Melbourne is a fantastic city for those of us who enjoy a drink or two. From bars and clubs to rooftops and bottomless brunches, there are plenty of things to keep your thirst quenched. But what if you’re in the mood for some sober fun?
If you’re looking to have a bit of an alcohol detox, and want weekend plans that don’t end in a hangover, then you have come to the right place. Here are our top picks of alcohol-free things to do in Melbourne.
Hosted in cities around the world and with over 3 million attendees globally, Candlelight Concerts are not to be missed. Enjoy a night of classical music in various iconic venues in Melbourne. Illuminated by candlelight and performed by live musicians, this will be an evening you won’t forget. With concerts ranging from tributes to Jazz Greats or Taylor Swift to renditions of music by Hans Zimmer, there is a candlelight concert for everyone. Experience the joy of classical music, and be swept away by these live performances.
Gather your crew – it’s time to have some fun playing board games around Melbourne. Sip on coffee and relax at a cosy café, while leaning into your competitive side. There are some fantastic board game cafés around Melbourne to keep you entertained.
Metartworld is a unique art gallery showcasing sculptures made from scrap metal and recycled material. You will be able to view over 200 metal sculptures. Get lost in beautifully themed areas featuring everything from anime and movies to animals, the military, cars, motorcycles, and even royalty! This is an incredible experience that is great for groups of all ages and sizes.
This October residents of Melbourne will have the opportunity to see renowned Spanish Flamenco dancer, Paula Rodríguez, perform live in Authentic Flamenco. People travel to Spain from all over the world to witness the spectacular flamenco dancers and musicians that are traditional in the country. Now, in this production by SO-LA-NA and The Royal Opera of Madrid, you can enjoy authentic Spanish artists and musicians right here in Melbourne.
Witness the creativity of the French painter Pierre Bonnard, known for his skilful use of colour and emotive expression. Bonnard was a leading figure in the transition from Impressionism to Modernism and left an indelible mark on art in the 20th century. Now in this exhibition curated by India Mahdavi, you can enjoy many of his masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria.
See Melbourne in a new light, as you discover some of the incredible sights and activities it has to offer. Melbourne City Discovery Tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Melbourne, known as the world’s most liveable city, and experience its diverse attractions, historical sites, art museums, multiculturalism, food scene, sporting stadiums, and shopping arcades.
There are lots of incredible cinemas in Melbourne for you to check out. These venues are beloved city staples, take part in special events, have rich histories or are simply cool places to hang out. Here are some of our favourite cinemas in Melbourne.
Join the experts at Art Masterclass and discover the techniques needed to decorate a mosaic lamp. You will be using a variety of coloured tiles and will be shown how to design breathtaking Islamic geometric patterns and lay them down. Once your masterpiece is finished, you’ll receive all the necessary materials and instructions to complete the final stage and grout or plaster your lamp at home.
The first in Australia of its kind, ArtVo is an immersive art or ‘trick art’ gallery. Journey through 1400 square meters of illusionary art pieces, and have fun taking pictures in weird and wonderful situations! There are nine themed zones to explore with over eighty hand-painted immersive installations. Explore the ocean, polar ice caps, space, and the forest throughout the various themed rooms.
10. Live At Yours
Live At Yours aims to bring world-class musicians to intimate venues. Their concerts are always an intriguing and emotional experience. In Melbourne it is held in the Toorak Synagogue. This is a stunning heritage-listed building located in the heart of Melbourne’s South Yarra. There are a variety of different artists performing throughout the year, so make sure to keep up to date with the lineup.
11. Mini Golf
Holey Moley in Melbourne’s CBD takes putt-putt to a whole new level. This mini golf course turns traditional putt putt into a multi-sensory labyrinth of fun and nostalgia. Forget the usual windmills and castles, putt your stuff through shark-infested waters and pop culture references like The Simpsons couch and into the Nine Iron Throne!
12. Escape Room
If you’re looking for some entertainment that’s a little out of the ordinary, then perhaps Escape Room is the place for you! Escape Room offers 4 themed rooms to choose from, each with its own unique storyline. You will need to work as a team, from 2-6 people, to find clues and solve the puzzles that will eventually lead to your escape.
13. The Beach
With beaches in and around Melbourne, you have more than a few options to choose from for the perfect beach day! Grab a good book and some sunscreen and soak up some beachy vibes.
14. Virtual Room
This award-winning VR experience blends elements of an escape room with a 3D cinematic experience. Played in groups of 2, 3 or 4 the game allows you to fully immerse yourself in a virtual world. You will be able to talk to your teammates, walk around, bend and throw objects. You can choose between one of 4 themed games, ranging from alien invasions to a zombie apocalypse.