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Published June 19th 2017
Beat the winter blues with this jam-packed list of events
This July, Melbourne will be all about the razzle-dazzle with theatres, shows, festivals, workshops and plenty more winter events for all ages and interests.
The list below features free and ticketed events across Melbourne and surrounds:
1. Ballarat Winter Festival
When: 1-30 July 2017: From 10am Where: Various locations across Ballarat Cost: See website for all ticket pricing. Details: This family-friendly winter event is the perfect way to celebrate the winter season with falling street snowflakes, entertainment, activities for all ages, delectable feast, laneway attractions, intriguing winter displays, pop-up ice skating rink, live music and much more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from The Big Freeze Festival Facebook
Cost: Gold coin entry fee. Details: These markets will feature all things fresh with local and seasonal produce, with over 30 stallholders offering ethical, local food, free-range meats, nuts, eggs, cheese, baked goodies. Do note the market is bag-free, so bring your own bag. Click here for the website.
3. The Big Freeze Winter Family Festival When: 1-9 July 2017
Where: Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, cnr Princes Hwy & Brechin Drive, Narre Warren
Cost: Adults: $19pp or $14pp between Tuesday-Thursdays, Children: $24.50-$29.50pp & Family of four: $92.00
Details: Returning again this year, this family-friendly festival will showcase nine action-packed days filled with winter fun, with snow play, kid's challenges, circus workshops, snow globe, photo booth, snow slides, snowball toss, winter games and activities, arts & crafts, polar bear slide, stage shows and much more. Click here for the website.
The little ones will love the circus activities at this event- Image Courtesy from National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) Facebook
4. NICA Winter Holiday Program
When: 3-14 July 2017
Where: National Institute of Circus Arts, 39-59 Green St, Prahran
Cost: See website for all pricing.
Details: The little ones will love this circus experience event. There will be a range of circus activities, juggling, tumbling, mini trampoline, static trapeze, aerial ring, hula hoops, tight wire and much more. There are three hours or all day programs to chose from. Click here for the website.
Family-friendly High Tea!- Image Courtesy from Melba Restaurant Facebook
5. O'Brien Group Arena- Winter School Holiday Skate
When: 3-16 July 2017
Where: O'Brien Group Arena, 105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands
Cost: See website.
Details: There will be plenty of exciting events including ice figure skating performances, ice-skating lessons for beginners, lessons for skate backwards, face painting, craft room, live music, skate pass, giveaways and more. Click here for the website.
Its all fun and games at this Show!- Image Courtesy from Tim Credible the Magician Facebook
6. Despicable Me 3 High Tea
When: 3-21 July 2017: 10am & 12:30pm
Where: The Langham, Melbourne, 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank
Cost: Adults: $59pp, Children: $39pp or $49pp with a Despicable Me 3 plush toy and Minons tube with laser candy.
Details: Continue the adventure of the highly popular Despicable Me and Minons with High Tea delights for both adults and children. Click here for the website.
Plenty of fresh produce to pick up at the Carlton Farmers' Market- Image Courtesy from Carlton Farmers' Market Facebook
7. Tim Credible's Family Magic Show
When: 3-15 July 2017: From 10:30am
Where: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote
Cost: Adults: $24pp, Children: $18pp & Family of four: $70
Details: This dynamic and interactive comedy show will be presented by one of Melbourne's favourite children's entertainers, Tim Credible the Magician. The show will also feature special guests Douzie the Dragon and Ace the Party Poodle. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Facebook
8. The Australian Ballet Regional Tour: Giselle
When: 5 & 6 July 2017
Where: Drum Theatre Dandenong, cnr Lonsdale & Walker Streets, Dandenong
Cost: Tickets range from $26-$63pp
Details: Experience one of the world's most loved ballets love on stage this July. The performance will star artists from The Australian Ballet and graduating students from The Australian Ballet School. Giselle has captured the imagination and torn at the heart. This transcendent love story follows an innocent village girl transformed into a tender spirit after dying of a broken heart. Click here for the website.
Indulge your senses at this event- Image Courtesy from Barossa Dirt Facebook
9. Cityscape: Family Sculpture Workshop
When: 5 July 2017: 10am-11am
Where: Gallery at Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, Carpenter St, Entrance on Wilson St, Brighton.
Details: This hands-on event will feature a sculptural workshop, where children and their parents will be involved in building a cityscape from their own designs. Suitable for ages 3 and up. All materials will be provided. Click here for the website.
Pick up unique creations at these Markets- Image Courtesy from Boho Luxe Market Facebook
10. NAIDOC Family Celebration Day
When: 6 July 2017: 10am-12pm
Where: Melbourne Gardens, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
Details: This event is a celebration of Aboriginal culture and language. The event will feature smoking ceremony, traditional stories around the fire, decorate your own boomerang, and make a ochre hand-print to take home. Click here for the website.
11. Australian Electric Power & Light Exhibition
When: 7 & 8 July 2017
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon St, South Wharf
Cost: See website.
Details: This two-day event will showcase energy efficiency and lighting products, stalls, pop-ups and more. Click here for the website.
12. Boho Luxe Market
When: 9 July 2017
Where: Federation Square, cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne
Details: These markets will showcase the best of Australia's bohemian fashion, jewellery, kids items, homewares and everything in between. There will also be complimentary inspiring workshops, live music, and entertainment. Click here for the website.
