Don't let an empty wallet stop you from enjoying Melbourne. These festivals and street parties offer free entry and tonnes of entertainment.
Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus
Dust of your dirndl, bring out the lederhosen and release your inner Bavarian at this iconic German beer hall. Enjoy Oktoberfest celebrations with traditional live music, imported beers and all the comfort food your bratwurst-loving heart desires.
Arriba Melbourne Mexican Festival
Don your best Day of the Dead costume for an epic three day festival. Immerse yourself in Mexican culture and folklore with a parade, live music and mariachi bands. And sip margaritas while you feast on all the essential Mexican snacks. Think guacamole, enchiladas, tacos, burritos and fajitas.
African Music and Cultural Festival
Get ready for three huge days celebrating the culture and food of Africa. Head down on to Fed Square for free short films, live music, drumming lessons, dance performances, market stalls, pane discussions and more. Hungry? Don't forget to pick up some authentic African food while you're there.
More free fun
Europa Night Market
Bringing your favourite European street eats to Queen Vic Market.
NGV Triennial returns in 2023 with a powerful and moving snapshot capturing the world today.
Sea Shanties and Folk Songs
Join this weekly celebration of rollicking and spirited singing.
Dusk till dawn artistic activations providing delightful discoveries.
An eclectic mix of designer fashion, culinary treats, ceramics, homewares and visual art.
Come for a swing or come to play spectator of this seriously playful public art event.
Last updated on Thu 14 Sep 2023
Revel in north and west Melbourne's automotive history with an unpowered vehicle race.
Val's Spring Celebration
Celebrate the roles of older members of the LGBTIQA+ community.