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  • Markets & festivals
  • Sport, events, exhibitions and shows
  • Explore Victoria - beyond Melbourne
  • Melbourne’s outdoor attractions

If you like music, markets, festivals or exhibitions there are always events for you to go to. Many are low cost or free. With all this entertainment on offer, it’s no surprise that Melbourne is voted one of the world’s most liveable city.

Queen Victoria Market


There is plenty of sport to watch in Melbourne.

Local sportsgrounds are a great place to watch or join in local amateur football, soccer and cricket.

A few of our 2019 Student Ambassadors went along to week one of the AFL finals series to see the Geelong Cats take on Collingwood in front of over 90,000 fans.


Melbourne’s event calendar is filled with arts, music and performance festivals for all tastes and budgets.

Check the Study Melbourne events page for free or low cost events that international students would be interested in attending.

Exhibitions and shows

Free or cheap entry is available at these fun and informative places; the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, Federation Square, Immigration Museum, Scienceworks, and the Melbourne Museum.

For a full list of world class events and attractions check the links on the Entertainment page.

Melbourne’s outdoor attractions

When the weather is fine Melbournians love to take a picnic to one of the many outdoor parks in or outside the city. Parks are great places to enjoy nature and relax. Many of Victoria's parks have free barbeque facilities, public art and plenty of space to relax with friends or a book or laptop.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens, Docklands Park and Treasury Gardens are just a few of the many parks open for the public to enjoy.

Visit the Parks Victoria website to see more about parks in Melbourne and beyond.