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8 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This January

By Ben Tyers - 01 Jan 2019

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It’s feast or famine this time of year, either you’ve loaded up on cash and you’re throwing it far and wide, or you’ve already burnt it all by the time you’re looking at heading back to work, so our rundown of free things to do in Melbourne might come at the right time.

Here are 8 free things to do in Melbourne this January. Start the year off right.

Summer Night Market

It’s a new year, but that doesn’t mean the Summer Night Market has finished up. It’s on until late March, and you can expect the usual, delicious food, cold drinks, and plenty of music to keep your Wednesday nights entertaining.

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

Rooftop Yoga

Rooftop Bar seems like the perfect spot for a bit of free rooftop yoga. There are vinyasa and yin-style yoga at 10:30am on certain Saturdays throughout summer.

When: Saturday 5 & 19 January, 10:30am
Where: Rooftop Bar, 7/252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
For more info click here.

Dog Walking Adventures With Tom & Captain

MPavilion is running through January, so there’s still time to go on a dog walking adventure with Tom & Captain. You’ll get a tour of the CBD’s lanes, streets, and arcades.

When: Saturdays, 10am – 11am
Where: MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
For more info click here.

Midsumma Carnival

Midsumma is back to make your summer just that bit brighter. Expect drag, lip syncing, food, stalls, bars, and much more. There are plenty of performances to check out along with a chill-out zone, family domain, and sports precinct.

When: Sunday 20 November
Where: Alexandra Gardens, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
For more info click here.

AO Festival

The best tennis players from around the world will be in Melbourne for the Australian Open, and running alongside the Open this year will be the AO Tennis Club at Birrarung Marr. You’ll find pop up restaurants from Huxtaburger, and Hunky Dory, the AO Sports Film Festival, and a chance to watch all the action live at the Canadian Club Racquet Club.

When: Monday 14 January to Sunday 27 January
Where: Birrarung Marr
For more info click here.

Koorie Art Show

The Koorie Art Show showcases the works of emerging, to senior Koora, and Victorian-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. There are works from more than 100 artists on show ranging from film, sculpture, to installations, painting and photography.

When: Throughout January
Where: Level 1, Yarra Building, Federation Square
For more info click here.

William Wegman: Being Human

William Wegman’s works are known the world over, his Weimaraner dogs have featured in countless photos and now you’ll get to see them for yourself at the NGV.

When: Throughout January
Where: NGV, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
For more info click here.

Bruce Gilden: Untitled

Bruce Gilden’s first Australian exhibition will run until the end of January. The legendary street photographer’s black and white works are on show at Leica’s new Melbourne flagship store. It’s on exhibition you won’t want to miss.

When: Until January 31
Where: Leica Store & Gallery, Level 1, 260 Collins Street, Melbourne
For more info click here.

Looking for something to do in regional Victoria this December? Check out our rundown of the best regional events here.

Image credit: The Night Market

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