Free things to do in August

Celebrate the last month of winter for less. From crafts and live music to bustling markets and crackling campfires, here are all the free things to do this August.

European Night Market

Celebrate the weekend at the Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market, returning Friday nights in August. Rug up in your winter woollies and browse stalls to a soundtrack of tunes spun by the laneway’s resident DJ Cobbler. There will also be live music, mulled wine and a feast of hearty winter food including Polish dumplings, German sausages and French crepes.

A food stall at a night market

The European Night Market is back Friday nights in August in Madame Brussels Lane

MIFF Festival Lounge

The MIFF Festival Lounge is the perfect place to eat, drink and dissect the cinema. An essential part of the Melbourne International Film Festival, it‘s open at Forum Melbourne from 4 to 20 August.

Fed Square Live – Winter Series

A collaboration between Federation Square and ACMI, Fed Square Live is the perfect excuse to leave the office on time. Running every Thursday night throughout August, grab a mulled wine and listen to live music from local and emerging artists.

A woman and a man sitting on the ground

Au Dre will perform at Fed Square Live winter series

Northside Winter Festival

When North Melbourne hosts a festival it’s worth going northside, even if you’re a staunch southerner. Running  Thursday 27 July until Sunday 5 August, the Northside Winter Festival includes live music, kids activities, markets and more.

Leempeeyt Weeyn’
A fire will burn and smoke in the heart of Federation Square for three weeks throughout August. Meaning ‘campfire’ in the Gunditjmara language group of Western Victoria, the Leempeeyt Weeyn’ will be lit on Saturday 5 August.

Craft Cubed Festival

Presented by Craft Victoria and supported by City of Melbourne, the Craft Cubed Festival brings exhibitions, workshops and markets to Flinders Lane. Themed around Crafting Communities, the open access festival will touch on diversity, multi-disciplinary practice and the idea of creating connections through craft.

Two contemporary hand-crafted necklaces hanging on a wall

Dancing Together, presented by e.g.etal, is part of the Craft Cubed Festival

Live jazz at The Bohemian and The Botanical

There’s more free jazz to be had in August. Spanish hotspot, the Bohemian Bar and Restaurant, has live jazz every Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 5pm through August. Or, for a mid-week music fix, head to Wednesday Jazz at the Botanical Hotel for live sets from Orlando Combo from 6.30pm onwards.

Living Science at the Market

Living Science at the Market will explore the relationships between food, science, innovation, technology and the environment. Interactive presentations, hands-on activities for adults and children, shows and demonstration run throughout the day.

Sit n’ Stitch

Interested in learning some new skills and meeting new people? Drop into Sit n’ Stitch, a monthly afternoon of crafts at the City Library. Led by the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria, learn and develop hand embroidery skills and techniques. You even receive a free embroidery kit to take home at the end of each session.