The Weekender: July 22 – 24

ROCK up to Fed Square in your comfiest pyjamas, shop around for some of the best local designs, mix fro-yo with Vietnamese hawker food or experience snow at Docklands. Samantha Chew has you covered this weekend!

National Pyjama Day
Friday, July 22 (1.00am – 11.45 pm) | Federation Square

Image by: The Pyjama Foundation

Image by: The Pyjama Foundation

This Friday is National Pyjama Day so instead of wearing your Sunday best, come to Fed Square in your pyjamas to help raise awareness and funds for children in foster care. National Pyjama Day is held by The Pyjama Foundation and advocates for opportunities for children who are in the foster care system.

The Pyjama Foundation was founded by Browyn Sheehan who began her work in foster care advocacy after an encounter she had with her daughter’s friend who was in the care of a foster parent. Statistics show that children who grow up in foster care tend to be illiterate, not possessing the needed skills to live. This mobilised Sheehan to start a foundation that aims to eradicate illiteracy among foster care children by providing education and learning skills to provide the children with a foundation to succeed in life.

This is a great opportunity to contribute with a gold coin donation and by rocking up to the best public pyjama party in your favourite pyjamas! Definitely the right weather for onesies too! By doing so, you will be providing more than 1000 children who have had a rocky start at life with the learning skills needed to reach their potential.

To register and learn more about The Pyjama Foundation, visit the Foundation’s official website

Melbourne AW16 Finders Keepers Market
Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24 (Various Times) | The Royal Exhibition Building (9 Nicholson St, Carlton)

Image by: Mark Lobo via Finders Keepers

Photo: Mark Lobo via Finders Keepers

Market goers rejoice! The Finders Keepers Market is back to bring you three days of massive local Australian art and design, food and music.

Founded in 2008, Finders Keepers prides itself on local, homegrown Australian designs. Here, you’ll find plenty of stalls showcasing new and current Australian crafters and creators held in the historically significant and aesthetically pleasing Royal Exhibition Building.

Many stalls do not accept credit cards however and the ATM at the venue tends to have huge lines so remember to bring some cash with you! Both days are carefully and uniquely curated, with lineups that differ.

For more information about the market, visit the Finders Keepers Market’s official website.

Hanoi Hannah Pop-Up Kiosk 
Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, August 5 (12.00pm – 10.00pm) | 194 Faraday St, Carlton

Image by : Hanoi Hannah

Image by Hanoi Hannah

Yo-Chi will present the Windsor favourite Hanoi Hannah Pop-Up Kiosk this weekend, providing delicious hawker Vietnamese food right in the Melbourne CBD. Teaming up to bring you ‘pho-yo’ (pho and frozen yoghurt), the kiosk will be serving signature favourites such as yellowfin tuna and wasabi rice paper rolls; peking duck rice paper rolls and beef, chicken or mushroom pho.

Hanoi Hannah is a hugely successful restaurant and bar that serves modern and traditional dishes. For fans of Vietnamese cuisine, the pop-up kiosk will be taking over the former Smoochi Bar space located at Yo-Chi’s Carlton store on Faraday St. Available for eat in and takeaway, visitors can enjoy the food and pop in for some frozen yoghurt after. Available only until August 5, make sure you end up going there this weekend!

No bookings are required and both card and cash are accepted. Open seven days a week, you won’t want to miss out on this limited time only kiosk!

Snow Play
Friday, July 22 – Sunday, August 28 (Various times) | Harbour Town Melbourne, Docklands


Just a short distance away from the CBD, you can experience and enjoy snow in the city! Fun for all ages, those who love snow but don’t have time to go up to the snowy mountains can enter the Snow Play Dome that brings real snow to you!

Grab your scarf, snow jacket and shoes and head down to docklands to experience snow in the metropolis. Admission is free and if you have extra time, shop at Harbour Town for your favourite brands at massively discounted outlet prices.

Bookings and registrations are not required so gather some friends or family and have fun before university begins! For more information, visit Harbour Town Melbourne’s official website.

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