Things to do in Melbourne in October

October's best events in one place – it's your social emergency saviour for fun things to do in Melbourne in October
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By Rebecca Russo, Nicola Dowse and Cassidy Knowlton |
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Wondering what to do in Melbourne in October? 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 October

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Yarra River with skyline at Arbory Afloat
Bars, Cocktail bars

Arbory Afloat

icon-location-pin Arbory Bar and Eatery, Melbourne
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Oh buoy! The team behind massive outdoor eatery and beer garden Arbory Bar and Eatery have brought back their famed floating bar and restaurant Arbory Afloat for summer. The giant, nautical-themed floating pontoon has moored itself alongside Arbory’s permanent fixture beside platform 13 of Flinders Street Station. As well as boasting 360-degree views of the Yarra River and the CBD skyline, Arbory Afloat has an extensive cocktail list (think fruit-driven cocktails like Pomegranate Daquiris and Watermelon Sangria) and a Mediterranean-inspired wine list. Hungry? You can dig into fresh seafood including grilled southern calamari and eight different wood-fired pizzas.

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Crazy Rich Asians
Film, Comedy

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians, the 2013 literary sensation by Kevin Kwan, is finally a Hollywood movie, the first with an all-Asian cast and director since Wayne Wang’s The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago. Bursting with attitude and heart, Crazy Rich Asians makes up for lost time in a big way. Read our five-star review here.

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Heroes yum cha parties
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Things to do, Food and drink

Heroes Yum Cha(r) Parties

icon-location-pin Heroes, Melbourne
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To welcome in the spring months, multi-level Bourke Street bar and eatery Heroes has launched rooftop yum cha sessions. Yum cha(r) series will see head chef Alicia Cheong collaborating with a bunch of local talents, including Fancy Hank’s Daniel Inzunza, Rice Paper Scissors’ Ross Magnaye and Annam’s Jerry Mai, for three rounds of yum cha. It will cost $45 a head and will include two dishes and classic yum cha sides, as well as two hours of unlimited beers, Mimosas and sparkling wine.

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BlacKkKlansman
Film, Drama

BlacKkKlansman

If you’ve been pining for the fiery, political Spike Lee of Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X, good news: BlacKkKlansman has the director back to his energised best. Lee's police infiltration period piece is as a high-energy filleting of modern-day America and stars John David Washington and Adam Driver. Read our four-star review here.

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Adelphi Hotel Temptation Tuesday
Photograph: Meagan Harding
Things to do, Food and drink

Temptation Tuesdays

icon-location-pin Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne
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Do you want to learn how to cook like your favourite MasterChef contestant? The Adelphi Hotel's restaurant, Om Nom, is hosting a series of masterclasses to help you do just that.  From September to December Om Nom Kitchen’s Jo Ward is teaming up with different MasterChef alumni to run a series of cooking workshops. Each session runs for 90 minutes and will cover two delectable dishes, which will change from evening to evening depending on the guest chef. 

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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 of celebrities as it is with fetishists. But it’s the wild diversity of her work that is perhaps its most distinctive quality. In Polyverse, the upcoming 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.

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Un pequeño favor, la nueva película de Anna Kendrick
Foto: Cortesía Corazón Films
Film, Thriller

A Simple Favour

Sharper than your everyday mean girl since the beginning of her career, Blake Lively has always been capable of more than her opportunities have allowed her, while Anna Kendrick, a chipper ‘perfect’ thing in movie after movie, has been overrated. So it’s gratifying to see them both earning their keep in director Paul Feig’s borderline-nutso crime comedy, one that won’t be confused for a new Gone Girl. But even second-rate trashy turnarounds are worth savouring.

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Art, Galleries

Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions

icon-location-pin The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne
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George Baldessin and Brett Whiteley were both born in 1939, achieved meteoric success in their respective cities of Melbourne and Sydney, and died tragically young. Yet the similarities don’t stop there. In the most comprehensive exhibition of both artists in more than 20 years, the National Gallery of Victoria explores the parallels between the two artists and the ways in which their provocative and expressive approach to the human figure created work with a distinctly Australian sensibility. 

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The Langham Chocolate Bar High Tea
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Things to do, Food and drink

Chocolate Bar High Tea

icon-location-pin The Langham, Southbank
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Imagine chocolate desserts of all kinds and colours, from Granny Smith apple, white chocolate and frangipane layer cake to 55% bitter chocolate terrine with raspberry croquant. Picture Belgian milk chocolate and Vittoria coffee éclairs with caramel pearls, miniature dark chocolate and hazelnut tarts with gianduja mousse, white chocolate and passionfruit pops, chocolate cannoli filled with coconut, Malibu gel, white chocolate and berry cream, Bailey’s Irish cream pannacotta with coffee crumbs and chocolate spaghetti, and vanilla and white chocolate mousse. Throw in a chocolate fountain with fruit, marshmallows and cake. Now imagine you can eat as many of these treats as you want. You've just imagined the Langham's Chocolate Bar High Tea. 

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Film, Thriller

Searching

After David Kim (John Cho)'s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter's digital footprints before she disappears forever.

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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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