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School of Rock: The Musical is finally here
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Mickey Mouse in the Arthouse
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Mickey Mouse in the Arthouse

Celebrate Mickey’s 90th anniversary at a free art exhibition

East Malvern Food and Wine Festival
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East Malvern Food and Wine Festival

Feast on Victorian produce, craft beers, and wines at Malvern's food festival

Open Spaces Festival
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Open Spaces Festival

Explore Abbotsford Convent like never before, with a massive program of arts, food, markets, performance and live music

Heaps Gay Reverie: opening night
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Heaps Gay Reverie: opening night

Melbourne Music Week kicks off this year with a celebration of queer music at ACMI

You Am I + Gareth Liddiard + Clowns + New War
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You Am I + Gareth Liddiard + Clowns + New War

Aussie rockers You Am I will be bringing the house down at Melbourne Town Hall during Melbourne Music Week

Makers and Shakers Market
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Makers and Shakers Market

Discover locally made homewares, fashion and food at this north side market

Dark Space Project
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Dark Space Project

Lose yourself in a psychedelic musical experience held in complete darkness

Ainslie Wills + Gretta Ray + Angie McMahon
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Ainslie Wills + Gretta Ray + Angie McMahon

Three of Melbourne's most promising artists are playing a triple bill at ACMI

Bad Girls Disco x Roller Jam
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Bad Girls Disco x Roller Jam

ACMI is transforming into a glittery discotheque and roller skating rink for one night only

La Bohème
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La Bohème

Opera Australia remounts its highly successful version of the Puccini favourite

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The latest news

What does it take to perform a six-hour opera? We asked a double bass player

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What does it take to perform a six-hour opera? We asked a double bass player
We counted every single noodle dish at the Night Noodle Markets – and there aren't many

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We counted every single noodle dish at the Night Noodle Markets – and there aren't many
An outdoor summer ice rink is coming to Queen Vic Market

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An outdoor summer ice rink is coming to Queen Vic Market
The 7 coolest dishes to try at the Night Noodle Markets

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The 7 coolest dishes to try at the Night Noodle Markets
You can now do yoga in a room full of puppies

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You can now do yoga in a room full of puppies
Kylie announces her first Australian shows since 2015

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Kylie announces her first Australian shows since 2015
Dirty Dancing is coming to Flemington as an immersive cinema experience

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Dirty Dancing is coming to Flemington as an immersive cinema experience
Melbourne's beloved La Mama Theatre is set for a rebuild after a devastating fire

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Melbourne's beloved La Mama Theatre is set for a rebuild after a devastating fire
Meet Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's costume designer

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Meet Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's costume designer
Melbourne Airport is getting a pop-up beer garden for summer

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Melbourne Airport is getting a pop-up beer garden for summer
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Competitions and announcements

Win a VIP experience to see School of Rock
Theatre Win a VIP experience to see School of Rock

Get ready to rock with one of Broadway's most beloved new musicals, now playing in Melbourne

Eva Rothschild: Kosmos
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Eva Rothschild: Kosmos

See bold minimal sculptures at this exhibition of recent work from the Irish artist

Score free tickets to watch the filming of Australian Ninja Warrior
Things to do Score free tickets to watch the filming of Australian Ninja Warrior

See all the high octane action in person without having to spend a cent

The Big Design Market
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The Big Design Market

Find your style match with independent makers and designers at this three-day art, fashion and design festival

The Suit Concierge
Shopping The Suit Concierge

Ladies and gents, suit up at this custom tailor in Richmond and enjoy a discount on your first order

Time Out Melbourne magazine
Things to do Time Out Melbourne magazine

Time Out is now a free magazine

Timbuk2 are helping you to break up with your bag
Shopping Timbuk2 are helping you to break up with your bag

The San Francisco bag outfitters are opening up shop in Melbourne

Pierrick Boyer Café Patisserie
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Pierrick Boyer Café Patisserie

A top pastry chef has just opened a café in Prahran

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The best of Melbourne

50 things to do in Melbourne before you die
Things to do 50 things to do in Melbourne before you die

Wondering what to do in Melbourne? Take a look at our ultimate bucket list: 50 fun things to do in Melbourne, plus what makes the city great, from the food to the festivals and everything in between.

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

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 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

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

When you think Melbourne, some of the words that come to mind surely must be 'coffee', 'laneways' and 'street art'. Street art covers almost every nook and cranny of our creative, colourful city, but there are more highly concentrated clusters than others. These are the street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping: the city's ten best street mural hotspots, in all their spray-painted laneway glory. Continue your art journey through Melbourne at these free galleries, or purchase your very own piece of art at one of these weird and wonderful shops.

