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9 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This September

By Claudia Trotter
2nd Sep 2019

Spring is in the air and the September calendar is filling up...fast. We’ve got plenty of festivals in store for you this month; whether it's food, art or culture that floats your boat, have a read to see what takes your fancy. Here are 9 free things to do in Melbourne this month.

Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival

Melbourne is celebrating one of the most special events in the Asian calendar, also known as the Mooncake Festival, on Southbank. The riverside will be illuminated with lanterns of all different colours with traditional performances and over 30 food stalls serving up Vietnamese, Japanese and many more of your favourite cuisines. 

Where: Crown Riverside, Queens Bridge St, Southbank
When: Friday 6 September-Sunday 8 September, 10am-10pm
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Channels Festival

A newly commissioned solo exhibition has arrived in Federation Square that explores complex concepts of belonging and resistance. The festival will feature a range of screenings, performances, artist talks and more; look out for It’s Time to Debeef, a music video by Kira Nova which unravels the overt sexualisation of women.

Where: Blindside Gallery, Room 14 Level 7, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St
When: Wednesday 28 August-Saturday 14 September, 12-6pm
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The Fire Garden

Searching for a date idea? Look no further than the Common Man Lawn where this riverside space is serving delicious Australian wines and beers and tasty Italian food all the while you are entertained by live bands and watching the footy on a large screen. What better way to enjoy a crisp Spring night this September.

Where: Common Walk, 39 Dukes Walk
When: until Monday 30 September, Mondays 7:30am-4, Tuesday-Friday 7:30am-late, weekends 8:30am-late
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Flinders Quarter Augmented Art Walk

If you’re looking to interact with your art a little, the Flinders Quarter Augmented Art Walk has got you covered. Running for one month, the CBD pocket's laneways and buildings will come to life via augmented reality. All you need to do is grab a map from one of the participating Flinders Quarter businesses, download the supporting Eyejack app to your phone and start wandering.

Where: Vexta Artwork, 1 Degraves Place
When: until Saturday 14 September, all day
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They Shield Us

Get cultured this month and visit the Koorie Heritage Trust’s exhibition that showcases traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adornments that women choose to wear. Each item of clothing is embedded with their stories, either woven, stitched, painted or sewn into the material, emphasising the importance of creating and sharing in order to display one’s cultural identity. 

Where: Koorie Heritage Trust Inc, The Yarra Building (levels 1 & 3), Federation Square
When: Until Sunday 29 September, 10am-5pm
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Super Tight

This creative and immersive exhibition demonstrates how Asian cities being overpopulated and tightly packed may not, in fact, be a bad thing. Instead, it could be a valuable way to approach design and culture to get the most out of the city and witness emerging urbanisms within the bustling cities so many of us have experienced. 

Where: RMIT Design Hub Gallery, Level 2, Building 100, RMIT University, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton
When: Until Saturday 21 September, Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays midday-5pm
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African Festival Melbourne

Experience the flavours, entertainment and arts and crafts of African culture this month as Queen Vic puts on a vibrant display of the exotic continent. Trust us, you’ll be tasting those spices for days afterwards...

Where: Queen Victoria Market, Corner Elizabeth and Victoria Streets
When: Sunday 22 September, 10am-4pm
For more info, click here.

Family Day At Collingwood Children’s Farm

What a wholesome way to kick off September by getting the family together and spending the day milking cows, riding ponies and enjoying a BBQ lunch. So grab your gumboots and get ready for a day out on the farm. 

Where: Collingwood Children’s Farm, St Heliers St, Abbotsford
When: Sunday 1 September, 9:15am-4:15pm
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City Cellar Door

Renowned wine bar Cumulus is hosting a free, yes you heard right, free wine tasting. This monthly wine celebration brings the tastes of the vineyard right to the heart of the CBD. Why not enjoy also indulge in some South Australian oysters and a buttermilk panna cotta while you’re there?

Where: Cumulus Up, 45 Flinders Lane
When: Saturday 7 September
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Image credit: Fed Square

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