Melbourne is a vibrant city and there is always something happening, we are known as the Entertainment and Sporting capital of Australia.
See interesting films at the Art Deco-styled Astor Theatre in Windsor. There are several moonlight cinema programmes in summer. The Melbourne International Film Festival is on in August.
Visit a comedy club. The Comic's Lounge has shows for $10-25 including a show filmed for Channel 31 on Mondays, or dinner and show for $45. The Comedy Club [has dinner and show for $32 and shows only beginning at $7 (discount ticket price).
Watch the mesmorising process of personalised hard candy being hand-made at Suga. Around lunch time is a good time to see (and sample!). There is a store at Queen Victoria Market, but if you visit the Royal Arcade location, you can also watch chocolate making next door at Koko Black.
Watch a game of AFL football at the MCG or Telstra Dome during the winter, or a Cricket Match during the summer. AFL Fixtures and Cricket Fixtures, bookings at both the MCG and Telstra can be made through Ticketmaster, however for most games you can just turn up and pay the rates at the gate: this is the most authentic way to experience the game.
Kick back at one of Melbourne's fantastic cafes in the CBD (Degraves St, The Causeway, and other laneways are fantastic for this), South Yarra (Chapel Street) or Fitzroy (Brunswick Street, Smith Street).
Melbourne has an exceptionally vibrant live music scene. Many bars and pubs will have copies of the free magazines "Beat" and "Inpress" which provide local gig guides. Fitzroy, Collingwood and St. Kilda are generally your best bets for seeing some of the great local talent Melbourne has to offer. Venues where you generally can't go wrong include: "The Tote", "The Evelyn" and "The Espy".
There are many major events held in Melbourne annually. Book early to ensure accommodation and event availability:
AFL GRAND FINAL (Football Aussie Rules) 1 October 2011
MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL (the race to stop a nation, horse/fashion) 29 October 2010 to 5 November 2011
BOXING DAY TEST (cricket) 26 December 2011
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Tennis) 16 January 2012 to 29 January 2012
AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX (Car Racing) March 2012
MELBOURNE MOOMBA ( Water festival on Yarra) 10 March 2012 to 12 March 2012
MELBOURNE CYCLING FESTIVAL
MELBOURNE WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL
MELBOURNE INTERNATION FILM FESTIVAL
MELBOURNE INTERNATION ARTS FESTIVAL
MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL 30 March 2011 to 24 April 2011