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

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Festival@Boyd Southbank

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A community festival dedicated to all things green and sustainable is coming to Southbank. Join free workshops for all ages, from African drumming to Bollywood dancing. There'll also be live performances. Got some spare cash? Browse the market stalls selling preloved clothing, handmade crafts and food from around the world.

A woman in costume holding a fire in her hands during a performance with people looking on in the background.

Firelight Festival

Melbourne's epic free winter festival is back. Firelight Festival is taking over Docklands for three nights of fiery installations, mesmerising light shows, pop-up foodie feasts and more. From fire sculptures and flame jets to fire twirlers and flaming trumpeters, all the entertainment is entirely free.

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Bastille Day French Festival

Swap your beanie for a beret at this annual festival dedicated to all things French and fabulous. Stop by the Queen Vic Market to see it transformed into a European winter wonderland. Pick up indulgent French cuisine and loads of freshly baked buttery croissants. There'll also be performances, walking tours and talks to celebrate the French National Day.

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Sea Shanties and Folk Songs
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Sea Shanties and Folk Songs

Join this free weekly celebration of rollicking and spirited singing.

Library Cinema at narrm ngarrgu
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Library Cinema at narrm ngarrgu

Each month, watch a movie on the big screen, including contemporary, classic and documentary films.

JXSH MVIR: Forever I Live
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JXSH MVIR: Forever I Live

The first major solo retrospective exhibition of the late Josh Muir.

Aluminium
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Aluminium

Six artists and makers respond to the material aluminum in this exhibition.

Not Natural
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Not Natural

Explore the growing friction between natural and artificial systems.

Melbourne Out Loud: Life through the lens of Rennie Ellis
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Melbourne Out Loud: Life through the lens of Rennie Ellis

Relive Melbourne's culture and fashion through the lens of iconic photographer Rennie Ellis.

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Showcasing the best of Indian cinema with a variety of celebratory events.

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