Visiting Melbourne

Visiting Melbourne

Destination Melbourne are the proud publishers of the Official Visitors Guide to Melbourne. In addition to picking up a hard copy version of this must-have guide as you arrive through the airport, the guide is now available in iphone app, ipad and Android app versions. Download here for Melbourne's best guide, including interactive maps, itineraries, and to enjoy the special offers.

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If you are flying into Melbourne, make sure you go to visitvictoria.com to find out everything you need to know about the city and its attractions, Victoria's must-see destinations, accommodation options and travel ideas for every budget.

For business visitors stay up to date with meetings and events at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre or plan your next conference with the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau.

Here are some of the many cultural and sporting events coming up in the city and around Victoria:



Capoeira Angola Classes
05 February 2013 until 31 December 2014

Capoeira Angola Classes

Capoeira Angola is a challenging art form that involves energetically play-acting to indulge in dance fights to Afro-Brazilian music and songs that describe life, the country, community and the players within a circle.

These classes are a safe place to learn both the movement and the traditions of Capoeira, regardless of physical ability, musical skill or native language.

The classed are supervised by Mestre Roxinho, director of the Capoeira Angola Cultural Centre, and Treinel Martinica from the ECAMAR school. The Capoeira Angola Cultural Centre Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim to provide access to Capoeira Angola to the community.

Classes are dictated by the level of ability of the students who attend. Where appropriate, parts of a class will be split between beginners and advanced students.


Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Health Qigong
15 November 2013 until 19 December 2014

Health Qigong

Exercise your mind, body and soul with free Qigong classes every Friday morning at Fed Square.

Qigong combines integrated physical movement, mental cultivation and regulated breathing. In traditional Chinese medicine the flow of energy, Qi (Chi) along channels in the body is viewed as central to a person's health and wellbeing, with illness being attributed to restricted or blocked Qi flow.

Learn to regulate your Qi with expert instructors from Tai Chi Australia. You can also join instructors from Tai Chi Australia every Tuesday for free Tai Chi classes at Fed Square.

Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels.

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Blueherring Pop-up
20 January 2014 until 30 September 2015

Blueherring Pop-up

The Blueherring pop-up is a mini-exhibition and retail stand for photographic artwork about Melbourne.

Unique memories and moments of Melbourne are available on quality cards, calendars, fridge magnets, limited edition prints, canvases, and other one-off artworks. All work is created by local Melbourne artist and photographer, Analise.

Artwork focuses on architecture, Melbourne's famous laneways and other iconic scenes.

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Lunchtime Zen in the CBD
11 March 2014 until 16 December 2014

Lunchtime Zen in the CBD

Come and sit with Zen monk Seikan and others, followed by a short talk about Zen practice and an opportunity for Q&A. Chairs are at the venue, or you can bring your own zafu (meditation cushion) or stool.

'Just sitting' is the core practice in Zen. The approach is very simple and straightforward: you sit with an upright posture while being aware of your experience. Sounds simple? Zen meditation is as simple as it gets.

This is a weekly event every Tuesday. If attending for the first time, please arrive by 12:25pm.

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Belly Dancing at Fed Square
27 March 2014 until 11 December 2014

Belly Dancing at Fed Square

Shimmy and shake with free 30 minute Belly Dancing at Fed Square classes.

Led by professional instructor Trisnasari, the gentle aerobic dance is perfect for toning and strengthening core muscles.

Classes are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 12.30pm until 1pm. No bookings required.

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Experience over 130 years of history - Hotel Windsor Afternoon Tea
17 June 2014 until 02 November 2014

Experience over 130 years of history - Hotel Windsor Afternoon Tea

The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1883.

Their luxury hotel in Melbourne serves its renowned afternoon tea of freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches on tiered silver stands daily.

Upon arrival at The Hotel Windsor Melbourne, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, whilst afternoon delicacies and unlimited freshly brewed tea and coffee is brought to your table.

Vegetarian and gluten free options can be catered for at no extra cost. Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

The Hotel Windsor's Luxury Melbourne hotel Afternoon Tea is served in their signature Melbourne hotel restaurant every day of the week.

Please contact reservations for more details regarding session times.

Reservations are essential. They recommend at least three to four weeks advance notice for weekend bookings.

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Lunchtime Meditation
01 July 2014 until 16 December 2014

Lunchtime Meditation

Escape the stress and busyness of life and discover the peace of meditation for yourself in these free lunchtime classes.

Your guide, Buddhist Monk Gen Dornying, is the resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne.

He teaches with a warmth and humility that you will find is naturally inspiring.

Classes are held in The Atrium at Fed Square.

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Bushido: Way of the Samurai
04 July 2014 until 30 November 2014

Bushido: Way of the Samurai

Bushido explores the fascinating world of the samurai who were the warriors, rulers and aristocratic elite of Japanese society for more than 800 years.

From the 12th century through to the end of the Edo period in 1868 the Shogun, regional lords and their warrior retainers (all samurai in their own right) ruled the country and lived to a strict code of ethics. This military aristocracy aspired to a life of spiritual harmony that not only perfected the art of war but also embodied an appreciation of the fine arts that established their life as an art form itself.

Throughout these tumultuous times of war and peace samurai virtues of honesty, courage, benevolence, respect, self-sacrifice, self-control, duty, and loyalty combined with their passion for a cultural lifestyle not only established social stability, but also cultivated a legacy of art and culture in Japanese society that continues to this day.

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Centenary of the First World War (1914-19) - Shrine of Remembrance travelling exhibition
04 July 2014 until 18 November 2014

Centenary of the First World War (1914-19) - Shrine of Remembrance travelling exhibition

Through historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition will present the chronology of the First World War (1914-18). It will provide you with the opportunity to discover the fascinating stories of the 416,809 Australian men, 114,000 of whom were from Victoria, who enlisted, as well as the Australian women who served overseas as nurses.

Throughout Europe and the Middle East, find out about the hardships that our Diggers endured and the battles that they fought alongside Allied nations; from the landings at Gallipoli, Palestine in the Middle East, to Passchendaele and Fromelles on the Western Front.

Away from the frontline, discover the experiences of the home front. Whilst the contributions of those at home made the war effort possible, social divisions also grew, climaxing in the bitterly contested (and unsuccessful) conscription referendums in 1916 and 1917.

Focusing on Victorian perspectives on the frontline and home front experiences, this exhibition will retell the stories and review the mythology that we have inherited over the past 100 years.

The Centenary of the First World War exhibition will tour to regional and outer metropolitan venues in Victoria, August 2014 to August 2019. Throughout the tour local people from each area will be encouraged to share their stories for inclusion in the exhibition.

The exhibition opens at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne on 4 August 2014.

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Les Misérables
04 July 2014 until 20 December 2014

Les Misérables

The Australian premiere of Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production, Les Misérables is now playing at Her Majesty's theatre Melbourne.

Experience the emotional power and spectacle of Les Misérables. Final tickets have just been released - On sale now! Must close 20 December.

This new production is Les Mis like you have never seen it before. Don't miss this unforgettable theatrical event.

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Fed Square Book Market
05 July 2014 until 27 December 2014

Fed Square Book Market

Love books? Then join Melbourne's bibliophiles at the Fed Square Book Market, one of the largest weekly book markets in Melbourne, in The Atrium at Fed Square.

Each week you can immerse yourself in over 5000 new and pre-loved titles, including literature, history, gardening, travel, art and kids stories.

The Book Market regularly features around fifteen of Melbourne's most experienced book dealers as well as authors and illustrators.

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Forgotten Chinese ANZACs Remembered
14 July 2014 until 19 December 2014

Forgotten Chinese ANZACs Remembered

When World War One was declared in 1914, Australia rallied behind the Allied efforts. More than 330,000 mobilised personnel were called to action, of which, a small proportion were Australians of Chinese descent. Billy Sing, Caleb Shang and Hunter Poon are some of the well-known Chinese-Australians who served in the frontline. Other stories remain untold.

