Many events and activities in June were cancelled due to snap lockdown in Melbourne. Thankfully we can brush away the winter blues in July with the arrest of COVID-19 infection numbers. The city and suburbs are bouncing back to life with bustle at the shops and eateries. Live events and activities are also returning to venues. You and your family can look forward to free concerts, French festival, chocolate tastings, waterfront night festivities and celebration of the black truffle season. So grab your beanies and jackets, head out and enjoy life around Melbourne this month.
Queen Victoria Market plays host to one of the two top truffle events in Melbourne. It's a weekend of everything truffle including tastings, live chef demonstrations, mock truffle dog hunts and artisan products to buy home. Visit the website for more information.
Moonee Valley City Council presents 2 fantastic concerts at The Clocktower Centre located at 750 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039.
11 July - Internationally acclaimed virtuoso violinist Roy Theaker will present a 45 minutes show of rock, movie and classical crossover music joined by Moonee Valley's own women choir, The Grace Notes Singers. The performance runs from 3pm to 3.45pm and tickets are available here.
17 July - Sounds of Silent draws the spotlight on Melbourne-based five-piece ensemble that recreates the silent movie experience from the '20s & '30s with improvised performances featuring fun, familiar and popular music in the style of the period. You can enjoy witness silent films coming to life with Sounds of Silent from 3pm to 4pm. Get your tickets here.
The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Fine Arts and Music presented a series of free concerts which were cut short by the COVID-19 snap lockdown. You can once again enjoy the talent of this Faculty on 16 July when Conservatorium students and staff come together to present an evening of clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon accompanied by horn and piano. The performance runs from 7pm to 9pm at Hanson Dyer Hall in The Ian Potter Southbank Centre on 43 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC 3006. Get your tickets here.
Melbourne's winter village will also play host to the official launch party for the Bastille Day French Festival. In addition to the official proceedings by the Ambassador of France, the Minister for Multiculturalism and the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, this event serves up roving performers, curated digital content on the Federation Plaza Screen, performances by The Huxleys and DJTanzerTanzerTanzer and french champagne, wines and french beer. Enjoy some French joie de vivre from 6pm to 9pm at The Edge in Fed Square. Ge your tickets here.
17 July - Chocolate Tasting Session by The Dessert Plate
Love chocolates? Then join the good folks at The Dessert Plate for a tasting of lemon, lime and orange flavoured creations by different Australian chocolatiers. The citrus tartness and sweetness will help you forget the winter blues and dream of summer and the tropics. You can enjoy a variety including Marmalade Milk Chocolate, Orange, Lemon and Geranium Dark Chocolate, Salted Lime Dark Chocolate, Orange Infused Dark Chocolate, and Tropical Delight Dark Chocolate. Add to these is Lemon Myrtle Native Chai blend paired with a lemony chocolate. Get your tickets here.
Docklands comes alive as the sun sets this July. For 5 nights only, the Firelight Festival brings fun, food and entertainment to the precinct. Expect fire, street buskers, installations, BBQ and music. Click here for more details.
If you missed the truffle festival in Queen Victoria Market, don't fret. Prahran Market is hosting one of the two top celebrations of all things truffle. Although the truffle dogs are not in attendance, there are still cooking demonstrations and artisan products to take home from the Market's own traders. If your budget allows, then join the Market's truffle food trails where you can enjoy a selection of truffle dishes. More information is available here.