Cheap things to do in Melbourne
Things to do Cheap things to do in Melbourne

If you know where to look, you can get by in Melbourne for a lot less than you'd think

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 rooftop bars in Melbourne
Bars The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

For beers in the sun or cocktails by moonlight, check out these high-altitude drinking spots

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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.

St Kilda
Things to do St Kilda

Seaside retreat with plenty of cool bars and restaurants. 

Carlton
Things to do Carlton

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

Windsor
Things to do Windsor

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

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.

Collingwood
Things to do Collingwood

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

Footscray
Things to do Footscray

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

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.

Prahran
Things to do Prahran

Good shopping and lots of inventive restaurants and watering holes.

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Our guide to casual dining in Melbourne with American Express

Authentic pasta dishes to try in Melbourne
Restaurants Authentic pasta dishes to try in Melbourne

Twirling spoons at the ready? We’ve scoured Melbourne’s many Italian restaurants to find these Nonna-approved pasta dishes, from pillowy soft gnocchi to tangy pesto just made to be sopped up with bread. The best part? You’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that these venues welcome American Express. Buon appetito!    

Dim sum to try in Melbourne
Restaurants Dim sum to try in Melbourne

Melbourne is home to excellent Chinese restaurants that serve up dim sum with serious style. Whether you're after an elegant banquet, a hangover-soothing repast or some steaming hot dumplings, these restaurants have some seriously great dim sum dishes. At all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that they welcome American Express.

More 20 must-try Melbourne dishes for under $20
Restaurants More 20 must-try Melbourne dishes for under $20

You can find something cheap and delicious on almost every street in Melbourne – the city has never had an issue in feeding the masses for less than a tenner. It's not all dims sims and jam doughnuts either: in the world's most liveable city, $20 will get you treats like goat's cheese churros, pillowy xiao long bao, and pear and black pudding tarte tatin. And when it comes to the bill you can pay with confidence, knowing these venues take American Express.     

Top Melbourne falafel dishes
Restaurants Top Melbourne falafel dishes

Plant eater or not, the thrill of landing a plate of crunchy, just-fried falafel is the stuff of every food nerd’s dreams. These deep-fried balls of goodness can look and taste slightly different depending on which country they come from. Syrian and Lebanese falafel tend to have a chickpea centre, while Egyptian ones are usually made of ground fava. Use our cheat sheet to track down your favourite version in Melbourne, and pay in confidence with American Express.

Stir fries to wok your world
Restaurants Stir fries to wok your world

A good stir-fry is all about the breath of the wok – that magical combination of heat, impeccable timing and squeaky-fresh produce that transports you straight to the backstreets of buzzy Asian cities. Whether it’s a smoky char kuey teow, crunchy Laotian noodles or an upgrade on the classic beef and black bean, we’ve sought out the best stir fries in Melbourne. Check out the diverse range of dishes that come alive in the wok, and pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.

Sunny spots for alfresco dining in Melbourne
Restaurants Sunny spots for alfresco dining in Melbourne

We love a good rooftop and a pub will always earn an extra special place in our heart if it’s got a great beer garden – so it’s agreed by almost everyone – dining in the sunshine is always a good idea. With that in mind, we scoured the city for the best terraces, balconies, rooftops and gardens, where you can enjoy an alfresco snack and a brew or two. Then, when it comes to getting the cheque, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.    

20 great Melbourne dishes for under $20
Restaurants 20 great Melbourne dishes for under $20

Melbourne’s vibrant food scene has no shortage of treats that won’t bust your weekly budget. From tasty Mediterranean and Asian classics to Middle Eastern and American dude food, these are all excellent dishes by chefs at the top of their game. All these venues take American Express. Would you like a complimentary side with your meal? Check out these Side with Amex venues.    

Superb sushi for a light bite
Restaurants Superb sushi for a light bite

Creative sushi chefs and excellent produce make Melbourne a great place to explore the magical combination of rice, seaweed and protein. The fact that it makes for a swift, filling and inexpensive lunch makes sushi an irresistible siren song to busy workers and students, who flock to the hundreds of restaurants that fill every corner of the city. To make things even easier, at all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that these venues welcome American Express.

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Spring festivals and events in Queensland
Travel Spring festivals and events in Queensland

When Queensland shakes off its not especially wintry chills, towns and cities around the state spring into step with food, culture and music up for grabs. Over the coming months Brisbane will uncover some of the greatest up-and-coming musical talent; the Gold Coast will be hauling supersized body parts and animals onto the sand; and Toowoomba will be unfurling brilliant carpets of flowers. September sees Brisbane turn on its biggest festival of the year with a back-to-back schedule of music and theatre performances, plus plenty of food and drink to sample. The event is well known for its Sunsuper Riverfire grand finale, which illuminates the city with pyrotechnic sparkles. Further up the coast, Bundy brings the house down with its Crush fest and proves culture and fun go hand-in-hand, and in Tropical North Queensland, Yarrabah unites the community with live music, food and a celebration of Indigenous culture. Suffice to say, all events are a gathering of energy and a showcase of the happy vibes of Queensland, where life is beautiful one day and perfect the next.

