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Winter Night Market Queen Victoria Market

What’s on in Melbourne for July 2023

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

  • 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.
  • Winter Night Market (Wed 7 Jun – Wed 30 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.
  • IMAGINATOR (Formerly Imaginaria) (Fri 16 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – 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
  • Storytime by State Library Victoria (Wed 5 July – Wed 26 Jul) – Share the delight of stories, songs, and picture books with your preschooler on Wednesdays at the Library. State Library of Victoria Review.
  • Lightscape (Fri 24 Jun – Sun 7 Aug) – An immersive, after-dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne this winter. Lightscape Review.
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  • NAIDOC Week (Sun 2 Jul – Sun 9 Jul) – celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at the Art Centre across multiple events.
  • Eyes of the Orangutan (Fri 7 Jul) – see an exclusive showing of the powerful documentary ‘Eyes of the Orangutan’ from award-winning environmental photojournalist Aaron Gekoski will be followed by a Q&A session. All proceeds will go to Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.
  • Bastille Day Melbourne (Sat 8 Jul – Sun 9 Jul) – French market, entertainment and talks.
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup MATCH Hospitality (Thu 20 Jul) – MATCH Hospitality, the global sports hospitality leader, offers exclusive hospitality options for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Elevate your tournament experience with their exceptional packages.
  • FIFA Fan Festival™ in Melbourne/Naarm (Thu 20 Jul – Sun 20 Aug) – Witness live matches, embrace arts, culture, and entertainment, and indulge in a vibrant program of music, panel discussions, family activities, and delectable food and drink options.
  • Craft & Learn at FIFA Fan Festival™ (Fri 21 Jul – Sat 12 Aug) – Get ready for fun at the Atrium! Kids can enjoy sustainable craft stations, a community message wall, and learn about the FIFA Women’s World Cup and football. 
  • Open House Melbourne (Sat 29 Jul – Sun 30 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.
  • 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.
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  • CRFT* WRK (Sat 29 Jul) – Experience a totally unique craft fair showcasing independent makers of all kinds with works that you won’t find anywhere else. 
  • The Princess Bride Tickets (Sun 30 Jul) – The Princess Bride is a beloved classic film that has been enjoyed by generations of fans. The film is a hilarious and heartwarming story of love, adventure, and true friendship.
  • Potion Putt (Until 31 Dec) – A crazy golf course inspired by famous fantasy and fiction Wizards where you can test your magic & wizarding putt putt skills
  • Arts Centre Sunday Market (Sundays) – find unique, quirky and handmade items at the stalls. There are always some yummy treats too!
  • Melbourne Now (until 20 Aug 2023) – Kids will love this huge, explorative art exhibition showing more than 200 Victorian artists. Best of all, it’s free!
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WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S NORTH / NORTH-EAST

  • STEM Workshop: Kindness is a Superpower (Sat 15 Jul) – Experience the impact of kindness in a STEM workshop. Explore how kindness creates positive change and design a better future through fun STEM challenges.
  • All the Way to the End of Counting Woodism (Sat 15 Jul – Sun 30 Jul) – Woodism is a captivating art collaboration between Woody, a young boy with autism, and his father. Together, they transform Woody’s distinctive phrases into typographic linocut designs, creating a truly unique artistic expression.
  • Yarra Grooves (Sat 23 Jul & Sun 13 Aug) – a free series of Silent Disco Walking Tours around the City of Yarra celebrating the unique character of Yarra’s main street villages
  • Gertrude Street Projection Festival (Wed 26 July – Sun 6 Aug) – See Gertrude Street walls and buildings come alive with projections, live events and performances! Gertrude Street Projection Festival Review.
  • 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.
  • LEGO PLAY ZONE (Sat 1 Jul – Sun 9 Jul) – Embark on an exciting adventure these school holidays at the Lego Play Zone. Engage in imaginative play, explore different themes like City, Trees, Pink Island, Beach, and Space. Capture your creations and have fun in this free activation.
  • 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.
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WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

  • Circus Royale (Thu 12 May – Sun 16 Jul) – see awe-inspiring acts, and pulse-pounding performances, mystic illusions, breathtaking feats, and moments of wonder! Don’t miss this experience of a lifetime.
  • Bunnings D.I.Y Kids Workshop (Sat 8 Jul – Sun 9 Jul & Sat 22 Jul – Sun 23 Jul) – Get your kids to build their own crate for free in stores where they’ll be rewarded with a ‘License To D.I.Y’ certificate once their masterpiece is complete!
  • Gardens House High Tea – Retro Edition (Sun 9 Jul) – Experience a delightful blast from the past with their nostalgic menu featuring sweet and savory treats inspired by childhood flavors. Indulge in Hubba Bubba Macaron, Fairy Bread Lamington, Chicken Parmigiana Pie, and more.
  • Kids Mornings (Tue 18 Jul – Fri 15 Sat) – Bring the kids to Westfield Fountain Gate for twice-weekly Kids Mornings filled with free fun! Enjoy various activities like drawing, crafting, singing, and dancing.
  • Lil Robots (Fri 28 Jul – Sun 30 Jul) – Witness adorable lil’ bots in a post-apocalyptic world, interacting, redirecting, and starting anew. Enjoy a cyberpunk spectacle with dazzling lights and mechanical melodies.
  • Casey Philharmonic Orchestra: Villains and Superheroes (Sun 30 Jul) – Experience the magic of your favorite movie themes with Casey Philharmonic Orchestra. Dress up and win prizes!
  • Mornington Railway (Sundays) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • 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.
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  • 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..
  • Prahran Market Mini Marketeers (Ongoing) – Enjoy free, guided activities teaching toddlers the fundamentals of eating well and putting the ‘yum’ in healthy food choices.
  • Sonica Botanica: Stories and Sounds from the Gardens (Until 31 Dec 2023) – Weaving together interviews, field recordings and a musical score, this evocative listening experience responds to collectors’ passions, botanical knowledge, favourite memories, childhood impressions, historical anecdotes and cultural viewpoints
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WHAT’S ON – MELBOURNE’S EAST

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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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