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The best free festivals you need to visit in Melbourne this year

Discover Melbourne's best free festival line-ups, cultural celebrations and epic street parties.

Melbourne's essential night-time events

From hidden laneway markets to winter wonderlands, Melbourne gets lit once the lights go out.

21 Jun - 29 Jan

Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection

Discover art that builds on and challenges tradition in Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection.

13 Sep - 4 Oct

Salsa in the City

Enjoy fun and free pop-up salsa dance classes at Docklands this spring.

14 Sep - 8 Oct

CheckPoint

A place to meet, make, talk, watch and listen during the Alter State festival.

28 Oct - 30 Oct

Arriba Melbourne Mexican Festival

Enjoy all things Mexican themed at this outdoor festival.

7 Aug - 28 Oct

Hairspray

The multi award-winning Broadway musical opens at the Regent Theatre in August.

1 Sep - 30 Oct

Come From Away

An inspiring and heartwarming musical about community in the aftermath of September 11.

16 Mar - 18 Dec

Hamilton

The award-winning musical has arrived in Melbourne.

7 Oct - 18 Oct

The Australian Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

A profound emotional experience that will linger long after the curtain falls.

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The best free and cheap family activities

Find family-friendly fun and free events in Melbourne.

Melbourne’s most romantic date-night restaurants

Find the best restaurants to book for Valentine's Day, anniversaries or just because.

The best new bars in Melbourne

The best new spots for nitro cocktails, natural wines and delicious cheeseboards.

21 Jun - 9 Oct

Making Art: Imagine Everything is Real

A free exhibition inviting kids and their families to experiment with innovative ways of making art.

24 Sep - 29 Oct

Melbourne Craft Fair

Enjoy a contemporary craft fair at Queen Victoria Market.

7 Jan - 23 Dec

Melbourne Magic Show

Enjoy a theatrical magic experience like no other.

3 Sep - 29 Jan

Bricktionary: The Interactive Exhibition

Discover the biggest and best LEGO creations this interactive exhibition.

7 Jan - 17 Dec

Queen Vic Market Ultimate Foodie Tour

A fascinating guided walking tour of the city's iconic market.

3 Mar - 31 Dec

Hidden Bars of Melbourne Walking and Drinking Tour

Discover cocktail bars, repurposed venues, shipping container bars and speakeasies.

17 Jun - 25 Nov

Carlton Aperitivo Tour

Indulge in the much-loved aperitivo tradition on a tour of Melbourne's 'Little Italy'.

Hidden Secrets Tours

Indulge and discover the city's hidden charm with Melbourne's original laneway walking tours.

10 Oct - 16 Oct

Melbourne Fashion Week

The festival returns to the city with runways, talks, workshops, pop-ups, exhibitions and more.

15 Oct

Fringe Parade and Lygon St Block Party

Get ready to party with the iconic Fringe parade and Lygon St block party.

16 Oct - 13 Nov

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Don't miss the biggest global sporting event being held in Australia in 2022.

4 Nov - 6 Nov

Titanic The Musical: In Concert

A stunning concert celebrating the 110th anniversary of the legacy of the Titanic.