Winter can be dreary and demotivating and suck out all liveliness and inspiration from any soul. Do not let winter fill you with gloom. Peruse the below list, come out of your cosy home and explore and experience the very best of the free winter activities on offer in Melbourne.
1. Fireworks - Docklands sky will light up with dazzling fireworks and the air will fill with loud bangs as fireworks take over the evening sky on every Friday from July to August. From 3 July 2015 to 28 August 2015, fireworks will kick off at 7:30pm on the dot. Live entertainment will form a backdrop for the fireworks. Remember to put on several layers before you venture to the near subzero temperatures in Docklands. The fireworks will be held at the New Quay Promenade in Docklands. Click here for more information.
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2. Sydney Myer Music Bowl – Snugly sitting on enthralling parklands, the Sydney Myer Music Bowl is a large amphitheatre showcasing and promoting numerous free concerts. Take your pick from music by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, ballet, opera or pop and rock bands. Be mindful that some of the events are ticketed. Click here and select the 'All free" category to search for free events at the Music Bowl.
3. Free Festivals – Free festivals are organised in and around Melbourne throughout the year. Subscribe to Weekendnotes to keep up-to-date on all the free festivals this winter.
4. State Library of Victoria – State Library of Victoria provides refuge to a number of free events throughout the year. This winter the long list of free events include art exhibitions, free seminars, free tours, retro animation display and so on. Click here to visit their website and treat your senses to a plethora of wonderful events.
5. National Gallery of Victoria – The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Victoria's oldest public art gallery where visitors can enjoy an impressive collection of more than 68,000 artworks spanning thousands of years. Regular exhibitions are also held year-round. Entry to the NGV Collection is free of charge. Click here to learn more about the NGV.
6. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne - The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne sprawls over 36 hectares and hosts over 50,000 plants. A wide selection of plant life, numerous events, unique tours make this breath-takingly beautiful garden a venerable tourist destination. Entry is free.
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7. Melbourne University Public Lectures - The University of Melbourne regularly hosts a fantastic array of free public lectures. These public lectures cover a diverse range of topics including climate change, social issues, law, philosophy, international issues and so on. This winter, book a public lecture, get cosy on a comfortable seat and let yourself be entertained by a captivating lecture on a topic of your choice. You can make bookings by going to Melbourne University's website.
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8. Federation Square – Federation Square in Melbourne CBD is a veritable hotpot of free events. Check out their website to remain privy to all the free festivals and events that are planned for this winter.
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