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Free-Things-To-Do-Melbourne September issue
September 02, 2013

Free Events in September 2013

Welcome to the September Events Newsletter.

Sorry it's a little late this month!! I was on holiday and the internet connection wasn't as good as I'd expected.

There's one or two things you need to book again this month but for most you can still just turn up. Obviously outdoor events are subject to weather conditions permitting.

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Till 8th September - The Melbourne Spring Fashion Week has been celebrating the best of Melbourne city’s unique fashion and design landscape for 19 years. See for all the free events.

Till 14th September – Liquid Architecture – 14th National Festival of Sound Art –Liquid Architecture offers a range of events including concerts, immersive sound presentations, audio-visual and recorded work, exhibitions and installations, and featuring our most imaginative musicians, composers, sound designers and media artists in a sense-specific feast for the ears. Some of these are free and did include an event in the Royal Melbourne Hospital Underground Tunnels but this is now unfortunately booked out.

Tuesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th – Tai Chi in Main Square at Federation Square 7.30am – 8.30am

Tuesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th – Lunchtime Meditation in The Atrium at Federation Square 12.30-1pm

Tuesday 3rd and 17th - Bazaar Tales is a live story-telling show that (apparently – I haven’t been there myself yet) brings together some of Australia's (and the world's) best storytelling comedians, musicians, writers, poets, taxi drivers, journalists and eccentrics to tell their very best stories based on a different theme every show. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. 8pm till late so I assume this is not for the kids!

Wednesday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th - Healthy Lifestyle Lounge - Meet at ground level 1 Elizabeth St, Melbourne (next to subway) at 6.55am. Just bring yourself and invite your friends along! Don't forget to bring a towel! 6.55am-8am Bookings essential on 0401 173 143

Wednesday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th – State Library of Victoria Ned Kelly Tour - Discover the story of Ned Kelly, Victoria's infamous bushranger. See Ned's armour, pages from the 'Jerilderie Letter', photos and objects. 1pm-2pm.

Thursdays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th – Organ Recital at St Michaels Church at 120 Collins Street. 1pm-1.30pm

Fridays 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th – Qigong (a sort of Tai Chi combining integrated movement, mental cultivation and regulated breathing) – Main Square at Federation Square 8am – 9am

Saturday 7th September – Kwave Festival in Federation Square – This is the first Korean culture festival in Melbourne. See live music, performers and more with traditional and modern Korea being celebrated. 12noon – 9pm.

Sundays 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th – Scarecrow Making at the Pop Up Patch which is a vegetable garden on the Federation Square car park rooftop. Bring along old clothes but otherwise all materials provided for the kids to make their own scarecrows. 11am-12noon

Sunday 8th – Learn French at St Michael's Uniting Church, 120 Collins Street,Melbourne. Bookings available via 03 9654 5120. 12noon-1pm.

Sundays 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th - Gypsy Jazz on the Village Green at CERES. Starts 1pm. Join in, or like most people, just watch!

Monday 9th - Learn Crochet at The Square in Federation Square 12-2pm

Monday 9th till Sunday 22nd - Crown’s inaugural Mooncake Festival will span the complex with free entertainment for the whole family this September between 11am and 9pm each day. To celebrate this tradition, Crown’s Mooncake Festival will feature a series of activities and entertainment including Mooncake making demonstrations and a host of cultural activities and interactive performances. Appearing daily: Seal carver 11am–9pm; calligrapher 11am–9pm; Chinese tea demonstrations 11am, 2pm & 4pm; Mooncake-making demonstration 4pm-6pm. Additional appearances: Sabrina fairy lantern dance: 1pm & 7pm Fri 13 & 14 Sep, 1pm & 5pm Sun 15 Sep. HGYS Lion team: 5.30pm & 8pm Fri 13 Sep, 3pm & 8pm Sat 14 Sep, 12pm & 3pm Sun 15 Sep. Location Crown Entertainment Complex 8 Whiteman Street , Southbank

Tuesday 10th and Friday 13th – Trader Cook-Off at Queen Victoria Market. It’s a recipe for fun and excitement as trader takes on trader in an epic battle for food glory at the Trader Cook Off. This year is guaranteed to be a hot competition, MC’d by Wendy Hargreaves, contestants will be whipping up iconic dishes from their countries of origin for celebrity judge Ian Curley. 11am-noon

Tuesday 10th, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th - Cooking Demonstration at Queen Victoria Market. Enjoy a free cooking demonstration from our Seasonal Star Ian Curley of the European. Ian will be showing us how to prepare delicious seasonal recipes for spring, and there will also be free recipe cards and tastings. Noon-1pm

Thursdays 12th and 26th - Feel Young - Drawing from ancient Chinese traditions this combines gentle exercise and dance – The Atrium in Federation Square 10.30am – 12.30pm

Thursday 12th and 26th – Belly Dancing – a gentle aerobic dance perfect for strengthening and toning core muscles – for all ages. The Atrium in Federation Square 12.30 – 1.00pm

Saturday 14th - Book Clubs at Beer Deluxe-Espresso Cafe in The Atrium Federation Square. At 10am there's the Cult Book Club, 11am is the General Book Club and 12noon is the Contemporary Book Club

Sunday 15th - Mexican Independence Day Festival at Federation Square. Don't miss your chance to party Mexican style with a festival that's even bigger and brighter than ever with a special Kids Corner and live entertainment. 10am-6pm.

Wednesday 18th September - 6th October - Melbourne Fringe Festival – Each year artists from a wide scope of art-form and experience join our Independent Arts Program to develop and present their work as part of the Festival. Through our Independent Arts Program we run the Festival Hub, a curated space that offers a cross-section of arts experiences throughout the Festival period including the Fringe Club. Up to a third of the programmed events are free apparently.

Wednesday 18th – Melbourne Town Hall Organ & ... series with Latitude 37 which is an Australian and New Zealand trio that reinvigorates Baroque music with a contemporary flair. This dynamic threesome will use heritage string instruments and some hidden gems of the Grand Organ's extensive range. 1pm-2pm in Melbourne Town Hall.

Saturday 21st – Poetry – 2 feature poets and the opportunity to read out your own at The Atrium in Federation Square 2pm – 4pm

Sunday 22nd till Sunday 29th September - AFL Grand Final Week and Parade - There’s loads happening all week here including the parade on Friday 27th. Check out

Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th – Electric Puppets at The Atrium in Federation Square – Create your own robot-like puppets which you then bring to life as an animation on the Fed Square Big Screen. For all aged kids. Times 10.30-12.30 and 2pm-4pm

Monday 23rd - Learn Knitting at The Square at Federation Square 12-2pm

Tuesday 24th till Friday 27th – Junior Rangers have lots of free activities at parks around Victoria – check Bookings are usually required.

Wednesday 25th, Friday 27th and Sunday 29 September - Artplay Backyard - Come and play in the ArtPlay Backyard. We’ll have all sorts of materials on hand for you to create your artwork. Draw in the sand, build sculptures with recycled and natural materials or muck about with water. Make a mandala, wrap up some rope or ribbon and dream up your own mini landscape. Anything is possible! And don’t forget to bring a hat! 10.30am to 12.30pm

Sunday 29th – The Classic Car monthly showcase, this month featuring the Mercedes Benz Club of Victoria 11am – 2.30pm on Flinders Street section of Federation Square by ACMI

Sunday 29th - Vietnamese Children's Lantern Festival at Federation Square. The Vietnamese Lantern Festival is a widely celebrated cultural event in Vietnam which brings families together to celebrate the full moon with dancing, singing, storytelling, a lantern parade and children's lantern-making workshops. 12noon-7pm.

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