Amex Eats: Sunny spots for alfresco dining in Melbourne
Restaurants Amex Eats: Sunny spots for alfresco dining in Melbourne

We love a good rooftop and a pub will always earn an extra special place in our heart if it’s got a great beer garden – so it’s agreed by almost everyone – dining in the sunshine is always a good idea. With that in mind, we scoured the city for the best terraces, balconies, rooftops and gardens, where you can enjoy an alfresco snack and a brew or two. Then, when it comes to getting the cheque, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.    

Achieve your personal best at these Queensland events
Travel Achieve your personal best at these Queensland events

Think sidelines are for softies? If you’re the type who likes to throw yourself headlong into the athletic action, boy does Queensland have the line-up for you. The Sunshine State puts on ocean swims through impossibly clear water off a tropical island; sends mountain bikers off on trails through the tropical north’s rainforests; and lets serious fitness buffs take a test of endurance in one of the country’s most famous beach cities. There are also adventure marathons, because, you know, a regular marathon just doesn’t feel challenging enough sometimes, as well as triathlons that feed into full-blown festivals. Given the A+ locations of all these events, there’s every reason to celebrate your achievements with a holiday (could there be a better excuse?) If in the north you can cruise from Cairns to Port Douglas along a magnificent coastal road then venture through rainforest and crater lakes on the Atherton Tableland. Or, if southbound, you can split from the coast and walk trails through the Springbrook and Lamington National Parks (‘cos you like to keep moving), or chill at a cute B&B in the mountains of Montville or Maleny (‘cos you’re absolutely buggered). So: ready to start training?  

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Something very long, very colourful and very hungry is coming to the Arts Centre Melbourne for a limited season. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show brings Eric Carle’s classic children’s picture book to life on stage in a masterful theatrical performance. Tots and tykes will watch wide-eyed as the Arts Centre Melbourne uses a veritable menagerie of colourful puppets (there’s 75 in total) to recreate the much-loved book. Since it was first published in 1969, the gluttonous caterpillar has delighted children as it ate its way through one apple on Monday, all the way through to its junk food feast on Saturday. As well as watching Carle’s famous caterpillar eat and (spoiler alert) grow into a beautiful butterfly, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show also enchants children with faithful adaptations of three more of the author’s picture books: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, The Very Lonely Firefly and Mister Seahorse. The Australian-made theatre production lifts Eric Carle’s dainty, tissue-paper collage illustrations off the page with the help of New York puppet studio, Puppet Kitchen. The show has been created by Jonathan Rockefeller (a past protégé of Australian director Baz Luhrmann) and directed by Naomi Edwards (who previously directed a children’s opera titled When Moon Dust Falls). The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will take to the stage at Playhouse for five days only from November 28 to December 2. The 50-minute show is best suited for children aged three to eight. Th

JJ's Place
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JJ's Place

Jameson is hosting a blockbuster festival called JJ's Place filled with live music, exclusive beer and whiskey tastings and delicious snacks for one-day only at the Easey Street showroom. The best part? It's free entry, with your first round on the house for you and a mate, if you register on the site. JJ's Place promises a packed and exciting day with your pals, especially if your crew are music lovers. The festival is headlined by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, with sets from Bec Sandridge and Bitch Diesel to boot. The tunes will be flowing the entire event with PBS Djs between live sets. The festival also boasts the launch of Jameson Caskmates IPA editions, a blended Irish whiskey finished in IPA beer barrels. The hoppy, smooth whiskey will be served up the way it is best enjoyed, with fresh lemon and tonic. There'll also be other delicious selections from the Jameson Caskmates family to try: the stout with soda and orange; the hard shandy; and a limited edition Young Henrys Irish pale ale boilermaker. Alongside whiskey tastings, you'll also get the chance to watch a live barrel charring with the Jameson master distiller and Master cooper. JJ's Place has also got great snacks to pair with all that delicious whiskey and beer, teaming-up with local burger faves, Leonards's House of Love who have cooked up a Jamo-inspired dish, 'Mates Plates. Round-up your mates and register for JJ's Place here.

