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Being a student can mean working hard, but it also means playing hard! However, being a student in another country can be expensive, so that is why we have listed below some great free events for students in Melbourne. 


White Light Melbourne 2016

20th of Feb 2016 – Melbourne CBD

Embark on a journey of discovery through the heart of Melbourne with music, food, film, art, and light. Bring your family and friends and enjoy an urban adventure at Australia’s only all night celebration of culture and creativity. With so much on offer, including exhibitions, street performances, illuminations, installations, film screenings, music, dance and interactive events, there really is something for everyone.


Cherry Bar

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This bar is famous in the city for rock music. You can sit there for free and enjoy music and coffee!


South East Asia Festival

12th of March 2016 – Carlton

The festival features cultural developments, authentic food from Melbourne’s top restaurants, activities for kids and grown-ups alike, music performances as well as games and social clubs.


Turkish Pazar Festival

15th March 2016 – Queen Victoria Markets

Get a taste of an old Turkish market with this free festival. It begins in March and you can walk through the Queen Victorian Market, but it will resemble a bazaar set in old Turkey.


MARCS Festival

28th of February 2016 – Flinders Lane

Held in conjunction with the City of Melbourne, the MARCS Laneway Festival celebrates the essence of ‘what is’ Melbourne’s culture and lifestyle. It’s a multicultural mix of food, drink, art, music, fashion and emphatically it’s all about Melbourne’s laneways.


Carlton Harmony Day

19th of March 2016 – Carlton

The Carlton Harmony Day festival brings diverse people together to celebrate cultural diversity, local talent and the Carlton community. Come along to the Neill Street Reserve for information stalls, a local market, musical performances, cultural displays, children’s activities, food and more!


Chinese New Year

20th of March 2016 – Queen Victoria Markets

Explore a wide variety of traditional Asian food stalls, performances and free family activities including traditional lion dances and lantern-making workshops. Yuan Xiao Jie celebrates the lead-up to the first full moon of the Chinese Lunar New Year. According to Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright full moon in the sky, thousands of colourful lanterns are hung out for people to enjoy. Families unite in the joyful atmosphere and try to solve the puzzles on the lanterns.