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18 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This August

By Grace Evans - 01 Aug 2017

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Whoever created the concept that things can be FREE deserves a complimentary massage. They’ve given all us budget-strugglers hope that we can eat delicious food and experience fun things...at absolutely zero cost. It’s not cheap, really. It’s thrifty.

If penny-pinching is on the cards for you this August, you seriously need to check out our list of 18 Free Things To Do in Melbourne this month.

Free Toasties At Toasta & Co

To celebrate Toasta & Co’s first birthday, they’re giving Melbourne toastie lovers a special surprise. They’ll be putting on free toasties, schnitty burgers and cake from 11am-2pm on Tuesday the 1st (ie. today). If that’s not a great way to start a month, we don’t know what is. Get in early for this one. You just know there’s gonna be queues...

Where: Toasta & Co
When
: 11am-2pm, Tuesday 1 August
For more information, click 
here.

Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market

Friday nights are about to get a whole lot better with the European Night Market landing in Madame Brussels Lane. The signs are good that it’ll feature all things European and delicious. You’ll be able to score plenty of free ‘tasters’ including polish dumplings, German sausage and French crepes. There’ll also be live entertainment to keep your full belly bopping all night long. Did we mention it was free entry? Bring on the splurge.   

Where: Madame Brussels Lane, 50 Lonsdale Street
When
: 4pm-10.30pm, 4-28 August
For more information, click 
here.

Fed Square Live – Winter Series

Good news everyone! Fed Square is going to be bustling with some FREE tunes this August. Fed Square and ACMI are putting on a series of five free concerts, featuring a range of local and emerging artists from a heap of different genres. Wrap your hands around a glass of mulled wine—this’ll be a good night series to see of those winter blues.  

Where: Federation Square
When
: Thursday’s in August, 7pm-9pm
For more information, click 
here.

Northside Winter Festival

Take a walk on the Northside this August for some seriously fun free stuff. The Northside Winter Festival is going to transform the streets of the North and West into the ultimate collection of live music, pop-up cinemas, theatre, comedy and food-themed markets. Expect too see the Northside come alive this winter with everything from kids events to unique cocktail demonstrations. And yep, it’s 100% free.  

Where: Several Venues
When
: Varying Times
For more information, click 
here.

Craft Cubed Festival

Feeling crafty? Get your best set of knitting needles ready—you’ll need them at this month’s Craft Cubed Festival. This annual celebration is in its eighth year, and it’s always a darn good time (see what we did there?). This year it’s all about ‘Crafting Communities’. There’ll be statewide events, exhibitions, workshops featuring everything from glass blowing to zine making. Time for a new project?

Where: Various Venues
When
: All Day, starting Tuesday 1 August
For more information, click 
here.

Live Jazz At The Bohemian

If you’re keen to jazz-up your weekends, then the Bohemian is the place to be this month. Their FREE jazz sessions will be held every Sunday in August and will feature some of Melbourne’s best 18-karat jazz groups and artists. Pair great music and with a glass of red and you’re in for a relaxing Sunday. Well played Bohemian.  

Where: The Bohemian, 35 Dukes Walk
When
: 2pm-5pm, Sunday’s in August
For more information, click 
here.

Queen Vic Winter Night Market

Another year, another Winter Night Market done and dusted. Everyone’s favourite excuse to drink bone broth will be drawing to a close at the end of August, so this is your last chance to check out the 2017 line-up. You might fancy pasta out of a huge cheese wheel, or an ice cream with Nutella served in a cinnamon doughnut. Whatever you’re feeling, The Night Market generally delivers with over 30 food traders serving up delicious grub. Get around it while you still can.  

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When
: 5pm-10pm, Wednesdays in August
For more information, click 
here.

Kitchen Insider Series

Kingpin Crown’s head chef Matthew Faux is bringing his culinary skills to two free cooking workshops this August, designed to test your skills and (probably) teach you some new ones. There’ll be a masterclass on how to create the perfect donut—everything from glazing to cinnamon sprinkling. Next up will be a pasta session to teach you your ravioli from your rigatoni’s. There are limited places available for these workshops, so make sure you book fast.

Where: Kingpin Crown
When
: 6pm-7.30pm, 3 & 10 August
For more information, click 
here.

Dome After Dark

The State Library of Victoria’s dome is also getting in on the free action this month, hosting a series of free specialist talks. The Dome After Dark sessions will feature illustrated books created by artists like Pablo Picasso and Esther Inglis. There’ll also be a royal tour which will include info about the British Monarchy and royal life. If you’re down for a little free education, we can definitely recommend this one. The dome after dark doesn’t look too bad either...

Where: State Library of Victoria
When
: 6pm-6.30pm, August 10 & 24
For more information, click 
here.

