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I love Ogden Nash's quip: "... no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year."
So it is just as well that you can entertain yourself and your family cheaply in March because there are so many damn good free events. Here is a listing in advance so you can organise yourself in time.
You have to love some of the unusual gigs in Melbourne. So if you are a poet and know it or just darn handsome to boot you might want showcase your talents at a Kerouac impersonation competition. There are some great prizes, like entry to the Kerouac Effect 2013, books and not to be sniffed at, the chance to perform. Or just head down to take a recce.
Bring your own snacks as it is at the band rotunda in Fitzroy Gardens 4pm until 5.30pm. And so you can do some practice, here's the man.
Gracie Street PetFest (Sunday March 3rd 11am until 4pm)
[ADVERT]This is to celebrate the Lost Dogs' Home centenary year. All dogs can bring their owners to Gracie Street in North Melburne. This is a PetFest, a real street festival with dog obedience demonstrations, free veterinarian advice, face painting, a magic show and lots more. For clever dogs there are some great competitions – Smarty Pants (best trick), Carbon Copy (owner/pet "look-a-like") and Fashionista (most creative costume). The Pet Talent Show kicks off on the main stage at 1:00pm. Registrations will be taken on the day before 12:30pm. You can also find out more about adopting a lost pet, foster care and volunteering on the day. (9329 2755)
Free entry for Heritage Day at the Grand Prix (14 March 2013)
On November 21 1953 the first Australian Grand Prix was held at Albert Park and it has had a "checkered" history ever since. To celebrate the 60th year of revving up Melbourne there will be free entry to all General Admission patrons on Thursday 14 March 2013 (tickets are usually $69). The day will include a parade lap of historic cars and historic garages and car displays all with a 1950s theme.
The Banyule Festival has two great free events for families. The first is Twilight Sounds on Saturday the 23rd between 5pm and 9:30pm. Pack a picnic and enjoy an evening by the Yarra River while you enjoy an open air concert. Sills Bend is a natural and beautiful setting for such a fine night of entertainment. ( Melway Ref: 32 C4) Food and drinks will also be available from a selection of onsite eateries. They also have the Kids ArtyFarty Festival on the Sunday between 11pm - 4pm which is a fun interactive children's festival. Lots to do including a giant slide, chance to build a cubby, farm animals, face painting and you can even become a Viking for the day.
At 10am there will be a Kids Artyfarty Fest Grand Parade in Burgundy Street at 10am. Call 9490 4222 for more information.
There is a free seat waiting for you in the audience
This is a bit more fun and particpatory than staying home and watching it all on television. You can be part of the audience for Channel 9's Millionaire Hot Seat with Eddie McGuire. It all happens at the studios in in Docklands from 12.00pm until 5.30pm.
If that hasn't got your attention, how about Footy Show audience tickets up for grabs and free snacks provided> Tickets are fre and available to those aged 15 years and over.
Upcoming Dates include:
Monday 4th of March
Tuesday 5th of March
Monday 18th of March
Tuesday 19th of March
All you need to do is email your full name, contact number and the number of tickets your require to email@example.com. Group bookings are welcome.