Essential night-time events for your diary

Save the date for these exciting nocturnal events coming up, from two Asian-inspired night markets to Melbourne Music Week parties.

Night Noodle Markets

The Night Noodle Markets are back, bringing tantalising aromas and a colourful festival atmosphere to Birrarung Marr. Entry is free to this much-loved event with tunes, glittering city views and an Asian hawker-style market’s buzz. There’s so much more than noodles on offer, from dumplings and satay skewers to gelato and waffles. Thursday 8 to Sunday 25 November.

People sitting at a table eating and talking at a crowded night market

The Night Noodle Marketsis back at Birrarung Marr from 8 November

Melbourne Music Week

The live music scene gets turned up to 11 during November thanks to Melbourne Music Week. Highlights include free one-night-only parties at two of the city’s coolest venues. The Toff’s Live Music Safari features the likes of HEXDEBT and Dianas, while Section 8 hosts Blasko, Lotus Moonchild and more. Legendary Oz rockers You Am I make their MMW debut in style, playing a Town Hall gig that incorporates the 10,000-pipe organ. Friday 16 to Saturday 24 November.

A band performing on an outdoor stage at night in front of a big crowd

Melbourne Music Week

Circus Oz Rock Bang

Circus Oz round out an action-packed 40th year with the comic, acrobatic rock’n’roll extravaganza, Rock Bang. Satirical faux-Berlin music duo Die Roten Punkte are the centrepiece of this show full of stunts and physical ridiculousness, drums and guitars. Leading the live band is none other than Mr Casey Bennetto.

Oktoberfest at Hofbrauhaus

Put on your lederhosen or dirndl, or just come as you are, because the beer will be tasty no matter what. It’s Oktoberfest at Hofbrauhaus, the restaurant-bar that’s been turning on traditional German good times since 1968. That means it’s 50 this year, so expect die beste party ever! Live entertainment, competitions, special dishes and big steins of beer add up to a wicked night out, Bavarian-style.

School of Rock – The Musical

Remember that Jack Black film School of Rock, where he plays a failed rocker who pretends to be a substitute teacher? Well get ready for School of Rock – The Musical. Once again, Dewey Finn blows those private-school kids away with epic guitar riffs and a rock’n’roll attitude that changes hearts and minds. This international Broadway hit with music from Andrew Lloyd Webber is an Australian premiere.

A group of teenagers dressed in high school uniforms performing in a rock band

School of Rock

Friday night fiestas at MPavilion

Who doesn’t want to spend a few hours at the end of the week sipping drinks in the Queen Victoria Gardens? MPavilion, back with a stunning new design, becomes an open-air hangout for its Friday night fiestas. Local music, happy hour specials, garden views, late afternoon sunlight that slips into magical twilight – it’s the perfect post-work knock-off.

Madiba the Musical

Take an inspired night course about how freedom fighter Nelson Mandela led South Africa out of apartheid. Madiba the Musical is packed with uplifting songs, African rhythms and dramatic moments of conflict and reconciliation. It could be the most entertaining lesson in history and social justice ever, with a bar inside the actual theatre to boot!

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Madiba the musical

Mazda Opera in the Bowl

Enjoy Champagne entertainment at tap-water prices when Opera Australia presents the free Mazda Opera in the Bowl. Bring a picnic, friends and family and settle in for a night of beautiful live music under the stars. Even if you’re an opera novice you’ll recognise those famous arias, sung by talented artists backed by Orchestra Victoria.

Hawker 88 Night Market

Goodbye Winter Night Market, hello Hawker 88 Night Market! This new spring experience at the Queen Victoria Market brings together the sights, sounds and especially the tastes of Asia. Discover fast, flavoursome street food from Vietnam to Singapore, Indonesia to Thailand, China, Japan and more. Shop for the weird and wonderful, and enjoy the live entertainment, including Bollywood dancers and K-Pop singers. It’s time to spice up your hump-day nights!

A Chinese lion dancing at a market

Hawker 88 Night Market