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FREE musical events in some of Melbourne's best parks
When its hot outside, it's great to be inside. But then the house heats up as well, so it becomes cooler outside. Those are the evenings when you crave being outdoors. Although by the end of summer, taking the dog for a walk around the block and coming back with an ice-cream just loses its novelty.
But the City of Boroondara has the answer, as they have a regular season of summer entertainment in their parks (and yes, you can even bring your pooch, as long as your dog is on a short lead).
Boroondara often known as Melbourne's green belt and taking in suburbs such as Ashburton, Balwyn, Balwyn North (part), Camberwell, Canterbury, Deepdene, Glen Iris (part), Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Kew, Kew East, Mont Albert (part) and Surrey Hills (part) had some beautiful parks. These parks will be used to showcase these events and all of the outdoor performances are FREE for anyone to attend, not just locals.
From jazz to opera and soul to cinema, there'll be something to suit everybody's taste. So bring your friends, your family, and your picnic rug to spend your summer evenings outside. And as there are playgrounds at most of these parks, the kids will enjoy themselves as well.
Saturday 2 February, from 6pm Jazz in the Park @ St James Park, Hawthorn
This is a gorgeous old-world style Victorian park within easy walking distance of Hawthorn Railway Station. It features lawns and tree-lined paths. There is a playground with a slide, hut, walkway and tunnel, spiral ladder, chain bridge, flying fox and monkey bars.
St James Park Address
Wood Street, Hawthorn 3122
Enjoy performances from Fem Belling and Elissa Rodger.
Saturday 9 February, from 6pm Soul in the Park, Greythorn Park, Balwyn North
This park has is known for its native trees and for having plenty of space. There is a playground there as well.
It is at 11A Alpha Street, Balwyn North
Saturday 16 February, from 6pm - Opera in the Park Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury
These charming gardens are easily walkable from Canterbury Railway Station. Designed in the Gardenesque style from the early 1900s, the gardens still feature some established trees from this period as well as extensive lawns and pretty flower beds. The nearby Maling Road historic shopping precinct is also worth a wander through.
190B Canterbury Road, Canterbury.
The night of opera will feature The Parlour and Rose Kavanagh (on violin).
Saturday 23 February, from 7pm Cinema in the Park Anderson Park, Hawthorn East
Anderson Park is at 7 Anderson Road, Hawthorn East. This is a hidden gem in the heart of Hawthorn with majestic, well-established trees and views of the city. It has large areas of open space, beautiful heritage trees, shaded barbecue areas, and a popular 1km walking circuit. The extensive playground is set on three levels and includes wave slides, climbing walls, a rope walkway and a long flying fox.
But you are more likely to find the children watching the movie provided which is Up (PG).
Saturday 2 March, from 6pm, Brass in the Park , Markham Reserve, Ashburton
As well as a playground, sports grounds, a community garden and beautiful spots for picnics, the reserve has a great area for BMX, scooter and skateboard riders. You can ride a bike as well as there is a scenic path for cyclists that runs alongside Gardiners Creek.
The adventure playground features climbing nets, a large seesaw, a flying fox, monkey bars, a rotating flower, large wooden kookaburras, a sandpit and great swings for all ages.
The playground is enclosed by a safety fence.
Markham Reserve is at 80 Victory Boulevard, Ashburton.
The night will feature Horns of Leroy and The Seduceaphones.
Saturday 16 March, from 6 pm Latin in the Park Victoria Park, Kew