June 12-14: World Gin Day, Australian Burlesque Festival and Southgate Moveable Feast



DATE: Fri 12 – Sun 14 Jun
TIME: Fri 12pm – 6pm, Sat 11am – 7pm, Sun 11am – 5pm
Location: Allpress Studio, 84 Rupert Street, Collingwood
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.menske.com

What’s going on: Menske is a new kind of festival which provides a beautifully considered space for the modern man to shop and engage with high-end, locally designed products. Over the course of the weekend, you can get exposed to custom belt-fitting, suit tailoring, whiskey tastings, coffee roastery workshops and live music.


Australian Burlesque Festival

DATE: Fri 12 – Sun 14 Jun (continues until 5 Jul)
TIME: Various
LOCATION: Wonderland Spiegeltent, 120 Pearl River Road, Harbour Town, Docklands
COST: Various
WEBSITE: www.australianburlesquefest.com

What’s going on: As the world’s largest touring burlesque festival, Aus­tralian Burlesque is internationally renowned for its unique fla­vour of the­at­rical, glamorous and avant-garde bur­lesque and out­rageously tal­en­ted performers. Over various events get ready to be teased, tantalized and, most of all, entertained!


Rocky Horror Show

DATE: Fri 12 – Sun 14 Jun (continues until 12 Jul)
TIME: Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm and 8pm, Sun 1pm and 5:30pm
LOCATION: Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
COST: From $69
WEBSITE: www.rockyhorror.com.au

What’s going on: Come and see Craig McLachlan as the sweet transvestite from Transylvania in the Rocky Horror Picture Show Musical. This will be an absolute riot – crowd participation, fancy dress and getting your dance on are all encouraged. You know what to do – jump to the left, step to the right, get your tickets and let’s do the time warp again!!!!!


Tommy Little Live

DATE: Fri 12 and Sat 13 Jun
TIME: 6:30pm dinner and show, 8pm show only
LOCATION: The Comic’s Lounge, 26 Errol Street, North Melbourne
COST: $50 dinner and show, $30 show only
WEBSITE: www.thecomicslounge.com.au

What’s going on: Melbourne boy, Tommy Little, is a funny guy and his stand-up is next level hilarious! In his enthusiastic, bubbly sets – he can go from talking about his favourite cup of tea to speaking about gangsta rap in a matter of minutes. If you’ve seen his stand-up before you will know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t then you need to know, so get a ticket NOW!


World Gin Day at Four Pillars

DATE: Sat 13 Jun
TIME: 10:30am-4:30pm
LOCATION: Four Pillars, 21-23 Delaneys Rd, Warrandyte South
COST: Free entry
WEBSITE: www.fourpillarsgin.com.au 

What’s going on: Our mates at Four Pillars are opening the doors for the last time this World Gin Day before moving to their swish new location. You can taste all their delicious range of Gins, they’re offering mini distillary tours and they have the world premier of their new bevvie. Find out what is it and have the first taste this weekend. Bloody brilliant I say!

World Gin Day at Gin Palace

DATE: Sat 13 Jun
TIME: 12pm – 3am
LOCATION: Gin Palace, 10 Russell Place, Melbourne
COST: Free entry ($20 – $70 for ticketed events)
WEBSITE: www.ginpalace.com.au

What’s going on: World Gin Day is the biggest day of the year for this particular Melbourne Ginstitution. Come and celebrate the complex and diverse spirit that is Gin. The good people at Gin Palace are kindly offering two-for-one Gins until they run out. They are also hosting several ticketed events featuring different gin makers where you can sample and create, as well as learn a little bit about the history and the journey of the Ginny Gin Gin.

Coffee Fest

DATE: Sun 14 Jun
TIME: 11am – 4pm
LOCATION: Immigration Museum, Old Customs House, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne
COST: $15 adult, free for concession, children and members
WEBSITE: www.museumvictoria.com.au

What’s going on: Here is your all-day double-shot coffee fix. From local to global, Coffee fest has got you covered. Dabble in tastings to ceremony and coffee readings according to Brazillian, Turkish, Ethiopian, Vietnamese and Finnish traditions. There are also live acts and workshops, so you’ll be buzzing all day.

Tip: Espresso-Martini connoisseurs won’t want to miss the coffee cocktail workshop with the legendary Will Sleeman from Black Pearl, so grab a workshop ticket ($20 – $25) for the complete coffee experience.


Suitcase Rummage

DATE: Sun 14 Jun
TIME: 11am – 4pm
LOCATION: The Atrium, Federation Square, Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.suitcaserummage.com.au

What’s going on: Browse a market of suitcases filled to the brim with treasures in The Atrium at Fed Square. Suitcase Rummage is a mini-scaled market with giant rewards. You’ll find brilliant vintage items, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, hand-made, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper and much more. Come for a bargain, a swap or an old fashioned haggle!


Southgate Moveable Feasts

DATE: Sun 14 Jun (continues until 3 Aug)
TIME: Sunday lunch or Monday dinner
LOCATION: Meet at Southgate Information Desk, Ground Level, Southgate Centre, Southbank
COST: Lunch: $65pp, Dinner: $85pp
WEBSITE: www.southgatemelbourne.com.au

What’s going on: This feast has legs! You’re on the move for three courses at three different restaurants in the Southgate precinct. Choose from 2 options, both providing a glass of wine, entree, main, dessert and tea or coffee – this moveable feast is perfect for walking off the last course you just ate and trying out some new eateries!

Tip: You can purchase additional drinks and side plates from any of the restaurants you visit.

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