Briefing Melbourne: 3 – 9 July

Monday 3 July – Sunday 9 July



Experience the museum after dark with delicious food, cocktails, talks and live music. This new over 18s event series will make you see the museum in a whole new light. Featuring Dorsal Fins and Jakubi this month.

When: 6pm – 11pm, Friday 7 July (first Friday of every month)

Where: Melbourne Museum

Cost: prebook online $25, door $35

Museum Moves

Go on a creative and aerobic trip through the museum as you dance your way into your day. The sessions are limited to 20 people and a light breakfast is included.

When: 7:30am – 9am, Tues (18 & 25 July), Wed (19 & 26 July) and Thurs (20 & 27 July)

Where: Melbourne Museum

Cost: $35


Royal Melbourne Hospital Book Fair

As part of Rare Book Week, grab an old classic or find something different at the volunteer service book fair. Books will all cost between $2 and $3 and funds go toward patient care initiatives such as Pet Therapy Visits, the Royal Melbourne Hospital Samaritan Fund and Patient Care Packs.

When: 10am – 4pm, Thursday 6 July

Where: Seminar Room 2, Function Centre, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Entry is free, you can register online

Rare Book Fair

If your books needs are not satisfied on Thursday you can continue your literature journey at the Rare Book Fair. There will be antique and rare books on everything you could imagine – maps, travel, art, memoirs, children’s books and stories.

When: 6pm – 9pm Friday 7 July, 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday 8/9 July

Where: Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne

Boho Luxe Market

See the best of Australia’s bohemian creatives with fashion jewellery, homewares and craft at the Boho Luxe market. Everything is independently designed, unique and handpicked by the organisers.

When: 10am – 5pm, Sunday 9 July

Where: The Atrium, Federation Square

Weekend Events

National Ukrainian Festival Gala Concert

Celebrate 70 years of Ukrainian settlement in Australia with this festival of singers, dancers and bands.

When: 1:30pm – 4:30pm, Sunday 9 July

Where: Melbourne Town Hall

Tickets: $25 adult, $20 conc, $75 family


Standing for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, NAIDOC Week, Monday 3 July to Sunday 9 July, celebrates history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

NAIDOC in the City

The annual NAIDOC march goes from the Victorian Community Health Service in Nicholson Street to Federation Square. Arriving at 10am, there will be refreshments, banner making and faceprinting. The march leaves at midday and will finish at Federation Square where there will be a free concert celebrating NAIDOC Week with performances on the main stage including Benny Walker.

When: 10am – 3pm, Friday 7 July

Where: Starting at the Victorian Community Health Service and ending at Federation Square

School Holidays

Koolin Ngargee – NAIDOC Family Day

Gather for a smoking ceremony followed by traditional stories around the fire with Uncle Ron and Aunty Fay. Decorate your own boomerang and make an ochre hand-print to take home, then enjoy a cup of lemon myrtle tea.

When: 10am – 12pm, Thursday 6 July

Where: Visitor Centre, Royal Botanic Gardens

Uneasy Seasons

The NGV is renowned for their free children’s exhibitions and this is another engaging and unique experience for kids. Uneasy seasons wants children to contemplate the natural world, form a canopy of thoughts and enjoy the delights of two large treehouse. This is an exhibition for both children and teenagers.

When: 10am – 5pm daily, until 8 October

Where: NGV International


Step into a world of optical illusions, experience larger than life murals allows you to come face to face with wild animals, scale rocky crevasses and surf the ultimate pipelines. Through photography you will actually become part of the artwork.

When: 10am – 6pm Sunday – Thursday, 10am – 11:30pm Friday – Saturday (late nights will be for a limited time only)

Where: Level 1, 26 Star Cres, HarbourTown Docklands

Tickets: from $18

Melbourne Facts

You can play table tennis for free in Melbourne’s newest thoroughfare, St Collins Lane. All you need to do is collect the equipment from the information desk on the ground floor and head up to the tables to play. Although St Collins Lane has had a slow start to popularity, I think this is a great initiative!


One last Van Gogh update: There will be a 24 hour opening from 10pm Saturday 8 July – 10pm Sunday 9 July. The Exhibition will also open 9am – 10pm Thursday 6 July and 8am – 11pm for the last three days from Monday 10 July – Wednesday 12 July.


As always, if you have any tips about Melbourne or have something  you would like to see come up on the weekly Briefing Melbourne let me know. Always looking for new and fun things to do around the city!

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