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25 Free Activities to do in Melbourne

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published March 15th 2015
Free, Fun, Funky, Family, Friends, Fascinating & Fabulous
A short while ago I put together an article for WeekendNotes on 25 Free Activities to do in Sydney & Surrounds. So what I deceided to do was to put together a list of 25 free activities that I would like to do while visiting the city of Melbourne , as I have been and will be visiting Melbourne a number of times during 2015.
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And as we all know everyone likes to get something for free, and if you can take the family along and enjoy it together and still get it for free, that's even better.

So after surfing the web for a couple of hours I found a website called "City of Melbourne, What's On." where you can search for things that are free to do in the City of Melbourne.

After putting in the word "FREE" into the search engine up came just over 190 different FREE things that you could do in Melbourne over the course of a year. So out of that list from the website City of Melbourne, I have put together my list of 25 activities that would interest my family, friends and me.

A few of the activities go only go for a few hours on one day, for example The Big Family Sing. While others are half and full day activities. On the other hand some of them are only on for a day or two, and you will also find that a number of the activities continue on right throughout the year. There are also a couple of them have already started, but are still continuing on into the year.

All of the lists of activities are free for the public to attend, but while there you may decide to buy some items at the fairs, markets, festivals, etc, as some of the things you may not be able to resist.

In this list of 25 of that I have put together I have covered the following activities:

• Walks
• Gardens
• History
• Art
• Markets
• Fairs
• Events
• Exhibitions
• Museums
• Festivals

1. Batmania:
We have a few bats that come and visit a tree across the road from us each year, and I was wondering what it would be like to see two hundred life –sized bats hanging from the ceiling of the Atrium that have been created by Kathy Holowko, who has a fascination with the fruit bat. This display will be accompanied by a soundscape created by Kathy and sound artist Darius Kedros.
Batmania. Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne. What's On.

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2. Guerilla Kindness 3: Junky Projects and Sayraphim Lothian:
There will be three workshops that you will be able to work with Sayraphim Lothian and Junky Projects to explore a range of soft sculpture techniques. Once done, you can put your creations somewhere in Melbourne.
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3. Signal Street Art Mentoring:
The last time I was down in Melbourne I sussed out a few laneways that had a variety of street art painted on the walls. This would be good for those budding artists who would like to express themselves.
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4. Wharfies Walking tour with Jim Beggs:
Would you like to find out more about characters who made up the wharfs in the Dockland area? Join Jim Beggs, who is a life member and the last national president of the Australian Waterside Workers Federation, on a tour where he will take you through the history of the waterfront of Melbourne.
Jim Beggs. Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne. What's On.

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5. Starlight Day at City Square:
The Starlight Foundation is a very worth-while charity and they will be celebrating Starlight Day at City Square. If you would like to get involved you could do so by buying some merchandise or by making a donation.
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6. Greening Fishermans Bend: Breakfast Workshop:
The City of Melbourne is facing three significant challenges: climate change, urban heating and population growth. If you would like to be involved in helping to shape the future of tree planting at Fisherman's Bend click here

7. Crafty Mondays at Fed Square:
My mother and mother-in-law use to do a lot on embroidery and I was quite amazed how they could create something so lovely. To see firsthand how it is done go along and watch the members of the Embroiderer's Guild of Victoria on the first Monday of each month.
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8. Melbourne Town Hall Tours:
It would take just on an hour to go on a tour of the magnificent 19th century Melbourne Town Hall.
Melbourne Town Hall. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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9.Exquisite Threads: English Embroidery 1600–1900s:
After you have gone to watch the members of the Embroiderer's Guild of Victoria create some embroidery, go and have a look at the display of 60 works. One of which is a ball gown worn by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, during her Coronation tour of the Commonwealth.
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10. Sounds of the Academy:
Do you like live music? During March and April, Market Lane Bar will feature live music each Friday and Saturday night.
Sounds of the Academy. Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne. What's On.

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11.Making Public Histories – Treasures and Troves:
What part do books and libraries play in making public history? These seminars explore the issues and approaches to historical representation in contemporary society, public history, making history and heritage.
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12. Junior Rangers – Mysterious Mammals:
Have your kids ever express the thought of becoming a ranger? Here they will join an experienced ranger to solve the mysterious case of Melbourne's missing mammals.
Junior Rangers.Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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13. The Big Family Sing:
If you know me, you would be wondering why I would go to this activity, as I can't sing a note. What I do like doing is listening to music and maybe something like this would bring out the musician in me?
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14. Big Ideas in the Pub:
If you love discussing meaty topics and like to see things from a different point of view, then this book club could be right up your alley.
Courthouse Hotel. Photo courtesy of Courthouse Hotel.

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15. Growing Friends' Autumn Plant Sale:
I have been told that I have a bit of a green thumb and going along to the Growing Friends' Group I would get the opportunity to have a look at Royal Botanic Gardens' rare plants stock. Getting them home on the plane maybe another matter.
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16. Finding Families:
My father-in-law started to put together his family tree and this would be a great way learning the principles of how to put a family history together. Recommended for beginners.
Finding Families. Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne. What's On.

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17. KLM Dutch Orange Day
The KLM Dutch Orange Day festival is a lively celebration of Dutch culture.
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18. Fitzroy Gardens Walking Tour:
Explore a world of green in the heart of the city. You will get to see the Conservatory, the Fairies' Tree and model Tudor village, the famous tree avenues and the beautiful landscape, fountain and statues.
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19. Queen Victoria Market:
Who doesn't like to shop? I think we all have a bit of a shopper in us all. I have been to the markets before, but it is always good to go back again. You never know what you may find. Last year I brought my Cronulla Rugby League scarf at the markets.
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20. The Light in Winter:
Experience art, music and performance from dusk with Federation Square's annual winter program.
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21. Docklands Sunday Market:
Stroll along the water past the many restaurants and browse the interesting stalls, always offering something different.
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22. Protest, Peace and Progress:
Go on a tour of the Victoria Police Museum to see why Australians questioned what was going on in society, politics and the law.
Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne. What's On.

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23. The (Very) Big Laugh Out:
Do you like to laugh? I am sure you do. Get yourself down to Fed and City Squares to see some of the world's best and funniest street performers and get a belly full of laughs.
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24. Design a Font:
Learn the subtleties of type as graphic designer Paul Hanslow teaches you to 'fontify' your hand-drawn letters in this design workshop.
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25. Clown in a Suitcase at North Melbourne Library:
This show has a sprinkling of juggling, mysterious magic, lots of meaningful nonsense, sing-along songs and heaps of fun.
Clown in a suitcase. Photo courtesy of North Melbourne Library.

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Well, there you have it, 25 free activities that you could do around Melbourne. When you get a chance you should have a look at website called "City of Melbourne, What's On." and maybe you will find some other activities that are free to do in the City of Melbourne throughout the rest of the year.

And don't forget, if you ever come up to Sydney check out my Weekend Notes article on 25 FREE Activities to do in Sydney and Surrounds., as you may find someting that is Fun, Funky, Family, Friends, Fascinating & Fabulous for you to do.
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