As the centenary of World War One dawns on Australia, its history and stories are fast slipping from public memory. In the lead up to this centenary, the Chinese Museum has been researching these untold stories of Chinese-Australian war contributions both at home and abroad. Some of this research will be presented in an exciting new exhibition which seeks to reignite public and community interest in World War One and to present an alternative, community-centred commemoration of World War One which cannot be achieved through history books.

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A Secret Place
23 August 2014 until 27 December 2014

A Secret Place

If you fancy a 1950s New York vibe on your Saturday night, complete with romantic and spirited jazz, ice-cold cocktails and even a cigar room, you will want to book a table at A Secret Place, a members-only club that now opens to the public only on Saturday nights.

This Saturday features the Connie Lansberg Quartet.





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Grasslands
10 October 2014 until 23 November 2014

Grasslands

Grasslands is a living installation that gathers over 10,000 indigenous plants. This organic composition aims to recreate the vast grass plains that stretched over the State Library of Victoria site before it was established in the mid-nineteenth century.

Linda Tegg conceived of this site-specific project during her 2012 Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria. Researching the original flora of this site, the artist found that most available data was interpretative, from Victorian landscape paintings to illustrated maps.

Looking to expand her sources of knowledge, Tegg collaborated with horticulturist John Delpratt and the University of Melbourne to source, grow and nurture the 10,000 indigenous plants and grasses that make up Grasslands.

The result is a transformation of history and nature by artistic imagination, inviting us to visualise the layers of memory and place.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria. Grasslands has also been supported by the City of Melbourne through the Arts Grant Program.

This project is supported by University of Melbourne - Burnley Campus, Department of Resource Management and Geography. Grasslands is the result of a Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria.


Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Connected Art Exhibition
16 October 2014 until 28 October 2014

Connected Art Exhibition

More than 150 new and emerging artists with a disability or experience of mental illness will showcase their work in the 12th State Trustees Connected Art Exhibition.

Curated by Andrew Chew from No Vacancy Gallery, Connected features artists selected from 600 entries across Victoria. The works display a range of artistic styles and mediums to showcase the diversity of artistic expression that can be explored through the lens of disability and mental illness.

State Trustees Connected Art Exhibition is sponsored by Maurice Blackburn, Ern Jensen Funerals, Thomson Real Estate, Noel Jones Real Estate and Nous Group.

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For King and Country
16 October 2014 until 11 November 2014

For King and Country

East Melbourne Historical Society presents an exhibition commemorating the service of East Melbourne citizens in the First World War. Though only a small suburb, during the war there were over 770 service people with some connection - birth, work, housing - to East Melbourne.

This is one of the fun activities taking place across the City of Melbourne's library branches during History Week, 19 to 26 October.

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Cloaked Combat 2, 3
24 October 2014 until 15 November 2014

Cloaked Combat 2, 3

The Cloaked Combat series is a visual exploration of the material and technological conflicts between cultures, and the roles they play in one culture asserting dominance over another.

A juxtaposition of historical and modern technologies, Cloaked Combat 2 and 3 highlight an uneven match between two warring cultures, and shows the brutality of European invasion/colonisation in Australia.

Steaphan Paton is an interdisciplinary artist based in Melbourne. A member of the Gunai Nation, his practice explores tradition, race and colonialism informed through his worldview being Aboriginal Australian.

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Lumen
24 October 2014 until 09 November 2014

Lumen

Australia's leading contemporary street artist, Rone, returns to Melbourne for Lumen, his first solo Australian exhibition in over two years.

Lumen includes 11 large-scale portraits inside and outside of the gallery and a 12-metre-high mural on the building's adjoining ventilation tower.

The space itself - an abandoned office building slated for demolition - has been transformed into a black (and blank) canvas for the artist to take over. Internally, the artworks will be brought spectacularly to life by lighting designer, John McKissock.

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Face Your Fears Week at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
25 October 2014 until 04 November 2014

Face Your Fears Week at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Does the thought of spiders leave your hair standing on end? Or perhaps the thought of a slithering snake makes you quiver with fear? Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is hosting Face Your Fears Week, allowing visitors to come face-to-face with some of the most feared animals, while highlighting the vital role these often misunderstood creatures play in the environment.

With daily presentations featuring creepy crawlies and all things scaley and slimey, Face Your Fears Week will challenge visitors to overcome their phobias, while discovering fun facts about those animals with a bad reputation, including spiders, snakes and sharks and saltwater crocodiles.

Meet Pinjarra, the resident five-metre mega-croc, see venomous marine creatures up close, and encounter the toothy smile of Mitch, the fierce-looking Grey Nurse shark.

Not for the faint hearted, the creepy crawly discovery zone is a must see for visitors wanting to conquer their greatest fears, plus kids can follow the interactive quiz trail.

Check website for special session times.

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Boisterous Beginnings: Early Doctors in Victoria
27 October 2014 until 01 November 2014

Boisterous Beginnings: Early Doctors in Victoria

This exhibition examines the early beginnings of the Port Phillip Medical Association (PPMA),highlighting the key individuals and social values of the day.

From 1830s, doctors began their work in the Port Phillip District. There were some formidable personalities practising medicine in the area at the time, but they often had other interests and activities that were apparently more important: politics, for example, or the acquisition of land and the accumulation of fortune. This exhibition explores the people of this medical association.

This event is presented by the Medical History Museum.

Part of Melbourne Knowledge Week 2014.

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Fitness at Fed Square
27 October 2014 until 27 October 2014

Fitness at Fed Square

Get active with free Fitness at Fed Square, led by health coaches and fitness instructors from Healthy Lifestyle Lounge.

These classes, aimed to help city workers keep fit and healthy, include circuit-based exercise which incorporates body weight exercises, cardio training and core strength movements.

Classes are simple, fun and great for invigorating the mind, body and soul. All ages and fitness levels welcome.

In the case of wet weather, classes will be held in the Atrium.

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Australian Sparkling Wine Show Champagne Master Class
28 October 2014 until 28 October 2014

Australian Sparkling Wine Show Champagne Master Class

Last year's participants joined International Champagne Writer of the Year 2011, Tyson Stelzer, for a masterclass where they explored the latest trends in champagne.

Tyson also gave them a competitive look at some champagne highlights currently retailing at $50 on Australian shelves.

Featured Champagnes included Pol Roger Pure Brut NV, Veuve Fourny Cuvee Blanc de Blancs Vertus Premier Cru NV, Lanson Brut Vintage Gold Label 2002, Lenoble Cuvee Intense Brut NV, Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV, Camille Saves Carte Blanche Brut NV, Jacquesson Cuvee 736 NV and Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Sous Bois Brut NV.

The Australian Sparkling Wine Show are excited to announce that Tyson Stelzer will once again run the masterclass in 2014.

This year Marysville will be taking the Masterclass to Melbourne, where it will be held at the Vibe Savoy.

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Australian Sparkling Wine Show Gala Dinner
28 October 2014 until 28 October 2014

Australian Sparkling Wine Show Gala Dinner

The Gala Awards Dinner is where the winners of the Australian Sparkling Wine Show will be announced to all.

This unique culinary experience will see a showcase of local produce matched to Australia's finest Sparkling Wines in a glittering event. The Chairman of Judges will take the dinner guests through course after course of mouth-watering delights matched to the winning wines.

In 2014, Marysville will be taking the Gala Dinner to Melbourne, where it will be held at the beautiful Vibe Savoy.

With live entertainment, this is a wine-lover's dinner not to be missed!

