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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

Written by
Rebecca Russo
,
Nicola Dowse
&
Cassidy Knowlton
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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 exhibitions and activities for kids to get amongst as well. 

RECOMMENDED: Melbourne's physical distancing rules explained and how to go out safely right now.

Best things to do in Melbourne in November

  • Theatre
  • Musicals
  • Melbourne

 

The stage version is closely based on the film and features (almost) all of the songs you know and love, including 'Lady Marmalade', 'Come What May', 'Your Song' and a whole new version of the 'Elephant Love Medley'. There are also a whole bunch of songs in there that were released in the years following the film's 2001 release date (for example, Katy Perry's 'Firework' is in place of 'One Day I'll Fly Away').

  • Art
  • Paintings
  • Geelong

Australia’s most prestigious art prize, the Archibald Prize, is hitting a major milestone this year, having presented a staggering century’s worth of portraits of celebrities, politicians, artists, sports stars and more. To mark this glorious centenary, the Art Gallery of NSW is hitting the road and presenting some of the most memorable portraits from across the years.

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  • Things to do
  • Food and drink

This summer you’re invited, once again, to pick your own cherries at CherryHill Orchards in the Yarra Valley. This picturesque property produces some of the country’s finest cherries, and the CherryHill team are opening their doors to the public this year for picking season. 

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  • Art
  • Digital and interactive
  • South Wharf

Van Gogh reimagines the now-famous painter's works as projections that completely ensconce you in an 11-metre tall gallery, allowing you to feel like you're in van Gogh's bedroom or under that famous starry night. A mirrored infinity room filled with countless sunflowers also features, as does a life-size recreation of painting 'Bedroom in Arles'.

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  • Things to do

The Peninsula Hot Springs is one of our favourite places to soak away our stress, and in recent years it's also become a place to sit back and enjoy a film or performance, with specially designed hot springs built around a natural theatre. And this November and December, you can ease those muscles while easing back into the '90s with screenings of ne plus ultra sitcom Friends

 

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  • Art
  • Melbourne

The exhibition, which runs until February 6 2022, shows more than three decades worth of work from Clarke that spans photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewellery, video and more. Clarke is the first living artist to exhibit at the NGV to have ancestral connections to the land the gallery is built on, and the artist is seen as something of a leader in the reclamation of Aboriginal art and cultural practices in the south-east of Australia.

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  • Art
  • Digital and interactive
  • Melbourne

Seeing the Invisible is an alfresco art exhibition showcasing works by some of the world's top contemporary artists, including Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol (who you might remember did the massive quantum computer work, 'Quantum Memories', for the 2020 NGV Triennial), El Anatsui, Isaac Julien, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz and Timur Si-Qin.

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  • Film
  • Outdoor cinema

Lido Cinema’s rooftop cinema makes a triumphant return this summer for another series of films under the stars. Films currently lined up include Marvel Studio's new outing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a Halloween screening of the new Candyman remakeand Australian director Justin Kurzel's new film Nitram (based on the events in the lead up to the Port Arthur Massacre). 

  • Film
  • Coburg

Pentridge Prison, once home to crims like Ned Kelly, Julian Knight, Chopper Reed and Squizzy Taylor, as well as luminaries like Indigenous actor Uncle Jack Charles, trade unionist Clarrie O'Shea and anti-nuclear campaigner John Dixon-Jenkins, has been turned into a retail and hospitality precinct. There is a 15-screen Palace Cinemas inside the new complex, but Palace has staged something of a jailbreak and brought the big screen outdoors for summer. 

 

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  • Music
  • Southbank

The Malthouse Outdoor Stage returns in 2021 with a range of concerts, talks and comedy shows from November onwards. After delighting audiences with its inaugural season at the end of 2020, the series is back with a line-up starring the magnetic Emma Donovan and the Putbacks on November 20, as well as Women of Soul (the country's leading collective of soul artists, including Kylie Auldist and Thando) on November 26 and 27.

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