What's On

9 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This February

By Ben Tyers
2nd Mar 2020


Somehow we’re already into the third month of the year, and whether you’ve covered from the financial crisis that is Christmas or now, we could all use some free events in our life.

Here are 9 free things to do in Melbourne this March.

Japanese Modernism

Japanese Modernism kicked off at NGV from Friday 28 of February and 'looks at the creative art and design of this period with a focus on the increasingly socially liberated status of Japanese women during the 1920s and 1930s'.

The exhibition will feature mid-century works which showcase when traditional Japanese art and aesthetics intersected with European life and culture, and the creation of Asian art deco paintings, prints, and fashion.

When: Until Sunday 4 October
Where: NGV, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
For more information, head to ngv.vic.gov.au.

Lunchtime Meditation

If you’re needing an escape from the Tuesday blues, check out this series of free meditation classes from Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia and Visit Victoria. Find the sessions, and inner peace, at Fed Square’s Atrium every Tuesday.

When: Every Tuesday
Where: Fed Square, Melbourne 
For more information, click here.


The AFLW season rolls on through March before we find out who will take home the 2020 premiership cup.

With matches throughout Melbourne at suburban footy grounds, you'd be mad not to get along to the action on game day.

When: Throughout March
Where: Suburban football grounds around Melbourne
For more information, click here.


The second half of MPavilion’s thought-provoking program is well underway, and it’s entirely free.

Highlights from the rest of March include Social Capital City, a look at the way that collaboration, research, exchanging information and building a support network can all contribute to a better design outcome and in turn strengthen communities and enhance quality of life. And, of course, the Friday Sunset Series continues.

Check out the rest of the program here.

When: Throughout March
Where: MPavilion
For more information, head to mpavilion.org.


Along with the KAWS exhibition at the NGV, comes KAWS: PLAYTIME, a sensory-rich experience for the little ones, the big ones and families to explore.

The exhibition is completely interactive, and a great way to entertain children before you drag them through the free display of 18th-century artefacts upstairs at the NGV.

When: Daily, throughout March
Where: NGV, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
For more information, click here.

Italian Festival Presented By Gradi

Traverse Crown Riverwalk on any weekend throughout March to immerse yourself in a celebration of all things Italian.

Get stuck into delicious pizza, pasta, cannoli, and gelati from some of the finest makers around.

When: Weekends in March
Where: Crown Riverwalk
For more information, head here.

Street Eatz Frankston

Food truck festival Street Eatz turns its attention to the Frankston foreshore this March with a six-day event featuring some of the finest food trucks Melbourne has to offer.

Alongside great food, there will be fireworks, live music, games, roving performers, mini-golf, a kids zone, and much more.

When: Wednesday 4 March to Monday 9 March
Where: Frankston Foreshore
For more information, head here.

Miniature Art

Good things come in small packages. And this is especially true at Beinart Gallery's latest exhibition.

Miniature Art is a group exhibition that features amazingly detailed, miniature artwork. Including buildings, interiors, art in test tubes, and much more.

When: Sunday 8 March to Sunday 29 March
Where: Beinart Gallery, 1 Sparta Place, Brunswick
For more information, head to beinart.org.

Light Up Melbourne

Light Up Melbourne runs over four-days in 2020, and will take over the upper and lower terrace of Birrarung Marr.

The festival of light features a 27-metre long 'Eternal Dragon' as the centrepiece of the 11 major lantern light installations.

There will also be a range of market stalls to keep the hunger away as you check out the amazing light displays.

When: Thursday 19 March to Sunday March 22
Where: Birrarung Marr
For more information, head here.

Found a few extra dollars in your wallet? Check out everything else happening in Melbourne on our Things To Do section.

Image credit: supplied

Get our top stories direct to your inbox.

Get our top stories direct to your inbox.