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Chewing the scene: playwrights' workshop
28 October 2014 until 28 October 2014

Chewing the scene: playwrights' workshop

In these intensive, four-hour workshops for budding playwrights at the State Library of Victoria, Victorian theatre professionals will deliver the insider information on how to get your script off the slush pile.

The behind-the-scenes workshops also look at script development, writing for companies, critiquing your own work and developing your craft.

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Cathedrals of Culture
28 October 2014 until 11 November 2014

Cathedrals of Culture

A meditation on the souls of buildings, this documentary opens by delving deep inside the Berlin Philharmonic, a great unconventional beauty that stands at the centre of a once-divided city. As Wim Wenders' camera roams the halls, foyers, practice spaces and main auditorium, the building articulates its relationship to humanity – those who clean it, perform in it, walk on its roof and the man who gave it life.

In a very different vein, Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen gives voice to a modern architectural marvel in Halden Prison. A place of great duality and social complexity, this exploration offers a fascinating view of how a building shapes its inhabitants and the society that exists beyond its high walls.

As each of the six segments, led by different directors, unfurl, the audience is drawn into a series of spaces that exemplify bold ideas and ingenuity. Paris' Centre Pompidou, Oslo's magnificent Opera House and California's Salk Institute are each given a unique voice. The inner workings of these iconic structures ask us to consider how the purpose, placement and history of all buildings enrich and shape those who encounter them.

Check ACMI website for session times.

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Comedy Corner Tuesdays
28 October 2014 until 28 October 2014

Comedy Corner Tuesdays

Do you like to laugh? Of course you do, because Endorphins!

Every Tuesday you can get high on brain chemicals as Happy Palace presents Comedy Corner, the new Tuesday night spot welcoming amateurs, up and comers and special guests to the open stage for their chance to burn bright like a star or fade into oblivion never to be heard of again like Kony 2012.

The Comedy Corner: guaranteed more laughter than a dentists chair.

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Flinders Quartet – Quartet on Collins
28 October 2014 until 28 October 2014

Flinders Quartet – Quartet on Collins

Enjoy an hour of beautiful chamber music in the middle of the day at one of Melbourne's most loved chamber music venues, Collins Street Baptist Church.

The performance includes the Paul Dean Moment of Transformation string quartet, Wolf Italian Serenade and Dvorak String Quartet Op. 96 in F major.

This event is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.

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Marise Maas – Trying Not To Worry
28 October 2014 until 22 November 2014

Marise Maas – Trying Not To Worry

Examining Marise Maas' paintings is like peering into a series of little precarious worlds - each bearing the trace of some implicit, destabilising truth. Here, roof tiles are formed from haphazard lines; windows float up and away from their foundational structures; houses teeter on disjointed stilts; electricity pylons and cranes tilt ever so slightly. On a domestic scale, small inert objects such as bowls, take-away containers or coffee cups, stack and tumble off flat slopes of colour, losing any gravitational connection to their once intended utility.

This selection of seemingly mundane motifs in her exhibition Trying Not to Worry holds very real significance for Maas. Informed by what she describes as the bubble of her own local surroundings and domestic family life, the act of painting serves as a kind of diaristic process through which the comprehension, or perhaps apprehension, of daily life takes place.

Items from the kitchen table, backyard or local sports oval all become potential vehicles for the expression of the private logic of her thoughts and fragmentary connections. Honest feelings of anxiety, consternation or whim are allowed to distort the concrete actuality of her subjects, giving rise to a potentially cryptic collection of amusing, somewhat ambiguous narratives.

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Dancing with Death
30 October 2014 until 09 November 2014

Dancing with Death

The first in a series of exhibitions presented by 2013 RAW Melbourne Visual Artist of the Year, Rehgan De Mather, Dancing with Death explores influences from recent travels to Mexico and South America, including the Day of the Dead and Carnival.

Opening night features a performance by contemporary dancer Kelly Way and includes the book launch for Dancing with Death, a selection of studio shots and images documenting the progress and process of the new work.

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Five Boroughs Comedy
30 October 2014 until 30 October 2014

Five Boroughs Comedy

Melbourne's best quality night of comedy is here!
Every Thursday night in the city, Five Boroughs Comedy has some of the biggest names in Australian comedy, in a funky inner-city surrounding.

Get out of the house on Thursday night, get dinner and watch big television and radio names, plus some of the best new Melbourne faces, at Five Boroughs Comedy!

Five Boroughs has hosted Dave Hughes, Wil Anderson, Jimeoin, Adam Hills, Sarah Silverman, Fiona O'Loughlin, Frank Woodley, Charlie Pickering, Glenn Robbins, Hannibal Buress, Tom Ballard, Tony Martin, Dave Callan and heaps more!

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Forty Thousand Horsemen
30 October 2014 until 30 October 2014

Forty Thousand Horsemen

In a cinematic tribute to the mounted troops of the Australian Light Horse regiments, director Charles Chauvel presents his 1940 feature-length film Forty Thousand Horsemen. Featuring iconic Australian actors Grant Taylor, Chips Rafferty and Pat Twohill, the story follows three best mates through challenging times as soldiers - from mischief in Cairo in 1916 through to the action of the Australian Light Horse in the charge of Beersheba. Join them for their first film screening in the Shrine's new auditorium.

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BatBlitz
31 October 2014 until 31 October 2014

BatBlitz

Discover the different bat species living in Fitzroy Gardens in this late-night event BatBlitz. During these surveys, experts will use traps and recording devices to identify the different types of bats in the gardens.

Take part in Melbourne BioBlitz 2014 and help scientists to discover the diverse animal and plant species that call Melbourne home.

Over two weeks, from 31 October to 15 November, City of Melbourne will be conducting a survey of the species living in Melbourne, from minuscule plant life to the mighty powerful owl, and they need your help.

You can join a guided BioBlitz event in various locations around the city led by some of Melbourne's best biodiversity experts and ecologists.

You can also conduct your own surveys at any time in any place from your backyard, balcony, laneway or street by sharing images.

Why not gather a group of friends and get out and engage with the wonderful diversity of species that also call your cities home?

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Children of the Night at East Melbourne Library
31 October 2014 until 31 October 2014

Children of the Night at East Melbourne Library

Come and celebrate Spook Night at East Melbourne Library, with devilish host Mr Lou Cyfer.

Show your ticket to the Ferry Man and bring out your inner demon with face painting. Win prizes for best joke, costume and story, and feast away the evening.

For your trick and treat, prepare your dance moves to Monster Mash, Ghost Busters or Time Warp, and get ready to hit the dance floor.

Please note that nuts and colourants will be in food items served.

This event suits children aged seven and over and their keepers.

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Friends Only: Opening of the Galleries of Remembrance
31 October 2014 until 31 October 2014

Friends Only: Opening of the Galleries of Remembrance

This October, Friends of the Shrine are exclusively invited to preview the new Galleries of Remembrance before it opens to the public. Be among some of the first visitors to see remarkable exhibits, including the SS Devanha landing boat and Rolls of Honour displaying the names of all Victorians who enlisted in the Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War. Full details, including the date of the event, will be announced on the Shrine website.

Support the Shrine and become a Friend. For further information contact David Howell, Fundraising and Friends Coordinator or visit the website.

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Halloween Fright Night – Dis–organ–eyes
31 October 2014 until 31 October 2014

Halloween Fright Night – Dis–organ–eyes

The Night Terrors launch Pavor Nocturnus, a vinyl release (Dual Planet/Twisted Nerve Australia) that combines Grand Organ with theremin, drums and synthesisers. Quiet drops of sepulchral voltage and cacophonous whirls of intricate acoustic phenomena intermingle to prise open the maddening space between sentience and expiration. Miles Brown, Damian Coward and Sarah Lim combine to create a euphorically terrifying dream sequence, just perfect for Halloween.

