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.
Ravel's Mother Goose: Suite depicts scenes from well known children's
stories such as Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty while
Leopold Mozart's (Wolfgang's dad) toy symphony Leopold Mozart’s Toy
Symphony features real toys.
Australian-born prize winner at the 2012 Leeds International Piano
Competition, Jayson Gilham returns to Australia to perform the second piano
concerto of Beethoven. This is followed by a full-throated Dvořák with his
Eighth Symphony performed in the style of hall he would have been used to in his
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.
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
This summer Glenn Elston presents an exciting new production of “A Midsummer
Night’s Dream”. This is the 25th anniversary of Shakespeare Under The Stars
and it brings with it a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The ensemble playing the comical mechanicals joined by a dynamic young cast of
lovers and a mercurial band of fairies. Fresh new music by Paul Norton completes
the magical mystery tour. In the beautiful surrounds of Melbourne’s Royal
Botanic Gardens be transported to the world of the woods beyond Athens, a place
of tangled loves, mistaken identity, mischievous fairies, magic-potions and
Bring a rug, bring a picnic, bring your family and friends but most of all be
prepared for a wonderful night under the stars .
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne – Southern Cross Lawn Enter Observatory Gate, opposite the Shrine of
Remembrance , Birdwood Avenue , South Yarra
December 21 2013 to 1 February 2014 - Tuesday to Sunday at 8.30pm (no
shows 24, 25 & 26 December then 26, 27, 28 & 29 January) Gate opens from 7pm
February 6 2014 to February 8 2014 Thursday to Saturday at 8pm Gate
opens from 6.30pm
February 11 2014 to March 15 2014 Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm Gate opens
Adults $45; Concession* $40; Child (15 years and under) $25; Groups 10 +
$40.00 *concession = Full-time
students, Aged Pensioners and Concession Card Holders
** excludes Valentines Day Friday 14 February 2014
White hat has enjoyed Shakespeare Under The Stars for many years and
can thoroughly recommend it to our readers.
Our rating - 4 Hats
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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