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What’s On In Melbourne – Friday 2 November To Thursday 8 November 2018

What’s On in Melbourne – Friday 2 November to Thursday 8 November 2018


While I’m not a horse-racing fan I am a fan of a quasi 4-day long weekend in Spring! Here’s a list of all the amazing activities and events happening this week in Melbourne for families.

As for me, I’ll be hanging out with the crew at The Lost Lands festival this weekend at Werribee Mansion. Look out for all the action on my Facebook and Instagram…and if you’re there too come and say hi!

what on in melbourne november 2018


  • MPavilion (Fri 2 Nov – Sun 3 Feb 2018) – An event hub, a meeting place and an invitation to experiment, each MPavilion brings creative collaborators together to present a free, four-month program of talks, workshops, performances and installations from October to February.
  • Art Club at Artplay (Sat 3 Nov) – With Halloween and the Day of the Dead coming up, we will explore three different customs and the meanings behind them. Carving pumpkins (or in this case melons as they are easier to cut.) Decorating Sugar skulls Dressing up as a zombie and making fake wounds.
  • Victorian Festival of Diwali (Sat 3 Nov) –  Indian cinema, Bollywood dances, craft and dance workshops, traditional henna painting, the Diwali Wish pavilion, the beat of Indian and African drums, a bustling multicultural bazaar, delectable Indian cuisines and a brilliant fireworks display on the Yarra.
  • Dock Eco: Recycled Crafting (Sat 3 Nov) – Recycle waste, clothes, cardboard, paper and other items to make decorative pieces, pot plants, festive ideas, crafts and presents in this workshop.
  • Diwali SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium (Sat 3 Nov – Wed 7 Nov) – join the annual celebration of Diwali at SEA LIFE Melbourne this November by choosing between three different styles of Henna hand painting. Full review.
  • Camp Creepy Playtime (Sun 4 Nov) – trick or treat hunt, dress up competition, ghost vortex, lollies, prizes and more.
  • ACMI’s Family Sundays (Sun 4 Nov) – day for families to come together and interact with screen culture in all its forms with different theme each month. Celebrate 90 years with the true original, Disney’s Mickey Mouse. Full review.
  • Polly Woodside Pirate Day (Sun 4 Nov) -Dress as a pirate and come help us search for hidden treasure, join in on the pirate games and even scrub the decks! Full review. 
  • Under 8s Ice Fun (Sun 4 Nov) – unique toddler experience in shoes or skates.
  • HWKR Sunday Funday (Sun 4 Nov) – enjoy hawker style lunch with free kids activities and entertainment.
  • Kids Oktoberfest Munich Brauhaus (Sun 4 Nov) – every Sunday kids eat for free, face painter and activity packs.
  • Creative Kids Club Diwali Lamp (Wed 7 Nov) – Celebrate Diwali at Creative Kids Club by making a clay lamp or Diya.
  • Night Noodle Markets (Thu 8 Nov – Sun 25 Nov ) – all the sights, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival.



  • Spooktober St Kilda Town Hall (Thu 1 Nov – Sun 4 Nov) –free entry on festival grounds, family-friendly haunt for kids 6+ years and two haunts for mature audiences. Full review.
  • Melbourne Eat Streets Highett (Fri 2 Nov – Tue 6 Nov) – 6 day festival will have a rotating line-up of the greatest restaurants on wheels
  • Cook It with Dad Clyde North (Sat 3 Nov) – program is an opportunity for fathers and children to experience cooking together.
  • Dads Space St Kilda (Sat 3 Nov) – dads are invited to bring their kids (and their best dad jokes) to a weekly event where they can connect with other dads.
  • Hank Marvin Market (Sat 3 Nov) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground at Alma Park.
  • From Nature Gasworks Arts Park (Sat 3 Nov – Sun 11 Nov) – free exhibition From Nature showcases living sculptures and organic land artwork, transforming parkland into an outdoor open-air gallery.
  • Moorabin Miniature Railway (Sun 4 Nov) – miniature steam trail rides and playground next door. Full review.
  • Camelot Traffic School (Sun 4 Nov) – mini road set up for kids with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights. Full review.
  • Mornington Railway (Sun 4 Nov) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • Diwali Festival Dandenong Market (Sun 4 Nov) – enjoy traditional live music and Bollywood-inspired performances, a delicious array of food trucks and stalls and traditional Indian customs including sari wrapping and henna hand painting.



  • SSTM Diwali Festival Mela Boronia (Sat 3 Nov) – music and breathtaking classical folk-dance performances, family-friendly craft activities, henna art, rides for kids and delicious authentic food from India and beyond.
  • Hop Fest Healesville Sanctuary (Sat 3 Nov – Tue 6 Nov) – craft beer, food stalls, live music and more!
  • Yarra Valley Railway (Sun 4 Nov) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Full review. 
  • Wallaby Wednesdays Healesville Sanctuary (Wed 7 Nov) – Kids can dress up as wallabies with wallaby face painting, wallaby ears and wallaby tails for pouch races, hopping games and wallaby trails.
  • Moonlit Markets Eastland (Thu 8 Nov) – Find an assortment of fashion, jewellery, art, homewares and delights for the kids made with skill by our talented stallholders. Plus with live music on offer, delicious street food and a pop up bar. Every Thursday until 20 Dec.


Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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