Students from RMIT's Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice course will add to the drama with a series of short premieres in which the Grand Organ is triggered by computers. Pushing the boundaries beyond the humanly possible, expect to hear profound sub-bass, rippling sonic textures, and a précis of Melbourne's new sound of the decade ahead.

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Halloween Spooky Storytime at East Melbourne Library
31 October 2014 until 31 October 2014

Halloween Spooky Storytime at East Melbourne Library

It's time for fearless families to bring their little ghouls and boos to celebrate Spooky Storytime!

Celebrate with jokes, stories, music and party games. Wear your best costume and have a scream during storytime. There will be face painting, dress-ups and loads of scary activities to do. Plus special guest Wizard Silvernose.

Cautionary note, there will be nuts and colourants in food items. Suits ages three to six years.

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Impossible Occurrences - Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
31 October 2014 until 31 October 2014

Impossible Occurrences - Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show

Witness Impossible Occurrences, one of Melbourne's most exclusive magic show at The Marriott Hotel.

Award winning magician Luke Hocking intrigues and amazes with astounding displays of magic, illusion and mind reading. The performance blends elegance and astonishment to create an unbelievable entertainment experience like no other. Showcased in Melbourne's 5 star Marriott Hotel, this is a performance of utter distinction.

Show opens July 4th 2014.

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Fed Square Laughter Club
02 November 2014 until 02 November 2014

Fed Square Laughter Club

Join in a 30 minute laughter session at Federation Square at 11am on the first and third Sunday of each month.

Laughter Clubs come together for a session and people laugh for no reason without having to resort to jokes or humour. The sessions last about half an hour and are mostly held outdoors. They are run along the lines established by Dr Madan Kataria, who founded the global laughter movement 14 years ago with one club, and there are now over 5,000 clubs worldwide.

Everyone is welcome to experience first-hand the fun of a laughter session, and gain the benefits of laughter, which improves the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health of individuals, workplaces, and society.

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Classics at Fed Square
03 November 2014 until 03 November 2014

Classics at Fed Square

Enjoy your favourite music all year round with Classics at Fed Square.

Held in the stunning surrounds of the Deakin Edge, these free monthly concerts offer something for everyone, from classical and swing to big band, jazz and even contemporary pop!

The program includes plenty of old favourites from the Melbourne Strings Ensemble to some of the best creative schools across Victoria. Bring a friend and make a day of it, with free exhibitions at ACMI and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and plenty of great cafes open for lunch or coffee.

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Awesome Art
03 November 2014 until 08 November 2014

Awesome Art

Explore an inspiring exhibition of artworks by young people as part of Awesome Art's 10th anniversary celebrations.

Awesome Art is a visual arts competition and exhibition that showcases the talents and artistic vibrancy of young people between the ages of 10 and 25 years in the City of Whittlesea.

Awesome Art provides a platform for young people to communicate their ideas, feelings and concerns to a wider audience and gain recognition for their work by their friends, family and the wider community.

Don't miss your chance to see this special 10th anniversary exhibition, presented by Kildonan UnitingCare in the Atrium at Fed Square.

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Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade
03 November 2014 until 03 November 2014

Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade

The Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade, proudly supported by the City of Melbourne, will be held on Monday 3 November 2014.

In this highly anticipated public event, tens of thousands of people will once again line Swanston Street for an exciting parade of thoroughbred, jockeys, trainers and celebrity guests.

This free event commences at moon and finishes at 2pm. All are welcome to enjoy the free entertainment and last-minute interviews with Emirates Melbourne Cup trainers and jockeys.

Come and celebrate the 154th Emirates Melbourne Cup and feel the anticipation and excitement on the City of Melbourne streets in the build up to the race that stops a nation.

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Delices du Printemps
04 November 2014 until 04 November 2014

Delices du Printemps

As part of The Age Good Food Month, be taken on a culinary journey through regional France this November, with the French Brasserie's delightful Delices du Printemps evenings. Each Tuesday evening during November, The French Brasserie will introduce a traditional French Spring dish with a matching glass of wine.

On Tuesday 4 November - enjoy Canard à l'Orange, roast duck breast infused with white wine and orange.

On Tuesday 11 November - visit the South-West of France, with a Poulet Basquaise - chicken breast marinated in a white wine sauce with capsicums, tomato, garlic and onion, accompanied by a rice pilaf.

On Tuesday 18 November hailing from Mt St Michel, Normandy, the Agneau de pre-sale, (salt-marsh lamb with Spring vegetables) is traditionally served at Easter-time.

On Tuesday 25 November - in true Brasserie style, join them for Moules Frites on the finale evening of Delices du Printemps.

Don't miss out! Visit The French Brasserie to sample the Delices du printemps menu this Spring.

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Christmas at the Johnston Collection
06 November 2014 until 24 February 2015

Christmas at the Johnston Collection

Artists and makers from Victoria's Geelong and Surf Coast region come together to create a spectacular new arrangement for Christmas at the Johnston Collection.

Some 45 artists and craftspeople from the Geelong Artisans Group have been busy putting the final touches to over 180 exquisite new creations which will feature in this year's T'was the Night Before Christmas tour.

Participants include members of Geelong and District Porcelain Painters, Geelong Handweavers and Spinners Guild Inc, Geelong Patchworkers and Quilters' Guild Inc, Leopold Lacemakers, The Bead Society of Victoria (Geelong branch), The Embroiderers Guild of Victoria (Geelong branch) and The Trolly Dolly Cloth Doll Club Inc, as well as individual artists.

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Dreamers
06 November 2014 until 30 November 2014

Dreamers

See the Australian premiere production of the play Dreamers, written by Daniel Keene and directed by Ariette Taylor.

Dreamers deals with questions at the heart of contemporary life - the struggle against intolerance, the fear of difference and a love that is perceived as inappropriate. Dreamers explores a young man's experience trying to establish himself in a new country, amid growing fear and animosity as he begins a relationship with an older woman, who is also familiar with isolation and loneliness.

The team at fortyfivedownstairs are thrilled to bring together this extraordinary creative team for the first time in over a decade. They previously collaborated in the highly successful and ground breaking Keene Taylor Theatre Project which ran from 1997 until 2002. Together they presented seventeen seasons of works, a total of 47 productions, including full length and short plays.

Dreamers will build upon this extraordinary collaboration, whilst producing a play with searing contemporary relevance. The cast includes Helen Morse, Paul English, Nicholas Bell, Marco Chiappi and Natasha Herbert.

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Appalachian Spring
07 November 2014 until 07 November 2014

Appalachian Spring

A soaring evocation of the American spirit in sound, Appalachian Spring is the most enduringly popular work by American composer, Aaron Copland. Originally written as a chamber ballet for Martha Graham, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra performs this Pulitzer Prize-winning work in its original chamber suite form.

As part of the program, London and Melbourne-based pianist Daniel de Borah will perform Shostakovich's high-octane Piano Concerto No.1.

The program includes:
- Schubert's String Quartet in E flat D87 (arr full strings)
- Shostakovich's Concerto in C minor for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra
- Veress's Transylvanian Dances
- Copland's Appalachian Spring (version for 13 instruments).

Directed by William Hennessy.


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BioBlitz Aboriginal Heritage Walk
07 November 2014 until 07 November 2014

BioBlitz Aboriginal Heritage Walk

Explore the connection between biodiversity and Australia's Aboriginal people. Journey into the ancestral lands of the Kulin Nation and explore their rich and thriving culture on this walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Experience a traditional smoking ceremony with an Aboriginal guide and discover traditional uses of plants for food, tools and medicine. While this is usually a paid tour, the BioBlitz tours will be free of charge.

Take part in Melbourne BioBlitz 2014 and help them to discover the diverse animal and plant species that call Melbourne home.