13. Writing Essentials Three Day Course
When: 11-13 July 2017
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn
Details: Become a better writer with this course. The course will be taught by a former Sydney Morning Herald editor and will feature a fun and practical workshop, which will show you how to write, compelling copy, learn to write, structure different kinds of articles, news stories, features, marketing copy and press releases. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from The Australian Ballet Facebook
14. Dom & Dumber: The Sketch Comedy Magicians
When: 11-15 July 2017
Where: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote
Cost: Tickets range from $24-$30pp
Details: The event will combine an astounding magic and hilarious sketch comedy. Their sophomore show, Gone Girl, a shameless parody of Hollywood thrillers. Featuring a trademark cast of quirky characters, the story follows one man and the perilous quest to save his kidnapped dog. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Bastille Day French Festival Melbourne Facebook
15. Architecture: Kids Drawing Workshop
When: 12 July 2017: 10am-12pm
Where: The Gallery at Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, Carpenter St, Entrance on Wilson St, Brighton.
Details: This workshop will feature a range of learning concepts with buildings and perspective, using colour, line and form to draw two to three-dimensional buildings. Suitable for children 8yrs and up. All material will be supplied. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from The Production Company Facebook
16. The Finders Keepers Market
When: 14-16 July 2017: 14th: 5pm-10pm, 15th:10am-6pm, 16th: 10am-5pm
Where: The Royal Exhibition Building, 9-11 Nicholson St, Carlton
Cost: $2pp - Children under 12yrs free
Details: This massive three-day event will feature over 250 independent art and design stalls, with local makers and talented favourites across Australia. There will also be dedicated food and beverage stalls, live music, two bars, food trucks, and coffee stalls. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from City of Greater Dandenong Facebook
17. Bastille Day French Festival
When: 15 & 16 July 2017: 10am-5pm
Where: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne
Details: This event will feature all things French with live entertainment, traditional French foods, art exhibitions, workshops, live performances, kids activities and much more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Farmers' Market at The University of Melbourne Facebook
18. Great Collectors Heaven Fair
When:16 July 2017
Where: Malvern Town Hall, cnr Glenferrie Rd & High St, Malvern
Cost: Adults: $5pp, Children: $3pp, Concession: $3pp & Family: $15
Details: This event will be hosting a vast range of hard to find collectables, mix of vintage, retro, modern, hard-to-find collectable memorabilia and nostalgia. There will also be stalls featuring collectable dolls, teddy bears, toys, sporting and science fiction memorabilia, Australian, jewellery, books, stamps, coins, comics, autographs, model trains, trade cards, sports and non-sport cards, medals, badges and much more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Melbourne Recital Centre Facebook
19. Ronald McDonald House Charities Victorian House Gala
When: 21 & 22 July 2017
Where: Crown Palladium, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Victoria, 3006
Cost: Tickets range from $295-$2,950
Details: The Ball aims to raise vital funds for the Ronald McDonald House Chartities. The black-tie event will feature a night of fine food, wine and headline entertainment. There will also be silent and live auctions and more. Click here for the website.
20. Mouldmaking and Resin Bangle
When: 23 July 2017
Where: Candu Creative, 40-42 Swan St, Richmond
Details: This masterclass will teach you the techniques of making your own bangle mould from scratch. Included in the masterclass is a kit of silicone and resin for you to use in the class. You will be able to take your creation with you. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Ronald McDonald House Charities Victoria Gala Ball Facebook
21. Barossa. Be Consumed.
Where: 22 July 2017: 11am-5pm
Where: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne
Details: This delectable event will feature the Barossa region with its captivating wine, beauty, culture and produce. This one-day celebration will showcase all the things that define the unique region. Ticket includes wine glass to taste from and take home, wine tastings, various food and drink samples. Click here for the website.
22.Farmers Market at the University of Melbourne
When: 26 July 2017: 10:30am-2:30pm
Where: University of Melbourne, Union Lawn, Parkville
Details: These markets will feature fresh local produce with a picnic atmosphere. The market is located in the heart of The University of Melbourne Parkville campus. Click here for website.
23. Australian World Orchestra- Melbourne Chamber Concert
When: 27 July 2017
Where: Melbourne Recital Centre, cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt St, Southbank
Cost: Tickets range from $50-$210pp
Details: The concert will feature Australia's finest musicians who work and perform with the world's greatest orchestras. The concert will showcase a captivating program of Beethoven Septet featuring Andrew Bain, LA Philharmonic, horn Dvořák String Quintet featuring Matthew McDonald, Berlin Philharmonic, double bass with an ensemble of some of Australia's greatest musicians. Click here for the website.
24. Jesus Christ Superstar
When: 29 July 2017- 13 August 2017
Where: State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Cost: Tickets range from $22-$139pp
Details: This event will feature musical theatre performance from Jesus Christ Superstar. See website for all the details.
25. Run Melbourne
When: 30 July 2017
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne, Corner Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne
Cost: Fundraising event- $35-$90.
Details: Celebrating 10 years of running Run Melbourne is back on again. The event will feature distances of five and ten kilometres of the Half-Marathon. Proceeds raised will go to a charity close to your heart. Click here for the website.
26. Springvale Snow Fest
When: 30 July 2017: 12pm-7pm
Where: Springvale CBD, Buckingham Ave, Springvale
Details: This family-friendly event will feature winter attractions, entertainment, activities, snow (real and simulated), amusement rides, moving rides, food stalls, and much more. Click here for the website.