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Published June 17th 2018
There will be something for everyone this July
There will be no winter blues this July with this fun and exciting list of free & ticketed events for all ages and interests across Melbourne and surrounds.

Be sure to save the dates for a month-long of entertainment!

1. Reserve Forces Day Parade
When: 1 July 2018: 10am-1pm
Where: Shrine of Remembrance, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Cost: Free
Details: This parade and commemorative service will commemorate the end of WWI and acknowledge the 70th anniversary of the raising of the Citizen Military Forces and the 20th Century anniversary of Reserve Forces Day. There will be military vehicle displays, RAAF Aircraft fly over show, march and refreshments after the Commemorative Service. Click here for the website.

2. Christmas in July
When: 1-29 July 2018: 12:30pm-3pm
Where: The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, cnr Normamby & Clarendon Streets, Melbourne (Tram Stop 125)
Cost: $125pp
Details: This winter warmer event will feature a delicious five-course Christmas menu with traditional favourites and an all-inclusive package every Sunday throughout July. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Facebook


3. Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting Exhibition
When: 1-28 July 2018: 10am-4pm
Where: Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne
Cost: Adults: $11pp, Concession & Children: $9pp & Family (2 adults 3 kids): $26
Details: This exhibition will display the significant period of Chinese history through the Han dynasty's remarkable people progressive ideas, and great innovations. Click here for the website.

4. Moonie Valley Winter Fest
When: 1-15 July 2018
Where: Pratt St, Moonie Ponds
Cost: Free & ticketed events.
Details: This family-friendly fun event will include ice skating, movies, entertainment, live music performances, exhibitions on display at Incinerator Gallery, kids activities, games, and much more. Ice Skating Rink times are 10am-8pm. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Moonee Valley City Council Facebook


5. Face of Ethiopia in Docklands
When: 1-22 July 2018: 4pm-7pm
Where: Solidaire Restaurant Docklands, 17/28 Newquay Promenade, Docklands
Cost: Free
Details: This multicultural event will feature a program filled with Ethio-jazz, traditional music and dance, circus acts, poetry readings, entertainment, performances and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from JAzmaris Facebook


6. Lion Guard High Tea
When: 2-20 July 2018: 10am-11:30am- 12:30pm-2pm
Where: The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southbank Ave, Southbank
Cost: Adults: $59pp & Children: $39pp or $49pp with toy.
Details: This delicious event is not just for young & old Disney fans! This high tea event will include wildly fun-filled entertainment with themed high tea treats. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Melba Restaurant Facebook


7. Melbourne Magic Festival
When: 2- 14 July 2018
Where: See website.
Cost: For all ticket pricing- see website.
Details: This festival will be one-of-a-kind in Australia and it will feature magicians and magic fans on one platform for the experience of a lifetime! It will showcase more than 170 performances, magic tricks, illusions, workshops, classes, competitions, entertainment, shows, activities and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Melbourne Magic Festival Facebook


8. Winter School Holiday Program
When: 2-13 July 2018: 10:30am-11:30am
Where: Shrine of Remembrance, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly event will feature hands-on play and making sessions to explore the service and mascot animals. Animals have shown great skill and bravery in wartime- and this workshop for kids will teach the little ones to make a special medal for a brave animal that they know. The workshop is suitable for children aged 4-10yrs. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Shrine of Remembrance Facebook


9. Shibori- Japanese Textile Exhibition
When: 3-20 July 2018: 10am-5pm
Where: Kimono House, Level 2, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne (Nicholas Building)
Cost: Free
Details: This event will feature a discovery of the art of Japanese resist-dyed textiles and how they are produced. The exhibition will also include vintage garments and bolts of cloth displays alongside tools of the trade and samples of the resist-dyeing process. Click here for the website.

10. Firelight Festival Long Table Dinners
When: 3 & 31 July 2018: 6:15pm-9pm
Where: Chiara, 705 Collins St, Melbourne
Cost: $45pp
Details: Inspired by long-table dining experiences from around the world, this event will feature two exquisite culinary events with exclusive 3-course meals with rich flavours of Italy and fire performances. The second event will include an immersive 3-course dining experience which will explore flavours of Italy with a contemporary twist. Click here for the website.

