Moomba's back, the sun is out and Melbourne's got a tidy three-day weekend on the cards. Kick off the Labour Day long weekend with awesome events, free pop-up cinemas, street art walks and more. Check individual events and venues for exact opening hours.

Free events


An annual free festival held along the banks of the Yarra River.

11 Feb - 31 Jan

The Story of the Moving Image

An ongoing exhibition that journeys through the past, present and future of the moving image.

13 Nov - 19 Dec

Arts Centre Melbourne Weekend Markets

Discover handcrafted treasures for everyone on your Christmas list.

20 Feb - 20 Dec

Tai Chi Class

Practise tai chi in a free outdoor class with Ms Wendy.


11 Jan - 31 Dec

Worlds Immersive at Melbourne Museum

Art and science collide with mesmerising imagery and soundscapes in this 5-minute film.

12 Nov - 30 Jan


An interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.

19 Nov - 31 May

Punting on the Lake

Glide between the bays and islands of Ornamental Lake on a guided boat cruise.

Ticketed events and exhibitions

3 Nov - 27 Mar

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.

4 Jan - 31 Dec

Becoming You: An Incomplete Guide

An exhibition of Australian coming-of-age stories.

Drinking and dining

Cafe Lafayette

Specialises in Japanese-inspired brunch dishes to entertain your senses and tickle your fancy.

Common Man

The vibe is laid back and their staff friendly and welcoming.

Arbory Afloat Turquoise Coast

Melbourne’s largest outdoor floating bar and restaurant reopens this October.

Garden State Hotel

Multiple dining zones in one four-level building, including a pub, bistro and beer garden.

JiYu Thai Hot Pot

JiYu brings together Thai soup dishes and the modern Chinese hot pot concept.


Marameo is a fun, easy-going Italian eatery offering a range of pasta and mains.

Chin Chin

A fast-paced hawker-style dining sensation serving Thai-inspired food.

Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar

A fine dining experience, offering modern Italian cuisine in an intimate and relaxed setting.


Spicy, numbing Sichuan, stir-fried to order.


An Italian wine bar, bottle shop and cellar attached to King and Godfree on Lygon Street, Carlton.

Chef David

Chef David fire up the barbecue with their Sichuan BBQ grill menu.

Johnny's Green Room

Rooftop bar above Carlton's King & Godfree.

King & Godfree

Catch up for coffee or a meal, or shop for delicious deli items and wine.

Pretzel Melbourne Central

Pretzel aim to spread the doughy joy of freshly-baked pretzels, with tasty toppings of choice.

See what else is on in March

What's free in Melbourne this month

Everything to see, do and enjoy in Melbourne for free this month.

Free parking this Moomba long weekend

Make your Moomba adventure even easier with free parking from Friday 5 March 2021 to 11.59pm on Monday 8 March 2021, and free public transport from 5pm Friday 5 March to 11.59pm Monday 8 March 2021. Although there's no need to pay for parking, you do need to adhere to the time restrictions shown on street signs as these still apply. Be sure to download a travel voucher if you're taking advantage of free public transport.

Last updated on Tue 9 Mar 2021

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Higher Order: An Immersive Dining Experience

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La Navidad con Tequila (Christmas with Tequila)

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19 Dec - 27 Dec

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