Gone a bit too hard on the wallet lately? These awesome activations, pop-ups and exhibitions won't cost a cent.
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. Check out the colourful parade, watch the hilarious Birdman Rally and see dazzling fireworks every night.
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.
PHOTO 2024: International Festival of Photography
A huge outdoor photography festival is taking over Melbourne this month. 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 installations on the big screen at Fed Square.
Section 8's free birthday bash
The most iconic hidden bar in Melbourne is hosting a four-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.
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.
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.
Laneway bar pizza party
Melbourne's coolest laneway bar is having its 7th birthday party - and you're invited. Sip $7 cocktails, bop along to epic DJ sets and catch live music from local musicians. There are also after-dark projection installations lighting up the venue at night. Wanna know the best part? They're giving away free pizza from +39 Pizzeria!
Robot dogs, animatronic mice, hydraulic press performance art, towering sculptures and massive new commissions. The NGV’s blockbuster art exhibition Triennial is back. Discover more than 100 works exploring the theme of magic, matter and memory at this free exhibition. Then step outside to marvel at the new Architecture Commission, a giant breathing sphere.
Australia’s leading architecture and design event takes place at MPavilion – a cultural laboratory where the community can come together to engage and share. This year's pavilion is a sleek concrete design by Tadao Ando. It's located in the Queen Victoria Gardens and hosts a slew of free events. Try the viral grey ice cream, catch live music or join a life drawing class.
Sea Shanties and Folk Songs
Heave ho to the Mission to Seafarers and live like a pirate in a century-old building. Test your pipes at a free sea shanty sing-along session. These ever popular sessions are the ultimate way to blow off some steam, pirate-style. Raid your treasure chest for some coins to order a rum or two at the bar.
Last updated on Tue 27 Feb 2024
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