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Norma review
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Norma review

Melbourne Opera's latest grand production has a leading performance for the ages

Arbory Afloat
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Arbory Afloat

Arbory Bar’s super popular pop-up floating bar is back

Grand Final Food Truck Festival
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Grand Final Food Truck Festival

Food trucks are descending on Moonee Valley Racecourse for the AFL Grand Final long weekend

Red Panda encounters
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Red Panda encounters

Get up close to some of Melbourne Zoo’s most adorable residents

Turkish Steps: Tulum at Massi
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Turkish Steps: Tulum at Massi

Turkey meets Sicily in a dinner at Massi

AFL Footy Festival
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AFL Footy Festival

Even if you're not into AFL, the sheer excitement of the AFL Grand Final weekend is something worth experiencing. To help celebrate Melbourne's biggest...

Tea with Jam and Clare
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Tea with Jam and Clare

Join Jamila Rizvi, Clare Bowditch and Sarah Wilson as they talk about finding hope and fulfilment in an ever-changing world

Archibald Prize
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Archibald Prize

See the face that stops a nation, when Australia's most prestigious (not to say uncontroversial) art prize comes to Tarrawarra Museum

Melbourne Book Market
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Melbourne Book Market

Melbourne's biggest book lovers have moved to the vibrant Queen Victoria Market

Bathe in Cinema
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Bathe in Cinema

Relax in a hot spring and watch a flick at Peninsula Hot Springs’ amphitheatre cinema

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The latest news

The best signs from Melbourne's Global Climate Strike

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The best signs from Melbourne's Global Climate Strike
Cherry Bar will "100 per cent re-open in the CBD"

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Cherry Bar will "100 per cent re-open in the CBD"
Footscray has been named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world

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Footscray has been named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world
Smoking has been banned in Bourke Street Mall

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Smoking has been banned in Bourke Street Mall
Let Time Out Melbourne set you up on a blind date

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Let Time Out Melbourne set you up on a blind date
Scoopy Milk Bar is giving away free bingsu

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Scoopy Milk Bar is giving away free bingsu
Good Times Milk Bar are dishing up $5 burgers on National Cheeseburger Day

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Good Times Milk Bar are dishing up $5 burgers on National Cheeseburger Day
Taylor Swift will perform at this year's Melbourne Cup

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Taylor Swift will perform at this year's Melbourne Cup
The seven coolest showbags at the Royal Melbourne Show

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The seven coolest showbags at the Royal Melbourne Show
Things you only know if you work in organ donation

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Things you only know if you work in organ donation
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Competitions and announcements

Win vouchers to try unique eats for free
Restaurants Win vouchers to try unique eats for free

We want to inspire you to go out and eat these Signature Searches for yourselves with a little bit of extra incentive. All you have to do is get out there, try them, and collect 'em all with brag-worthy food pics. If you share your fave dish on Instagram you'll go in the draw to win the local equivalent of a golden ticket – vouchers to all try all four dishes (worth $300) for free!  Here’s how: Step one: Read all about the delicious Signature Searches here. Step two: Try one or more dish (full suite is highly recommended)   Step three: Post your favourite on Instagram and make sure you tag #foundongoogle Step four: Sit back and wait to win the golden loot.   Competition ends Midnight 30th Sept  

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Win a double pass to MLIVE's My Brilliant Career musical
Theatre Win a double pass to MLIVE's My Brilliant Career musical

My Brilliant Career is Miles Franklin's very first novel, penned in 1901 when she was still a teenager. Now Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank have created a new musical adaptation of the novel, following the life of misfit Sybylla as she balances the expectations of an Edwardian Australia against her own dreams to achieve a 'brilliant career'. The musical is being performed exclusively at MLIVE, Monash's performing arts series. The score is a mixture of pop music and Victoriana and complements the storytelling as audiences follow Sybylla from a headstrong youngster to an accomplished woman.  This production is part of the Jeanne Pratt Musical Theatre Artists in Residence program, a collaboration between Monash University performing arts students and professional artists. The program fosters artist development and promotes Australian musical theatre.  Want to win tickets to this new production? Enter your details through the link below by October 15 for the chance to win one of two double passes to this show showing exclusively at Monash University's new arts precinct.  Enter now

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Win the ultimate weekend getaway in Ballarat
Travel Win the ultimate weekend getaway in Ballarat

