The Weekender: September 28 – 30

LEARN to juggle like a pro, see some of Melbourne’s most left-field art, or be dazzled by one of Melbourne’s best emerging hip-hop artists. With plenty to do this Grand Final weekend, Luke Henriques-Gomes has the details.

The AFL Grand Final and The Premiership Party
Saturday September 26 – The MCG

If you have any doubt Melbourne is sports crazy, you won’t after this week. This year’s Grand Final will be contested by Hawthorn and Sydney so you might want to read our guide to the AFL team if you still don’t know who to support. With tickets near impossible to acquire, the best way to enjoy the game is to host an AFL Grand Final party. And when the game is over, the AFL are having their own celebrations. The Premiership Party is on at the MCG, it’s free, and will feature performances from The Temper Trap and Paul Kelly.

Photo: Melbourne Fringe Festival

Melbourne Fringe Festival
Until October 15 – Across Melbourne

The Melbourne Fringe Festival celebrates everything left-of-centre and alternative in the art world. The festival will showcase efforts by thousands of audacious artists. Artists from Melbourne and abroad will transform the city space into a hub of creativity. There are multiple venues across the city, with more than 300 events, performances and exhibitions to explore. To plan your festival experience and book tickets, head to the Melbourne Fringe Festival website.

Photo: Melbourne Juggling Convention

Melbourne Juggling Convention 2012
Friday September 28 to October 1 – Collingwood College

In its 6th year, the Melbourne Juggling Convention takes in performances, workshops, forums and games based in the art of juggling and object manipulation. Featuring young circus artists and veteran performers, the convention is packed full of big tricks and bigger personalities. It’s the biggest event of its kind in the Australia and you can get tickets from the Melbourne Juggling Convention website.

Photo: Markets Victoria

Coburg Trash and Treasure Market
Sunday September 30 – Coburg

Like a garage sale on steroids, the Coburg Trash and Treasure Market is an oasis for buyers and sellers. If you’ve got some old stuff lying around, bring it along and you might just make a buck. If you need, tables can be hired for a small fee. Otherwise the process is totally free. If spending your Sunday rifling through junk, looking for treasure sounds appealing to you, don’t miss the Coburg Trash and Treasure Market.  Visit to find out more.

Seth Sentry at the Corner Hotel
Saturday September 29 – The Corner Hotel, Richmond

Given the overnight success of ‘The Waitress Song’, Seth Sentry is typical of the perpetual rise of Australian hip-hop. The Melbourne MC is currently out on tour in support of his debut album, This Was Tomorrow. Described as bold, atmospheric and almost orchestral by critics, Saturday night is another exciting chapter in the story of one of Aussie hip-hop’s emerging stars. Snap up your tickets now.

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