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Top Free Things to See and Do around Melbourne in January

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Published December 24th 2018
Melbourne for Free in January
Enjoy FREE events and activities in Melbourne this month

View of the Melbourne city skyline and Yarra River
Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne


December served up a platter of activities to celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve. Ease into January with a warm welcome to 2019. This month, Melbourne embraces the warmer weathers with a range of fun activities which are perfectly suited for family and friends. With markets, live music concerts, festivals and the Australia Day celebrations, you and your family are sure to be kept busy in one of the world's most livable cities!

4 January - Pop Up Market Sorrento

Sorrento oval, victoria
Photo courtesy of Sorrento Living


The Sorrento Oval will be packed with activities, rides, shows and market stalls for the entire family. Visit and enjoy the vibrant and buzzing atmosphere of local and small businesses which source specialty foods, handmade products, quirky home and fashion accessories. You can also taste local ciders, beers and wines from all over Victoria. On display will be some of the amazing vintage club permit and vintage cars. Be sure to pack a picnic rug, shopping bag and come and enjoy the music while revelling in the warm sunshine! For more information, visit the website.

Time: 3pm 8pm
Venue: Sorrento Oval
Address: Sorrento Oval, Hotham Road, Sorrento VIC 3943
Phone: 0430313649

6 January Phillip Island Design & Makers Market Annual Festival Vibes Edition

Phillip Island Design & Makers Market, victoria
Photo courtesy of Destination Phillip Island Inc


The magnificent greens of the Cowes Football Oval will stage over 120 handmade, designed and grown products from some of the local island artists. You and your family can feast on delicious specialties offered by a number of food trucks, enjoy the live music, fun activities, face painting, shop for vintage, upcycled, eco-friendly, boho and quirky items that are uncommon at your regular market. There is also a range of special sauces, jams, relishes, chillies, fresh produce berries, bread, pastries and doughnuts for sale. For more details, visit the website.

Time: 9am 2pm
Venue: Cowes Football Oval
Address: 8 Church St, Cowes VIC 3922

6, 13 and 20 January Sunset Sounds

sunset sounds melbourne
Photo courtesy of City of Stonnington


The City of Stonnington presents a series of free Sunday live music concerts across three different venues including Victoria Gardens on 6 January, Central Park on 13 January and Malvern Gardens on 20 January. Each individual event will feature some of best musical talents in Australia along with some of Melbourne's favourite food trucks. There will be something to suit everyone's preference with a wide range of performances from all genres and generations. For more information and to see more about the performers, visit this website.

Time: 6pm 8pm
Venues: Refer to website

11 to 13 January Vida Melbourne Latin Summer Festival

Melbourne Latin Summer Festival‎ Vida
Photo courtesy of Casablanca Events


Melbourne plays host to many cultural festivals. Each year, over 4,000 people indulge in authentic Latin cuisine, music, performances and a huge beer garden. You and your family can experience the sights and sounds of Latin-America including Chile, El Salvador, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico and Spain. It is a fun way to celebrate the city's diverse cultures and traditions. For more details of this event, visit the website.

Time: Noon 10pm (Friday & Sunday), Noon 11pm (Saturday)
Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Address: 100 Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3004

10, 17, 24 and 31 January South Melbourne Night Market Live Music

south melbourne Night Market Live Music
Photo courtesy of City of Port Phillip


Local bands and musicians are bringing their talent to play at the iconic South Melbourne Market this Summer. You and your family can enjoy free live music while you can enjoy refreshing beverages and tasty culinary delights from the various dining venues along Coventry and Cecil Street. Visit the website for more information and to check out the line-up for the performances.

Time: 5.30pm onwards
Venue: South Melbourne Market
Address: Coventry St & Cecil St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Phone: 03 9209 6295

20 January Midsumma Carnival

midsumma festival melbourne
Photo courtesy of Midsumma Festival Inc


An all-day and all-night event, the Midsumma Carnival is a funky festival that is ideal for a family day out in Melbourne. Be sure to catch your favourite activities again this year with an addition of lip-syncing, drag-dazzling, amazing acts, delectable culinary delights and a pop-up bar. Relax in the chill zone, meet friends in the family domain, physically challenge yourself at the sports precinct and kick back in the under 18s area. There is also an abundance of stalls with plenty of products on offer. An evening of T-Dance features a spectacular line-up of sensational sounds and DJs. Midsumma Festival is a glass-free event, so bring your own cups and paper straws. For more details, visit the website.

Time: 11am 10pm
Venue: Alexandra Gardens
Address: St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004

26 January Australia Day Celebrations

australia day melbourne victoria
Photo courtesy of Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria


Its time again to celebrate the Australian spirit with Australia Day celebrations around Melbourne and Victoria. There is a family friendly programme including the Official Flag Raising Ceremony, Australia Day Parade, RACV Australia Day Festival, Docklands celebration and Open Day at Government House. You can look forward to a motoring and mobility showcase, a 21-gun salute at midday, a flyover by the Roulettes and fireworks. For more information on the programme, visit the website.

Time: Refer to website
Venue: Refer to website

26 and 27 January Tet Festival

tet festival melbourne
Photo courtesy of Vietnamese Community in Australia - Vic Chapter


The Tet Festival is a pre-celebration of the upcoming Lunar New Year on 5th and 6th February by the Vietnamese community. You and your family can join in the festivities and learn more about the Vietnamese culture, indulge in delicious traditional food that you can only find during the Tet period. There are performances of Dragon dancing, fireworks, some of the most popular Vietnamese singers, competitions and fun activities on the Challenger stage, festival rides and cultural exhibits. Don't miss one of the top ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Melbourne. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 10am 1am (26th January), 10am 10pm (27th January)
Address: 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale VIC 3171
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Why? Loads of free things to do and see in Melbourne this January
When: January
Where: Various locations around Melbourne
Cost: Free
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