Free Events in February 2014
Welcome to the February 2014 Events Newsletter.
Loads of choice again this month.
There's one or two things you need to book again this month but for most you can still just turn up. Obviously outdoor events are subject to weather conditions permitting.
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Saturday 1st - 9th - St Kilda Festival – A great music festival with lots of other things happening too – see www.stkildafestival.com.au
Saturday 1st till 28th – Discover Sailing at Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. Take part in a race and feel what it's like to be part of a crew. 120 Nelson Place, Williamstown. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Saturday 1st – Opera in the Park starting 7.30 at Victoria Gardens, High Street, Prahran. Opera in the Park will present highlights from Verdi's masterpiece Il trovatore (The Troubadour), a gripping story of love, jealousy, mistaken identity and revenge with a spine-tingling ending. Under the stars in amongst the trees, audiences will be transported back to 15th Century Spain to a world of gypsies, troubadours, great love, loss and the saga of a family secret that haunts generations to come. Victoria Gardens, High Street, Prahran. Bring along a
Saturday 1st - Family friendly Cinema Nights at Piazza Italia, Argyle Square, 153 Lygon Street. Watch Oblivion, 8pm to 10pm. Seats provided but bring a blanket if it’s a cool evening.
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd – Melbourne Latin Summer Festival 12noon-9pm at Federation Square and Birrarung Marr. A multicultural themed latin American festival with music, dancing, performances, kids area and loads more.
Till Sunday 2nd February – Midsumma Festival. Since 1988, the Midsumma Festival has been Victoria's premier gay and lesbian arts and cultural festival, presenting an annual community celebration and encouraging the development of innovative artistic content and a unique cultural experience. There are loads of free events starting with the Carnival in Alexandra Gardens on 12th and ending with the Pride March on
2nd February in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. Check out http://www.midsumma.org.au/program/free
Saturday 1st to Sunday 30 March (open Wednesday to Sunday) Lightplay at Artplay, Birrarung Marr. Enter the dazzling world of LightPlay where children can explore their artistic potential in an interactive space created especially for them! Play with overhead projectors and illuminated light boxes and discover what happens when light is cast on different materials. Explore transparency, reflection and shadow as well as other properties of light. See the constantly evolving lightscape before your very eyes! Age: 3 to 12 years.
Only till 2nd February - Remember the Anzacs – A Family Activity at The Shrine of Remembrance. Remember the ANZACs these summer holidays and learn about Australian military history with the Shrine’s Family Trail, full of educational activities for families to do together.
Explore the Shrine’s building,
gardens and memorials, discover the wartime jobs for men and women, and find out about the role fulfilled by animals during times of conflict. Families will have the opportunity to participate in a short commemorative ceremony featuring the Ray of Light.
All families who complete the Family Trail will receive an Anzac biscuit and entry into a prize draw to win a $50 gift pack from the Shrine Shop.
Sundays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd - Gypsy Jazz on the Village Green at CERES. Starts 1pm. Join in, or like most people, just watch! www.ceres.org.au
Sunday 2nd – Japanese Summer Festival 1pm-5pm – Now at it's new home in Federation Square, check out this exciting event. http://www.free-things-to-do-melbourne.com/melbourne-japanese-summer-festival.html
Sunday 2nd February 2014 – Chinese New Year Festival 10am-10pm
During the Dragon’s Awakening Ceremony, the Dragon will parade through the
streets of Melbourne starting in Little Bourke Street. The festival features traditional and contemporary Chinese cultural activities, festivities, dances, Chinese opera and singing, karaoke competition, numerous stalls of culinary delights, arts and crafts, Chinese chess competitions, lion dances, dragon parades, calligraphy and children's events.
Sunday 2nd – Hobsons Bay Summer Sounds live music event at The Rotunda, Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown
Bring a picnic, rug or deckchairs and your friends and come along to see Chris Russell's Chicken Walk and special guests. Support acts starts at 2pm. www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Experience_Hobsons_Bay/Festivals_and_events/Summer_Sounds
Sundays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd - Fairfield Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series 5pm-7.30pm. Travel the world on the banks of the Yarra. Get together with family and friends for a laid back excursion into exotic sounds
and cultural dance from around the globe. What better way than to spend Melbourne beautiful summer Sunday evenings on the backs of the Yarra River whilst being treated to the finest world music and cultural dances from Latin America, to Europe, the Middle East to Africa. Yummy sweet and savoury treats will be available at the Fairfield Amphitheatre Kiosk. Bring a cushion or rug and enjoy! Fairfield Amphitheatre, Fairfield Park, Heidelberg Road, Fairfield. www.multiculturalarts.com.au
Monday 3rd - Classics at Fed Square. See pianist William Soo the 2013 Zelman Symphony Concerto winner playing Chopin in the Deakin Edge 12noon-1pm
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only from Monday 3rd – Fitness at Fed Square, Flinders Street Amphitheatre. Join workouts led by health coaches and fitness instructors from Healthy Lifestyle Lounge. These classes aim to help city workers keep fit and healthy. Fitness activities include
circuit based exercise which will incorporate body weight exercises, cardio training and core strength movements. Classes are simple, fun and great for invigorating the mind, body and soul. All ages and fitness levels welcome. Times: Monday 6pm – 6.45pm, Wednesday 7am - 7.45am and Friday 7am – 7.45am
Tuesdays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th – Tai Chi in Main Square at Federation Square 7.30am – 8.30am
Tuesdays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th – Lunchtime Meditation in The Atrium at Federation Square 12.30-1pm
Tuesday 4th - Southgate Silent Cinema. Chill out in a deckchair wearing headphones to watch the movie – definitely not your normal cinema experience – Tonight’s movie is Amelie. Starts 8.30pm but you’ll need to be early to get a seat! Location: 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
Wednesdays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th – Zumba at St Pauls Court, Federation
Wednesday 5th - African Drumming at Fed Square (St Paul’s Court) 12pm-2pm. Are you ready to dance to the beat of your own drum at this workshop? Free although gold coin donation welcomed.
