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What’s on in Melbourne for July 2022

There is no doubt that Melbourne is a cultural hub for Australia. Whether it’s the great live music scene, the lively outdoor markets, art galleries and the live sporting events – Melbourne is full of fun things to do with the family.

Though the cold may be giving you the shivers, for the month of July, the city is still full of warm, joyful and vibrant family events that will help you and your family embrace the best of the winter season.

This post is updated regularly so check back in to see what’s on in Melbourne today and this weekend, as well as what’s happening for the whole month.

Winter Night Market Queen Victoria Market

MELBOURNE CBD/DOCKLANDS

  • Kaleidoscope (Wed 1 Jun – Sun 24 Jul) – A mesmerising symphony of light, sound and joy, staged in a breathtaking mirror maze. Kaleidoscope Review.
  • Winter Night Market (Wed 1 Jun – Wed 31 Aug) – every Wednesday evening enjoy delicious street food, hot bevvies, roaring open fires, great shopping, live music and fun at the silent disco. Winter Night Market review.
  • Anything But Square: Under Surveillance program (Fri 1 Jul – Sun 7 Aug) – enter a hair-raising, spine-tingling world – where we are watched, everywhere, all the time. 
  • Ancestral Memory (Fri 1 Jul – Sun 31 Jul) – a huge digital projection of the Spirit Eel will weave its way along the facade of Hamer Hall this July. Hamer Hall façade, 1 – 31 July from sunset to midnight.
  • The Eyes (Fri 1 Jul – Sun 7 Aug) – Stand in the centre of Fed Square, an 8 metre high sculpture of a head made of eyes – so many eyes!
  • NAIDOC Week (Sun 3 Jul – Sun 10 Jul) – celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at the Art Centre across multiple events.
  • European Night Markets (Fridays until 29 Jul) – Madame Brussels Lane will transform into a 1920’s Parisian marketplace, with stalls serving warming mulled wine, delicate French desserts and more.
  • Lightscape (Fri 24 Jun – Sun 7 Aug) – For the very first time, an immersive, after-dark experience comes to Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne this winter. Iconic tree canopies will be drenched in colour, and vibrant bursts of light will tumble from the undergrowth and run-up trees like fizzing fireworks. Lightscape Review.
  • Imaginaria (Fri 10 Jun – Sun 6 Nov 2022) – Fully interactive bespoke sounds, scents and lights activate in response to your movement as you walk, slide and glide through the dreamlike landscapes. Walk into a giant inflatable bubble, navigate a futuristic light maze or jump into a cosmic abyss. Imaginaria Review
  • Potion Putt (Wed 22 Jun – Sun 31 Jul) – A crazy golf course inspired by famous fantasy and fiction Wizards where you can test your magic & wizarding putt putt skills
  • Bastille Day Melbourne (Sat 16 Jul – Sun 17 Jul) – French market, entertainment and talks.
  • Indian Festival (Sat 16 Jul – Sun 17 Jul) – Feast on authentic tastes like parathas and spicy curries, enjoy acoustic tunes and see the Queen Vic Market come to life with Bollywood and Bhangra dancing.
  • Seeing the Invisible (Until Fri 30 Sep) – contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology, is presented in six countries simultaneously with Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne as the exclusive Australian locations. Seeing The Invisible Review
  • The District Makers Market (Sun 29 May – Sun 27 Nov) – creative and colourful market stalls showcasing a variety of art, craft, jewellery, homewares, gifts and artisanal produce last Sunday of the month. 
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  • Open House Melbourne (Sat 30 Jul – Sun 31 Jul)  – This year’s theme Built / Unbuilt seeks to catalyse a city-wide conversation about the future of architecture, landscape and urban design through the lens of pressing issues facing cities today.
  • Jams for Juniors: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sat 23 Jul) – introduce babies and toddlers to the magic of music! Jam for Juniors Review.
  • Woolapalooza (Sat 30 Jul) – Enjoy a day of craft by taking part in a variety of knitting, crocheting and yarn-based activities for craft lovers of all ages to enjoy.
  • CRFT* WRK (Sat 30 Jul) – Experience a totally unique craft fair showcasing independent makers of all kinds with works that you won’t find anywhere else. 
  • Islands (Thu 30 Jun – Sun 27 Nov) – Escape to a surreal desert island in this interactive exhibition.
  • Neighbourhood Earth: The Ultimate Space Experience (until Sun 28 Aug) – Enjoy many fun learning activities at this award-winning exhibition that creatively tells the story of space exploration.
  • Pond[er] NGV (until Sun 28 Aug) A beautiful architectural installation, replete with a pink pond evocative of Australia’s inland salt lakes, has been selected as the winner of the NGV’s 2021 Architecture Commission in the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International. NGV Pink Pond Review.
Jams for Juniors MSO
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WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S NORTH / NORTH-EAST

