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What's On In Melbourne In July

What's On In Melbourne In July

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Updated: 7 October 2016
As the days grow colder, it’s become more appealing to stay home by the fire and keep cosy, but we’re here to tempt you with an array of events sure to warm your heart and mind. From music and film festivals to indoor markets and artsy exhibitions, Melbourne’s July calendar is packed, proving that winter is truly the time to step out to discover just why this city is Australia’s culture capital.

 FRIDAY 1st – SUNDAY 10th JULY


July Week 1

From left: © Steinar Ellingsen Director Melbourne WebFest | © Leaps and Bounds | © Baby Shirley Broadway, the cutest child on the stage’, c 1935, donated by the Broadway family, State Library Victoria | © The Big Freeze Festival | © Eddie Mallin/WikiCommons | © National Gallery of Victoria

FILM   |   Immerse Yourself In Digital Entertainment At WebFest

Come along to WebFest and discover the innovative ways that technology is changing what we see and how we see it.

MUSIC   |   Leaps And Bounds Music Festival

Over 17 days, the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival will showcase the best in local Melbourne music across all genres.

HISTORY   |   Vaudevillia At The State Library Of Victoria

A retrospective look at the Australian Vaudeville acts of the 1920s and 30s through performances, images and talks.

FESTIVAL   |   Chill Out These School Holidays At The Big Freeze Festival

Do you want to build a snowman without the hassle of travelling to the mountains? Then The Big Freeze Festival is for you. Launching this year is Melbourne’s first indoor snow experience.

THEATRE   |   The Melbourne Magic Festival Is Set To Cast A Spell On The City

Abracadabra! The Melbourne Magic Festival is back for its 9th year to cast a spell over Northcote Town Hall with over 300 performances.

MUSIC   |   The Simon & Garfunkel Story Comes To Melbourne

After a sell-out season on London’s West End and a triumphant European tour, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is coming to Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.

ART   |   Bamboo: Tradition In Contemporary Form At NGV

Discover the traditional Japanese art form of bamboo weaving through this sculptural exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

THEATRE   |   A Musical of Titanic Proportions

Winner of five Tony Awards, Titanic, the musical, is coming to Melbourne’s Chapel Off Chapel this July and will feature a cast of 20, portraying roles over first, second and third class.


MONDAY 11th – SUNDAY 17th MAY


LITERATURE   |   Melbourne’s Rare Book Week Celebration

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of collecting vintage penguins or partake in adult story time? Then Melbourne Rare Book Week is for you!

THEATRE   |   Cirque De La Symphonie Comes To Melbourne

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will join musical forces with Cirque de la Symphonie to bring you a theatrical performance you will never forget.

CONFERENCE   |   Be Inspired By Reese Witherspoon At The Simpatico Conference

Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon and RedBalloon’s Naomi Simson are headlining The Simpatico Conference this July in the hope of empowering ambitious women.

FESTIVAL   |   Celebrate Bastille Day At The State Library Of Victoria

The State Library of Victoria presents two days of French cuisine, entertainment and master classes in celebration of Bastille Day.

MUSIC   |   Melbourne’s Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

Pull on a red frock and get down to Fitzroy Gardens this July for Melbourne’s Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever.

FESTIVAL   |   Party Inca Style At The 2016 Melbourne Peruvian Festival

Celebrate Peru’s Independence Day with a South American taste of culture, food and music this July at the Melbourne Docklands.


MONDAY 18th – SUNDAY 24nd MAY


July Week 3

From left: Courtesy National Gallery of Victoria |Courtesy of Finders Keepers © Mark Lobo – Rad Threads | Pexels | Main Street Christmas in July, 2015 © Chris Fithall/Wikipedia |

ART   |   The History Of Australian Quilting At The Ian Potter Centre

The Ian Potter Centre presents Making The Australian Quilt: 1800-1950 including over 80 historically significant quilts.

MARKET   |   Come And Visit Finders Keepers Design Market

Australia’s favourite independent design market is back in Melbourne at the historic Royal Exhibition Building this July for three days only.

FITNESS   |   Hit The Pavement For A Good Cause At Run Melbourne

Sprint through Melbourne and support your charity of choice at Run Melbourne in the 3km, 5km, 10km or half marathon events.

HISTORY   |   Christmas In July At Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights

Celebrate Christmas this July at Sovereign Hill and see the spectacular Winter Wonderlights show.


MONDAY 25th – SUNDAY 31st MAY


THEATRE   |   Ghost Stories Is Creeping Into Melbourne’s National Theatre

The psychologically thrilling theatrical production Ghost Stories has made global audiences scream and is ready to terrify Melburnians this July.

FILM   |   The 65th Melbourne International Film Festival

This year’s Melbourne International Film Festival will bring you the latest local and international features, documentaries and short films as well a brand new Virtual Reality program.

ASTROLOGY   |   Einstein’s Gravity: Black Holes, Dark Matter and Gravitational Lensing

Professor Stuart Wyithe presents a lecture on the relationships between gravity, black holes and galaxy formation.

NIGHTLIFE   |   Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday At Brown Alley In Melbourne

Merlin’s beard, Harry Potter is turning 36 this year, and you’re invited to celebrate and ‘boogie down like a unicorn’ this July in Melbourne.

ARCHITECTURE   |   Step Behind Closed Doors At Melbourne’s Open House Weekend

This July, Open House Melbourne is inviting you to step behind closed doors to explore the interiors of over 100 buildings throughout Melbourne that aren’t normally open to the public.

MUSIC   |   Rumour Has It – The Life And Music of Adele

See Australian stage darling Naomi Price as she portrays Adele in the show Rumour Has It and delivers all your favourite hits.