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Top FREE events in April

As the cold weather begins to creep in and daylight savings comes to an end, getting out and about can take a little more self motivation than usual. Luckily, our loveable and liveable city brings another month of festivals, activities and events that won't dent your wallet.

My picks for this month: the Melbourne International Comedy Festival where you can enjoy free comedy at 2 different locations, over 4 weeks! For kids aged 5 to 10, get them off their mobile devices and back to exploring nature in the heart of the city. During this day program, the Junior Rangers will learn about and discover Melbourne's inner city park animals through games, activities and crafts, and make new friends at the same time. Melbourne is a foodies paradise, and no month is complete without a food festival! In April, celebrate all things SPICE, journeying through the Silk Road Spice Route right in Queen Victoria Market. Finally, a special day of commemoration on ANZAC Day, to pay respect to past and present service men and women. Observe a minute silence at the Dawn Service, then support and cheer as the parade moves along St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance, and learn about the history through 2 open exhibitions.

All of these events are FREE! So there's no reason not to get out in April!

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Laugh out loudly at the The Melbourne International Comedy Festival from March 23rd to April 17th 2016.

Celebrating its 30th year, the program includes stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts. Tickets available online via Ticketmaster, with cheap tickets on Tightarse Tuesday and for group bookings.

Check out Free Comedy Shows at two locations:

270 Free Comedy
Mechanics Institute Brunswick, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick

March 22nd - April 2nd
Evan Hocking – Evan is a Place on Earth
Steve Theoclitou – Are you Laughing at me?
Brett Hunter – Shits and Giggles
Andy Moratis – Living in Perfect Symmetry
Struan Logan – Struan all over the World
Nicky Barry – Motherf*%ked and Armando.

Station 59
59 Church St, Richmond

March 23rd - April 3rd
Jacob Emerson & Luke Picone Do Comedy
Andrew Iles – I'm Wearing my Big Boy Pants
Matt Kilpa – Songs in the Key of Awesomesauce
Steve Bedwell – Take my Life... Please
Rebecca Douglas – The Optimistic Feminist
Marc Oszhka – Where to...
Stef Jaric – Get Steffed
Troy Costantino – Rolling with it
Luke Kidgell – Because I can

April 3rd - 17th
Jai Ashman – Exister
Alan Sweeney – I'm Done with Extroverts
Garry Johal – You Grew Here, I Spew Here
Blaise White – #F*%kImPoor
Sofie Prints – Jesus was a Rape Baby
Kieran Butler – Australia is F*%ked, The Verity Charlton Show
Paul Brown – This Girl Love Christmas
Tony Magnuson – Confessions of a Call Centre Assassin 2.

Book your free tickets here

Junior Rangers – Fins, Scales and Tails

The Junior Rangers program takes children aged five to ten years on an adventure through Melbourne's wetlands and uncovers the secrets of the animals that live in the inner city parks and gardens.

Junior Rangers will learn about the animals that live in the area, and the impact that everyday activities have on the environment, by participating in a series of games, activities and craft that explore the murky and mysterious world of Melbourne's waterways and the creatures that inhabit them.

Join the City of Melbourne Park Rangers for an aquatic adventure in Royal Park from Monday April 4th to Friday April 8th, 10:00am-noon daily.

Look for the City of Melbourne feather banners and signs at the Australian Native Gardens, Royal Park, 161 Gatehouse Street, Parkville.

Bookings essential, and can be made here.

Spice Trade at QVM

Spice Trade QVM
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Be seduced by Queen Victoria's Sunday Spice Trade Market Bazaar as you embark on a culinary journey along the ancient Silk Road spice trade route.

A food based festival with Spice as the central theme, Spice Trade Market Bazaar hosts street food from Asia, Northeast Africa, Europe and the Middle East, focusing on comforting, spicy Autumn and Winter fare.

Immerse your senses in tastes and scents of cinnamon, cassia, cardamom, ginger, pepper, turmeric and incense. The fragrant smells, lively music and entertainment, exotic activation, and camel rides will transform Queen Street into a colourful, charming and energetic bazaar.

Spice Trade happens every Sunday at Queen Victoria Market (Queen Street), from April 10th through to June 26th (excluding June 12th), from 9:00am to 4:00pm.


ANZAC Day 2016
April 25th, marks the anniversary of Australian and New Zealand forces landing at Gallipoli in World War I. On this day, we recognise the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in war or on peacekeeping operations, and reflect on the ANZAC spirit and its place in Australia today.

Join in for the community services, beginning with the Dawn service, from 6am at the Shrine of Remembrance.

6:00am Dawn Service
Assemble on the Shrine Forecourt by 4.30am.
One minute of silence will be observed.

8:15am Official Wreath Laying Service
Assemble at 7.45am

9:00am ANZAC Day March
Veterans, their descendants, and current serving personnel will march along St Kilda Road, starting at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets and concluding at the Shrine of Remembrance. The March which will conclude at approximately 1pm.

Commemorative Service
At the conclusion of the March a service will take place on the Shrine Forecourt

Other activities at the Shrine on ANZAC Day
Poziѐres: Australians on the Somme 1916
Temporary exhibition in the Shrine Visitor Centre, open 7am – 5pm

1966: The year that changed the world
Temporary exhibition in the Galleries of Remembrance, open 7am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

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Why? Free events in April!
When: March 22nd - June 26th
Where: Melbourne
Cost: Free
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