Melbourne's success story, we can't go wrong when we say there's always something happening at Fed Square in the heart of the CBD, opposite Flinders Station, corner Flinders and Swanston Street. This year it's no different, with many exciting, engaging and immersive events on the calendar. Cupid's Koi Garden by ENESS is surely the icing on the cake that tops all events. Running from 21 Jan to 6 Feb 2022 from 6am to 11pm daily at the Main Square, come along and explore a riot of vibrant colour at this immersive, six-metre-high giant fountain and a school of koi fish surrounding the cheeky cherub, Cupid. Be warned; don't get too close to Cupid as he could spray water on anyone who gets too close. Featuring 360-degree tracking technology, Cupid's Koi Garden by ENESS is a wonder of art and science, and a must-visit destination this summer!
Along with Cupid's Koi Gardens, the Urban Silo Art Trail will also launch on 21 Jan and run till 31 Mar 2022. In celebration of both the events, Fed Sq is giving away free ice cream from 12pm to 7pm. Chocolate gelato and mango sorbet (dairy-free) will be available at the Kaleidosquare cart next to the Main Stage. Limited numbers are available. Keep an eye out for the cheeky giant seagull's Fifi and Fred, who will be roaming the square from 12pm to 2pm. The mini silo art trail pays homage to Victoria's iconic Silo Art Trail. Wander around three miniature replicas of Victoria's iconic wheat silos, which have been painted by three well-known mural artists. See the mini versions of the Albacutya silo, painted by artist Kit Bennett, the Sheep Hills silo painted by artist Adnate, and the Goorambat silo painted by Artist Dvate.
But first - Disney: The Magic of Animation at ACMI20-22 Jan 2022 6-9.30pm ends this weekend! To close out the exhibition, ACMI is celebrating all things Disney with after-hours access, a pop-up bar, Disney remixes to get you in the groove and installations of your favourite characters for the perfect Instagram moment. This is a ticketed event, so book now via the given link.
See following for many other events that are free and family-friendly.
19-26 Jan 2022 - Fed Summer Films for free. Check out Top End Wedding, Big, Storm Boy, Muriels Wedding and more at various times in the evening, so pull up a trendy new deckchair and enjoy.
26 Jan 2022 10am to late - Australia Day free celebrations you cannot miss! There's a full program of family friendly activities with freebies galore. Kids will delight to Bananas In Pyjamas and Bluey, while adults can be in awe of the Roulettes Display by the Royal Australian Air Force's aerobatic display team. There's more, so check all the links given.
13 Feb-30 Mar 2022 - Fed Summer Workshops where you can learn Indigenous Weaving, an embroidery series, fitness programs and more. These events require booking, so get in early.
14-26 Feb 2022 - Candlelight Concert Series with Fever sets you up for magical nights when Fed Sq will be transformed into an open-air music venue for a series of very special candlelight concerts of Greatest Arias, Bach to Beatles and Greatest Movie Scores.
19 Feb 2022 - Connecting Worlds with Words if you're a fan of the spoken word which has the power to reach out and touch hearts and give purpose. The event features spoken word artists from NZ and Australia and it's free.
25 Feb-14 Apr 2022 - Fed Live brings live music back this summer and it's all free. Throw your hands in the air like you just don't care, and get your boogie on and celebrate the best local live music.
3-12 Mar 2022 - Paypal Melbourne Fashion Festival consists of 10 days of world-class runways featuring Australia's established and emerging designers, shopping events and experiences, styling and beauty workshops, industry seminars, networking events, exhibitions, tours, live entertainment and much more. You can check out the full event program on its website.
You will of course find the Australian Open on the big screen from 11am till 30 Jan 2022. There's Blak Jewellery by Indigenous Artists exhibited and of course you can get free city parking in Melbourne to attend all these exciting events. Find out how here. There's so much going on, stay in touch with Fed Sq via their social media and tuck these dates into your diary so you don't miss out.