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19 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This April

By Elizabeth Maidment - 02 Apr 2018


Most of the best things in life are free, right? With Melbourne’s unpredictable weather getting colder (at least, that's how it feels), it’s the perfect time to catch up on all the freebies our favourite city has to offer. These won’t break your bank. You won't even need to scrounge beneath the couch for shrapnel. 

We've got book clubs, markets galore, a Section 8 bday party and even a cactus carnival! Strap in Melbourne cheapskates, you're in for a ride. 

The Queen Vic Night Market

Warm up your Wednesday night at the Queen Vic night markets. This year marks the 20th anniversay, and you can stock up with your favourite local designers, treats and food. Dig into poke bowls, American-style bagels, doughnut balls and Pimm’s cups and live music all night long. 

Where: Queen Victoria Markets
When: Every Wednesday till 11 April, 5pm – 10pm
For more info, click here.

Easter on Fitzroy Street

Hop into Easter with a street party on St Kilda’s Fitzroy Street. No dodgy kebabs here (well, maybe a few). Expect free family events like face painting, clowns, street entertainment and heaps more. 

Where: Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
When: Sunday 1 April
For more info, click here

Section 8 Birthday Weekender

Melbourne’s favourite pallet bar turns 12 this month, and they're throwing a party fit for a tween (a very mature tween). Local acts, international DJs and drink specials will be running all Easter long weekend. It’s the perfect way to let off some steam and have a boogie in the Melbourne sunshine.

Where: Secton 8, CBD
When: March 29 – April 2
For more info, click here.

Melbourne Book Club

Love reading but struggling to find a book club to join? On the first Tuesday of every month, the Melbourne City Library hosts their very own book club:. Reading a wide range of fiction + non-fiction books, chosen by their members. Sign up, book worms. 

Where: Melbourne City Library
When: 3 April, 6pm – 7pm
For more info, click here

Brazilian Jazz At Vamos

Free jazz? You better believe it. Come on down to Vamos every Friday night in April and enjoy Brazillian Jazz classic tunes. Dany Maia and her band will be running the show, and if you can't samba when you arrive, you certainly will when you leave. Now how does Girl From Ipanema go again...? 

Where: Vamos, Little Bourke St
When: Every Friday Night in April (
For more info, click here.

Melbourne Central Cactus Carnival

Don’t get in a prickle, the Cactus Carnival is arriving at Melbourne Central for all things succulent. We're talking pop-up tequila bar with margaritas, cacti-themed foods and drinks, and a real life cactus garden. It’s running for one weekend and one weekend only, so get on it. 

Where: Melbourne Central
When: 13 – 14 April
For more info, click here

Footscray Finds Market

If flea markets are kind of your thing, kick off the start of April with some bargain-hunting in Footscray. You'll find this market in the carpark of the Footscray Library. It's always a cracking day out. Think tonnes of individual stalls and car boot rummages. From home-made goods and housewares, vinyl records, plants, and clothing: you don’t want to miss this one. 

Where: Footscray Library Carpark
When: Sunday 15 April
For more info, click here

NGV Triennial

Nooooo. Don't leave us Triennial! We'll be good, we swear! Yep, it's finally happening: the NGV Triennial Exhibition is wrapping up on 15 April. If you haven't seen it yet, now's your last chance. It's easily the cultural event of the year. 

Where: NGV
When: Open till 15 April
For more info, click here

Big Dance Festival

Ready to bust a move? There's a FREE dance fest making its way to Castlemaine this month. Even if you own two left feet and three right ankles, this thing will get you up and moving like a pro. Good excuse for a very funky road trip. 

Where: Castlemaine
When: Sunday 29 April 
For more info, click here.

2011 Throwbacks

Time to party like it’s….2011. Bringing back the R&B sing-alongs, you’ll be busting out moves on the dance floor to the likes of Beyonce, Adele, Britney Spears, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez + Taylor Swift. There'll also be FREE entry into SuperSmall Club from 9pm till10pm.

