Gone a bit too hard on the wallet lately? These awesome activations, pop-ups and exhibitions won't cost a cent.

Christmas tree lit up at night in Federation Square.

The Christmas Festival

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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.

Likeness of The Parthenon painted with overlapping large-scale artworks, in outdoor setting.

NGV Architecture Commission: Temple of Boom

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An epic, evocative reimagining of The Parthenon will emerge in the NGV courtyard this summer. The 'Temple of Boom' is a large-scale architectural commission, set to feature overlapping artworks by Melbourne-based artists and play host to a stacked program of live performances. Visit before or after you check out the new Alexander McQueen exhibit, on from 11 December.

Figurines of people riding horses surrounded by flowers and a forest backdrop.

Myer Christmas Windows

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to Bourke Street Mall to see the iconic Myer windows. Now in its 67th year, the 2022 display is a glorious journey of blockbuster proportions. See iconic characters from your fave Disney movies reimagined as magical window displays.

Art installation of a newsagency with the mural of a face painted on the wall, strewn newspapers and tattered displays.

TIME • RONE | The Newsagency

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Want a glimpse into Rone's jaw-dropping new exhibition TIME without buying a ticket? Make a beeline to this pop-up at Flinders Street Station. A little slice of mid-century Melbourne, The Newsagency is a shop trapped in time. Enter under the gaze of one of Rone's signature portraits. Then admire work from local artists, makers and brands in the Mixed Business Store.

Queen Victoria Market stalls viewed from behind palms, with city towers in the background.

Summer Night Market

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This iconic Melbourne event is back for the summer. Market regulars know you need to be there on time every Wednesday night to beat the crowds. Once you've arrived, get in line for indulgent dishes and fresh cocktails. Think lobster rolls, flambeed camembert, soft shell crab tacos and Portuguese tarts. Fuelled up? Have a wander and peruse stalls in String Bean Alley, enjoy free live music and marvel at pop-up performers.

A courtyard of an old building

Sea Shanties and Folk Songs

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Yes, you read that right. These ever popular sessions are the ultimate way to blow off some steam, pirate-style. Learn the tunes and sing along, then kick back in the open-air courtyard with a bev. No experience required!

More free events

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Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection

Discover art that builds on and challenges tradition in Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection.

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Nonstop DJs

Catch DJs from all corners of the music scene bring the best beats to the Melbourne Museum plaza.

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Floral Fantasy

St James is blooming with Floral Fantasy – illuminated large scale floral installations.

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Free Beginner Bachata Dance Classes

Get active, meet new people and learn to dance bachata.

Library Cinema

See contemporary, classic and documentary films on the big screen at Library at The Dock.

Free markets

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Melbourne Craft Fair

Enjoy a contemporary craft fair at Queen Victoria Market.

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Docklands Community Market

A food and craft market held twice a month.

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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Discover handcrafted treasures made by local artisans.

The ultimate guide to Melbourne's best markets

Melbourne's iconic markets are back in full force for the festive season.

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Christmas events

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Christmas guides

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The best summer events to book right now

From outdoor movies to pop-up dining, pack your calendar with these top events.

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THE LUME Melbourne

Enter the world of Monet and Friends – an epic adventure into French Impressionism.

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Saturday Sessions

Kick into the evening with these monthly Saturday-night sessions at Melbourne Museum.