Summer fun continues in Melbourne with the Sidney Myer Music Bowl series of free concerts performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the annual shows, and the 60th anniversary of the concerts being performed at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, located only a ten-minute walk from Flinders Street Station.
Three performances will be held over two weeks. To begin with, on Friday, 8 February come along to listen to Gershwin and Friends; on Saturday, 16 February enjoy the Saturday Night Symphony, and; on Wednesday, 20 February experience A Symphonic Celebration. Gates open at 4:30pm if you want to grab a good seat or a spot on the grass, and the music begins at 7:30pm, with an additional performance by the Melbourne Youth Orchestras at 6:00pm on the Saturday. So, bring a picnic, some friends, and a jacket in case it gets a bit chilly, and revel in the night music!
And as we get into the musical spirit, why not head on down to St Kilda on 10 February to enjoy the free entertainment at the St Kilda Festival? There’s a wide range of music genres from several local and international artists across 8 music stages, such as jazz, flamenco, pop, punk, hip-hop and funk. But don’t just sit on the grass and enjoy the music – you can also do a bunch of fun activities, like disco yoga, and watch some shows, like skateboarding at the Sports Zone. It’s a fun day for young and old alike, and this year you can also head to the Catani Gardens to mingle with the charity sponsor, Amazing Greys, who support ex-racing greyhounds. That means photoshoots with dogs!
If you’re there as the sun goes down, it’s also worthwhile to head to the pier and see the fairy penguins – the tiniest penguins in the world – come up from the ocean to rest. While not as many as Philip Island, it’s still a pretty amazing sight.
So, no matter your budget, Melbourne can be an accessible and affordable place to live!