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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

The Merry Widow


The Australian Ballet invites you to step into the ballrooms of Paris and join them for their production of The Merry Widow; - a light-hearted production filled with tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers. This production features plenty of wow moments, lavish glamour, show-stopping costumes and first rate dancing.

Prices and ticket purchase available on the Australian Ballet website.



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Oklahoma!

Oklahoma

The Production Company's presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical Oklahoma! with Simon Gleeson, Anna O’ByrneElise McCann, Bobby Fox, Robyn Nevin, Ben MingayRichard PiperGrant Piro and Greg Stone.

When Oklahoma! opened on Broadway in 1943, it revolutionised the American musical, won a Pulitzer Prize and set the standard for modern musical theatre. Oklahoma! is brimming with show-stopping hits: Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey With The Fringe On Top, People Will Say We’re in Love, I Cain’t Say No and the title song Oklahoma!

Tickets available through the two authorised resellers - Arts Centre Melbourne and Ticketmaster.

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Tafelmusik - Bach and His World

As part of their 2018 International Concert Season, Musica Viva present Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra with Elisa Citterio (Musical Director) in a performance including light, sound and narration. The programme includes:

White Hat recommends going out of your way for this concert. The style of presentation that adds further visual and descriptive background to quality music with quality playing can add serious value to an already fine musical performance.

White Hat also suggests that you avoid booking fees by bookings on the  Musica Viva website by ringing them on 1800 688 482 during business hours.



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Verve

Verve showcases the depth and invention of The Australian Ballet’s choreographic talent with works by three very different dancemakers: Resident Choreographers Tim Harbour and Stephen Baynes, and Coryphée Alice Topp, who made her mainstage debut with Little Atlas in 2016.

Tim Harbour’s Filigree and Shadow cruises the cutting edge of contemporary ballet. Powerful moves inspired by dark aggression, a sleek architect-designed set, washes of ominous light and a grinding score by German duo 48nord propel this work to an electrifying climax.

Stephen Baynes’ Constant Variants is neo-classical ballet at its most hypnotic. Featuring pristine technique and a Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme with solo cello, its jewel-like moments and pitch-perfect atmosphere beguile the mind into heavenly calm.

Alice Topp created a series of critically acclaimed pieces for our Bodytorque new-works showcase before debuting the audience favourite Little Atlas as part of our Symphony in C program. She has also made music-video choreography for Megan Washington and Ben Folds. She will premiere a brand-new work for Verve entitled Aurum, which will continue her exploration into intricate partnering and intense emotion.



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The Wizard of Oz


Starring Anthony Warlow, WICKED’s leading ladies Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix and rising star Samantha Dodemaide as Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting revision of the all-time classic. Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, it contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.



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BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical


BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical tells the true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from teenage songwriter to global star. She fought her way into the record business as a schoolgirl but it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice and went on to become one of the most successful solo artists in pop music history. The show features many of her most popular songs, including You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman, You’ve Got a Friend, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, I Feel The Earth Move and many more. Fans of Carole King will not be disappointed by this staged tribute.

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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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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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