Every Friday and Saturday night from now until March, you can see the Melbourne Zoo in a whole new light at a Zoo Twilights concert! Each evening features some of the best local and international musical talent, including Paul Kelly, Spiderbait, Dan Sultan, Sarah Blasko, Bernard Fanning. You can also explore the Zoo at dusk with animal exhibits open exclusively for Zoo Twilights guests, including special Keeper presentation for the lions and elephants. There are meals, snacks and drinks (including alcoholic) available throughout the evening.
2015 Tennis World Open Day
If you are currently in the mood for tennis, like I am after watching the Australia Open for the last couple of weeks, you can take this opportunity to get into the sport yourself. At Albert Reserve on St Kilda Road on Saturday from 10am, the 2015 Tennis World Open Day gives your kids the chance to receive free coaching, and you can try Cardio Tennis, or get in some workouts, book camps, or social hits. When you get hungry there will be a bbq lunch on site. If you miss this week, you can try again next week at Melbourne Park. You need to book for both events (but they are free!), so get in fast!
Oh, and if you are at home over the weekend, you can catch the Australian Open finals on tv. The women's singles is on Saturday evening, and the men's final is Sunday. My bets are on Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic!
St Kilda Festival
The St Kilda Festival kicks off on Saturday, and is basically a big street party that we are all invited to! The festival begins with Yalukit Wilum Ngargee: People Place Gathering, a celebration of the indigenous arts. From then until Saturday 7 February there is a wealth of musical talent on in bars, clubs, restaurants and shops across St Kilda. There will also be lots of pop ups in unexpected places so take a walk around the area on a warm balmy evening and see what's on.
Kilcunda Half Marathon
If you happen to be down in the Bass Coast, or don't mind going for a drive, you could consider a lazy half marathon to wake up on Sunday morning. Ok, I know you need to be a little bit more motivated thank that to run 21.1km :-P You can register from 8:30am for a 10am start in the Kilcunda Half Marathon. It is a flat to undulating course on a well groomed grassy trail including beach running, rail trail, and single track. It is an out and back course, but be aware that there are no drinks stations along the route, so make sure you take enough fluids and fuel to last the distance!
Melbourne Barbecue Festival
If you drool over pulled pork and sticky ribs, the Melbourne Barbecue Festival might be the place you want to be on Sunday. This free entry festival held at the Queen Victoria Market showcases a selection of Melbourne’s best barbecue food ranging from American-inspired barbecue to Filipino and Mexican barbecue. You will also be able to view, sample and purchase barbecue-related equipment and products from a range of exhibitors. There will also be a BBQ Cook Off, with the teams dishes being made and judged on the day. Yep, drooling at the thought.
2015 Super Bowl
Although in Australia we don't get to see the Super Bowl until Monday morning, I thought I'd share with you a few places around town where you can go to watch the game. Some events go all out, like the Ultimate Aussie Bowl Party at Docklands or the ESPN Foxtel party at Crown Riverwalk, but other places have a bit more of a low key vibe - such as TGI Fridays having a special menu for the day. Here is a list of a bunch of other places around Melbourne screening the game.
Phew - that's a BIG weekend coming up! I hope you enjoy yours too.
What kind of festival would be a must attend for you? Do you play tennis? Have you in the past?