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9 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This August

By Sophie Hodges
1st Aug 2019

This month there is plenty to check out all across Melbourne, with the city, north side, south-east and west side all lighting up with incredible projection festivals. On top of that, we’ve got vintage sales and ‘Friends’ trivia – you know what, I suggest you just keep reading.

Anything But Square Festival

Bringing together sensory art, food and entertainment, the Anything But Square festival is taking over Fed Square for an entire month, and there is plenty worth checking out. Free events include the Winter Garden, an extraordinary garden of hundreds of hand-knitted, woollen flowers and Winter Village, where you can vibe great Melbourne DJs, excellent food and booze and have an ice skate while you’re at it.

Where: Federation Square
When: 25 July to 25 August
For more info, click here.

Jaffle Symposium

Returning for its 2019 edition, the Jaffle Symposium brings together intellectual discussions with everyone’s favourite snack, the humble jaffle. Engage in some in-depth conversations, like the ideas of mythologies and rituals in urban landscapes, whilst tucking into a flavour matched jaffle.

Where: Testing Grounds, Southbank
When: 3 August
For more info, click here.

Glow Winter Arts Festival

Get yourself to Malvern East and check out this year’s Glow Winter Arts Festival. Back for its sixth year, the Glow Festival sees the streets of Melbourne’s southeast light up with incredible light projections. There is plenty to check out, like the inside of the Wonderdome, a five-metre-tall puppet made from 600 LED lights, and the best part is it’s all free.

Where: Central Park, Malvern East
When: 15 August to 18 August
For more info, click here.

'Friends' Trivia

Welcome to Thornbury is shining the spotlight on everyone’s favourite 90s and early 00s sitcom, Friends. If you’re looking to put your incredibly vast knowledge to the test, then this is for you. With a bar tab up for grabs, and $5 mulled wines and $15 jugs of beer on offer, entry is free but booking is a table is a must.

Where: Welcome to Thornbury
When: 4 August
For more info, click here.

Hawkeye Winter Premium Luxe Sale

Hawkeye Vintage is putting on an expect warehouse sale this month, with an amazingly curated selection of vintage clothing and accessories. Prices can range from very affordable, to breaking the bank, but you’re guaranteed to find something unique. With brands up for grabs like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Hermes, YSL and Celine, I’d suggest getting in fast.

Where: 270 Young Street, Fitzroy
When: 9 August to 10 August
For more info, click here.

West Projections Festival

The city is well and truly lighting up this month, and if you’re looking to explore everything the Westside has to offer, now’s the best time to do it. Although the full program is yet to be announced, if the last six years is anything to go by, it’ll be epic. Expect to see the inner west lit up with specially commissioned works of pop-up public art.

Where: Various Locations, Footscray
When: August 9 to August 18
For more info, click here.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

If you’re on the Northside, then we’ve got your answer to Glow Festival and West Projections. With more than 25 projection artworks Gertrude Street Projection Festival is taking over the entire length of Gertrude Street, and also features performances, virtual reality and sound works. Artists were given the theme "persist, resist, shift", looking into questions like "how do we reinterpret traditions?”, and you can suss the full program here. A free event, running from 6 pm to midnight every night, this one is a must-do.

Where: Gertrude Street
When: 26 July to 3 August
Get more details here.

White Night Reimagined

White Night is back and taking over Carlton Gardens, Birrarung Marr and the Treasury Gardens. A three-day festival filled with music, food, film, street art and performances, make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action.

Where: Various Locations
When: 22 August to 24 August
For more info, click here.

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 a grab a map from one of the participating Flinders Quarter businesses, download the supporting Eyejack app to your phone and start wandering.

Where: Various venues, Melbourne
When: 14 August to 14 September
For more info, click here.

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Image credit: Fed Square

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