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The 7 Best Things To Do In Melbourne This October

The 7 Best Things To Do In Melbourne This October

Melbourne really turns it on in the latter half of the year, and chances are you’re looking for something to do in order to thoroughly enjoy the unseasonably warm weather.

Here are the seven best things to do in Melbourne this October. [listicle]

Melbourne Garage Sale Trail

The Garage Sale Trail

If you’re a garage sale connoisseur, this is the event for you. Over two million items will be bartered for over a sausage sanga across 150 locations in Melbourne during the epic weekend that is The Garage Sale Trail. In the past, there have been miniature goats (!) on offer, so get on it quick, I’d say.

Where: Across Melbourne, see the site for registered sales.

When: October 21 and 22

Image courtesy of The Garage Sale Trail

House of Mirrors

Melbourne Festival

A ballet co-created by Jamie XX, an endless house of mirrors, a real-life trial of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – the Melbourne Festival’s offerings are as eclectic as they are original. Head to the website for the extensive program, and choose something intriguing to change up your world perspective.

Where: Various venues around Melbourne

When: October 4 to 22, 2017

Image courtesy of Melbourne Festival

Diwali Festival Melbourne

Diwali Festival

Bollywood is coming to Melbourne this month, with dance performances, a bustling bazaar, delicious Indian food, and even a fireworks display on the banks of the river. The Diwali Festival is getting bigger each year, so get in while you still can.

Entry is free.

Where: Federation Square, Melbourne

When: 11am to 10pm, October 14, 2017

Image: Me!bourne Mermaid / Flickr

Junipalooza Melbourne


If you love your gin, Junipalooza is where you need to be this month – it’s returning for an extravaganza of gin-drinking hijinks. Masterclasses, a live gin distillation from Four Pillars, and tastings galore will have you imbibing into the wee hours.

Find a designated driver, and pity them gracefully all night. Tickets cost $50 per person.

Where: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

When: 11am to 3pm and 4pm to 8pm, Saturday October 21, and 12pm to 6pm, Sunday October 22, 2017.

Image: Junipalooza

Qantas epiQure Wine Fair

Qantas epiQure Wine Fairs are back by popular demand, with the Melbourne instalment of the nationwide bonanza primed to take advantage of the city’s warmer conditions. With 200 premium wines, spirites and gourmet wines waiting to be sampled at the heritage-listed Kensington Collective, you’d be mad not to join in the fun.

Champagne and shiraz masterclasses will also be running on the day. Tickets cost $75 or 12,000 Qantas Points per person.

Where: Kensington Collective, 2 Chelmsford St, Kensington

When: 1pm to 6pm, October 28, 2017

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Image: Kensington Collective

Nocturnal Melbourne Museum


Have you ever wanted to stalk the halls of a museum after dark, glass of wine in hand? Well, now you can. Nocturnal is a big kid’s playground of pop-up bars and food stalls and entertainment, all after hours at the Melbourne Museum.

Oh, and space geeks, listen up – one of the talks is called Space Special! Exclamation mark included. Tickets start at $25.

Where: Melbourne Museum

When: 6pm to 11pm, October 6, 2017-09-27

Image: Melbourne Museum


Say Cheese Festival

Is there anything better than cheese? How about an entire day of cheese-filled stalls and workshops, with FREE entry? Yep, we thought so.

Prahran Market is set, yet again, to play host to the Say Cheese Festival, with cheesy goodness provided by Maker and Monger, Cleo’s Deli, Noisette and more. You’d better brie-lieve it’s the best day of the year.

Where: Prahran Market, Prahran

When: 10am to 4pm, October 29, 2017

Image: Say Cheese Festival
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