Melbourne & Suburbs

Events in Melbourne

As well as the specific events, markets, exhibitions and attractions listed below for this particular Saturday, you may also be interested in our general suggestions for 20 Things To Do in Melbourne on a Saturday.

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The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, it’s The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical. 

The Book of Mormon made its world premiere in March 2011 at Broadway's Eugene O'Neil Theater. The London production opened in February 2013 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The show has set house records at 27 theatres around the US, and broken the house record at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre more than 50 times. The London production broke box office records for the highest single day of sales in West End history.

White Hat can thoroughly recommend The Book of Mormon as one of the best and most entertaining musical productions to be seen in Melbourne for quite some time

Our rating - 5 Hats

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Aladdin The Musical

From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the well-loved story of Aladdin comes to theatrical life in this new musical comedy.

The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and “Extravagant!” and USA Today calls it “Pure Genie-us!”

With fine choreography, impressive production numbers and arresting visual effects White Hat can recommend this production of Aladdin as a great night in the theatre for people of all ages.

Ticket information and bookings from official site.




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Free Guided Tour of Fitzroy Gardens

A free one hour guided walking tour through this formal garden highlighting its rich history. Bookings are not required. The tour leaves from the Information Centre in the gardens.




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Remembrance Day
Various events throughout Victoria with a solemen ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance conducted by various dignitaries and including the traditional minute's silence at 11am.


Markets in Melbourne

Queen Victoria Market

Victoria's premier market and major tourist attraction with fresh produce and general goods. More information at Queen Victoria Market.

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Rose Street Artists Market

Loosely based on designer markets in London, Berlin and Europe and situated only a short distance from Brunswick Street Fitzroy, this market showcases over 50 cotemporary artists and designers each week. More information >>.

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Brunswick Market

Brunswick Market fruit & veg section
Brunswick Market fruit & veg section

A general indoor market with long-term stall and shop holders with butchers, a fishmonger, poultry, delis, dry goods, fruit and vegetables and some variety and clothing stores. 6am to 6pm Monday to Saturdays (Fridays open till 7pm). On Sundays only the fruit and veg section is open (enter from rear) from 7am to 6pm.



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Beaumaris Farmers Market
Melbourne's newest farmers market with up to 50 stalls of local fresh produce direct from farmer/producer to you. You can find full details together with information regarding the authenticity of the produces at Regional Farmers Markets.

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Blackburn Station Art & Craft Market
A Rotary Club project featuring food, art & crafts & bric a brac in an outdoor setting. Situated on the grassy strip next to Blackburn Railway Station and opposite the shopping strip, White Hat can recommend this as a pleasant location to have a leisrurely Saturday breakfast, read the paper, have a browse among the market stalls and maybe also pick up some supplies from the local organic food store.

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Brimbank Community Market
Brimbank Community Market.is a privately owned Australian company and aims is to develop the site in Ardeer into an iconic attraction, a valuable addition to the western suburbs. It is more than a traditional weekend market. The stalls are an attraction in their own right and provide a great atmosphere where patrons will find products and services only found at weekend markets, the market will also have a huge area devoted to entertainment, with a circus, amusements, children's play area, a traditional sumo wrestling ring and other entertainment. The main objective is to provide an environment where the whole family will find something to enjoy. The entertainment and community involvement will be varied and ongoing and it is hoped that each time you visit the market you will find something new and exciting. Currently planned events include Sumo Wrestling, Dart Competitions, Basket Ball, Football and soccer shoot outs, Tug of war, Cooking competitions, Traditional folk dancing and Musical Entertainment Brimbank Community Market would welcome community groups, and the general public to participate in the events and competitions they organise.

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Camberwell Fresh Food Market
Freshest gourmet produce, seafood, meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables, flowers, 5 delicatessen with highest quality fresh deli items, superb Illy's cakes, specialising in gluten free, and wide selection of multicultural takeaway. Find culinary inspiration for your dining table with friendly family traders at the CFFM.

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CERES Organic Food & Craft Market
CERES Organic Market and Shop recently celebrated their 10th birthday. The market sells fresh organic fruit and veg with an emphais on locally grown produce. The CERES Craft Market sells a mixture of hand crafted objects and second hand bargains in a social and friendly environment." The

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Chapel Street Bazaar
A veritable Alladin's Cave of collectables, memorabilia and antiques. With over 80 independent dealers buying and selling, White Hat believes this is the largest bazaar of its type in Melbourne.

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Collingwood Farmers' Market
A farmers market selling fresh produce in the Melbourne inner suburb of Collingwood. A small entry fee applies. Set in bush and farm land close to the city, White Hat can particularly recommend this as a great place to take young families where you can combine your food shopping with a visit to the children's farm.

