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Published October 24th 2014
Top Free Things to See and Do in November

state library of victoria
State Library of Victoria


Bid goodbye to the arts and music of October and take a stroll through November where a cornucopia of FREE activities await you and your family. Start your month with exhibitions of postcard-like artworks and best of press photography; take a trip to feudal Japan with the samurai; watch a movie on a deckchair; take a walk around the botanic garden; get a weekly injection of laughter; remember those who have fallen; and enjoy the festivities of Poland and Greece without leaving Melbourne. Even Christmas shopping comes early. Whichever event or activity suits your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in the world's most liveable city this November.

Linden Postcard Show, 1 - 30 November

linden postcard show
Photo courtesy of Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts


Throughout the month of November, the grand 1850s mansion that houses St Kilda's renowned public contemporary art gallery comes alive with hundreds of small format artworks. Instead of the usual exhibition of works from artists across Australia and overseas, you can enjoy entries of works from professionals, emerging, amateur artists and even hobbyists that adorn the gallery walls at the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts. All the artwork is also for sale if you're interested to take any home. Make sure you visit the Linden Postcard Show to see, explore and discuss toe works in this much loved annual exhibition. Visit the Gallery website or phone 03 9534 0099 for more information.

Date: 1 - 30 November
Time: Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 4pm, Wednesday 11am - 8pm
Venue: Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda South, Victoria 3182
Way of the Samurai at NGV, 1 - 30 November
bushido way of the samurai at ngv
Photo courtesy of National Gallery of Victoria

Fans of the Samurai movie starring Tom Cruise and way of the warrior can enjoy FREE entry to National Gallery of Victoria's 'Bushido' throughout the month of November. A stroll through this exhibition which draws from the Gallery's own collection between 1880 and 1920, will allow you to explore feudal Japan from 12th century to end of Edo period in 1868 when the samurai reign supreme. They were the rulers, warriors and aristocrats whose legacy of honour, duty, loyalty, courage, arts and culture that continue to influence Japanese society today. Visit the NGV website or phone 03 8620 2222 for more information.

Date: 1 - 30 November
Time: 10am – 5pm daily
Venue: NGV International, Level 1, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition, 1 - 30 November

nikon walkley press photography exhibition
Photo courtesy of The Walkley Foundation


The State Library of Victoria is renowned for its curated program of FREE exhibitions throughout the year. From Gusto, which documents the rich culinary history of Victoria to Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, its exhibitions draw tens of thousands of visitors. Throughout the month of November, the Library and The Walkley Foundation will showcase 89 works shortlisted for the prestigious Nikon-Walkley awards. The Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition is the only of its kind where you can see outstanding moments in daily life, sports and news reportage through the lenses of by Australia's best photojournalists. Phone 03 8664 7099 or visit the Library website for more information.

Date: 1 - 30 November
Time: Monday - Thursday 10am - 9pm, Friday - Sunday 10am - 6pm
Venue: Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery, Level 2a, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Movies at Southgate Cinema, 4, 11, 18 and 25 November
southgate cinema
Photo courtesy of Southgate

Melbourne's only silent cinema brings a new line up of 4 movies to the Southgate Shopping and Dining Precinct in November.

You can enjoy a chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' on 4 November. The true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom in '12 Years a Slave' airs on 11 November. 'Inside Llewlyn Davis' on 18 November revolves around the life of a young folk singer in New York. An Aboriginal boy in Redfern is torn between his love of acting and the disintegration of his family in 'Around the Block' on 25 November.

In addition to the FREE movies, Southgate Cinema now offers a unique 'Blue Class' experience with food like gourmet pizzas and tasting platters that can be purchased and delivered to your deckchair from next-door eatery Bluetrain. Visit the Southgate website for more information and to reserve your seats.

