The St Kilda Festival begins on Saturday 4th and runs until Sunday 26th February 2012. The festival program features a huge range of live musical performances, cultural events, film screenings, visual art exhibitions, theatre, children's events and much, much more.
To help you decide which events you should head to, we thought we would select five free events for you and your family and friends to enjoy.
St Kilda Esplanade Market - 5 February 2012
Melbourne and markets go hand and hand and at the St Kilda Festival, The Esplanade Market is sure to have a great family friendly atmosphere. There will be variety of stalls to trawl through, particularly art and crafts and fashion and accessories stalls. You are sure to find something unique here.
Australian Elvis impersonator Rohan Hammit, will take to the stage at Claypots Seafood & Wine for a very special free show. He will be decked out in the famous white suit and will serenade audiences with renditions of all the classic Elvis hits.
This event will begin at 3pm.
For more information on this event, please see here.
Boxing Fits's Boxing on the Beach - 5 to 11 February 2012
Taking place at the on the St Kilda Foreshore, Boxing Fit are offering free half hour boxing classes on selected days during the run of the festival at 7am. This is a great way to feel fit and fabulous.
There will be prizes on offer and beginners are welcome to participate. Professional boxers Diana Prazak, Frank LoPorto and Tim Hunt will be on hand to motivate you.
For more information on this event, please see here and here.
Live N Local 2012
Photographer Felix Balfour. stkildafestival.com.au
Festival Sunday is one of the major events of this annual Melbourne festival and this year, the live music program is quite impressive. Throughout the day's festivities you can catch Stonefield, Archie Roach, Boom Crash Opera, Blue King Brown, British India, Sneaky Sound System, Miami Horror and many more perform for free.
There will seven stages set up and there will also be a Latin Quater, where you participate in various dances classes, including bachata, tango, samba and salsa. Plus there will be a Spanish doughnut eating competition. You can view the Festival Sunday program here.