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Published January 31st 2018
The Best Things in Life are Free
Play a Pop-Up Piano (by the Arts Centre of Melbourne)
After enjoying part 1 of the Free Melbourne list, bring on more fun in Melbourne with these free events and activities in February 2018.
Coding Workshop - Thursdays, 4.30pm to 6.45pm
Kids aged 7 - 17 can learn the language of the future in this coding workshop at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre on 251 Faraday St, Carlton.
During each session, students are guided in programming websites, smartphone and tablet apps, games and robots. Visit the Eventbrite website to book.
Green Break Walking Tour - 22 February, 6pm to 6.45pm
Escape the city in the Treasury Gardens in East Melbourne as you're guided to the highlights amongst this urban forest. You'll peek into tree hollows, learn the age of our oldest trees (without counting hundreds of tree rings), and emerge after your stroll with a zen-like calm. Visit the City of Melbourne website for details.
Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival - 25 February, 11.30am to 5.30pm
Federation Square turns Japanese for a day with a blend of pop-culture, led by the Kumamon, Japan's favourite mascot, and tradition, as the Obon Festival honours our ancestors.
Sample street food treats, try Kendo moves without getting bruised, browse art and craft or dance to J-Pop. Visit the Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival website for details.
AFL Women's Competition - Carlton v Collingwood - 2 February, 7.40pm to 9.40pm
In 2017, the first match of the women's AFL league, Carlton vs. Collingwood, was enjoyed by a capacity crowd. Attendance records are set to be broken in 2018 as entry is free for each AFLW match in Melbourne.
Experience that incredible atmosphere at the rematch at Ikon Park in North Carlton. Visit the Women's AFL website for details.
Viva Brazil Carnaval - 24, 25 February, 9am to 3pm
Have a Brazilian party without the jetlag at the Queen Victoria Market, dancing to bossa nova, samba and choro tunes.
Lunch on feijoada, the national dish of black beans, rice and salty meat stew, empadas, savoury pastries with shrimp or chicken, or a bolo (cake) with melted guava. Visit the Viva Brazil website for details.
Poster Workshop for Kids - 7 February, 4.30pm to 6.30pm
As children, we marvel at the giant posters and billboards of our favourite movie and cartoon characters. Create your own slick poster during this workshop with Adobe Photoshop.
At the Library at The Dock on Victoria Harbour, children aged over 12 will be guided on Mac with the first steps to design their own masterpiece. Bring a USB stick to take your design with you. Visit the Eventbrite website for details.
Go classical in the Myer Music Bowl (by the MSO)
Tet Lunar New Year Festival - 3, 4 February, 11am to 11pm
In the Melbourne Showgrounds in Flemington, bring your family to experience Vietnamese culture, marking the arrival of spring.
Enjoy a feast of Vietnamese cuisine at dozens of food stalls, visit an ancestral shrine, enter a pop-up village and watch martial arts, cooking and theatre demonstrations. Visit the Tet Festival website for details.
Open Air Classical Music Concerts - 7, 10, 14 February, 7.30pm
As the sun sets over the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Alexandra Ave, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will perform some of the world's finest classical music from Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Strauss and Paucini.
Gates open at 4.30pm - arrive early to grab your spot to hear history's most soundtrack. Visit the MSO website for details.
Movies Under the Stars - 8, 9, 10 February, sunset
When the sun goes down, the show starts at Point Park in Docklands. After dinner at one of the riverside restaurants or a meal from the pop-up food stalls, watch the latest family-friendly films, with The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman on the 8th, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on the 9th, and Ferdinand on the 10th of February. Visit the Mirvac website for details.
Pop Up Pianos - until 4 February, 7am to 8am
Tickle the ivories on these upright pianos, colourfully painted and placed in public spaces throughout Melbourne. Anyone can try playing their favourite tunes on these 20 street pianos, found in our parks, train stations, markets and bridges. Visit the Arts Centre Melbourne website for details.
Comedy Night - Tuesdays, 7.30pm
Have a chuckle on Tuesdays at the Imperial Hotel on Bourke St. During the 2-hour show, you can dine in on pub food favourites as comedians, including Joe Shaffer, Kelly Fastuca and Tom Gleeson, add mirth to the main stage. Visit the Imperial Comedy Facebook page for details.
Spiritual Affinity in Chinese Art - 10am to 4pm
In the Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery on 141 Queen St, meditate upon the eternal in the exhibition of the works by Shanghai-based artist, Yiwen Zhu.
The traditional fans, calligraphy and landscape paintings resonate with the spiritual in the Chinese script and scenes of wildlife, nature and rural life.Visit the Fo Guang Shan website for details.
See the best kimonos in Melbourne (by Melbourne Japanese Summer Fest)
Night Market - Wednesdays, 5pm to 10pm
Mix with your mates at this mid-week market, browsing the pop-up stalls with international cuisine, live music and special offers. Join in the fun of the 20th year of this foodie festival at the Queen Victoria Market. Visit the Night Market website for details.
Docklands Market - Sundays, 10am to 5pm
Stroll along the promenade on a peaceful Sunday, taking in the sights, sounds and scents of stalls with handmade clothing, jewellery, art, homewares and toys.
Sip fresh coffee or juice as you brush cinnamon and sugar from your chin while eating a warm churro. Visit the market at the Newquay Promenade in Docklands, checking the Dockland Sunday Market website for details.
World of the Book Tour - 11.30am to 12.30pm
In the State Library's spectacular La Trobe Reading Room, learn the story of the history of the book. This guided tour features the rare items created as literature developed from the middle ages to the present day.
Featuring a curated selection of works from SL's Rare Books Collection, you'll see the finer detail in maps, books, photography and essays, revealing insights in philosophy, science and religion. Visit the State Library of Victoria website for details.
Supreme Court Library Tour - 13, 27 February, 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. Visit the Law Library website for details.
Workout Session - Tuesdays, 6pm to 7pm
On Tuesday evenings, achieve you 'get fit' New Years resolution with free cardio and weights classes in Alexandra Gardens, guided by a qualified instructor.
As the sun sets, take a moment to gaze at the lush surroundings while you catch your breath. Visit the Melbourne Healthy Lifestyle website for details.
Looking for more free fun in Melbourne? Check out part 1 here.
Is there another free activity or event you're looking forward to in February? Please let us know with a comment.