Wednesdays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th – Groove Dance 6pm-7pm. Fun and interactive dance class for beginners to advanced. St Pauls Court, Federation Square.
Wednesdays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th – The Night Market (formerly Suzuki Night Market) at the Queen Victoria Market, located at corner of Victoria and Elizabeth Streets 5pm till 10pm. Great live music and not your normal market type stalls.
Thursdays 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th – Organ Recital at St Michaels Church at 120 Collins Street. 1pm-1.30pm
Thursdays 6th, 13th and 20th – Yoga at Deakin Edge foyer in Federation Square 1pm-1.45pm.
Thursday 6th, 13th, 20th and
27th - Fed Square Live 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Soak up the summer evenings with weekly acoustic and semi-acoustic performances featuring some of Melbourne's most talented artists. Presented by Melodic Music and MCS Music Group, Fed Square's free live music series features a huge line-up of independent and emerging acts that will launch you into the heart of Melbourne's music scene.
Fridays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th – Qigong (a sort of Tai Chi combining integrated movement, mental cultivation and regulated breathing) – Main Square at Federation Square 8am – 9am
Fridays 7th, 14th and 21st – Singing workshop – No previous experience required. The Atrium, Federation Square 12.30-1.15pm
Fridays 7th and 21st - Tango at Fed Square (St Paul’s Court) 5.30pm – 7pm. Discover the passion of traditional Buenos Aires Tango dance with a free class at Fed Square.
Friday 7th –
First Friday Dance Club - It's free, lo-fi, and open to all ages. The 1st Friday Dance Club is led by community and professional dance groups and it's great fun with different dance types monthly. It's at Queensbridge Square, Southbank.
Friday 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th – Abbotsford Suppermarket, 1 St Heliers Street, Melbourne. A great twilight market from 6pm-10pm with live music and roaming performers such as clowns, acrobats and magicians as well as the stalls. www.free-things-to-do-melbourne.com/abbotsford-suppermarket.html
Sunday 9th – Hobsons Bay Summer Sounds live music event at Logan Reserve, Altona. Bring a picnic, rug or deckchairs and your friends and come along to see Steve Purcell and the Pearly Shells and special guests. Support acts starts at 2pm. www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Experience_Hobsons_Bay/Festivals_and_events/Summer_Sounds
Tuesday 11th -
Southgate Silent Cinema. Chill out in a deckchair wearing headphones to watch the movie – definitely not your normal cinema experience – Tonight’s movie is I Give It a Year. Starts 8.30pm but you’ll need to be early to get a seat! Location: 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
Thursdays 13th and 27th – Belly Dancing – The Atrium at Federation Square 12.30pm-1pm.
Saturday 15th – Poetry – Normally 2 feature poets and the opportunity to read out your own at The Atrium in Federation Square 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 15th – Hobsons Bay Summer Sounds live music event at The Rotunda, Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown
Bring a picnic, rug or deckchairs and your friends and come along to see Collard Greens and Gravy and special guests. Support acts starts at 2pm. www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Experience_Hobsons_Bay/Festivals_and_events/Summer_Sounds
Saturday 15th, Wednesday 19th and Saturday 22nd – Free Sidney Myer Music Bowl Concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Start 7pm, gates open from 4pm. Get there early!! See www.mso.com.au/whats-on/2014/sidney-myer-free-concerts-2/ for details.
Saturday 15th - Musical Melodies in the Park at Airdrie Park, Airdrie Road, Malvern East, 7.30.. Broadway comes to Ardrie Park, Malvern East with an evening of scintillating entertainment from Oscar winning musicals. http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/events/musical-melodies/
Tuesday 18th - Southgate Silent Cinema. Chill out in a deckchair wearing headphones to watch the movie – definitely not your normal cinema experience – Tonight’s movie is No. Starts 8.30pm but you’ll need to be early to get a seat! Location: 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
Thursday 20th - Movies Under the Stars at Docklands. Tonights
movie is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Site open from 6.30pm, feature movie at 8.30pm – bring a picnic. 1 Point Park Crescent, Docklands, FREE return ferry service from Federation Square for first 120, FREE bean bag hire to the first 100 guests and FREE car parking - Gate 12 (opposite Vaughan Constructions, 880 Lorimer St)
Sunday 23rd – Classic Car Club featuring BMW Car of Victoria 11am – 2.30pm on Flinders Street section of Federation Square by ACMI
Sunday 23rd – Discover Williamstown with a free guided walk. Meet 2pm at the Visitor Info Centre, Nelson Place, Williamstown.
Sunday 23rd – Hobsons Bay Summer Sounds live music event at Logan Reserve, Altona. Bring a picnic, rug or deckchairs and your friends and come along to see Nude Funk Orchestra and special guests. Support acts starts at 2pm.
Tuesday 25th - Southgate Silent Cinema. Chill out in a deckchair wearing headphones to watch the movie – definitely not your normal cinema experience – Tonight’s movie is Kon-Tiki. Starts 8.30pm but you’ll need to be early to get a seat! Location: 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
Thursday 27th - Movies Under the Stars at Docklands. Tonights movie is The Sapphires. Site open from 6.30pm, feature movie at 8.30pm – bring a picnic. 1 Point Park Crescent, Docklands, FREE return ferry service from Federation Square for first 120, FREE bean bag hire to the first 100 guests and FREE car parking - Gate 12 (opposite Vaughan Constructions, 880 Lorimer St)