Spring has arrived in Melbourne and the weather is beginning to get warmer. The days are getting longer and the hours you can now spend outside in the fresh air have increased.
The school holidays are well under way with kids wanting to do anything but hang around the house.
So what is there that you can do this October in Melbourne and the outer regions of Victoria. It doesn't have to cost you too much either if you plan it well. There are plenty of FREE activities right in the heart of the city and don't forget that a packed picnic and a wander through the local parklands can be a fun way to spend a few hours.
Get the kids to start a photo project, or begin a hobby like collecting seaglass down at some of Melbourne's bayside beaches like Frankston
With the warmer weather approaching, it's always a good time to visit the pools and brush up on some swimming techniques. Some local pools have holiday activities for the kids as well.
Here are a few top things to do in Melbourne and surrounding regions. Fill your weekend Calendar October month with fascinating events, not to be missed, that you, your family and friends can't help but enjoy.
As a Calendar October must do, wander through rows and rows of cherry trees in all their blooming glory at the CherryHill Orchard in the Yarra Valley. Enjoy a taste of Japan amongst the rows of cherry blossom trees.
There will be food trucks, face painting, Busy Bees workshops and other workshops for young and older patrons, roving entertainment and stage shows.
Enjoy the signature Cherish Spritzer, non-alcoholic spritzer. The hand-picked cherries are crushed and lightly sparkled to create this naturally sweet, thirst quencher.
The Festival is usually held towards the end of the month. For more information, dates, prices and bookings, visit the CherryHill Orchards website.
This yearly calendar October event is held down on Phillip Island. Motorcycle contestants come from all over the world to compete. If you love adrenaline 2 wheeled action, the roar of the crowd and a spectacle like no other then this is one of the best tings that you can do this October, with or without the kids.
One of the best racing tracks in the world with beautiful Phillip Island coastline as its backdrop. The original Phillip Island racetrack was the site of the first Australian Grand Prix back in 1928.
Nowadays, the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is the home of international motorcycle and car racing championships
Food, beverages (alcoholic and soft drink) and snacks are available. Disabled access is available for those who require it. This is a great day trip from Melbourne, only
For more information, visit Philip Island Public Events
Time to enjoy anything and everything that is Mexican at the Melbourne Mexican Festival. The festival is held annually in the heart of the city. The Flagstaff Gardens comes alive with dancing, music, bright costumes and colourful, intriguing stalls to shop at and delicious Mexican cuisine to dine on.
Typically Mexican cuisine such as salsa, guacamole, enchiladas, tamales, burritos and fajitas highlight the menu.
Melbourne celebrates Mexican heritage and culture. Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is the main concept of the festival and if you have a costume, even better. Come along for some fun and games right in the heart of the city.
This is a FREE Event
For more information as to when the Mexican Festival is held this year, visit The Melbourne Mexican Festival website
This culturally, unique market is held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month
Heffernan Lane, in the heart of Melbourne, Australia, is packed with the hawker-style stalls selling dumplings and noodles, cakes and souvenirs. The smells of delicious Chinese cuisine being cooked wafts through the laneways tempting all who are in close proximity.
See this area of downtown Melbourne transformation into a true, twinkling night market as evening approaches. Stay until late savouring the Chinese atmosphere. You never know, a Chinese Dragon just may appear.
This is a FREE Event
For more information, visit the Chinatown website
The Royal Geelong Show is held mid-October every year. Just over an hours drive from the city, this event is an excellent suggestion for a day trip from Melbourne for the whole family.
The Geelong Show is held over four days, Thursday through to Sunday and is regarded as Australia’s biggest four day agricultural show.
An excellent agricultural show to take the kids to get an understanding of farming in Australia. Sheep sheering is a major display with Geelong having some of the world’s best wool. The competition is fierce and a blue ribbon is the ultimate in sheep breeding.
There are show bags, thrilling carnival rides, market stalls and entertainment. Plenty of food and beverages and tons of displays to explore.
If you love horses, these are another crowd favourite and many equestrian competitions are conducted on the grand arena. Dog breeders via for top place along with many other farming animals.
Trade expos, tractor pulls, the Grand Parade and a whole lot more makes the Royal Geelong Show a great time out for you, your family and friends.
For more information visit The Royal Geelong Show
Celebrate dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia, free and outdoor events over 17 days each October. The Melbourne International Arts Festival is world renowned for doing just that. The events are held at various venues throughout the city. Public transport is the best way to get to most of these venues.
For more information on what's on this year and where and when, visit the official website.
Head on into the city this October and search out as many Melbourne Trams that you can find that have been painted by talented artists.Get the kids to bring along their cameras and produce a fun project for them to share when they return to school.
As part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, every year eight creative minds from Victoria make over a tram each.
This is a totally FREE EVENT.
This year, 2019, the Melbourne Zombie Walk will take place in Queensbridge Square Southbank and participants will amble their way along the CBD and loop back to the starting point. The walk is purely for fun and for those obsessed with the living dead and Halloween. Everyone involved in the walk is encouraged to dress up and act like a zombie, to the shock (and delight) of the unaware public.
The event starts at 10 am. The walk itself will start at 4 pm and finish back at the starting point where zombies can fist pump their rotting arms until the sun goes down.
The festivities include MUSIC, MAKEUP, MARKETS.
For more information head on over to The Melbourne Zombie Walk
Celebrate India at the annual event of Diwali at Federation Square, right in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Enjoy and experience the traditional and contemporary cultural feast of India with traditional music, the theatre and Indian cinema.
Enjoy thrilling classical, folk and Bollywood dance performances, dance and craft workshops, Henna painting, Bazaar and the authentic Indian street food. There will be Fireworks and hundreds of glittering lamps lighting up the Square.
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