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 busy night market

The Winter Night Market

9 Jun - 25 Aug

Melbourne's most iconic night market is back for a bumper 13-week season. Fuel up on BBQ, cheesy pasta, hot chocolate and mulled wine from pop-up food stalls. Shop with the best local makers at stalls selling everything from art to homewares. And don't miss the market's Christmas in July series, complete with eggnog, carollers and Christmas trees!

A city street at night

More of the best free markets

Need more than Wednesday nights? Check out these weekend spots for dog-friendly markets, hawker stalls, craft markets and more. Start with the delicious Chinatown laneway markets every Friday night for knock off feasting.

A group of people holding up their smartphones to take photos of artworks.

Flinders Quarter Augmented Art Walk

18 May - 2 Jul

Back by popular demand is the augmented reality art walk sensation from 2019. See iconic laneways, hidden shops and stunning architecture as it gets taken over by living art displays. This year's walk features explore 12 amazing creations by awesome local artists. Download the EyeJack app and get exploring!

Flash Forward

29 Apr - 31 Jul

Forty acts. Forty artists. Forty laneways. That’s the promise of Flash Forward. The street-art project is set to transform our laneways with all-new art installations. Plus live music and more. Artists from Aarti Jadu to Yandell Walton will be joining in, at locations across the city from Corrs Lane to Bourke Place.

10 Jan - 27 Jun

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Discover wares by local makers and artisans at this weekly market.

7 May - 19 Sep

We Change The World

See how artists and designers can provoke change through their work.

10 Jul

Street Tape Games

Come along and play beloved street and playground games with social distancing.

13 Mar - 27 Jun

Discover Degraves St on Your City Saturday

A community celebration of Melbourne’s iconic laneway.

11 Feb - 31 Jan

The Story of the Moving Image

An ongoing exhibition that journeys through the past, present and future of the moving image.

Five free must-do Melbourne walks

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

22 Feb - 22 Nov

Queer Book Club

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

Last updated on Wed 2 Jun 2021

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1 Apr - 11 Jul

Jurassic World by Brickman

An adventure 6 million LEGO® bricks in the making.

4 Jun - 3 Oct

French Impressionism from The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

An exhibition of over 100 masterworks of French Impressionism.

19 Apr - 22 Aug

She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism

A large-scale exhibition of more than 250 artworks drawn from collections around Australia,

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Melbourne’s essential summer events

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

9 Oct

Melbourne Harmony Festival

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

1 Jun - 30 Jun

Light the Way

Designer Sener Besim presents his first ever large-scale sculptural work.

4 Jun - 10 Jul

Imaginary Science – Jess Hall

Imaginary Science explores transitional spaces between art, craft and science.