Normally, winter is the season to rug up and retreat inside.

Not this one however - in fact, it’s been uncharacteristically warm these last couple of weeks, meaning there’s no excuse to stay home and miss out on some of these fantastic upcoming winter events!

As a Melbourne hostel, we see a lot of travellers coming and going. Many of them talk about the things they’ve seen, the events they’re visiting, and what’s coming up.

Here are a couple that we think you might want to hear about during a wonderful Melbourne winter...


Introducing: Run Melbourne 2019

  • When: Sunday 28th July
  • Where: St Kilda Road (near the memorial); Flinders Street Station
  • Time: 7am (21.1km); 9:15am (10km); 10:30am (5km)

Now in its 43rd year, Run Melbourne is an annual event that encourages Melburnians (as well as those from further afield) to get on their feet and run.

Each year, an estimated 20,000 participants strap on their runners and participate in one of the three runs organised by Run Melbourne: the 5km, 10km, or 21.1km events. 

Not only is this a way to squeeze in a couple of Ks and test yourself - it’s also a way to raise money for a number of noble causes - if you want, you even start your own team and start raising money for the charity or organisation of your choice.

Of course, for many of us, participating long-distance run isn’t something we can just dive right into - rather, it’s something that requires preparation. 


How to prepare

We suggest going on a couple of practice runs first, gradually dialling up the distance. The event is also collaborating with veteran running coach Tim Crosbie and triathlete Nick Scott to offer free training sessions every Tuesday and Sunday.

Next up, you’ll want to make sure that you’re familiar with the route, as well as the details surrounding the event. 

Additionally, it’s also a good idea to start doing research into other details, including:

  • The weather forecast
  • Starting time and location
  • Transport and parking
  • Travel time and distance where you are coming from


European Night Market

  • When: Every Friday night between the 12th and 26th of July
  • Where: Madame Brussels Lane
  • Time: 5pm - 10pm

Take a trip to Europe - without leaving Melbourne!

Named after notorious brothel owner Madame Brussels, this lane has a long and sordid history dating back to the 1850s.

Nowadays however, Madame Brussels Lane has cleaned up its act, now serving as the home to several trendy cafes, niche shops and for July only, a European Night Market!

Every Friday after 5pm, various vendors and stalls set up shop throughout this busy laneway, bringing European snacks and flavours to Melbourne. Try out food from all over the continent, with stalls originating from Spain in the west, to as far east as Poland, all the way to Greece and Turkey.

Unlike other years, 2019 features a bit of a different spin - instead of the traditional European open-air market, this year features a disco-inspired, neon-drenched decor. All set to nightlong performances featuring the sounds of retro disco tracks and Eurobeat

Whether you’re a European backpacker who’s feeling a bit homesick, or staying in the city over the weekend for an event, this once-a-year market is something you won’t want to miss!


NGV Friday Nights

  • When: every Friday until 11th October
  • Where: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
  • Time: 6pm - 10pm

Fancy yourself a bit of an art historian? Looking for something to do this winter that indulges your artistic side?

If so, Friday Nights at the NGV might be just the ticket!

Running every Friday throughout the colder half of the year, NGV Friday Nights are a staple of Melbourne’s art scene, combining visual art with music, as well as warm bites and drinks (specifically, dumplings this winter).

This year, the NGV is hosting the exhibit Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality.

Based on the literal army of life-sized terracotta soldiers uncovered around Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb, this two-in-one exhibition features 8 of the ancient warriors themselves as well as countless artefacts.

Additionally, these will be exhibited alongside works from modern artist Cai Guo Qiang, inspired by his upbringing in the Middle Kingdom.

All of this will be backed up by a rotation of local and international musicians in a variety of genres, including Ngairre, Rainbow Chan, Husky, Slum Sociable, the Audreys, Young Franco, Sui Zhen and heaps more.


Affordable Melbourne hostel for your stay this winter

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Whether you’re a backpacker who needs to fill out their itinerary or an interstate guest who’s getting a bit restless, this list of winter events offer a great spread of activities during the cooler months.

The next thing to do? Book a hostel a stone’s throw from the CBD.

We’re located on the City Road, just steps from Clarendon Street, making our Melbourne hostel the perfect choice for anyone visiting our great city.

Urban Central offers a variety of rooms and options to accommodate for solo guests and groups alike.

Get a good night’s sleep before your big day or rest your head after an exciting night out - contact Urban Central on 1800 631 288 or book now using our convenient online booking portal!