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Croydon Farmers Market
A farmers' market selling fresh produce direct from the producer. Nearly 40 stalls of fresh local produce, direct from farmer/producer to you.

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Dandenong Market
A large market with fresh produce and a wide range of goods. More information on Dandenong Market.

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Diamond Village Craft Market
The new Diamond Village Craft Market in the heart of Watsonia. An undercover market at the Diamond Village Shopping Centre. Features local stallholders from around the Diamond Valley region. Hand made arts & crafts, woodwork, candles, natural soaps, kids toys & clothing, plants and more. Sausage sizzle/BBQ and free entertainers.

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Federation Square Book Market
Federation square book market is held in the Atrium every Saturday. It has both new and second hand, as well as collectible books.

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Footscray Market
A large indoor market with a large range of produce and general goods.

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Karingal Uniting Church Monthly Market
Stall holders sell a variety of goods including plants, seedlings, games, tools, handcrafts, books, clothing. General bric a brac. The church canteen sells hot and cold food and drinks.

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Lost & Found Market
Lost & Found is an indoor market based in a shop just off Smith Street Collingwood. It features vintage furniture, lighting, art, posters, clothes, books, records and anything collectable. Permenant and casual stalls available.

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Mount Street Craft Market
An outdoor market selling home made and home grown goods. (Please note - this market used to operate monthly but now only operates in November and December).

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Prahran Market
A large suburban market with produce and general goods. More information on Prahran Market.

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Preston Market
Preston market is a large market selling fresh produce, meat, poultry and fish as well as a wide range of general goods. White Hat particular recommends Preston Market if you are shopping for a family on a tight budget. It is located next to the railway station and trams, and there are several supermarkets in the complex if you need to top up on anything not sold in the market. More information on Preston Market.

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Richmond (Gleadell Street) Market
A traditional outdoor street produce market with 65 stalls Fresh fruit and vegetables, foodstuufs, flowers and a fishmonger. More information at Gleadell Street Market.

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South Melbourne Market
A large undercover produce and general market. More information at South Melbourne Market.

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St Albans Market
A relatively small but bustling produce market offering what White Hat considers to be particularly good value for food shoppers. More information > >

Attractions in Melbourne

Old Melbourne Gaol

Ned Kellyat the scaffold in the Old Melbourne Gaol

A gaol built in the early days of European settlement and the site of over 100 hangings including that of the bushranger Ned Kelly. more information at Old Melbourne Gaol >>


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Duldig Studio museum + sculpture garden

The Duldig StudioAn artists' house museum - the former home and artists' studio of sculptor Karl Duldig (1902-1986) and his wife - artist and inventor Slawa Duldig née Horowitz (c1902-1975). Both artists fled the Nazis and ended up making a significant contribution to Australian life. You can read more about their remarkable background and the studio at Duldig Studio >>


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Toorak House - (The Swedish Church)

Toorak House - 1857
One of Victoria's earliest surviving mansions, Toorak House now also functions as The Swedish Church. It is open to the public daily and also features a shop selling Scandinavian crafts and Scandanavian food. Details at Toorak House - (The Swedish Church)

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Melbourne Zoo

Established in 1862, Melbourne Zoo is Australia's oldest zoo. It contains more than 350 animal species from Australia and around the world. It is a short distance from the city and can be accessed by car, train or a picturesque tram ride through Royal Park. More information at Melbourne Zoo.
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Cooks' Cottage

Cooks' CottageThe original tiny cottage belonging to Captain Cook's parents which was brought to Australia and reassembled in the Fitzroy Gardens - a short walk from central Melbourne. More information at The White Hat Guide to Cook's Cottage >>.
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Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium features marine life from the Southern Ocean and Antarctic regions. This means that locals can learn more about our own sea life while visitors from the northern hemisphere are likely to witness creatures they have never seen before. more info >>

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Australian National Aviation Museum
A collection of aeroplanes and displays relating to Australia's aviation history. The museum is at Moorabbin Airport. more info > >
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Bundoora Homestead
Bundoora Homestead is a wonderful Queen Anne style Federation mansion operating as a historic house, art gallery and licensed café. Free admission.More info >>
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Bundoora Park
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Chinese Museum
Situated in the heart of Chinatown, the Chinese Museum records the history and significant contribution of Chinese people in Victoria since their first major arrival with the gold rush. more info > >
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Fox Classic Car Collection
For anyone interested in classic cars, White Hat can recommend this collection as a 'must visit'. Except for special occasions, The Fox Classic Car Collection is only open on Tuesdays Wednesdays & Saturdays (closed Grand Prix Weekend, Easter & Melbourne Cup Day) more info >>
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Heide Museum of Modern Art
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Ian Potter Museum of Art

The Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University is a short tram ride from the city and a short walk from Lygon Street Carlton. Entry is free but from time to time there are special exhibitions in part of the gallery which may entail an entry charge. Exhibited works are chosen from teh art clocction of the Unversity of Melbourne - the largest university art collection in Australia. More info >>


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Immigration Museum
Covering Victoria's immigration history from the early 1800s to the present day. More information on the Immigration Museum
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Melbourne Tram Museum
This museum is a short tram ride from the city and contains a significant collection of heritage trams in the historic Hawthorn Tram Depot. It is open once a month. More information >>
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National Gallery of Victoria - Australian Collection
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National Gallery of Victoria - International Collection
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QV Women’s Centre
The QV Women's Centre in the Former Melbourne Hospital (later the Queen Victoria Hospital) is open to the public on Saturday afternoons. More information at The White Hat Guide to the Former Melbourne Hospital.
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Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne's famous Royal Botanic Gardens are open daily. Free guided tours are available 11am and 2pm Tuesday to Sunday. More info >>
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Shrine of Remembrance
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Tall Ship Enterprize
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The Hotel Windsor

Exhibitions in Melbourne

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture

In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses, the National Gallery of Victoria presents The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture.

The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly publication, a dynamic program of talks, tours and events and the curated NGV Friday Nights program, featuring live music, food and performances.

Entry prices apply, Prices and bookings on NGV Website




Melbourne Outskirts

The following selected events and attractions are not in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area but can be accessed in a half day trip (or one day round trip) from Melbourne

Events - Melbourne Outskirts

Markets - Melbourne Outskirts

Farmers Market@The Old Cheese Factory
This market is on the second Saturday of the month and complements the long running Casey-Berwick Farmers Market also held at the Old Cheese Factory on the 4th Saturday of the month. There is a wide range of farm fresh produce including organic fruit and vegetables, artisan cheeses and olive oils, specialty breads, free range chicken and eggs, varieties of meats including lamb, beef, veal, pork and venison, together with baked goods, preserves and herb and vegetable seedlings and much more. The market has been accredited by the Victorian Farmers Market Association. It is run by the Berwick Woodworkers Club who collect a $2 donation from shoppers and these funds are used to support local community groups. More information at Old Cheese Factory Farmers Market


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Gully Market
An outdoor market at the foot of Mount Dandenong comprises of a large Fruit and Veg stall, ferns, natives, rare bulbs, statues, jewelry, arts and crafts and many more. Water and some powered sites are available both Saturday and Sunday.

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Laverton Rubble & Riches Market
A large indoor/outdoor market with trash & trasure, produce, clothes, furniture, hardware and a range of other goods. White Hat guarantees that if you are looking for a drive shaft for a 1983 Monaro or a missing pice of that Royal Doulton tea set then it will be there. We're just not quite sure where.

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St Andrews Market
Craft and produce stalls in a delightful bush setting.  More information on St Andrews Market.


Attractions - Melbourne Outskirts

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Almost 200 hectares of grassy plains and sweeping river terraces are home to a collection of animals from the grasslands of Africa, Australia and Asia. More info >>
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Bringalbit
Bringalbit is a country property near Mt. Macedon retaining some of its original remnant Peppermint Gums, Yellow Box and Manna Gums fail to break the winds. These have been supplemented  confers, oaks, willow and poplar thickets, Monterey pines and Osage trees, nearly all planted in the 19th century. The large trees, together with a small creek feeding a couple of dams and the garden lake before cascading down it’s rocky falls below the spillway forms a peaceful retreat in country Victoria. There is a 60metre Quince Walk that delights in Spring and Autumn. Elsewhere in the garden swathes of roses, lavender, dianthus and gaura soak up the sun on the north facing terraces with their silver foliage context of snow-in-summer edging. There is a small entry charge per person (children free). More info >>
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Forest Glade Gardens
Forest Glade Gardens is one of Australia's finest private gardens. It is short trip from Melbourne and is open to the public from September to May. It features large exotic trees, a bonsai house, a woodland section, a fern gully a blue bell patch and an impressive daffodil lawn during spring; a topiary garden, two aviaries, a laburnum arch, a peony walk highlighted with climbing roses, as well as numerous pergolas, ponds, fountains and statues. Entry $8 per head, (children free); More info >>
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McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park
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National Rhododendron Garden
At The National Rhododendron Gardens you will find brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around. When not in bloom, you can still soak in the beauty of rich bark textures, seed capsules, foliage shapes and beautiful fragrance as you stroll through the grounds. More information at National Rhododendron Garden

Exhibitions - Melbourne Outskirts