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Free Melbourne Events in January 2016

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“Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun.” – Albert Einstein
Published December 30th 2015
Update January 5th 2016
Please note that the International Street Food Festival has been delayed and new date and venue will be announced soon. Please keep an eye on the following website for updates:

Top 11 free events in the month of January
Latin Summer Festival (Image by Chris Phutully via Wikimedia Commons)

Start the new year with a wide array of free and fun events. The month of January has in store a horde of free festivals which will ensure oodles of fun for the locals and tourists.

Melbourne Latin Summer Festival
Federation Square will be abuzz with the flamboyant colour and euphonious sounds of the exotic Latin Summer Festival on 9 January 2016. Latin American musical and dance performances will sweep festival-goers off their feet and mouth-wateringly good food will woo their tastebuds. More information can found here.

St Albans' Lunar New Year Festival
Lunar New Year Festival will be hosted on 10 January 2016 at Alfrieda Street, St Albans. The festivities will inspire. Lion dance, market stalls and food stalls will cater for the needs of music-lovers and foodies. Go here to discover more information.

Image by Rysher via Wikimedia Commons

International Street Food Festival - POSTPONED
The International Street Food Festival will transform Melbourne into a foodie heaven from 15 January 2016 to 17 January 2016. Federation Square will play host to this fabulous festival which will feature aromatic and delectable culinary creations from all corners of the world and musical and dance performances. Click here to find more details.

Wominjeka Festival
Wominjeka Festival will run from 15 January 2016 to 17 January 2016. An exquisite exhibition, robust discussions and story-telling are some of the highlights of the impressive itinerary. Visit this Weekendnotes article for more details. The location for the festival will be Footscray Community Arts Centre at 45 Moreland Street, Footscray.

NGV Kids Summer Festival
Kids Summer Festival will be organised from 16 January 2016 to 26 January 2016 at NGV International and Ian Potter Centre. This festival will be a kids' paradise with a huge range of arts and crafts activities available to the kids for free. Find more information by visiting this Weekendnotes article.

Frankston Waterfront Festival
From 16 January 2016 to 17 January 2016 the 7N Pier Promenade, Frankston Waterfront will be the platform for the Frankston Waterfront Festival. The festival will kick off at 11am and will include rides, amusements, water sports and more. Numerous food stalls will be serving tasty treats while market stalls will be selling local products. The main drawcard of the festival will be the fireworks display at 9:45pm on 16 January 2016. Learn more by going here.

The Midsummer Faerie Rade
The Midsummer Faerie Rade will be hosted on 17 January 2015 from 1:30pm to 5:30pm. The initial gathering will take place in the Treasury Gardens at 1:30pm and will progress to a rade at 2pm which will navigate through the streets and laneways of Melbourne CBD. Visit this article to find out more.

Australian Open Festival
Australian Open Festival will be held at Birrarung Marr, Batman Avenue from 18 January 2016 to 31 January 2016. This festival will showcase Melbourne's fine dining options. Coinciding with the Australian Open event this festival will feature amazing live entertainment, delicious food and funky activities. Discover important nuggets of information by going to this Weekndnotes article.

Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony
To mark the Australia Day on 26 January 2016, the Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall at 10:30am. Learn more by clicking here.

Dromana Australia Day Celebrations
Australia Day will be celebrated with great pride on Dromana Foreshore on 26 January 2016. A free community breakfast will herald the Australia Day celebrations. A plethora of kids' activities will keep the little ones busy. There will also be live entertainment and various exhibitions. Become privy to more information by clicking here.

Australia Day at Cranbourne
Balla Balla Community Center at 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne will be the setting for the Cranbourne Australia Day Celebrations on 26 January 2016. This event will incorporate a free sausage sizzle, food tastings, music, dancing, drumming, exhibitions and kid's activities. Click here to learn more.

Please note that entry is free to all these festivals. However, prices will be charged for anything you purchase at these events.

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Why? To have a great start of the year
When: Various dates throughout January
Where: In and around Melbourne
Cost: Free entry
Your Comment
There's also a free talk by a buddhist monk in Fed Sq on meditation and how you can transform your life. 7.30pm 5th January
by lilli (score: 0|5) 2032 days ago
It's great to see things people can take their families to without it costing a fortune.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8207) 2031 days ago
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