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Melbourne may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but that doesn't mean folks don't put things on for free. If you know where to look (i.e. right here), you'll find free art, free classes. free parties — and sometimes even free wine. So swallow your disdain for crowds and curb your complaints about people who only go to exhibition openings for the complimentary drinks and get amongst these August events, which you can attend gloriously cash-free.
Zero dollar shenanigans await.
A retro gaming festival complete with a pop-up arcade and a Nintendo-themed candy bar,.
With greyhounds up for adoption and a slew of gravy-heavy dishes to enjoy.
Help celebrate the centre's 21st birthday with free hot yoga, boxing and access to the spa and sauna.
The Melbourne artist has recreated a 90s-style milk bar — filled with 500 hand-painted items.
Music meets literature in this year's lineup, featuring Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly and Sarah Blasko.
Learn how to live waste-free at this pop-up market.
The huge bohemian plant sale will open to the public once more.
The Carlton eatery is celebrating its first birthday with 1000 free fried chicken burgers.
Music-themed bingo comes to the Corner Hotel.
Thirty-two artists interpret heartbreaking incident reports out of 2016's leaked files from one of Australia's offshore detention centres.
See the night light up after-dark with projections and installations in Malvern East.
An exhibition dedicated to one of earth's most precious metals.
A new three-channel video work that explores our national aesthetic in line with The Australian Dream.
Karaoke gets communal.
The National Film and Sound Archive's exhibition celebrating the too-brief career of local boy Heath Ledger.
Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple at this free sinister trivia night.
A craft beer bar is popping up at the Queen Vic Market for one month.
The first national survey of Australia's most innovative and powerful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design.
The American artist's large repertoire of radical land art will be on display in Australia for the very first time.
This free exhibition explores society's fascination with (and fear of) animal-human hybrids.
The inner west is bathed in light during this three-week projection festival.
In conjunction with its new exhibition from MoMA, the NGV is hosting a slew of NYC-inspired events across the city this winter.
The first posthumous exhibition by Myuran Sukumaran, who was executed in Indonesia in 2015.
The NGV revisits one of its most daring exhibitions — 50 years on.
The NGV draws on its collection to display 19th century art from Japan, as well as the European works it influenced.
A new Fitzroy market showcase a top selection of local food producers each Saturday.
A monthly market selling everything from vintage to vegan food.
The Spanish artist's 1930s etchings come to the National Gallery of Australia.
A free weekly comedy night at Boney.