Australia sure knows how to put on a show! We are talking free night markets, cheap open air cinemas, live music, free music festivals, film festivals, light projection festivals and more! To make sure you don't miss a beat - check out our Australian Events Calendar - the best FREE or cheap events in Australia!


Queen Victoria Summer & Winter Night Market
Melbourne's famous inner city market returns every summer and winter to put on a night market! Don't be fooled - it's not the clothing and souvenir stalls that draw in the locals - but the nightly music, roaming performers, sangria, flavoured tea, food trucks and an endless choice of cheap, international food stalls! An absolute must!
When? Every Wednesday night from 5PM when the market is open. Dates change annually
Where? Queen Vic Markets, 513 Elizabeth St. Melbourne
Cost? FREE
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Melbourne's Moonlight Cinema
This is a local's favourite over summer. Set in the peaceful surroundings of the Royal Botanic Gardens, the moonlight cinema features nightly films on a blow up screen! You can hire bean bags and BYO Food and Snacks - brilliant!
When? Late November - March
Where? Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Cost? $16 - $19
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St Kilda Night Markets
Where the hippies and locals come out to play. Bring a 6 pack, grab a spot on the green, browse through the stalls, grab some cheap international food and enjoy the fire twirlers and drum circle!
When? December - February. Every Thursday 5:00PM - 10:00PM.
Where? St Kilda - by Luna Park
Cost? FREE
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South Melbourne Night Markets
Just a short tram ride from either the city centre or St Kilda, the South Melbourne night markets return for summer every Thursday night. Kicking off at 5:30pm, the markets are a lot larger that their St Kilda counterpart with live music, LOADS of cheap food stalls and lots of clothing, jewelry and accessory stores.
When? Mid January - Late February. Every Thursday night from 5:30PM.
Where? Market Shed, corner of Coventry & Cecil Street, South Melbourne
Cost? FREE
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St Kilda Festival Sunday
Probably our favourite FREE Music event in Australia! Various stages are set up around Melbourne's funk beach side suburb showcasing DJs, local bands and some of Australia's best acts. AND IT'S FREE! Expect every bar to be packed to the rims and the entire St Kilda esplanade transformed into a street party.
When? Normally the 2nd Sunday in February
Where? St Kilda, Melbourne
Cost? FREE
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White Night Melbourne
For one night only - Melbourne's iconic landmarks and building are transformed into a showcase of lights and music. The entire city is buzzing as you walk around each popular 'white spot' to take in the show. Many places such as the Melbourne Museum are open 24 hours and offer free entry!
When? August (2019)
Where? Various locations throughout Melbourne CBD
Cost? FREE
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St Kilda Festival

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Sydney Festival
January paves the way for Sydney Festival - all things SYDNEY! Over 100 events, 700 performers and too many free and cheap events to list! The festival hub is set up in Hyde Park and you will find a little something for everyone. Our pick? Check out one of the free concerts at The Domain.
When? January
Where? Various locations throughout Sydney
Cost? FREE
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Sydney's St George Open Air Cinema
Overlooking Sydney Harbour and the Opera House - this is a must! Bar and food available. Buy your tickets online early.
When? January - February. 8:30PM
Where? Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney CBD
Cost? $30 - $37
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Bondi Beach Short Film Flickerfest
Head on down to Bondi Beach pavilion to catch some great Australian and international short films. Begin the night with a drink on the balcony as the sun sets over Bondi Beach. A great and cheap night out!
When? January
Where? Bondi Beach Pavillion
Cost? $25 +
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Sydney's Chinatown Night Markets
Every Friday night throughout summer, head on down to Chinatown to experience some of the tastiest asian eats on offer. Expect lots of asian inspired tastes, smells, sounds, colours and entertainment.
When? Every Friday night from 4:00PM - 11:00PM
Where? Dixon St, Chinatown, Haymarket, Sydney
Cost? FREE

VIVID Sydney
Australia's most talked about festival, VIVID festival transforms the Sydney Opera House and various buildings throughout the city into a backdrop for light and music.
When? May
Where? Various locations throughout Sydney
Cost? FREE
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Vivid Sydney

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Brisbane's Boundary Street Night Markets
Brisbane's West End is the alternative and creative suburb that is well worth a visit. The streets are lined with loads of bars, cafes and quirky shops. Every Friday night make your way to the night market and explore the pop up bars, live music, food trucks and market stalls.
When? Every Friday & Saturday night all year round. 5:00PM - 10:00PM.
Where? Boundary Street, West End Brisbane
Cost? FREE
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Brisbane's Green Jam Sessions
Head on down to Southbank to catch Brisbane's best up and coming indie bands. Food trucks, Pop up Bars and a cool little set up to chill on the grass by Brisbane River.
When? Every Friday night at dusk
Where? QPAC, Southbank
Cost? FREE
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Brisbane's Southbank Markets
The shores of Brisbane's southbank comes alive every weekend throughout summer with market stalls, live music, fireworks displays, buskers, tarot readings and of course, lots of cheap food stalls!
When? Every Friday night all year round. 5:00PM - 10:00PM.
Where? Southbank, Brisbane
Cost? FREE
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Brisbane Markets

Brisbane Eat Street Markets: By Misaochan (Own work) [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Noosa Festival of Surfing
Check out some of the world's best at Noosa's Festival of Surfing. Not only is there a bar, live music, movies and nightly entertainment - but you can take a seat by the waves and watch the Pros take on Paddleboarding, Longboarding, Shortboarding and even Dogboarding!
When? March
Where? Noosa Heads
Cost? FREE
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All prices and dates correct at time of publishing. Please contact the event organisers for more information

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