Over two weeks, from 31 October to 15 November, City of Melbourne will be conducting a survey of the species living in the city, from minuscule plant life to the mighty powerful owl, and they need your help.

You can join a guided BioBlitz event in various locations around the city led by some of Melbourne's best biodiversity experts and ecologists.

You can also conduct your own surveys at any time in any place from your backyard, balcony, laneway or street by sharing images.

Why not gather a group of friends and get out and engage with the wonderful diversity of species that also call Melbourne home?

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Emerald Hill Festival
09 November 2014 until 09 November 2014

Emerald Hill Festival

Multicultural Arts Victoria is thrilled to co-present the Emerald Hill Festival, a free annual one day street party featuring diverse artistic talent, food and activities. The Emerald Hill Festival is organised in collaboration with the creative neighbours in the Emerald Hill precinct in South Melbourne.

The festival spans western classical music to Burundian drumming, Polynesian dance, Japanese Shamisen and everything in between, alongside the opportunity to taste a global feast from a range of Melbourne's iconic food trucks. Adults and children are also invited to participate in a range of art and music activities offered through the day.

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Jeep Melbourne Cup Polo
09 November 2014 until 09 November 2014

Jeep Melbourne Cup Polo

Polo is back for the summer! The Jeep Melbourne Cup is the most prestigious tournament on the Victorian polo calendar and attracts professional teams & players from all over the world.

Leave your jackets and fascinators at home and join in the fun at the beautiful grounds of Werribee Park Mansion. Don't miss your chance to witness the spectacular sport of polo... get a group of friends or clients together and enjoy the carnival atmosphere in a range of hospitality marquees, private picnic marquees and reserved field side car parks.

Or you might prefer to just kick back under a market umbrella beside the polo field in the general admission area with your bring your own picnic.

There is something to suit everyone and this is an event not to be missed.

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Christopher Jewitt presents The Lovers
10 November 2014 until 17 November 2014

Christopher Jewitt presents The Lovers

Hosted at the Eckersley's Art Store gallery space the exhibition titled 'The Lovers' will have on show various large scale oil paintings, including a 10 metre work.

In this recent series of work Jewitt focuses on concepts of love and sex. Figures are portrayed in bursts of intuitive patterns, limbs are entangled in sprays of colour and movement.

Jewitt suggests a range of human emotions expressed by the human figure, most particularly the invisible but strong bonds between people. He has developed a recognisable style of earthen tones and patterned line work that emphasise the core human drives of connectivity and sexuality.

The event is sponsored by Mountain Goat Brewery and is free to the public.

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Crochet at Fed Square
10 November 2014 until 10 November 2014

Crochet at Fed Square

Crochet workshops are led by a small group of volunteer crochet enthusiasts who are working towards making poppies for the '5000 Poppies project'.

This arts and craft project gives crafters of all persuasions an opportunity to contribute to a large community tribute of respect and remembrance to Australian servicemen and women who have fought in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

The goal of the 5000 poppies project is to create a field of 5000 poppies for display on ANZAC Day 2015, as part of Australia's 100th Anniversary commemoration of the Gallipoli landing.

Workshops are held on the second Monday of every month.

Please note that the workshop in April 2014 will be on Friday 25 April in commemoration of ANZAC Day.

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Finding Families at the State Library of Victoria
11 November 2014 until 11 November 2014

Finding Families at the State Library of Victoria

Enter the intriguing world of genealogy and learn how to start building a family tree in this free introductory workshop for beginners at the State Library of Victoria.

Librarians from the Family History team will introduce the key principles of family history research. Learn how to access and use a range of resources, and take on a tour of the Library's Family History collection.

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Blender Ln Artists Market
12 November 2014 until 12 November 2014

Blender Ln Artists Market

The Blender Ln Artists Market is an outdoor event held every Wednesday, located in one of Melbourne's most diverse and vibrant street art covered lane ways.

Take a walk through the quirky and colourful market stalls showcasing a variety of art, illustration, craft, design, textile and jewellery.

You can find that unique gift for any occasion, taste some yummy treats and get involved in a variety of creative workshops.

There is also performing arts and live music acts to soak up. Enjoy the chilled atmosphere and take the opportunity to view the open studios of the resident artists or see what's on exhibit at the Dark Horse Experiment Gallery.

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Maiden, Mother, Crone
12 November 2014 until 29 November 2014

Maiden, Mother, Crone

Maiden, Mother, Crone expands Aldhan's research in contemporary feminist studies and alternative spiritualities, responding to the modern-female experience via the neo-pagan triple-goddess allegory.

New video and sculptural work depict the body in states of transgression and receptivity, subjugated by a wide range of social and cultural mechanisms, threading together ideas about ritual, gender, identity and the grotesque.

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Australasian Worldwide Music Expo 2014
13 November 2014 until 16 November 2014

Australasian Worldwide Music Expo 2014

The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo showcases the finest roots music, from Australia and beyond, whilst providing delegates the opportunity to foster stronger relationships within the music industry in Australia, Asia and the Pacific region.

The Expo attracts the world's most prominent and influential festival bookers, agents, record labels, and media for workshops, panel discussions and industry networking. As a result of performing at AWME, many artists have scored touring and recording opportunities in Asia, Europe and America.

Now in its seventh year, Australasian Worldwide Music Expo has cemented itself as the southern hemisphere's premier roots music industry showcase, conference and trade event, building recognition and understanding of the music and culture from this region.

The Expo takes place in November 13 to 16 across the Arts Centre Melbourne, The Hi-Fi, The Toff In Town, Ding Dong Lounge, Shebeen and the Lounge.

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Azimuth
13 November 2014 until 21 November 2014

Azimuth

Azimuth makes reference to the 'points of view' from which people view, experience and create in the world.

This exhibition is an exploration of the trajectories of practices borne out of ceramics, and gold and silver smithing traditions and brings together a group of contemporary object makers.

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Elly Hoyt – Jazz Thursdays at the Commune
13 November 2014 until 13 November 2014

Elly Hoyt – Jazz Thursdays at the Commune

Jazz songstress, Elly Hoyt, returns to join the John Montesante Quintet (JMQ), performing jazz standards and his favourite tunes at The Commune on the city's edge. This is Melbourne's longest running modern jazz residency, now into its 11th year!

The John Montesante Quintet is one of Melbourne's most entertaining and versatile jazz combos, with a vast repertoire of bebop and timeless jazz standards.

The regular JMQ line-up features John Montesante (trumpet and flugel), Dean Cooper (drums), Michael Harding (piano), Ben Robertson (bass) and Tony Hicks (saxophone), with some of Australia's finest jazz artists, including the very special Elly Hoyt.

Relax after work, enjoy a light dinner and listen to outstanding jazz music.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Feel Young
13 November 2014 until 13 November 2014

Feel Young

Drawing from ancient Chinese traditions, Feel Young combines gentle exercise and dance in a program suitable for all ages.

Led by expert instructors from the Federation of Chinese Associations, Feel Young is designed to invigorate the mind and the body, building fitness, balance and mobility.

Classes are held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, 10.30am - 12.30pm.

All ages are welcome and bookings not required.

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Architecture in Helsinki + Total Giovanni + Rainbow Connection Presented by Penny Drop
14 November 2014 until 14 November 2014

Architecture in Helsinki + Total Giovanni + Rainbow Connection Presented by Penny Drop

Running the emotional gamut from deep blue through yellow magic to pink pop confection; Architecture in Helsinki (AIH) headline an evening of all-Melbourne music for the Melbourne Music Week Opening Night. Released earlier this year, AIH's fifth album NOW + 4EVA marks a new stage in the pop evolution of one of Australia's most surprising and beloved bands.

