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5 Free Events @ St Kilda Festival 2012

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St Kilda Festival 2012

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.

The St Kilda Esplanade Market will be open from 10am to 5pm.

For more information on the Esplanade Market, click here and here.

Rohan Hammit - We Love Elvis @ Claypots - 11 February 2012

The King, who would have turned 77 years old this January, will be in the building (well, sort of) on February 11th.

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.

There are a number of free gigs to catch during the run of the St Kilda Festival. Highlights include;

The Universal @ The Greyhound on 5 February 2012.

Sarah & the King Bees@ Iddy Biddy Bar on 6 February 2012.

The Winter Migration @ Republica on 7 February 2012.

Joe Ransom and The Big Smoke @ Habitat HQ on 7 February 2012.

Tristen Bird @ St Kilda Readings on 7 February 2012.

Dan Webb and Kylie Auldist @ Republica on 8 February 2012.

Lauren Elizabeth @ Laika on 8 February 2012.

Davy Simony @ The St Kilda Branch on 9 February 2012.

The Bluestones @ The Grocery Bar on 11 February 2012.

Festival Sunday - 12 February 2012

Photographer Matt Irwin.

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.

There will also be a huge range of children's entertainment on offer, as well as roving entertainment, workshops, sporting events, cultural events and much more. See here for further details.

For more information on Festival Sunday, please see here.

Other festival freebies include;

Pride March Victoria - 5 February 2012.
The Paradise Anthology Launch - 5 February 2012 .
Healing the Bay Exhibition - from 5 February 2012.
Spirit Man Film Screening - 6 February 2012.
Pedicabs Laughs - 8 February 2012.
Summer Surf Slam - 9 February 2012.
Eat, Drink & Play - 9 February 2012.

For more information on the St Kilda Festival, please see the following links:

St Kilda Festival website.
St Kilda Festival Facebook.
St Kilda Festival Twitter.
St Kilda Festival Youtube Channel.
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Why? Celebrate St Kilda
When: 4-12 February 2012
Where: St Kilda
Cost: Free and Ticketed Events
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