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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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The Dumpling Party

For things to do in Richmond, Melbourne you can't get more immersed in food culture than the Dumpling Party. Learning to make dumplings is a true...

3 Dec 2016
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14 Jan 2017


Resin Jewellery Workshop Melbourne

This workshop is all about learning how to mix resin, add pigment and finish your jewellery pieces. Make two resin bangles and two resin rings to...

3 Dec 2016
18 Dec 2016
15 Jan 2017
21 Jan 2017

Gardens & agriculture

Spring Discovery Tour

Spring into the new season on a walking tour with one of our guides. Gain fascinating insights into the Gardens' evolving landscapes and discover...

3 Dec 2016
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Dome Galleries Tour

Visit the magnificent domed La Trobe Reading Room and see highlights of the Mirror of the world and The changing face of Victoria exhibitions...

Until 17 Dec 2016


Dulka Warngiid – Land of All

This retrospective survey and celebration of the life and work of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori c. 1924–2015 features over thirty works on...

Until 29 Jan 2017


Viktor&Rolf for Kids

In October 2016, NGV Kids will present a new large-scale exhibition by renowned luxury designers Viktor and Rolf, especially for children and...

Until 26 Feb 2017

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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

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

Architecture & design

Federation Square

In the tradition of the world's busiest public spaces, "Fed Square" buzzes with a daily program of events, restaurants and cafes and bold galleries.


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.


Thread Den Collingwood

When the apocalypse finally comes, your mastery of Microsoft Excel may no longer be enough to keep clothes on your back. Luckily, Thread Den holds...

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.

Art galleries

Australian Tapestry Workshop

The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) enjoys an international reputation as a leader in the creation of contemporary tapestry. Established in 1976,...

Art galleries

NGV International

See one of the Southern Hemisphere's most impressive collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art at this iconic Melbourne gallery.



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Food and wine

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


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.