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Free things to do in Melbourne in April

With long weekends and school holidays, the April budget can blow out pretty quick. Make the most of the month with these free events. Remember to check event websites before you go, in case of last minute date changes or cancellations.

Photo 2020

Discover inspiring photography from over 120 local and international artists in Photo 2020. A new international festival of photography, spanning over 40 venues across Melbourne. Each year the festival will address the major issues of our time. This year artists interrogate the relationship between photography and truth in the post-internet age. Explore photographic art, talks, workshops and education programs. From Thursday 23 April to Sunday 10 May.

The (Very) Big Laugh Out

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is packed full of affordable shows, but none cheaper than The (Very) Big Laugh Out. A free, all-ages showcase of the best street performers and comedians from around the world. Laugh out loud with sketches, comedy, music and live art. On daily throughout the festival, from Tuesday 31 March to Sunday 12 April.

Spanish Language Fiesta

Dance, eat and be mesmerised by the rich cultures and traditions on display at the Spanish Language Fiesta. Get free Spanish lessons, taste the amazing food and see live Flamenco performances. Enjoy original Spanish poetry, live music, entertainment and activities at this cultural celebration. Taking over a laneway in North Melbourne on Saturday 4 April.

South Asian Festival

Now in its fifth year, the South Asian Festival is a colourful display of the region’s rich, diverse and festive culture. The stage will come to life with traditional music, dance and a DJ. Taste and smell all the flavours of South East Asia, on display at the many food stalls. Including a pop-up by 2018 Masterchef winner, Sashi Cheliah. For the kids there’ll be carnival rides, kite flying and face painting. Boutique stalls filled with handicrafts, jewellery, toys, books and more. The night will end with an epic fireworks display that will light up the sky. On Saturday 18 April from 11am to 10pm.

ArtPlay Backyard

The materials are provided, and the kids bring their imagination at ArtPlay Backyard. A hands-on creative play space that will get little minds racing. Inside a shipping container, is all sorts of materials for making, doing, building and creating. They can draw in the dirt, make music, build sculptures or explore natural and recycled materials. Wednesday 1 April from 10am to midday.

Wallpaper III & IV

Experience elevator music and background sound like you never have before in Wallpaper III and IV. A creative series exploring the untapped potential of background music in our everyday environment. Artist Del Lumanta treats sound as material. Responding to and synthesising histories and recent events of Arts House, where this exhibition is held. From Thursday 2 to Thursday 9 April.

Sustainable Fashion

Learn about the ramifications and importance of sustainability in textiles at Sustainable Fashion. A one-night seminar where you will learn how to understand labels, where to buy sustainably and how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Find out about new innovations, sustainable fibres and textiles. Plus attendees will go home with a list of books and other resources to deepen their understanding even further. Wednesday 8 April.

Sir Lankan festival

Join Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus in celebrating their new year at the Sri Lankan Festival. Music, workshops, cultural demonstrations and colourful costumes, there’s lots to enjoy. Sri Lankan cuisine will be on display at the food stalls. Try popular staples like curries, hoppers and kottu. Sunday 29 April 2020.

Melbourne Vixens Fan Festival

Melbourne Vixens Fan Festival hits Fed Square again this year. There’ll be netball clinics, giveaways, face painting and heaps more. It’s a chance to meet the players, and get Vixens merchandise signed by the team. Plus, their new 2020 uniform will be unveiled. On Tuesday 7 April.