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 cent.

Outdoor view of market stalls along the Arts Centre Promenade with St Kilda Road and city visible in the background.

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

18 Jul - 31 Dec

Peruse 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.

A dark laneways with projections on the walls

See new laneway projections

2 Aug - 11 Oct

Make your way to Platypus Alley for an eerie projection adventure. This little laneway is bathed in red light after dark, with towering figures appearing as black silhouettes before your eyes. Created by Yandell Walton for Flash Forward, 'End Passage' will be lighting up the night until September.

Docklands Community Craft and Farmers Market

14 Mar - 26 Sep

Catch up over coffee and freshly-baked pastries as you wander the craft stalls. Stock up on local produce and soak up the city views. Second and fourth Sunday of every month at Newquay Promenade.

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5 Aug - 23 Dec

Calm in the City Morning Meditation

Free morning mindfulness and meditation sessions at Fed Square.

8 Jul - 27 Sep

CoLab Arts in the Park

A series of exhibitions and workshops in the Fitzroy Gardens.

29 Apr - 31 Oct

Flash Forward

Explore 40 city laneways that are being transformed by over 80 creatives.

Last updated on Wed 11 Aug 2021

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30 Sep - 17 Oct

Melbourne Fringe Festival

The Fringe returns in 2021 with boundary-pushing and formidably fabulous art.

26 Oct - 7 Nov

Hannah Gadsby: Body Of Work

A brand new stand up show from the mesmerising Hannah Gadsby.

23 Nov - 12 Dec

Friends! The Musical Parody

Celebrate the misadventures of our favourite 20-something pals in life, work and love in 1990s NYC.

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Melbourne’s essential summer events

Markets, pop-up bars, special events and more. March is really just summer: the sequel.

15 Oct - 15 Feb

Xplore Melbourne

Xplore Melbourne is an augmented reality treasure hunt bringing Melbourne city to life.

9 Oct

Melbourne Harmony Festival

Presenting the shared music, art, and culture of the people of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Melbourne's essential night-time events

From hidden laneway markets to retro roller rinks, Melbourne gets lit once the lights go out.