Over the coming 7 days, go to at least 7 events.
Rules of the game:
- It’s OK to leave after 2 minutes
- It’s OK to stand in the corner and do nothing
- It’s OK to not talk to anybody
- It’s OK if you don’t like it
- It’s OK to go to just one type of event
There is a list of suggestions below – it is not a complete list – you can go to more events
- Law Week, Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm, Federation Square – most events free. Learn about the Australian legal system, and how the law works.
- Playspace, Abbostford Convent, Tuesday-Thursday, 2-4pm – free. Make your own music and visit the beautiful Abbotsford Convent!
- Laneway Learning – various events, community learning. Learn how to cook, dance, take photographs, etc. Prices vary.
- There’s always an ‘art opening’ on – when new exhibitions open, there is a little reception. You can go and visit then! For more info, you can look at this website!
- Melbourne has a large number of ‘music gigs’ (small concert) in bars and pubs every night. Typically, entrance is free, you are just expected to buy one drink. For more details, you can look on this website!
- Melbourne Tea Festival, Saturday, all day – Convention Centre – from 15.90$ – learn how to make and enjoy tea
- Docklands Harvest Festival, Friday 5-8pm; Saturday 11am-4pm – Docklands – free. Learn how to cook with Australian products
- Taste of Asia Vegetarian Food Fair, Saturday-Sunday, Federation Square – free (pay for food), As part of the Buddha’s birthday
- Good Beer Week, Wed-Sun, various events around Melbourne. Explore beer in all its forms!
Markets & shopping
- Docklands market, Sunday, 10am-5pm, Docklands – free.
- Fitzroy Market – Saturday, 10am-3pm, 319 George Street, Fitzroy craft and clothes market, also coffee and food stalls – 1$ entrance.
- Rose Street Artist Market – 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy, Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm – free entry. Local artists selling their work
- Melbourne University Farmers’ Market, Wednesday 10h30am – 2h30pm – free entrance. Get great fresh products!
- The Queen Victoria Market is another great place to visit if you haven’t been to!
- Australian Football League, Etihad stadium, Saturday afternoon / evening – from 25$ // Melbourne Cricket Ground, Saturday / Sunday – from 25$. Melbourne’s iconic sport event.
- Free community Workout, Alexandra Gardens, Tuesday, 6-7pm – free.
- Free Tai Chi, Federation Square, Tuesday, 7h30-8h30am – free.
- Ultimate Frisbee – Australia vs Japan, Yarra Park – 24$.
- You can also simply watch people practice sport – for instance, go to Albert Park Oval
Language exchange events
- Language Connection language exchange, Thursday 6pm, Saturday 2h30pm, Multicultural Hub – 5$. Melbourne’s leading language exchange organisation focusing on Asia
- Mundo Lingo Language and Cultural exchange, Wednesday, 6pm till late, European Bier Cafe – free. More diverse cultures than language connection – louder environment.
- You can also look at various events through MeetUp – language & Culture exchange
- There is a very large number of events happening all the time. They typically advertise on the website ‘Meetup’. Most events are free, or cost less than 5$. Some are very good, some are not – but it’s a good way to meet new people and learn new things. check out Melbourne Meetup events here.
Natural/animal watching events
- Penguin viewing, every evening after sunset, St Kilda Jetty – free. Melbourne has a colony of little penguins coming to the jetty every night
- Bat colony, every day, Yarra Bend Park – free. Melbourne has a colony of 10,000+ flying foxes (bats) – you can go watch them for free at Yarra bend.
- Dog watching, every evening around 6-8pm, Citizens’ park, Richmond – free. Do you like dogs? The local residents go and walk their dogs at this park every evening – you can can sit and watch!
Public talks (a good way to listen to some English)
- Hanging Rock, Wheeler Centre, Thursday, 6h15-7h15 – free. Learn about one of Australia’s most famous mystery / horror stories.
- Introduction to Claire Lambie’s art, ACCA, Thursday, 6-7pm – free. A talk by the artist of a new exhibition.
- Is Democracy broken? Deakin’s Edge / Fed Square, 7h30-9h00am – free.
- Choral evensong, Tuesday to Friday, 5h10pm, St Paul’s Cathedral – free. A tradition of the Anglican / Christian church: English religious music and a simple religious service in the late afternoon
- Buddha’s day, Saturday-Sunday, Federation Square – free. A multicultural Festival celebrating the Buddhist tradition.