The Weekender: March 16 – 18

River Graze – Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
Friday, March 16 – Sunday, March 19 (Various times) | Yarra River, Southbank

Start your weekend the right way with the opening weekend of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, presented this year by Bank of Melbourne! Head down to the Yarra River and park yourself along the banks of the Yarra River. Here, Melbourne’s famous river will be transformed into a haven for food connoisseurs.

What can you expect from the River Graze? Treat yourself to a $15 tasting glass which will give you access to wines from all across Victoria at the City Cellar. If you like what you taste, take home a bottle for yourself!

Furthermore, Queensbridge Square will become a hub for all your BBQ needs! Along the river, you’ll also find other food options from cheese, smoked meats, delicious pizzas, pastas and gelato and more!

The event is free and accessible to all – ongoing entertainment will be happening throughout the weekend.

More information is available on their website.

Hermès at Work
Friday, March 16 – 17 (11.00am – 7.00pm) | Melbourne Town Hall (90 – 130 Swanston St, Melbourne)

Finishing its run this weekend is Hermès at Work, a unique traveling exhibition that gives the viewing public an opportunity to see the craftspeople behind the fashion brand at work doing what they do best.

Discover more about what it takes to truly create something special for this luxury designer brand out of France; a brand best known for its handbags.

This engaging public event also provides excellent insight into the values and traditions of Hermès and you’ll be able to even meet and interact with Hermès’ artisans to learn more about their skills and craft.

This event is free to attend.

More information is available on their website.

Free Intro to Spin Class – Bodhi & Ride
Sunday, March 18 (1.30pm) | 416/418 Bay St, Port Melbourne

Need to do something that will help breathe new life into you after a long week of work? Come along to a free spin class at Bodhi & Ride!

Part indoor cycle studio and part dance club, this boutique wellness studio promises to provide a very sweaty workout with a decent helping of enlightenment somewhere in the mix!

Lights will be switched off and will instead be replaced by candlelight, giving participants a chance to really focus on themselves and work out to the best of their ability (because we all know what it’s like to be self-conscious when you do work out!).

The free Bodhi & Ride class takes place at its Port Melbourne facility from 1.30pm. To give it a try, ensure that you sign up to the class.

All details for registration, along with other additional information, can be found at Bodhi & Ride’s website

Festival of Live Art
Tuesday, March 13 –  Sunday, March 25 (Various times) | Various locations

Developed in partnership with Arts House, Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre, the Festival of Live Art invites you to experience bold new works by experimental artists who want to change the way we see the world.

As part of its third edition, the Festival of Live Art will take you out of your comfort zone by challenging your view across a range of issues and representing these ideas in plays, art installations and more.

For an example of what you might expect, here’s a brief description of some of the weekend’s highlights at the festival:

  • Kill Climate Deniers is a crazy performance that touts itself as a “performance-lecture-cum-DJ-set” on climate politics
  • Capitalism Works for Me! True/False gives you the chance to vote on whether capitalism is in your favour
  • Black Sonic Futures will invite prominent black artists to speak out about their identity and history in several mediums, including poetry, music and visual art

Learn something new and find a new way of engaging with ideas you thought you knew!

For more information, including where you can find some of these performances/installations around town and how you can buy tickets, visit the website.

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