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Published February 25th 2018
The Best Things in Life are Free
Hop onto the ferris wheel for the best fireworks vantage point at Moomba (by Moomba Festival)
Autumn in Melbourne is still mild enough to join in the free fun. As the AFL kicks off and our gardens change colour, enjoy the best of Free Melbourne with this list of March's free events and activities.
Australia's biggest community festival fills the shoreline of the Yarra River with music in a main arena, skate and BMX competitions, water sports, food, art and novelties.
Browse pop-up stalls, watch the buoyant parade of colourful floats and cheer for lunatics defying gravity in the Birdman Rally. View the program at the Moomba website.
Latin Dancing - Fridays, 6pm
As the sun sets in Fed Square, feel the fever with an hour of salsa dancing. To celebrate 10 years of the Melbourne Latin Festival, beginners are invited to learn a few South American dance moves, either with a partner or solo.
Holi - Indian Festival of Colours - 4 March, 11am to 2pm
Wear white to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival to celebrate the victory of good over evil, in Boyd Summer Park in Southbank.
During the most colourful event in Melbourne, you'll be showered in coloured flour, try vegetarian snacks and sweet treats and dance to Indian music.
Delve into the meaning and history of Holi during the performance by local children, or read a selection of books on display. Visit the Eventbrite website to book.
Thai Culture & Food Festival - 17, 18 March, 10am to 7pm
Since 2003, Melbourne has celebrated Thai culture in this festival in Federation Square. Indulgence the Aussie love for Thai cuisine with stalls selling food from $3, as dancers and musicians entertain the crowd.
For the martial arts fans, Muay Thai fighters will perform kickboxing demonstrations. Visit the Thai Culture & Food Festival website for details.
Capitalism Works for Me! True/False Art Installation - 13 to 25 March
During federal election televised debates, leadership candidates sweat as the instant feedback from 'the worm' is broadcast to the nation.
Give your own True/False opinion as an American artist discusses the challenges and buzzwords in capitalism. With arguments about housing, banking, employment and health unfolding, push the button to participate in this live art installation located throughout the Melbourne CBD.
Splashes of colour during Holi in Melbourne (by Ramnath Bhat / BY-SA 2.0)
Triennial at the NGV - throughout March
In Australia's most visited gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria on 180 St Kilda Rd, an exciting new exhibition features hundreds of artworks created by painters, sculptors, photographers, designers and weavers from 32 countries.
Allow plenty of time to explore this compelling collection, displayed across all 4 floors of the International Collection, immersing you in the themes of movement and change, virtual vs real, and time.
For an online introduction, browse the articles, podcasts and videos at the Triennial Voices website. Visit the NGV website for details.
Classics Book Club - 21 March, 6pm to 7pm
Aussie authors don't often blow their own trumpets and while the title, My Brilliant Career, of Miles Franklin's first novel may seem like bragging, it became a classic, and her contribution to the arts led to Australia's most prestigious literature award.
Discuss this Australian classic at the City Library on 253 Flinders Lane. Visit the Classics Book Club website for details.
Yoga - Sunday 4, 11, 18, 25 March, 9am
Start the morning with a salute to the sun in a yoga session in Boyd Summer Park, 207 City Rd, Southbank. Unfurl your yoga mat in an instructor-led series of yoga poses, including Warrior, Triangle, Downward Facing Dog and Plank, easing tension in mind and body.
Earn an appetite at Boyd Summer Park on City Rd in Southbank with an hour of organised family-friendly sport. During the guided sessions, the outdoor games blend exercise and healthy competition, finishing just in time for brunch in the sun.
Whether you're new to Australia's sporting and cultural capital or you're a seasoned local, you'll discover new treats on this walking tour beginning at Gordon Reserve on Spring St.
As you wander through hidden laneways to reveal the history of our city's landmarks, you'll find the best cafes for coffee, giggle at tourists trying their first hook turns and debate the legacy of Ned Kelly on a 'short' visit to Old Melbourne Gaol. Visit the Walks 101 website for details.
Michaels Camera Museum - throughout February
A picture is worth a thousand words and since the sale of the first Kodak camera in 1888, we've captured those special moments with photographs. Michaels Camera Video & Digital on 269 Elizabeth St contains the world's largest collection of these mechanical marvels, from Polaroid and digital to spy, military and space cameras.
Amongst over 10,000 cameras, highlights include NASA's Hasselblad Space Camera, military Zeiss cameras and our earliest digital contraptions. Visit the Michaels Camera Museum website for details.
Supreme Court Library Tour - 13 March, 1.15pm
We all hope to avoid a day in court, but just in case, take this tour of the library in Victoria's highest court. As you learn about the heritage and architecture of the Law Library of Victoria at 210 William St, you'll avoid arrest after learning it's illegal to vacuum after 10pm.