No Money Weekend

No Money Weekend

Maximum fun on minimum funds - your cheapskate's guide to the weekend.

Money can buy booze and gig tickets and movies and tasty food, all of our standard weekend-go tos, but money can't buy the thrill you'll get skating along the ocean's edge under the stars, experiencing the sweat and passion of live punk in someone's backyard, or the feel-good endorphins that come from watching puppies going insane. Welcome to your $0 weekend.

(Image: James Whineray)


When I was in high school one of my favourite things to do on the weekend was to catch public transport to skate parks with group of friends. While it may not have been that many years ago, I’m fairly sure if I were to throw myself over a set of stairs on my skateboard these days, it would only result in me hurting myself, but that doesn’t mean I doesn’t mean I don’t still enjoy the occasional skate. While it may be dominated by cyclists and mums with prams by day, the coast road between Trigg and Hillarys is an incredibly quiet and peaceful place to skate along at night time. Throw in a pair of headphones and put a couple of dollars in your pocket to buy yourself an ice-cream at the service station, and rediscover your inner skate rat, not to mention the calm solo voyage on a summers’ night, riding by the ocean. - Jack

West Coast Highway, Scarborough to Hillarys, Perth.  


From today until the 23rd, Melbourne's concert venues, art galleries, open air spaces, warehouses and cinemas will throw open their doors to Melbourne Music Week, the City of Melbourne's incredible live music initiative, made up of 110 events featuring 250 contributing artists at over 40 locations across the city. Kind of like a mini South by Southwest, or CMJ, the acts playing range from well-known icons to breakthrough talent, spanning rock, pop, folk, electronic, R & B and experimental. Air max 97, Allday, Chiefs, Cut Copy, Davey Lane, DJ Spinn, Ed Fisher, Joey Kay, Lucian Blomkamp, Oneohtrix Point Never, Peter Bibby, Pikelet, World's End Press and more. - Dani

Check out the full list of artists playing HERE and the program HERE - plenty of free shows to get stuck into. 


I used to live in Avalon and can guarantee that it’s one of the best ways to feel like you’re leaving Sydney without actually leaving. This saturday is Avalon Market day which is a great chance to eat some awesome food or just splurge on some of the stuff Avalon has to offer. And if that doesn’t interest you just go to Avalon beach it’ll be busier than usual with the market but nothing like Bondi on a summer day. Or you can just walk through the town and drop into one of the great cafes. Another beach nearby which most tourists don’t go to is Bilgola Beach which is on the Bilgola bends off Barrenjoey road. - Liam

Avalon Public School, 9am - 4pm, Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon


People-watching can be a very interesting way to pass time, even better though is watching people interacting over-enthusiastically with their pets. If you want to enjoy the beach whilst being entertained by a sprawl of excited dogs running around, sizing each other up and fighting for tennis balls and their owners attention. You can find dog beaches scattered across the Perth coastline, including City Beach, South Beach, and my personal favourite, Bennion Beach, situated just north of Trigg Beach. They’re all on this map HERE. – Jack 


If you prefer garage to government, you’ll find like minds at the G420 Summit, a band showcase featuring Sydney act Food Court, Brisbane’s LSD Ratkings and Weak Boys all doing their thing.

 Saturday 15 November, Trainspotters, 270 Ann St Brisbane. 9pm – late. More details HERE.


Located just 7km from the Perth CBD overlooking the Swan River, the Maylands Waterpark is regarded as one of Perth’s best outdoor water playgrounds. Sure, there may be an army of loud and excited kids in the splash pool, but there are three other large shaded pools that you can let loose on. There’s also BBQs, picnic areas, a kiosk and a mini-golf course. Entry to the park is a measly $4 (cheaper for kids and students). – Jack 

Maylands Waterpark, 32 Clarkson Road, Maylands. Open daily 10am-5pm. Website HERE.  


Once a year JumpClimb and The Beaufort Street Network close off one of our city’s major roads (Beaufort Street) and fill it with food, party, art, bands, and DJs, with hundreds of stalls run by local business and beyond. Whether you hit it early for coffee, lunch and wandering, or head down when it gets darker for drinking and dancing, you’re sure to locate yourself some vibes. Top picks? The wrestling matches in the Australia Post carpark organized by EPW (Explosive Professional Wrestling), (curveball) Zambian hip hop artist C.R.I.$.I.$ aka Mr. Swagger rapping on the Ast, and the Secret Walls Live Art Battle, and the annual Pooch Parade. - Dani

 Beaufort Street Festival, 12pm – 9pm, Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley.


If you like the idea of filling your walls with artwork from local artists but don’t think you have the budget to join the art owners’ game, AOHF is the answer – several artists have opened up their homes in Fremantle and curated exhibitions featuring their own, and their friends’ artworks, with plenty available to buy for less than $1, 500. Even if you don’t buy any artwork, its free to visit the artists’ homes, which are sure to have  pretty cool interiors. Jordy Hewitt, Penny Bovell, Tom Freeman and Caspar Fairhall are among the artists hosting exhibitions in their homes. – Dani 

 Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November, 10am - 4pm. Five artist home locations, check HERE for details.

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