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19 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This March

By James Shackell
1st Mar 2018


All right you penny-pinching cheapskates, we’re back for another month of getting something for nothing. No need to overturn couch cushions, sell your kidneys or ask Mum & Dad for (another) loan—everything in this list is 100% FREE. Just rock up and enjoy yourself, the way nature intended.

Here’s 19 free things to do in Melbourne in March.


Which stands for Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion festival, just FYI. Obviously most of the uber-exclusive VIP catwalk-type events cost a million bucks, but the festival is running a bunch of FREE activations too. The Festival Plaza at the Melbourne Museum Precinct will be rocking throughout the festival, Stonnington is running its own Fashion Weekend, and you can also check out the free #TrueRadGirl runway on Saturday 10 March. Noice.

Where: Various
When: 1 – 18 March 2018
For more info, click here.

Water Hole At Newstead

There’s a certain magic about old public swimming pools. Probs all those chlorine-tinged childhood memories and greasy chips with vinegar. Well Newstead is throwing a huge pool bash this month, featuring water-based circus stuff, lilo races, karaoke and all of the foods. Head along for a country-style splashdown. Entry is free.

Where: Newstead Pool, 2 Panmure St, Newstead
When: 3pm, Saturday 3 March
For more info, click here.

Hop Picking At Red Hill Brewery

Red Hill Brewery needs YOU. Specifically to help them harvest their new crop of hops. In return there’s going to be burgers and ice-cold Red Hill beer galore. Everyone’s welcome, and don’t forget the sunscreen.

Where: Red Hill Brewery, 88 Shoreham Rd
When: Friday 9 March, 9am – 6pm
For more info, click here.

Moomba Festival

We couldn’t forget Moomba, right? Moomba will be back this Labour Day Long Weekend, turning Birrarung Marr into a screaming maelstrom of kids, sticky fingers, rides, water-skiers and guys like MAFS Troy trying to win stuffed animals for their dates (and failing miserably). We wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Where: Alexandra Gardens
When: Friday 9 March – Monday 12 March
For more info, click here.   

Wine Not Rosé Festival

Not to be outdone by the Triennial nextdoor, The Arts Centre is throwing a DJ & Rosé festival over three consecutive weeks this month. Rosé Rosé are bringing rosé in a can, and the bar at Barre will be slinging Melbourne Martini cocktails in jars too. Say goodbye to summer in style.

Where: The Barre, Arts Centre Melbourne
When: 9 & 10 March, 16 & 17 March, 23 & 24 March, from 5pm.
For more info, click here.

Donut Fest Melbourne

Australia’s only donut and beer festival is back this month, and we have it on good authority that last year’s logistical hiccoughs will NOT be an issue. This thing is gonna run as smooth as the perfect vanilla stout. 30+ doughnut vendors in one place? Sweeeeeet.

Where: Gasworks, Albert Park
When: 11am – 7pm, Saturday 10 March
For more info, click here.

Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival

It’s back, baby. The Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival will be taking over South Melbourne Market on 10 & 11 March, and entry is 100% FREE. Expect massive jugs of Sangria, piping hot mussel paella, wok-cooked drunken mussels and live tunes all weekend. Don’t miss this one.

Where: South Melbourne Market
When: 12pm till late, 10 – 11 March
For more info, click here.

Labour Day Eve At Melbourne Public

This is what long weekends are all about. Melbourne Public Bar is throwing an MP Sunday Session on 11 March, and they’re bringing a Build-Your-Own Spritz Bar #livingthedream. Cassie Crawford and DJ Scott Thompson will provide the tunes. You can pre-book for $10, or take your chances and get free entry on the day.

Where: Melbourne Public, 11 Dukes Walk, South Wharf
When: Sunday 11 March
For more info, click here.

Wowzzzeee Onesie Making

Everyone knows at least SOMEONE who’s obsessed with onesies (let’s face it—it’s probably you). Well this month you can take part in a giant onesie making marathon at Arts House, in North Melbourne. They’re calling out for participants right now.

Where: Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall
When: 14 – 25 March
For more info, click here.  

