April 24-26: ANZAC Day, Spanish Film Fest and Old Melbourne Gaol Pop Up Whisky Bar


Spanish Film Festival 

DATE: Fri 24 – Sun 26 Apr (continues until 10 May)
TIME: Various
LOCATION: Various Palace Cinemas
COST: $19.50 adult, $17 concession
WEBSITE: www.spanishfilmfestival.com

What’s going on: Hola Amigos! The Spanish Film Festival has come to town. Across three venues, take your pick of quality spanish cinema. Jump online for the full program and start planning your saucy Spanish affair with the big screen!

The Creator’s Market 

DATE: Fri 24 Apr
TIME: 2pm – 9pm
LOCATION: Prahran Town Hall, 180 Greville Street, Prahran
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.thecreatorsmarket.com.au

What’s going on: It’s Friday Funday! Pop into The Creator’s Market after work to discover exciting pop-up stores and stalls featuring everything from fashion to fine art, candles to wood carvings and edible delights to soap bombs. They have really got everybody’s tastes covered, so come and see what might tickle your fancy!


Camp Gallipoli 

DATE: Fri 24 Apr (overnight)
TIME: From 3pm (Fri 24) – 10 am (Sat 25)
LOCATION: Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale
COST: $50 entry only
WEBSITE: www.campgallipoli.com.au

What’s going on: Camp Gallipoli is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all Australians and New Zealanders to come together on the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli to sleep out under the stars as the original Anzacs did 100 years ago. The event will involve eating great tucker, watching historic footage on huge screens, seeing iconic entertainers live on stage and camping in authentic swags will in itself create history. In addition the Dawn Service honouring those who have fallen will be something you and your family will never forget.

Tip: Tents are not permitted, it’s a swag only event.


Old Melbourne Gaol: Whisky Pop-Up Bar 

DATE: Fri 24 Apr
TIME: 6pm – 9pm
LOCATION: Old Melbourne Gaol, 377 Russell Street, Melbourne
COST: $40 (includes 2 drinks)

What’s going on: After work drinks at Old Melbourne Gaol – that just sounds crazy. But no – the good folk at the National Trust Victoria are unlocking the prison doors to allow the public in for a pop-up whisky bar. Come along for whisky cocktails, food from Hoy Pinoy and access to all areas of this historic Gaol where some of Australia’s most infamous crims were locked up. I’ll drink to that!

Tip: There will also be intimate master classes on offer where you can learn from experts. These classes cost an additional $10 in advance (if bought with an admission ticket) or $15 on the day if space is still available.


Shrine of Remembrance Dawn Service 

DATE: Sat 25 Apr
TIME: 6am
LOCATION: Shrine of Remembrance, Corner St Kilda Road and Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.shrine.org.au

What’s going on: It is the centenary of the ANZACs, so if there was ever a time to commit to getting out of bed before the crack of dawn to attend this important and moving ceremony – this is it! The service takes place in the picturesque surrounds of the Shrine of Remembrance and is a really worthwhile activity.

Tip: It is advised to arrive and assemble on the Shrine forecourt between 4am and 5am.


ANZAC Day at Mail Exchange Hotel 

DATE: Sat 25 Apr
TIME: From 7am
LOCATION: Mail Exchange Hotel, 688 Bourke Street, Melbourne
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.mailexchangehotel.com.au

What’s going on: The Mail Exchange Hotel will be open from 7am for brekkie for anyone who attends the dawn service, then the rounds of two-up start at 12pm. Tip your hat to the service men and women of this country and let your hair down with a good old fashioned pub celebration of ANZAC Day!


ANZAC Day At Flemmington Racecourse  

DATE: Sat 25 Apr
TIME: From 12pm
LOCATION: Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Road, Flemington
COST: $15 adult, $12 student, $8 pensioner, free for children under 16
WEBSITE: www.flemington.com.au

What’s going on: Join the VRC in their traditional tribute to the courageous men and women who have served our nation. In addition to the eight-race program, a ceremony will take place in the Mounting Yard to commemorate the centenary and acknowledge the roles horses and jockeys played in the war. Current and Returned servicemen and women are welcome to participate in the formal proceedings.

Tip: The VRC will be offering a first free drink shout at any bar on course for current and Returned servicemen and women between 1 and 2pm.


Essendon Vs Collingwood Anzac Day clash 

DATE: Sat 25 Apr
TIME: 2:40pm
LOCATION: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park, Jolimont
WEBSITE: www.afl.com.au

What’s going on: The Anzac Day Clash is an annual match between The Bombers and The Magpies, which has been running for 2 decades in its current form. Enjoy the awesome atmosphere if you are lucky enough to have tickets for the G, if not, pull up a bar stool at your local and catch the match on-screen over a pint or two.


KLM Dutch Orange Day 

DATE: Sun 26 Apr
TIME: From 10:30am
LOCATION: Queensbridge Square, Southbank
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.dutchorangeday.com.au

What’s going on: Celebrate the Dutch King’s birthday here in Melbourne. The Dutch community are very excited to share their culture, entertainment and yummy Dutch food with you! Get involved, build up that ‘dutch courage’ and come dressed in orange!

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