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The Melbourne Music Bus Tour
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The Melbourne Music Bus Tour

All aboard the bus that rocks! Learn about the people and places that made Melbourne's music scene what it is today

Words on Fire
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Words on Fire

A wide range of Australian authors, speakers and thinkers will tackle the question of speech and the power of words

Better Wetter
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Better Wetter

Let’s talk about sex, baby – water ballet troupe The Clams will be doing just that through the medium of water dance

Chinese New Year Festival Melbourne
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Chinese New Year Festival Melbourne

Celebrations will sweep the city as Melbourne rings in the Year of the Dog

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical
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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical

The homegrown blockbuster sashays back home

Ice Cream Festival
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Ice Cream Festival

Sample 144 delicious flavours and go behind the scenes at this 12-day ice cream bonanza

Gourmet Cinema
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Gourmet Cinema

This open air cinema is taking the meaning of movie snacks to a whole new level

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The award-winning British blockbuster lands in Melbourne to great expectations

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Australia’s first inland surf park is coming to Melbourne

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Australia’s first inland surf park is coming to Melbourne
A new Asian hawker-style food centre has opened in Melbourne

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A new Asian hawker-style food centre has opened in Melbourne
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Adopt a pet from the RSPCA this weekend for only $29
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The best Instagram posts of White Night 2018
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Things you only know if you're a gin distiller
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Melbourne's new life-size model train is going to become a silent disco
Where to see the Aurora Australis in Melbourne

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Where to see the Aurora Australis in Melbourne
Jamie Oliver cooking classes coming to Prahran Market

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Jamie Oliver cooking classes coming to Prahran Market
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Tickets are out for Time Out Bar Awards 2018
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Tickets are out for Time Out Bar Awards 2018

Melbourne, it’s time to mark Monday February 26 in your calendar, because the annual Time Out Bar Awards are upon us

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Win a golden ticket to the season’s best comedy shows
Comedy Win a golden ticket to the season’s best comedy shows

Comedy lovers are always faced with a bit of a problem during this time of year – with so many side-splitting comedy acts on tour how can you choose which one to see? Luckily, now you don’t have to. The good folks at A-List Entertainment are giving comedy connoisseurs the chance to win a golden ticket, putting your name on the door to see the funniest shows in town. The winner will receive a double pass to international stars including Wayne Brady and Ross Noble, plus homegrown comedians Kitty Flanagan and Akmal Saleh. While there can only be one golden ticket winner in Adelaide and Melbourne, ten runners-up will each receive two double passes to two shows. Simply sign up to our newsletter before Tuesday Mar 6. Fill out my online form. // var zw45is40zx5iqz;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = { 'userName':'timeoutlondon', 'formHash':'zw45is40zx5iqz', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'1154', 'async':true, 'host':'wufoo.eu', 'header':'show', 'ssl':true}; s.src = ('https:' == d.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + 'www.wufoo.eu/scripts/embed/form.js'; s.onload = s.onreadystatechange = function() { var rs = this.readyState; if (rs) if (rs != 'complete') if (rs != 'loaded') return; try { zw45is40zx5iqz = new WufooForm();zw45is40zx5iqz.initialize(options);zw45is40zx5iqz.display(); } catch (e) {}}; var scr = d.getElementsByTagName(t)[0], par = scr.parentNode; par.insertBefore(s, scr); })(document, 'script'); //

Win a $500 shopping spree at Dandenong Market
Shopping Win a $500 shopping spree at Dandenong Market

Since the 1860s Dandenong Market has been hawking fresh produce, delicious street eats and handmade goodies. The market also boasts an exceptionally diverse range of stall holders with more than 150 nations represented under the one big roof. To celebrate the massive and multicultural market we’re giving away $500 in vouchers to one lucky shopper to spend at Dandenong Market. That’s a lot of Dandee Donuts. The giveaway is all part of Dandenong World Fare happening at Dandenong Market on March 25, when more than 50 food trucks and stalls will descend on the market. Spend your $500 on World Fare Day or eke it all out over 2018 – the lucky winner has until December 31 to use their vouchers. To win simply enter sign up to our newsletter before March 23. Fill out my online form. // var z1r0s5ki0v5ippz;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = { 'userName':'timeoutlondon', 'formHash':'z1r0s5ki0v5ippz', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'1127', 'async':true, 'host':'wufoo.eu', 'header':'show', 'ssl':true}; s.src = ('https:' == d.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + 'www.wufoo.eu/scripts/embed/form.js'; s.onload = s.onreadystatechange = function() { var rs = this.readyState; if (rs) if (rs != 'complete') if (rs != 'loaded') return; try { z1r0s5ki0v5ippz = new WufooForm();z1r0s5ki0v5ippz.initialize(options);z1r0s5ki0v5ippz.display(); } catch (e) {}}; var scr = d.getElementsByTagName(t)[0], par = scr.parentNode; par.insertBefore(s, scr); })(docu

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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

This is it: the definitive list of the people, the places and the things that make our city so great

The best laneways and arcades in Melbourne
Things to do The best laneways and arcades in Melbourne

Wander down a cobbled alley to find what these icons are hiding

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

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 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

The best markets in Melbourne
Shopping The best markets in Melbourne

Start your engines, shoppers: from organic produce to arts and crafts, there's a Melbourne market near you

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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 area guide
Things to do Carlton area guide

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

Windsor area guide
Things to do Windsor area guide

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

Collingwood area guide
Things to do Collingwood area guide

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

Footscray area guide
Things to do Footscray area guide

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

North Melbourne area guide
Things to do North Melbourne area guide

The wide streets of a country town and a lovely communal feel. Plenty of good bars.

Prahran area guide
Things to do Prahran area guide

Good shopping and lots of inventive restaurants and watering holes.

Richmond area guide
Things to do Richmond area guide

Good shopping, great pubs and most of the city's major sports venues.

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Max your summer in Melbourne
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Flavours
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Flavours

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