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The Top Events To Help Plan An Epic Labour Day Weekend

We think a 3 day weekend is something to get excited about, especially when there’s so many amazing events happening around our beautiful city. Here, we’ve devised a list of all the best ways to spend the Labour Day Long Weekend that’ll have you savouring every moment.

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Sunday Sessions at Melbourne Public 
11 Dukes Walk, South Wharf

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The team at Melbourne Public are officially providing you with the perfect Sunday Session conveniently kicking off this Labour Day weekend. Take in the sparkling surrounds of South Wharf at this historic venue while DJ Scott Thompson plays smooth soul, funk and RnB tunes. Melbourne Public’s long-lasting happy hour running from 4-7 is where you’ll find the drink specials, plus there’s $30 cocktail pitchers and sliders. Need we say more?

When: Sundays, beginning 10th March 2019
Price: Free Entry

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Holi Festival 2019
Batman Ave, Melbourne

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Recognised across the globe as the Festival of Colours, Holi is a celebration deeply ingrained in Hindu Culture and traditionally takes place in India at the beginning of Spring. Luckily though, Melbournians can join in the festivities this Sunday the 10th March as Fed Square transforms into a kaleidoscope of neon colours. This year’s festival is boasting non-stop entertainment with massive DJ sets, Bollywood dancing and authentic dhol drumming set to be the backdrop of mouth-watering Indian food, henna tattoo stalls and of course a fun filled paint war!

When: Sunday 10th March 2019, 11:30am – 7:30pm
Price: Free Entry

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San Antone Smokehouse Festival
Crown Riverwalk, Southbank

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Want to feast on delicious traditional American BBQ while taking in the picturesque scenery of the Crown Riverwalk? Kick start your Labour Day Weekend Texas style with the team at San Antone by Bludso’s BBQ who are delivering the goods with their very own Smokehouse Festival. Running all weekend, expect to get messy with 14 hour slow cooked meats including sticky ribs, juicy brisket and a variety of tasty sides. There’ll be masterclasses with tastings, blues music and plenty of bars that’ll supply all the bourbon and whiskey you need to immerse yourself in a truly authentic Southern American culinary experience.

When: Fri-Sun: 12-11pm, Mon: 12-9pm
Price: Free Entry

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Turkish Pazar Festival 
Queen Vic Market

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If it’s not the US or India you wish to escape to this long weekend how about a trip to Turkey? Take a magic carpet ride to Eastern Europe as the Queen Victoria Market you know and love is transformed into a bustling Turkish Pazar. Experience the vibrant colours and flavours of Turkish culture with a variety of enticing food stalls supplying delicious gozleme, kebabs, Turkish donuts and sweets among other Melbourne favourites. The family-friendly event will be host to local and international performers and runs through Saturday and Sunday. For a truly authentic experience, why not soothe yourself with a Turkish coffee while you have your fortune told.

When: Saturday 9th (9am-3pm) and Sunday 10th (10am-4pm) March 2019
Price: Free Entry

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St Kilda Block Party at Secret Garden 
6/60 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

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Expect a long weekend of fun at St Kilda venue Secret Garden who are to be host to yet another one of their iconic block parties only this time; Labour Day edition. Get lost in the chic green jungle or relax in the lush courtyard while Melbourne’s top DJ’s play your favourite tunes. Be sure to beat the crowds and score you and your friends a day bed to lounge on while you sip cocktails, watch the sunset behind the palm trees and enjoy not having to work tomorrow.

When: Sunday 10th March 2019 from 12pm
Price: Free Entry

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Labour Day Eve Party at Lucky Coq
179 Chapel St, Windsor


We don’t know about you but all day $4 pizzas are a definite yes from us and you can find them at Lucky Coq this Sunday. As always, the much-loved Windsor venue will be hosting a Labour Day Eve special event. Along with the insanely cheap –not to mention delicious–pizzas, you can expect great drink specials and all the best DJ’s to keep you celebrating through the 3 day weekend.

When: Sunday 10th March 2019
Price: Free Entry

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A Slice of Spice at 400 Gradi
99 Lygon St, Brunswick East

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Foodies can get keen for an exciting, rare flavour fusion at 400 Gradi’s Brunswick restaurant this Labour Day weekend. ‘A Slice of Spice’ is what this unique culinary event is being named and patrons can expect just that from 400 Gradi founder Johnny Di Francesco as he teams up with highly renowned chef Jessi Singh (Horn Please, Babu Ji NYC and Don’t Tell Aunty). The talented pair have carefully devised a 3 course menu that will feature an array of tantalising pizzas including Gradi’s award winning margherita, this time reinvented with a spicy curry twist and complimented with refreshing sides.
This exclusive one-night event is one you simply can’t miss.

When: Monday 11th March 2019 6pm or 8pm sessions
Price: $63 p/p

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Wine and Cheese Fest
82 Nelson Pl, Williamstown

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Now for those who love all things wine and cheese you’re in for a real treat this long weekend. The newly renovated warehouse venue in Williamstown, Seaworks, will be host to Wine and Cheese Fest – yep, an entire day dedicated to the ultimate match made in heaven. For the 7th year, the one day festival will provide only the best the region has to offer in wine, cheese as well as olive oil, charcuterie and other small-goods. Enjoy wine tasting, cheese making masterclasses and even a Grape Stomp Comp! There’ll also be live tunes both on the main stage and in the gorgeous seaside courtyard in case you needed another reason to get down. Did we mention there’s prizes to be won?

When: Saturday 9th March 2019
Price: From $39

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Day N Nite Rooftop Party
1 Geddes Ln, Melbourne

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It’s here, volume 5 of Top Yard’s Day N Nite Rooftop Summer Series. After 4 wildly successful rooftop parties, the 5th instalment is set to up the ante; a combination of sunset drinks, DJ entertainment and a lux fashion show. Boasting a jam packed line up of Melbourne DJ’s, roving entertainment and surprise guests, be invigorated with classic house and RnB beats while watching the sunset from Top Yard’s newly renovated open air rooftop. With a 360 degree view of the city skyline, the Day N Nite Rooftop Party is the place to be this Sunday while the sun sets over our beautiful city. Don’t miss the exclusive launch of boutique brand Ivory & Chain featuring a runway show at 4pm.

When: Sunday 10th March 2019
Price: From $32.75

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So if you haven’t already, cancel any other plans you had because these events are where you need to be this weekend. 

By Jenn Roper

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