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What's free over the AFL long weekend

Whether you’re a footy fanatic or just looking for fun stuff to do with your extra time off, one thing’s for sure – Melburnians love a freebie. Read on for the ultimate low cost guide to the long weekend.

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Explore Melbourne over the long weekend

Free from cost, free from footy

Not keen on the footy fiesta? Here’s where both you and your wallet will be safe for the weekend.

Sunday Rooftop Trivia

Take sanctuary from the street-side hustle and bustle with Sunday Rooftop Trivia at Campari House. Gather your brainiest buddies, put on your thinking caps and get ready to flex your general knowledge skills. It’s free to take part, and specials include $15 pizzas and $10 pints of Little Creatures and Feral Brewing Co beer. Don’t worry if spring’s warmth doesn’t arrive on cue – there’s a retractable roof.

Flinders Quarter Augmented art walk

Whether you’re new to Melbourne or want to take a trip down memory lane, the iconic Flinders Quarter district is a must visit spot for any city stroll seeker. A new app allows visitors to take an augmented reality tour through the area, highlighting some of the stunning art that’s adorned this iconic Melbourne precinct. Much of the art is located out in the open, so it’s the perfect option for long weekend strolling! Pop in to the visitor hub at Town Hall to grab a map and see the past, present and future of Flinders Quarter unfold before you.

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Augmented artworks in Degraves Place


Get a head start on October’s top tipple festival and pop into Hofbrauhaus for Oktoberfest.  Join the fun and try imported bier, special Bavarian feasts and awesome live entertainment.  You could even win free beer for a year just by showing up – which leaves more sweet coin for schnitzels!

Self-guided street art walk

Discover 10 key street-art sites in the CBD with this new self-guided walk. You can find the informative, interactive map online, or download it to your device at the Melbourne Visitor Hub at Town Hall. Street art never sleeps in Melbourne, so take advantage of pre-siren quiet and explore these beloved spaces while the big game rages on.

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Croft Alley

Melbourne Fringe Festival

It’s Melbourne Fringe Festival time again, and as always, there’s a weird and wonderful program of performances, exhibitions and genre-defying experiences. Free spirits should highlight free events like Unity: A Fringe Augmented Reality Experience. This neo-sensory, Blade Runner-esque pop-up art adventure is not to be missed. Other Fringe freebies include screenings of artist Brett Ashby’s gravity-warping short films at Fed Square and Horse Bazaar.

For the footy lover

What to do when you want that fabulous Grand Final atmosphere, without forking out heaps of your hard earned.

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Enjoy the Grand Final fun for free

AFL Footy Festival

The AFL Footy Festival showcases the best in food, music, kids activities and of course footy. Located at Yarra Park outside Gate 3 of the MCG, it’s an action-packed four days including player appearances, music and entertainment, the MILO Kids Zone and the Taste of Footy precinct. The MILO Kids Zone offers plenty of fun for kids with an AFL obstacle course, the Woolworths AFL playground and the Nintendo interactive zone. Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 September.

Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade

Yarra Park is also the end point for the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade on Friday 27  September.  Starting at the Old Treasury Building, players from the two Grand Final teams will be in this colourful motorcade through the city. Marching bands and roving entertainers add to the excitement of this major Grand Final Eve holiday event. The festivities continue after the parade with the Grand Final Eve Concert starting at 1pm with live entertainment, including a set from Birds of Toyko. Friday 27 September. On the big day, the 2019 Toyota AFL Grand Final will be screening live on the big screen.

Fox Footy Longest Kick

September means footy finals. Even if your team didn’t make it, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Some of it’s free, like the Fox Footy Longest Kick on Grand Final morning, 28 September. Now in its fifth year, this event gathers past and present AFL stars to see who can kick a footy across the Yarra. Who’s got the torpedo punt to go the distance? There are also giveaways, kids activities and other entertainment, so get there early for a prime position.

Grand Final screening at Fed Square

Settle in with the best seat in the house when Fed Square shows all the action live and loud on their big screen. The free screening kicks off (pun intended) at 2.30pm, but head down early with chairs in hand to secure your spot. Once you’re all set up refuel at one of the awesome food trucks on site!

MCG Open Day

After the final siren sounds off, head back in on Sunday to explore the hallowed grounds at the MCG Open Day (free).  Kick your best sherrin around on the turf, wander through The Long Room, hobnob about in the MCC library and more. On from 11am to 4pm Sunday 29 September.

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Explore the MCG at this year’s open day