10 ways to ‘go full Melbourne’

Cheer on footy legends, fashionistas and falcon fledglings in the city this month. 

Whether you’re obsessed with the premiership cup or the perfect cup of coffee, spring in the city means exciting events around the clock (even during your lunch break).

It’s all happening in Melbourne during September and the school holidays. Here are some places where you can be part of the action.

1. In iconic venues 

Take your seat at the MCG for the AFL Grand Final, dance in the aisles of big-hearted musical Hairspray at the Regent Theatre, and bathe in the glow of Tyama at Melbourne Museum.

Tyama and Melbourne Museum

Tyama at Melbourne Museum

2. In our cafes and hospitality venues

Celebrate the city’s most beloved beverage by buying a brew or two during Melbourne Coffee Week. Look out for cafes running special events and coffee experts going head-to-head in the World Barista Championships.

3. In streets, laneways and unexpected places 

Spot pop-up runways and capsules showcasing designers across the city this Melbourne Fashion Week. Then experience pop-up salsa classes and a floral wonderland funded by City Activation Grants.

Salsa in the city

Salsa in the city

4. In our creative spaces (for all ages)

Enchant your children with sensory play, shape-shifting workshops and more events at ArtPlay and Signal. Then head to Arts House in North Melbourne to see contemporary work from international artists in BLEED.

5. In our recreation centres and sports facilities

Move it your way at your local recreation centre or try out quirky sports like quidditch, swordcraft and bike polo. For more unique exercise ideas, visit 10 fun ways to keep fit in Melbourne.

A smiling swordcraft participant


6. In our libraries

Explore welcoming library events, rub shoulders with literary heroes at Melbourne Writers Festival and read books set in Melbourne as representatives of the UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature reunite in our city.

7. In our parks and gardens

Hug a eucalypt, email a Moreton Bay fig tree, plant a sapling or just bask in Melbourne’s urban forest to get back to nature this spring. Here are 10 ways to tune in with trees and become a citizen scientist.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens

8. In augmented reality

See works by a star-studded line-up of Australian and international artists like Patricia Piccinini and KAWS on Melbourne’s largest augmented-reality art trail. Or take an analogue stroll with our self-guided city walks.

9. On the water

Star-spot at the superyacht marina, kayak by twilight, have a picnic on a GoBoat, find a new favourite fishing spot, try out dragon-boating and look out for Salvatore the celebrity seal. Learn more from waterways team member Elissa.

GoBoat Melbourne

GoBoat Melbourne

10. On top of a skyscraper, and online

Spring has sprung and Melbourne’s celebrity peregrine falcons have been caring for a new clutch of eggs in their sky-high urban nest at 367 Collins Street. Keep an eye on the feathered family via live-stream.

Keep in touch with what’s on

There are so many reasons to get out and about in the City of Melbourne and support our shopping precincts, restaurants and small businesses.

To discover more things to see, do and eat in our city this month and year-round, visit What’s On Melbourne and subscribe to the weekly newsletter.