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The announcement of the second A WEEKEND In The Gardens received an overwhelming reception, with tickets selling out pronto to the first show headlined by Paul Kelly.

Paul Kelly, Illy and Missy Higgins will headline the three evening concerts, with final tickets now available for the latter two.

However, as more than 12,000 Melburnians discovered at the inaugural event in March, A WEEKEND In The Gardens is about more than just the incredible music – amazing as that is!

A big part of the event is about working with, and enhancing, the beautiful environment that is the Royal Botanic Gardens. In addition to enjoying outstanding music in this stunning setting, we will again be serving up delicious food and beverage options in a vastly expanded relaxing area called The Eatery.

Foodies will be tantalised with offerings from Melbourne’s most popular food trucks and operators, along with cocktails, spirits and premium beers.

And what better way to celebrate the Gardens than to use some of its native ingredients … hello Native Cocktail Bar! Wattle seeds, muntries, gum leaves, lemon myrtle and rosella shrubs will nestle next to the vodka, gin, rum and whisky for our cocktails with a botanical punch.

Melbourne bar manager and founder of Good Measure Consultants, Shaun Byrne (ex-Gin Palace, Maidenii Vermouth) has curated four very special cocktails for next month’s event.

“Following on from the success of the native cocktails at the inaugural event, I wanted to build on this and offer a few different native cocktails,” Shaun says. “I took a long stroll through the Gardens to gather inspiration points. For this event there is quite a floral theme going through the list, which is perfect given we are in the thick of spring.

“Although there are some new cocktails on offer, there is one which remains the same – the Bush Coffee. This was so successful last year, we’d potentially see a riot if we didn’t offer it again! After all, it is Melbourne!”

Bush Coffee
Vodka, wattle seed syrup, cold brew coffee and coconut shavings

Native Spritz
Gin, lemon myrtle & rosella shrub, quinquina, soda and gum leaves

Tiki Roundhouse
Rum, native lime, ginger, soda with fresh pineapple, mint and absinthe

Apple Iced Tea
Whisky, tea, muntrie (native apple) syrup, rhubarb foam and crumbled biscuits

A Pimm’s Cup will also be on offer, served from a dedicated Pimm’s Bar on the lawn.

A wide selection of beers, ciders and spirits will be available at The Eatery, as well as fine wines and sparkling supplied by Mitchelton Wines.

Foodies can delight on burgers from Royale Brothers, Willy’s World Famous Fried Chicken & BBQ, Black’s Meats Smoked BBQ Goods, Hiro Poke Bar, Hermano, as well as fresh churros from Señor Churro.

For those wanting to spoil themselves even further, acclaimed restaurant Jardin Tan is offering a ‘Flavours of Vietnam’ hamper for two. Further details

Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens are once again set to come alive and have never sounded so good or tasted so delicious! Don’t miss your ticket to the event fast becoming a must-do on the city’s concert calendar.

Paul Kelly, Steve Earle, Middle Kids
Reserved Seating and GA admission (picnic rugs and low chairs permitted)
Concert runs from 4.00pm – 11.00pm

Illy, Thundamentals, Spit Syndicate, Birdz and hosted by Jesswar
GA admission
Concert runs from 4.00pm – 11.00pm

Missy Higgins, Dustin Tebbutt, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Harry Jakamarra
GA admission (picnic rugs and low chairs permitted)
Concert runs from 4.00pm – 11.00pm

For full event details, go to

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