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Melbourne for Free in April

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Published April 5th 2017
Top Things to See & Do this April in Melbourne
Enjoy Melbourne for FREE in April



The celebrations of March continue into April with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and the Easter season. There are plenty of activities for adults and children to enjoy, including an DIY Easter Egg Bag workshop, bird watching with Park Rangers, curated art exhibitions, live comedy acts at Fed Square, a public Easter Sunday worship, a unique gathering of gingers and reds, and an ASEAN food and cultural festival. Whatever event or activity suits your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in the world's most livable city this month.

1 to 15 April - BLINDSIDE's Debut XIII

Lucy Foster, hand for gladness, 2016
Lucy Foster, hand for gladness, 2016 / Photo courtesy of BLINDSIDE


Non-profit BLINDSIDE is bringing together a curated selection of painting, sculptural installation and performed works by Melbourne's brightest Fine Arts graduates. They herald from a variety of Victorian arts schools and institutions. The six artworks from artists Trent Crawford, Lucy Foster, Edith Gilfedder, Silvi Kadilari, Darcy Smith and Julia Trybala are selected by a team of curators including Leslie Eastman, Kiron Robinson and David Thomas. Collectively and individually, the works are strong, intriguing, engaging, and full of promise. They also illustrated a deep sense of understanding of one's practice and where the artist is headed post-university. Visit the website for more details.

Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm 6pm
Venue: Level 7, Room 14, Nicholas Building
Address: 37 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9650 0093

1 to 22 April - The Song till the End Exhibition

Laura Sheehan painting
Photo courtesy of Arts Project Australia


Arts Project Australia supports artists with intellectual disabilities and promotes their work. This centre of excellence is hosting a solo show featuring Laura Sheehan. A participant of the Arts Project Australia studio since 2004, she has exhibited in numerous group shows in Box Hill Town Hall, Federation Square and the Royal Exhibition Building. Laura draws inspiration from both music and collected stills from research animation for her works and this exhibition showcases her unique ability to blend diverging subject matter into holistic images of vivid colours and bold compositions. Visit the website for more details.

Time: Monday- Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm
Venue: Arts Project Australia
Address: 24 High St Northcote VIC 3070
Phone: 03 9482 4484

4 to 13 April - Junior Rangers Cheeky Beaks

city of melbourne royal park
Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne


Grab the kids and head over to the Royal Park for some nature-based activities with the City of Melbourne Park Rangers. The Royal Park is recognised as amongst the world's best and a recipient of the prestigious Green Flag Award. This green oasis of 170 hectares is the largest park in Melbourne. Kids can enjoy the beautiful grasslands, wetlands and biodiversity while learning about Melbourne's bird life. The activities include a series of games, activities and craft that explore the birds' sneaky and hidden world. Visit the website for more information and reserve your space.

Time: Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Venue: Ross Straw Field, Royal Park
Address: Parkville VIC 3052
Ph: 03 9658 9658.

4 to 23 April - The (Very) Big Laugh Out!

very big laugh out at fed square
Photo courtesy of Melbourne International Comedy Festival


The (Very) Big Laugh Out! Is a comedy event presented by Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Located at Federation Square, the program features acts of comedy, circus, clowning and acrobatics. You and your family can look forward to weekdays and weekends of the world's wackiest comedians with their cheap jokes and memorable acts. The program features both 90-minute showcases and 45-minute pitches. For full daily schedule click on this link.

Visit the website for more details and daily schedule.

Time: Refer to the website schedule
Venue: Federation Square
Address: Corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

6 to 27 April 2017 - Dear Howard Exhibition

Library at The Dock
Photo courtesy of Lend Lease Corporation


Dear Howard is an exhibition presented by Youth Projects, an organization that supports homeless and disadvantaged people in Melbourne. It is inspired by the film Collateral Beauty where the protagonist, named Howard Inlet, lost his daughter and seeks answers through writing letters to Love, Time, and Death. Located in Library at the Docks, this collective exhibition features letters, artworks, and conversations to Love, Time, and Death by the members of the community. Visit the website for more information.

Time: Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 7.00pm / Saturday: 10.00am to 5.00pm / Sunday: 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Venue: Library at The Dock
Address: 107-117 Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands VIC 3008
Phone: 03 9658 9998

7 & 8 April - MUJI 'My Bag' Workshops



Getting ready for some serious Easter egg hunting? Need something handy to store the delicious loot? Grab the kids and head over to Emporium Melbourne. MUJI came up with a excellent idea for kids to store all the eggs they've collected during any Easter Egg Hunt. MUJI will conduct a workshop in its Emporium Melbourne store for children aged 2 to 12 years old to make a DIY Easter Bag. There is a maximum of 10 children per workshop, and a parent or a guardian must accompany each child at all times. Spaces are limited so make sure to call the store directly and book a session. Alternatively, you can also visit the Chadstone store. Visit the website for more details.

Time: 11.00 am to 2.00 pm
Venue: MUJI Emporium store
Address: Level 2 269-321 Lonsdale Street Emporium Shopping Centre, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9671 4974

Venue: MUJI Chadstone
Address: Level LG, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, VIC 3148
Phone: 03 9563 3558

8 & 9 April - South-East Asia Festival

ASEAN flags
Photo courtesy of ASEAN Secretariat


Melbourne is truly one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. This April, you and your family can savour the flavours of 10 countries in one event courtesy of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The ASEAN Festival brings together communities from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. They will be sharing their culture through food, music and dance. In addition to food, there are also performances from ASEAN students who are currently enrolled in Melbourne. Head on to Argyle Square for more weekend fun and games. Visit the website for more information.

Time: Saturday 11.00 am to 8.00 pm. Sunday: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Venue: Argyle Square
Address: 153-159 Lygon Street Carlton VIC 3053

14 April - Celebrate Easter 2017

celebrate easter 2016
Photo courtesy of Celebrate Easter 2017


While the Easter Bunny and eggs are top of every child's mind, three of Melbourne's churches from different denominations have teamed up to bring everyone's attention to the true meaning of Easter Sunday. Join Enjoy Church, Kingston City Church, and Oaktree Anglican at Federation Square as they commemorate Jesus Christ's resurrection from death, share the good news of the gospel and worship through songs. Visit the website for more information.

Time: 1.00pm to 2.00pm
Venue: Federation Square
Address: Corner of Flinders Street and St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9655 1900

29 April - The Ginger Rally

Buderim Ginger ginger rally
Photo courtesy of Buderim Ginger


Are you ready to paint the town red and ginger? You'll get your chance thanks to the much-anticipated Ginger Pride Rally. Back for a second year, this social event is hosted by Buderim Ginger. This year is set to be bigger and better and fierier than the previous. You and your family can enjoy free ginger beer, games of Ginger Beer Pong, photo booth stalls, kids' activities by Alannah & Madeline Foundation, and speed dating hosted by Singles Events Melbourne. There will also be live performances by The Vanns, Luize Scott and X-Factor's Brentwood.

This event's official beneficiary is Alannah & Madeline Foundation, whereby 50 percent of funds raised from sold merchandise will be donated to the said foundation. Alannah & Madeline Foundation is a charity that advocates for children's safety, and cares for those who have been seriously abused and bullied. Everyone is welcome to take part in this event. Don't worry if you're not a redhead or a ginger. You can always join the rally with your hottest red or orange wig on! Visit the website for registration.

Time: Registration starts at 9.30am, Rally starts at 11.00am
Venue: Federation Square
Address: Corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Phone: 1800 067 686
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Why? Loads of free things to do and see in Melbourne this April
When: Throughout April 2017
Where: Various locations in Melbourne
Cost: Free Entry
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