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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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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.

Summer in the Park City of Boroondara

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
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

Off busy High St and close to a tram stop. There are large gates and a botanical gardens feel with huge open spaces. For more information about Victoria Park, click here.

Enjoy Latin music while the kids enjoy the huge slide.

Featuring Quarter Street, a group that takes you back to the heart of classic salsa. Inspired by the raw sounds of New York in the 1970s.

Victoria Park is at 450 High St, Kew.


In the case of extreme weather conditions, call the council hotline on 0411 199 122 for the latest program information.

Food and drinks

A great selection of food and hot and cold beverages are available for purchase at all Summer in the Park events.

Alcohol is permitted, but there is no alcohol for sale.


Bring your own picnic rugs and cushions. Low beach chairs are also fine. If you do need a chair with legs, make sure you sit near the back.

For any questions regarding these free events please contact
Boroondara Arts

9278 4770

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Why? Free summer nights outside the house
When: Saturday nights Feb 2, 9, 16. 23 and March 2 &16
Phone: 9278 4770
Where: Various parks in Boroondara
Cost: FREE
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