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What's free in Melbourne this month

Everything to see, do and enjoy in Melbourne for free this month.

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.

Flash Forward

Explore 40 city laneways that have been transformed by over 80 creatives.

6 Dec - 28 Aug

NGV Architecture Commission: Pond[er]

An outdoor installation, complete with a pink pond.

4 Aug - 31 Aug

Lord Mayor's Small Business Awards Photo Exhibition

A photo exhibition celebrating Melbourne’s longstanding independent small businesses.

Walks and itineraries

These self-guided walks and itineraries will help you discover Melbourne's best sights.

10 Mar - 21 Aug


Queer shines a light on the NGV Collection to examine the queer stories that artworks can tell.

23 Sep - 30 Sep

Seeing the Invisible

An ambitious exhibition of artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology.

21 Jun - 21 Aug

Who Are You: Australian Portraiture

Who Are You brings together the portrait holdings of the NGV and the National Portrait Gallery.


A celebration of Southern Indian and Sri Lankan village culture, flavours and hospitality.

29 Aug - 28 Nov

Library Cinema

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

Top after-work walks in Melbourne

Take advantage of summer’s extended daylight and catch some rays after work while you can.

The George on Collins

An up-market basement venue and eatery within the historic Georges building.

25 Jun - 29 Oct

Melbourne Craft Fair

Enjoy a contemporary craft fair at Queen Victoria Market.

The ultimate guide to Moomba

Everything to see and do at Moomba.

Melbourne Town Hall Tours

Take a tour of one of Melbourne's most iconic buildings.

The best summer walks in Melbourne

See flowers in bloom on these stunning city walks.

1 Jun - 31 Aug

Winter Night Market

The Winter Night Market returns to Queen Victoria Market.

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.

9 Aug - 30 Aug

Cinema Nights on the Rooftop

Watch cult 1990s classics at the outdoor cinema on the Rooftop at QT. Note: now booked out.

1 Feb - 13 Dec

Music Matinee

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


Museum dedicated to the moving image through events, film screenings and exhibitions.

Pop-Up Pavilion of Indulgence

Enjoy decadence and romance at this winter riverside pop-up at South Wharf.


A smallish, ferment and wine bar driven by a mission to minimise food waste.

30 Jan - 27 Nov

Makers Market at The District

This outdoor undercover family-friendly market at Docklands features craft, gifts, fashion and food.

31 Aug - 22 Sep

Mila Faranov: I’ve Heard the Hunter Tell

Combining unease with seduction this exhibition at City Library examines childhood fairy tales.

30 Sep - 25 Nov

Society of Women Writers Victoria

Sharpen your writing skills and meet other writers in these workshops.

11 Aug - 13 Aug

Activators 9: To Immortality and Out the Other Side

A sculptural work between dancer and choreographer Lilian Steiner and designer Patrick Hamilton.

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20 Mar - 29 Aug


Share the delight of stories, songs, and picture books with your pre-schooler.

23 May - 31 Dec

Fitzroy Gardens Outdoor Adventure

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

20 Mar - 29 Aug

Storytime Online

Share the delight of stories, songs, and picture books with your pre-schooler.

10 Sep - 11 Sep

Moon Lantern Festival

A two-day event featuring live performances and food.