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20 Free Things To Do In April

By Ellen Seah
1st Apr 2016


So, you’ve officially run out of Easter eggs and there’s no excuse to Netflix and chocolate anymore. Fight off post-Easter blues and pre-mid year woes with these 20 amazing free things to do in Melbourne!

#1 Prank everyone this April Fools Day

Need some April Fools inspo? We’ve put the hard work into brainstorming some (seriously) non-lame April Fools Day pranks! There’s still time to do a sneaky last-minute Sriracha jam donut…

#2 Royal Botanical Nature Play Day

Get the youngens off their iPads this April and head down to a day dedicated to natural play! As part of Natural Play Week in Victoria, kids can enjoy activities like exploring Melbourne’s best zoos, specialised family fun days and learning to build cubby houses all for FREE from the 6th – 17th of April. You can browse all the events here.             

#3 Southbank Arts Walk           

Love Southbank? Us too! But there’s a secret history to the popular, waterfront precinct. If you’re curious and indulge in the occasional li’l bit of (geeky) history, head to the City of Melbourne website to book your spot on this one day only walking tour!

#4 QVM’s Spice Trade

Oh Queen Vic, what would we do without your gloriously free, food-filled events? The latest on the market calendar is the Spice Trade bazaar! Featuring exotic street food, lively entertainment and CAMEL RIDES (infinitely better than ponies), Spice Trade runs every Sunday from the 10th of April.             

#5 Indian Street Festival

Held at QVM, the annual Indian Street Festival is set to explode in a twirl of colours, sound and smell. Bringing together the Indonesian and wider Melbourne community with live performances, authentic cuisine and language workshops, this is set to be one of Melbourne’s best cultural events. Head to the website for full event details.

#6 The Sister’s Market  

You would think the number of boutique markets in Brunswick would make it hard for The Sister’s Market, but they’re happily standing their ground. Running on Saturday the 9th of April, The Sister’s Market is home to everything artisan, boutique and unique. 

#7 Berwick Food Truck Festival

Hosting up to 19 food trucks everyday, the Berwick Food Truck Festival runs until Sunday the 3rd of April! Expect the likes of Mr Burger, Greek Street Food and Fancy Hanks. With a rotating calendar of four-wheeled buddies, the festival also boasts a carnival bar for big kids (get your grog here) and kiddie entertainment like face painting and a petting zoo.

#8 The Empress Free Film Festival

With Hawkers beer at the back and Melbourne’s best local short films on the screen, The Empress’s Free Film Festival runs on Tuesday the 5th of April this month. Boasting entries around or shorter than 15 minutes, films are sharp, clever displays of talent. Try to get your friend into his not-so-witty state so you can skimp off his pizza.

#9 Chapel St ART-Town

Over two weekends this month, Chapel Street and the surrounding lanes in Windsor, Prahran and South Yarra will be transformed into a collaborative artistic space. With local artists designing, painting and illustrating in public, visitors can enjoy watching our best emerging talent create artwork live. ART-Town runs on the 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th of April.

#10 The Melbourne Comedy Exhibition Humour Us

Celebrating 30 years of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, this exhibition showcases the development and highlights of the comedy festival throughout the decades. The display will highlight pivotal comedians who shaped one of the biggest festivals in Melbourne. 

#11 Free fitness at Melbourne City Baths

It’s the month to get in shape and shake off those post-Easter rolls. The Melbourne City Bath is hosting an Open Day, with group fitness classes and the pool open for FREE between 12pm and 3pm. You can fit in a workout around your lunchbreak, with boxing, abs and circuit classes running every 45 minutes.

#12 Rumble Coffee Cupping

Learn about coffee aromas, taste and flavour with Rumble’s Coffee Cupping event, held every Friday from 3pm. Tasting a new coffee from around the world every week, become an expert in sweetness, body and acidity (and show off to your friends OFC). Details here.

#13 Spanish Language Fiesta

Wedged into George Johnson Lane in North Melbourne, the first Spanish Language Fiesta will run on Saturday the 23rd of April from 10am-6pm. Expect live music, authentic cuisine and entertainment of the whole family. A pop up Spanish cinema and Fiesta Photo Booth are some of the promised highlights of the day.

#14 Comedy at Spleen

Get your freebie laughs at Spleen bar this month! Featuring local comedians (with the occasional big international name) every Monday night from 8.30pm, is there a cheaper entertainment option this April? We think not. Gold coins are appreciated, so bring the change in your back pocket.  

#15 Premier’s Active April   

Get active this April, with super accessible classes and facilities all through the month! Run by the Victorian Government and sponsored by a variety of local companies, Melburnians are encouraged to get active for at least half an hour this month. By signing up, participants get access to ten free passes to a YMCA or a local government facility. Um, yes?! 

#16 Carlton Harmony Day

In its 12th year, the Carlton Harmony Day promotes understanding, cultural diversity and empathy within the community. Featuring local talent, kid-friendly activities and a community market, entry to the Carlton Harmony Day is completely free! Runs on the 16th of April, 3pm-8pm.

#17 The Grief and Glory Exhibition

An exhibition featuring the unseen treasures of the Australian and New Zealand ANZACs, this important event held at the Magnet Galleries Melbourne on Bourke Street is sobering and triumphant. The entire Grief and Glory exhibition is completely free, so tag along with your family or friends this April.

#18 The QVM Fashion Market

The latest event to join Queen Victoria Market’s jam-packed calendar, the newly launched Fashion Market will run every Saturday all through April. Cheerleading small designer labels, the Fashion Market is a vintage dream, boasting everything pre-loved and pre-owned. Check it out this affordable market this weekend.

#19 The (Very) Big Laugh Out

Wrapping up this month, don’t miss one of the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s best free events! Featuring family-friendly entertainment until April the 17th, The (Very) Big Laugh Out is amazing bang for your non-existent buck. Expect local and international talents to bring comedy, circus acts and frivolity this April!

#20 The Autumn Design Market

Melbourne’s favourite crafts and design market is back this April! Running for one day only on Sunday the 3rd of April from 10am to 4pm, head to Federation Square to check out the latest local design talent. Supporting the independent design scene, Melbourne’s Mystery Market focuses on ethical, artisan production. If your purse is looking thin this month, this is one of the best places to window shop in April.

To keep up to date with everything to see, do and eat in Melbourne, check out The A List

Image credit: Greek Street Food via Facebook

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