21 Magnificent Things For You To Do In Melbourne This October

Nicole de Souza Nicole de Souza - Staff Writer

21 Magnificent Things For You To Do In Melbourne This October

Halloween is calling.

October is here, and with every vaccination, Melbourne is inching its way out of lockdown. Stay at home and try out some awesome virtual events, or head outdoors for that sweet, sweet picnic. Whatever you choose, there’s plenty of things to do in October. Stay busy this month with some of these awesome activities and events around Melbourne.

1. Big Games Night In at ACMI

Pass the time away with free games curated by ACMI. This selection showcases the diversity of Australia’s games industry. Big Games Night In is a part of Melbourne International Games Week, and will last until October 10.

Ready to play? Click here.

2. Melbourne Fringe Festival

Despite lockdown, Melbourne Fringe Festival is going ahead with some spectacular digital performances. Keep an eye on their Home Delivered range and enjoy Fringe from now until October 17.

3. Return to outdoor cinema with Lido on the Roof and Cameo Outdoor

Assuming we hit our vaccination targets and open up later this month, both Lido and Cameo Cinemas will reopen on October 26. Return to the cinema in style by checking out the latest films on a rooftop or outdoors.

4. Be wowed by augmented reality at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Discover 13 awesome augmented reality works of art at Seeing The Invisible. Use your smartphone and interact with virtual galleries at either the Melbourne or Cranbourne Gardens.

Click here to learn more.

5. While you’re at the Gardens, go on an audio tour

Explore the gardens with a ghost in your ear with Flora and the Baron. This narrative audio tour was inspired by Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, the Gardens’ first Director.

Learn more here. 

6. Join the Great Fed Square Heist

Missing Fed Square? Join a treasure hunt and navigate a virtual version of Fed Square. Find 15 treasures and enter a competition for the chance to win some cool prizes.

Are you in? Click here to join the heist.

7. Go on a cocktail treasure hunt with Bar Clara

Indulge in limited-edition cocktails and receive clues to win a Økar Home Bar Kit, $200 Dine-In Voucher for Bar Clara and a mixed case of Økar spirits!

Begin your boozy treasure hunt here.

8. Go on picnic

Photo by Evangelina Silina on Unsplash

Lockdown restrictions have eased just enough for you to go outdoors and enjoy a picnic with your friends. See if any of these pleasant picnic spots are within your 15km, grab a picnic pack and have some fun!

9. Check out the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Hop online and browse a wide range of incredible documentaries, from now until October 31.

Start streaming here.

10. See Berlin on MTC Digital Theatre

It may be a while until we can enjoy live theatre again, and Melbourne Theatre Company are here to help you scratch that itch. Head to MTC Digital Theatre and stream a performance of Berlin.

Then, check out their 2022 program and figure out what you want to see next year.


11. Discover new art in Melbourne’s laneways, thanks to the Flash Forward project

If the CBD is within your 15km, explore the laneways and discover new pieces of art that were added while you were in lockdown.

12. Watch the peregrine falcons on 367 Collins

The chicks have all hatched! Watch the live stream for some gentle lockdown viewing.

13. Take part in PAX online

This famous games festival has gone virtual! Enjoy livestreams, panels, tournaments, demos and more from October 8 to 10.

Click here to learn more.

14. Begin training for the NIKE Melbourne Marathon Festival

Got a lot of pent up energy? Exercise around your 15km in preparation for the marathon in December.

15. Take part in a virtual cheese festival

Say cheese! Enjoy virtual cheese tastings and interactive cooking workshops at Say Cheese Festival by Prahran Market. Block out October 15 to 17 for this one.

See the program here.

16. Explore NGV with their wide range of virtual tours

Learn about French Impressionism, see the work of Camille Henrot, discover Ancestral Memories by Maree Clarke and much more.

Your journey begins here.

17. Indulge in 90s nostalgia with Pokémon doughnuts from Krispy Kreme

Gotta catch ’em all!

18. Explore these exciting virtual events

What will you try first?

19. Go on an adventure with Dungeons & Flagons at Home

Take part in beginner-friendly Dungeons & Dragons events by Fortress Melbourne every Sunday in October. If you’ve always been curious about the game, this is the perfect chance to learn.

Click here for more.

20. Catch up with the latest shows on Netflix

There’s heaps of scary content out there to get you in the mood for spooky season.

21. Prepare for Halloween!

Watch scary movies, discover haunted places around Melbourne, prepare your costumes and stock up on lollies.

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