The Weekender: March 27 – 29

THERE’S plenty to do this weekend in Melbourne before the long Easter break. Laugh out loud at the Comedy Festival, start your engines at the annual Motoring Festival, find handmade one offs at Essendon Market or go thrift shopping at RetroStar. Jonathan Lian has you covered this weekend.

The (VERY) Big Laugh Out
Friday, March 27 (5.00 pm – 6.30 pm) Saturday and Sunday (11.30 pm – 4.00 pm); Federation Square Main Stage (Corner of Flinders and Swanston St, Melbourne)

The award Winning Comedy team ONGALS from Korea, performing on Friday March 27 at Fed Square. Image supplied.

The award Winning Comedy team ONGALS from Korea, performing on Friday March 27 at Fed Square. Image supplied.

Put on your best smile and bring your friends to The (Very) Big Laugh Out at Federation Square starting this weekend.

As part of the annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The (Very) Big Laugh Out is a free event that showcases entertaining acts well known for their energy and unpredictability.

Be dazzled and enchanted by internationally renowned and talented street performers, as they leave the audience in stitches with waves of classic and clean comedy.

Featuring talent from across the globe such as Mr Moriyasu from Japan, Trygve Wakenshaw from New Zealand, and the ONGALS from Korea, The (Very) Big Laugh Out gives you a sense of comic diversity as performed around the world.

If you’re a comedy fan or looking for something different at this year’s festival, you’re sure to have a great time watching these amazing performers whip up a batch of their personalised comedy gold.

To check the details of the festival, head over to the Melbourne Internatioanl Comedy Festival’s website, or email them at

Or, to find out the daily schedule and times of each individual show, a full program can be downloaded on their website.

Australian Motoring Festival 2015
Thursday, March 26 (10.00am – 8.00pm) to Sunday, March 29 (10.00am – 6.00pm); Melbourne Showgrounds (Corner Epsom and Langs Rd, Ascot Vale)

Image: Neilhooting via Flickr

Image: Neilhooting via Flickr

Satisfy your inner grease monkey with the annual Australian Motoring Festival, a show held over four days at the Melbourne Showgrounds which celebrates the best of local and foreign automobiles.

Socialise with international vehicle manufacturers and other car enthusiasts at the motor show, or just bring your family and friends out for a fun day at the track.

If you’re interested in experiencing the latest models, give them a test run at dedicated tarmacs and several off road surfaces. You can also learn about the amazing technology and innovations offered in each new car.

In addition, you can stroll through the Motorcycle and e-bikes display and check out the savvy History that Moves Exhibit featuring veteran, vintage and special interest vehicles.

Tickets for a one day visit include $30 for a single person or $60 for a family while any two days, its $50 single and $100 family. Concession tickets include one day: $25 single and any two days: $40 single.

To find out more about the Motoring Festival, head over to the Melbourne Showgrounds website, or check out their website.

The Essendon Market for Designers and Creators
Saturday, March 28 (10.00am – 3.00pm); Ukraine House (3 Russell St, Essendon)

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Shop for sensational wares at The Essendon Market for Designers and Creators, Melbourne’s one-of-a-kind market that celebrates unique modern goods and designs.

Happening this Saturday  in the Ukraine House, this indoor market celebrates the growing community of Melbourne’s designers and craftspeople. Emerging artists will be showcasing their trendy goods at the market, including talented young students who will dazzle you with their creativity in craft making.

You can shop for a variety of rare merchandise including fashion accessories, stylish home wares and other quirky knick-knacks handmade by dedicated locals.

If you’re feeling peckish after shopping, there are handcrafted delicacies and different assortments of food and drink available for purchase at the market.

Entry into the market is $2 per person.

For more info about the goods or vendors at the market, jump over to their Facebook page, or send them an email at

RetroStar’s $5 and $10 Warehouse Sale!
Saturday, March 28 to Sunday, March 29 (8.00 am – 5.00pm); RetroStar Warehouse (33 – 37 Stewart St, Brunswick)

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Take note thrift shoppers! The Annual RetroStar $5 and $10 warehouse sale is back in Brunswick. Grab your fashion fanatic friends and head over to the Warehouse sale just before the long Easter weekend, where all items are $10 or less!

For a limited time only, the sale will be held only on March 28 and 29, with thousands of vintage clothing and items being put on shelves for extremely affordable prices.

Looking for a certain item for your wardrobe? The warehouse sale has got it in stock. Dresses, skirts, blouses, pants, t-shirts, sunglasses, sneakers, and so much more will be available for purchase, with more stuff being put on sale throughout the weekend.

You can also stock up on knitwear, along with warm hats, socks, and hoodies for the upcoming Melbourne autumn and winter.

The early bird gets the worm for those who want to get the best picks, as more than 6000 shoppers are all gearing up for the sale on the event’s Facebook page.

EFTPOS services are available on location, but it is advised to bring your own cash to avoid waiting in long queues.

For more details on how to get there, head over to their website or check their Facebook event page, you can also send them an email at  

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