What’s On in Melbourne in July (Updated for 2023)

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July puts us in the thick of winter in Melbourne, but luckily we still have so much going on in the city – and plenty of places to warm those cold bones.

So, grab a seat by a fireplace in a bar, tuck into a comforting meal or join a warming festival to escape from the chill.

Here’s a curated selection of the must-dos happening this July in Melbourne.

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Melbourne weather in July

Oooh, it is getting chilly! The average temperature in Melbourne in July hovers between 6°C and 14°C during the day, but it can get a lot colder than that.

There’s usually not many huge rainfalls, but you can expect a little rain on many days, with around 40mm falling throughout the entire month last year over 15 days.

Check the upcoming Melbourne weather forecast online, and read my full guide to winter in Melbourne.

Public holidays in Melbourne in July

No public holidays in July in Melbourne, sadly! School holidays are still underway, with the kids going back on 10 July.

Major events and festivals in July

Check back regularly throughout the month – I’ll keep this page updated as I hunt down more events!


Be mesmerised by an eight-metre sphere filled with over 20,000 moving LEDs, singing trees and a flickering fire garden among colour-changing installations, soundscapes and large-scale illuminated sculptures.

Dates: 16 June-6 August
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens
Cost: From $40
More info: Lightscape website

Theatre, film and music

One Song: The Music of Archie Roach

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Dan Sultan, Emma Donovan, Kee’ahn, Deborah Cheetham and more pay tribute to the late and great Archie Roach.

Dates: 5 & 6 July
Where: Hamer Hall
Cost: Tickets from $75
More info: Website

Electric Fields and the MSO

Incredible electronic duo Electric Fields will perform with the MSO as part of NAIDOC Week.

Dates: 8 July
Where: Hamer Hall
Cost: Tickets from $53
More info: Website

The Rocky Horror Show

One of the most-loved films is in Melbourne with a theatre spectacular starring Jason Donovan and Myf Warhurst.

Dates: Until 30 July
Where: Athenaeum Theatre
Cost: Tickets from $69.90
More info: The Rocky Horror Show website

& Juliet

Shakespeare gets a remix with some of your favourite pop anthems from Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Katy Perry, The Weeknd and Kelly Clarkson.

Dates: Until 29 July
Where: Regent Theatre
Cost: Tickets from $60
More info: & Juliet website

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The cut-down version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now playing in one (still long!) session. This is your absolute last chance to see it!

Dates: Until 9 July
Where: The Princess Theatre
Cost: Tickets from $85
More info: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child website

2:22 – A Ghost Story

This award-winning supernatural thriller is London’s must-see theatre event and is coming to Melbourne for a limited 4-week season.

Dates: 25 July-20 August
Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre
Cost: Tickets from $75
More info: Website

An Evening with the Late John Cleese

Comedy legend John Cleese will be reporting on his experiences in the afterlife, and what the audience can expect when they get there.

Dates: 31 July
Where: Hamer Hall
Cost: Tickets from $114.90
More info: Website

‘Eyes of the Orangutan‘ showing

Join the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation for an exclusive showing of the powerful documentary ‘Eyes of the Orangutan’ to raise funds for these critically endangered animals.

Dates: 7 July
Where: Kino Cinema, Melbourne CBD
Cost: $35, with all proceeds going to Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation
More info: Buy tickets online

Museums and art

Connection at The Lume

The Lume – the incredibly immersive art experience – bids farewell to Monet & Friends and welcomes a stunning First Nations exhibition called Connection.

Dates: Throughout July
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: Tickets from $49
More info: The Lume website

Shadow Spirit

One of the highlights of June’s RISING Festival is sticking around. See First Nations art transform Flinders Street Station’s hidden ballroom.

Dates: Until 30 July
Where: Flinders Street Station Ballroom
Cost: From $16
More info: Website

Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi

Curated by Paris’s Musée d’Orsay, see the works of the great French painter Pierre Bonnard at NGV as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces.

Dates: Until October
Where: NGV
Cost: From $33
More info: NGV website

Melbourne Now

Celebrate new and ambitious local art and design. Everything from fashion and jewellery, painting, sculpture, architecture and ceramics, to video, performance, printmaking and publishing will be on display.

