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What’s Happening Melbourne – November Edition

Posted on 10 November 2019

What’s Happening Melbourne – November Edition

Melbourne, welcome to November. We’ve had a warm few weeks walking into the final couple months of the year but buckle up and trim that your mo, because Movember has shaped up to be a banger. Prepare to get a head start on the joys of Christmas with the Poles and the Swedes while the Jamaicans have us bobbing and nodding to the sweet tunes of the land. Dinner options are looking rather scrumptious with plentiful spreads coming from the Greek ends of Oakleigh and Carlton’s Italian bunch while it’s all things gyoza at the Melbourne International Dumpling Festival. Like where we’re headed? That was just a taste! Without further ado, here’s our top list of all the events worth getting to this month.

November 2: OAKLEIGH GLENDI

Oakleigh might be home to the majority of Melbourne’s Greek population, but by no means does that limit what’s on offer at Glendi. All dishes Mediterranean will line the tables alongside a generous display of Greek music, displays and Hellenic culture. Attracting over 15,000 people each year, the Oakleigh Glendi Festival is set to be one not to miss.

Find out more here.

November 4: Melbourne International Dumpling Festival

Dumplings for days. Travel the world in a bite, cross borders in a slurp and discover new territories with a crunch at this year’s Melbourne International Dumpling Festival. From Momo to Siu Mai to Gyoza to Kanom Jib, there’s going to be no shortage of these doughy little rippers. Behind the event are the guys from Momo Fest, another culinary-packed adventure celebrating the wonderful dumplings from Nepal. A gold coin will get you through the door and it’ll probably take a lot more to get you out. Online registration is required.

Find out more here.

November 10: JAMAICAN MUSIC & FOOD FESTIVAL

Did somebody say Reggae? In 2018 this humble cultural festival attracted 10,000 visitors alone so you can already gather how much of a hype the 2019 event has created. Featuring more than 30 food stalls among other traders and marketeers this is set to be one hell of a day. On the playlist are a number of Reggae, Dub, Rocksteady and Dancehall music performed by a number of DJs, artists and live bands. Get set for another magical afternoon in the unique surrounds of Seaworks, Williamstown

Find out more here.

November 10: RIDE SUNDAY

Following the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in September and the free safety checks of National Ride To Work Week in October, it seems motorbike events are in full swing. Ride Sunday is no different; another Mark Hawwa initiative built to raise funds for the incredibly helpful Movember. Kicking off at 9 am from Brunswick’s Stagger Lees, this year’s route takes on a 266km ride through the central highlands to lunch at Pig and Whistle in Trentham East and hitting the kill switch at Collingwood’s Paradise Alley on Easey Street.

Find out more here.

November 14-17: FORESHORE ROCKFEST

Summer lovin’ had me a blast. Reviving the fun-filled era of the ‘50s and ‘60s, Rosebud’s returns for its fourth year with the Foreshore Rockfest. Over four days you can celebrate all things groovy; cool cars and hot bands, rock music dances and shows, retro clothing markets, a Pin-Up contest and even a little Rock’n’roll trivia. The official launch takes place on Friday evening under the Big-Top located on the Rosebud Carnival site, with special guest performer Normie Rowe and The Playboys, just one of many performances featuring bands who play 50’s and 60’s music.

Find out more here.

November 16: SLUT WALK

 

Standing in solidarity with victims of assault and calling for an end to slut-shaming, victim-blaming and rape culture, Slut Walk returns for its ninth consecutive year taking a stand at The State Library of Victoria. The importance of this day has never been more apparent happening on the back of an eye-opening investigation by The Age which highlighted the poor treatment of victims when reporting to police. Show your support, drop by and learn how you can help end this culture.

Find out more here.

November 16: JOHNSTON STREET FIESTA

Culture, heritage and tradition. Fitzroy is coming alive with colour this month with non-stop music, dance and cultural celebration at this year’s Johnston Street Fiesta. Behind this celebration are the Hispanic-Latin American Festival and Cultural Association who help transform Johnston Street each year into a colourful, vibrant hub of contemporary dance, live music, parades and sensational culinary offerings.

Find out more here.

November 16: WILLIAMSTOWN HERITAGE BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL

Think you know beer? If there was one day to get out and enjoy all of the weird and wonderful batches from Australian owned and operated breweries and cider houses then this is it. But beer isn’t the only thing on the menu this year, prepare for exciting arrange of wine, cocktails and food trucks including the likes of Bigger than Texas BBQ, Un Poco Loco and C to You. Beer and cider aside this is a great chance to check out the newly renovated waterfront historic Seaworks Precinct.

Find out more here.

November 16: MELBOURNE ITALIAN FIESTA

Melbourne has a rich Italian history, and a day where past and present Italian traditions combine to bring the best of both worlds is on the cards this month at Italian Festa. Returning some of the charm of former festas, this year takes on an exciting path along Lygon Street (from Queensberry Street to Grattan Street) and will offer “Piazza Italia”. There’s a full entertainment line-up on the cards including live music, sport, community workshops, arts & culture and even some community-size sporting activities and attractions for children and families, such as soccer, giant board games and face painting. Enjoy a delicious array of Italian street food and beverages while Melbourne Italian Festa hosts the Grand Finale of the Targa Florio Australia Tribute.

Find out more here.

November 17: POLISH FESTIVAL AT FED SQUARE

“It is well known that when Poles get together, a good time is assured,” reads the Facebook description and with a little first-hand experience Mr Men’s Melbourne can confirm. As it goes with any kind of cultural fest, expect a number of culinary delights, song and dance performances and merchandise and crafts straight out of Poland. Returning for its 15th year you can be sure the festival will take you on a first-class ticket to little Warsaw among a number of historical town squares of Europe. Drop by, grab a quick bite and enjoy the hums of lively Old World atmosphere.

Find out more here.

November 30: SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

The 30th of November and the 1st of December are rather special in Scandinavia. Helping to bring that culture down under in The Swedish Church bringing the Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar to the lush garden surrounds of Toorak House. Each year this humble Christmas celebration brings in over 12.000 visitors with its numerous wander stalls showcasing what Scandinavia is famous for. Expect a number of crafts, design, textiles, handicrafts, glassware and more alongside Scandinavian delicacies such as Norwegian waffles, Danish hotdogs, Swedish cakes and open sandwiches. Better yet there’s even the holiday of a lifetime to won to for five nights at Stockholm.

Find out more here.

Well, that’s all for our November wrap. Speaking of wrapping, Christmas is getting rather close…If not a single event on that list makes you want to go out and eat, drink, dance and party then we must be doing something wrong. Or, we might have missed something important. If that’s the case and you’d like to let us know, feel free to get in touch. Keep us in the loop, tag us in your stories and keep an eye out for our whereabouts on Insta.

Catch you next month – Mr Men’s Melbourne.

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