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What’s on in Melbourne for October 2022

The evenings are getting longer, the weather is warming up and the flowers are in full bloom, which can only mean one thing – October is here! 

Melbourne always comes alive in October, with a whole host of family-friendly events and activities taking place across the city. If you're looking for something to do this October, you’ve come to the right place! From spooky Halloween events to family-friendly festivals, there's something for everyone. Check out this post to find out what’s on in Melbourne this October.

This post is updated regularly, so check back in 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

  • Wisdom & Light (Thu 1 Sep – Fri 30 Oct) – Discover the Journey of Venerable Master Hsing Yun And his One Stroke Calligraphy in this multi-sensory digital art experience.
  • Neverland Melbourne (Fri 2 Sep – Mon 31 Oct) – Experience the wonder of the Blue Lagoon, climb aboard the Jolly Roger and hang out at the Lost Boys Hideout. Keep an eye out for family sessions as normal sessions are 18+ years.
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival (Wed 5 Oct – Sun 30 Oct) – Back with a bold and boisterous program of art, enjoy various programs, events and shows specially made for the enjoyment of kids!
  • Tingle Tangle (Thu 6 Oct) – An interactive, movement workshop where babies and carers will move through a play space, meet other babies, listen to music and sounds, and play with textured objects and fabrics.
  • Prehysterical (Sat 8 Oct) – An action packed hour of incredible circus by multi-award winning artists
  • What Animal Other Than Human Are You? (Sun 9 Oct) – In collaboration with their parent/carer, kids will create a couple of small ‘busts’ with polymer clay which will be baked for them to take home.
  • Percussion Palooza (Sun 9 Oct) – Directed by Dr Nicholas Williams, the University of Melbourne Wind Symphony presents a palooza of percussion you won’t want to miss!
  • ARC by Erth (Sat 15 Oct – Sun 16 Oct) – ARC presents intimate, magical encounters with rare and vulnerable species, raising important questions about our collective and individual relationship with nature and loss.
  • Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo (Sat 15 Oct – Sun 16 Oct) – Discover all you need to know from bump, to birth and beyond at the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.
  • Threads (Sat 15 Oct – Sun 16 Oct) – Children and their adults are welcomed into an intriguing world to connect and play together.
  • Fringe Parade & Lygon St Block Party (Sat 15 Oct) – Come and march for the arts at Melbourne's largest celebration of independent art.
  • Antipodes Festival (Sat 22 Oct – Sun 23 Oct) – Melbourne’s largest Greek cultural celebration with over 90 stalls, 3 free entertainment stages, roving performers, children’s rides and activities, and more
  • Victorian Festival of Diwali (Mon 24 Oct – Sat 29 Oct) – Experience the traditional and contemporary cultural feast of India through soul-stirring music, the theatre and drama of Indian cinema, breathtaking dance performances, craft and yoga/meditation workshops, henna painting, a bustling bazaar and authentic Indian street food.
  • SUPER EFFECTIVE! (Sat 29 Oct) – Super Effective! is a concert celebrating the spectacular world of Pokémon. Join in journeying across 26 years of history and revel in the fun and nostalgia of your favourite mainline Pokémon games.
  • Arriba Melbourne Mexican Festival (Fri 28 Oct – Sun 30 Oct) – Celebrate Mexican Heritage and Culture in Melbourne, Australia with lots of food, drinks and entertainment!
  • The Children’s Sensorium (Until Thu 8 Oct) – an interactive exhibition featuring light, colour, touch, sound, smell and taste
  • RUNAWAY Festival Park (Until Sun 30 Oct) – a boutique festival playground and home of spectacular cabaret, laugh-out-loud comedy, new and experimental circus, and the very best in kids-only entertainment.
  • A Wizardry High Tea (Until Sun 27 Nov) – An enchanting high tea event, with interactive roaming characters for the whole family to enjoy. Plus, twilight guests will be treated to wicked Cursed Cocktails!
  • The District Makers Market (Until Sun 27 Nov) – creative and colourful market stalls showcasing a variety of art, craft, jewellery, homewares, gifts and artisanal produce last Sunday of the month. 
  • Imaginaria (Until Sun 6 Nov 2022) – Fully interactive bespoke sounds, scents and lights activate in response to your movement as you walk, slide and glide through the dreamlike landscapes. Walk into a giant inflatable bubble, navigate a futuristic light maze or jump into a cosmic abyss. Imaginaria Review
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  • Wild About Babies Docklands (Until November 2022) – A free exhibit featuring 20 life-sized endangered baby animal statues with the purpose of building awareness for vulnerable species everywhere.
  • Wizard’s Den (Until Sat 31 Dec) – an escape room-like experience that will take you on an adventure into a world of fantasy, magic, riddles, science and boozy potions!
  • Potion Putt (Until 31 Jan) – A crazy golf course inspired by famous fantasy and fiction Wizards where you can test your magic & wizarding putt putt skills.
  • 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.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (ongoing) – see the award-winning production of the sequel to the Harry Potter series playing exclusively in Melbourne. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 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.