You only need to hop in a car or a train for just over an hour to get to Ballarat. This spring, the historical city west of Melbourne is playing host to a bumper crop of big events worth travelling for. There's the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (August 24 - October 20), White Night Ballarat (September 21-22), AFL games and the huge Spilt Milk music festival (November 30).  Can't wait to make your way to Ballarat? Here's a good reason to start planning your trip. Visit Ballarat is giving away an all-expenses-paid weekend itinerary of your choosing to one lucky winner. The full prize pack includes:- Two night's accommodation;- All meals in your destination;- All activities in your destination;- $500 Mastercard gift card so you can shop up a storm. All you need to do to win is head to the Visit Ballarat website via the link below and fill out a quick little survey Enter now The competition opens on Friday 2 August 2019 at 5.30pm (AEST) and closes on Wednesday 25 September 2019 at 4.59pm (AEST). The winner will be notified by email on Thursday 26 September, so keep your eyes peeled as it could be you! If the prize isn’t claimed within 48 hours (before Friday 27 September) the prize will be re-drawn and a new winner will be notified via email. Click here to read this competition’s full terms and conditions.  

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Signature Searches
Restaurants Signature Searches

By Time Out in partnership with Google We’ve all had that moment. You’ve heard about some weird and wonderful dish (Vegemite curry? Pixel avocado?) but you haven’t the slightest idea where to get it. So you plug a few words into Google, and voilà: your new food obsession. With directions and opening times, no less. Time Out loves showcasing unforgettable food and drink experiences around town, so we’re partnering with Google to celebrate those one-of-a-kind Signature Searches that no food fan will want to miss. From the incredibly photogenic to the completely out-there, these are unique dishes worth searching for. Start exploring them below, and once you’ve chosen your favourite, vote for it in the Time Out Food Awards, and don't forget to share a delicious pic on Instagram using the hashtag #foundongoogle.  And while you’re in the neighbourhood, cast your net wider with our special Area Guides – find unforgettable experiences and eat your way around the competition. Tough work, right?

Four unique dishes worth searching for
Things to do Four unique dishes worth searching for

In partnership with Google, we’ve hunted down four truly one-of-a-kind Signature Search dishes that no food fan will want to miss. Once you’ve chosen your favourite, vote for it in the Time Out Food Awards. We’ve also teamed up with Google to create Area Guides around each Signature Search so that you can continue your search-powered journey of discovery. 

Time Out Melbourne magazine
Things to do Time Out Melbourne magazine

Time Out Melbourne magazine is now completely free. While newsagencies will no longer stock the quarterly magazine, you can pick up a copy at selected cafés, shops, entertainment venues and hotels around the city. In addition, friendly Time Out helpers will be handing out copies at major city train stations on the day of publication. You can pick up a copy of our Accessible Melbourne issue on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 between 6.30-10.30am at: Flinders Street Station Flagstaff Station Parliament Station   Missed the last drop? You can read past issues of Time Out Melbourne magazine digitally through the links below: 

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The best of Melbourne

101 things to do in Melbourne before you die
Things to do 101 things to do in Melbourne before you die

Wondering what to do in Melbourne? Take a look at our ultimate bucket list.

25 Melbourne tourist attractions that don’t suck
Things to do 25 Melbourne tourist attractions that don’t suck

These Melbourne tourist attractions are tried and true winners.

The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne
Restaurants The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne

Behold, our eat-and-destroy list – a guide to Melbourne's best restaurants, from fine dining to cheap eats.

The best new and upcoming Melbourne shows
Theatre The best new and upcoming Melbourne shows

Book in for the best Melbourne shows with our guide to new and upcoming theatre in Melbourne.

The 50 best bars in Melbourne
Bars The 50 best bars in Melbourne

From world-beating cocktail lounges to down-and-divey saloons, here's everywhere worth drinking in Melbourne.

The best coffee in the Melbourne CBD
Restaurants The best coffee in the Melbourne CBD

We have a reputation for coffee excellence for a reason.

The best cheap eats in Melbourne
Restaurants The best cheap eats in Melbourne

With so many cheap eats options in Melbourne, it's not hard to eat out without breaking the bank. 

The best day trips from Melbourne
Travel The best day trips from Melbourne

If you're looking for a break from the inner-city grid, there's no better cure than a day trip from Melbourne.

The best secret gardens in Melbourne
Things to do The best secret gardens in Melbourne

Stop and smell the flowers at these unsung gardens around Melbourne.

