the final weekend of October in spook-tacular fashion by participating in a good ol’ séance, happening at Federation Square!

For those brave enough to communicate with the dead, this haunting experience invites people to step inside a pitch black shipping container and question the séance experience. Noises will appear from within the container which will force you to wonder if it’s real or imagined.

Only 26 people are allowed into the shipping container at a time but multiple sessions will run during the day (or evening if you’d prefer something a bit more ‘freaky-deaky’). The experience will cost $20 per person.

For more on Séance, the installation created by Glen Neath and David Rosenberg which sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and makes its Australian debut, this weekend, visit Federation Square’s official website.