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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By Time Out editors |
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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.

Best things to do in Melbourne in September

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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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Body Worlds: Vital
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Things to do, Exhibitions

Body Worlds: Vital

icon-location-pin Melbourne Showgrounds, Flemington
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Body Worlds: Vital is an exhibition that will help you better understand your body and the way it works. An educational exhibit about human anatomy, it features 150 real human bodies, which have been 'plastinated' and put on display. There are whole bodies, individual organs and transparent 'body slices' that demonstrate the human body in all its forms – healthy, diseased and everywhere in between. All of the specimens have been voluntarily donated for this express purpose, and the process of donation has been thoroughly documented.

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Things to do, Exhibitions

National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs

icon-location-pin Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
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A world-first exhibition of 50 jaw-dropping wildlife photographs is being shown at Melbourne Zoo, giving visitors a look at some of the world's most beautiful creatures in their native habitat. The photographs come from one of the world's best-known wildlife publication, National Geographic, and reflect some of the best pictures published during the 130 years of the magazine's history.

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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. These include dumplings with Tamara Graffen (Tuesday, September 25), desserts with Bryan Zhu (Tuesday, October 16), seafood with Jess Liementara (Tuesday, November 20), or chicken liver pâté with Reece Hignell (Tuesday, December 4).

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Art, Galleries

Archibald Prize

icon-location-pin Geelong Gallery, Geelong
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The Archibald Prize is the exhibition that stops a nation – well, a city anyway. Everyone has an opinion about who and what is most deserving of the $100,000 top gong – and the annual exhibition of finalists (this year there's a whopper 57 paintings) offers plenty to argue over. The top gong for 2018 has gone to Yvette Coppersmith for her self-portrait, emulating the power of New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who was unavailable to pose.

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Food and dessert High Cheese at Westin Hotel
Things to do, Food and drink

High Cheese

icon-location-pin The Westin Melbourne, Melbourne
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The Westin's High Cheese brings together creamed Giorgio Cravero reggiano, tiramisu with a cheesy twist, cannoli with a ricotta filling, fresh figs stuffed with gorgonzola and drizzled with honeycomb, the rare Carles Roquefort with cognac and pain d’épices and even a Holy Goat organic strawberry and thyme mille-feuille. The coup de gras (pun intended) will be a whole baked Normandy camembert served with mini baguettes that you can rip apart and dip into the cheese, like your very own cheese fondue.

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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