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What’s on in Melbourne: Your Ultimate February Guide

As February’s events calendar starts gearing up, the summer festivities in Melbourne are showing no sign of slowing down. Festival season is still in full swing, while the city's thriving food and drink scene is seriously turning it on for the warm weather revellers. So, whether you're looking to indulge in a little culture, cut loose on the dance floor or kick back for some cinema under the stars – this is your ultimate guide to the month ahead.

FESTIVALS

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St Kilda Festival

Held in the beating heart of St Kilda and set to a backdrop of glistening sun, sand and surf, St Kilda Festival is Australia’s largest free music festival. Featuring a pulsing line-up of local acts like Cat Empire, Mojo Juju and the Preatures, plus plenty of all ages fun for the whole family – come February 10th there’s nowhere you’d rather be.

St Kilda Foreshore, St Kilda

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Sunday at the Baths

Every Sunday throughout the month of February, the historic Carlton Baths (aka the inner north’s sleekest, most impressive pool) is playing host to live music, giant inflatables and activities that will keep little kids, big kids and adults entertained when the temperature is soaring. All that’s left is to find the perfect spot on the grass and grab yourself an icy pole.

216/248 Rathdowne St, Carlton

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Midsumma Festival

Australia’s biggest and boldest LGBTQIA+ festival is here with a jam-packed calendar of 23 days of queer arts and culture. Covering everything from live music to sports, social events, film, parties and public forums, Midsumma is as inclusive as they come. So get ready to deep dive into the colourful program and start booking your seat at the hottest events across the city and beyond.

Throughout Melbourne

FOOD AND DRINK

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Rebel Blue's Month Long Saganaki Menu

There’s a new kid on the block and it’s the ultra-modern Hellenic restaurant on Chapel Street, Rebel Blue. This isn’t your typical taverna, so you’ll be digging into contemporary share plates like spanakopita bites, eggplant croquettes and loukomades with Nutella. Speaking of desserts, they’ve just launched a month-long menu dedicated to everyone’s favourite Greek food, saganaki! Until March 12th, ‘The Saganaki 9’ menu will see the classic fried cheese dish topped with everything from hot chips, slow-roasted meatballs and our personal favourite – the insta-worthy fairy floss with quince. Drool.

127 Chapel Street, Windsor 

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Rosé and Cheese Party at Welcome to Thornbury

An invitingly laidback food truck park and beer garden on High St, Welcome to Thornbury is playing host to the inaugural Rosé and Cheese Party, ‘…celebrating Melbourne’s stinkiest cheese and most delicious rosé for one epic weekend from Saturday 16th’. There will be a whole new wine list for the occasion featuring old classics, rosé sparkling and, of course, some frozé for good measure.

520 High St, Northcote

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CERES Organic

An award-winning sustainability centre and urban farm, each Saturday CERES holds a friendly organic market complete with mouth-watering produce fresh from its own grounds. Brunswick’s favourite community garden also plays host to a weekly Makers and Flea Market where stall vendors offer up a magical collection of locally handmade, vintage, up-cycled, pre-loved and eco-friendly gifts.

Stewart St & Roberts Street, Brunswick East

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Stomping Ground La Boca

Flex your backing vocals, because much-loved musical extravaganza Evita is making its way to the Arts Centre this February. Embracing the Latin spirit, Stomping Ground has opened an Argentinian inspired pop up beer garden on site. Here, theatre goers can immerse themselves in the rhythms of South America, indulging in boutique brews, wines and fiery local fare long after the show ends.

The Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

EXHIBITIONS

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Photo Credit - NGV
NGV Friday Nights

Experience art after hours at everyone’s favourite late night cultural event (also known as Melbourne’s ultimate date night) on the summer calendar, NGV Lates. Until April, the gallery’s major exhibitions will stay open until 10pm, while live music, guest DJs, pop up bars and food takeover the cinematic downstairs hall and garden.

180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

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Hito Steyerl: NGV

Direct from a mind-bending tour of the Venice Biennale, renowned German artist Hito Steyerl’s immersive video display is here to hurtle you into an alternative universe. An installation that comes complete with pool deck chairs to kick back in, the entire experience is more virtual reality game than cinema session. To tell anything more would be to give it away…

180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

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Frida Kahlo, Bendigo Art Gallery

Frida Kahlo’s paintings are revered around the world for their wild motifs, emotive subject matter and technicolour hues. Her photography, meanwhile, was largely hidden until 2007 when her home archive was released to the public. Charming gold rush town Bendigo’s celebrated gallery is displaying highlights from Frida’s impressive collection – offering rare insight into her life and loves and making for the ultimate day trip.

42 View St, Bendigo

THEATRE AND CINEMA

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Barefoot Cinema

Set amongst the majestic grounds of Elsternwick’s Ripponlea Estate, Barefoot Cinema offers an outdoor film experience unlike any other. With the backdrop of one of Melbourne’s fanciest homes, movie goers can settle into beanbags amongst the lush gardens – complete with live music, a fully licensed bar and a food truck. All that’s left is to sit back and relax under the stars.

192 Hotham St, Elsternwick

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Evita

Evita has arrived in Melbourne with none other than queen of the pops Tina Arena as its leading lady. With the backing of Opera Australia and more than 20 major awards to its name, this all-singing, all glitz and glamour revival is set to be the summer’s hot ticket. After the show, be sure to stop by Stomping Ground La Boca and continue the festivities. 

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

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 Rooftop Cinema

Summer is the time for open air cinema and Melbourne certainly knows how to turn it on. Returning after a cool weather break, Rooftop Cinema is the city’s favourite spot to indulge in classic, current and cutting edge film set to a glittering CBD backdrop. So go on and kick back on the retro deck chairs, grab yourself a fancy cocktail and indulge your inner cinephile.

252 Swanston St, Melbourne

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