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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 picnic spots in Melbourne

Try these beautiful parks and gardens for your next Melbourne picnic.

29 Apr - 28 Feb

Flash Forward

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

6 Dec - 28 Aug

NGV Architecture Commission: Pond[er]

An outdoor installation, complete with a pink pond.

11 Mar - 14 Mar

Moomba

An annual free festival held along the banks of the Yarra River.

23 Jul - 26 Feb

Future U

An exhibition exploring what it means to be human during a time of technological acceleration.

1 Feb - 28 Feb

National Sustainable Living Festival

Showcasing sustainability and climate thought leaders.

Walks and itineraries

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

29 Oct - 31 Mar

South Wharf Summer Garden

A pop-up cocktail garden reminiscent of beach days and the Amalfi coast.

Where to find buskers in Melbourne

All the city spots to catch a live show from Melbourne's best buskers.

20 Jan

Kids’ Takeover at the Library

The Library transforms their spaces into a fun and interactive playground for children.

23 Sep - 1 Aug

Seeing the Invisible

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

INDU

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

2 Dec - 24 Apr

MPavilion

Australia’s leading architecture and design event returns to Melbourne.

The best pop-up and outdoor cinemas in Melbourne

Find the best summer cinema, pop-up theatres and free movies.

The best spring walks in Melbourne

See spring flowers in bloom on these stunning city walks.

Arbory Afloat Turquoise Coast

Melbourne’s largest outdoor floating bar and restaurant reopens this October.

15 Apr - 17 Apr

Vida: Melbourne Latin Summer Festival

A weekend festival of art, culture, food and entertainment celebrating Latin America.

18 Feb - 27 Feb

Fleurs de Villes Flower Show

Global sensation Fleurs de Villes bring their immersive floral show to Australia for the first time.

5 Jan - 6 Apr

Summer Night Market

Returning to the Queen Vic Market with street food, cocktails, shopping and live music.

Secret Garden at QT Melbourne

Brining all the Italianate garden vibes and celebrating the finest produce of the region.

15 Jan - 23 Jan

NGV Kids Summer Festival

Nine days of free activities for children and their families at the NGV.

31 Dec - 1 Jan

New Year's Eve

From fancy dinners to family fun, Melbourne is the perfect place to celebrate New Year's Eve.

ACMI

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

10 Nov - 28 Feb

Xplore Melbourne

Xplore Melbourne is an augmented reality treasure hunt which brings Melbourne city to life.

22 Dec - 25 Apr

Bark Ladies

An exhibition that celebrates the NGV’s extraordinary collection of work by Yolngu women artists.

14 Jan - 14 Apr

Fed Live

Enjoy the hottest in live music with free gigs at Fed Square all through summer.

15 Jan - 30 Jan

Summer Nights Drone Show: Docklands

A spectacular drone show lights up Docklands this summer.

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Melbourne's Lunar New Year Festival events

Featuring lion dances, dragon boat racing, delicious street food and weekend pop-ups.

28 Jan - 30 Jan

State Library Bricktoria: Treasure Hunt

Roam the Library using clues on a treasure map and collect LEGO bricks for a take-home model.