Latin Street Party Queen Victoria Market

Wednesday 14 March is a special edition of the Queen Vic Summer Night Market. It’s Latin Street Party Night. Think roving salsa dancers, Flamenco workshops (the key is the hips), DJs galore and heaps of Latin street food. Save room for the churros from Churros Ole.

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: From 5pm, Wednesday 14 March
For more info, click here.

Vintage Clothing Sale Como House 

Okay, we know $2 entry isn’t free. But come onnnn, you can rustle up some couch change, right? Anyway, this event was too cool to leave out. It’s the National Trust’s annual vintage clothing sale at Como House. Shoes, handbags, coats, dresses, costumes, jewellery—it’s all up for grabs. Game face on: this is gonna get competitive.

Where: Como House, South Yarra
When: 17 – 18 March 2018
For more info, click here.

Free Taco Day At Taco Bills

‘Free Tacos’ are two words that make our ears prick up. Taco Bills (everyone’s favourite Mexican fishbowl margarita joint) is giving away thousands of free tacos across all their restaurants. No catch. Grab your crew and save the date.

Where: All Taco Bills Restaurants
When: Thursday 22 March
For more info, click here.

Momo Fest

Last year these guys got 15,000 momo-lovers through the doors (this is what happens when you make a free dumpling event in Melbourne). If you haven’t had momos before, get ready to have your mind very gently blown. The Coburg Velodrome is gonna go OFF.

Where: Coburg Velodrome, 30 Charles St, Coburg North
When: Friday 23 – Sunday 25 March
For more info, click here.


Eastland's massive Harveast food festival is back this month, and entry won't cost you a penny. It's all part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Last year was the inaugural Harveast, and they're back this year with a Producer's Market in the Eastland Town Square, a Tasting Laneway (where you can sip your way through 20+ local wineries and distilleries), and a Backyard Session with live music and BBQ rocking all day long. Get around it!

Where: Eastland Shopping Centre
When: Sunday 25 March
For more info, click here

Dandenong World Fare

Dandenong Market is a hoot any day of the week, but on Sunday 25 March it’s going to host the annual World Fare—an unstoppable food truck buffet with tastings from all over the world. 50+ trucks, cultural dancers and performances, bargains galore—we recommend wearing your stretchy pants.

Where: Dandenong Market, Cnr Clow & Cleeland St, Dandenong
When: 10am – 4pm, Sunday 25 March
For more info, click here.

NGV Triennial

Haven’t checked out the Triennial yet? Checked it out 10 times and still frothing for more? Either way, there isn’t much time left to appreciate arguably the greatest exhibition the NGV has ever attempted. Best part? The entire thing is free. God bless you, Tony Ellwood.

Where: National Gallery Of Victoria
When: Till 15 April 2018
For more info, click here.

Queen Victoria Summer Night Market

Summer may technically be over now, but try telling that to the Queen Vic Night Market. They’re running every Wednesday night up till 11 April. Live tunes out front, and the usual smorgasbord of epic food pop-ups. Think Those Girls Beverage Co, Coldstream Cider, Southside Smokers, Wonderbao and The Waffle Club. Nom.

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Every Wednesday, 5pm – 10pm
For more info, click here.

Alice Shen Exhibition

Feeling stressed? This one will calm you down. It’s called Strolling In The Midst Of Joyful Blossoms—a collection of oil paintings from artist Alice Chen. The exhibition is tucked in the Fo Guang Yuan Gallery on Queen St, a tiny oasis of flowers and petals in the middle of the CBD. Definitely worth a squiz if you have 20mins to spare.

Where: Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, 141 Queen St CBD
When: Till Friday 6 April
For more info, click here.

Free Burgers At Ziggy’s Eatery

To celebrate the launch of their new South Melbourne digs, Ziggy’s Eatery are giving away FREE ‘Texan’ burgers to kick-start the Labour Day long weekend. The giveaway will last from midday to 2pm, and we’re gonna take a guess and say it’s one burger per person. Just a hunch.

Where: Ziggy’s, 263 Coventry St South Melbourne
When: 12pm – 2pm, Friday 9 March
For more info, click here

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