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There is lots to love about cacti, not the least of which is their low maintenance, oh-so-sustainable lifestyle. They're on-trend too, being the most popular plant on Instagram. So if you're a fan, get ready to celebrate these icons of the desert world at Melbourne Central's Cactus Carnival on April 13 and 14. There you will find a celebration of all things cactus and cactus-inspired from cactus plants and an awesome cactus garden, through to food, drink, fashion, accessories and homewares.

Over two days there's a host of fun to be had including free Tommy Tequila Margaritas from Melbourne Martini at the Succulent Saloon and Strike's pop-up haybale and cactus bowling alley as well as a Cactus Bazaar with heaps of cactus stuff to decorate your home, to wear, to use and to eat (cactus donuts sound particularly appealing).

In keeping with the theme, a DJ will be spinning Coachella-style tunes. If you're not familiar with Coachella it's a famous music and art festival held in the Californian desert. And speaking of deserts, Cactus Country's pop-up desert garden is one of the highlights of the carnival and it's absolutely perfect for pics. In fact, you can enter the competition to win a VIP visit to Cactus Country for you and your mates including flights, food, drinks and a professional photoshoot. The Cactus Country pop-up will be open from 13 - 22 April so you have a chance to see it and take some snap, even if you can't get to the Carnival.

A host of cactus-themed products are also available in-store at Melbourne Central and there are some great specials, discounts and offers available during the Carnival. See the Cactus Carnival brochure for full details of all the events and specials and the Carnival Facebook page for the latest news.

Melbourne Central is located on the corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Streets in Melbourne and just up the escalators from Melbourne Central station.
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Why? It's fun and unusual
When: Friday 13 April, 5pm-9pm; Saturday 14 April, 12pm-6pm
Phone: 03 9922 1122
Where: Melbourne Central,Cnr LaTrobe and Swanston Streets Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: Free
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