There is no doubt that Melbourne is a cultural center for Australia. Whether it’s the great live music scene, the vibrant open-air markets, art galleries and the live sporting events – Melbourne is full of fun things to do with the family.
Although the cold might give you the chills, in July the city is still full of warm, happy and lively family events that will help you and your family embrace the best of the winter season.
This post will be updated regularly, so check back to see what’s happening in Melbourne today and this weekend, as well as what’s happening throughout the month.
- Kaleidoscope (Wed 1 Jun – Sun 24 Jul) – An enchanting symphony of light, sound and joy, staged in a breathtaking mirror maze. Kaleidoscope review.
- Winter Night Market (Wed 1 Jun – Wed 31 Aug) – enjoy delicious street food, hot bevvies, roaring log fires, great shopping, live music and quiet disco fun every Wednesday night. Winter Night Market Review†
- Anything But Square: Under Surveillance Program (Fri 1 July – Sun 7 Aug) – Enter a chilling, chilling world – where we are being watched everywhere, at all times.
- Ancestral Memory (Fri Jul 1 – Sun Jul 31) – a huge digital projection of the Geestaal will make its way along the facade of Hamer Hall in July. Hamer Hall facade, July 1 – 31 from sunset to midnight.
- The Eyes (Fri Jul 1 – Sun Aug 7) – Stand in the middle of Fed Square, an 8-foot sculpture of a head made of eyes – so many eyes!
- NAIDOC Week (Sun Jul 3 – Sun Jul 10) – Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at the Art Center through multiple events.
- European Night Markets (Friday to July 29) – Madame Brussels Lane transforms into a 1920s Parisian market, with stalls serving hot mulled wine, delicate French desserts and more.
- Lightscape (Fri 24 Jun – Sun 7 Aug) – For the very first time, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is bringing an immersive after-dark experience this winter. Iconic treetops will be drenched in color and vibrant bursts of light will tumble from the undergrowth and ascending trees like fizzing fireworks. Lightscape Review†
- Imaginaria (Fri Jun 10 – Sun Nov 6 2022) – Fully interactive, custom sounds, scents and lights are activated in response to your movements as you walk, slide and slide through the dreamlike landscapes. Walk into a giant inflatable bubble, navigate a futuristic light maze or jump into a cosmic abyss. Imaginary Review
- Potion Putt (Wed 22 Jun – Sun 31 Jul) – A miniature golf course inspired by famous fantasy and fiction Wizards where you can test your magical and magical putt skills
- Bastille Day Melbourne (Sat 16 Jul – Sun 17 Jul) – French market, entertainment and lectures.
- Indian Festival (Sat 16 Jul – Sun 17 Jul) – Savor authentic flavors such as parathas and spicy curries, enjoy acoustic tunes and see the Queen Vic Market come alive with Bollywood and Bhangra dancing.
- Seeing the Invisible (Until Fri 30 Sept) – contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology, will be presented simultaneously in six countries with Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne as Australian exclusive locations. See the invisible review
- The District Makers Market (Sun 29 May – Sun 27 Nov) – creative and colorful market stalls selling a variety of arts, crafts, jewelry, housewares, gifts and craft products on the last Sunday of the month.
- Open House Melbourne (Sat 30 Jul – Sun 31 Jul) – This year’s Built/Unbuilt theme aims to spark a citywide conversation about the future of architecture, landscape and urbanism 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 crafting by taking part in a variety of knitting, crochet and yarn activities for craft enthusiasts of all ages.
- CRFT* WRK (Sat 30 Jul) – Experience a totally unique craft fair featuring all kinds of independent creators with works you won’t find anywhere else.
- Islands (Thu Jun 30 – Sun Nov 27) – Escape to a surreal desert island in this interactive exhibit.
- Neighborhood Earth: The Ultimate Space Experience (until Sun, Aug 28) – Enjoy lots of fun learning activities in this award-winning exhibit that creatively tells the story of space exploration.
