Bid fond goodbye to June as the icy cold fingers of winter wrap themselves firmly on July. Fortunately, there are many things to see and do all around Melbourne to keep adults and children warm. You can cosy up to the cooking fires at the Winter Night Market; learn more about textile design; meet inspiring Melburnians; get access to the city's buildings; contemplate about the natural world; join the Reserves Force Day Parade; visit the northside; admire paper art flowers; read a rare book; view landscape photographs; and explore a city imagined by cardboard. 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.
1 to 31 July - Fiona Hall Uneasy Seasons Exhibition
Head over to the National Gallery of Victoria for a unique exhibition by Fiona Hall, specially for kids and teenagers. Fiona is one of the most significant artists in Australia. Entitled 'Uneasy Seasons', the works reflects her concerns about the natural world and the growing pressures on the environment. The exhibition space features two large-scale treehouses where kids and teens can think about the environment, enjoy art-making activities related to the natural world theme and display their artwork.
The Japanese Consulate in Melbourne is hosting a selection of handmade paper art pieces by Louise Seymour of Paperlab. This Melbourne-based paper artist uses a variety of paper sculpture techniques, origami and kirigami method to create each piece. You will be amazed by a variety of Australian native flowers created by Louise on display.
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 12:30pm & 2pm - 4pm Venue: Consulate General of Japan Melbourne Address: Level 25, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
The Shrine of Remembrance will resonate with the tattoo of marching boots during the Reserve Forces Day Commemorative Service and Parade. Organised by the Reserve Forces Day Council (Vic) Inc, this year's event will acknowledge the centenary of the Third Division AIF and the service of all former and serving Australian Reserve Force members.
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.
Young people between 13 to 25 years can head over to Signal for a free four-day textile design workshop. Located at the top of Banana Alley and the end of Sandridge Bridge, this creative studio offers youths the opportunity to learn from professional artists in a collaborative way.
The workshop is led by Bats of Leisure, an art collective operated by siblings Aoife Billings and Aaron Billings based in Melbourne. You will learn different embellishment techniques, including embroidery, applique, fabric painting and beading in order to produce your very own shawl, blanket or scarf. Reservations are required and free tickets are available here.
The City of Melbourne is hosting a series of talks that bring inspiring Melburnians with the public this July at Library at The Dock. There will be interesting stories and informative panel discussions. This series is part of the Winter Glow Festival.
4 July - Father Bob Maguire
25 July - A Focus on Fashion with The Age Fashion Editor Melissa Singer, leading stylist Lana Wilkinson and Viktoria & Woods' founder and creative director Margie Woods.
Hours: 5.45pm - 6.45pm
Venue: Library at The Dock
Address: 107-117 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008
Phone: 03 9080 1000
What better way to reverse the cold of winter than to cosy up with the braziers and aromas of cooking fires at Queen Victoria Market. Its Winter Night Market serves up a pallet of popular food, drinks, live entertainment and fun in the city every Wednesday. Get ready to chow down plenty of grilled meats, Spanish paellas and pizzas with beer and wine. Don't forget to check out the top food stalls with the longest queues. 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
Children's favourite creative and artistic space in Melbourne is hosting a architecture-inspired event at Kensington Town Hall for 4 to 12 year olds. Kids can visit and explore a mini city created by the city's town planners, master builders and architects. The buildings are the result of their imagination and recycled materials. Kids can enjoy stories and also get hands-on with adding their creation to the mini city. More details are available here.
Hours: daily 11am - 3pm
Venue: Kensington Town Hall
Address: 30-34 Bellair Street, Kensington VIC 3031
Phone: 03 9664 7900
Presented by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), the Melbourne Rare Fair is a major annual event of its kind in Australia. It offers a once-a-year opportunity for the public to browse, examine and buy rare books, maps, prints and ephemera from the 15th to the 21st centuries. You can also check out the wide variety of historical maps, important prints and illuminated manuscript leaves from the 12th to the 17th centuries.
Hours: Fri: 6pm – 9pm, Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun: 10am – 5pm
Location: The University of Melbourne, Wilson Hall
Address: 230 Grattan Street Parkville VIC 3010
Phone: 03 9654 8506
Queen Victoria Market will be be transformed into Delhi's Chandni Chowk for the Indian Festival Melbourne. This ethnic event adds to vibrant cultural festival scene in Melbourne. It may not be Deepavali celebrations in Singapore but this 2-day celebration presented by Beacon Holidays will transport you to India with the vibrant colours, aromas, music and dance. You and your family can meet MasterChef contestant Neha Sen, watch cooking demonstrations, learn more about spices, join a Bollywood dance session or get a henna tattoo. Don't forget the steamy curries, warm breads, hot cups of chai and sweet desserts.
You don't have to travel to the Sony World Photography Awards in London to view amazing photos. Head over to Gallery Voltaire for a photographic exhibition on Antarctica by Kagetsu Buic. The works reflect the personal journey of this Melbourne-based fine art nature photographer. In this exhibition, Kagetsu explore the interaction between the wildlife and their environment, and the impact of humans on these. Each photo engages the viewer in the unworldly beauty of Antarctica with its amazing colours, shapes and emotion.
Introduced by the North and West Melbourne Precinct Association, this winter event showcases and celebrates the diversity of the inner North of Melbourne's CBD including dining, shopping and arts. You and you family can look forward to 10 days of live music, walking tours, retail markets, special dining experiences, pop-up cinemas, theatre, comedy and local trader event. Visit and see the historic streets of North and West Melbourne come to life with the Northside Winter Festival. Times may vary according to individual events. This event will run till 5 August 2017. Visit the website for program details.
Hours: Weekdays 6pm - late, Weekends 12pm - late
Venue: Various venues
Address: 1 Errol Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Phone: 03 9328 1126
The much-anticipated Open House Melbourne Weekend returns in July. This unique event offers the public with often rare access to some of the city's significant civic and commercial buildings, infrastructure, landscapes and private houses over two days. In addition to architecture and interiors, there is often rich story-telling of the history and people involved in the featured spaces. Check out the website for a list of the available buildings and visiting times.