Support comes from local party-starters Total Giovanni and a DJ set from Rainbow Connection. Enigmatic purveyors of shamanic disco, heartbreak house and boogie decadence, Total Giovanni specialise in making dancefloors shake - Caligula-style. Rainbow Connection grasp a fantastical future by sharing magical, dance-inducing musical memories both old and new.

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Cut Copy (DJ Set) Present Ocean's Apart
15 November 2014 until 15 November 2014

Cut Copy (DJ Set) Present Ocean's Apart

Cut Copy launch Oceans Apart, a compilation record with an exclusive showcase of the best of Melbourne's current live artists who are defining dance music and club culture in Melbourne.

Grammy-nominated Melbourne locals Cut Copy have been instrumental in carving the path for local artists, both here and overseas. Founding member Dan Whitford thought it important to document this success and broaden exposure to a wider audience in the form of a compilation; Oceans Apart.

In celebration of the launch Cut Copy will play a DJ set joined by sets from featured Oceans Apart artists Andras & Oscar, producer Roland Tings (Rohan Newman), No Zu, World's End Press, Sleep D, Speed Painters and Nile Delta.

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Garden DesignFest
15 November 2014 until 16 November 2014

Garden DesignFest

Garden DesignFest is the largest designer open garden weekend held in Melbourne. Started under the patronage of John Patrick this event commenced in 2004 and has since raised some $285,000 for worthwhile charities. The event attracts visitors locally, interstate and internationally.

The 2014 event will continue to account for every possible taste from family to formal, traditional to artistic and native to Hollywood. This year not only will there be a large variety of metropolitan gardens but also a number of spectacular large gardens in central Victoria and the Mornington Peninsula. Designers include Rick Eckersley, Paul Bangay, Robert Boyle, John Patrickand and Steve Taylor. Each designer and their staff will be in attendance at their garden to meet and talk with visitors about their garden and answer any questions they have.

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Just a Girl
15 November 2014 until 15 November 2014

Just a Girl

This exhibition is a portrayal of the moments in artist Gabrielle Savrone's life where she was uncomfortable or told no, simply because she is female.

Says Gabrielle, 'Abstraction allows the viewer to complete the image in their mind. This brings them into the work with me and creates a moment in time, a completion of the art that does not exist without the viewer'.

This exhibition is a mixed media interactive and visual exploration which combines installation, print and photography as well as acrylic and oil paint.

Gabrielle will donate ten per cent all sales to the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women's Coalition.

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British Heraldry of the Great War
20 November 2014 until 20 November 2014

British Heraldry of the Great War

This lecture, largely illustrated with images from the records of the College of Arms, will discuss the representation of the Great War in the armorial bearings granted to various military and naval commanders, armament manufacturers and others. The arms will be set in the context of older English heraldic traditions. The heraldic consequences of George V's desire to sever his family's ties with Germany will also be discussed.

The lecture will be presented by David Vines White and be held in the Auditorium, Education Centre at the Shrine of Remembrance

The event is free but gold coin donation welcome.

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Live Music Safari Kitchens
20 November 2014 until 20 November 2014

Live Music Safari Kitchens

For Live Music Safari, fourteen of Melbourne's much-loved and iconic live music venues open their doors for a wild night of free gigs and parties, and, for the first time, some are offering food as well.

Try the black angus, kangaroo or saganaki burgers or a spicy quesadilla at 1000 £ Bend. Full menu

Snack on Boney's jalapeno donuts, chicken kofta or cashew and carrot bao buns or fill a bigger appetite with the beef brisket. Full menu

Gloria Swanston's Kitchen at Lounge makes mouth-watering American classics like philly-cheese steaks, Texan BBQ ribs and southern fried green tomato sliders. Full menu

Treat yourself to Thai flavours - perhaps a betel leaf salad with salmon or mushroom dumpling green curry - courtesy of Choo Choo's at The Toff in Town. Full menu

Girl with the Gris Gris serve home-style, Louisiana cooking with a Creole and Cajun menu at Ding Dong. MMW ticket holders can take advantage of their special Live Music Safari offer - an Abita beer and chicken and sausage gumbo for $15. Full menu

Ferdydurke top star-studded frankfurters like the Fred Savage (frank with tequila infused chunky salsa, jalapenos, cheese and sour cream) and nachos too. Full menu

Huxtaburger now have a pop-up kitchen at The John Curtin Hotel. From the Denise to the Sondra, select any one of their much-loved burgers. Full menu

The Kelvin Club plates up carbonara croquets, burgers and an extensive list of cheesy toasties. Full menu

Fancy Hank's BBQ Joint serves traditional American-style, slow-cooked BBQ at The Mercat. Full menu

Miss Katies Crab Shack at The Public Bar boasts a low country boil, fried chicken, burgers and more made using produce from QVM. Full menu

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Carlton MID ODI Series – Australia vs South Africa
21 November 2014 until 21 November 2014

Carlton MID ODI Series – Australia vs South Africa

This November the curtain will be raised on the Carlton Mid One Day International (ODI) Series where the Australian hopefuls will take on South Africa. The Aussies will test their skills against some of the world's best as they set their sights on an ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 victory on home soil.

The Aussie ODI team will go to head-to-head with one of their fiercest competitors across the five-match series, with each sporting venue transformed into an electrifying festival of fun and world-class cricket.

In addition to all the cricket action, there's no excuse not to head along to a match with friends this summer as Cricket Australia are offering four adult tickets for less than the price of three. Plus fans are encouraged to attend all Carlton Mid ODI matches in dress ups for their chance to win $10,000.

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Going Nowhere
21 November 2014 until 23 November 2014

Going Nowhere

Going Nowhere is one event happening on two sides of the globe simultaneously – in Melbourne and in Cambridge, UK – exploring how artists, communities and audiences can sustainably generate international creative experiences without getting on an airplane.

Through four local/international arts collaborations, an eco-sound installation, a barn dance and a program of interactive public forums and workshops, Going Nowhere rehearses possible futures and embraces the shared delights of staying put and reaching out.

Full program on website from 22 September.

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Cream of the Crop Festival
23 November 2014 until 23 November 2014

Cream of the Crop Festival

In November, the best of Australia's dairy produce comes to Melbourne for the first ever Cream of the Crop Festival, hosted by the Dairy Industry Association of Australia. The festival is part of The Age Good Food Month.

Admission includes unlimited samples of cheese, ice-cream, yogurt and butter, as well as entry into dairy masterclasses throughout the day. Wine, beer and cheese platters are available for sale.

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Couch Guerillas
27 November 2014 until 27 November 2014

Couch Guerillas

Do you like playing on your couch? What are your moves? What does your couch become in your imaginary games?

Join dance and design artists to explore the way we use the family couch. Discover how to put your moves together to make a dance sequence, and design the ideal family couch - however fantastical!

These workshops are part of the creative development of Couch Guerillas, a dance theatre show reflecting family life in the lounge room. Come back and see the show...and the couch in 2015!

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A Tale of Two Organs
30 November 2014 until 30 November 2014

A Tale of Two Organs

For the first time in history, both the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ and the stunning Regent Theatre Wurlitzer organ will be showcased in the same concert.

The two outstanding pipe organs will be played by two of the world's most revered and versatile musicians. Richard Hills is one of the very few organists to have mastered both the world of the classical organ and that of the theatre organ. Named Organist of the Year in 2010 by the American Theatre Organ Society, Richard is a sensational performer known for his lightning-quick hands and his infectious rhythmic improvisations. Born and bred in the United Kingdom, this is Richard's first trip to Australia.

Tony Fenelon is one of Australia's best loved musicians, a virtuoso on both piano and organ. Internationally acclaimed, Tony has completed 18 major concert tours and is an artist of choice for demonstrating new organs. In performance, Tony brings drama and fun in equal measures and is equally adept playing major classical works or accompanying silent films.

