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Find an inspiring range of classes and workshops, talks and demonstrations at learning centres, libraries, galleries, bars and cafes in and around Melbourne's city centre.  

Brain food

Browse the Wheeler Centre's year-round program of events relating to books, writing and ideas; feed your mind at a lunchtime session. Learn up on library skills and hear from authors and experts at the State Library of Victoria's free talks and workshops.

Ponder life's questions at classes and lectures at the School of Life, or follow a lecture series held by the Melbourne Free University.

To join the conversation about issues affecting Melburnians, join Melbourne Conversations, a free initiative run by the City of Melbourne.

Culinary classes

Up your culinary game at hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations at restaurants, cafes and dedicated cooking schools across the city, or take a foodie tour and get to know new ingredients in local neighbourhoods.

For a deeper appreciation of your favourite tipple, look out for wine, whisky and cocktail classes at city bars. 

Multi skilling

Sign up for cheap, fun classes in everything from balloon-animal creation to neuroplasticity to sake tasting at Laneway Learning classes in cafes and bars in the CBD, Brunswick and St Kilda. Discover an eclectic mix of offerings at creative hub the Abbotsford Convent, head to Fitzroy to broaden your mind with Work-Shop's program of classes in life skills and alternative art, or shop the Knowledge Market at Victoria Harbour.

At Federation Square, boost your health with free yoga, meditation and tai chi, get crafty with free monthly basket making and embroidery workshops, and keep an ear out for public lectures and talks.

Arts and crafts

Explore the program at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for arty events ranging from sketching classes and art appreciation lectures to ten-minute talks from curators.

For dressmaking and basic sewing skills, visit Collingwood's Thread Den sewing lounge, or to master the art of tapestry, visit South Melbourne's Australian Tapestry Workshop.

Boundless energy? Leap into classes at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) or find your stage presence at the National Theatre.

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Exhibitions

Melbourne: Foundations of a City

Did you know that the first attempt to settle Melbourne was in 1803. Or that Melbourne was the first capital city of Australia. New displays at the...

27 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017
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31 Jul 2017

Family

Bug Lab: Litte Bugs, Super Powers?

Inspired by the secret life of bugs and their genius ways, Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers zooms in on the world beneath your feet.

Until 15 Oct 2017

Food & wine

Sausage Making Masterclass at Common Man

Common Man South Wharf is excited to be hosting a number of sausage making masterclasses. Head Chef Lorenzo Casu will teach guests everything they...

5 Aug 2017
19 Aug 2017

Learning

The Soldiers' XI

The Soldiers' XI explores the conflicts in Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan from the unique perspective of cricket. Sergeant H has played cricket on...

Until 1 Apr 2018

Food & wine

Beef up your burger game

Throughout July and August, beef-up your burger making game with the head chef as he details the subtle nuances of the perfect burger in a two-hour...

29 Jul 2017
12 Aug 2017
26 Aug 2017

Food & wine

Bohemian Paella Cooking Classes

Warm your winter and discover the secrets of traditional Spanish cuisine with paella cooking classes at Bohemian Bar and Restaurant. Due to popular...

29 Jul 2017
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Laneway Learning

Sign up for an adultcation experience: cheap, fun classes in anything and everything, in cafes, bars and bookshops in the CBD, Brunswick and St Kilda.

Heritage buildings

Abbotsford Convent

Home to some of Melbourne's best visual artists, writers and illustrators, the convent is a calm, creative haven on the inner city fringe.

Performing arts

National Theatre Melbourne

Catch local and international music, dance and theatre performances or enrol at Australia's oldest performing arts schools at this historic theatre.

Literature

The Wheeler Centre

Play with words and hear from the country's best at Australia's first centre for books, writing and ideas, located in the State Library of Victoria.

Performing arts

National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA)

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is Australia's Centre of Excellence in contemporary circus arts training. NICA is a national...

Art, theatre & culture

Work-Shop

Broaden your mind with Work-Shop's program of short courses in life skills and alternative art, ranging from oil painting to terranium building.

Art, theatre & culture

The School of Life

Get schooled in good ideas for everyday life at classes and workshops, or simply stop for coffee and browse the shelves at the cafe and shop.

Literature

State Library of Victoria

Leaf through tomes and browse exhibitions in the Domed Reading Room at this grand library and enjoy the great program of events for kids and adults.

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Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, a fact reflected in its restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. Feast on a dizzying spread of the world's great cuisines.

Things to do

Tours

Explore Melbourne on foot with an expert walking guide, join a bus tour or follow the historic City Circle Tram route on a tour of the city's cafes.

Melbourne

Events

Melbourne's events calendar is packed: music, film and design festivals, major exhibitions, sports events, theatre, and food and wine celebrations.

Art & culture

Art galleries

Make your way around Melbourne's 100-plus galleries, ranging from large public institutions to smaller commercial spaces and artist cooperatives.