The best free things to do in Melbourne
Things to do The best free things to do in Melbourne

Expert tips for exploring the city's best attractions for zero dollars.

Where to find Melbourne's best street art
Art Where to find Melbourne's best street art

These are the street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping.

Where to find Victoria’s pink lakes
Travel Where to find Victoria’s pink lakes

Pink lakes are rare, and only a handful are found around the world – including Victoria.

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Melbourne area guides

Melbourne CBD
Things to do Melbourne CBD

The heart of the city, home to Chinatown and some of Melbourne's best restaurants and arts institutions. 

Fitzroy
Things to do Fitzroy

Arty shops, funky restaurants and bars and hipsters galore.

Windsor
Things to do Windsor

Great vintage stores, and don't miss the famous Art Deco Astor Theatre.

Collingwood
Things to do Collingwood

Inventive bars, geek girl boutiques and envelope-pushing eateries. Plus live music institutions. 

Elsternwick
Things to do Elsternwick

Whether you are after great eats, a night out or a film at a Victorian-era cinema, Elsternwick is a great place to find yourself.

Williamstown
Things to do Williamstown

We should err on the side of caution when describing Williamstown as “greater Melbourne”. Not only will the locals love to tell you it’s only 20 minutes to the city (and no tolls!), but there’s a beach that’s accessible via public transport, a gorgeous pier to stroll down and stunning views towards the city and across Port Phillip Bay. As Melbourne's first seaport, Williamstown has swiftly developed into a trendy seaside suburb with a village feel. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants, you can hop on a bike and circle the water’s edge, or just find a quiet spot to sit and think about all the things you still have left to do. Looking for more fun in the west? Check out our guides to Footscray and Yarraville while you're here.

Carlton
Things to do Carlton

Exceptional Italian food, gelato and coffee, plus an excellent museum and theatre.

St Kilda
Things to do St Kilda

Seaside retreat with plenty of cool bars and restaurants. 

Kensington
Things to do Kensington

Kensington has northwest charm in spades: there are wide, tree-lined streets, plenty of public transport and green spaces aplenty.

Footscray
Things to do Footscray

Multicultural hub, with dining options from all over the world and a thriving food scene.

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One perfect arts and culture weekend in Ballarat
Travel One perfect arts and culture weekend in Ballarat

Every two years, something pretty special happens in the Victorian city of Ballarat. Photographs from some of the best photographers in the world, plus a host of local talent, are displayed in venues throughout the city, enticing visitors from across Victoria. This year, the headline artist is Liu Bolin, who photographs elaborately painted human bodies hiding in plain sight. Bolin's Camouflage series, currently on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, includes painted people in front of colourful balloons, murals, vehicles and other improbable backdrops. The subjects are so expertly painted that it's nearly impossible to spot them without close examination. Bolin's work is only on display until October 20, and with Ballarat just an hour and a half from Melbourne, it's the perfect time to hit the road and get your culture fix for the weekend.  There is so much to see and do in Ballarat that a day trip just won't cut it (plus, you definitely want to be able to sample the local wine, don't you?). If you make a weekend of it you can relax and enjoy the city, without feeling like you're rushing or missing out.  Photographer Caitlin Mills recently spent a weekend in Ballarat exploring all of its art and culture. With her help, we've designed this weekend itinerary for any art lover or culture vulture. And if you need more inspo, you can head to visitballarat.com.au to help design your own itinerary – and even better, you can go into the running to win an incredible weekend away

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Mercedes Me is going sustainable with Joost Bakker and Returnr
Things to do Mercedes Me is going sustainable with Joost Bakker and Returnr

We’ve all been there: you go to order a takeaway coffee only to realise you’ve left your reusable cup at home. Do you go without the coffee (risking caffeine withdrawal), or do you carry around the guilt that you’re contributing more waste to landfill? Well Mercedes Me are all too familiar with this scenario and have decided to take a stand. From September 9 to September 20, Mercedes Me will host a bespoke installation by environmental warrior Joost Bakker that cuts right to the heart of Australia’s (and the world’s) plastic crisis. Bakker’s installation combines 130kg of plastic waste collected from throughout Melbourne (130kg is the average amount of plastic used by each Australian every year) with tree branches to reflect almost literally the impact of waste on our environment. While the powerful installation will only be in store until September 20, Mercedes Me’s commitment to more sustainable café practices will continue long after its gone. Mercedes Me along with its coffee partner St Ali will be one of the first cafés in Australia to completely ditch takeaway cups and replace them with Returnr cups – a sustainable alternative.  Returnr is a little like a rent-a-cup system. If you forget your reusable cup you can pay a $6 deposit and borrow aReturnr cup, pay for your coffee as usual, then when you return your cup to Mercedes Me (or any other participating café) you get your deposit back. Plus Mercedes Me is certified as a carbon neutral venue – meaning the venue offs

