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13 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Month

By Rick Stephens
8th Jul 2021

Winter is not the time to go into hibernation in Melbourne, it’s the time to get out of the house and into the city for some of the best art, theatre, food and exhibitions around. From Disney musicals to outdoor parties and fire festivals, Melbourne is getting lit this winter (literally), so get out amongst it.

Here are the best things to do this month in Melbourne. 

AVC | Zero Alcohol Menu

Australian Venue Co is giving you zero reasons to stay at home this Dry July with their stacked zero alcohol menu popping up across their pubs and bars. Highlights include the just-reopened Sarah Sands, Richmond's beloved Harlow and Prahran's certified ol' faithful, The College Lawn—all of which will be serving up the likes Heaps Normal XPA, Heineken 0 along with some very special booze-free cocktails. Scope out everything you need to know here.

The Details 

What: AVC Zero Alcohol Menu
When: Throughout July
Where: Various venues across Melbourne
More info: Here 

Truffle Melbourne Festival

It’s truffle season in Victoria, so get down to the Queen Victoria Market to celebrate these gourmet treats. There will be chef demonstrations, tastings, produce to take home and indulgent truffly meals to eat. The best bit though? The most gorgeous truffle-hunting doggos you’ll ever see.

The Details

What: Truffle Melbourne
When: 9am-5pm Saturday 10 July, and 9am-4pm Sunday 11 July

Where: J and K sheds, Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street Melbourne
More info: Here

Disney: The Magic of Animation Exhibition

For the first time, this magical exhibition of all things Disney has made its way south of the equator and found a new home at Melbourne’s ACMI. The exhibition celebrates over 100 years of Disney animation and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the processes of animation. Some highlights include original drawings for Mickey Mouse and Fantasia, through to modern classics like Frozen and Moana. 

The Details

What: Disney: The Magic of Animation Exhibition
When: Daily until Sunday 17 October
Where: ACMI
More info:
Here

NGV Winter Masterpieces | French Impressionism Exhibition

Get up close and personal with some of the most exquisite examples of French Impressionism this month at the NGV. There will be over 100 artworks to see, including 79 Australian premieres from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Big-name artists on the lineup include Monet, Degas, Renoir and Manet.

The Details

What: French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
When: Daily until Sunday 3 October
Where: NGV International 
More info: Here

The Lot Two-Day Block Party

As part of the rebooted Leaps and Bounds Festival, a free block party will be pumping for two days in Abbotsford. The unassuming carpark location will be transformed into an outdoor venue fit for purpose to host a diverse lineup of Naarm (Melbourne) voices, including Nasty Mars, Naømi, and Gabriel LCR.

The Details

What: The Lot, Leaps and Bounds Festival
When: 3pm-10pm, Saturday 24 July and Sunday 25 July
Where: Corner Nicholson Street and Victoria Street, Abbotsford
More info:
Here

She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism

Ever wondered what your local suburbs looked like in the late 1800s? Head along to the She-Oak and Sunlight exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre to see a comprehensive collection of Australian Impressionism depicting Naarm/Melbourne landscapes from Box Hill, Heidelberg, Merri Creek, Gardiners Creek, Beaumaris and more. You’ll find original artworks by Tom Roberts, Jane Sutherland, Frederick McCubbin and Arthur Streeton to name a few.

The Details

What: She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism
When: Daily until Sunday 22 August

Where: The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Fed Square
More info: Here

Frozen the Musical

Say ‘let it go’ to the winter blues and take yourself on a trip to the theatre to see Frozen the Musical. Melbourne musical royalty Jemma Rix (Elphaba in Wicked) will hit the stage in the role of Elsa, accompanied by Courtney Monsma in the loveable role of Anna. 

The Details

What: Frozen the Musical
When: Wednesday-Sunday weekly until Sunday 3 October

Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre 
More info: Here

The Winter Village

Rug up in an igloo or get your skates on for the ice rink at Melbourne’s own Winter Village. Treat yourself and up to seven friends in one of the cosy winter igloos and have a tasty feast delivered to your door. Vegan and gluten-free options are available, as well as kids packages. 

The Details

What: The Winter Village
When: Daily until Sunday 29 August
Where: Fed Square Skyline Terrace
More info:
Here

The Knot by Cyril Lanceli

This huge, interactive and immersive art installation will be lighting up Fed Square this winter and inviting passersby to weave their way through it. The Knot by French artist Cyril Lanceli is a maze-like labyrinth that looks like a giant tangle of yarn, designed both to take up space and create multiple smaller spaces within it. Also—it’s totally free. 

The Details

What: The Knot by Cyril Lanceli
When: Thursday 15 July to Sunday 5 September
Where: Fed Square
More info:
Here

Firelight Festival

Ordinarily this fiery festival would take place on the longest night of the year, but this year it’s been pushed back to celebrate our collective emergence from lockdown. Delays won’t put out the fires though, head along to see fire performers, fire sculptures and music performances. There will also be plenty of solstice-themed food and bevs on offer for the occasion. 

The Details

What: Firelight Festival
When: 5.30pm-10pm, Wednesday 21 July to Sunday 25 July

Where: Newquay Promenade and Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
More info: Here

Treasures of the Natural World

Melbourne Museum is being treated to a mammoth loan from London’s Natural History Museum this year, with over 200 artefacts and objects to see. They’ve got some truly incredible treasures in the collection; from a 400,000 year-old hand axe to the bones of a wooly mammoth, not to mention an 11 million-year-old fragment of a meteorite. 

The Details

What: Treasures of the Natural World
When: Daily until Sunday 16 January 2022
Where: Melbourne Museum
More info: Here

Run Melbourne

Time to get the activewear out Melbourne, because running season is back. Run Melbourne has 5km, 10km or half-marathon distances to choose from, so this is your opportunity to push yourself and make the most of road-closures for a good cause. Registration closes at the end of Friday 23 July. 

The Details

What: Run Melbourne
When: Sunday 25 July
Where: Fed Square (finish line)
More info: Here 

Bastille Day French Festival

Celebrate all things French on the country’s national holiday marking the revolutionary storming of the Bastille. You can bet there will French wine, food, fashion, art and music there to enjoy, and a marketplace for you to stock up on your favourite French goodies. Look out for pastries and crepes, bon appètit. 

The Details

What: Bastille Day French Festival
When: 10am-10pm Friday 16 July, 10am-6pm Saturday 17 July

Where: Fed Square
More info: Here

In the meantime, check out these five awesome things to do this week in Melbourne.

Image credit: Visit Vic

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