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19° & THUNDERSTORM ON FRIDAY 14 DECEMBER IN MELBOURNE
By Lauren Vadnjal
December 01, 2018
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    The Best Free Things to Do in Melbourne This Month

    Zero dollar shenanigans await.
    By Lauren Vadnjal
    December 01, 2018
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      • WILLIAM WEGMAN: BEING HUMAN

        The first major Australian exhibition of the famed American photographer and his many dog muses.

      • BROOKLYN NINE-NINE TRIVIA

        Show your love for the Nine-Nine crew at The Mill House's dedicated trivia night.

      • STOMPING GROUND LA BOCA

        An Argentinian-inspired beer garden has popped up at the Arts Centre Melbourne for summer.

      • GAMI FRIED CHICKEN GIVEAWAY

        Gami Chicken & Beer is celebrating the opening of its Chadstone store with 1000 pieces of free fried chicken.

      • PT. LEO ESTATE'S FIRST BIRTHDAY WEEKEND

        Wander through Mornington Peninsula's famed sculpture park for free to celebrate its first birthday.

      • RYDER WAREHOUSE SALE

        Snag up to 70 percent off on sample, past season and vintage pieces from this Australiana-inspired Melbourne label.

      • AUBURN HENDRICK'S GIN GARDEN

        Settle into this inner city summer oasis for seafood feasts and gin cocktails galore.

      • RACV PAWTRAIT PUP-UP

        Get your pooch a free headshot at this dog-filled picnic party in Fitzroy.

      • PUBLIC COOLING HOUSE

        Escape the Melbourne heat in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's 'cool' new space.

      • ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH CHRISTMAS MARKET 2018

        Give your festive season a French twist at this weekend-long market at a St Kilda mansion.

      • WORLD RICE FESTIVAL

        Try rice dishes from the likes of Hoy Pinoy, HWKR and Rice Paper Scissors at this outdoor street food market.

      • THE 9TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART

        GOMA's three-yearly survey of Asia Pacific art returns.

      • JULIAN OPIE

        Towering skyscrapers, virtual carp and a urinating statue are all part of the NGV's latest (free) exhibition.

      • BREATHE. SWEAT. STRETCH. FREE

        The NGV, in collaboration with Lululemon, is hosting free fitness and yoga classes in its garden this summer.

      • THE GARDEN OF FORKING PATHS

        See two artists' worlds collide at this compelling exhibition.

      • MUIR ARCHITECTURE AND OPENWORK: DOUBLEGROUND

        As the 2018 NGV Architecture Commission, this sleek bamboo garden, maze and deck will sit in the gallery's Grollo Equiset Garden.

      • FOUR PILLARS CHRISTMAS POP-UP STORE & BAR

        Shop for gin while sipping G&Ts.

      • PET-NAT SOUNDS

        Abbotsford's Lulie Tavern is hosting a series of natural wine parties in its sunny courtyard.

      • RIGG DESIGN PRIZE 2018

        Ten intricately designed rooms arrive at the NGV for Australia's leading interior design competition.

      • MERE MORTALS

        Check into a 'hospital' and discuss disease over dinner at this morbid and immersive exhibition about death and dying.

      • FRIDA KAHLO: HER PHOTOS

        More than 257 photos from the famed Mexican artist's personal collection head to Bendigo.

      • JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 CLASSICS PROGRAM

        Step through Japanese film history — for free.

      • BUILDERS ARMS HOTEL TRIVIA

        This trivia night will test your knowledge on food, booze and culture — meat trays and magnums are up for grabs.

      • POLLY BORLAND: POLYVERSE

        See 60 works from one of Australia's most celebrated photographers — including portraits of Nick Cave and the Queen.

      • DESIGNING WOMEN

        The NGV brings together its diverse range of female-designed works into a free dedicated exhibition.

      • HEIDE MAKERS' MARKET

        Soak up the sun in Heide's sculpture park and peruse the handcrafted goods.

      • KEN UNSWORTH: TRULY, MADLY

        The 87-year-old sculptor's first major Melbourne exhibition.

      • MPAVILION 2018

        This year's amphitheatre-like temporary structure has two timber floating roofs and grass-covered grandstands and will host over 400 free events over summer.

      • HEATH LEDGER: A LIFE IN PICTURES

        The National Film and Sound Archive's exhibition celebrating the too-brief career of local boy Heath Ledger.

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