Don't let an empty wallet stop you from enjoying Melbourne. These festivals and street parties offer free entry and tonnes of entertainment.
Melbourne Christmas Festival
From the pop-up playground to the Christmas carnival, candy cane maze and endless epic decorations, Christmas in Melbourne is always an unmissable end of year spectacular. This year's festival is taking over town for four sparkling weeks. Don't miss nightly projections, the Myer windows, free family-friendly events and endless Christmas markets.
Blender Studios Christmas Lights and Art Festival
Blender Lane is one of Melbourne's coolest collectives. In the lead up to Christmas, the crew will be hosting a slew of creative pop-ups and parties to kickstart the end of year festivities. Start with a free Christmas party on 25 November (complete with glittering disco balls). Got some spare change? Book in and join sustainable DIY gifting workshops, try street art high tea and explore laneway decorations.
Pillars of Light Festival
Have a laid-back Sunday evening at this uplifting family-friendly event. Come together as a community to commemorate the eight-day Hanukkah holiday, and celebrate Melbourne's multicultural community. There'll be artist performances, choirs, a lighting ceremony and more.
Vida: Melbourne Latin Summer Festival
This iconic annual event is always a big one, and this year the team will be celebrating 10 years of Vida! Make a beeline to the food stalls for paella, mojitos and more Latin street food. Dance under the stars to salsa rhythms or chill in the beer garden. And bring your little mates to the kids hub for face-painting, puppetry, magic shows and craft workshops.
More festivals you need to visit in Melbourne
As Camp as Christmas
Join the Huxleys for a celebration of the magical and decorative at Fed Square.
Japan Christmas Festival
A day of creative workshops, market stalls and live music at the Japaneasy studios.
Little Korea Christmas Festival
Be transported back to Seoul with the first Little Korea Christmas Festival.
The summer music festival is relocating to Melbourne, featuring Arctic Monkeys and more.
National Sustainable Living Festival
Showcasing sustainability and climate thought leaders.
Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival
An action-packed weekend celebrating body art and tattoos.
Last updated on Thu 24 Nov 2022
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