One of Melbourne's best loved events, the St. Kilda Festival returns once more to celebrate two of summer's essential ingredients- beaches and music. Now in its 30th year, the festival is still going strong, offering a great lineup of free gigs, kids entertainment and beachside fun.
Kicking off on the 6th February with Yalukit Willam Ngargee, the festival runs until the 14th and ends with a jam-packed Festival Sunday. Most events are free and getting to St. Kilda is a quick tram ride from the city center. More details on trams and transport options can be found on the site.
On the first day, head down to the O'Donnell Gardens to see live dance performances and music as part of Yalukit Willam Nagargee, the outdoor festival celebrating indigenous bay culture. The Koori Night Markets will also be running, with stalls selling local arts, crafts, jewelry and food. Live and Local follows on, with daily events featuring comedy, visual arts, theatre and of course live gigs.
Festival Sunday ends the event with a diverse outdoor celebration which will close The Esplanade and main streets to traffic. More than 50 bands will perform across five stages throughout the day, with many local talents to be discovered. There's also plenty for the < a href="http://www.stkildafestival.com.au/familyfun.php">kids to do from art workshops to face painting.
While you're by the beach don't forget to check out St Kilda's shops and restaurants and dip your toes in the sea. Join the crowds as they soak up the summer vibe that comes around only once a year.