City of festivals, Melbourne has lined up a plethora of free events to make this February one of the best months of the year. Take your calendar and mark the dates for your favourite free events and festivals from the list below.
On its eight year, the Festival of Glass 2017 commenced on 1 January 2017 and will draw curtain on 25 February 2017. This festival features historic bottle appraisals, twilight flames show and glass art workshops. A major part of the festival will be the Festival Expo which will be held on 19 February 2017 at Drysdale's Christian College. Stalls by glass artists will impress and inspire with a wide array of glass art, jewellery, mosaics and home ware. The expo will also include glass-working demonstrations, short films about glass and the annual Glass Art Awards. A gold coin donation is requested from visitors for entry to the expo.
St Kilda Festival 2017 When: 12/02/2017, 10am to 10pm Where: Foreshore of St Kilda, VIC
Labelled as Australia's largest free Music Festival, the St Kilda Festival will entertain visitors with an awe-inspiring program itinerary. Live music will be hosted on the Main Stage, O'Donnell Gardens Stage, Alfred Square Stage, New Music Stage, Live N Local Stage, Songwriters Collective, and The Push Stage. Kids will have a whole kid's zone to themselves. All are welcome to this free event.
Clayton Street Festival is the ultimate family friendly festival which welcomes all. Live entertainment, kid's activities, street parade, market stalls and hawkers night market are some of the many attractive features of this festival.
Take your valentine for a romantic evening to the open-air cinema on the rooftop of Curtin House where you can both enjoy a free romantic movie called "2 Days in Paris". Starring Adam Goldberg and Julie Delpy, this romantic comedy drama is the perfect way to wrap up the Valentine's Day.
Hailed as the most flamboyant festival of the year, White Night Melbourne will woo your senses and land you on cloud nine. Head to Melbourne CBD to be swept off your feet by wondrous installation, lighting, exhibitions, street performances, film, music, shows and interactive events. Live entertainment and glitzy projections will be serenaded by oohs and aahs. This unique event is not to be missed.
Come and witness the best Greek festival of the year by gracing the red carpet of the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival. Scrummy Greek food will be the cornerstone of this festival. Live entertainment, kid's activities, fun rides will keep the young and adult busy. Eating competitions like competing to see who can eat the most loukoumades in one minute will certainly take the excitement to the next level.
Maslenitsa: Slavic Pancake Festival
When: 25/02/2017, 10am until 8pm
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Victoria
More information: www.weekendnotes.com/slavic-pancake-festival/
Celebrate all things Slavic by visiting the wonderful Slavic Pancake Festival. Join in Slavic dance, try your hands at craft and art activities, enjoy cultural and art exhibition and relish delectable traditional Slavic food like pancakes, savoury cakes, shashlik, and other famous treats. It will be a jam-packed day.
Melbourne Japanese Festival is returning to regale Melburnians one more time with the rich Japanese culture and traditions. Lend your ears to euphonious Japanese music and introduce your tastebuds to exquisite Japanese food as you take a journey from Melbourne to Japan in this day long festival. Taiko Drumming, Shamisen (traditional Japanese three-stringed lute with a square body, played with a large plectrum) and Sumo (Japanese heavyweight wrestling) are some of the many highlights of the day.