Kick goals on the long weekend at the city's best restaurants, live gigs, free events and more. Check individual events and venues for exact opening hours.

When is the Grand Final public holiday in 2022?

The public holiday will be on Friday 23 September, the day before the Grand Final. There will also be a special, one-off memorial day public holiday on 22 September. Which means Victorians will now get a four-day long weekend.

Free events on the long weekend

18 Sep - 9 Oct

Salsa in the City

Enjoy fun and free pop-up salsa dance classes at Southbank this spring.

14 Sep - 8 Oct

CheckPoint

A place to meet, make, talk, watch and listen during the Alter State festival.

A Creek Chat

A sound-based public art project exploring Williams Creek.

23 Aug - 30 Sep

AR.Trail

Discover invisible artworks around the Melbourne Arts Precinct on the AR.Trail.

21 Jun - 29 Jan

Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection

Discover art that builds on and challenges tradition in Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection.

17 Sep - 1 Oct

Explore the Market and Cooking Demo

A guided tour through the Queen Victoria Market followed by a cooking demonstration.

Chris Bowes: Feedback

Witness a hypnotic dance of pulsating pixels on display in a Docklands shopfront.

11 Aug - 31 Dec

The Story of the Moving Image

An ongoing exhibition that journeys through the past, present and future of the moving image.

Australian Music Vault

A celebration of Australian contemporary music – past, present and future.

Flash Forward

Explore 40 city laneways that have been transformed by over 80 creatives.

Street art walk

See Melbourne’s world-renowned street art on this walk through the city's laneways.

The best spring walks in Melbourne

See flowers in bloom on these stunning city walks.

Free and cheap for kids

17 Sep - 9 Oct

Fitzroy Gardens: Spring Seek and Find

Follow a map around Fitzroy Gardens to find 12 locations, with questions to answer and a prize.

21 Jun - 9 Oct

Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real

A free exhibition inviting kids and their families to experiment with innovative ways of making art.

22 Sep - 2 Oct

Melbourne Royal Show

The Show is officially back, bigger and better than ever after a two-year hiatus

Melbourne markets on this weekend

24 Apr - 18 Dec

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Discover handcrafted treasures made by local artisans.

Melbourne Book Market

Melbourne Book Market is a curated collection of more than 5,000 new and pre-loved titles.

24 Sep - 29 Oct

Melbourne Craft Fair

Enjoy a contemporary craft fair at Queen Victoria Market.

The best long weekend events you need to book

Arbory Afloat Balearic Beach Club

Melbourne’s original floating bar is back, inspired by the exotic Balearic Islands.

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23 Sep - 31 Oct

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Fall down the rabbit hole at StoryVille.

30 Jul - 19 Nov

Saturday Sessions

Kick into the evening with these monthly Saturday-night sessions at Melbourne Museum.

7 Aug - 28 Oct

Hairspray

The multi award-winning Broadway musical opens at the Regent Theatre in August.

18 Sep - 30 Oct

Wet Sunday Sessions

Come along for a drink and bite and enjoy panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline.

13 Oct - 11 Nov

Sustainable Shopping Tour

Celebrate National Organic Awareness month on a guided walk through Queen Vic Market.

3 Sep - 29 Jan

Bricktionary: The Interactive Exhibition

Discover the biggest and best LEGO creations this interactive exhibition.

16 Mar - 18 Dec

Hamilton

The award-winning musical has arrived in Melbourne.

22 Jul - 29 Jan

Tyama: A Multisensory Experience of Nature

Discover senses beyond human perception, alongside the animals that use them.

11 Aug - 9 Oct

THE LUME Melbourne

Immerse yourself in the work of Van Gogh at Australia's digital art gallery.

16 Sep - 9 Oct

Oktoberfest at Munich Brauhaus

Pretend you're in the beer-soaked streets of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest festival.

What's open for eating and drinking

Check with individual venues for opening hours and surcharge information.

Arbory Afloat Balearic Beach Club

Melbourne’s original floating bar is back, inspired by the exotic Balearic Islands.

Section 8 Bar

A funky outdoor bar with drinks served from a converted shipping container.

Ferdydurke

Unassuming bar that feels like a New York loft, named after a 1937 Polish novel.

Her Melbourne

A four-storey mega venue celebrating modern food, drinks, music and art.

Hemingway's Wine Room

Brasserie and Wine Bar that is inspired by seasonality, with dishes based on European fundamentals

Johnny's Green Room

Rooftop bar above Carlton's King & Godfree.

King & Godfree

Catch up for coffee or a meal, or shop for delicious deli items and wine.

Arbory Bar and Eatery

Riverside outdoor eatery with all-day dining and a wide selection of drinks.

The LuWOW Cocktail Bar

Known for its eye-popping cinematic décor, sensational sounds and amazing tropical cocktails.

Agostino

An Italian wine bar, bottle shop and cellar attached to King and Godfree on Lygon Street, Carlton.

Pidapipo Gelateria

Authentic, artisanal Italian-style gelato in the heart of Carlton's Lygon Street.

Grill Americano

Offering Italian classics with signature Chris Lucas spin in sophisticated surrounds.

Yakimono

Yakimono is a high energy Japanese-inspired eating house.

Kisumé

Exquisite sushi and one of the city's finest wine cellars.

Chin Chin

A fast-paced hawker-style dining sensation serving Thai-inspired food.

Society

A glamourous restaurant and bar with contemporary dining and bespoke cocktails.

Maha

This opulent, award-winning restaurant brings Middle Eastern flavours to modern fine dining.

Stalactites Restaurant

One of Melbourne’s longest established and best-known Greek restaurants, open 24 hours.

Hella Good

A souvlaki shop from the owners of one of Melbourne's best-known Greek restaurant, Stalactites.

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