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Enjoy FREE events and activities in Melbourne this month



We welcome the onset of winter as the days grow shorter and the trees shed the last of their yellow and red foliage. While the weather turns chilly and wet at times, there are still plenty of reasons to stay active and get about.

Soak up some jazz with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival; catch the scent of winter truffles; purchase pre-loved books; experience the Portuguese culture; watch a light show; browse the works of design talents; upgrade your writing skills; listen to the sounds of the Grand Organ; ponder the plight of refugees; view skull-themed jewellery; and savour hot street food at Queen Victoria Market.

Whatever event or activity suits the family or your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in the world's most liveable city this month.

2 to 24 June - Skull at Lord Coconut

lord coconut
Photo courtesy of Lord Coconut


For an exhibition that celebrates the human skull, head over to Lord Coconut. This specialist men's retailer is gathering a team of Australian-based jewellers and artisans to showcase their pieces of human skull-inspired jewellery. They include Ali Alexander, Beth Croce, Samantha Dennis, Ant Hat, Rohana Holiday, Ginkoh Jewellery, Windfall Jewellery, Orion Joel, Kieran Stewart and Brian Wood. Visit the website for more information.

Time: Mon to Fri 11am – 6pm, Sat 12pm – 4pm
Venue: Lord Coconut
Address: 358 Lonsdale Street, Level 5 Mitchell House, Melbourne VIC 3000

2 to 11 June - Melbourne International Jazz Festival



The Melbourne International Jazz Festival brings a rich program of international and Australian musicians to the recital halls, clubs, bars, art venues and outdoor venues in Melbourne. This is undoubtedly one of the top festivals in the city's annual calendar.

You can enjoy a stellar line-up of jazz performances, club sessions and workshops by top artists and performers in venues like Hamer Hall, Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Neighbouring areas include Brunswick Street, Hawthorn and Footscray.

Check out the top free events of Melbourne International Jazz Festival here. Visit the website for the full program of ticketed events.

3 & 4 June - Carlton Rotary Second Hand Book and Music Fair

Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre
Photo courtesy of Nexus Design


The Rotary Club of Carlton is raising funds to support mental illness research with the Australian Rotary Health Foundation. It is hosting a second-hand book and music fair where you can purchase books, CDs, DVDs, records, sheet music, quality magazines and comics from as low as $1. There'll also be a barbecue and live music. You can also support the Rotary Club of Carlton's efforts by donating second hand books, vinyl records, CD's and music DVD's that you no longer require. Simply contact Norm Tickner at Phone: 03 9387 5929 to arrange your donations.

Time: Sat 10am – 5pm & Sun 12pm – 5pm
Venue: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre
Address: 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: (03) 9658 7310

7, 14, 21 & 28 June - Winter Night Market



The annual Winter Night Market returns to Queen Victoria Market. What started as Luna 1878 is now a winter tradition in Melbourne. This year's theme plans to ignite every Wednesday in June with fire and lights. You can look forward to a new lighting concept by John Fish, raging open fires, line-up of roving and stage entertainers, 30 street food stalls and 50 specialty and design stalls. Visit the website more updates and details.

Time: 5pm – 10pm
Venue: Queen Victoria Market
Address: 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9320 5822

8, 15 & 22 June - Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards Writing Workshops



The City of Melbourne is hosting a series of creative writing workshops for anyone interested in the literary craft and unpublished writers participating in the Creative Writing Awards.

8 Jun, City Library - Novella workshop with AS Patric. He is a winner of the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award, Ned Kelly Award and the Booranga Prize.

15 June, City Library - Narrative Non-fiction Workshop with Dmetri Kakmi. His 'The memoir Mother Land' was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards in Australia and published in England and Turkey.

22 Jun, Library at The Dock - Graphic short story workshop with Oslo Davis. He is an illustrator and cartoonist who draws for Melbourne's The Age newspaper, as well as a weekly cartoon called Overheard in the Sunday Age.

