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Five Free March Festivals in Melbourne

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Melbourne loves a festival and these are all free
Five Free March Festivals in Melbourne

viva victoria, federation square
Image from Victorian Multicultural Commission Facebook page

Melbourne really has to take the honours as Australia's festival capital. Every month there are festive happenings all around the city, and March is set to yield a bumper crop. Whether you're into bikes, food and wine, arts, community or culture, there's a free festival just for you.

True North Reservoir Arts Festival: 1 to 3 March

The City of Darebin's True North Arts Festival will showcase the talents of a range of local visual artists, set designers, performers, landscape designers, and musicians. There will also be a range of free activities for kids and families and kite flying at Saturday's Darebin Community and Kite Festival. Other features include The Compass Club pop-up bar, The Lounge Room Project and classic movies at the Laneway Cinema.

true north arts festival, darebin community and kite festival
Image from event website.

When:Friday 1 March from 4pm to midnight, Saturday 2 March from 12 noon to midnight, and Sunday 3 March from 4pm to 10pm.
Where: Various local venues. See the program for details.
More Information: Download the program here.
Transport: Why take your car when you can catch the FREE Festival Shuttle Bus which will stop at Reservoir Civic Centre, East Reservoir Neighbourhood House, La Trobe University (Chisholm College - College Drive) and the Darebin Community and Kite Festival (Saturday ONLY).


Port Melbourne Bikefest: 3 March

The inaugural Port Melbourne Bikefest gets into gear on Sunday 3 March. If it's got anything to do with bikes it will be part of this all day extravaganza brought to you by the Port Melbourne Business Association and the City of Port Phillip. The event is part of the broader 2013 Melbourne Bikefest, which aims to 'celebrate bikes in everyday life'. The program includes bike clinics, bike polo, bike trivia, bike valet parking, a cargo bike obstacle course, a swap meet, food, drinks and entertainment.

port melbourne bikefest
Image from event website.

When: Sunday 3 March from 10am to 10pm
Where: Bay Street, Port Melbourne. Check here for road closures.
More Information: Check out the website.


Thai Culture and Food Festival: 17 March

The 10th Anniversary Thai Culture and Food Festival explodes with colour and flavour in Federation Square on Sunday 17 March. Signature events and activities include the Singha Garden, live music stage, restaurant stalls, cooking demonstrations, contemporary Thai art, cultural shows and the Miss Thai Festival beauty contest.

Thai Culture and Food Festival
Image from event Facebook page.

When: Sunday 17 March from 10 am until late.
Where: Federation Square including River Terrace, Swanston Street forecourt and The Edge.
More Information: Check out all the event details on the website or follow them on their Facebook page or on Twitter.


Viva Victoria Festival: 24 March

The Viva Victoria Festival is a free multicultural celebration during Cultural Diversity Week. This is its fifth year and the program includes multicultural music and dance performances, the Colourfest Film Festival of short films, an art exhibition, a sports zone, and entertainment on the Beer Deluxe Riverside Stage. Food and market stalls from an amazing array of cuisines and cultures include Mexican, Japanese, Peruvian, Indian, Hungarian, Vietnamese and many more.

viva victoria, federation square
Image from Victorian Multicultural Commission website.

When: Sunday 24 March from 12 noon to 6pm.
Where: Federation Square
More Information: Download the program and map here.


Kew Community Festival: 15 to 24 March

Over 25 events will make up this year's Kew Community Festival over ten days from Friday 15 March, and most events are free and family-oriented. You can choose from the Kew Traffic School annual open day, the opening night concert and fireworks, a coffee appreciation night, the Yarra Trams Community Street Parade or the Kewmunity Day at Victoria Park.

kew community festival
Image from event Facebook page.

When: From Friday 15 March to Sunday 24 March 2013.
Where: Various venues. See program for details, dates and times.
More Information: Check out the full program here or follow them on Facebook here.

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Why? It's free festival fun
When: Various dates from 1 to 24 March. See article for details.
Where: Various venues. See article for details.
Cost: Entry to all events is free. Most activities are free.
Your Comment
You didn't include the Antipodes Festival that has events throughout most of March, but has a street festival on Lonsdale St in the city over 16/17 March.
by je134 (score: 0|3) 2454 days ago
Don't forget Moomba! 8 - 11 March!
by annal (score: 2|192) 2454 days ago
Great to know... The biggest of them all, Moomba was missing.
by catst (score: 1|40) 2447 days ago
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