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Live jams, pinatas, knitting & a book market
Federation Square host more than 2,000 events every year. Major Melbourne festivals, exhibitions, event launches, performances, tastings, screenings, fitness and exercise, concerts and fashion shows. Here are some ideas to make your weekends more exciting and they won't break the budget because they are all free!

Family events, orchestra performance, ACMI, outdoor movie screening, handknitting, book market, Mexican Festival, Windsor art display, fun things to do with kids, public music recital
Fed Square - definately the place to go



MSO Family Jams,
 Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Saturday 20 September, 11am - 12:30pm

Ever dreamed of having a family jam with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra? 
This is your chance to enhance ad show off your musical talents. Participants must be over age 6 years. Bring along your own instrument (or borrow one from the MSO). During the session you will develop an original piece of music based on orchestral repertoire from the current MSO Season. 
 


Family events, orchestra performance, ACMI, outdoor movie screening, handknitting, book market, Mexican Festival, Windsor art display, fun things to do with kids, public music recital
Feel like a star


DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition - Up Late
ACMI
2 Oct @ 6pm - 9pm

In celebration of DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition transforms the ACMI Lightwell into a summer block party. Start the night by meeting friends for a drink at the exhibition bar and grab a snack from the street-food menu. The resident DJ will select some tunes to get you in the mood.

I hope it's a great night because the screening of your favourite DreamWorks' films will take place outdoors on deck chairs and a pair of headphones. This sounds like an upmarket drive in experience.

Mission Foods Mexican Festival
14 Sep @ 11.30am-8pm

This popular free festival usually attracts over 30,000 people to Fed Square. This year it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The festival coincides each year with Mexican Independence Day. A visit to Fed Square on this day might have you believe you have just landed in Mexico.

Of course you couldn't have a Mexican Festival without a piñata! Book me in for the how to make a Pinata workshop at the Children's Corner. This is your chance to have your face painted, sing and play instruments with The Mexican Music Man.
 Learn Spanish, colour Mexican drawings 
and make a Mexican flag. 


Family events, orchestra performance, ACMI, outdoor movie screening, handknitting, book market, Mexican Festival, Windsor art display, fun things to do with kids, public music recital
Now that's a pinata!


Knitting at Fed Square, The Atrium
22 Sep @ 12pm – 2pm

Beginners and cable queens are invited to this free knitting workshop. If your kids are nagging to learn and you have no knitting skills, this could be the event for you. The experts from The Handknitters Guild (a community knitting group based in Melbourne) will be on hand to answer your questions and get you going. Members also meet at the Ross House in Flinders Lane on the first Sunday of each month. This is suitable for knitters from 10yrs.

Family events, orchestra performance, ACMI, outdoor movie screening, handknitting, book market, Mexican Festival, Windsor art display, fun things to do with kids, public music recital
Knit one, purl one


Fed Square Book Market
2 Aug - 27 Dec @ 11am - 5pm

Calling all bookworms. This is the city's largest weekly book market held in The Atrium at Fed Square. Each week, indulge yourself in over 5000 new and pre-loved books. Find something on your favourite topic including fiction, historic texts, hobbies, travel, art and children's picture storybooks. The Book Market provides a chance to meet authors, illustrators and book dealers.

Family events, orchestra performance, ACMI, outdoor movie screening, handknitting, book market, Mexican Festival, Windsor art display, fun things to do with kids, public music recital
Piles of books to choose from


The Hotel Windsor: A Public Art Gallery
Melbourne Day 2014
111 Spring St
30 Aug - 14 Sep
Mon to Fri 6:30am - 9:30pm | Sat & Sun 8am - 9:30pm

It's not Fed Square but it's just around the corner and well worth a visit. The public display features art work from Victorian College of the Arts honours and graduate students. The work can be found in many of the hotel's unique heritage listed spaces including the once secret entrance. The artists represent their interpretation of the city's history.

The Windsor Art Award and a $10,000 scholarship recognising Australia's best emerging talent is the coveted prize.

Family events, orchestra performance, ACMI, outdoor movie screening, handknitting, book market, Mexican Festival, Windsor art display, fun things to do with kids, public music recital
The beautiful grand old Windsor
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Why? Lots of great things to do with the family
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne
Cost: Free
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The book fair and visiting the public art gallery are definitely on my list.
Not to be missed.
by eve.c (score: 2|302) 1644 days ago
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