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28° & SUNNY ON SUNDAY 17 FEBRUARY IN MELBOURNE
By Lauren Vadnjal
February 02, 2019
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    The Best Free Things to Do in Melbourne This Month

    Zero dollar shenanigans await.
    By Lauren Vadnjal
    February 02, 2019
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      • VERTIC ALLEY

        Sip potions, hang out in magic-themed booths and peruse spell books.

      • THE FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL 2019

        Melba Park will be filled with food trucks for five nights.

      • STAR WARS TRIVIA

        The force is strong at this trivia contest.

      • WANDERING JUNGLE DISCO PLANT SALE

        After-dark plant sales in a Collingwood bar — with drinks and DJs.

      • FREE FURPHYS

        Head down to Federation Square for a free brew.

      • FREE NUTELLA BREAKFAST

        Brunetti's Flinders Lane and Carlton stores are giving away free Nutella doughnuts, cannoli and croissants.

      • BOX HILL CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL 2019

        Celebrate the new year with one of Melbourne's biggest Chinese communities.

      • PIMM'S + PLANTS

        Footscray's Bad Love Club is hosting a one-day plant sale with booze and baked goods.

      • CHINESE NEW YEAR NIGHT MARKET

        Batman Market is throwing a CNY night market with dumplings, dancing and live music.

      • CHINATOWN NEW YEAR FESTIVAL 2019

        The nine-day festival features an outdoor cinema, pop-up hawker stalls, a lion parade and activities aplenty in the CBD.

      • LUNAR NEW YEAR AT THE NGV

        Ring in the Chinese New Year with free workshops, gallery tours, music and food.

      • MURDER MYSTERY PUB TRIVIA

        Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple at this free sinister trivia night.

      • MOVIES UNDER THE STARS

        Head down to the Docklands for three nights of free films by the river this summer.

      • ROOFTOP YOGA

        Do a Saturday morning yoga class at Rooftop Bar.

      • PICASSO: THE VOLLARD SUITE

        Dive deeper into the Spanish artist's output when this travelling exhibition comes to the Ballarat Art Gallery.

      • WILLIAM WEGMAN: BEING HUMAN

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

      • STOMPING GROUND LA BOCA

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

      • THE MSO'S 2019 SIDNEY MYER FREE CONCERTS

        A Melbourne summertime tradition.

      • AUBURN HENDRICK'S GIN GARDEN

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

      • CHRISTIAN MARCLAY: THE CLOCK

        ACMI's new award-winning installation is a mesmerising collage of time — that runs for 24 hours.

      • 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.

      • ST KILDA FESTIVAL 2019

        A free multi-stage music festival by the beach.

      • FESTIVAL21

        A festival on the future of food.

      • 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.

      • RIGG DESIGN PRIZE 2018

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

      • FRIDA KAHLO: HER PHOTOS

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

      • 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.

      • 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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