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9 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This October

By Jacqueline Ho
1st Oct 2019

September just ended and we can't help but wonder: where did all the time go? 2019 flew by faster than we can say “churro”. But that’s no reason to get the end-of-year blues yet because here are all the free things to around Melbourne this month.

teamLab's Reversible Rotation 

This is not a drill, people: famous Japanese art collective teamLab is part of this year's Melbourne Festival. Presented in association with Tolarno Galleries as part of the Melbourne Festival, the Reversible Rotation exhibition will simulate the motion of hundreds of thousands of digital particles. Those particles will then be projected as cascades of shimmering luminescence, but to a viewer, the effect is that of floating in a wave made of light. TL;DR: it’ll be like you’re floating in a giant wave of digital light. 

When:  Saturday, 5 October until Saturday, 2 November 2019
Where: Tolarno Galleries, Level 4/104 Exhibition St
For more info,
click here.

Spring Fling Festival

The annual Spring Fling festival has become a highlight at North Richmond for over 42 years now, but we think all Melburnians should take part. This fun and breezy event features food trucks, festival bars, guitar-strumming musicians and bands, and even a Spring Fling Dog Show where you can cheer for your favourite good boys. There’ll also be a Suitcase Rummage Sale where you can snap up stunning artwork, clothing, books and hand-made items for a nifty price.

Where: Little Errol Street, North Melbourne, Victoria 3051
When: Sunday, October 20 2019, 10 AM – 4 PM
For more info, click
here.

Say Cheese Festival

If you love all things Gouda, Brie and Cheddar, this festival should be a no-brainer for you. An indulgent celebration made especially for cheese lovers by cheese lovers, this festival pretends to be nothing else. One of the must-see events is the Grilled Cheese Invitational, where top Melbourne chefs will pit their grilling skills against each other for the battle for grilled cheese supremacy. Guess who gets to eat it after? Y-O-U. 

Where: Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra, Victoria 3141
When: Sunday, October 20 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
For more info, click
here.

Free Guided Gardens Walk

Living in Melbourne City is a dream, but sometimes we all need to escape the concrete jungle for some eco-therapy. Studies have long shown that spending time in nature is good for your heart and mind, so you’re doing great things for your wellbeing by going on this free guided walk at the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s the perfect season for it - there’s no better time to snap a few shots of the flowers and plants in their springtime bloom.

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria near E Gate
When: Until 31 December 2019, 10 AM - Midday
For more info, click
here.

Friends Fantastic Spring Plant Sale

Need more greenery in your life? Head down to the Royal Botanic Gardens over the weekend of October 19 and 20 for a bonza spring plant sale. Cultivated lovingly by Growing Friends, there’ll be hundreds of fragrant herbs, succulents and plants available that will make any plant lover’s heart sing. All proceeds will go towards supporting the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, so you know your dollars are going towards more future plant babies.

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria near E Gate
When: Sunday, October 20 2019, 10 AM – 4 PM
For more info, click
here.

Arriba! Melbourne Mexican Festival

Hold onto your sombrero because ARRIBA! Mexican Festival is coming to liven up your October. Experience all the vibrant sights and flavours of Mexico without having to leave the country; it’s located conveniently at Flagstaff Gardens. There’s so much to love about this two-day event: free entry, great food, market stalls, live Latin music and even a Margarita Garden to make you go “oh yeah.”

Where: Flagstaff Gardens
When: Oct 26 at 12 PM – Oct 27 at 10 PM
For more info and tickets, click
here.

Light the Night

Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foundation’s beautiful evening lantern walk-out, where Australians can come together at Federation Square and transform the darkness into a sea of glowing light to beat blood cancer. Join this empowering, beautiful and supportive event that brings family and friends together with a united goal: to fund research that will help beat Leukaemia.

Where: Federation Square
When: Oct 11 2019, 5.30 PM - 9 PM
For more info, click
here.

Hawker 88 Night Market 

On Wednesday nights, Queen Victoria Market transforms into a true hawker-style food hall, filled with the delicious smells and tastes of Asia. Here you’ll find scrumptious Asian street food options such as Taiyaki pancakes, flame-roasted chicken satays, soba noodles and Mango Sticky Rice (usually so hard to find in Melbourne). Bring along your friends, shop for the weird and wonderful, and enjoy live music and cultural celebrations with a different theme each week.

Where: Sheds K-L (Queen St to Peel St), Queen Victoria Market
When: Every Wednesday from 18 September to 23 October 2019, Time: 5 PM 10 PM
For more info, click
here.

Holey Cheese Festival

If the Say Cheese Festival at Prahran Market wasn’t enough to fulfil your endless appetite for all things cheese, the Holey Cheese Festival is coming to Queen Vic Market for another round of voluntary lactose poisoning. We usually stick with the “all things in moderation” approach, but all bets are off when it comes to the world’s favourite dairy products. You only have one life to live, so why not try as many kinds of cheese as possible? Whether you like soft, blue, white, fresh and aged rinds, there’s enough cheese to go around for all. 

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Tue, 22 Oct 2019 – Sun, 27 Oct 2019, 10 AM
For more info, click
here.

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