- Pond[er] NGV (until Sun 28 Aug) A stunning architectural installation, replete with a pink pond reminiscent of Australia’s outback salt lakes, has been selected as the winner of NGV’s 2021 Architecture Commission in the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International. NGV Pink Pond Review†
WHAT’S THERE – 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 to celebrate the uniqueness of Yarra’s main street villages.
- Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (until Sun 31st July) – Enjoy thought-provoking documentaries from around the world. Running July 1 – 31 Online & July 21 – 31 In-Cinema.
- Story Seekers Melbourne Museum (Monday & Friday) – Join the Melbourne Gallery to discover stories that bring treasures to life.
- Tiny Tour Melbourne Museum (Mondays and Fridays) – a 45 minute tour created for the early year audience that invites them to wonder, explore and be amazed.
- Bite-Sized Science Melbourne Museum (First Saturday of the month) – Explore our natural world and discover the secret lives of the creatures around us and their ecosystems in these monthly Bite-Sized Science sessions.
- Fitzroy Market (Saturdays) – a one-stop hub for all things produce, food, artisan, handmade, vintage, second-hand and local.
WHAT’S THERE – MELBOURNE’S SOUTH / SOUTH EAST / BAYSIDE
- The Cornucopia Garden (Sat 25th June – Sun 17th July) – The Plaza is transformed this winter into an immersive garden filled with oversized sculptures hidden amongst a swirl of the world’s first edible mist.
- Mornington Railway (Sunday) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun outing.
- Little Play Squad Legoland (Monday, Thursday & Friday) – An interactive parent-child Play & Learn session based on LEGO® DUPLO®. DUPLO Farm Adventure Review†
- Bentleigh Sunday Market (Sunday) – plants, clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, books, videos, tools, antiques, crafts, beloved goods and more! Every Sunday.
- Frankston Community Market (Sundays) – a weekly community market in the heart of Frankston, with an ever-changing variety of stalls.
- Seeing the Invisible (Until Fri 30 Sept) – contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology, will be presented simultaneously in six countries with Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne as Australian exclusive locations. See the invisible review†
- Camberwell Sunday Market (every Sunday) – second hand retro, vintage, antiques, fashion and collectibles you can’t find anywhere else
- Gasworks Farmers’ Market (Third Saturday of each month until Sun 18 December) – Enjoy the lively atmosphere on Saturdays and sample the very best local Victorian produce, direct from Victorian farmers and specialty shops.
- Gumbuya World Wildlife Wanderers (every Wednesday) – join us every Wednesday for a day of fun for your little ones with a 30 minute program of stories, games and nature play based activities.
- Prahran Market Mini Marketers (ongoing) – Enjoy free, guided activities that teach toddlers the basics of eating well and bring the ‘yum’ to healthy food choices.
- Camelot Traffic School (weekends and school holidays) Drive or scoot in this miniature city and get hands-on driving experience and learn some traffic rules. Located in Bentleigh East. Please check their opening times on their website before you go as they are subject to change. Read my review.
WHAT’S THERE – EAST MELBOURNE
WHAT’S IN THE WEST OF MELBOURNE
- Adventure Park – Winter Glow (Sat 23rd June – Sun 10th July) – Discover a glowing winter wonderland of snow, light, fire and ice.
- Winter Wonderlights Sovereign Hill (Sat 25th June – Sun 17th July) – Christmas in July with snowfall, carols and projections. Winter Wonderlights Review†
- FCAC Toddler Jam (Thu July 14 – Fri Sep 16) – making toddlers active and learning through play, with a mix of percussion, song, dance, storytelling and mindfulness.
- Winter Solstice Eynesbury (Sat 16th July) – marshmallow pits, a huge bonfire, African drummers, food trucks and fireworks.
- Parents & Bubs Book Club (Wed 27 Jul) – A no-stress, no-fuss book club for parents looking for something light and easy to read.
- Edward The Emu Geelong Arts Center (Fri 29 Jul – Sat 30 Jul) – A unique presentation of two beloved picture books in one heartfelt, clever and funny new story.
- Bulla Railway (3rd Sunday of every month) – Ride the dinosaur trail on the miniature railway. Bulla Railway Review†