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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

Australian Ballet - 2015 20:21

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

Symphony In Three Movements (1946); Choreography George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust; Music Igor Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements

In The Upper Room (1986); Choreography Twyla Tharp, Music Philip Glass

New Work (2015); Choreography Tim Harbour; Set design Kelvin Ho, Akin Creative

Mon to Sat, 27th Aug to 5th Sept 2015

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre -

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Australian Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty

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

Mon to Sat, Sept 15th to 26th 2015

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre -

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Curlew River

Gertrude Opera’s second Culture Project, connecting opera with stories of social justice and humanitarian issues of our time, takes a Benjamin Britten Church Parable, Curlew River, loosely based on a medieval Japanese Noh play and moulds to tell a modern tale, of a hypocritical, selfish society. Confronting the ill-treatment, abduction and death of a child, and reactions to grief-induced madness, to an exquisitely beautiful, gripping score for small chamber ensemble, the production will call into question society’s methods of coping with profound loss – loss of family, of house, of mind – and how we as a group treat those who think, act, or react to tragedy, differently from us.

Artistic Director - Linda Thompson, Designer - Peter Corrigan, Lighting - Greg Carroll, Costumes - Amelia Carroll, Music Direction: Evan Lawson, Dr David Kram, Pam Christie, Irina Cherkasski. Performed with chamber ensemble.

8pm, 29 & 30 May, 2, 4, 5 & 6 June 2015

fortyfive downstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne -

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Anything Goes

Opera Australia 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 blackmail.

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

Tue to Sun, 30th May to 19th July 2015

Princess Theatre -

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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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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


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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

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 >>

Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm; Thursday 10am to 9pm


Swanston Street (near corner of Elgin Streets and Swanston Street) - Parkville
Enquiries: (03) 8344 5148

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.