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The Best Things in Life are Free
Fancy dress in Melbourne (by Melbourne Fashion Festival)
After enjoying part 1 of the Free Melbourne list, bring on more fun in Melbourne with these free events and activities in March 2018.
Melbourne Fashion Festival – 1 to 18 March
Fashionitas frock up! In Australia's largest fashion event, runway shows feature the latest dynamic fashions by local and international designers, alongside beauty workshops, seminars, networking events and parties.
Smash through the midweek with a bout of group exercise in Boyd Summer Park in Southbank.
During the session, you'll begin with deep breathing and stretching before jumping into a series of aerobic and bodyweight exercises, in lunges, squats and pushups to improve your stamina, flexibility and strength. Visit the Eventbrite website to book.
Food and Wine Festival – 16 to 25 March
Over 250,000 visitors bring their appetites to 200 food-focused events hosted by our favourite culinary creators. In previous years, Guy Grossi, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Heston Blumenthal have thrown shrimps on the barbie.
Events are held in restaurants and cafes throughout Melbourne, including many of the hidden haunts tucked in our laneways.
On a set of rad pop-up ramps, begin your journey to the X Games, learning a few tricks from the YMCA instructors.
Using the supplied skateboard, helmet and safety pads, enjoy 2 hours of four-wheeled fun at Boyd Community Hub. Visit the Eventbrite website for details.
Melbourne Pizza Festival - 16 - 18 March, noon to 9pm
Wander along the Crown Riverwalk as the best of Naples hits Melbourne with pizza slices, gelato, pasta and wine.
During the 3-day festival, bands and stilt walkers will create a party atmosphere, as children try balloon twisting and face painting. Adults can master pizza and mozzarella making, or compete in pizza acrobatics events. Visit the Crown Melbourne website for details.
Kicking goals (by AFLW)
AFL Women's Competition - throughout March
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 the incredible atmosphere during rounds 5, 6 and 7 at Ikon Park in North Carlton, VU Whitten Oval in Footscray, Ted Summerton Reserve in Moe, Casey Fields in Cranbourne East and Olympic Park Oval.
Catch the best AFLW talent in the country as Collingwood, Melbourne and Carlton compete for a spot in the grand final on March 24. Visit the Women's AFL website for details.
Poster Workshop for Kids - 7 March, 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 13 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wine Scream - ice cream infused with Yarra Valley wine (by Melbourne Food and Wine Festival)
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.
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 March? Please let us know with a comment.