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viola da gamba
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Lorelei
Victorian Opera
Malthouse Theatre
Pelleas and Melisande
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20 Things to do in Melbourne on a Saturday

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20 Things to do in Melbourne on a Saturday


  1. Sit up in bed and read your White Hat Newsletter and plan your weekend. White Hat been making suggestions about things to do in Melbourne for over 10 years. More information at The White Hat Newsletter.
  2. Take a trip through the Yarra Valley and the forest in the hills to the St Andrews Market. St Andrews Market is a hippy-style  market set in bushland and has a range of foods, clothing and hand made goods..
  3. We suggest you buy a Weekend saver ticket for public transport which allows you to travel anywhere on the network for next to nothing.
  4. Do your food shopping for the week at some of Melbourne's great food stores. For the price conscious you will find great value at places like Assembly Drive. For specialist and ethnic foods you will find plenty of suggestions at The White Hat Guide to Food Stores in Melbourne.
  5. The Gleadell Street Market in Richmond is a traditional street produce market and full of atmosphere. You can find a comprehensive list of Saturday markets at The White Hat Guide to Saturday Markets in Melbourne
  6. If you prefer to buy your food direct from the producer and know how it has been raised, there are always a selection of farmers markets to choose from on a Saturday in Melbourne. More details at The White Hat Guide to Farmers Markets in Melbourne.
  7. Wander through a private garden - Most weekends in Melbourne outside winter you will find that some family has thrown open to the public their lovingly tended private garden for some good cause or other. You can find a listing of current private garden openings at The White Hat Guide to Private Gardens in Melbourne.
  8. The Rose St Market is just off Brunswick Street Fitzroy and specialises in hand crafted wares. This is just the place to wander though and a Saturday afternoon and maybe stop for a cup of coffee.
  9. Take a stroll along Sydney Road in Brunswick. Maybe enjoy a Middle Eastern breakfast and check out the wide range of stores specialising in everything from the mainstream to the alternative. Use the tram to travel between the different precincts. Gentleman are warned that it it also contains a large number of bridal stores so you may wish to take your girlfriend somewhere else.
  10. Go to folk club and either join in or listen. For instance if you are in Sydney Road you can try the folk club at the nearby Grandview Hotel. You can find more information at The White Hat Guide to Folk and World Music in Melbourne.
  11. Melbourne on Saturday means sport and on a Saturday the streets are usually populated people in coloured scarves or carrying flags to some sporting event or other. Better still, join a local club since there are plenty who cater for all range of abilities and can even accommodate the odd visitor who is only in town for a short time. Even if you are not interested in sport you can go along to a large park such as Fawkner Park, sit under a tree and read a book and listen to the faint sounds of the the football or cricket match taking place on one of the ovals in the distance.
  12. Attend a concert in the Arts Precinct. There are a number of concert venues a short walk from the city centre including the Melbourne Town Hall, Hamer Hall, the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Iwaki Auditorium and on most Saturdays you will find a concert of international standard taking place in one of these venues.
  13. Take a ride on Puffing Billy - Melbourne's favourite train.
  14. If you have already ridden Puffing Billy, and most Melburnians have, then you might want to try out one of his bigger brothers. On most Saturdays you will find several steam trains operating within a short distance of Melbourne. More information at The White Hat Guide to Steam Trains in Melbourne.
  15. Visit Healesville Sanctuary and get up close with some native Australian animals.
  16. Attend a Street Festival. You will find one most Saturdays in Melbourne. More details at The White Hat Guide to Street & Community Festivals in Melbourne.
  17. Enjoy some outdoor entrainment from the numerous buskers around Melbourne. More information at The White Hat Guide to Buskers in Melbourne.
  18. Get adventurous and do something out of the ordinary. More information at The White Hat Guide to Outdoor & Adventure Activities in Melbourne.
  19. Chill out and watch the world go by at The Warmies.
  20. Take a free guided tour of the Fitzroy Gardens at 10am.
  21. 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.

