The Events You Need to Know About in July


This month’s top sports and cultural events. By Samantha O'Brien.



The first major Australian exhibition of the work of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), best known for The Great Wave off Kanagawa, features prints, paintings and rare books on loan from the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum in Matsumoto.

When: 21 July-15 October
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

My Fair Lady

The original Eliza Doolittle, Dame Julie Andrews, directs the classic musical that made her famous in 1956. Downton Abbey star Charles Edwards appears as Professor Higgins. See

When: Until 27 July
Where: Regent Theatre, Melbourne


Featuring music, food, theatre and art, this new festival showcases the best of the city’s fashionable Chapel Street.

When: 20-30 July
Where: Chapel Street, Melbourne 

Mark Seymour & The Undertow

Catch the Hunters & Collectors legend performing with his new band, The Undertow. Go to

When: 21 and 22 July
Where: Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne


Sydney-born Hollywood action star Jai Courtney returns to the stage in the Shakespearean tragedy’s title role, under the direction of Simon Phillips. Visit

When: Until 15 July
Where: The Sumner theatre, Melbourne

What's on July 2017

Run Melbourne

Starting at Federation Square and finishing at Birrarung Marr, the five-kilometre, 10-kilometre and half-marathon runs aim to raise $2 million for a variety of causes. See

When: 30 July


Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy

Inspired by punk and feminism, works from the 1970s to the present highlight Melbourne-born, Brisbane-based Jenny Watson’s lasting impact on the Australian art scene.

When: 5 July-2 October
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

Kinky Boots

This is the last chance to catch songwriter Cyndi Lauper’s feel-good musical before it moves north to Brisbane.

When: Until 13 August 
Where: Capitol Theatre, Sydney 


An exploration of the life of Woollarawarre Bennelong, who, in the 1790s, became the first Aborigine to visit Britain and return. Go  to

When: Until 29 July 
Where: Sydney Opera House

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen 

Spectacular ice-skating and frosty effects make this a cool holiday date for Frozen fans. Visit

When: 12-17 July
Where: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2017

Judge the Archibald Prize-winning portrait for yourself, alongside the winners and runners-up in the Wynne and Sulman categories.

When: 29 July-22 October
Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney 

Russell Howard: Round the World 

The English comedian and television star is back on stage after a three-year break. Go to

When: 19, 20 and 22 July 
Where: Various venues, Sydney 

The Friends of The Gantry Dinner Series 

Enjoy a collaborative 5-course degustation menu designed by chef Joel Bickford and some of his industry friends. 

When: Lunch and dinner throughout July
Where: The Gantry Restaurant & Bar, Sydney

What's on July 2017



George Orwell’s dystopian tale has been newly adapted as a theatrical blockbuster by English writer-directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.

When: 25-29 July 
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre

What's on July 2017

The Truffle Festival 

Hunt for your own truffle, learn how to cook with it or just enjoy this prized fungi in local cafés, wineries and restaurants. Visit

When: Until 2 September
Where: Various venues, Canberra 


Matilda the Musical 

The “revolting children” of Tim Minchin’s award-winning musical are making one last stop on their nationwide tour. 

When: Until 16 July 
Where: Festival Theatre, Adelaide 

Liverpool Masters vs Manchester United Masters

Teams featuring veteran players from one of the English Premier League’s most intense rivalries will go head to head in this six-a-side tournament.

When: 22 July 
Where: Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide

Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival

Local and international beers and ciders meet their perfect partners: live music and sausages. Go to

When: 28-30 July
Where: Brick Cattle Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Adelaide


Good Food & Wine Show

Celebrity chefs Manu Feildel, Gary Mehigan, Adam Liaw and morewill take the stage at this annual food show.

When: 14-16 July 
Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre 

Revelation Perth International Film Festival

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the festival will feature more than 120 films, including documentary Becoming Bond about Australian 007 George Lazenby.

When: 6-19 July 
Where: Various venues, Perth


Noosa Alive!

Twenty-four Sunshine Beach State High School students will perform in Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro, part of the 10-day food, music and entertainment festival

When: 21-30 July 
Where: Various venues, Noosa 

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 

In 2016, the fair attracted more than 50,000 people. This year it promises to be even bigger, with dance and music shows, film screenings and art workshops.

When: 14-16 July
Where: Various venues, Cairns 

The Royal Ballet 

In Australia for the first time in 15 years, the UK’s Royal Ballet will perform two original works: The Winter’s Tale and Woolf Works.

When: Until 9 July
Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane

What's on July 2017


Darwin Fringe Festival 

Darwin’s arts scene showcases some of the Top End’s finest talent. Visit

When: 7-16 July
Where: Various venues, Darwin 

Australian Outback Marathon

The Ayers Rock Resort hosts this event, which includes full and half marathons and two fun runs, all with spectacular views of Uluru.

When: 29 July 
Where: Alice Springs 


Hound in the Hunt

Accomplished painters will try to re-create paintings by masters such as Vermeer and Michelangelo.

When: From 2 July 
Where: Mona, Berriedale

Festival of Voices 

Performances by the Umbilical Brothers, Sarah Blasko and Toni Childs are part of Australia’s premier celebration of the voice. Go to

When: Until 16 July 
Where: Various venues, Hobart  

What's on July 2017

Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest

Craft ciders, artisan food and morris dancers will be the stars of this pagan-themed celebration. Visit

When: 14-16 July 
Where: Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, Grove  

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