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Things to do in Melbourne in September

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

Hawker 88 Night Market at Queen Vic Market
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Wondering what to do in Melbourne in September? 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.

More things to do in Melbourne this month

Come from Away 2018 Broadway cast photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Photograph: Matthew Murphy

Melbourne theatre and musicals in July

Major musicals are a bit thin on the ground in Melbourne this July, but there's one biggie opening: Broadway hit Come from Away. There's plenty of other shows on this month, including Malthouse's blistering one-woman version of Wake in Fright, and Melbourne Theatre Company's biggest show of the year, Shakespeare in Love is opening. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is still going strong at the Princess Theatre, but if you prefer something a little left-of-centre, immersive theatre experience A Midnight Visit is making its Melbourne debut.

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.

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.