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
People sitting on grass at BeerFest
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By Rebecca Russo, Cassidy Knowlton and Nicola Dowse |
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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

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Melboune City at The Night Noodle Market
Things to do, Food and drink

Night Noodle Markets

icon-location-pin Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
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Night Noodle Markets is returning to Birrarung Marr this year with a killer line-up of Asian market stalls, covering street food favourites from Japan, Philippines, Taiwan and more. This year, you can expect stalls from Melbourne market favourites including Hoy Pinoy, Puffle’s egg waffles, Korean tacos, Wonderbao, Waffleland, Teppanyaki Noodles, Donburi Station, N2 Extreme Gelato, the Original Korean Twistto Potato, Mr Miyagi, Sambal Kampung, Shallot Thai, Bangkok Street Food, the Wagyu, Nem N Nem, Black Star Pastry, and Chinese Dim Sum King. New additions this year include Miso Fresh Food Truck, Bao Brothers, Red Spice Road, Son In Law, David’s, and Oriental Tea House.

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Lido on the Roof
Photograph: Eugene Hyland
Film, Outdoor cinema

Lido on the Roof

icon-location-pin Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn
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Lido Cinema’s rooftop makes a triumphant return this summer for its fourth year under the stars. Lido on the Roof will screen critically acclaimed summer releases including Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Claire Foy's turn as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider's Web, Joel Edgerton's powerful story about gay conversion camps Boy Erased and the newest Fantastic Beasts film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Press rewind and get stuck into Lido's '90s film offering with 1996's Romeo + Juliet and 1997's Romy and Michele's High School Reunion screenings. No need to BYO snacks: Lido's food and drink counter serves up great movie treats, from choctops and vegan-friendly popcorn to edamame and craft beers.

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Colette
Music, Music festivals

Melbourne Music Week

icon-location-pin Around Melbourne , Melbourne
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Every year Melbourne Music Week explores the undercurrent of Melbourne’s vibrant local music scene in some of the city’s most forgotten corners. Throughout the week Melbourne's hefty list of live music venues go into overdrive hosting dozens of artists around the city. In 2018 the MMW festival hub will be at ACMI where Gallery One and Lightwell will be transformed into an immersive live music space and bar. Gracing the line-up this year are tried and true Aussie rockers You Am I, the soulful Renee Geyer and Detroit techno whiz Jeff Mills to name a few. As usual, Melbourne Music Week will kick off with a massive opening night party. This year it’s being curated by Heaps Gay, who have enlisted the likes of Dandrogeny, The Huxleys, the Cocoa Butter Club, Kira Puru and Maribelle to create a whiz-bang party featuring music, dance, drag, installation art and performances.

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Queenscliff Music Festival
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Music, Music festivals

Queenscliff Music Festival

icon-location-pin Queenscliff, Queenscliff
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The quiet seaside town of Queenscliff will be anything but quiet this November when the annual Queenscliff Music Festival returns. Leading the line-up is Melbourne rock darling Courtney Barnett, country-folk favourite Kasey Chambers, the melancholic voice of the '90s the Whitlams, the hauntingly beautiful tunes of Sarah Blasko and bluesy rockers the Black Sorrows. A highlight of the festival will be the tribute to the late Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, with a 16-piece orchestra honouring the Indigenous musician with a performance of Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow).

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Art, Photography

Polly Borland: Polyverse

icon-location-pin The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne
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It’s unlikely that any photographer boasts a portfolio like Australian artist Polly Borland’s. It’s as chock full with celebrities as it is with fetishists – Borland spent five years documenting the surreal lives of adults who get their kicks by dressing up as infants. But it’s the wild diversity of her work that is perhaps its most distinctive quality. In Polyverse, the showcase of her new and recent work at the NGV, another facet of Borland’s photography will be on display. These otherworldly images feature human subjects distorted with stockings, gags and lumps of padding; smeared with make-up; bodies straining and restrained in poses that are both sexually charged and monstrous. It’s a collection that toes a fine yet powerful line between shock and awe.

