What's on around Australia in July
This winter is promising to be a festive one with Australia's capital cities taking advantage of the mild climate to put on a mean show. From ice-skating by the beach to arts festivals that'll feed the soul, July has never seemed so hot!
If you're planning a trip interstate in July, or are just looking for something to do in your own city over the school holidays, why not check out one of the many exhibitions, shows or festivals taking place across the country? There's something for everyone with live music, comedy shows, film festivals, fireworks and bonfires all on offer.
Appealing to anyone with an interest in Melbourne's hidden treasures, Open House Melbourne is a free two day event which showcases over 100 buildings to the public. Pass through these culturally significant buildings to experience some of Melbourne's finest architectural gems, unlock closed rooms and discover the history behind these interesting buildings. This year, Open House Melbourne will be held on the 26th and 27th of July.
New South Wales
Sydney promises two winter festivals in key locations this July. The Bondi Winter Magic festival is held at the iconic Bondi Beach and features Australia's only beachside ice rink from the 27th of June to the 13th of July. There'll be plenty to do by the beach with Bondi Feast held from the 8th to the 26th of July, presenting a fortnight of comedy, music and theatre along with delicious hot food and mulled wine.
For a winter harbour experience, Darling Harbour is putting on a spectacular showcase of winter activities and events from the 13th of June to the 13th of July at the Winter Festival. When you're there, the first stop is the Winter Festival Village to stock up on warm winter treats; next is the open-air ice rink where there will be themed night-time performances. For a warming drink afterwards, the Après Skate Lounge and Beer Garden will be selling hot chocolate, mulled wine and European beer.
Hobart's Festival of Voices 2014, currently celebrating its tenth year, will be held from the 4th to the 13th of July. There's something for every culture vulture, with the extensive program featuring performances by solo vocalists, choirs, cabaret artists, actors and speakers alike. Main events include the Bonfire & Big Sing at Salamanca Place on the 11th of July. This family-friendly event is free so come one, come all to this bonfire spectaculari.
Calling all cinephiles, the 17th Revelation Perth International Film Festival is on from the 3rd to the 13th of July in Leederville, Northbridge and Fremantle. 115 films will be shown across four screens as well as live soundtrack performances, art installations and master-classes.
Starting the month off with a bang, Territory Day promises a fiery display over the Timor Sea on the 1st of July. Pack a picnic and head down to Mindil Beach to watch the full show unfold in the winter night sky. For those keen to get in on the action, Territory Day is the one day each year when you're allowed to light fireworksii.
A few days later, on Sunday the 6th of July, the Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta is held at Mindil Beach. Create your own boat made of recyclable materials like cans, plastic drink bottles or cartons, or simply watch the boats sink or float from the sidelines. There'll be a variety of other competitions, activities and market stalls held during the day for the whole familyiii.
If shredding, strumming or pizzicato is your thing, then you'll be hard-pressed to find a more well-suited festival for you. The biannual Adelaide International Guitar Festival is running from the 17th to the 20th of July, promising a host of local and international guitarists and bands. Get hands on at the Yamaha Come and Try workshop and meet the makers of Australia's finest guitars to learn about the techniques, tools and materials used in making the perfect instrument. Talks and master classes will also be a feature making this festival a truly entertaining and educational experience for all!