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14 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This September

By Allira Sher - 02 Sep 2018


Spring has sprung. Halle-freaking-lujah. And if that wasn’t good enough, there’s a whole bunch of free sh*t for you to do this month in Melbourne. Get ready to welcome September with open arms and empty wallets, guys.

Here's 14 free things to do in Melbourne in September. 

Melbourne Fashion Week

Righto, shopaholics. It’s officially the best freaking week of the year. Melbourne Fashion week has swung back around, and our wardrobes (and wallets) are ready. There’s a whole lot of free things to get your bargain-hunting mitts on, from free fashion shows and roving fashion pop-ups, to student designer showcases, Alexander McQueen docos and sales happening all over the place. We've rounded up the best over here

Where: CBD (various) 
When: August 31 – September 7
For more info, click here

Game/On Festival

Um, guys. There’s a month-long retro gaming festival taking over the CBD for three whole weeks this month. Thanks to our friends at QV, you and your fellow gaming junkies can hop away from your computer screens and get on down to the Game/On festival. Think retro gaming stations, Nintendo candy bar, live music, gaming workshops and heaps more. 

Where: QV Square, CBD
When: 31 August – 23 September
For more info, click here

Comedy Night At Pilgrim Bar

More laughs, more power. Our fav little CBD bar is bringing in the cheer with comedians Eve Ellenbogen, David Quirk and Emma Holland all performing for FREE on Thursday September 7.30. Grab a friend, tuck into some food, chug down some booze and get ready to laugh hard enough to form abs of steel.

Where: Pilgrim Bar, 15-19 Federation Drive, CBD
When: Thursday 6 September, 7.30pm
For more info, click here

Heide Makers Market

Another market, because what would Melbourne be without a sh*t tone of really cool markets? The Heide Museum of Modern Art and The Rose St Artists’ Market have teamed up to bring you the most picturesque little marketplace EVER. You’ll be able to get your hands on a mix of art, design, handcrafted goods and a whole lot of other treasures. BYO umbrella if it’s a rainy one though, it’s all outdoors.  

Where: The Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen 
When: Saturday 8 September, 10am – 3pm
For more info, click here

Footscray Finds Market 

If you’re looking for a quirky little market to visit in September, you'll be happy to know Footscray Finds is back, and it’s pretty damn cool. The stalls run monthly and come stocked with a variety of vintage clothing, locally designed homewares, fresh produce and some sick vinyl. Grab a coffee and a bite to eat from the food trucks and enjoy the live tunes. Our favourite day in the West. 

Where: 2 Yewers Street, Footscray
When: Sunday 9 September, 9am – 2pm
For more info, click here

Market Place At Collins Place

Creators Assembly have teamed up with Collins Place to bring us a pretty neat boutique market this month. It’s only a one-off, and will include everything from scrumptious handmade treats to beautiful gifts and a cute pop-up bar from midday (where you can celebrate the end of a mad week with a glass of bubbles). Entry is free. Bliss.

Where: Collins Place, 45 Collins St, CBD 
When: Friday 14 September, 10am – 6om
For more info, click here

The 24-Hour Brunswick Hum

For something a little (a lot) out of the ordinary, why not join the Brunswick Mechanics Institute for a 24-hour hum sesh? Literally, people gathering around to hum for 24 hours. All the info we have is contained in this letter drop. Weird? Yes. But we'll be there. 

Where: Brunswick Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Rd, Brunswick 
When: 15 September – 16 September, from 9pm to 9pm
For more info, click here

Hawker 88 Night Market

The Queen Vic Market has finally decided to keep the market times running through Spring. This month they're introducing, Hawker 88, a brand-new, three-month, Asian-themed hawker market. Word on the street is there’ll be more seating than the Winter market, fewer queues (thank fu*k) and a more intimate setting. Can’t get any better than that, my friends.

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Wednesday nights, 19 September – 24 October
For more info, click here

Melbourne Moon Lantern Festival

The Moon Lantern Festival is coming back to Melbs this year. Traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth of the eight-lunar month, this Chinese festival comes around when the moon is at its biggest and brightest (cue all full-moon superstitions). It’ll be a day full of Chinese celebrations, many of them free. We're talking traditional dancing, workshops, musical performances, 60 market stalls, lanterns and FREE moon cakes. 

Where: Chinatown Square, CBD 
When: Saturday 22 September, 10am – 5pm
For more info, click here

Japonisme At NGV 

We’re turning Japanese, people. Well, the NGV is. Our fav Melb gallery is showcasing some beautiful Japanese-inspired pieces known as 'Japonisme'. The exhibition draws on works from the entire NGV collection, including paper, paintings, decorative arts, fashions, textiles and photography. It's all about exploring the impact of Japanese art on the West during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Where: National Gallery of Victoria, Southbank 
When: Daily, 10am – 5pm
For more info, click here

Blak Design Matters

Aussie architect Jefa Greenaway is hosting the first national survey of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design this month. The event will take place at the Koorie Heritage Trust Gallery in Fed square and it'll be showcasing some pretty wicked Indigenous design projects. From fashion and landscape to architecture and town planning, the exhibition hopes to highlight some of the most creative minds from around Australia.

Where: Koorie Heritage Trust Gallery, Fed Square
When: All month
For more info, click here

Quick Bites Comedy

The guys at Quick Bites are giving us a reason to smile on Mondays. Get on down and watch some of Melbs’ seasoned and up-and-coming comedians perform for FREE every Monday night. It's all going down at Boney in the CBD. 

Where: Boney, 68 Little Collins St, Melbourne 
When: Mondays, from 6:30pm 
For more info, click here

Fire Garden at The Common Man

Do yourself a favour and get on down to Common Man this month. There’ll be roaring open fires, mulled wine, craft beer and lots of cosy blankets for you to get your snuggle on. The riverside space will also host live music, unique dinners and speciality tastings. Entry costs nada. 

Where: The Common Man, 39 Dukes Walk, South Wharf 
When: Daily from 5pm
For more info, click here

Crab Lab Comedy

Just can’t get enough of our comedy, can we Melbs? Celebrate making it to hump-day with some hard chuckles and Crab Lab Comedy. These guys only put on the best of the best from TV and radio, plus a whole bunch of rising comical stars. And get this—not only do you get FREE entry, but you also get FREE spicy popcorn. That’s free laughs and free popcorn if you hadn’t quite got that. See ya there.

Where: House of Maximon, 16 Corrs Ln, CBD 
When: Wednesdays, from 7pm
For more info, click here

Want to get out of the city instead? We've got the best of regional Victoria in September over here

Image credit: Myles Kalus

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