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Things to do in Melbourne in November

November's best events in one place – it's your social emergency saviour for fun things to do in Melbourne in November

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Wondering what to do in Melbourne in November? We can help. Check out our guide to all the fun things to do in Melbourne, including free attractionsart exhibitionstheatre showsactivities for kids and so much more. Plus, if it's a rainy day, consult our guide to Melbourne's best indoor activities instead.

Best things to do in Melbourne in November

Bohemian Rhapsody
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Film, Drama

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

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Film, Drama

A Star Is Born

In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers – and falls in love with – struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer, until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

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Film, Horror


As a darkness builds at the centre of a world-renown dance company, its artistic director (Tilda Swinton), a young American new to the troupe (Dakota Johnson), and a grieving psychotherapist become entangled in a bloody, sighing nightmare.

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Film, Horror


Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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The Girl in the Spider's Web

When Stieg Larsson started writing the Millennium novel series he could not have known how successful they would become. The theatrical release of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2011 solidified the novel’s place in modern fiction and spawned a devoted following of readers and film fans. Now, after seven years of waiting fans of the Millenium series are about to see Lisbeth Salander back on the silver screen. The heroine returns to cinemas nationwide in the cinematic adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Starring The Crown alumnus Claire Foy as Lisbeth (taking over the reins from Rooney Mara), The Girl in the Spider’s Web follows the outcast vigilante computer hacker as she and journalist Mikael Blomkvist become entangled in a dangerous web of spies, cyber criminals and corrupt government officials.

More things to do in Melbourne this month

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Photograph: Sarah Walker

The best theatre and musicals in Melbourne this May

May is often a pretty quiet time on Melbourne's cultural calendar, but this year is looking pretty hectic. David Bowie's Lazarus is having its local premiere thanks to the Production Company, while it's a tale of two Cosìs later in the month, with Opera Australia presenting Mozart's Così fan tutte and Melbourne Theatre Company presenting the Australian comedy inspired by it, the brilliant Così. 

Princes Bridge. Melbourne
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Things to do

The best free things to do in Melbourne

Guess what? Not everything in Melbourne costs a bunch of money. From art shows to coffee tastings, there are a bunch of things to do in this fine city that you can do for free – here are our favourites.

Pouring drinks at Bar Liberty
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars, Cocktail bars

The 50 best bars in Melbourne right now

Here is Melbourne viewed through the bottom of a glass: from its world-beating cocktail lounges to its down-and-divey saloons. These bars represent the pinnacle of Melbourne drinking.

People browsing through clothing at a market stall
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Shopping, Markets

The best markets in Melbourne

Borrow your nanna's tartan shopping trolley and venture out to one of Melbourne's best markets for farm-fresh produce, designer homewares, vintage fashions and tasty street food.

Great Otway National Park
Photograph: Robert Blackburn
Travel, Short getaways

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 state of Victoria is full of friendly neighbourhood towns, whether you're in the mood for a winery tour, a road trip or a national park to explore.

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