Where: SuperSmall Club
When: Friday 6 April 
For more info, click here

Hawthorn Makers Market

Hawthorn Craft Market is relaunching as the Hawthorn Makers Market, and this month is the gran opening. With a spotlight on bespoke fashion, art, homewares and artisan food, this one will satisfy all the market-lovers out there. 

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
When: Sunday 8 April, 10am – 3pm
For more info, click here

Dark Imaginings: Gothic Tales of Winter

Acclaimed Melbourne author, Dmetri Kakmi (known for his writing for The Boy By The Gate) is showcasing the emergence of 18th century gothic sensibility in literature, art and music. Apparently this year is a big one for gothic stuff. It's the bicentenary of the first publication of Frankenstein and the 200th birthday of Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights. This could get spooky. 

Where: Noel Shaw Gallery, University Of Melbourne 
When: All month 
For more info, click here

Peanut Butter Festival

Go nutty for the best festival of the year—lashings of peanut butter will be served at Preston’s Food Truck Park and the line-up looks amazing. They're getting a whole bunch of different brands of peanut buttery goodness and testing to see which one crunches best. 

Where: Preston Food Truck Park
When: April 20 – 22
For more info, head here.

Sit n’ Stitch

Learn some new embroidery skills and meet a bunch of new people at the Sit n’ Stitch workshops by the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria. You’ll develop hand embroidery skills and techniques and receive a free embroidery kit to take home at the end. 

Where: City Library, 253 Flinders Ln 
When: 11am – 1pm, 20 April 
For more info, click here.

Seed + Plant Swap

Listen up, green thumbs, the great seed and plant swap at the Kathleen Syme Library is back! Come along to trade with other food gardeners, worms and to learn more about composting. BYO seeds for swapping. 

Where: Kathleen Syme Library
When: 21 April, 10am – 12pm
For more info, click here

Red Dog on Broadway

Doggy lovers will love this one. Celebrate your furry friend (or the one you want to have) in a customisable dog portrait class. The Dunolly Ministry of Fun will be hosting five doggie portrait painting workshops, with all the paintings being exhibited in shops and spaces during the Tiny Towns Art Trail. And it's 100% FREE. Noice. 

Where: Dunolly Tennis Pavilion, Cnr Barkly Street & Thompson St, Dunolly 
When: April 21– 29
For more info, click here

The Field Revisited

The Ian Potter Centre at the NGV is celebrating its 50th bday, and they’re re-mounting the first ever exhibition that opened way back in 1968. The all-original works are going to be on display from the 27 April. Head down and get some culture. 

Where: NGV Ian Potter Centre
When: 27 April until 10 August
For more info, click here

New Histories

Using reimagined pieces to create new forms of art, The Bendigo Art Gallery is bringing back ten works from its 19th and early 20th century pieces. There's a whole range of mediums on offer, such as performance, sound, film, textiles, and paintings. Make sure you stop at Balgownie for a cellar door refresh sesh. 

Where: Bendigo Art Gallery
When: 42 View Street, Bendigo (10am – 5pm)
For more info, click here

Elsternwick Pottery Classes

It's time to get your hands dirty. To celebrate their grand opening, the folks at Ceramiques pottery studio in Elsternwick are offering free classes this month. If you've been itching to try something new, why not give sculpting a shot? There'll be a ban on recreating the scene from Ghost though, sorry.

Where:  Ceramiques, Elsternwick
When: April 2-27, class times vary
For more info click here.

Bullet Journal Workshop

Check out the latest productivity craze at the in-store workshop and Q&A event with bullet journal enthusiest, Kimmy of Bumble Bujo. 

Where: Milligram, Melbourne Central
When: Wednesday 11 April, 6pm-7:30pm
For more info, click here.


Calligraphy And Brush Lettering 

Watch and learn, people. Witness Emma Witte from Black Chalk Collective demonstrate calligraphy and brush lettering, and attempt to give your own notebook a dose of spunk.

Where: Milligram, Melbourne Central
When: Saturday 28 April, 12pm-4pm
For more info, click here.

Image credit: NGV

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