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Published May 30th 2022
Top Free Things to See and Do around Melbourne in June

Bid farewell to Autumn as we head into June. What better way to enjoy the winter season than with live events around Melbourne. You can view a nature-inspired exhibition; listen to jazz during lunch; savour black truffles; immerse in a laser lightshow; get a perspective on earth; watch a free movie; spend an evening at the market; and/or celebrate National Reconciliation Week. Whatever event or activity suits your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in one of the world's most liveable city this month.

1 & 2 June: National Reconciliation Week at Melbourne Quarter

national reconciliation week at melbourne quarter
Photo courtesy of Melbourne Quarter

Head over to Melbourne Quarter as this popular CBD meeting point for socialising and good food serves up National Reconciliation Week celebrations. Its laneway, Gunpower Walk features an art mural created by Wurundjeri artist Simone Thomson while Two Melbourne Quarter Lobby is home to eleven stunning floral installations designed by Alchemy Orange, celebrating the history and culture of Victoria's eleven First Nations groups. Other activities include:

1 & 2 June, 8.30am–2.30pm: One Melbourne Quarter Lobby is transformed into a market pop-up showcasing fashion and homewares that celebrate First Nations culture. Retailers include Clothing the Gaps, Haus of Dizzy, Gammin Threads and Our Dilly Bag.

1 & 2 June, noon–2pm: local First Nations artists are performing acoustic live music in the Melbourne Quarter precinct.

Click here for more information.

Time: 8.30am - 5pm daily
Location: Melbourne Quarter, 699 Collins St, Docklands 3008

1-12 June: Monochord

monochord by Robin Fox
Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne

As night falls, a bright line of light will hover over the waters of the Birrarung. This intense kilometre long laser beam is created by internationally renowned laser and audio artist Robin Fox. His immersive lightshow will activate and flicker at at regular intervals to synchronised sound and music and make Yarra River and its surrounds glow like you've never seen before..

Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm daily
Location: Yarra River, Melbourne 3000

1,8,15,22 & 29 June: Winter Night Market

The popular Winter Night Market returns to the Queen Victoria Market on Wednesday evenings this month. You can look forward to over 60 maker and creator stalls selling jewellery, art, skincare, books and homewares. There are also street food stalls serving up a multicultural feast and classic winter drinks.

Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm every Wednesday
Location: Queen Victoria Market, Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

1-30 June: Luke Jerram's Gaia

Luke Jerram's Gaia
Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne

Head over to St Paul's Cathedral where a detailed sculpture of earth measuring seven metres in diameter is suspended. Created by UK multidisciplinary artist Luke Jerram, this artwork will provide you an incredible three dimensional view of the planet as it might be seen from space. It is produced from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth's surface and rotates once every four minutes to a specially commissioned composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Time: 10am - 11.30am and 1pm - 4pm daily
Location: St Paul's Cathedral, Flinders St, Melbourne 3000

4 & 5 June: Donut Festival

Love donuts and can't get enough? Queen Victoria Market will be transformed into a huge donut market this June. The two-day donut festival is serving up a mouth-watering platter of sweet and savory delights. Think Danish-styled donuts topped with Nutella, cinnamon-coated and sugar-dusted, jam and chocolate filled, and even a spaghetti donut

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Rear of K & L Sheds, Queen Victoria Market

7 June: Music Matinee

music matinee
Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne

What better way to enjoy lunchtime in the Melbourne CBD than with a live jazz performances by accomplished and dedicated musician Tony Gould at the historic Scots' Church. This free event is courtesy of Music Matinee whose purpose is to bring live and free music into the City of Melbourne and provide performance opportunities and support for talented musicians. Entry is from 12:20 pm, with the concert commencing at 1.00pm for an hour.

Time: 1pm - 2pm
Location: Scots' Church Melbourne, 156 Collins St, Melbourne 3000

15-25 June: Emerging Writers' Festival

emerging writers festival melbourne
Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne

One of the most established and well respected literary festivals in Australia is back in town. The Emerging Writers' Festival (EWF) is serving up eleven days of performances, panels, professional development opportunities, and online projects. You can look forward to more than 50 in-person and digital events featuring over 150 artists who are coming together to celebrate new literary stories, voices and worlds. Check out the website for more details and programmes.

Time: 10am - 10pm daily
Location: Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000

15-18, 25-30 June: PLANT/LIFE Exhibition

arts project australia melbourne victoria australia
Photo courtesy of Arts Project Australia

Nature inspires works of art at the PLANT/LIFE Exhibition hosted by Arts Project Australia. Curator Kirsty Grant feels that the natural world provides something of an antidote, offering an environment that simultaneously provides calm and solace, as well as stimulating your senses. You can enjoy the beauty and diversity of the natural world through the eyes of eleven artists as well as live activities leading to the exhibition opening.

Time: refer to website
Location: Arts Project Australia Collingwood gallery, Level 1, Collingwood Yards, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood

18 & 19 June: Truffle Melbourne Festival

The largest truffle celebration outside of Europe returns to Melbourne this June at the Queen Victoria Market. You can get your hands on fresh black truffles and truffle products such as truffle salami, pasta, honey, salsas and cheese. You can also partake in a variety of truffle dishes including truffle soup, truffle-topped pizza, truffled macaroni and cheese, truffled paella and truffled bao buns while you sip on truffle cocktails from the Truffle Bar. Live entertainment include a mock truffle hunt from truffle hunting hounds Trixie and Arrow and cooking demonstrations from some of Melbourne's well known chefs.

Time: Saturday 18 June, 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 19 June, 9:30am – 4:00pm
Location: Rear K & L sheds, Queen Victoria Market

27 June: Ali at Library Cinema

The Library Cinema is serving up contemporary, classic and documentary films on the big screen for free. Enjoy Ali's Wedding, a movie about a man's effort to make his father proud, be with the girl he loves and become the great doctor that his community expects him to be.

Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Performance Space, Library at The Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands 3008

27-30 June: Shrine School Holiday Program - Codes and Signals

What were mobile phones and the internet like during the Second World War? Unfortunately they did not exist yet. You will learn about the previous forms of communication that allowed service people to keep in touch with their headquarters, each other and their families. Visit the website for more information.

Time: 11am - 2pm
Location: Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne 3001
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by Lionel on 20/05/2016
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