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Zoo Twilights
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Things to do

Melbourne Zoo Block Party

icon-location-pin Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
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Get your party pants on, it's time to get wild at the zoo.  Melbourne Zoo is hosting a series of Saturday 'block parties' in November. You can boogie with the bears, dance with the dingoes and sashay with the seals from 6-9pm at the zoo. The twilight sessions will include DJ sets from Animals Dancing, video projections from ACMI's permanent collection, food trucks, cocktails, carousel rides and lawn games. What kind of lawn games? Giant Jenga and outdoor Twister will be on offer, and you can also challenge your mates to a game of Mario Kart on Nintendo 64. You can also take a spin through the National Geographic 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs exhibition to see jaw-dropping pictures of nature.

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Coburg Night Market
Things to do, Markets

Coburg Night Market

icon-location-pin Bridges Reserve, Coburg
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Coburg Night Market get better every year and it's little wonder, considering that it was founded by the team behind the Queen Victoria Night Market in 2010.  Every Friday night from November 30 to December 21, Coburg Night Market will come alive with more than 85 food and artisan stalls, as well as live music and interactive entertainment. Melbourne’s diverse community is truly on show with the versatile dishes served up by the street food vendors. 

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People sitting on grass at BeerFest
Things to do, Food and drink

Beer Fest

icon-location-pin Moonee Valley Racecourse, Moonee Ponds
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On Saturday, November 24, outdoor summer festival Beer Fest will be descending on Melbourne’s Moonee Valley Racecourse. Punters will be able to taste over 300 different kinds of small-batch craft beers, ciders, cocktails and wines throughout the day and munch down on food from some of the city’s favourite street food traders. Some of the brewers who will be stepping out for the festival include Southern Bay Brew Co, Fury and Son Brewing Company, Brick Lane Brewing Co and heaps more. Entertainment-wise, Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson will perform live on the day, as well as Daft Punk tribute DJs, Discovery. There will also be a stacked comedy line-up, too, which will include Nick Cody, David Quirk, Sonia Di Iorio, Nick Capper, Kelly Fastuca and Stewart Bell. Tickets are set at a very reasonable $30 and are on sale now.

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People shopping at the big design market
Shopping, Markets

The Big Design Market

icon-location-pin Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens, Carlton
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Start saving your pennies now because the Big Design Market is back for another year. Across three days this festive season, you can check out more than 350 local, national and international designers spruiking everything from homewares, fashion and cosmetics to tech accessories, furniture and kids products. And since it’s happening right before Christmas it’s a great chance to pick up some presents to make your Christmas morning extra merry. The natural enemy of shopping sprees is hunger but luckily the Big Design Market boasts a hunger-busting line-up of food and drink options as well. 

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School of Rock 2018 photo from London
Photograph: Tristram Kenton
Theatre, Musicals

School of Rock: The Musical

icon-location-pin Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne
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Melbourne, school is back in session and now it’s time to learn how to rock. The musical version of Jack Black’s hit 2003 movie School of Rock will open at the Her Majesty’s Theatre in October, fresh from successful seasons on Broadway and the West End, where it’s still running. Just as in the movie, Dewey Flynn is a struggling muso who fakes his way into a prestigious private school classroom to earn a little extra cash as a substitute teacher. But he soon finds himself as an unlikely mentor for these high achieving kids who need someone to look out for them. And he also turns the group into a kick-ass rock band. It’s the prodigiously talented kids who make the show and are blowing away audiences in New York and London by playing live music night after night. The show has a score of songs from the movie and new tunes by the godfather of British musical theatre Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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More things to do in Melbourne this month

School of Rock 2018 London cast
School of Rock London cast
Theatre

The best theatre and musicals in Melbourne this November

School of Rock is finally here and class is in session. Otherwise, it's a big month of theatre, with MTC's much-awaited production of Twelfth Night kicking off and Opera Australia's epic Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg playing at Arts Centre Melbourne. 

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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.

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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.

Princes Bridge. Melbourne
Photograph: Robert Blackburn
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.

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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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