Hear these two brilliant entertainers play two inspirational instruments, as soloists and in duo performance. The progressive concert on either side of Collins Street will be a mix of classical and theatre organ styles that also includes vocals, piano and a film screening.

A Tale of Two Organs is presented as part of the Good Friday Appeal supporting the Royal Children's Hospital. All profits will be donated to the Appeal.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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China Up Close
02 December 2014 until 15 March 2015

China Up Close

China has the world's fastest growing economy which has triggered a dramatic transformation within Chinese society.

China Up Close explores how this profound change has influenced Chinese moving image art and cinema through a deeply rich program of exhibitions, talks, live events and film.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Flavour Exchange
04 December 2014 until 05 December 2014

Flavour Exchange

Celebrate the flavours of each incoming season at Fed Square's quarterly tasting event, Flavour Exchange.

Here is your opportunity to explore Victoria's superb wine, beer and cider and enjoy sensational seasonal produce while meeting all the producers, winemakers and growers. Work your way through the tasting trail, hear the stories behind these much-loved local products and purchase your favourites directly from the producer.

As the summer season begins, join Flavour Exchange for a foodie celebration. Sample the fruits of summer with Pale Ales, Lagers, Moscatos and lightly chilled reds alongside your barbeque essentials. Plus prepare for the party season with food and beverage classes.

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Interrobang presents Propellor and ?!
04 December 2014 until 04 December 2014

Interrobang presents Propellor and ?!

Propellor is improvised theatre at its best, combining short-form games and scenes, and a full improvised play...created from your suggestions.

The first half features popular impro games and scenes inspired by props, propelling the show forward. In the second half, audience suggestions will be intervowen into an improvised long form, and a play will be made up before your very eyes, on the spot! Inspired, and delightfully surprised, by your pre-written statements and questions.

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Australian DanceSport Championship
05 December 2014 until 07 December 2014

Australian DanceSport Championship

The Australian Dancing Society invites you to join us for the 68th Australian DanceSport Championship.

A celebration of Australian and International DanceSport at its best.

Be part of the action at the home of DanceSport, Hisense Arena located in the sporting heart of fabulous Melbourne from the 5th to the 7th of December, 2014.

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GREASE
11 December 2014 until 11 January 2015

GREASE

The number one party musical Grease is returning to Australia in a new multi-million dollar production. It's got groove, it's got meaning and it's burning up the quarter mile!

Starring Rob Mills, Gretel Scarlett, Todd McKenney, Anthony Callea, Val Lehman and Bert Newton, Grease returns to the Australian stage in a live production that's truly Electrifying.

Since the show's Broadway premiere in 1972 and the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, which went on to become the highest grossing movie-musical of all time; Grease has triumphed across the globe, with its irresistible mix of adolescent angst, vibrant physicality and 1950s pop culture.

So get ready to dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as "bad boy" Danny and "the girl next door" Sandy fall in love all over again.

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KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melborune Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes
20 December 2014 until 20 December 2014

KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melborune Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes

Melbourne Stars take on the Hobart Hurricanes in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, the exciting national cricket competition set to ignite this summer.

After a blockbuster season, the fun and excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League returns this summer, with international cricket stars playing alongside Australia's best home grown T20 talent.

With non-stop action, Big Bash League is the hottest and best value entertainment for teens and families. The League will be shown live and exclusively on Channel 10 and will be played over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

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Christmas lunch at GG
25 December 2014 until 25 December 2014

Christmas lunch at GG

If every year, following the burnt turkey, the arguments over who finished the last of the red wine and which sibling is going to tackle the pile of washing up, you vow that next year you will take the family out to enjoy lunch on Christmas day, make 2014 the year that it happens.

Bring the whole family - children under 12 are half price.

Bookings are taken nice and early so you can lock it in and simple not worry about lunch until the day when all you need to do is show up, relax and enjoy.

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Christmas Day Dinner Buffet at Hilton on the Park-Melbourne
25 December 2014 until 25 December 2014

Christmas Day Dinner Buffet at Hilton on the Park-Melbourne

For a truly memorable occasion, gather family and friends to celebrate with a delectable Christmas buffet and holiday-inspired drinks.

The buffet includes:
- seasonal seafood station with fresh prawns, mussels, oysters and crab
- carving station with honey-glazed ham, roasted turkey and baked salmon
- hot station with slow-cooked wagyu bourguignon
- salad station with seasonal vegetables and Christmas specials
- festive desserts including Christmas pudding, petite fours, cakes and an ice cream parlour
- selected beer, wine and soft drinks.

Source: City of Melbourne What's On

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Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test
26 December 2014 until 30 December 2014

Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test

Crowds will flock to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day for the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test, to cheer on the Aussies as they take on India in the third Commonwealth Bank Test match.

Australia's sporting colosseum will be abuzz with excitement and national pride will be on the line as the Aussies fight it out against cricket powerhouse India, for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

In a coup for families, day three of the Commonwealth Bank Test match is Toyota Family Day and kids get in free!

The Outfield will also be set up outside each Test venue, providing a family friendly zone with plenty of free activities and entertainment for kids such as face painting, cricket based skill testers, balloon artists and plenty of giveaways.

Kids in free means one child (aged 15 or under) per full-priced adult ticket enters free for day three of any Test match, but tickets (full-priced adult and free child) must be purchased in the same transaction to verify availability. Offer is subject to availability.

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Above & Beyond New Year's Day
01 January 2015 until 01 January 2015

Above & Beyond New Year's Day

Above & Beyond will deliver their iconic live performance, taking fans on an interactive and immersive adventure this New Year.

While so many superstar DJs place themselves at the heart of their performance, Above & Beyond's focus is always on getting closer to their crowd and making them part of the action.

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KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers
05 January 2015 until 05 January 2015

KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers

Melbourne Stars take on the Sydney Sixers in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, the exciting national cricket competition set to ignite this summer.

After a blockbuster season, the fun and excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League returns this summer, with international cricket stars playing alongside Australia's best home grown T20 talent.

With non-stop action, the Big Bash League is the hottest and best value entertainment for teens and families. The League will be shown live and exclusively on Channel 10 and will be played over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

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AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015
09 January 2015 until 31 January 2015

AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015

The countdown is on to Australia's biggest ever football tournament - AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.


The best 16 countries of Asia will compete for Asia's biggest sporting prize, the Asian Cup.

It will be a 32 game, 23 day festival of football with Melbourne playing host to seven games at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, at Olympic Park.

The tournament will open in Melbourne with Australia taking on Kuwait on January 9, 2015. The opening game will also feature an Opening Ceremony.

Other games in Melbourne include a quarter-final plus five group matches involving past Asian Cup champions.

Melbourne will provide the stage for defending champions Japan and former champions Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Between them they have won 11 of the 15 Asian Cups decided so far, so Melbourne will definitely be the "City of Champions".

The Asian Cup is held every four years and is the premier men's football competition throughout Asia.

It will be the biggest sporting event in Australia in a decade and the largest football tournament that Australia has hosted.

With a TV reach of over 2.5 billion people throughout Asia and viewed in 80 countries, Asian Cup 2015 will bring in about 45,000 overseas visitors to Australia.

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KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melborune Stars vs Melbourne Renegades
10 January 2015 until 10 January 2015

KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melborune Stars vs Melbourne Renegades

Melbourne Stars take on the Melbourne Renegades in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, the exciting national cricket competition set to ignite this summer.

After a blockbuster season, the fun and excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League returns with international cricket stars playing alongside Australia's best home grown T20 talent.

With non-stop action, the Big Bash League is the hottest and best value entertainment for teens and families. The League will be shown live and exclusively on Channel 10 and will be played over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

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Carlton Mid ODI Tri Series – Australia vs India
16 January 2015 until 16 January 2015

Carlton Mid ODI Tri Series – Australia vs India

This summer the Carlton Mid One Day International (ODI) Tri-Series will hit Australia, with the Australian men's team competing against India and England for bragging rights and a final chance to polish their performance ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.

