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 Merry Widow

The Merry Widow is a delicious confection: a light-hearted look at love amid the champagne and glitter of Art Deco France. Ladies sweep into ballrooms in silk fishtail gowns, and dapper gents in suits and patent leather shoes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card. Melbourne-born international star Danielle de Niese (evening performances only) plays the beguiling widow, inadvertent heiress of a city's fortune after just eight days of marriage. Fearing the loss of their riches, the society set are determined that she must wed a local, and soon, before any foreigner catches her gaze. But she's got a history with the man they've got in mind, and to complicate matters, the widow isn't the only one turning heads. There's plenty of love to go around in this story of amorous encounters and elegant romance. Graeme Murphy brings his spirited choreography and direction to Lehár's charming operetta in a brand new production.

Opera Australia and Orchestra Victoria conducted by Vanessa Scammell.

7.30pm 15th, 16t, 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th July 2017
Matinees 1pm 18th & 25th July and 3pm 19th July 2017
Ticket prices and bookings on Opera Australia website.




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Melbourne Night Noodle Markets

The Night Noodle Markets are back, with all the sights, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of an outdoor festival.

Times and other details at Melbourne Night Noodle Market.




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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.




Markets in Melbourne

Gasworks Arts Park Farmers Market

A farmers' market selling fresh produce from across the state. More information at Gaswork Arts Park Farmers Market.


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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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Altona Farmers Market
Everything you love and expect at a farmers market is on offer at this vibrant farmers market. There are a variety of quality Victorian artisan producers and growers ready to serve you with a smile and plenty of space to relax after your busy morning of shopping. There is a free animal farm for the kids. Entry by gold coin donation

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Bayside (Sandringham) Farmers Market
A wonderful farmers market with over 60 stalls of fresh local produce direct from farmer/producer to you.

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Boroondara Farmers Market
An outdoor market in a pleasant grassed reserve featuring statewide produce including breads, olive oil, honey, fruit & vegetables. When White Hat last visited this market in July 2008 we found a good wide range of products with the fruit & vegetabls being particularly notable.

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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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Carlton Farmers Market

White Hat can recommend this market as one of the most easily accessible from the city with a wide range of stalls and the nearby shopping and entertainment strip in Lygon Street to supllement a market visit. More details at Carlton Farmers Market.



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

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Fairfield Farmers Market
Set in the grounds of Fairfield Primary School, with up to 40 stalls of the freshest seasonal produce including artisan breads, coffee, eggs, flowers and plants, fruit and veg, herbs and spices, meats, pasta and sauces, olive oil, preserves, handmade soaps and much much more. Gold coin entry

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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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Fitzroy Community Market
The market consists of 15 car boot stalls, 27 standard stalls, 4 food stalls, a kids craft area, and space for musicians and performers.

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

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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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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 > >

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The Handmade Show
The Handmade Show is a community minded makers market in the South-East of Melbourne, Victoria, where crafters and artisans showcase and sell their wares. The Handmade Show is a non-profit group run by the stall-holders. We all do our part in making this market great! So jump on board this ride with us, become a follower, and share the love of making with us all. For more details and to apply to become an exhibitor please visit our blog: http://thehandmadeshow.blogspot.com/

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The Ivanhoe Makers Market
This indoor market is been curated by an artist-led viewing committee and showcases local Arts and Crafts.

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Treasures at Trinity
A boutique market to indulge yourself with beautiful, unique and stylish items, giftware and plants. Relax in the tearoom over a cup of coffe or enjoy a barbequed sausage for lunch.

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Wheelers Hill Farmers Market
Fall in love with local food. When White Hat visited this market in August 2008 we found a good range of fresh produce in the very pleasant surrounds of Jells Park. Full details at www.rfm.net.au

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Yarraville Village Farmers' Market
(Previously known as Yarraville Gardens Farmers Market, it has now moved to its new home in Beaton Reserve). Organic Fruit & Vegies, Eggs, Organic Breads, Olive Products, Wines, Plants incl Indigenous, Pestos/Dips, Organic Coffee, Cheeses . White Hat also suggests that while you are there you pay a visit to The Village Market next door in the Seniors Hall to browse the range of arts, crafts and upcycled wares. Further details at www.farmersmarket.net.au

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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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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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

Exhibitions in Melbourne

Public Art
There is much public art to be seen on the streets at any time of day as well as in many public buildings. More information on public art in Melbourne. In addition, public bodies such as the City of Melbourne sponsor temporary artworks and installations in laneways and public spaces.


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

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