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 food truck park at night

Melbourne Street Eatz

11 Feb - 5 Apr

Bottomless cocktails, rotating food trucks and a breezy waterside location. The return of Melbourne Street Eatz is more than welcome. Swing by their South Wharf spot Wednesday to Sunday until 4 April for a foodie feast. Entry is free.

A woman in front of a projection screen standing over a touch table

Revisit ACMI

11 Feb - 31 Jan

After two years in hibernation (and a multi-million dollar makeover) ACMI has reopened for film lovers far and wide. The new neon-lit space features vintage video games, interactive displays, wall-to-wall projections and more. Visit the latest exhibit for free then head upstairs to chic Hero diner for a feast.

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.

People sitting outside looking at a screen

Fed Square outdoor cinema

Perch under billowing sunshades, relax on the new (eco-friendly) astroturf and enjoy 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. They’re also screening classic silent films, scored live by local artists.

Projection of a face on the Treasury Building at night.

PHOTO 2021

18 Feb - 7 Mar

This massive new art exhibition has taken over 40 cultural institutions in Melbourne. See striking portraits displayed outside St Paul's Cathedral, towering projections on the Old Treasury Building, a site-responsive installation at Royal Botanic Gardens and more.

Large pan of paella being stirred.

Fiesta del Sol

20 Mar - 21 Mar

Melbourne’s beloved cultural foodie festivals are finally making a comeback. This margarita fuelled celebration is one of the first cabs off the rank. Think pop-up bars, live music, DJ sets and dancing. Come hungry for cuisine from Spain, Colombia, Mexico and more. Entry is free.

A seat in a garden beside a lake

Melbourne Gardens Free Guided Walk

6 Jan - 30 Apr

Let the experts lead the way on this free walk through Royal Botanic Gardens. Uncover secret views, gorgeous plants and more hidden gems inside Melbourne's own green sanctuary. Find more things to do in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

A woman browsing book stalls

Melbourne Book Market at Queen Victoria Market

27 Feb - 28 Mar

As the weather cools, thoughts turn to snuggling up on the couch with a good book. Stock up at Queen Victoria Market on weekends until 28 March. Choose from thousands of new and pre-loved reads, selected by some of Melbourne’s most experienced booksellers, authors and illustrators.

Crowd of people, some holding dogs on leads, in an open plaza-like space.

Makers Market at The District

28 Feb - 27 Jun

From jewellery and homewares to artisanal produce, delightful discoveries await on the last Sunday of each month. Grab a coffee from their expert barista then peruse open-air laneways for your next locally made piece. You can even bring your dog - and buy them a gourmet dog treat!

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.

20 Jan - 21 Mar

Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail

One hundred sculptures form walking trails across Melbourne.

3 Feb - 3 Mar

Food Truck Stop

Find Melbourne's best food trucks at the Queen Vic Market on Wednesdays in summer.

8 Mar - 10 Mar

IWD Walking Tours

Celebrate International Women's Day with a free walking tour of Melbourne.

8 Jan - 5 Apr

MPavilion Parkade

Revered architecture and design event MPavilion occupies the Parkade car park.

11 Feb - 25 Mar

Topless Cinema

MPavilion joins forces with Rooftop Cinema to present Topless Cinema.

28 Mar

One-Hour Walking Tour

Rediscover your own city with this free one-hour walking tour.

6 Jan - 31 Mar

Southbank Yoga

Free weekly hatha-style yoga classes at the Boyd Community Hub in Southbank.

22 Feb - 22 Nov

Queer Book Club

A book club for those who are curious or passionate about queer books.

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.

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.

Last updated on Fri 26 Feb 2021

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Watch a movie after sunset on a historic Melbourne rooftop.

Chancery Lane

Reimagining timeless charm this European style bistro is suited for any occasion.

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Tanuki Sake Pop-up

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Melbourne Harmony Festival

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

26 Feb - 13 Mar

Suburban Isolation

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