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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.

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Some forthcoming events on a Saturday in Melbourne

Port Phillip Mussel Festival

White Hat can thoroughly recommend this vibrant seafood festival come street party. Enjoy mussels and other seafood cooked in a wide variety of ways all accompanied by one of Melbourne's best free jazz festivals. Street vendors combine with the market's own restaurants to provide plenty of variety from the cheap and cheerful through to chef-prepared restaurant dishes. Sit in the sun with a cold sangria and a hot mussel paella or enjoy a craft beer with wok cooked drunken mussels.

Details at Port Phillip Mussel Festival

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Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar

Discover Scandinavia in Melbourne at the annual Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar in the beautiful gardens of the Swedish Church, Toorak. Festive atmosphere with stalls full of gorgeous items from Sweden, Denmark and Norway, especially imported for the Bazaar. Handicrafts, Scandinavian food, entertainment and lots of fun activities for the kids. Full information at Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar.



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West Side Story

Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, the genius of West Side Story was a  remarkable collaboration between Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins.   Bernstein’s world-famous score features unforgettable songs including ‘Maria’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’, and this iconic dance musical remains one of the most poignant stage works of the twentieth century.   A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; this tragic love story tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle.

Director Joey McKneely’s vibrant new staging will feature some of Australia’s most exciting young talent performing Jerome Robbins’ original ground-breaking choreography.



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Muriel's Wedding - The Musical

This big, brash and very cheeky new musical is adapted from the very popular Australian film of the same name.



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Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music success stories. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty!  Worldwide hits include Big Girls Don’t Cry, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Oh What A Night and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.



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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Based on an original new story by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

The critically acclaimed play has won 24 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most-awarded production in the history of Britain’s prestigious Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director. The play opened on Broadway in April 2018 to rave reviews and won 6 Tony Awards including Best Play, 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards and many more.

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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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