Take a leisurely stroll and maybe even a picnic at Melbourne's famous Royal Botanic Gardens. If you would like further background on these gardens in the grand European tradition there are free tours starting from the information centre at 11am and 2pm. You can find more information at The White Hat Guide to the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Lie under the stars and enjoy Shakespeare in the Gardens which runs throughout summer.
Investigate what Melbourne has to offer above the awnings. Poke around the Nicholas Building, Curtin House or Carlow House to see what's on offer.
Many pubs have a happy hour on Friday night to attract the after work crowd. Go along, have some cheap drinks and maybe meet some new friends.
Go to a blockbuster show in one of Melbourne's wonderful heritage theatres. Mind you, if the show is popular you will need to book in advance. You can find some suggestions at The White Hat Guide to Theatres in Melbourne.
Do your major food shopping for the weekend. Melbourne has some wonderful food stores. You could for instance try the Mediterranean Supermarket in Sydney Road. You can find plenty of other suggestions at The White Hat Guide to Food Stores in Melbourne.
Stay home and cook up a storm. Here is one of our suggestions for Friday night tea from our food and wine newsletter.
Take a wander around South Melbourne. Take in the Clarendon Street shopping strip with its Corporation Verandas. Check out the impressive South Melbourne Town Hall and maybe seek out the See Yup Temple
Write a newsletter. That's what we do on a Friday. You can obtain a free subscription to the White Hat Newsletter of Things to Do In Melbourne here.
Visit a hidden gallery or museum. The Post Maters Gallery often have displays based around unusual themes yet most Melburnians walk past without knowing it's there.
Experience the physical extremes of modern ballet The best of the 20th
century, the freshest of the 21st: this electrifying triple bill showcases two
giants of the New York dance scene and The Australian
Ballet's newest resident choreographer. George
Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements is inspired by the revolutionary music
of Igor Stravinsky, his friend and muse. This provocative piece kicks off with a
line of chic dancers haughtily tossing their ponytails and blends the rigour of
ballet with the vigour of jazz. Twyla Tharp’s pulse-pounding In the Upper Room
sets the stage alight with scarlet pointe shoes and sneakers, the driving music
of Philip Glass and a bracing blend of classical and contemporary technique.
It’s described by Tharp as “the only piece I’ve done that generates a standing
ovation at almost every performance”. Be there for the unveiling of
Resident Choreographer Tim Harbour’s newest ballet – a stripped-down work set to
a contemporary electronic score, featuring set designs by cutting-edge architect
Kelvin Ho. With Orchestra Victoria
Fairies, bluebirds, a gilded court and a spell-shattering kiss: the world’s
most extravagant ballet is awakened to new life by The Australian
Ballet's Artistic Director David
McAllister. The Sleeping Beauty, with its Rose Adage, its grand pas de deux, its
charming variations and its enchanting Tchaikovsky score,
is the zenith of ballet’s golden age. Keeping true to the spirit of the
traditional Beauty, David McAllister will direct a production that gives
thrilling rein to the talents of the entire company. Lavish sets and costumes by
Gabriela Tylesova, whose work for ballet, opera and theatre includes the
much-lauded designs for Love Never Dies, will evoke the splendour of the
Imperial court and the magic of fairies, nymphs and visions. With Orchestra Victoria
and John Frost present Cole Porter's smash-hit
musical comedy, Anything
Goes. Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical
Revival and Choreography during its most recent Broadway revival, Anything
Goes is a stunning nautical favourite. Now a brand new Australian production
sets sail for Melbourne.
When the ocean liner embarks from New York to London, etiquette and
convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the
course to true love... proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a
crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned
Reno Sweeney - Caroline O'Connor,Lord Evelyn
Oakleigh - Todd McKenney,Moonface Martin =
Wayne Scott Kermond,Billy Crocker - Alex
Rathgeber,Hope Harcourt - Claire Lyon,
Evangeline Harcourt - Carmen Duncan,Erma -
Debora Krizak,Captain - Alan Jones
Enjoy opera's most beautiful music and moving love story in the glorious
surrounds of Rippon Lea House. CitiOpera presents their
fully-staged production of
most popular opera, La
chorus and chamber orchestra. CitiOpera's innovative production of La Bohème
takes the audience on a thrilling ride of comedic highs and tragic lows as
Puccini's famous opera comes to life in and around the stage.
Book online or call (03) 9656 9804 for any enquiries.
Admission: General: $45 Child: $20 National Trust Members: $35
Melbourne Jazz Jammers sessions
Meet other musicians or just come along to just relax and listen! Students, musos, amateurs, all welcome. Visit www.melbournejazzjammers.com to subscribe free to Jammers enews, published weekly to review sessions, promote events by Jammers, encourage people to be involved in live performance and provide an informative, inclusive and friendly network for followers of jazz. Jammers jazz sessions are held each week at the Leinster Arms Hotel, Gold Street Collingwood, Fridays 6pm to late and Sundays from 3.30 to 6. Free entry and great food.
Leinster Arms Hotel, Gold Street Collingwood
Enquiries: (03) 9013 1715
Kelvin Jazz & Supper Club
Melbourne's finest jazz singers and musicians including Julie O'Hara, Emma Franz, Hetty Kate, Rebecca Barnard, Wilbur Wilde, Paul Williamson, and more, together with the inspirational Michael Jordan Trio with Steve Sedergreen on piano, perform every Friday night at the Kelvin Club.
A collection of aeroplanes and displays relating to Australia's aviation
history. The museum is at Moorabbin Airport.
more info > >
Bundoora Homestead is a wonderful Queen Anne style Federation mansion operating as a historic house, art gallery and licensed café. Free admission.More info >>
11am to 4pm Wed to Sun, noon to 5pm Sat & Sun
7-27 Snake Gully Drive
Enquiries: (03) 9496 1060
Free Tour of Melbourne Town Hall
A free tour of the historic Melbourne Town Hall. Numbers are limited so bookings are essential and required one day in advance. Tours Run Monday to Friday at 11am & 1pm and last for approximately 1 hour. Bookings: (03) 9658 9658
One of Australia's finest Victorian era buildings. It is open to teh public
on Wednesdays and Sundays and features fine displays related to Melbourne
history. More info >>
10am to 4pm, Sunday to Friday
Cnr Spring St & Collins St
Enquiries: (03) 9651 2233
The Hotel Windsor
Afternoon Tea at The Windsor For as long as most people can remember, afternoon tea at The Hotel
Windsor has been a Melbourne institution. A full leisurely afternoon tea
served in the luxurious surrounds of Melbourne's of Melbourne grand old
historic hotel really calls for a lady to wear a hat and gloves. If you
don't have a hat and gloves and the gentleman doesn't have a cane then
White Hat urges you to at least carry yourself with a dignified air.
The Victorian Jazz Archive is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by
volunteers with the mission and vision of "Proactively Collecting, Archiving
& Disseminating Australian Jazz". The organisation's venue houses an
impressive collection of jazz-related materials. More info >>
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