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What’s On in Melbourne for November 2023

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already thinking about what’s on in Melbourne for November 2023 and with so much to see and do in this fine city of ours, it can be hard to know where to start. So, to help you make the most of this time with your family and friends, we’ve once again put together a list of all the top things to see and do with kids in Melbourne for the month of November!

From the most exciting festivals to the best and most enjoyable family-friendly events and activities, we’ve got you covered. As always, there are a ton of great events happening around the city and we’re dedicated to making sure that this list is as up-to-date as possible by regularly adding new events we’ve found.

Be sure to check back often for updates and to see what’s on in Melbourne today and this weekend, as well as what’s happening for the whole month.

WHAT’S ON MELBOURNE CBD/DOCKLANDS

  • The Friends™ Experience tickets (Thu 5 Oct – Sun 26 Nov) – FRIENDS™ enthusiasts can relive cherished moments and immerse themselves in iconic scenes from the beloved series through this one-of-a-kind interactive experience, brought to life by Warner Bros.
  • Forest (Sun 4 Nov) – Join Polyglot Theatre to explore the connections that children like you have to forests and the creatures and characters within. Artists will guide you to (re)discover the urban forest in the grounds around ArtPlay, while creating and playing using collected natural materials.
  • Crafting paper poppies with Louise Seymour (Sat 4 Nov) – Unleash your creativity with this hands-on workshop, where you will be guided through the art of making paper poppies by owner of Paperlab, Louise Seymour.
  • Downtown Dumpling Market (Thu 9 Nov – Sun 26 Nov) – Satisfy your dumpling cravings at the Downtown Dumpling Market.
  • Groovy Tunes (Thu 9 Nov – Sun 12 Nov) – Join master drummer and multi-instrumentalist Kofi Kunkpe in a joyful music and movement workshop. Originally from Cape Coast, Ghana, Kofi is a keeper of his culture who is passionate about sharing the songs, dances, and rhythms of West Africa.
  • Animaga (Sat 11 Nov – Sun 12 Nov): Experience Animaga, a festival celebrating anime and gaming.
  • Re-love Festival (Sun 12 Nov) – A second-hand festival with vintage fashion, pre-loved treasures, repair workshops, and free family entertainment.
  • Melbourne Gluten-Free Living Expo (Sat 18 Nov – Sun 19 Nov) – The Melbourne Gluten-Free Living Expo presents a great opportunity to discover new products and explore a wide range of Expo specials offered by the exhibitors.
  • 2023 African Music and Cultural Festival (Sun 19 Nov) – Experience the vibrant tapestry of African culture at this three-day spring festival. It’s a unique showcase of over 35 African countries and community groups through music, food, fashion, film, dance, art, and more, all in the heart of Melbourne.
  • River Riffs (Thu 23 Nov – Fri 25 Nov) – A floating music festival with performances on a floating helipad, roaming buskers, sunset candlelight concerts, and pop-up bars and gourmet food trucks.
  • Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature (Thu 23 Nov – Thu 14 Apr) – Explore hidden forces through sensory journeys with digital artworks, works on paper, and interactive experiences by Marshmallow Laser Feast. Evolve from droplets of water to stars, becoming part of the cycle of life and the cosmos.
  • Lankan Fest (Sat 25 Nov) – A celebration of Sri Lankan culture at Fed Square with live music, dancers, DJ sets, cooking demonstrations, crafts, tea, spices, and traditional street food.
  • Docklands Community Market (2nd & 4th Sunday of each month) – Grab your early morning coffee, enjoy a lovely stroll & support your local producers at this lovely market.
  • Arts Centre Sunday Market (Sundays) – find unique, quirky and handmade items at the stalls. There are always some yummy treats too!
  • The Story of the Moving Image (ongoing) – Journey through the past, present and future of the moving image through interactive experiences, digital innovation and captivating stories. Story of the Moving Image ACMI Review.
  • Picture Book and Illustration Workbook with Mark Wilson (Sunday 19 Nov) – Join award-winning author Mark Wilson for a fun workshop at the Shrine of Remembrance. Engage in a drawing activity and attend a Last Post Service.
  • Celebrate Australia’s agriculture industry with John Deere (Friday 17th Nov) – See farm equipment up close, enjoy a free coffee and learn more about Australian farming and the special people who grow our food and fibre.
  • Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature (Thurs 23rd Nov) – See the world from a new perspective through guided meditation, large-scale screen works and interactive experiences.
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ACMI Exhibition The Story Of The Moving Image
  • Queen Street Plaza (Sundays) – find a rotating line-up of delicious street food, live music and entertainment every Sunday from 9 am.
  • Shrine Kids (Daily) – The Shrine of Remembrance is the National War Memorial of Victoria and it makes for an educational (and sobering) outing for families. Shrine Kids Review.
  • Melbourne Book Market (Saturdays & Sundays) – curated collection of more than 5,000 new and pre-loved titles selected and presented by 15 of Melbourne’s most experienced booksellers.
  • The District Makers Market (Last Sunday of every month) – creative and colourful market stalls showcasing a variety of art, craft, jewellery, homewares, gifts and artisanal produce last Sunday of the month.
  • I See You Like This (Until Sun 26 Nov) – Come and explore this exhibition in ArtPlay’s gallery and create a 3D portrait on your adult’s face. There are 30 weird and wonderful portraits designed by children and two making stations where you can create your very own portrait.

WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S NORTH / NORTH-EAST

  • Segmento Tarantella Festival (Wed 8 Nov – Sun 3 Dec) – Join this festival which brings together Australian and Italian creatives to provide an original and multi-immersive experience of Italian traditional music and dance.
  • Roll On at Rubix (Sun 12 Nov) – Join for some retro roller fun as the Malt Shop Rollers bring their pop-up roller rink to Rubix Warehouse every second Sunday of the month. Let’s welcome summer one disco at a time!
  • Rosanna Primary School Old School Fair (Sat 18 Nov) – Rides, devonshire tea’s, lucky dips, entertainment, wine bar, face painting, stalls
  • Santa’s Magical Wonderland 2023 (Sat 18 Nov – Sun 24 Dec) – A magical Christmas parade will herald the arrival of Santa on Saturday, November 18, and commences five weeks of community festivities at Greensborough Plaza.
  • Eaglemont Village Sunday marketplace (Sun 26 Nov & Sun 10 Dec) – Discover the vibrant heart of Eaglemont at their local artisan market, where the spotlight shines on homegrown talent each month.
  • Melbourne Italian Festa (Sun 26 Nov) – A foodie wonderland at the Royal Exhibition Building with fine wines, pizza, arancini, cannoli, gelato, Italian singers and performers, and a celebration of Italian art.
  • Preschool poetry with Maxine Beneba Clarke (Mon 27 Nov) – Maxine Beneba Clarke, Faculty of Arts poet-in-residence, will host the session, commencing with an exploration of her picture books and poems tailored for preschoolers, covering themes such as wiggling, animals, family, and more.
  • Tiny Tour Melbourne Museum (Fridays) – a 45-minute tour created for early-year audiences that will invite them to wonder, discover and be amazed.
  • Fitzroy Market (Saturdays) – a one-stop hub for everything produce, food, artisan, handcrafted, vintage, second hand and local.
  • Abbotsford Farmers Market (Saturday) – Shop local and seasonal produce and visit the Collingwood Children’s Farm which is just next door.
  • Rose Street Artists’ Market (Saturdays and Sundays) – Shop directly from Melbourne’s best artists, designers, crafters and makers at Fitzroy’s iconic Rose Street Market.
  • Diamond Valley Railway (Sundays) – miniature railway with a playground next door. Diamond Valley Railway Review.
  • Mini Mega Model Museum (ongoing) – an exhibition featuring small and big things at Melbourne Museum. Mini Mega Model Museum review
Diamond Valley Railway
Diamond Valley Railway

WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S EAST

  • Christmas Under the Big Top (Fri 24 Nov – Sun 24 Dec) – A magical event like no other coming to Burnley Oval. Filled with tons of entertainment, activities, interactive experiences, carnival games, delicious treats and more! Read our review here
  • Maroondah Festival (Sun 12 Nov) – Enjoy the Maroondah Festival featuring various entertainment and fun.
  • Tecoma Twilight Ethical Market (Sun 19 Nov) – Ethical shopping can be challenging and time-consuming, so allow the Tecoma Twilight Ethical Market to make things much simpler.
  • Camberwell Sunday Market (Every Sunday) – second-hand retro, vintage, antique, fashion and collectible goods you just can’t find anywhere else
  • Mini Explorers (Every Sunday) – Unlock the wonders of the world with Mini Explorers, a program built to help children develop through place-based learning and nature-based crafts
  • Yarra Valley Railway (Every Sun) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Yarra Valley Review.
  • Murrundindi (Sundays and every day except Saturdays) – Join Murrundindi every Sunday for cultural stories and insights. Discover Indigenous plant secrets, learn about Boomerangs, hear Dreaming Stories, and experience the magic of the didgeridoo.
Yarra Vally Railway

WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S WEST

  • Musical Minds Workshop 2023 (Mon 2 Oct – Mon 4 Dec) – Musical Minds is a fun, educational experience for kids and their caregivers to explore music together. Sing songs, play instruments, dance, and learn how actions and Auslan enhance song memory. It’s a playful way for kids to learn music while developing skills for home and school.
  • BBQ & Blues at Bellarine Estate (Sat 4 Nov) – BBQ & Blues returns to Bellarine Estate winery on Saturday November 4. Soulful tunes and BBQ aromas will fill the air across the Bellarine Peninsula.
  • Diwali Pacific Werribee (Sat 4 Nov – Sat 11 Nov) – Join the week-long celebration with live performances, traditional art, Bollywood dancing, henna artists, Indian cooking demos, and engaging Diwali craft activities for kids.
  • Spring into STEAM Festival (Thu 9 Nov – Thu 23 Nov) Altona Meadows STEAM Centre is specialist hub for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics collections and technologies. To help celebrate these new technologies the STEAM Centre is holding free workshops for kids, teens and adults.
  • Werribee Craft Festival (Fri 10 Nov – Sat 11 Nov) – Werribee Craft Festival 2023, an annual event occurring the weekend after Melbourne Cup Day, showcases high-quality, handmade crafts
  • Santas Street Party (Sat 11 Nov) – Everyone’s invited to join in on the festive family fun
  • The Makers and Shakers Market (Sat 11 Nov – Sun 12 Nov) – Come be a part of the Makers and Shakers Market at Williamstown’s Seaworks Maritime Precinct on November 11 and 12, where you can discover one-of-a-kind treasures and back local artists and creatives
  • Djerriwarrh Festival, Melton (Sat 11 Nov) – Headlined by Regurgitator and Pseudo Echo. A spectacular day of live music, a street parade, free kids’ activities and performances, local artists and designers market, food trucks, a pet expo, and intercultural acts.
  • Summer Nights Eynesbury (Sat 11 Nov) – Featuring Elvis Tribute by Andrew Portelli and food trucks for delicious eats. Doors open at 4:30pm, entertainment from 5pm – 9:30pm. FREE
  • State Rose & Garden Show (Sat 11 Nov – Sun 12 Nov) – Attend the State Rose & Garden Show to admire beautiful roses and gardens.
  • Spring into Music at Williamstown Botanic Gardens (Sun 12 Nov) – Enjoy live music performances by various groups in the beautiful Botanic Gardens, and participate in nature-related activities.
  • Spring Festival 2023 (Fri 17 Nov – Sun 19 Nov) – Join the Spring Festival with exciting activities and events in Beckley Park Geelong.
  • Victorian Medieval Festival (Sat 18 Nov – Sun 19 Nov) – A celebration of the 50th anniversary of jousting in Australia, the inaugural Victorian Medieval Festival will be the perfect weekend getaway for families.
  • That’s Mine Makers & Farmers Christmas Market (Sun 19 Nov) – Get your Christmas shopping done at ‘That’s Mine’ Makers & Farmers Christmas Market at Werribee Racecourse.
  • Inner West Art Fair (Fri 24 Nov – Sun 26 Nov) – Explore original artworks and meet artists at this three-day art event featuring a range of art forms.
  • Seddon Fun n’ Games Fair (Sat 25 Nov) – Head down to Harris Reserve, Seddon on Saturday, November 25, for a day packed with entertainment. Enjoy a dunk tank, dog parade, Santa’s visit, great waiters race, music by Brass Band, Tongan Choir, Glee West Choir, Colombian Dancing, and more!
  • Diwali Festival (Sat 25 Nov) – Celebrate Diwali at Footscray Park’s Eastern Lawn with music, food, market stalls, rides, dance, cultural performances, and a fireworks display at 9.30pm.
  • STEM Workshop: Calmness is a Superpower (Sat 25 Nov) – A STEM workshop exploring the impact of technology and social media on our brains and techniques to stay calm. For girls and non-binary people aged 10 to 12.
  • Scottish Festival Overnewton Castle (Sun 26 Nov) – Annual Scottish festival and market day at Overnewton Castle, celebrating St. Andrew’s Day and the rich Scottish heritage of the Castle.
  • Eynesbury Market (Sun 26 Nov) – Discover fresh pastries, honey, bread, fresh produce stalls, handmade arts & crafts, food trucks, live music, and kids’ activities.
  • FestAble (Sun 26 Nov) – FestAble is a free event for everyone, to recognise and celebrate the 15% of Moonee Valley’s residents living with disability*, along with their families, carers and friends, in a day of music, dance, art, sport, inspiration and inclusion.
  • Museums Victoria Members’ Annual Party — Introducing Air Playground (Sat 9 Dec): Join the Annual Members’ Party at Scienceworks to celebrate the opening of Air Playground. Exclusive entry, family-friendly entertainment, and private access to Scienceworks galleries.
  • Yarraville Village Farmers Market (3rd Saturday of Each Month) – enjoy a wonderful, relaxed community environment, and sample the freshest products direct from the farmers and producers as you shop in the open.
  • Bulla Railway (3rd Sunday of each month) – Ride the dinosaur trail on the miniature railway. Bulla Railway Review.
  • Altona Miniature Railway (3rd Sunday of the month) – between 10 am and 3 pm ride this wonderful Miniature Railway. Altona Miniature Railway review.
  • Outdoor play day at Moonee Valley Toy Library – (Sat 25 Nov) Join us for a morning in the (hopefully) sun engaging in messy sensory play. Come explore different textures, colours and smells. There will be coffee!
Altona Miniature Railway
Station Hotel Footscray

The Station Hotel



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Whats on in Melbourne for November

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

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

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