Visit the website for more information.

11 June - A Taste of Portugal



Organised annually by the Portuguese speaking communities to coincide with the Portuguese National day, this cultural festival draws many visitors to Queen Victoria Market. You and your family can look forward to experiencing the culture of Portuguese-speaking countries through the stalls offering cuisine, language and tourism to live music and dance performances on the main stage. Visit the website for more updates.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Queen Victoria Market
Address: 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000

11, 14, 16 & 18 June - The Widor Project



The Grand Organ of Melbourne Town Hall will sing this June thanks to Joseph Nolan and the City of Melbourne. The world-renowned interpreter of organ music is a Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts des Lettres in recognition of his services to French Music and a Master of Music at St George's Cathedral in Perth.

Joseph will be playing ten of Charles-Marie Widor's epic organ symphonies on different days. This a must-see event for classical organ aficionados, lovers of keyboard music and all fans of virtuosic artistic performance. Visit the website to reserve your seats for each session before they run out.

Time: Wed: 1pm – 2.30pm / Fri: 1pm – 2.30pm, 8pm – 9.30pm / Sun: 2pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall
Address: 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9658 9658

17 & 18 June - Truffle Melbourne Festival



The annual
Truffle Melbourne Festival returns in June celebrating the the winter black truffle season. Introduced by truffle grower Nigel Wood back in 2014, he has grown the event to become the largest truffle festival weekend outside Europe and one which celebrates Australia as the fourth largest truffle growing country. This year's free Truffle Festival Weekend moves from Prahan Market to Queen Victoria Market.

You and your family can look forward to a wide variety of activities accompanying fresh truffles from across the country accompanied by mock truffle dog hunts, truffle tastings, live demonstrations by Melbourne's finest truffle chefs, live music entertainment and stalls offering artisanal produce and products. Crowd favourites like Black Cat Truffles, Great Southern Truffles, Bass & Flinders Distillery and Piper St Food Co will be in attendance.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Queen Victoria Market
Address: 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000

18 to 25 June - Inflatable Refugee

inflatable refugee by Schellekens and Peleman
Photo courtesy of Schellekens


Artist collective Schellekens and Peleman from Belgium are bringing a social art piece to Melbourne's Immigration Museum this June. The 'Inflatable Refugee' provokes public pondering of human trafficking issues and the vulnerability of refugees. Its sheer size is unmissable and it is constructed from the same material as the boats used by human traffickers to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Schellekens and Peleman will also be discussing their practice on 22 June from 6pm to 8pm. Visit the website for more information.

Time: 10am - 5pm
Venue: Immigration Museum
Address: 400-424 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

20 to 25 June - Winter Solstice Light Show

light house, 888 collins street
Photo courtesy of Lendlease


To add some illumination to winter nights in Docklands, Victoria Harbour is hosting a light show at Melbourne's newest icon, 888 Collins Street. Located at the junction of Bourke and Collins Streets, the state-of-the-art lighting installation illuminates a 15-storey residential building façade. In celebration of Winter Solstice, the light show will run for fifteen minutes each hour (on the hour) from sunset to midnight. The best view of the Light House is from Buluk Park in Docklands. Visit the website for more information.

Time: 5pm to 12am
Venue: Light House
Address: 888 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008

25 June - Melbourne Design Market



The undercover carpark in Fed Square will once again be transformed into a marketplace for hundreds of new products this June. The Melbourne Design Market serves up a mix of local and international talent showcasing fashion, jewellery, homewares, furniture, textiles, stationery and bags from Australia and around the world. While it may not be the scale of the Big Design Market, it is one of the popular markets in Melbourne and receives many design-savvy shoppers who return to meet local creatives and purchase new works. Visit the website for more updates.

Time: 10am – 5am
Venue: Federation Square undercover carpark near playground along Riverside Walk
Address: Corner of Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Why? Loads of free things to do and see in Melbourne this June
Where: Various locations around Melbourne
Cost: Free
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