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The 7 Best Things To Do In Melbourne This November

Sometimes, this city really does turn it on (just don’t tell Sydney).

If you’re not sitting inside with a debilitating case of hayfever, chances are you’re looking for a way to thoroughly enjoy Melbourne’s warm weather. Sometimes, the city really does turn it on (just don’t tell Sydney).

Here are the seven best things to do in Melbourne this November.

Mr Black Espresso Martini Festival Melbourne
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Mr Black Espresso Martini Festival

Perhaps the most beautiful combination of words to grace our humble city, the Espresso Martini Festival is coming to town.

Choose a session and you’ll be welcomed into to a six-bar cocktail village that serves up everything from White Russian slushies to donut-topped espresso martinis. They’ll be joined by bands, a Tanqueray gin and tonic bar and, of course, food. Um, yes please.

Tickets start at $33.13 per person.

Where:  Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

When: November 3 to 5, 2017

Image: Espresso Martini Festival

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Night Noodle Market

Everyone’s favourite spring event, the Night Noodle Market, returns to its home at Birrarung Marr this year, with hawker stall delights for sale along the banks of the Yarra. Melbourne favourites such as Hochi Mama, Bambu, Mr Miyagi, Hoy Pinoy, Wonderbao and Gelato Messina will all make an appearance, as well as roving performers and live music.

If you’re not excited about a glass of Pimms and a plate of delicious noodles, who even are you?

Entry is free and the stalls are cashless, so don’t forget your plastic.

Where: Birrarung Marr, Batman Avenue, Melbourne CBD

When: From 5pm Monday to Friday, and from 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 to 26, 2017

Image: Chris Phutully / Flickr

Melbourne Cup Afterparty at The Deck at Circa
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Melbourne Cup Afterparties

Sure, you could spend the Melbourne Cup long weekend at the track – or you could be a real champion and opt for a night of revelry instead. That’s where the afterparties come in!

Frock up for the Winner’s Circle Afterparties at The Deck at Circa on Derby, Melbourne Cup and Oaks Days, and you’ll be treated to a Moet and Chandon Ice bar and an Aperol Spritz bar for your troubles. Entry is free, but an RSVP is essential if you don’t want to miss out.

Where: The Deck at Circa, 2 Acland Street, St Kilda

When: Derby Day (November 4), Melbourne Cup Day (November 7) and Oaks Day (November 9) from 5pm

Image: The Deck at Circa

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The Eureka Climb

On the tenth anniversary of this annual climb up a dizzying 1642 stairs to the top of Eureka Tower, perhaps it’s time to give it a go? Or perhaps we could all just watch from the Level 88 Skydeck with a glass of vino in hand and a view over the city as fitter persons than us emerge from the sweaty climb? Either way, a cracking day out.

Those keen to take part in a non-competitive, non-timed manner can register for $50 per person.

Where: Eureka Tower, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank

When: November 19, 2017

Image courtesy of The Eureka Climb

Bartender serving Bombay Sapphire
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Project Botanical Pop-Up Degustation

This November, Bombay Sapphire is bringing together experimental gin cocktails and delicious food for an immersive pop-up dining experience called Bombay Sapphire Project Botanicals: A Journey to the Edges of Food, Music and Imagination. The sensory experience, in collaboration with Aussie musician Ta-Ku and event creatives Studio Neon, will deliver four tastings with matched cocktail tasting for $40 per person.

Light art, music, and some of Melbourne’s best bartenders? It’s about to get totally Instagrammable up in here.

Where: 524 Flinders Street, Melbourne

When: November 23 to 26, 2017

Image: Bombay Sapphire / Facebook

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World Vegan Day

Finally, a place where vegans can come together and talk all things clean eating with no-one asking where you get your iron from! Head to the World Vegan Day festival at Flemington Showgrounds for cooking demonstrations, hundreds of vegan-friendly stallholders, and even a vegan fashion show.

There’s also a talks on the impacts of veganism, experts on hand to answer all your questions, and vegan speed dating. Entry is free.

Where: Flemington Showgrounds, 320 Epsom Road, Flemington

When: 10am to 7pm, November 12, 2017

Image: Dan Counsell

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Melbourne Music Week

With a brand new (and very dramatic) St Paul’s Cathedral hub, we’re getting ready for some pretty special musical moments at Melbourne Music Week this year.

Sampa The Great, Jacques Greene, Banoffee, Ariel Pink, and Underground Lovers are already on the bill, with a whole lot more to be announced. The ZOO Laneway Party featuring a host of female artists delivering delicious hip hop and soul vibes is sure to be a winner.

Where: Various venues around Melbourne

When: November 17 to 25, 2017

Image: City of Melbourne

(Lead image: Linda Xu)