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9 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This July

By Sophie Hodges
9th Jul 2019

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We’re halfway through 2019 guys, scary – I know. So to ensure you’re making the most of the next six months, and not breaking the bank, we’ve wrapped up some of the best free things to check out this month.

Marvel: Journey of Heroes

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Marvel is one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry; Thor, Spider-man, Captain America – ringing any bells? To celebrate the 23-movie franchise, and comic powerhouse, Mental Central is hosting a massive exhibition featuring original works from all eight-decades of Marvel. The exhibition will run for three months and is free, so make sure you immerse yourself in the Marvel universe and check it out.

Where: Melbourne Central
When: July 5 to September 29
Get more details here.

Ballarat Winter Festival 2019

Look, we’re all aware it’s freezing, so I suggest making the most of the cold weather, escaping to regional Victoria and embracing those Winter vibes. The Ballarat Winter Festival is back for another year, bringing with it a plethora of entertainment, activities and good food.

Where: Various Locations in Ballarat
When: June 29 to July 21
Get more details here.

Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market

Nothing warms you up like hot spiced rum and melted raclette cheese. Rug up this month and wander into the city to check out the Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market, every Friday for the month of July.

Where: Madame Brussels Lane
When: Friday nights in July
Get more details here.

District Ice Slide

I don’t care how old you are – tobogganing is always a good time. Whilst technically this event isn’t free, payment is as small as a gold coin donation per slide, with the money raised going to Kids Under Cover, an organisation that combats youth homelessness. This year District Docklands is also hosting an evening event, for over-18s, where you can have a beverage, listen to some music and slide away.

Where: The District Docklands
When: June 29 to July 14
Get more details here.

Bastille Day French Festival

Cheese, pastry and Champagne - what more could you possibly want? Returning for its fifth year the Bastille Day French Festival brings Melbourne all the best that France has to offer. This year’s festival will feature the French Winter Market, entertainment, masterclasses, talks, an art exhibition, and a walking tour of some of Melbourne’s finest French businesses.

Where: Fed Square
When: July 12 to July 13
For more info, click here.

Lord of the Fries National Fry-Day

I don't know why, but often free food just tastes better. While Lord of the Fries has some killer options on their menu, it’s pretty easy to agree the best thing is, in fact, the fries. Saturday, July 13 marks International Fry Day (didn’t know that was a thing, but moving on), and to celebrate LOTF are dishing out free fries at their Victorian stores from 1 pm until 2 pm. No need to purchase anything in order to redeem, just rock up during the time slot and collect your hot, tasty fries.

When: Saturday 13 July
Where: Lord of the Fires, Victorian Stores
For more info, click here.

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever 2019

Pending how much you love Wuthering Heights, this could be of interest to you. Spoiler alert: I haven't read the book or seen the movie, but the event promises a mass dance workshop in Edinburgh Gardens, with Anna Go Go teaching you all the moves to Kate Bush's iconic 1978 hit Wuthering Heights.

Where: Edinburgh Gardens
When: July 13
For more info, click here.

Tiny Dog Festival 2019

Welcome to Thornbury always have something rad going on, and this month they're combining beer, and tiny dogs. BYO pup, or just head down and pet others, and whatever you do, don't miss the tiny dog race. As always there will be plenty of food trucks and booze, with some pooch-friendly meals available. 

Where: Welcome to Thornbury
When: July 28
For more info, click here.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

I’ve saved the best till last here guys. With more than 25 projection artworks Gertrude Street Projection Festival is taking over the entire length of Gertrude Street, and also features performances, virtual reality and sound works. Artists were given the theme "persist, resist, shift", looking into questions like "how do we reinterpret traditions?”, and you can suss the full program here. A free event, running from 6 pm to midnight every night, this one is a must do.

Where: Gertrude Street
When: July 26 to August 3
Get more details here.

Image credit: QVM Europa Night Market

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