Cheap and free things to do in Melbourne this week

Spring clean your winter coat pockets and spend your spare change on Melbourne’s cheapest eats, drinks and events.

Dance: Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Tours at the Winter Night Market

Put on a pair of headphones and boogie your way through the Winter Night Market with Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco tour. Tours leave hourly from 6pm to 9pm and cost $5 per person. Expect a soundtrack of ’70s disco to salsa and current dance hits. Wednesday nights until 4 October.

A couple of guys with crazy outfits doing disco moves in front of a crow of people wearing headphones

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco at the Winter Night Market

Drink: free craft beer at The Beaufort

The Beaufort‘s ‘Meet the Brewer’ is a Friday night series showcasing some of Australia’s best craft brewers. Drop in between 5 and 6pm, get a free beer on entry (and $5 for subsequent beers) and meet the brewer. It’s a great opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the brewing process. Friday 22 September, 5-6pm.

Watch: The Hophaus Annual Dachshund Race

The Hophaus Annual Dachshund Race is a free event for spectators who want to watch cute dogs compete for canine victory. In celebration of Oktoberfest, the event also includes a Dachshund costume parade. Saturday 23 September.

A group of dogs running along a tiny racetrack with a crowd of people watching them

The Hophaus Annual Dachshund Race. Photo: Helen Black

Eat: baguettes for lunch at B3 Café, Centre Place

Popular lunchtime spot, B3 cafe is one of the best-value lunch places in the city. With baguette prices varying between $4.50 – $6.50, you’ll always leave with change in your pocket. Flavours include vegetarian eggplant schnitzel, classic ham, cheese and tomato and chicken waldorf salad. And it’s all made fresh every day.

Eat: cheap curry delights at Flora, Flinders Street

For over 20 years, Flora Indian Restaurant has been keeping the city well fed with its traditional southern and northern Indian food. Located within metres of Flinders Street Station, feast on classics such as Beef Madras or Lamb Vindaloo while waiting for the next train. At only $11, their generous sized combo meals of rice, dal, curry and poppadoms are one of the best value dinners in town. Or try their deal of the day for $8.50.