Enjoy the rest of the week for free: there are market places to wander through, comedy to make you chuckle, art to admire and music to make you merry. Then there is the long Australia Day weekend to look forward to. There will more free offerings than usual. It is not your average weekend, it is a time for get-togethers, bbqs and fun. Make the most of what you can without spending a dime.


Exhibition: Mambo Retrospective

When: Wednesday 19 January- Sunday 22 February
Where: NGV, Federation Square, CBD


Exhibition: Bohemian Melbourne
When: Monday 19 January- Sunday 22 February

Where: State Library of Victoria in the Keith Murdoch Gallery Main entry, Swanston Street

Exhibition: Richard Avedon People
When: Monday January 19- Sunday 15 March

(Tuesday to Friday 10am- 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 12pm- 5pm)
Where: Ian Potter, Swanston Street, Parkville

Southgate Deckchair Cinema
Screening: Big Sur
When: Tuesday 20 January (8.45pm)
Where: 3 Southgate Avenue, Southgate

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Imperial Comedy featuring Josh Earl, Michael Hing and Simon Keck
When: Tuesday 20 January
Where: Imperial Hotel, CBD

Blender Lane Artists Market
When: Wednesday 19 January (5pm-10pm)
Where: Blender Lane, CBD

Wednesday Night Market at Queen Victoria Market
When: Wednesday 21 January (5pm-10pm)
Where: Queen Victoria Market

Jungle Fever Party
When: Friday 23 January
Where: Luwow, Fitzroy

Supper Market at Abbotsford Convent featuring Trumpet- a five-piece Melbourne jazz band led by vocalist David Ruiz playing styles of jazz music from bebop to bossa nova and beyond. Trumpet also delve into blues, funk, soul and ‘50s rock’n’roll.
When: Friday 23 January (6pm-10pm)

Where: Abbotsford Convent, St Heliers Street

Pork Chop Party
When: Saturday 24 January
Where: The Post Office Hotel, Coburg

Pool Parties at the Iconic Adelphi Pool– Free peep at Melbourne’s most iconic pool
When: Sunday 25 January 12pm-7pm
(They are only letting in 70 guests at a time, so you may wish to arrive early to get your strip of astro-turf right by the pool)
Where: 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Triple J Hottest 100 Party
When: Monday 26 January
Where: The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda


Pop Cinema Film Series at Domain Theatre
Screening: Elvis : That’s the Way it is 108 mins (1970) Rated G
When: Wednesday 21 January (7.15pm)

Taking Berlin
When: Wednesday 21 January
Where: Captain Cook Hotel, Paddington

New Navy with Sons of the Universe
When: Thursday 22 January
The Hotel Steyne, Manly (Upstairs)

Summer Courtyard Sessions featuring Okenyo
When: Friday 23 January
Where: Seymour Centre, City Road, Chippendale

Sorcery, Gutter Tactic, Rise of Avernus, Sumeru, Arteries and Bastardizer
When: Sunday 25 January
Where: Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice

The Rocks Australia Day Party featuring Saskwatch, Benny Walker, Thelma Plum, Dustin Tebbutt, The Bombay Royale and MC Lolo Lovina
When: Monday 26 January 12pm-6pm)
Where: George Street, First Fleet Park, and Atherden Street, The Rocks

Australia Day Celtic Festival
When: Monday 26 January (10am-5pm)
Where: Bradfield Park, Milsons Point

Free Australia Day Concerts at The Sydney Opera House featuring The Wiggles, Jessica Mauboy, Sheppard, Justice Crew and Russell Morris
When: The Wiggles Australia Day Concert: 10.00am to 11.00am

Evening Australia Day Concert 7.00pm to 8.30pm

Where: The forecourt of the Sydney Opera House


Exhibition: The Art of The Lion King
When: Tuesday 20 January- Sunday 1 February (10am-4pm)
Where: Tony Gould Gallery, QPAC

Exhibition: Festival of Tibet
When: Tuesday 20 January- Sunday 25 January (9am-5pm)
Where: Mosquito Foyer / Turbine Platform, Brisbane Powerhouse
When: Saturday 24 January (6am-12pm)
Where: Powerhouse Plaza

Exhibition: Postcards from the Edge of the City
When: Tuesday 20 January- Sunday 26 April
Where: Adelaide Botanic Gardens

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Exhibition: Generate– Local Artists showcasing their best at The Jam Factory
When: Monday 20 January- Saturday 24 January
Where: Jam Factory, 19 Morphett Street

AYO National Music Camp Concert Series
When: Tuesday 20 January- Friday 23 January
Where: Elder Hall, North Terrace, Adelaide

Website: ayo.com.au

Australian Youth Orchestra

When: Friday 23 January- Monday 23 February
Where: City of Adelaide and surrounding Councils

Australia Day In The City– Celebrate Australia Day in the city with a free parade, a free concert and free fireworks
When: Monday 26 January
Where: 6pm Parade: Victoria Square to Elder Park via King William Street, Adelaide
7pm Concert and Fireworks: Elder Park, King William Street next to the Festival Theatre, Adelaide.


Summerset Arts Festival
When: Friday 16 January- 7 Saturday February
Where: City of Stirling, various locations
Not all events are free, but most are, or cheap (max $25 per event)
When: Monday 26 January
Where: : Langley Park, Riverside Drive and South Perth foreshore

City of Fremantle‘s Indian Ocean Fireworks
Where: Bathers Beach, Fremantle
When: 3-8pm
What: Stage performances, markets, kid’s entertainment, fireworks