Choose a particular Saturday


Some forthcoming events on a Saturday in Melbourne

Lixsania and the Labyrinth

Lixsania Fernandez

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra with Paul Dyer (Artistic Director), Lixsania Fernandez (Cuba) viola da gamba and  Shaun Lee-Chen baroque violin perform

  • Corelli, A. Scarlatti, Marais Folia pasticcio
  • Locatelli Violin Concerto in D 'Il laberinto armonico', Op. 3 No. 12
  • Vivaldi Concerto for 2 violins & viola da gamba, RV 578
  • Graun Concerto for Viola da Gamba in G Major
  • Vivaldi Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro, RV 169
  • Duchiffre Tango from Concerto for 2 Violas da Gamba

Charismatic Lixsania Fernandez’s energetic viola da gamba leads the Brandenburg in this tantalizing twist on the baroque. Her passionate performances on this iconic baroque instrument bring a vibrant energy to Vivaldi and Graun before detouring for a spirited Tango. Brandenburg's Concertmaster Shaun Lee-Chen performs Locatelli’s infamous Violin Concerto in D, The Harmonic Labyrinth. The immense technical challenge of this work was hinted at by the composer when he inscribed the score with ‘easy to enter, difficult to exit’.

White Hat suggests that if you think of baroque music as being stuffy and boring, this could well be the concert to change your mind.



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Lorelei

Opera meets cabaret in this new show created from a concept by Ali McGregor with music by Julian Langdon, Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff and libretto by Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff.

This show presented by Victorian Opera features Ali McGregor, Dimity Shepherd and Antoinette Halloran as the three Lorelei (or sirens) whose mission is to seduce men onto the rocks of their destruction.

Sung in English, this production contains coarse language and adult themes. Recommended for ages 15+.


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Sir András Schiff Gala Piano Recital

Appearing in Australia for the first time in over 20 years, Musica Viva presents legendary pianist Sir András Schiff in two piano recitals of great beauty - one in Melbourne and one in Sydney.

As always with this artist, Bach is at the heart of everything: his ingenuity and virtuosity, as well as his deep faith and humanity, shine through the music of the famous 19th-century composers who followed in his steps.

  • Mendelssohn Fantasy in F-sharp minor, op 28 
  • Beethoven Piano Sonata no 24 in F-sharp major, op 78
  • Brahms Eight Piano Pieces, op 76 
  • Brahms Seven Fantasias, op 116 
  • J. S. Bach English Suite no 6 in D minor, BWV811

Please note: there is a strict lockout in place for this event. Latecomers will only be allowed into the venue at interval.



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Rossini - Otello

Otello

Melbourne Opera's new production, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Rossini’s death, will be directed by the legendary film and opera director Bruce Beresford (one of White Hat's 200 Significant Australians) conducted by Greg Hocking and Raymond Lawrence and sung in a new English translation by Geoffrey Harris.

Rossini’s Otello is immensely influential in the history of opera as, particularly in the 3rd act (the murder of Desdemona), Rossini breaks new ground in operatic drama and sets the stage for Bellini, Donizetti and early Verdi. The score is packed with exciting ensembles arias and duets featuring duelling tenors.

The work features no less than 6 demanding tenor roles. The cast is led by Stephen Smith in the demanding title role, with popular international soprano Elena Xanthoudakis returning to debut as Desdemona. Other cast members include Henry Choo, Boyd Owen, Jason Wasley, Roger Howell and Michael Dimovski.



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Pelleas and Melisande

Victorian Opera present Debussy's  Pelleas and Melisande with Samuel Dundas as Golaud,  Angus Wood as Pelleas, David Parkin as Arkel, Siobhan Stagg as Melisande, Liane Keegan as Genevieve, Sophia Wasley as Yniold and Stephen Marsh as Shepherd/Doctor with Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Orchestra conducted by Richard Mills.

Debussy's only opera is a masterwork of tonal colour and sensitive setting of the French language. White Hat strongly recommends going out of your way to see this great work which is rarely performed in Australia.

Sung in French with English surtitles. Running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, plus interval.



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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.



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Selected attractions open on certain Saturdays in Melbourne

Duldig Studio museum + sculpture garden

The Duldig StudioAn artists' house museum - the former home and artists' studio of sculptor Karl Duldig (1902-1986) and his wife - artist and inventor Slawa Duldig née Horowitz (c1902-1975). Both artists fled the Nazis and ended up making a significant contribution to Australian life. You can read more about their remarkable background and the studio at Duldig Studio >>


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Luna Park

Melbourne's iconic fun park.
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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 > >
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 >>
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 >>
Heide Museum of Modern Art
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 >>


Melbourne Tram Museum
This museum is a short tram ride from the city and contains a significant collection of heritage trams in the historic Hawthorn Tram Depot. It is open once a month. More information >>
National Gallery of Victoria - Australian Collection
National Gallery of Victoria - International Collection
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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