Melbourne's getting warmer at last!. The spring flowers are starting to bloom, trees are showing a little greenery on their branches and the locals are beginning to venture outside once again.
Yes, it's September and Melbourne is getting ready for one of its busiest seasons.
There's plenty to do in the Melbourne CBD and this month is one of the best months to show off just how pretty the city is. With seriously blue skies, any activity going on in this fine city will be worth the effort to attend.
Not only are there fun things to do in Melbourne itself but there are so many festivals and special events in the outer regions, your weekends are going to be fully booked up.
And always remember that there are plenty of extra things to do in and around Melbourne, shpu;d you find yurself with a few free hours. Wander through the site here when you get the chance.
That's Australian Rules footy that is. Melbourne loves its football, so why not celebrate it with a full on Festival culminating in the Grand Final match being played at the world famous Melbourne Cricket Ground
Held the week leading up to the mighty day with daily activities for the kids. Located in Yarra Park outside Gate 3 of the MCG, the FREE event features giveaways, LOTS of fun things to do, music and street performances and some of Melbourne’s most iconic food trucks. Signing sessions are usually held during these days, young and old get to meet some of their sporting heroes.
On the Friday before the Big Match (held on the Saturday), there is the annual AFL Grand Final Parade.
See here for directions on its route
For dates and listing of activities check the AFL Footy website
If you can't make it to the actual grand Final, a wonderful place to view the live game is at Federation Square. Plenty of food is available on site. Just put you teams colours on and head on into the city. All colours are welcome to attend. It's a grand way to end the 'footy season'
Held at Melbourne Showgrounds the Royal Melbourne Show is an agricultural show that has been running since 1848.
Livestock and produce is displayed in the showground's pavilions where it is judged and awards are handed out. Fun and thrilling amusements will keep the kids occupied. There is a permanent, wild Mouse Roller Coaster and chair lift to ride on. The latter takes you over the crowds from one end of the grounds to the other.
Plenty of food and drinks to enjoy and lots and lots and lots of showbags for the kids to take home. Plenty of agricultural displays t look over, the Royal Melbourne show is a must.
For more information check the website
Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia at the Hawker 88 Night Market held on a Wednesday night at the iconic Queen Victoria Market. Open 5 – 10pm
Amongst the food stalls selling their wares are Thailand to Japan, Vietnam to Korea, and Malaysia to Sri Lanka
Nice place for a night out with friends, lots of music to enjoy, plenty of different food trucks and small shops to shop at together with with wood burning fires that add to the atmosphere.
Note that it get very busy from 6:30pm
The market is very accessible to public transport. A totally different Vic' Market experience you will enjoy
Check this link for more information
The Mid-Autumn Moon Lantern Festival takes places in the heart of Chinatown, Melbourne.
The Chinese celebrations including traditional dancing, workshops, market stalls, food stalls, musical and Lion Dance performances all take place in the Chinatown Square.
There will be a Lantern Parade featuring children parading their own lantern creations
Catch a train, tram or bus to the Festival. The stations and stops are all within a minute’s walk to Chinatown.
For more information visit the Chinatown official website
The Crown Riverwalk, Southbank, will be lit up with beautiful lanterns and transformed into a festival filled with vibrant, cultural performances and delicious Asian foods. This is to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival (also known as the Mooncake Festival), one of the most important events in the Asian festive calendar.
The lanterns have been associated with the festival since the Tang dynasty. The lanterns also serve a practical purpose of lighting the way as Friends and family stay up to appreciate the full moon late into the night, so the lanterns also serve a practical purpose of lighting the way.
For 2.5 weeks in September, Melbourne Fringe transforms our city into a platform for every kind of artform imaginable
It takes place in theatres and galleries, but also in living rooms, in alleyways, in bookshops and libraries, in restaurants and cafes, in the backseat of cars – anywhere you can imagine.
The Festival’s civic heart now beats from the historic chambers, halls and corridors of one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings... The Trades Hall
For what's on at the Trades Hall and other Major Venues check this website here.
This festival is the brainchild of 2 Dutch immigrants, Cees and Johanna Tesselaar. They arrived in Melbourne at 1939 and started to grow tulips, gladioli and daffodils on their land.
Since then they decided to publicly open the farm with silver coin donation for Red Cross Australia.
It's been operating since 1954 and these days the festival sees thousands of visitors wandering the rows of flowers, highlighting tulips, daffodils and other colourful blooms
Every Spring the festival is held high up in the Dandenong Mountains just east of Melbourne.
It has become one of the best tourist attractions in Victoria, Australia with more than 120 varieties of tulips being shown on a 55-acre farm.
The farm host more event throughout the year, so best to take note of the website address for future visits.
September really is one of the best months of the year for Melbourne Things to do every weekend will keep that diary filled.
If you still want more things to do, check out these websites.