The Weekender: April 16 – 18

Segmento Melbourne Italian Festa

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Since a trip to Italy itself may not be on the cards right now, how about this for the next best thing? Head to Argyle Square in Carlton between 10:00am to 8:00pm this Sunday for an Italian festival filled with authentic cuisine, music performances and other activities. This celebration of Melbourne’s Italian heritage is free but requires pre-bookings to attend. You can find out more and register for the event here!

Chinatown Melbourne Market

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This Friday marks the reopening of Chinatown’s iconic night market, taking place between 4:00pm to 10:00pm every Friday and Saturday. Located in Heffernan Lane, this delicious experience will offer up an array of street food to tantalise your tastebuds alongside plenty of crafts and other memorabilia to be perused.

Sri Lankan Festival – Awurudhu Pola

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This Sunday, bring in the Sinhala and Tamil New Year (Awurudhu Pola) with an exciting Sri Lankan festival at the Queen Victoria Market from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Explore the variety of options to indulge in, whether you want to treat yourself to sumptuous Sri Lankan cuisine or catch another cultural activity. There will be workshops, live music and dance performances aplenty!

Register for this free event hosted by Foodie Trails here on EventBrite.

Revolver Lane Open Culture Series 

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Seeking something new for your Friday night this week? Bring out your creative side with the penultimate Friday of this series intended to bring Melbourne creatives together. Between 5pm to 10pm, Revolver Lane will showcase plenty of talent across the city’s arts scene including live music, live painting and fashion shows. This week’s event is performance-themed and will also serve free drinks before 7:00pm.

This event is free and you can book your tickets here.

Botanica Festival

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Now is the perfect time to make the most of Melbourne’s pre-winter weather with some nature-themed festivities. The Botanica Festival, held at the picturesque Rippon Lea Estate this Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm, offers exactly that! Celebrating nature, gardening and sustainability, opportunities to bask in the beautiful outdoors include an open-air market, garden tours and bird-watching walks.

Register your details to help run a safe event, and don’t forget to bring a gold coin with you to enter by donation.

Spaced Out at Queen Victoria Market

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This outer space-themed event may only be taking place on Wednesday (5:00pm to 10:00pm at Queen Victoria Market), but perhaps you can prepare your appetite from this weekend – if the lineup of food trucks and street food stalls is anything to go by, it’s a must! Authentically prepared paella, freshly made cannoli and tasty American BBQ are only the start of the selection available.

There’ll also be other-worldly options for the cosmically-themed entertainment such as a silent disco and street performances. This event is free and no bookings are required. More of the menu for food and entertainment can be seen here.

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