This monthly memo is to inspire myself and other Melbourne residents to get out, explore and perhaps experience something different each month in this beautiful city we call home.
Funnily enough, I ticked off most of the items on my August bucket list during its last weekend. I saw Rob Thomas (the man behind Veronica Mars and iZombie) at Melbourne Writers Festival, visited Savers for National Op Shop Week and checked out the Melbourne Day celebrations in Docklands. Here are the main Melbourne events in September 2015. Be warned though, it is school holidays too!
Mission’s Mexican Festival
When & Where: Sunday 13 September 11:30am to 8pm at Federation Square
Visit: Mex Fest
A day that celebrates Mexican culture and brings together Melbourne’s best Mexican food? I am so there. For those unaware, I am slightly Mexican obsessed. Feed me tacos for the rest of my life and I will be overwhelmingly satisfied.
Girls’ Day Out
When & Where: September 25 to 27 at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Visit: Girls’ Day Out
Girls’ Day Out is all about celebrating females for three days. Tickets cost around $15 and girls can expect pampering, expert advice, fashion parades, live performances and a Cleo Bachelor appearance. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the McGrath Foundation.
Photo courtesy of Hophaus website
When & Where: 18 to 27 September at Hophaus on Southbank Promenade
Nine days of Oktoberfest celebrations? Why not! The tapping of the keg will take place at 6pm on Friday 18 September, and the fun will continue from there. Apparently there will be an inaugural dachshund race (cuteness overload guaranteed), a sausage eating competition and live music. Sundays are “family days” with face painting and more for the kids. Better get the dirndl out of storage.
Royal Melbourne Show
When & Where: 19 to 29 September at Melbourne Showgrounds
Visit: Royal Melbourne Show
It’s funny but I have heard about Brisbane’s famous Ekka and Sydney’s Royal Easter Show, but nothing about Melbourne’s equivalent. Turns out it is in September and cheaper tickets are offered to RACV members. Tickets seem a little pricey for adults, but are cheaper at night, so I may just venture to the show yet.
Photo courtesy of Markets of Melbourne website
When & Where: 5 to 13 September at four Melbourne markets: Prahran, South Melbourne, Dandenong and Queen Victoria Markets
Visit: Markets of Melbourne
My love for markets may be on the same level as my desire to devour Mexican all day every day. Market Week involves 50 free events across the four markets mentioned above at Prahran, South Melbourne, Dandenong and in the city at Queen Victoria. I have visited both the Queen Victoria and South Melbourne markets, so I might just have to check out what Prahran has to offer.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
When & Where: 16 September to 4 October at Various Locations
Visit: Melbourne Fringe
I will actually be reviewing a show or two at Melbourne Fringe for my theatre writer role with The Australia Times. The festival is a big deal, with over 400 events and 6000 artists involved. If you are a lover of the arts, then make sure you head along to Melbourne Fringe this year.
Melbourne Events in September 2015
As always, I am excited to get out and see more of Melbourne as the winter weather finally leaves us. Goodbye coat, I shall not miss wearing you every day, although you are pretty.
What are you excited to do in September?
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