Things to Do on Labour Day Weekend in Victoria

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10 minutes Mar 4th, 2024
Yarra River and Melbourne skyline during the Labour Day long weekend

What better way to celebrate the holiday given to us because we work so much than a great Labour Day weekend in Victoria? If you’re already soaking up the stylish vibes at our cosy Veriu hotels, you’ll likely want some handy recommendations to enjoy the local flair as well!

Luckily, plenty of great activities are waiting for you in Victoria this Labour Day weekend, and we’ve saved you the time and the Googling by collating some of the finest. Have a great weekend!

Moomba Festival

women at Moomba parade in 1967
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Melbourne’s largest and longest-running community festival, Moomba, is back, celebrating cultural diversity and the city’s community spirit. The 70th Moomba Festival turns Victoria into a kaleidoscope of fun with family-friendly delights, all for free! Thrill-seekers can buckle up for heart-pounding carnival rides, dance enthusiasts will groove through workshops, the silent disco and live performances, and there are plenty of kid’s activities to keep the little ones entertained.

With a mouthwatering array of food truck delights, the annual community Parade, the ridiculously hilarious Birdman Rally, captivating indigenous dance performances and skatepark and watersports competitions, there really is something for everyone at Moomba.

Williamstown Market

Crowd shopping at Williamstown Farmers market

The Williamstown Farmers’ Market sits in the heart of (you guessed it) Williamstown and has become a local favourite as one of the most popular markets in Melbourne. The enticing aroma of fresh, local, and seasonal produce hits you as you walk in, thanks to the dedicated team of over 40 growers and producers. This market is more than just a place to shop – it’s a celebration of community, culture, and the love for all things local.

Beyond the bountiful harvest of fruits, vegetables, and artisanal products, the market transforms into a space for plant enthusiasts with an array of plants and flowers. Discover a touch of local art and indulge in culinary delicacies that showcase the region’s finest flavours, all perfectly placed along the stunning waterfront.

When gearing up for your visit to the Williamstown Farmers’ Market, here are a few quick tips to make the most out of your experience:

  1. Bring a Large Basket or Plenty of Shopping Bags: You’ll stumble upon a treasure trove of stuff you want. Ensure you have ample space to carry your delightful finds; you won’t want to limit yourself when exploring the market’s diverse offerings.
  2. Cash is King (But Cards Work Too!): While most merchants at the Williamstown Farmers’ Market accept cards for your convenience, having some cash on hand is always a good idea. Like any market adventure, you never know when you’ll come across a hidden gem that prefers the classic touch of paper currency.
  3. Discover Unique Artisan Products and Local Businesses: Unlike traditional farmers’ markets, this one is a treasure trove of creativity, featuring handmade crafts, local artworks, and distinctive culinary delights. Keep your eyes peeled for these one-of-a-kinders – they add charm to your market exploration.

Moonlight Cinema: Wrapping up in March!

moonloght cinema at sunset

Your Labour Weekend summer night needs a magical cinematic experience, and the Moonlight Cinema in the stunning the Royal Botanic Gardens is the way to do it. The silver screen casts its glow across the Central Lawn, letting you experience the charm of nature with some blockbuster movies and fan favourites.

General admission tickets are priced at $25 per person, and there are premium seating options available in the Gold Grass and Connoisseur Lounge.

Quick tips for a great moonlight experience:

  1. Opt for extra comfort by renting a bean bag for your Moonlight Cinema experience.
  2. It’s BYO, so feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks. However, they also offer a tempting selection of cocktails, tacos and charcuterie bundles on-site.
  3. Films kick off at 8:45pm, creating a magical atmosphere as the sun sets.
  4. Don’t forget to wear warm clothes and bring a blanket for a snug outdoor movie night.
  5. If skipping the bean bag, pack a picnic rug for a relaxed and stylish seating alternative.
  • When and where: Runs until Sunday, March 31, 7pm, Central Lawn, enter from Domain Road Gate (formerly Gate D) off Birdwood Ave
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  • Accommodation tip: The perfect evening activity for those staying at Punthill South Yarra

PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival

a model posting in a dress outside of PayPal Fashion Festival
Source: @melbfashionfestival

Immerse yourself in the glamour and creativity of the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival Labour Day Weekend. As Australia’s largest consumer fashion event, this celebration of design, arts, and ideas is a runway spectacle showing Melbourne’s unique, edgy, and wonderfully eclectic fashion scene.

As a not-for-profit organisation, the festival goes beyond the runway to mirror and amplify the distinctive flair of Melbourne and Victorian fashion. It serves as a powerful platform, showcasing local talent and amplifying broader Australian fashion to inspire consumers, bolster retail, and foster connections within the industry.

Brunswick Music Festival

crowds at Brunswick Music Festival on Sydney Road
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Labour Day Weekend is timed perfectly for the vibrant sounds of the Brunswick Music Festival, a nine-day extravaganza that kicks off with the iconic Sydney Road Street Party. Brunswick’s main thoroughfare transforms into a lively celebration of music, gastronomy, and artistic expression. It’s the perfect kickoff to the nine-day musical journey that follows.

The festival features 60 gigs spread across 30 venues in the inner north, including popular spots like The Retreat, Bergy Seltzer, Brunswick Ballroom, and Howler. The lineup is as diverse as the venues, featuring iconic rock group Yothu Yindi, Arabic sounds at A1 Bakery and dancehall vibes at Vola Foods. Plus, there’s a late-night jam session at Jazz Lab and the inaugural Night Bowls at Brunswick Bowls Club featuring live performances by Don’t Thank Me, Spank Me!, Eggy, Kosmetika, and Obscura Hail.

When and where: Runs until Monday, March 11 at various locations in Brunswick
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Accommodation tip: A short trip for those staying at Veriu Collingwood or any Veriu or Punthill venues in Melbourne CBD.

The best Labour Day Weekend starts at Veriu and Punthill

Veriu Hotels are dotted around Victoria meaning you have easy access to the many events happening throughout the state this Labour Day Weekend, including the ones mentioned above. Enjoy your labour-free weekend in Victoria with Veriu and Punthill!