Mercedes me Melbourne in conversation with Frank Body
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Mercedes me Melbourne in conversation with Frank Body

With summer just around the corner and Melbourne’s weather doing what it does, our skincare routines could all use a little sprucing up. What better way to do that than by consulting the experts? Mercedes me Melbourne is here to help. At 6pm on Wednesday, November 14, Mercedes me is teaming up with Frank Body to host a conversation evening at the Mercedes me Collins Street café. The evening’s discussion will delve into the skincare brand’s philosophies and range of coffee-based skin care products. It will feature Frank Body’s co-founder, Jess Hatzis, as a guest speaker, as well as some of Frank Body’s most passionate entrepreneurs. They’ll provide tips, tricks and inside knowledge on their products and brand, and a walkthrough of their range of deliciously scented coffee scrubs, moisturisers, cleansers and balms. Tickets are $10 each and include a welcome drink and grazing table for all guests.  This is the latest of Mercedes me’s weekly innovation events, which showcase and celebrate brands and organisations that are passionate about sport, art, design, food and wine, fashion, and community leadership. To find out more about Mercedes me Melbourne here.

Eva Rothschild: Kosmos
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Eva Rothschild: Kosmos

This is the first survey Australian exhibition of the Irish-born artist who's set to represent Ireland at next year’s Venice Biennale. For her illustrious two decade career, she’s used just about every material imaginable – concrete, leather, jesmonite, fabric and plastic – to create striking but minimal sculptures. She draws her inspiration from the minimal art of the 1960s and '70s, as well as classical architecture and pop culture. The exhibition at ACCA brings together recent work from the past decade with brand new commissions.

Try a fun roaming photobooth at your party
Things to do Try a fun roaming photobooth at your party

With Christmas creeping up, now's the time to lock in your festive celebration details. Organising food and drink is easy, but making your party slicker than the rest is the tricky part. Fotobox Australia is all about capturing parties and events in the most fun and dynamic way possible. Try one of their Mobstas to capture all the Christmas and holiday cheer. It's the next generation of roving photobooths for hire. With the Mobsta, you can snap a branded 3D animated GIF, Boomerang or stop-motion GIF on the spot.  The best thing about it? It's handheld and totally portable, meaning it can pop up anywhere at your event. After you've snapped your moment, you can have it sent to your email instantly. For events and brands that means heaps of great social interaction, and for you, it means red hot chrissie content. Fotobox is offering you one hour free if you book a Mobsta between November 26 and December 23. Exclusively for Time Out readers, this deal means you get the required three-hour minimum Mobsta time at your event with the final hour valued at $150 on the house – just remember to use the code TIMEOUT during your consultation.  Book your Mobsta roaming photobooth and find out more here. 

Summer events in South East Queensland
Travel Summer events in South East Queensland

During summer in Queensland it’s all systems go on fun and frivolities. The southeast corner in particular becomes a flurry of activity, including sporting tournaments, music festivals, art exhibitions and much more. As 2018 ticks over to 2019, you can watch all the tennis action in Brisbane, let your hair down at one of the country’s biggest folk festivals, and enjoy a spot of polo by the beach. Culture buffs can peruse international works of contemporary art, while sports nuts sit it out for three days at the Gabba with eyes fixed on a cricket ball. In between the formalities there are plenty of other places to chill/explore (depending on your energy levels), including Brisbane’s inner-city beach at South Bank, which makes even locals feel like they’re on holidays; the hill with a view, Mt Coot-tha; and wine trails through the Granite Belt. You can also head offshore to Stradbroke, Moreton and Fraser Islands, the latter being the world’s largest sand island, or get lost in the hinterlands behind the Gold or Sunshine Coasts. Of course, the coasts are also ripe for beachy stuff, so bring your towel and a surfboard.

Prince Alfred is hosting a Sunday session for you and your dog
Things to do Prince Alfred is hosting a Sunday session for you and your dog

Dogs are welcome, nay, encouraged at the Prince Alfred’s new Sunday sessions. Hair of the Dog is the pub’s new Sunday sesh where the drinks are flowing, the specials are ample and your mutts are part of valued clientele. Every weekend Richmond’s Prince Alfred will help you shake off your Saturday night hangover better than your dog shakes off after a bath. Bring your Staffy, greyhound, Frenchie or poodle variation down to Prince Alfred from 11.30am every Sunday and nurse yourself back to a functioning human in the pub’s gloriously sunny beer garden. To ease your transition into the week, the Prince Alfred’s bar will be slinging Bloody Marys for $12. More of a wine drinker? The venue is also doing ‘Clicquot hour’ where punters can score glasses of the extra spesh Champagne for $19, or try a glass Veuve Clicquot rosé for $22. The best part is Clicquot hour is every hour at Prince Alfred and the friendly team will even serve you popcorn to enjoy while you sip. Prince Alfred has even come up with a way to avoid those big ol’ puppy eyes from making you feel guilty about eating and drinking in front of your pet. The Hair of the Dog Sunday sessions will also have puppy snacks, freely available so your favourite family member (it’s true, don’t deny it) won’t go hungry. The pub’s big, leafy beer garden is just asking to be sniffed and explored by your pooch, pupper or very good boy. Prince Alfred’s Hair of the Dog Sunday sessions are on every Sunday from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

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