  • Yarra Grooves (Sat 23 Jul & Sun 29 Jul) – a free series of Silent Disco Walking Tours around the City of Yarra celebrating the unique character of Yarra’s main street villages.
  • Tyama: Family weekend celebration (Sat 23 Jul & Sun 24 Jul) – Enter Victoria’s nocturnal worlds through the use of 360-degree responsive projections, breathtaking effects, and exquisite soundscapes.
  • Gertrude Street Projection Festival (Wed 27 July – Sun 31 July) – See Gertrude Street walls and buildings come alive with projections, live events and performances!
  • Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (Until Sun 31 Jul) – Enjoy thought-provoking documentaries from all over the world. Running from 1 – 31 July Online & 21 – 31 July In-Cinema.
  • Creature (Until Sun 31 Jul) – a 2D digital installation that presents a unique, immersive and interactive experience of the Australian bush in a wondrous play space that will educate visitors and give them the opportunity to rediscover their natural surroundings.
  • Story Seekers Melbourne Museum (Mondays & Fridays) – Join in at the Melbourne Gallery to explore stories that bring life to treasures.
  • Tiny Tour Melbourne Museum (Mondays and Fridays) – a 45-minute tour created for early year audiences that will invite them to wonder, discover and be amazed.
  • Bite-Sized Science Melbourne Museum (First Saturday of the Month) – Discover our natural world and uncover the secret life of the creatures around us and their ecosystems in these monthly Bite-Sized Science sessions.
  • Fitzroy Market (Saturdays) – a one-stop hub for everything produce, food, artisan, handcrafted, vintage, second hand and local.
Fitzroy Market
Diamond Valley Railway

WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

  • The Cornucopia Garden (Sat 25 Jun – Sun 17 Jul) – The Plaza will be transformed this winter into an immersive garden abundant with oversized sculptures hidden amongst a swirl of the world’s first edible mist.
  • Casey Winter Magic Festival (Sun 31 Jul) – be whisked away to a magic winter wonderland where you'll get to enjoy loads of free fun family-friendly activities!
  • Mornington Railway (Sundays) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • Little Play Squad Legoland (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays) – An interactive parent-child Play & Learn session based on LEGO® DUPLO®. DUPLO Farm Adventure Review.
  • Bentleigh Sunday Market (Sundays) – plants, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, books, videos, tools, antiques, crafts, pre-loved goods, and more! Every Sunday. 
  • Frankston Community Market (Sundays) – a weekly community market located in the very heart of Frankston, featuring an ever-changing variety of stalls.
  • Seeing the Invisible (Until Fri 30 Sep) – contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology, is presented in six countries simultaneously with Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne as the exclusive Australian locations. Seeing The Invisible Review.
Seeing the invisible Royal Gardens px
  • Camberwell Sunday Market (Every Sunday) – second-hand retro, vintage, antique, fashion and collectible goods you just can't find anywhere else
  • Gasworks Farmers’ Market (Third Saturday of every month until Sun 18 Dec) – On Saturdays soak up the vibrant atmosphere and sample the very best of local Victorian produce, directly from Victorian farmers and specialty makers.
  • Gumbuya World Wildlife Wanderers (Every Wed) – join in every Wednesday for a day full of fun for your little ones with a 30-minute program, which will include storytime, games and Nature Play-based activities.
  • Prahran Market Mini Marketeers (Ongoing) – Enjoy free, guided activities teaching toddlers the fundamentals of eating well and putting the ‘yum’ in healthy food choices.
  • Camelot Traffic School (Weekends and School Holidays) Ride or scoot in this miniature city and get practical experience riding and learning some road rules. Located in Bentleigh East. Check their hours on their website before you go as they are subject to change. Read my review.

WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S EAST

Melbourne Tram Museum at Hawthorn Depot, 8 Wallen Rd, Hawthorn

WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S WEST

  • Adventure Park – Winter Glow (Sat 23 June – Sun 10 July) – Discover a glowing winter wonderland of snow, lights, fire and ice.
  • Winter Wonderlights Sovereign Hill (Sat 25 Jun – Sun 17 Jul) – Christmas in July with snow falls, carols and projections. Winter Wonderlights Review.
  • Jurassic World Dominion (Sat 25 Jun – Sun 24 Jul) – Dinosaurs are on the loose at Watergardens, can you locate them all and become an expert dinosaur tracker?
  • FCAC Toddler Jam (Thu 14 July – Fri 16 Sep) – getting toddlers active and learning through play, with a mixture of percussion, singing, dancing, story-time and mindfulness. 
  • Winter Solstice Eynesbury (Sat 16 Jul) – marshmallow pits, a big bonfire, African drummers, food trucks & fireworks.
  • Parents & Bubs Book Club (Wed 27 Jul) – A no-stress, no-fuss book club for parents who are looking for something light and easy to read.
  • Edward The Emu Geelong Arts Centre (Fri 29 Jul – Sat 30 Jul) – A unique imagining of two beloved picture books in one heartfelt, clever and funny new tale.
  • Seddon Village (Sun 31 Jul) – Stroll the streets of Seddon Village to enjoy the lights, colours, tastes, sounds, and magic of Christmas
  • Explore AI (Sun 31 Jul) – a hands-on workshop where you’ll train an artificial intelligence system and see how this technology is used in the world today.
  • Bulla Railway (3rd Sunday of each month) – Ride the dinosaur trail on the miniature railway. Bulla Railway Review.
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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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