This first match of the series sees Australia play India.

Throughout the series fans will be a part of summer's biggest dress-up party with each stadium being transformed into a colourful celebration of cricket. Fans can look forward to a fun-filled day with plenty of fantastic prizes up for grabs for the best dressed in the crowd.

If that wasn't enough, match-goers will be able to take up the '4 for 3' offer and get four adult tickets for less than the price of three.

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KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers
21 January 2015 until 21 January 2015

KFC T20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers

Melbourne Stars take on the Perth Scorchers in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, the exciting national cricket competition set to ignite this summer.

After a blockbuster season, the fun and excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League returns this summer, with international cricket stars playing alongside Australia's best home grown T20 talent.

With non-stop action, the Big Bash League is the hottest and best value entertainment for teens and families. The League will be shown live and exclusively on Channel 10 and will be played over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

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Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony
26 January 2015 until 26 January 2015

Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony

Come to the official flag raising ceremony as part of the Australia Day celebrations. His Excellency, the Honourable Alex Chernov, AC QC, Governor of Victoria officiates as the National Flag is raised at 10:30am.

The Governor will inspect the Tri-Service Royal Guard of Honour and the Premier of Victoria will lead the public in the Australia Day Affirmation.

Supported by the City of Melbourne.


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Australia Day in Melbourne
26 January 2015 until 26 January 2015

Australia Day in Melbourne

Join in the myriad of celebrations taking place in Melbourne's city centre on Australia Day including the Official Flag Raising Ceremony, the Australia Day March, events in St Kilda Road, Queen Victoria Gardens and Kings Domain Gardens, at the National Gallery of Victoria and conclude the day with celebrations and a spectacular fireworks display at Docklands.

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Coopers Australian Music Prize
26 January 2015 until 26 January 2015

Coopers Australian Music Prize

Five of the shortlisted artists of this year's Coopers Australian Music Prize will perform live showcase sets as part of the Australia Day Concert at the Bowl.

The Coopers AMP is about discovering, promoting and rewarding excellence in Australian music.

Stay tuned for 2015's program to be announced for another brilliant day out!

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A State of Trance Festival
06 February 2015 until 06 February 2015

A State of Trance Festival

A State of Trance Festival promises to deliver a unique vibe and electrifying atmosphere by bringing together some of the best DJs within the trance and electronic music industry.

The line-up of each festival will be revealed at a later stage along with subsequent tour dates. See website for more information.

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Dirty Dancing
23 February 2015 until 17 May 2015

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage, returns to Australia for a 10th anniversary tour.

An unprecedented live experience, this worldwide smash-hit explodes with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing.

It's the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Featuring hit songs including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the unforgettable (I've Had) The Time Of My Life.



See website for dates and times.

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FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix
12 March 2015 until 15 March 2015

FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix

There's nothing as exciting as a FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix race. It has the power to stop traffic in Asia, make America sit up and take notice and rouse Europe from its slumber. The 2014 Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix will be no exception, with the world's fastest cars, coolest celebrities and latest technology converging on Melbourne for four days of breathtaking action.

There are many ticket options available, from corporate to general admission. Don't miss your chance to book and join a crowd of thousands to watch the world's premier drivers light up Melbourne and the Albert Park circuit in March.

Be there as the world watches Melbourne.

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Indonesia Street Festival
19 April 2015 until 19 April 2015

Indonesia Street Festival

The Annual Indonesia Street Festival brings together the Indonesian Community living and supporting in the state of Victoria. This annual event ensures community collaborations and opportunities for the Indonesian businesses to showcase the best of culture, taste, sights and sounds of Indonesia.

This events also celebrate a significant day in Indonesian tradition called Kartini Day. This event symbolises Mothers day and a day celebrating women's role within Indonesian society.

There will be 20 restaurants featuring traditional and authentic Indonesian cuisine added with the twist of high quality food from the South East Asian neighbours. They will definitely ensure your taste buds are fulfilled. Immerse yourself in the wonderful traditional dancers from the Indonesian archipelago from Sumatra, to the Eastern sea of Indonesia.

Come dressed in your traditional Indonesian outfits and enjoy this wonderful celebration.

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ANZAC Day at the Shrine
25 April 2015 until 25 April 2015

ANZAC Day at the Shrine

ANZAC Day, originally a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915, has grown to become perhaps the most important national day in Australia.

In addition to recognising the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in war or on peacekeeping operations ANZAC Day has become core to the identity of Australia itself, a day on which Australians reflect on the Anzac spirit and its place in Australia today.

The Dawn Service is a major part of the tradition of ANZAC Day and harks back to the military practice of 'standing to' at dawn. Each dawn and dusk, the most favourable times for attack, soldiers were called to 'stand to' and manned their posts in full kit, ready to repulse enemy attacks or launch their own.

Dawn Services are held across Australia, including Victoria's State service held at the Shrine, at 6.00am each April 25 and are followed by the ANZAC Day March in many cities and towns. The March, led by veterans and serving personnel, now also includes the descendants of veterans, sometimes alongside their relatives but more often, as the men of the Second World War in particular pass on, in honour of those who served.

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Good Food and Wine Show
05 May 2015 until 08 May 2015

Good Food and Wine Show

The Good Food and Wine Show is back in 2015 and guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling!

A dream day out for food fanatics and wine connoisseurs alike - hundreds of the country's finest food producers, wineries and chefs come together for one sensational long weekend. With a line-up that will leave you hungry for more, one day may not be enough!

There's a magnificent menu of things to see, taste and do including 300 food and wine producers, 15 celebrity chefs including Donna Hay, Miguel Maestre, Michelle Bridges, Maggie Beer and Tobie Puttock plus 100s of show specials. How much fun can you handle?

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Altitude Shift
22 May 2015 until 23 May 2015

Altitude Shift

Anglicare Victoria is searching for 200 brave volunteers to abseil down a Melbourne skyscraper in support of children living in foster care.

Altitude Shift gives people the chance to test their nerve on St James building in Bourke St, while raising funds for Victorian children who can't live with their parents.

The event is probably the most adventurous way people can help a child in need.

Altitude Shift is all about taking people out of their comfort zone.

Abseiling down a skyscraper is a 'bucket list' experience, but it's also an extraordinary way to raise money for an incredibly important cause.

All money raised will go towards programs that create positive, lasting change in the lives of Victoria's most vulnerable children.

Anglicare Victoria are aiming to raise at least $150,000, but they are putting the challenge out there to participants to raise even more.

If you think dressing up as Spiderman will help you raise money, then do it.

Anglicare Victoria is Victoria's largest foster care provider, currently housing over 400 children per night. The placements and support services give stability and a sense of hope to children unable to live with their natural families.

Altitude Shift is open to anyone over 16 (with parental permission under 18), regardless of shape, fitness or ability. It's being run in conjunction with Urban Descent, an adventure/ abseil company with a 100 per cent safety record. Qualified abseil professionals will be on-site and will prepare and guide each participant on the day.

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Anything Goes
31 May 2015 until 20 June 2015

Anything Goes

Australia's hottest new creative team, Helpmann Award-winning Dean Bryan and Andrew Hallsworth stage a brand new production of Cole Porter's de-lightful and de-lovely musical, Anything Goes.

This dazzling musical celebration features a hilarious tale of topsy-turvy relationships, mistaken identities and foiled plots, peppered with some of musical theatre's most memorable standards including You're the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You and, of course, the title song, Anything Goes.

Starring Caroline O'Connor, Todd McKenney, Wayne Scott Kermond, Alex Rathgeber, Claire Lyon, Carmen Duncan, Debora Krizak and Alan Jones.

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