Don't let an empty wallet stop you from enjoying Melbourne. These festivals and street parties offer free entry and tons of entertainment.

Rides at night in a city garden.

Moomba

You know the drill: rides, performers, dagwood dogs and endless free family-friendly fun. Moomba is back for a big birthday bash over the Labour Day long weekend in 2024. Stay tuned for more info closer to the weekend!

A band of musicians all wearing red cloaks and red pants playing instruments including large drums in an open space under one of the sheds at Queen Victoria Market, with a crowd of onlookers watching.

Turkish Pazar Festival

See the Vic Market transformed into a traditional Turkish bazaar at this two-day festival. Bring the kids along for family-friendly paper marbling demonstrations. When hunger strikes, knock back a legit Turkish coffee, freshly-made gozleme and loaded doner kebabs. Don't miss a live performance from the colourful Australian Turkish Mehter Band on the Sunday.

Indonesian dancers wearing elaborate feathered gowns with matching wings and headdresses.

Indonesian food and fashion festival

Enjoy some of the best parts of Indonesian culture at this free festival at Queensbridge Square in Southbank. Feast on authentic street food and learn the art of batik textile dying. Plus there'll be live music and traditional dance performances.

People dancing and celebrating Holi festival, a pink colour bomb going off in the background.

Holi Festival Melbourne

Celebrate India's festival of colours with this vibrant free festival. Get amongst it with traditional dance performances, live music and authentic street food. And don't forget to pre-order your coloured power packets. Or grab a festival pack including a t-shirt, colour packet and drink.

Artistic shot of a laneway in Melbourne.

PHOTO 2024: International Festival of Photography

A huge outdoor photography festival is taking over Melbourne this March. Explore over 100 free photography exhibitions around the city on the art trail. Get inspired by giant murals, pop-up light box installations and film on the big screen at Fed Square.

A crowd of people at a laneway bar at night

Section 8's free birthday party bash

The most iconic hidden bar in Melbourne is hosting a 4-day soiree for its 18th birthday. From Afrobeat to hip hop and soul, groove along to the sounds of the city's coolest musicians. Sip on yummy cocktail specials or a grab a frosty pint. Then spill out onto the laneway for a pop-up artist’s market.

A group of people are in a outdoor laneway bar surrounded by street art and palm trees

Whitehart 7th Birthday Party

Melbourne's coolest laneway bar is having its 7th birthday party - and you're invited. Sip on $7 cocktails, bop along to epic DJ sets and catch live music from some of the coolest musicians in town. Wanna know the best part? They're giving away free pizza from +39 Pizzeria!

Meat grilling over flames on a BBQ

Festa do Brasil

Visit the Bonehead Taproom for a Brazilian takeover this March! Bop along to Brazilian music all afternoon, then feast on the best Brazilian BBQ Melbourne has to offer. It'll also mark the debut of a brand new, electric pink watermelon sour from this beloved indie brewery. Grab a ticket and stick around after 7pm for live music and samba.

A child is standing next to a giant tomato mascot costume at a festival

Little Food Festival

Head to this kid-friendly festival for two big days of foodie fun. Join a cooking workshop and learn the art of making pickles. Plant your very own vegetable seedling to take home. Or get creative at the craft station.

Eid Festival

Celebrate the end of Ramadan with an epic, food-fuelled weekend. Try local delights from Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Bosnia and more. Then get amongst it and join an interactive dance workshop with a talented crew of performers.

Sri Lankan dancers performing in the Queen Vic Market sheds next to a tall dance puppet figure.

Sri Lankan Festival

This buzzing free festival is set to take over Queen Victoria Market for a huge celebration of Sri Lankan culture. Get your stretchy pants on and tuck into authentic cuisine. Think mouth-watering roti, hoppers and more. Then enjoy traditional music, dance and more.

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