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9 Things You Need To Do In Melbourne this July

Winter got you stuck for ideas on what to do this month? Well look no further, we’ve got you covered from Van Gogh exhibitions and Mormon Musicals to snooping around heritage houses – here’s what’s on this month in Melbourne.

Friday Nights at the NGV

Your favourite Friday Nights series is back again. Enjoy classical string quartet recitals, drop into exhibition talks, grab a bite to eat and wrap up your night with live performances by international and Australian acts in the Great Hall. What better combo than art and music? 

Where: National Gallery of Victoria
When: Until Friday 7 July
Cost: From $12
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meats, cheese and truffles

Image: Prahran Market

Truffle and Charcuterie Celebration

This one-day celebration is back for its third year in a row and is celebrating the local Truffle season. Though this time around  the regular Truffle Festival has transformed into the Truffle and Charcuterie Celebration for all things truffle alongside local and imported charcuterie. There will also be back-to-back demonstrations from Omega and Neil Perry Kitchen with local chefs and traders, plus you’ll have the opportunity to talk to the growers and producers.

Where: Prahran Market
When: 10am-4pm Sunday 9 July
Cost: Free
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The Book of Mormon

If you’re easily offended, then you’ll want to steer clear of this musical from the creators of South Park. For the rest of you, you’ll find yourself full of laughs in this in the satirical musical about religion. Sold out on Broadway for 180 weeks, don’t miss your chance to see this incredible production.

Where: Princess Theatre
When: Until 22 October
Cost: From $77
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Bastile Day at Eureka 89

Celebrate Bastille Day at Eureka 89 with fine wine, food and magical city views. Executive Chef Renee Martillana and Pastry Chef Julie Mainard will wow you with their French canapes while you sip on French-inspired cocktails, beers and wines.

Where: Eureka 89, Southbank
When: 7pm-9pm Friday 14 July
Cost: $85 per person
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View from Eureka 89. Image: Supplied

St Kilda’s Winter Garden

St Kilda’s favourite ‘triangle’ is getting a makeover this winter with Map 57. The space will play host a pop up ice rink, bar and food stalls, comedy, theatre, music, carnival rides and much more.

Where: Jacka Boulevard (next to Palais Theatre)
When: Until 30 July
Cost: From $16
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Van Gogh and the Seasons

NGV has teamed up with Art Exhibitions Australia to bring us Van Gogh and the Seasons for the 2017 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition. Explore the largest collection of Van Gogh’s artworks to ever travel to Australia.

Where: National Gallery of Victoria
When: Until Wednesday 12 July
Cost: From $10
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Saint-Rémy, early September 1889 oil on canvas. Image: The National Gallery, London

The Winter Night Market at Queen Victoria Market

Ignite your winter Wednesdays at the Queen Vic Markets. Their Winter Night Market features an exciting new lighting installation, live entertainment, over 30 global food traders and 50 designer stalls. There will also be open fires to keep you warm and a silent disco to keep you moving.

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: 5pm-10pm every 30 August
Cost: Free
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Image: visitballarat.com.au

Ballarat Winter Festival

If you’re looking to get out of town, see Ballarat come alive this July with a whimsical winter affair. Take a stroll down Sovereign Hill’s main street and admire the falling snowflakes, or take a round on the ice rink in the the heart of the city.

Where: Ballarat
When: Until Sunday 30 July
Cost: Event ticket prices vary
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State Library of Victoria. Image: Nokuro / Shutterstock.com

Open House

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Open House Melbourne is boasting a mammoth program with 200 venues to stick you nose into. But more than just a stickybeak, it’s a great way to explore and see the evolution Melbourne. There is a whole heap of events on, so check it out.

Where: All over Melbourne
When: Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 July
Cost: Event ticket prices vary
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