Melbourne Writers Festival and Second Life Markets: Here’s what’s happening across Australia this weekend

things to do weekend australia

If you've been holding out for the weekend, you won't be disappointed. Our two days of rest and relaxation coincide with some pretty solid events. Take for instance the sporadic Second Life Markets where Sarah Ellen and Yasmin Suteja are just some of the names parting with their wardrobes. Or if you're in Melbourne, take advantage of the Writers Festival where writers, thinkers and public figures like Brian Cox, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Anita Hill are set to present. As for the rest? Find a list of things to do this weekend across Australia, below.



Sarah Ellen, Yasmin Suteja, Lillian Scott and more are selling their wardrobes at Second Life Markets this Sunday.

Secure yourself tickets to Sydney Underground Film Festival, taking place this weekend. View the program here.

Chiswick has dropped its spring menu, filled with globe artichokes, ox-heart tomatoes, barramundi and more.

Presented from August 16 until September 30, Sydney Fringe Festival is bringing six weeks of theatre, comedy, music, dance to inner city hubs and Greater Sydney venues. Explore the program now.

Nothing is coming to the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta for its last weekend – no, really. The show has been positioned as a Lord of the Flies-Hunger Games style performance, flooded with teen nihilism and all that fun stuff. Enjoy, I guess?

Whitefella Yella Tree, a gripping and heartbreaking play that explores how the development of queer Aboriginal identities were impacted due to British colonisers importing their beliefs and laws surrounding homosexuality, is on this weekend at SBW Stables Theatre.

Darling Square will transform into a world of colour in celebration of the annual Darling Square Moon Festival. Traditionally observed in Chinese culture, the festival will see the Darling Square precinct come to life with hundreds of bright lanterns lighting up the night, an exclusive mooncake pop-up stall from Thai Kee IGA’s Gong Grocer, DJ sets and an immersive projection experience.

Kip Williams is back, this time with an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Roslyn Packer Theatre.



Melbourne Writers Festival is here. Hear from Brian Cox, Anita Hill, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Evelyn Araluen, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Osman Faruqi, Isobel Beech, Chloe Hooper, and so many, many more.

KYE is taking her Club Bossin’ tour to Yah Yah’s in Melbourne, with support acts from Cry Baby and Savage The Girl.

Hannah Gadsby presents Body of Work at Arts Centre Melbourne this weekend.

K-Box is coming to Beckett Theatre, a story about a Korean adoptee, now in her 30s whose life becomes upturned when a K-Pop star comes into her, and her adoptive parents' lives.

If you digged Looking for Alibrandi, you'll want to get tickets to Laurinda for its final weekend. It's an adaptation of Alice Pung's novel of the same name featuring Fiona Choi, Gemma Chua-Tran from Netflix's Heartbreak High reboot, and is set in the schoolyard as a study of culture and class.

Come From Away has finally reached its Melbourne leg. Snatch up a seat this weekend.



Find your way to The Tivoli as Thelma Plum is bringing her Meanjin tour to Meanjin!

Take advantage of the swathes of arts, theatre, live music and culture lighting up the city during Brisbane Festival.

Violent Soho are playing a gig at Fortitude Music Hall tonight.

Brisbane Music Festival is bringing the joy of sound to the city this weekend.

The Soul Trembles highlights twenty-five years of Chiharu Shiota’s artistic practice. Open at QAGOMA this weekend.

Brisbane's best local comedians come together for After Hours at Brisbane Powerhouse.



Mark the harvest season on the lunar calendar at Canberra Moon Festival.

How to Vote! is now playing at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Step into the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to see Australians & Hollywood.

Spend your afternoon hanging out at Capital Brewing Co.

Hippo Co. are leading one of its famous whisky tastings on Saturday evening at 6pm.


South Australia

Fancy a dagwood dog? The Royal Adelaide Show is on for its final days this weekend.

Boo Seeka is playing Lion Arts Factory in Adelaide this weekend.

Explore the Fleurieu Peninsula, starting with these 5 beaches.


Western Australia

Love the show Friends? See the parody musical at the Regal Theatre this weekend.

Freo.Social is your reliable source for a good time. Head down there tonight to see Crooked Colours perform.

Catch some live music this Sunday at Fremantle Arts Centre.


Northern Territory

Desert Song Festival is here, a 10 day celebration of song and music taking place on Arrernte country.

Explore a side of the Territory you haven't seen before with this guide.

Make your way over to Nightcliff Markets for Laksa, pastries, massages, and jewellery.



Alex the Astronaut is playing the Altar tonight. Find tickets here.

The Chats are stopping by The Odeon for their Australian tour.

Put on your hiking boots and spend the day exploring Kunanyi. Make sure you leave yourself enough time and check the weather conditions on the day.

As always, Music at Mona is on this weekend. This time around Tom Robb and Refried Sugar are just some of the acts set to perform.

Salamanca Market is open and calling your name this Saturday.

Road trip your way to any of these magical stays in Tasmania.

If art is on the menu this weekend then take this guide to Australian art in September.

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