Dates: Until 30 August
Where: The Ian Potter Centre
Cost: Free entry
More info: Ian Potter Centre website

Sutr Santati: Then. Now. Next.

Curated by Lavina Baldota of the Abheraj Baldota Foundation, this brand-new exhibition brings together diverse and stunning textile traditions of India. 

Dates: Until 3 September
Where: Melbourne Museum
Cost: Included in Melbourne Museum entry ticket
More info: Website

Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion

Marilyn Monroe. Geena Davis. Halle Berry. Margot Robbie. Michelle Yeoh. These – and more – screen goddesses are recognised in a new exhibition at ACMI.

Dates: Until October
Where: ACMI
Cost: $25 for adults
More info: Website

Gandel Gondwana Garden

Gondwana – the huge supercontinent that formed a mere 500 million years ago and connected Australia to much of the Southern Hemisphere – is brought to life in a new exhibition at Melbourne Museum.

Dates: Daily throughout July
Where: Melbourne Museum
Cost: Included with museum entry ($15)
More info: Website


Part game, part gallery, part journey, Imaginaria is great for the whole family. Immerse yourself in shimmering light sculptures, enter the interactive cave or the multi-dimensional light maze, or step inside a giant infinity bubble.

Dates: Various dates throughout July
Where: The District Docklands
Cost: Adults tickets $29.95, kids $27.95
More info: Imaginaria website

Temple of Boom

Created by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang and an “evocative reimagining of The Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens”, the Temple of Boom is the latest NGV Architecture Commission.

Dates: Until August
Where: NGV
Cost: Free
More info: NGV website

Experience the Dome Promenade

One of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings has opened a hidden part that hasn’t been accessible to the public for 100 years.

Dates: Throughout July
Where: Royal Exhibition Building
Cost: From $29 for adults
More info: Museums Victoria website

Thor: Love and Thunder at ACMI

Catch the incredible costumes and props worn by the all-star cast of Taika Waititi’s blockbuster Thor: Love and Thunder.

Dates: Daily throughout July
Where: ACMI
Cost: Free
More info: ACMI website

Food events in July

Winter Night Market

The Winter Night Market is back at Queen Vic Market every Wednesday evening, with street food trucks and stalls, local brewers and distillers, shopping and lively entertainment.

Dates: Wednesday evenings until 30 August
Where: Queen Vic Market
Cost: Free entry
More info: Queen Vic Market website

European Night Market

Imagine you’re in Europe in winter in this market that takes over Madame Brussels Lane. There are food vendors, mulled wine and performances.

Dates: Every Friday evening throughout July
Where: Madame Brussels Lane
Cost: Free entry
More info: Website

Australian Sake Festival

With over 200 varieties of Japanese sake available for tasting, this two day festival will be a celebration of all things Japanese with delicious food, amazing cultural performances and of course, sake!

Dates: 1-2 July
Where: Queen Victoria Market
Cost: Free entry
More info: Website

Community events and festivals

Metro Comic Con

This inaugural pop culture convention will celebrate fandom and feature appearances from popular stars from the big and small screens, comic book artists, cosplay opportunities and merchandise stalls. Celebrity guests appearing include actors Henry Thomas (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows), Katy O’Brian (The Mandalorian) and way more.

Dates: 8-9 July
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds
Cost: From $40
More info: Website

Firelight Festival

Fire installations, laser shows, live music, fire twirlers and plenty of snacks and beverages converge to create a toasty festival, the Firelight Festival.

Dates: 30 June-2 July
Where: Harbour Esplanade & Newquay Promenade, Docklands
Cost: Free
More info: Website

Bastille Day French Festival

Celebrate all things French with food, art and performances at this annual festival.

Dates: 8-9 July
Where: Queen Victoria Market
Cost: Free entry
More info: Website

African Festival

Stay warm in winter by dancing to African drumbeats and trying food from across the continent.

Dates: 15-16 July
Where: Queen Victoria Market
Cost: Free entry
More info: Website

What are you most excited to see and do in July in Melbourne?

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I’m Rebecca, a Melbourne local excited to show you the best of Melbourne. I've visited more than 40 countries and have a Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management. After living abroad for 8 years, I’m back home in Melbourne, rediscovering this city that I love and have missed. My aim is to help you find the best things to do in Melbourne.

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