Gone a bit too hard on the wallet lately? These awesome events, pop-ups and exhibitions will let you have a fabulous time without spending a dime.

A large colourful art exhibit

NGV Triennial

19 Dec - 18 Apr

The stunning new Triennial exhibition has finally opened its doors to Melbourne. Visit to see the big blockbuster pieces among amazing unexpected works by emerging artists. Free, but you must pre-book.

MPavilion

12 Nov - 5 Apr

Exercise your mind and body at MPavilion, Melbourne’s annual summertime arts pop-up. The fresh program of free events and activities returns with live music at the Boyd Walsh Street house and DJ sets in Docklands. Feeling wheel good? The pop-up roller disco parties are a must. There's also summer reading activities and much, much more.

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

10 Jan - 27 Jun

Wander rows of treats and treasures at this beloved Southbank spot. Boasting a mammoth 24 stalls, this is a Melbourne institution on the edge of the CBD. From silk scarves to gourmet goodies, everything is handmade by local artisans.

An outdoor concert hall

MSO Sidney Myer Free Concerts

29 Jan - 10 Feb

This beloved summer series is back in a big way. Watch on for a rousing performance from the beloved Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as they welcome Melbourne back to live music.

Fed Square outdoor cinema

11 Jan - 28 Mar

Perch under billowing sunshades, relax on the new (eco-friendly) astroturf and enjoy the Fed Square's summer oasis pop-up. Stay tuned for a packed season of free movies, featuring flicks like The Karate Kid, Labyrinth, The Castle, Red Dog and more. Feeling hungry? Chocolate Buddha, Transport, Mama's Canteen and Time Out are all offering delivery inside the square.

Multiple brightly painted sculptures of imaginary creatures.

Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail

20 Jan - 21 Mar

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Children’s Hospital, a collection of 100 artist designed sculptures are taking over Melbourne. Each UooUoo will have its own special place to call home, so be sure to find them all!

Southbank Yoga

6 Jan - 31 Mar

Take a refreshing hatha-style yoga class to ease into the day. They even take it outside on sunny days for an open air yoga session. Free, but a gold coin donation to cover room hire doesn't go astray.

15 Dec - 28 Feb

Uptown Art Exhibition

A free art exhibition transforming the top end of Bourke Street.

24 Nov - 30 Jan

Inside Exhibition

Craft Victoria has re-opened its doors with a maximalist celebration of contemporary craft practice.

15 Dec - 14 Mar

Overlapping Magisteria

The ACCA galleries are transformed with major new works by contemporary artists.

30 Nov - 19 Mar

You Are Cordially Invited: 150 years of Melbourne Town Hall

An exhibition exploring the history of an iconic Melbourne building.

12 Jan - 22 Jan

Junior Rangers — Wings Over Wetlands

Spread your wings these summer holidays with a fun-filled morning of games, activities and crafting.

Iconic laneways and arcades walk

Take a walk through Melbourne’s arcades and laneways.

Five free must-do Melbourne walks

It’s time to get out and about in the city. Have a wander with these free guides.

16 Jan - 6 Feb

Fed Live Summer Series

Live music at Fed Square, all summer long!

Last updated on Tue 12 Jan 2021

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19 Dec - 18 Apr

NGV Triennial

Experience a large-scale exhibition of international contemporary art, design and architecture.

9 Dec - 28 Feb

Melbourne Music Week – Extended

A three-month program to support the local music industry as it recovers after months of lockdown.

Melbourne’s essential summer events

Markets, pop-up bars, special events and more. The city is set for a summer sensation.

9 Feb

Transitions Film Festival - Interdependence

Transitions Film Festival presents Interdependence at MPavilion.