Long weekend fun made a dent in your wallet? These awesome activations, pop-ups and exhibitions won't cost a cent.

Large and illuminated three-dimensional sculpture of the earth, suspended in a dark room, with people walking around it.

Luke Jerram: Gaia

22 Apr - 30 Jun

Luke Jerram's striking 'Gaia' installation is set to levitate in St Paul's Cathedral for over two months. Rotating once every four minutes, the artwork was created using images of the earth’s surface from NASA. Enter the cathedral during visiting hours to witness the 7-metre-wide sensation in all its glowing glory.

The exterior of a market on a sunny day

Melbourne Craft Fair

21 May - 25 Jun

Find the city's best locally made buys at the limited run 'Craft* Wrk' pop-up market. Curated by the team behind the Rose St. Artists’ Market, you'll be able to find indie designers, local makers, creative artists and more under the iconic Queen Vic Market sheds. Better yet, entry is free!

Two women posing in African clothing.

African Festival

28 May - 29 May

Round out the month with another epic foodie festival at the Queen Vic Market. Try dishes from Ghana, South Africa, Senegal and Ethiopia. Bop along to the tune of traditional drummers and bring your little mates along for free kids activities.

Shadows against a grey concrete wall, with a series of dark grey screens or boards suspended to one side.

Flânerie Parallèle

5 Apr - 31 Jul

Is that France or Melbourne? Claire Ropartz's photography exhibition captures the artisans and architecture of the Paris End of Melbourne. Take a peek inside the iconic local businesses around Collins Place and Flinders Lane. The exhibit stays open late for artsy night owls to peruse.

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6 Dec - 28 Aug

NGV Architecture Commission: Pond[er]

An outdoor installation, complete with a pink pond.

1 Feb - 13 Dec

Music Matinee

Live and free fine music at lunchtime on Tuesdays in the city.

10 May - 21 Jun

Express Book Chat

Pop in to the express book bar on Little Collins Street and join a monthly chat.

16 May - 22 May

Victorian Law Week

Find answers to your legal questions during Victorian Law Week.

13 Jan - 22 Dec

Tai Chi on the Deck at The Dock

Enjoy a tai chi and qigong class outdoors – it's the perfect mind and body exercise.

30 May - 28 Nov

Library Cinema

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

21 May

The Long Walk

Hear live music by Indigenous artists before the Dreamtime match at the MCG.

Free kids activities

25 May

National Simultaneous Storytime at East Melbourne Library

Join a heartfelt celebration of family and community at the National Simultaneous Storytime.

Free art and exhibitions

20 Jan - 19 Jun

Mental: Head Inside

Visit Science Gallery's inaugural exhibition around mental health.

20 Apr - 22 Jul

From Mundane to Friday: The Art of Everyday Melbourne

An exhibition considering the ephemera of the everyday and what it reveals about us.

29 Apr - 22 May

Photo 2022: International Festival of Photography

Experience spectacular photography at iconic sites and galleries across Melbourne.

29 Apr - 31 May

Flash Forward

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

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16 Mar - 18 Sep

Hamilton

The award-winning musical has arrived in Melbourne.

14 Oct - 23 Oct

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Showcasing the best of international and local jazz culture.

1 Jun - 12 Jun

Golden Square

Art, empire, identity and spirituality overlap in Chinatown. Reach the roof and raise a glass.

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What's on in Melbourne this week

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

1 Jun - 19 Jun

Kaleidoscope

A mesmerising symphony of light, sound and joy, staged in a breathtaking mirror maze.

1 Nov - 30 Jun

THE LUME Melbourne

Immerse yourself in the work of Van Gogh at Australia's digital art gallery.

19 May - 22 Dec

Improvised Comedy: Harold Night

Completely unscripted comedy performed by talented actors.