Bid fond goodbye to June as the icy cold fingers of winter wrap themselves firmly on July. Fortunately there are many events and activities all around Melbourne to adults and children warm. You can cosy up to the fire at the Winter Night Market; admire the installations that light up Federation Square; join the Reserves Force Day Parade; take a garden tour; enter the world of Shakespeare; find out more about grafting; get your kids into the groove; watch Indigenous film and Japanese animation; learn to take better photographs; read a rare book; and take a walk in Mount Macedon. Whatever event or activity suits the family or your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in the world's most liveable city this month.
Children ages 5 to 12 years can enjoy a song and dance class hosted by Little Monsters Dance Club. The club helps kids around Australia to be [active and healthy, both physically and mentally through dance. So take the kids to enjoy some shaking, shimming and dancing at Niddrie Library. Parents only need to book for the children attending. Click here to register a space for your child.
Grab the family and head over to Federation Square for free fun and activities. The Light in Winter festival returns for the 10th year. This event is a collective of light-art commissions, community programs, exhibitions and live entertainment. Highlights include The Sonic Light Bubble, Indigenous Campfire, Giant Theremin, Solstice celebration and many more. Visit the website for the detailed program.
To help you submit your best photo for 'Snapped', the Melbourne Library Service is hosting a free photography workshop. Snapped is the City of Melbourne's biennial photography competition and entries close on 29 August. This year's theme 'How green is your Melbourne?' revolves around places, people and ideas that show Melbourne as a sustainable place to live, work and play. You'll learn about manual exposure, composition, depth of field, subject matter and much more to put you in the running for a share of over $5000 worth of prizes. Just don't forget to bring your own camera. Click here to reserve your seat.
Time: 11am to 12pm
Venue: Library at The Dock
Address: 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008
In addition to ANZAC Day, the Shrine of Remembrance resonates with the tattoo of marching boots during the Reserve Forces Day Commemorative Service and Parade. You and your family can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Australian Army Band Melbourne, Light Horse Pennant Party in period dress and a fly over of RAAF vintage aircraft. There is also a static display of historic ex-service vehicles and equipment. Post-parade refreshments are available courtesy of the Salvation Army. Organised by the Reserve Forces Day Council (Vic) Inc, this year's event will acknowledge the centenary of the raising of the Third Division AIF and the service of all former and serving Australian Reserve Force members.
In addition to free NAIDOC Week activities happening around Melbourne, Flemington Library is hosting a film screening of 'Charlie's Country'. It is a 2013 Australian drama film about an indigenous man and his struggle to reconcile the traditional Indigenous way of life with contemporary Australian society in the face of interventions by the Northern Territory government. The movie is 104 mins and rated 'M'. Click here to reserve your ticket.
What better way to spend the thick of winter than to cozy up with the fires and aromas of BBQ at Queen Victoria Market. Formerly referred to as Luna 1878 Market, the Winter Night Market serves up a pallet of popular food, drinks, live entertainment and fun in the city. There will be lots of grilled meats, Spanish paellas and pizzas to down with beer and wine. Then browse the artisan wares for something handmade locally and enjoy the live music and street buskers. Whatever you choose, make the Winter Night Market your Wednesday night sojourn.
Time: 5pm to 10pm
Venue: Queen Victoria Market
Address: 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
It may not be the Japanese Film Festival but children ages 12 years and above can still enjoy a Japanese animated movie. My Neighbor Totoro is an animated fantasy film produced in 1988. It is a story about 2 sisters move to the countryside and adventures with woodland spirits. The movie is 86 mins and rated 'G'. Click here to reserve your seat.
Time: 5pm - 6.30pm
Venue: Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
Address: 69-79 Military Rd, Avondale Heights, VIC 3034
17 July - My Smart Garden at Werribee Heritage Orchard
Photo courtesy of Werribee Park Heritage Orchard Inc
Located in Wyndham, the Werribee Park Heritage Orchard is hosting a Grafting Day. To get gardening enthusiasts to the Orchard, the good folks at My Smart Garden have hired a bus. A joint initiative of the City of Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay City Council and Marybyrnong City Council, My smart Garden offers free resources and events to help people grow food, create homes for local wildlife, recycle and use water wisely. It will be a morning of garden tours and fruit growing tips. Click here to reserve a maximum of 2 seats per person. Meet the bus at the front of the Moonee Valley Civic Centre. Don't be late as the it departs by 9:15am.
Time: 9am - 1pm
Venue: Moonee Valley Civic Centre
Address: 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds, Victoria 3039
Take the family out to Government House for an afternoon strolling the grounds. Organised by the Office of the Governor, you can enjoy a tour of its spectacular gardens led by a member of the staff. Click here to reserve your space.
Time: 11am - 12pm
Venue: Government House
Address: Government House Drive, Melbourne, VIC 3004
The Supreme Court of Victoria is a heritage building and architecture icon of Melbourne. Its Law Library is equally spectacular and stunning representation of the ornate interiors in the gold rush era. As part of the Melbourne Rare Book Week, the Law Library of Victoria is hosting a panel session with invited guests who will discuss their tales and passions of book collecting. Click here to reserve your space.
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Supreme Court of Victoria Law Library
Address: 210 William Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
27 July - Julie Taymor's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
If you've enjoyed theatre productions of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', then join the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music for Tony winner Julie Taymor's interpretation. This is the Australian premiere of Julie's sold-out stage production in New York, filled with visual imagination, puppets, projections, shadows, acrobatics, dance and even flying. The film was released at the Toronto International Film Festival in late 2014. Click here to reserve your seat.
Time: 7pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Federation Hall
Address: 5/7-17 Grant St, Southbank VIC 3006
If you're looking for an alternative to the walks around Melbourne, then join Ruth Rampling and Dean Opie of No Roads Expedition. As part of their expedition training, they are leading a walk in the great outdoors of Mount Macedon. All you need is just some warm clothing and shoes. Click here to register your space.
Time: 8am - 1pm
Venue: Mount Macedon, Trading Post Cafe
Address: 686 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon, Victoria 3441