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November in Melbourne's West offers some totally fun and interesting events from markets through workshops, tours and special events. It's time to shake off those grey winter blues and get on out there:

FOOTSCRAY NIGHT MARKETS AT FOOTSCRAY STATION

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Image: City of Maribyrnong


Footscray Station is way bigger than it used to be and commuters and visitors can enjoy stalls, music, entertainment and al fresco dining in the railway station forecourt in Irving Street at the night markets on Thursday evenings throughout November. Offering tastes from Footscray's wide variety of restaurants (think Vietnamese, African, Indian, Japanese and more) If you're a local this will definitely brighten up your trip home from work. If you're not a local it's a great reason to come visit.

Footscray Night Markets
Every Thursday night in November, 4.00pm-8.30pm
Footscray Station Forecourt
For more information see the City of Maribyrnong website

THINKWEST

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Image: The School of Life Facebook page


ThinkWest is a community festival of philosophy, culture and wisdom offering more than 40 workshops, tours, classes and special events. From classes on how to change the world through to tours of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre there's a wonderful mix of fascinating and thought provoking activities. Featuring Bob Murphy, Katie Brennan, Jamie Durie, Meshel Laurie, Mariam Issa, John Marsden and Kon Karapanagiotidis events will be held at a range of venues across the inner West from 6th-20th November. For more information see ThinkWest's website and program.

WESTSIDE DISCOVERY TOURS NOVEMBER 2016

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Franco Cozzo welcomes you to Footscray


A range of free tours led by locals who are in the know. In particular the opportunity to visit Jacks Magazine is a rare delight, however all the tours offer a good insight into the marvellous multi-hued tapestry of the Western suburbs.

The Tours on offer are:

Artistic Footscray and Seddon

Explore the unexpected multitude of creative spaces in the inner West and hear from their makers, designers and creative entrepreneurs.
Date: Saturday 12 November, 10am 12pm

Sustainability Bike Ride with Squeaky Wheel

Ride your bike to Pipemakers Park for a Sustainability Bike Ride around Maribyrnong and explore the Sustainability Expo upon your return. Perfect for those with an interest in the environment.
Date: Sunday 13 November, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Tunnels, Tramways and Gunpowder

Find out about Maribyrnong's explosive history as a centre for ammunitions and ordinance manufacture at Jack's Magazine, a former explosives storage facility on the banks of the Maribyrnong River.
Date: Friday 18 November, 1.00 3.30pm

Wharf? What wharf?

Explore the banks of the Maribyrnong River and discover more about its fascinating maritime history.
Date: Saturday 19 November, 2.00 4.00pm

Yarraville Yarns

Yarraville village possesses a rich history and this is a great opportunity to hear about its past and more notable inhabitants.
Date: Sunday 20 November, 2.00 4.00pm

All tours are free but some require bookings. See here for more information and meeting points.

JAMAICAN MUSIC & FOOD FESTIVAL

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Image:.jmff website


Jamaican food, Jamaican music. Unmissable. At Seaworks in Williamstown, 6 November. For more information see the website.
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Why? Fun and food
When: 3 - 24 November
Where: Around the Western suburbs
Cost: Varies, some free
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