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

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Open House Melbourne Weekend

Calling all architecture buffs and sticky beaks. Melbourne's most beautiful buildings are throwing their doors open once again for Open House. Take a free guided tour of iconic spaces, from Town Hall to the State Library and the glowing Capitol Theatre. Stroll the city on a self-guided tour. Then catch free art exhibitions, workshops and talks.

A child and father watching a game of football from the front row at the MCG at night.

Kids go free to the footy

Footy-loving families rejoice, a trip to the footy just got a whole lot cheaper! From round 16 to 19 kids can score free tickets to every single match. The free general admission tickets are available for kids under 14 years of age, for games at the MCG and Marvel Stadium. Bookings are essential.

An cartoon illustration of an AFL football and a tennis ball using VR headsets with a soccer ball between them.

Melbourne Conversations: Sports Tech of the Future

Could AI give your favourite athlete the edge on the competition? How does VR sport measure up to the real deal? Explore the future of sport and tech at this free talk for Melbourne Conversations. Hear from experts and local startups on how technology could transform the Olympics and other sports.

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Winter Night Market

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Gather ‘round roaring fire pits every Wednesday for the Winter Night Market. Entry is free and there'll be roaming entertainment and silent discos during the epic 13-week season. Factor in a few bucks to feast on winter comfort food. Warm up with a cup of hot mulled wine or boozy spiced rum Milo. Then order indulgent cheese wheel pasta, karaage fried chicken and sticky date pudding.

A woman looking at a large abstract sculpture in a gallery with Aboriginal traditional paintings on the walls.

Wurrdha Marra

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Explore homegrown art and exhibitions at the NGV's free Australian gallery, the Ian Potter Centre. The current exhibition Wurrdha Marra features art and design from First Nations peoples across time and place. The pieces focus on the importance of passing down cultural knowledge and also creating new forms of expression. While you're at NGV Australia, find more works from emerging artists at Country Road + NGV First Nations Commissions: My Country.

The exterior of Mission to Seafarers in Melbourne.

Sea Shanties and Folk Songs

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Heave ho to the Mission to Seafarers and live like a pirate in a century-old building. Test your pipes at a free sea shanty sing-along session. These ever popular sessions are the ultimate way to blow off some steam, pirate-style. Raid your treasure chest for some coins to order a rum or two at the bar.

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Melbourne Rare Book Week

Melbourne Rare Book Week

Come and participate in the cultural enjoyment of the world's leading Rare Book Week.

Tahlia Palmer: Occupation Studies
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Tahlia Palmer: Occupation Studies

Creative in Residence exhibition at the Victorian Archives Centre.

Library Cinema
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Library Cinema

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

Memo Akten: Distributed Consciousness
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Memo Akten: Distributed Consciousness

A digital work merging human and non-human consciousness – via the AI musings of octopus critters.

ACMI Crew Night
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ACMI Crew Night

A monthly gathering for anyone interested in filmmaking, followed by a film screening.

Sketch the City: Nicholas Building Walking Tours
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Sketch the City: Nicholas Building Walking Tours

Sketch the city on a unique walking tour around laneways and little known streets.

Melbourne Out Loud: Life through the lens of Rennie Ellis
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Melbourne Out Loud: Life through the lens of Rennie Ellis

Relive Melbourne's culture and fashion through the lens of iconic photographer Rennie Ellis.

Cook to Connect
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Cook to Connect

Learn new tips and tricks for cooking great meals.

Library Cinema at narrm ngarrgu
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Library Cinema at narrm ngarrgu

Each month, watch a movie on the big screen, including contemporary, classic and documentary films.

Nobody Run Club
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Nobody Run Club

A free weekly running, coaching and social run group.

Move Melbourne

Move Melbourne

Join for a fun and active day at Move Melbourne featuring Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dogs.

Free family-friendly events

ACMI Preschoolers
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ACMI Preschoolers

A fun, free program created for 2-5 year-olds to enjoy ACMI with their parent, grandparent or carer.

Shrine Kids
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Shrine Kids

A free self-guided program for visitors of all ages.

Toddler Tales
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Toddler Tales

Explore language and literacy through stories, rhymes and songs.

Fitzroy Gardens Outdoor Adventure
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Fitzroy Gardens Outdoor Adventure

A free fun outdoor seek and find adventure around the Fitzroy Gardens.

STEAM After School at North Melbourne Library
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STEAM After School at North Melbourne Library

Explore the fun of science, technology, engineering, art and maths with hands-on activities.

Free Melbourne markets

Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market

This beloved Melbourne landmark is the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere.

Melbourne Craft Fair
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Melbourne Craft Fair

Enjoy a contemporary craft fair at Queen Victoria Market.

Melbourne Book Market

Melbourne Book Market

Melbourne Book Market is a curated collection of more than 5,000 new and pre-loved titles.

Vegan Market and Vegan Bakesale

Vegan Market and Vegan Bakesale

Come along to the vegan bake sale and market, with a ton of cool vegan products to browse.

Boho Luxe Market: Winter Wanderlust

Boho Luxe Market: Winter Wanderlust

A winter design market in the full of handmade, ethically sourced products.

Last updated on Thu 11 Jul 2024

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