Discover things to do in Melbourne in January, from free events to exhibitions, attractions and places to visit.

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What's free in Melbourne this month

Everything you can do, see and enjoy in Melbourne for free this month.
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MSO Sidney Myer Free Concerts

29 Jan - 10 Feb
Free outdoor concerts performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
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The Wind in the Willows

19 Dec - 24 Jan
The Wind in the Willows returns to the Botanic Gardens for the summer school holidays.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

18 Dec - 24 Jan
See Shakespeare under the stars at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
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School holidays

19 Dec - 27 Jan
Entertain the whole family over the school holidays with these kid-friendly events and activities.
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Malthouse Outdoor Stage

21 Jan - 14 Mar
See Melbourne musicians and artists perform at the new purpose-built Malthouse Outdoor Stage.
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27 Nov - 31 Jan
Imaginaria is an interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.
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Melbourne Music Week – Extended

9 Dec - 28 Feb
A three-month program to support the local music industry as it recovers after months of lockdown.
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Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail

20 Jan - 21 Mar
One hundred sculptures form walking trails across Melbourne.
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Uptown Art Exhibition

15 Dec - 28 Feb
A free art exhibition transforming the top end of Bourke Street.
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NGV Triennial

19 Dec - 18 Apr
Experience a large-scale exhibition of international contemporary art, design and architecture.
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MPavilion Parkade

8 Jan - 5 Apr
Revered architecture and design event MPavilion occupies the Parkade car park.
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Drive-In(door) Cinema

7 Jan - 26 Jan
Indoor drive-in showing new releases, cult classics and family films.
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Alice in Wonderland

5 Jan - 23 Jan
Join Alice as she explores Wonderland these summer school holidays.
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Moonlight Cinema

7 Jan - 25 Apr
Kick back with a film under the stars at Melbourne’s most spectacular open-air cinema.
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Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker 3D

26 Dec - 31 Jan
Giant screen cuteness comes to IMAX these school holidays.

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1 Feb - 28 Feb

What's on in February

Things to do in Melbourne in February, from free events to exhibitions and places to visit.

Major events

From the Australian Open to the Melbourne Cup, major events take centre stage throughout the year.

Family and kids

Find things to do with the kids, from family-friendly events to fun attractions and workshops.

Melbourne for free

Discover free things to do in Melbourne, including galleries, museums, events and festivals.