11. What She Swaps
When: 5 July 2018: 6pm-8pm
Where: Meat Market Stables, cnr Courtney & Wreckyn Streets, North Melbourne
Cost: $25pp
Details: This Clothing Exchange event will bring consumer awareness to the working conditions female garment workers experience and give the opportunity to sign the pledge for big brands to pay a fairer working wage. Swap clothing and learn how to support a fairer fashion future. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Clothing Exchange Facebook


12. The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
When: 6-14 July 2018: 7pm-10pm
Where: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing.
Details: This festival will showcase the freshest and most innovative documentaries from Australia and around the world. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Facebook


13. Melbourne Rare Book Fair
When: 6-8 July 2018: 6th: 6pm-9pm & 7th & 8th: 10am-5pm
Where: The University of Melbourne, 230 Grattan St, Parkville (Wilson Hall)
Cost: Free
Details: This event will be Australia's major annual event for rare books, maps, prints and ephemera. The fair will showcase books of all genres, wide variety of historical maps, decorative and important prints, illuminated manuscript leaves from the 12th to the 17th centuries and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Anzaab Melbourne Rare Book Fair Facebook


14. European Night Market
When: 6 -27 July 2018: 5pm-9pm (Every Friday in July)
Where: Madame Brussels Lane, 50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Cost: Free
Details: This event will feature the taste of the classic Christmas markets of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Spain with the best food, drinks and entertainment Europe has to offer. There will market stalls showcasing European foods and beverages as well as live musical performances. Click here for the website.

15. Firelight Festival Speakeasy Series
When: 10- 26 July 2018
Where: Various locations across Melbourne.
Cost: $30pp
Details: This event will allow you to experience the best in local food and entertainment with Docklands renowned late-night haunts, tapas, cocktails, performances from local musicians and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from What's On Melbourne Facebook


16. NAIDOC Koolin Ngargee Celebrations
When: 12 July 2018: Anytime between 10am-2pm
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Oak Lawn, 100 Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
Cost: Free
Details: This event will celebrate the invaluable contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made and continue to make to our community's rich history and nation. The event will feature a Garden Explorer tour and bush tucker-inspired menu at The Terrace. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from National NAIDOC Facebook


17. Bastille Day French Festival
When: 14 & 15 July 2018: 14th: 10am-5pm, 6:30pm-10pm & 15th: 10am-5pm
Where: Meat Market, 3 Blackwood St, North Melbourne
Cost: $5pp
Details: Celebrate all things French at this multicultural festival! The event will feature a celebration of the French culture with entertainment, an abundance of food stalls, drink stalls, art exhibitions, displays, performances, activities, masterclasses, demonstrations and much more. Click here for teh website.

Image Courtesy from Bastille Day French Festival Melbourne Facebook


18. The Last Dalai Lama? Movie Screening Event
When: 14 July 2018: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Cost: Tickets range from $30-$35pp
Details: This movie screening event will include Tibetan wisdom, insight and culture. The evening will also include traditional Tibetan chanting by Lama Khedup Bhutia, a guided meditation with Venerable Michael Losang Yeshe from the Tara Institute, traditional folk singing and traditional Tibetan dancing. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from What's on Dharma Facebook


19. Christmas in July – with ABBA Tribute Band
When: 14 July 2018: 7pm-11:30pm
Where: Melbourne Zoo, Elliot Ave, Parkville
Cost: $90pp
Details: Warm up this July with this fun festive Christmas in July event. The event will feature an evening of a two-course Christmas dinner and performances by ABBA Tribute Band. Be sure to come dressed in your Santa hat! Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from zoo.org.au


20. Barossa: Be Consumed Melbourne
When: 21 July 2018: 11am-5pm
Where: Meat Market, 3 Blackwood St, North Melbourne
Cost: $65pp
Details: This delicious event will showcase Barossa's region with wine, beauty, culture, and produce with this one-day celebration. The event will feature brilliant wines, scrumptious food, entertainment, activities and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Barossa Wine Facebook


21. Nerves & Steel Exhibition
When: 22-29 July 2018: 10am-5pm
Where: Shrine of Remembrance, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Cost: Gold coin donation.
Details: This exhibition will showcase a historical exploration of the war in the Pacific during WWII. Click here for the website.
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