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14 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This November

By Gracyn McEwan - 01 Nov 2018


It's starting to heat up in Melbourne so you can finally retire the puffer jacket for a couple of months.

The sun is shining, the beaches are looking good, and every event you can possibly think of is happening right now. So, if you're anything like us, with everything happening at once we're often looking for a bargain in between—and November is bringing the goods.

Everything from free pizza in the Yarra Valley to the Night Noodle Markets, here are 13 free things to do in Melbourne this November.

Free Pizza At 400 Gradi Yarra Valley

Yes, 400 Gradi can now be found in the Yarra Valley. Very handy the next time you're heading out that way for a couple of vinos.

You'll find 400 Gradi on the grounds of Rochford wines, and to celebrate their launch they'll be giving away free magherita pizzas from Friday 2 November to Monday 5 November. Fill your belly before taking in some pinot gris.

Where: Rochford Wines, 878-880 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
When: Friday 2 November - Monday 5 November
For more info head here

Night Noodle Markets

The Night Noodle Markets are back again, taking over Birrarung Marr from 8 – 25 November.

Expect 30+ sizzling hawker stalls, slinging all manner of delicious things. Hochi Mama, Bambu, Mr Miyagi, Hoy Pinoy, Bao Brothers and N2 Extreme Gelato are all rocking up, and there’ll be a rotating line-up of DJs and live tunes.

Don’t forget, no cash here. Bring your card if you want to splurge.

Where: Birrarung Marr
When: 8 – 25 November
For more info, click here.

Korea Week Festival

Korea Week Festival returns for another year, bringing traditional Korean music and dances, along with some less than traditional additions like breakdancing, K-pop and comedy performances.

There will also be Korean cooking shows and taekwondo demonstrations. It’s fair to say there’s something to entertain everyone. Don’t’ forget to try on a hanbok (traditional Korean dress) while you’re there.

Where: Queensbridge Square, 1A Queensbridge St, Southbank
When: Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 November, 12—8pm
For more info, click here.

Free Clay Class At Sculpture Studio

Let artist Pia Murphy guide you through the messy and satisfying process of making clay objects, for FREE.

In this five-hour workshop, you’ll get the chance to make your own planter, vase, or anything else you can come up with, then collect your glazed and fired masterpiece a few weeks later.

It's all just in time to make your own hand-made gift for Christmas—for yourself of course.

Where: Signal, Northbank, Flinders Walk
When: Saturday 10 November, 11am—4pm
For more info, click here.

Gin Appreciation Day

Gin Appreciation Day is a thing, don’t question it.

Celebrate the momentous day at Waterslide Bar on Southbank, where there’ll be free gin tastings between 5 – 6pm and G&T specials from 4pm. Bottoms up.

Where: Waterslide Bar, 26 Southgate Ave, Southbank
When: Wednesday 14 November, 4pm—late
For more info, click here.

RMIT Master Of Fashion Design Graduate Showcase

Enjoy a free fashion show featuring designs from RMIT’s Master of Fashion students. The graduate showcase will feature the creations of up-and-coming designers and a bunch of new technologies and techniques. Friends and family have dibs on front row seats, but you’ll get a better vantage point on the higher rows anyway.

Where: MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
When: Thursday, 15 November, 6—8pm
For more info, click here.

Melbourne Music Week

Melbourne Music Week is back this November as part of Ausmusic Month and they’re throwing a bunch of free events into the mix.

Check out the winner of Triple J’s Unearthed National Indigenous Music Awards, Alice Skye’s performance, a screening of Melbourne music doco NOW SOUND and an RnB and hip-hop night featuring Ferdydurke and Françoistunes.

Where: Various
When: 16—24 November
For more info, click here

Queen Vic Summer Night Market

Your favourite night market is back again for another foodie-filled summer (the best kind).

You know the drill—rock up every Wednesday night from 21 November to get your fill of Turkish gozleme, fragrant paellas, fruity cocktails and pretty much anything else you can imagine at a market. Don’t forget to find prime seating before you buy food—we make that mistake way too often.

Where: Queen Victoria Market, Queens St, Melbourne
When: Wednesday 21 November—20 March 2019, 5—10pm
For more info, click here.

Melbourne Christmas Projections

Christmas celebrations begin on the last day of November in the CBD and we’re not even mad about it.

Every week Melbourne will be lit up with festive light projections on various iconic locations around the city, but Federation Square is the main attraction.

This year the Yarra Building will be using ‘fingerpaint’ technology so you can control your own light projection. 

Where: Federation Square
When: Friday 30 November—Tuesday 25 December, 9—10:30pm
For more info, click here.

Free Exercise At Serotonin Eatery

The guys from Serotonin Eatery are running free exercise mornings every Wednesday and Thursday morning from 7am—8am till the 13 December. You get 60 minutes of free training, then you can tuck into a delicious and healthy brekky (FYI, you have to pay for your brekky. Don't do a runner.)

Where: Serotonin Eatery, 52 Madden Grove, Burnley
When: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 7am – 8am
For more info, click here.

Trivia At Campari House

Campari House runs a free trivia event every Sunday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm.

Free trivia is enough to get you there, bthere aree’s also happy hour specials (and a retractable roof if the weather turns to shit). Our tip: load up on pizza.

Where: Campari House, 23-25 Hardware Lane, CBD
When: Sundays, 4pm – 6pm
For more info, click here.

Crab Lab At House Of Maximon

Crab Lab is still the cream in our weekly Oreo. It’s a Wednesday night free comedy gig at House Of Maximon that runs all year ‘round.

You get to check out some upcoming young comics, snack on free spicy popcorn (!!) and sip on drink specials all night. Arj Barker and Ronny Chieng usually swing by when they’re in town, too.

Where: House Of Maximon, Lvl 1, 16 Corrs Ln, CBD
When: Wednesdays, 7pm – 11pm
For more info, click here.

Free Chicken Nuggs At Sircuit

Get involved in the nugg life in the best way possible with free chicken nuggs going down at Sircuit for one hour every Wednesday night.

We suggest getting there at 10 on the dot if you want to get bang for your buck (you know what we mean) because they can tend to run out—understandable. Make the most of the hump day with $5 basics and pints on offer from 9—11 as well.

Where: Sircuit Bar, 103 Smith St, Fitzroy
When: Every Wednesday, 10—11pm
For more info, click here.

Free Tastings At Market Lane Coffee

If you didn’t already know, the folks at Market Lane host free coffee tastings every Friday and Saturday, no strings attached. The coffee here is roasted on site, so we think it’s well worth the tram ride from the CBD. If you’re like us, we drink about five shots a day, so we’re all for saving the $3.50 we’d normally cough up.

Where: Prahran Market, Shop 13, 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 10—11am
For more info, click here.

Want to check out Melbourne's best markets in November? We've rounded up some crackers over here

Image credit: Ben Tyers

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