The Weekender: February 23 – 25

Fortune, Food and Fur Babies!
Sunday, February 25 (11.30am – 2.30pm) | Immigration Museum (400-424 Flinders St, Melbourne)

The Immigration Museum will be hosting its own Lunar New Year celebrations this Sunday!

The Fortune, Food and Fur Babies promises to bring all three of these to its event this coming Sunday. Have your fortune told with Chinese Astrology Fortune Teller Edgar Lok Tin Yung in one-on-one readings. Be served some scrumptious dim sum and dumplings thanks to Oriental Teahouse in the Immigration Museum’s Atrium. And finally, witness the most adorable puppy parade to grace the Museum’s grounds! What more could you ask for during the Year of the Dog?! The Doggy Fashion parade will start from 11.30am and will be again repeated at 2.30pm.

In addition to these celebrations, the museum also has its ongoing From Robe to Chinese Fortunes exhibition all day – it’s definitely something to check out during festivities!

For more information on the event, visit the Immigration Museum’s website.

Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival
Sunday, February 25 (11.30am – 5.30pm) | Federation Square (Corner of Swanston & Flinders St)

Japan may be a popular student destination but don’t worry if you can’t travel there this year. The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival will bring the experience to you!

Everyone is welcome to participate in festivities – witness Kendo demonstrations, Japanese dance and music performances and celebrate Obon, a festival held in Japan to give thanks to one’s ancestors. Those wishing to actually benefit further from the experience can also stand a chance of win some prizes! Simply be the best dressed person in a kimono, yukata or cosplay and you could win a Private Cabin with the Melbourne Star!

Plenty of food will of course be available as well – sushi, okonomiyaki, taiyaki and other amazing Japanese treats will be available for purchase through the festival’s many food vendors!

Have an amazing time at the Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival this Sunday at Federation Square!

For more information on the event, visit the festivals’ website.

Lankan Fest 2018
Saturday, February 24 (9.00am – 7.00pm) | Crown Entertainment Complex (8 Whiteman St, Southbank)

Get a taste for Sri Lanka this weekend when the Lankan Fest 2018 brings to Melbourne all the delights this South Asian country has to offer!

What can you expect from this festival? Sample the culinary joys of Sri Lanka, see Sri Lanka’s cultural dance and music performances live and learn more about the country itself if you’re planning to visit! Tourism information will be available all throughout the area if you are indeed thinking of checking out the country.

With more than 40 stalls each providing their own offering of Sri Lankan culture, this is one festival you’ll definitely have a great time at!

For more on the Lankan Fest 2018, visit its website.

Viva Brasil Carnaval
Saturday, February 24 – Sunday, February 25 (Sat: 9.00am – 3.00pm, Sun: 9.00am – 4.00pm) | Queen Victoria Market (Corner Elizabeth & Victoria St)

If anyone knows how to throw a giant party, it’s the Brazillians.

Experience Brazil’s party culture first-hand and head down to the Queen Victoria Market this weekend for a celebration like no other. At Viva Brasil Carnaval, celebrate the wonders and joys of this amazing South American nation by partying up a storm and taking in its amazing culture.

Dance your way around the festival and join the parade, get down to the fabulous sounds of bossa nova and sertanejo, enjoy the smorgasbord of Brazillian food on offer and try a Caipirinha, the country’s national cocktail which comprises of sugar, lime and Brazil’s unique cachaça spirit.

This is an all-ages event. Soak up the atmosphere and grandeur of Carnavale at the Queen Victoria Market on both days of the festival!

For more information on the event, you can visit its official website.

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