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Top Free Things to Do in Melbourne - April 2018

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Published March 28th 2018
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Share your wedding with the local wildlife (by Melbourne Zoo)


The days are getting shorter but April in Melbourne is still packed with festive fun. Choose from outdoor and indoor activities, including festivals, workshops and workouts, to feed the body, mind and soul.

Revel in the best of Free Melbourne with this list of April's free events and activities.

After enjoying these highlights, check out part 2 of Free Melbourne's best events and activities for April.


Wedding Showcase - 22 April, 10.30am - 1pm
If you're still keen to have your own perfect wedding after watching the drama on Married at First Sight, browse for inspiration at the Wedding Showcase in Melbourne Zoo.

Chat to wedding planners, explore the idyllic spaces and decide if giraffes, tigers or koalas should have front-row seats on your own special day.

Visit the website for details.


Malaysia Day Festival - 21, 22 April, 9am - 3pm
Malaysian cuisine is regularly voted amongst the most delicious in the world, creating a delicious fusion with Japanese, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Indian influences.

At the 7th annual Malaysia Day Festival at the Queen Victoria Market, taste spicy laksa, rendang and satay dishes before indulging your sweet tooth with ais kacang (iced beans), apam balik (crispy pancakes), or kuih dadar (green crepes with a coconut filling).

Skip the pain and regret of ink tattoos with a henna design, win a game of congkak or join an Amazing Race competition at this

Visit the Alive Group website for details.


A Firefighter's Memories - 18 April, 6pm - 7pm
After every summer, we mourn the loss of life and property as fires rage through Victoria but we also honour the bravery of the firefighters as they extinguish the flames.

Join a retired firefighter, Ian Munro, as he recounts their adventurous feats, using the artefacts from the Fire Services Museum of Victoria.

Visit the Eventbrite website for details.


Seed and Plant Swap - 21 April, 10am
Once you've plucked fresh herbs, from rosemary and mint, to basil and parsley, from your mini-garden on the window sill, you'll be keen to add more flavours at this swap meet in the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre on Faraday St, Carlton.

Bring plants, seeds and worms to swap with other home gardeners, sharing success stories and tips over coffee. Visit the Seed and Plant Swap website for details.


Melbourne Russian Festival - 21 April, 10am - 10pm
Although political relations between Australia and Russia have turned frosty, we can still share a shot of vodka with local Russians at this inaugural festival in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Enter a traditional Russian village, feasting on hearty favourites including beef Stroganoff, pirozhki (small pies), caviar, blini (savoury pancakes), and kissel (fruit dessert).

Watch classic Russian film at the open-air cinema, learn traditional mastercrafts or try uncovering the innermost layers of a matryoshka (Russian stacking doll).

Visit the Facebook page for details.

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See traditional dance at the Malaysia Day Festival (by Alive Group)


Neon Night Market - 19 April , 6pm - 10pm
As the nights get longer, follow the neon glow and sizzling aromas to the North Court in the Uni of Melbourne for a feast of Asian cuisine.

Scare yourself silly in the haunted house, master carnival games with tips from the STEM students, browse homemade handicrafts or watch our next gen of music stars perform on stage.

For dinner, try sweet Burmese coconut noodles or a savoury Japanese Yakisoba stir-fry.

Visit the Facebook page for details.


Writing for Beginners - Tue, Wed 6pm - 8pm
We all have a novel inside us and it's cathartic to share the finished product. Be guided on the best practice tips to tackle all the roadblocks for new authors, from writer's block to character development, during this session at the City Library on 253 Flinders Lane.

While discussing your work with other writers, author and editor Dmetri Kakmi will guide you.

Visit the Melbourne Library website to join the group.


Successful Side Hustling - 18 April , 6pm - 8pm
If you're keen to break from the 9-5 world with your own small business, join four successful side hustlers at this forum in Deakin University.

Turn your hobby idea into a business empire with the steps to make a sideline profitable with Caitlin O'Farrell, director of a international wellness company, Laura Youngson, co-creator of a non-alcoholic gin, Courtney Sarthy, Chief Creative Officer at a podcasting studio, and Jason Chongue, co-owner of The Plant Society, a 21st century nursery.

Visit the Eventbrite website for details.


Go Fly a Kite - 8, 15 April, 12pm - 3pm
The possibilities are endless with 3D printers. We're now creating spaceship components, body parts and zany artworks using this new technology.

At the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton, learn a bit of maths as you experiment with parametric designs to print and make a kite. Guide your child's creativity during these sessions to create the ultimate 3D flying machine.

Visit the Eventbrite website for details.


Triennial at the NGV - until 15 April
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.

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Solve spy scandals with Russian dancing (by S Pakhrin / BY-SA 2.0)


Classics Book Club - 21 March, 6pm to 7pm
Long before Louis Theroux and Jon Ronson were writing first-person journalism, Hunter S. Thompson engaged in a series of taboo experiments, inventing the term 'gonzo journalism' for his exploits.

Read his novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, to try separating fact from fiction in his chaotic adventures.

Discuss this American classic at the City Library on 253 Flinders Lane. Visit the Classics Book Club website for details.


Yoga - Sunday 1, 8, 15, 22 April, 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.

Visit the Eventbrite website to book.


Sunday Morning Sport - 8, 15, 22, 29 April, 10am
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.

Visit the Eventbrite website for details.


City Walking Tour - daily, 11am to 1.30pm
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
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.

Looking for more free fun in Melbourne? Check out part 2 here.


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Some great ideas Barry.
by May Cross (score: 3|5310) 536 days ago
Melbourne community toy library is having an activity day for children on April 28 1030-1230. On the lawn behind the toy library, cardigan st Carlton
by Jane_ (score: 0|4) 524 days ago
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