All the best free summer events in Melbourne

Put your wallet away – you won't need it at these unmissable festivals, gigs and events
Rhythms of the Night projection art on the Royal Exhibition Building at White Night Melbourne
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Thinking of heading to Melbourne for a getaway this summer? It's no secret that Melbourne is packed with a year-'round roster of top-notch festivals, parties, pop-ups and events; and lucky for you, many of the best ones are free. We've put together a hit list of all the best things to do in Melbourne this summer to plan your trip around. Whether you're an art-lover, sport fanatic, music fan or food connoisseur, we've got you covered.

To plan your ultimate Melbourne getaway, visit our Time Out Guru to get tailored recommendations on where to stay, what to eat and all the best things to do.

Summer events in Melbourne

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Australian Music Vault
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Museums, History

Australian Music Vault

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Fans of Australian music – the museum of your dreams is here. Arts Centre Melbourne's brand new exhibition space (opening December 19) will be an immersive trip through Aussie musical history, with recordings, images, instruments and memorabilia from luminaries like Archie Roach, Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave, Silverchair, AC/DC, John Farnham and many more. 

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