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

  • Playful Parklet (Sat 1 Oct) – Experience a pop-up urban play festival in a parklet. Follow the program to join live music games, playful chalk creatures, how to parkour, urban play school, AR, PSOs, a robotics ensemble, and a seaweed library.
  • Resonate (Until Dec 2022) – a series of unique local and family-friendly live music events happening in Brunswick, Coburg and beyond.
  • Special Event: Wild Things by Sally Rippin (Thu 6 Oct) –  Special Event celebrating Sally Rippin's Wild Things, in conversation with Gisela Ervin-Ward!
  • Fairfield Family Fun Day (Sun 9 Oct) – Join the Fairfield Traders Association for a Community Family Fun Day. Enjoy inflatables, rides, face painting and an animal farm at this FREE event. 
  • Big Fish Little Fish Melbourne (Sun 9 Oct) – a fun event that brings something of a dance music festival atmosphere to families. Read the review
  • Dog Lovers Show (Fri 14 Oct – Sun 16 Oct) – one of the largest festivals in the world dedicated to educating, entertaining and inspiring dog lovers
  • Fringe Parade & Lygon St Block Party (Sat 15 Oct) – Come and march for the arts at Melbourne's largest celebration of independent art.
  • Sunset Twilight Markets (Sun 16 Oct) – Enjoy live music, roaming performers,  curated stallholders offering a variety of unique products and wares and more
  • Queens Berry Cup (Sat 22 Oct) – a street festival and a celebration of the diverse communities of North Melbourne and West Melbourne.
  • Children's Week Celebration Event 2022 (Sat 22 Oct) – Bayside residents and families are invited to a morning of fun and celebration.
  • Pram People (Sat 22 Oct – Sun 23 Oct) – follow curious and wonderful prompts through headphones, secret messages and even other participants. Performers will delight and intrigue, adding to the fun as families weave amongst and around each other.
  • Sesame Street Circus Spectacular (Until Sun 9 Oct) – A 90-minute Circus Spectacular featuring everyone's favourite Sesame Street Characters.
  • Interspecies and Other Others (Until Sun 2 Oct) – See the gardens and architecture of national heritage-listed Abbotsford Convent be transformed through a dynamic, free program of video and sound art, sculpture, installation and performance.
  • SWARM (Until Sat 3 Dec) – Through a series of collaborative exhibits and projects, this event will dive into the science and art behind what it means to be part of a pack.
  • Tyama: A multisensory experience of nature (ongoing) – Be transported to Victoria’s nocturnal worlds, immersing you in 360-degree responsive projections, breathtaking effects and exquisite soundscapes. Tyama review
  • Little Explorer Wednesdays (Wednesdays until 9 November) – every Wednesday, give your kids the opportunity to explore their creativity through a variety of fun (and free!) kids craft activities.
  • Story Seekers Melbourne Museum (Mondays and Fridays) – Join in at the Melbourne Gallery to explore stories that bring life to treasures.
  • Tiny Tour Melbourne Museum (Mondays and Fridays) – a 45-minute tour created for early year audiences that will invite them to wonder, discover and be amazed.
  • Bite-Sized Science Melbourne Museum (First Saturday of the Month) – Discover our natural world and uncover the secret life of the creatures around us and their ecosystems in these monthly Bite-Sized Science sessions.
  • 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.