Unicorn Festival

We’ve told you before but we’ll tell you again: there’s a friggin Unicorn Festival coming to Melbourne! But did we mention it’s free? Yep, this colourful day will be filled with unicorn inspired makeovers, inflatable unicorns, unicorn sweet treats and basically anything horse-shaped with a magical spike on it head that shoots rainbows out of its eyes (we’re pretty sure that’s how unicorns work, right?) This isn’t just for the kids either—adults are more than welcome.

Where: Melbourne Central
When
: 5pm-9pm, 3 & 4 August
For more information, click 
here.

Art of Dance Exhibition

The Art of Dance Exhibition has arrived in Melbourne, and it’s bringing with it some seriously stunning artworks. The exhibition’s all about showcasing the beauty of expression through movement...by freezing it on canvas. There’s a bunch of upcoming artists to check out, and you can put your people power to good use by voting in the People’s Choice Awards. Get jiggy with it.

Where: Glen Eira City Council
When
: 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday, 1pm-5pm Saturdays & Sundays
For more information, click 
here.

Bill Henson At NGV

August will be the last month to check out Bill Henson’s free exhibition at the NGV (turns out Van Gogh wasn’t the only star attraction this year). It’s part of the Festival of Photography and showcases a collection of images that were created by Bill from 2008-2011. Expect incredible (and slightly creepy images), taken in almost pitch-black darkness, paired with adolescent subjects with deeply-shadowed faces. Photography geeks, you can’t miss this one.

Where: NGV
When
: 10am-5pm, daily in August
For more information, click 
here.

Footscray Finds Market

If you’re a fan of flea markets, then you’ve got to check out Footscray Finds. This market puts on an absolute show once a month with its extensive stall collection of vintage clothing, home wares, locally designed and made goods and fresh-grown produce. Entry costs a whopping zero dollars, which leaves plenty of coin to get that vintage leopard jacket from the back of a boot. Ultimate market-chic.

Where: Footscray Library Car Park
When: 8.00am, 20 August
For more information, click 
here.

Winter Family Day At Lost And Found Market

Scoring a beaut find at Lost and Found is never a challenge. You’re almost guaranteed a cool sweater or scarf every time you walk out of there. This Brunswick gem is holding a Winter Family Day this August. There’s going to be face painters, samples of Jamaican food (free samples), and traditional party games like guessing the number of lollies in a jar (oh the memories). While you leave the kids to get their faces painted like Frozen, you’ll be free to rummage through the racks and pick up a rare vintage find. Score.  

Where: Lost And Found Market, Brunswick East
When
: 10am-6pm, 5 August
For more information, click 
here.

Hot Chocolate Festival In The Yarra Valley

MMMMM hot choccy. There really is nothing better than a hot chocolate on a winter’s day. This free festival will feature everything from hot choccy tastings to toasted marshmallow sides. Yarra Valley Chocolaterie will be hosting the festival and there’ll be mandatory hot choccy tastings throughout the day, so it’s a guaranteed good time. Pro tip: remember to mix up your free choc-button scoops on the way in.

Where: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
When
: 9am-5pm, every day in August
For more information, click 
here.

Batman Night Market

We like to think of it as the North’s Queen Vic, but the Batman Night Market is really its own beast. This free-entry event has everything you could possibly want in a night market. We’re talking some of Melbourne’s best food trucks alongside fashion stalls, arts and crafts. There’s also live performance to keep your spirits high while you gently slip into a meat coma from too much South American BBQ.

Where: Gaffney Street and Sydney Road Intersection
When
: 4pm onwards, 12 & 26 August
For more information, click 
here.

Leempeeyt Weeyn

In a cool move from the Melbourne Council, Fed Square will be home to an indigenous campfire this August. It’s a warm welcome from the traditional owners of the land, and Melbournians will get the chance to experience Aboriginal storytelling, learning and sharing. This small fire will burn continuously from the 5-20 August and there’s be a range of free activities and workshops going on throughout the festival. Check the online schedule for more info.

Where: Federation Square
When
: Varying tates and times in August
For more information, click 
here.

Melbourne Ceramics Market

We’re all partial to a glamorous vase or fancy new mug, and this August we’ll be able to indulge that passion to the full. Melbourne Ceramics Market is launching on 6 August, and it’s running for one day only. Some of the country’s best ceramic practitioners will be there spruiking their wares, and you’ll be able to browse and chat techniques with the best in the biz. There’ll also be fresh coffee, cakes and music to keep your decision-making rational (no compulsive gigantic ceramic buying). Remember: you break it, you bought it.  

Where: 195 Argyle St, Fitzroy
When
: 10am, 6 August
For more information, click 
here.

Love movies? Enjoy the company of dogs? You'll love this: there's a pooch-themed movie festival coming to Melbourne. 

Image credit: Toasta & Co

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