Date: 4, 11, 18 and 25 November
Time: 8.30pm
Address: Southgate Melbourne, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, Victoria 3006

Spring Discovery Tour. 4 - 30 November

royal botanic garden melbourne
Photo courtesy of Royal Botanic Garden


The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne curates an annual program of FREE walking tours to help the public get closer to nature and stay active. In addition to popular guided walks and free talks, the Spring Discovery Tour allows the public to discover the seasonal beauty and significance of the Gardens with one of their experts. So make sure you enjoy the last vestiges of Spring before it passes the seasonal baton to Summer. Phone 03 9252 2429 or visit the website to book your space.

Date: 5 - 9, 11 - 16, 18 - 23 and 25 - 30 November
Time: 11am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 3.30pm
Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Weekly Comedy at Tiki, 6, 13, 20 and 27 November

tiki comedy
Photo courtesy of Tiki Lounge and Bar


Get your weekly doze of laughs at Tiki Lounge & Bar located in Richmond. This is where you can enjoy a night of chilling and sipping on authentic Tiki cocktails while watching a selection of professional performances. Each week serves up a hilarious stage of 10 or more comics who will ticle your funny bone. While the drinks are cash only, the comedy show is FREE. Check the facebook page or phone for updates.

Date: 6, 13, 20, 27 November
Time: 8pm - 11.30pm
Venue: Tiki Bar & Lounge, 327 Swan Street, Richmond, Victoria 3121

Remembrance Day, 11 November

The Shrine of Remembrance
Photo courtesy of The Shrine of Remembrance


As the world commemorates the end of World War I, so does Melbourne. Lest we forget, Remembrance Day at the Shrine reminds us to spare a thought for those who died or suffered during the war. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the dedication of the Shrine of Remembrance. The Victorian State Remembrance Day Service will attended by the Governor of Victoria with performances from the Royal Australian Navy Band. You are invited to lay a poppy after the ceremony. Visit the Shrine website for more information.

Date: 11 November
Time: 10.30am onwards
Venue: Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, Victoria 3004

Polish Festival, 16 November

polish festival fed square
Photo courtesy of Federation Square


If you can't make a trip to Poland, there's always the annual Polish Festival at Federation Square. With the country's largest concentration of Polish born people and their descendants in Victoria, you can expect a massive all-day celebration on 16 November. There will be live music performances, traditional dances and special acts on the main stage while stalls along River Terrace offer a variety of Polish crafts, artworks, books, jewellery and authentic food. So grab the family and spend a day experiencing the colours, sounds and aromas of Poland. Visit the Festival website for more information.

Date: 16 November
Time: 10am - 5pm
Address: Federation Square , Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

The Alcove Art Shop Christmas A'Fair Exhibition, 17 - 29 November

Alcove Art Shop
Photo courtesy of Alcove Art Shop


Christmas comes early to Box Hill with the Alcove Art Shop Christmas A'Fair Exhibition. Organised by the Designer Art Shop Association in the Box Hill Community Arts Centre, this annual event showcases original works by practising artists. You can browse a wide range of ceramics, jewellery, paintings, woodwork, cards and textiles and also purchase your favourites to take home as presents for the festive season. The exhibition opens on 17 November from 6pm to 8pm. For more information, visit the Shop website or phone 03 9857 4400

Date: 17 - 29 November 2014
Time: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 3pm, Closed Sunday and Monday
Venue: The Alcove Art Shop, Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill, Victoria 3128

Thessaloniki & Melbourne Sister City Festival, 23 November

Sister-Cities Melbourne and Thessaloniki festival
Photo courtesy of Thessaloniki Association


While Canberra hosts its Nara Candle Festival, Melbourne celebrates 30 years of sister-city relationship with Thessaloniki in Federation Square. Organised by the Thessaloniki Association and supported by the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI), this annual festival further cements the relationship between the 2 cities and showcases food, performances and wares from Greece. A delegation from Thessaloniki including the Mayor, Mr G. Boutaris, Members of Parliament and businesses will visit Melbourne to celebrate the festival. Visit the Association website for more information

Date: 23 Nov 2014
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Venue: Federation Square, 2 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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