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

  • Clarendon Street Arcade (Sat 1 Oct) – Classic arcade games have been reimagined to transform the street into a games hub that is accessible and playable for everyone.
  • Archibald Prize (Sat 3 Sep – Sun 16 Oct) – The Archibald Prize represents Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art award and will be shown exclusively in Victoria at Bunjil Place.
  • Aspire Pakenham Spring Carnival (Fri 7 Oct) – Roll up! Roll up! For Aspire Pakenham's carnival extravaganza! Join in for an evening of carnival rides, games, face painting and much more
  • Victorian State Ballet: The Snow Queen (Sat 8 Oct – Sun 9 Oct) – Enjoy a magical experience with your family and friends, delighting in the beauty and splendour of stunning sets, costumes and icy magic lighting.
  • Pevan & Sarah in Concert (Tue 18 Oct) – A live edutainment extravaganza jam-packed with all your favourite Pevan & Sarah bangers.
  • Lloyd Street Primary School Community Fair in East Malvern (Sat 22 Oct) – This Primary School Community Fair is back for the first time in 4 years with games, rides, foods, stalls, arts and crafts.
  • Children's Festival 2022 (Sat 22 Oct) – Rides, Fire Engine, Charlie Silly Pants show, Disco, Music & Dance Session, Bunnings Workshop, sausage sizzle & much more
  • Whitehorse Spring Festival (Sun 23 Oct) – free rides, performances, workshops and activity sessions.
  • Bluey's Big Play The Stage Show (Thu 27 Oct – Sat 29 Oct) – a theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children's television series, with an original story by Bluey’s creator Joe Brumm, and music by Brisbane's Beethoven and Bluey composer, Joff Bush.
  • Luna Dark (Fri 28 Oct – Mon 31 Oct) – At Melbourne’s biggest and most bone-chilling costume party, expect everything from VR horror games to screaming competitions, SFX horror makeup artists and more!
  • Mini Makers (Wednesdays) – Back for Term 3, Mini Makers provides masterclasses for kids ages 2 – 5, where they can explore science, craft, cooking, music, movement and more!
  • Mornington Railway (Sundays) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • Bentleigh Sunday Market (Sundays) – plants, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, books, videos, tools, antiques, crafts, pre-loved goods and more! Every Sunday. 
  • Frankston Community Market (Sundays) – a weekly community market located in the very heart of Frankston, featuring an ever-changing variety of stalls.
  • Camberwell Sunday Market (Every Sunday) – second-hand retro, vintage, antique, fashion and collectible goods you just can't find anywhere else
  • Gasworks Farmers’ Market (Third Saturday of every month until Sun 18 Dec) – On Saturdays soak up the vibrant atmosphere and sample the very best of local Victorian produce, directly from Victorian farmers and specialty makers.
  • Gumbuya World Wildlife Wanderers (Every Wed) – join in every Wednesday for a day full of fun for your little ones with a 30-minute program, which will include storytime, games and Nature Play-based activities.
  • Prahran Market Mini Marketeers (Every Tuesday) – Enjoy free, guided activities teaching toddlers the fundamentals of eating well and putting the ‘yum’ in healthy food choices.
  • Camelot Traffic School (Weekends and School Holidays) Ride or scoot in this miniature city and get practical experience riding and learning some road rules. Located in Bentleigh East. Check their hours on their website before you go as they are subject to change. Read my review.
  • Young at Art Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery (Tuesdays) – program for 0-5 year olds. Sing, dance, clap and stomp your feet with Matteo! Do an exciting activity with the Education Coordinator afterwards.

WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S EAST

  • Touch a Truck Community Festival 2022 (Sun 9 Oct) – Major fundraising activity Touch a Truck is back! Check out 20+ vehicles from vintage cars to big rigs for the kids to touch, honk horns and explore, 40 + market stalls, pony rides and more.
  • Tesselaar Tulip Festival (Sat 10 Sep –  Sun 9 Oct) – tulip fields, live entertainment, market stalls and tempting foods. Read my review.
  • Stringybark Festival (Sun 16 Oct) – an annual event celebrating all things homemade, home grown and upcycled in the City of Knox.
  • Wild City (Mon 19 Sep – Sat 29 Oct) – Discover Wild City, a special community artwork developed by artist Kathy Holowko and the children of Boroondara.
  • Halloween on the Green (Sun 30 Oct) – Local musicians, roving circus performers and musicians, sack races, poison ball games, food stalls and tarot reading.

WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S WEST

  • Jurassic Creatures (Wed 7 Sep – Sun 2 Oct) – a realistic animatronics exhibition like no other, will capture the imagination of children and parents alike with over 30 Dinosaurs and spectacular activities that immerse you in a prehistoric time.
  • Kids Take Over the Civic (Sat 9 Oct) – a day of free family activities as the Kids take over the Civic Centre.
  • Flavour Fest 2022 (Sat 22 Oct) – a food & music festival for the whole family to enjoy, brought to you by Woodlea & Melton City Council.
  • Family Swim Nights (Sat 23 Oct) – Windy Hill Fitness Centre will open exclusively for the autism community with Family Swim Night.
  • Food Truck Festival (Sat 29 Oct) – Excite your senses & taste buds as you explore delicious range of food trucks from different cuisines at the Eynesbury Food Truck Festival. 
  • Resonate (Until Dec 2022) – a series of unique local and family-friendly live music events happening throughout the Moreland area.
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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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