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  1. Go to a game of Friday night football. There is usually a match at either the MCG or Docklands Stadium most Friday nights through winter.
  2. Go to the Supper Market at the Abbotsford Convent.
  3. Promenade along Lygon Street then have an Italian meal. If you have no work tomorrow that means you can be heavy on the garlic.
  4. Enjoy some Friday night jazz. Venues like Bennets Lane will be jumping or you can go along to a jamming session in Collingwood. The White Hat Guide to Jazz in Melbourne.
Royal Botanic Gardens, MelbourneTake 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.


  1. Lie under the stars and enjoy Shakespeare in the Gardens which runs throughout summer.
  2. 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.
  3. Spend some time at a Friday market. You can find a comprehensive list of Friday markets at The White Hat Guide to Friday Markets in Melbourne
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Visit the Melbourne Aquarium.
  8. Stay home and cook up a storm. Here is one of our suggestions for Friday night tea from our food and wine newsletter.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Go kitesurfing at St Kilda Beach. Equipment and training is available on most days. See The White Hat Guide to Water Sports in Melbourne.
  13. Visit The Shrine of Remembrance. One of Melbourne's most visible icons, it also encapsulates many of the traditions that are now part of the fabric of Melbourne.
  14. Grab a take-away cup of coffee and sit and watch the passing parade in Bourke Street Mall.
  15. Enjoy jazz at the Kelvin Club and take the opportunity to have a look around one Melbourne's older establishment clubs at the same time.
  16. And finally, if it's raining then you could have a look at The White Hat Guide to 50 Things to do on a Rainy Day in Melbourne.

Although these options are available on most Fridays, you will find the city virtually closes down on Good Friday so you will need to find other options for that day.

Choose a particular Friday

Some forthcoming events on a Friday in Melbourne

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 -

Free entry Enquiries: (03) 9013 1715
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Smetana's Má vlast

Jakub Hruša - conductor

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Jakub Hruša (conductor):

The six symphonic poems that go under the collective title of Má vlast ('My Country') each illustrate various aspects of Bohemia. Although Vltava (often known its German title Die Moldau) is the best known of them, White Hat suggests there is much to enjoy in the other works in the set for lovers of 19th century orchestral music.

8pm 18th Jul, 2pm 19th July, 6.30pm 21st July 2014

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre -

$25 - $150 Book tickets
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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.

from 9.30pm, every Friday

The Kelvin Club, 6 Melbourne Place, Melbourne -

Guests $10 Enquiries: (03) 9654 5711
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Selected attractions open on certain Fridays in Melbourne

Australian National Aviation Museum

A collection of aeroplanes and displays relating to Australia's aviation history. The museum is at Moorabbin Airport. more info > >



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 >>
11am to 4pm Wed to Sun, noon to 5pm Sat & Sun


7-27 Snake Gully Drive - Bundoora
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


Melbourne Town Hall -

Grainger Museum

Built by arguably Australia's finest musician, Percy Grainger, to house his collection of music-related instruments, scores and other items associated with his life and career. more info > >



Heide Museum of Modern Art

10am-5pm Tue-Fri, noon-5pm Sat/Sun /Public Holidays


7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, -
Enquiries: (03) 9850 1500

Melbourne Fire Services Museum



National Gallery of Victoria - Australian Collection



National Gallery of Victoria - International Collection

Melbourne's premier gallery of international art. More information at NGV - International Collection.



Old Treasury Building

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 - Melbourne
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.



Victorian Jazz Archive

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 >>
10am to 3.30pm, Tuesdays & Fridays


'Koomba Park', 15 Mountain Highway - Wantirna
Enquiries: (03) 9800 5535


You can find a comprehensive guide to markets around Australia at The White Hat Guide to Markets in Australia.