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  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 (currently closed for refurbishment), 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.
 

Some forthcoming events on a Saturday in Melbourne

The Bodyguard - The Musical

The Bodyguard is the award-winning musical based on the film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. In the storyline Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker.  Each expects to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

The Bodyguard features the well-known classics including Queen of the Night, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, Greatest Love of All, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

Ticket prices and purchases on The Bodyguard official website




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The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow is a delicious confection: a light-hearted look at love amid the champagne and glitter of Art Deco France. Ladies sweep into ballrooms in silk fishtail gowns, and dapper gents in suits and patent leather shoes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card. Melbourne-born international star Danielle de Niese (evening performances only) plays the beguiling widow, inadvertent heiress of a city's fortune after just eight days of marriage. Fearing the loss of their riches, the society set are determined that she must wed a local, and soon, before any foreigner catches her gaze. But she's got a history with the man they've got in mind, and to complicate matters, the widow isn't the only one turning heads. There's plenty of love to go around in this story of amorous encounters and elegant romance. Graeme Murphy brings his spirited choreography and direction to Lehár's charming operetta in a brand new production.

Opera Australia and Orchestra Victoria conducted by Vanessa Scammell.

7.30pm 15th, 16t, 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th July 2017
Matinees 1pm 18th & 25th July and 3pm 19th July 2017
Ticket prices and bookings on Opera Australia website.




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The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, it’s The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical. 

The Book of Mormon made its world premiere in March 2011 at Broadway's Eugene O'Neil Theater. The London production opened in February 2013 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The show has set house records at 27 theatres around the US, and broken the house record at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre more than 50 times. The London production broke box office records for the highest single day of sales in West End history.

White Hat can thoroughly recommend The Book of Mormon as one of the best and most entertaining musical productions to be seen in Melbourne for quite some time

Our rating - 5 Hats

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Alexander Gavrylyuk in Recital

Ukraine born Alexander Gavrylyuk returns to Melbourne for one performance, following rave reviews in last year’s Great Performers Series at the Melbourne Recital Centre. 

The groundwork for Gavrylyuk’s career as a prize winning virtuoso and international soloist started by learning piano at the tender age of seven, giving his first concerto performance when he was nine, and securing a slew of prestigious awards in his teens. Since these prodigious beginnings, he’s smoothly transitioned to his role as an international soloist, the highlights of which have included concertos with Moscow Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras headlining at the Hollywood Bowl, now annual performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, appearances with the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Israel Warsaw, Moscow and Rotterdam, his recent BBC Proms debut with BBC Scottish Symphony, and performing with all of the main Australian orchestras.

Hailed as “one of the greatest discoveries of the past decade” by De Telegraaf, and inevitably described by reviewers as “thrilling”, Gavrylyuk’s performance at the Melbourne Rectal Centre covers a thoughtful selection of pieces including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Chopin’s Etudes Op 10 No 8 – No 12. 

  • Bach/Busoni Toccata and Fugue in D minor
  • Haydn Sonata in B minor No.47 XVI:32
  • Chopin Etudes Op. 10 No.3, No.8, No.9, No.10, No.11 and No.12
  • Scriabin Sonata No.5
  • Rachmaninov Preludes Op.23, No.1,5,12
  • Rachmaninov Sonata No.2 (2nd edition)

Tickets - A reserve $89 ($79 conc.) /B reserve $69 ($59 conc.) book online through melbournerecital.com.au




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Aladdin The Musical

From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the well-loved story of Aladdin comes to theatrical life in this new musical comedy.

The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and “Extravagant!” and USA Today calls it “Pure Genie-us!”

With fine choreography, impressive production numbers and arresting visual effects White Hat can recommend this production of Aladdin as a great night in the theatre for people of all ages.

Ticket information and bookings from official site.




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The Melbourne Folk Club
The Melbourne Folk Club promotes live acoustic music from Traditional to blues to roots and bluegrass and much more. We promote young talent while still putting on performers who are well established in their particular fields. Every Saturday - $12 or members $8. Full details at Melbourne Folk Club


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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.




Selected attractions open on certain Saturdays in Melbourne

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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 > >
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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 >>
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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 >>
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Heide Museum of Modern Art
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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 >>


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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 >>
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National Gallery of Victoria - Australian Collection
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National Gallery of Victoria - International Collection
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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.

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

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