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Grand Final Day at Auburn Hotel
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Grand Final Day at Auburn Hotel

Even if your team didn’t make the finals this year you can still be a winner at Auburn Hotel. This Grand Final Day (that’s Saturday, September 28 in case you’re wondering) the grand Auburn Hotel is really into the festivities by transforming its spacious beer garden into a grandstand for the day and playing the nail-biting match on the Jumbotron screen. The Auburn’s grandstand experience is one of the most fun Grand Final Day experiences you can have, without having to sell your soul for a ticket at the ‘G. The hotel is getting a real set of bleachers installed in the beer garden right in front of the big Jumbotron television screens. You won’t have to empty your wallet for beer or food either. Tickets for the Grand Final Day grandstand package includes a bottomless drinks package (Furphy or wine) plus bottomless roving footy snacks.  Prefer to watch the big game from the comfort of indoors? Auburn Hotel is also opening up its first floor to keen footy fans wanting somewhere exciting to watch the match. Plus those watching on level one also get the same bottomless food and drinks package as in the grandstand, so you won’t miss a minute of the action by having to go order food.  Every second of the AFL Grand Final will be screened at Auburn Hotel so you and your mates don’t need to argue about who’s house is best to host the match. Tickets for both the grandstand and level one Grand Final Day packages at Auburn Hotel are on sale now.

Where to enjoy the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne
Things to do Where to enjoy the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne

On Saturday, September 28 the last siren on of the AFL season will ring out across the hallowed grounds of the MCG. No matter who wins, Grand Final Day is always one of the most exciting days of the year for Melbourne, with even non-supporters keen to join in the city-wide celebrations. Of course the city’s bars and hotels are keen to get in on the action too, with a stack of special offers and packages available for those who want to watch the big game in style. Here are eight places to enjoy the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne.

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Club Fringe
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Club Fringe

For the first time in its history, the Fringe hub is at Trades Hall. And hoo boy, they're blowing the roof off.

A Time Out editor’s perfect day in Melbourne
Things to do A Time Out editor’s perfect day in Melbourne

Melburnians are not left wanting for ways to move around their city, but some ways are more enjoyable than others. And we should know – when we’re out exploring Melbourne there’s nothing that ruins our day more than getting sardine-stuck on a tram or suddenly rerouted on a train.  The Subaru Impreza, however, is one of the most comfortable ways to explore Melbourne. The All-Wheel Drive small car gives us total control as we dash around Melbourne’s tight streets and laneways while the reverse camera (and Reverse Auto Braking in selected models) ensures we nail our parallel parks every time. The sat nav means we never take a wrong turn off the M1 and the EyeSight® Driver Assist tech (selected models only) keeps us safe when distracted by a new piece of street art. With multiple USB ports our devices are always ready to use when we hop out, plus the digital radio, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity are far more entertaining than the voiceover on the tram.  In the Subaru Impreza we have the freedom to explore Melbourne's hottest restaurants, schmickest bars and coolest street art (and go beyond the city limits and discover the best day hikes and getaways). This is what our one perfect day exploring Melbourne looks like. Photograph: Graham Denholm

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Win vouchers to try all four unique eats for free
Restaurants Win vouchers to try all four unique eats for free

For the Time Out Food Awards 2019, we partnered with Google to discover unique dishes in our neighbourhoods. We searched far and wide to find some delicious dishes and the local heroes who made them and locked in a shortlist of one-of-a-kind dining experiences worth searching for. Now, we want to inspire you to go out and eat these Signature Searches for yourselves with a little bit of extra incentive. All you have to do is get out there, try them, and collect 'em all with brag-worthy food pics. If you share your fave dish on Instagram you'll go in the draw to win the local equivalent of a golden ticket – vouchers to all try all four dishes (worth $300) for free!  Here’s how: Step one: Read all about the delicious Signature Searches here. Step two: Try one or more dish (full suite is highly recommended)   Step three: Post your favourite on Instagram and make sure you tag #foundongoogle Step four: Sit back and wait to win the golden loot.   Competition ends Midnight 30th Sept  

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