Summer is just on the horizon as we bid goodbye to October. What better way to enjoy the remainder of the Spring season than with community celebrations and festivals around Melbourne. You can check out the complimentary events at Melbourne Music Week; visit the fair in Mount Dandenong; release your vocals in karaoke; participate in some traditional Aboriginal games; listen to the symphony of the Air Force Band; take a historic walk; get involved in nature conservation; go cultured with spoken poetry; browse the markets; or enjoy the cultural festivals. Whatever event or activity suits the family or your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in the world's most liveable city this month.
Mount Dandenong is a popular place to stroll the gardens and take in the views. Its beautiful surrounds are also the backdrop for the annual St. Michael's Cup Day Fair. It is hosted by the Anglican Parish of Mount Dandenong. Built in 1940 from locally sourced stones, the church contains beautiful stained-glass windows, one of which is dedicated to those that lost their lives in the First World War. You and your family can look forward to a fun day at a country fair filled with children activities, arts and crafts, plants for sale, trash and treasure, cakes and jams and Devonshire tea. There's even a silent auction and raffle.
Head over to Live at London Eleven for some live music. This licensed bar and live entertainment venue is opening its door for a FREE night of karaoke. The stage, sound and lighting are all set. This is the chance to release your vocals, amaze your friends or just have fun. Doors open at 8pm and karaoke starts at 9pm. Click here to grab your ticket now.
Time: 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM Venue: Live At London Eleven Address; 11 London Drive, Bayswater, VIC 3153
The Manningham City Council has organised a excellent mini Olympics style family day event filled with traditional Aboriginal games guided by Games leaders Uncle Bill Nicholson and Mandy Nicholson. The team challenges include throwing a 'wit wit', boomerang or (blunt) spear and marngrook (traditional football). There are also tool making and campfire challenges. Located at a sacred Wurundjeri site, the day's activities include a traditional Wurundjeri Welcome and Smoking Ceremony, traditional face painting, didgeridoo, dance and artefacts displays. You and your family can also go on the "Wurundjeri Stories" interactive signage trail, which meanders along a 1km river-side track. You can learn more about the remarkable Aboriginal history, culture and people associated with Pound Bend. This FREE event is possible thanks to the Bunjil's Country, Wurundjeri Tribe Council and Parks Victoria. Click here to get your ticket as places are limited.
Time: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Venue: Pound Bend Tunnel Reserve, Warrandyte State Park
Address: Pound Bend Road, Warrandyte, VIC 3113
Phone: 03 9840 9246
The Air Force Band performs regularly at the Melbourne Town Hall throughout the year in addition to representing the Air Force and Defence at ANZAC Day commemorations in Australia and internationally. It delivers a wide range of music including its 'flagship' ceremonial and concert bands, show bands, chamber ensembles, drum corps and jazz group. It returns to the Melbourne Town Hall for a concert of reflection and remembrance of the men and women who have served the country and their sacrifices. Don't forget to arrive early to get your seat.
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall
Address: 90-130 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9256 2727
One of the largest celebrations of music in Australia will be back in town with hundreds of performances, spread over 60 venues and by more than 200 talented performers. Presented by the City of Melbourne in partnership with independent promoters, venues, labels and businesses Melbourne Music Week (MMW) celebrates the local music scene as well as multimedia, film and art. Although majority of the performances are ticketed, there are still plenty of FREE events during MMW for the whole family by local and international artistes. Visit the website for the FREE program.
The Banyule and Darebin Councils' Sustainable Homes and Communities Program is hosting a new workshop following the success of their Gardening for Habitat and Biodiversity events at La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary. The focus is on frogs and fishes, and using our gardens and open spaces as habitats in support of conservation due to rapid urban development. You can enjoy a workshop, morning tea and a 50 minutes walk through the sanctuary. You'll also get to take home a native plant. Make sure to wear a pair of walking shoes. Click here to reserve your space.
Time: 10.30am to 1.15pm
Venue: La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary
Address: La Trobe Ave, Bundoora, VIC 3083
Phone: 8470 8405
There are lots of spoken word and live poetry activities in Melbourne thanks to organisations like the Incinerator Gallery. This centre for visual arts is hosting an evening of spoken word curated by Melbourne based spoken word artist Jessie Giles. "Speak Up" features some of the best local spoken word performers, poets and song writers. Refreshments are available at 6pm. Click here to register your seat.
The Edgewater Festival returns for another year thanks to the Maribyrnong City Council, Bendigo Bank and City West Water. This community event offers a fusion of food, art, music, history, environment and culture. You and your family can enjoy live entertainment, food stalls and local products from the Edgewater community and surrounds.
Johnston Street will be closed to welcome the annual Hispanic Latin American Festival. Established in 1978 to celebrate one thousand years of the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture, the festival is now in its 38th year. The 2-day event attracts over 50,000 visitors eager for a taste of the cultural activities and unique atmosphere in Melbourne. You and your family can enjoy the traditions, art and culture of Spain, Latin America and other countries where Spanish is the first language at this festival. The street will be filled on both sides with traditional Latin American food, clothes and handmade products. The Main Stage will host live performances by local dance schools and community groups as well as free dance classes. The highlight is the Sunday mid-day street parade.
If you're looking for creations from emerging fashion designers, then head over to the Shirt and Skirt Market. It is held on the grounds of the Abbotsford Convent, one of Melbourne's important arts, educational and cultural precinct. You can browse the wares from over 40 boutique studios and snap up some one-of-a-kind bargains. You and your family can also grab a bite for the onsite eateries and stroll the historic buildings and gardens surrounded by the Collingwood Children's Farm and Yarra Bend Park.
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: The Abbotsford Convent
Address: 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, VIC 3067
Phone: 0437 186 711
20 November - St Kilda Historic Pub Crawl
Photo courtesy of St Kilda Historical Society Inc.
The City of Port Phillip is hosting a guided walk into the history of its historic pubs in St Kilda. the walk is led by Meyer Eidelson, a well known historian and author of fifteen books about Melbourne. He is also the founder of award-winning walking tour company, Melbournewalks.com. You will visit a dozen pub locations that date as far back as the gold rush days. You will also hear stories about people and incidents including cops, drag queens, bush rangers, gamblers, writers and even ghosts. Click here to reserve your place.
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Venue & Address: 169 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Phone: 03 9209 6522
If you haven't got enough of the Big Design Market and Melbourne Design Market, then you'll want to check out the Creators Market. They operate a market in Melbourne and another in Ballarat. It is sure to please shoppers looking for artisan and handmade products from local and small business creators throughout Melbourne and Regional Victoria. You will meet up to 40 artists, crafters, designers, bakers and talented creators showcasing their wares.