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What’s On: Melbourne In October

It’s getting warm Melbourne, and you know what that means? Lots of activities to choose from!

There’s something for everyone in October: gaming expos, dance parties, festivals, and even some rather tantalising musicals.

Melbourne International Games Week

If you find yourself getting so absorbed into a game that you’re not shocked to see the sun rising in the morning, then this event is right up your alley! Melbourne International Games Week is for both avid gamers and those who love creating them. It’s got conferences, expos, educational workshops and plenty of new games to try out. Also, industry folk should consider attending Megadev6, a networking event hosted by MIGW featuring drinks and plenty of ideas.(Image: Unsplash)

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Around Melbourne October 20-28 Prices vary

Diva Party

Gurrrl, it’s party time! Strap on your dancing shoes and get ready for the Diva Party, hosted by event coordinator and DJ, Ray Isaac. Groove to the remixed sounds of Cher, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Donna Summer, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Beyonce and so much more. The event is held at Melbourne’s classic nightclub hotspot along Francis Street in Docklands. (Image: Facebook)

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28 Francis Street, Docklands October 6 10 online, 30 at the door

Madiba the Musical

Nelson Mandela will forever be remembered as the man who led the charge against South Africa’s apartheid, and what better way to revisit his journey than through a musical stage production? Madiba the Musical has been applauded by Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba Mandela, so you know it’s authentic. As the website reads: “The show about destiny and desire springs to life with vigour and heart, and looks to forgiveness beyond the hate.” (Image: Facebook)

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Comedy Theatre October 3-28 70+

Melbourne International Arts Festival

Art is the essence of humanity – it’s what binds us and what divides us. And there’s no better place to host an international arts festival than in Melbourne. Spanning nearly a whole month, Melbourne International Arts Festival shares a wide array of artistic events. Check out their stage productions (musical or theatre), artistic exhibitions or even conferences that unpack the wide world of art. (Image: Facebook)

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Around Melbourne October 3-21 Prices vary

Lost Picnic

There’s no greater time to dance your afternoon away than in the middle of spring, when the air is cool and crisp. Also, there’s no greater place to dance than at Lost Picnic at The Nursery at Flemington Racecourse. It’s a family-friendly event, bringing great acts to the stage, as well as food trucks and drinks stands to the grassy patches. Get groovy Melbourne! (Image: Facebook)

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The Nursery, Flemington Racecourse October 7 99+ adult

White Night - Geelong

If Melbourne CBD has become a little too blasé for your liking, then head over to it’s second city Geelong on October 13 for a whole night of dazzling lights. This is the first time Geelong is hosting such an event, so with a fresh backdrop for lighting displays and projections, you’ll be sure to see something new and vibrant. There’s also performances and stage productions surrounding the event, so be sure to check out all the happenings below(Image: Facebook)

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Around Geelong October 13 Prices vary

Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

Run for a reason other than self-gratification. Use your energy to not just build your stamina, but also raise funds for a charity of your choosing. Welcome to the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival! And if running isn’t your thing, you can always walk. Whether it’s the 3km family-friendly dash or the whopping 42.2km power trip, there’s something for all walks of life. (Image: Facebook)

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Melbourne October 14 Prices vary

Say Cheese Festival

It’s the perfect way to end a night of light tippling or the perfect addition to a picnic date: The Cheese Board. And there’s no better way to celebrate cheese in Melbourne than at Prahran Market Say Cheese Festival. Whet your taste buds with some very aromatic cheeses, from brie and camembert, and even some good old fashion vintage cheddar. (Image: Unsplash)

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Prahran Market: 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra October 28 Free entry