If you're a fan of tasteful tunes and exuberant summer vibes that don't bruise the budget, the annual St Kilda Festival should be at the top of your summer bucket list. The nation's largest free music festival returns to St Kilda's foreshore for its 39th year, bringing eight stages of live music and a tonne of food stalls and interactive workshops stretching from Catani Gardens to the south end of Acland Street.
As well as bangin' tunes, the air will be filled with the scent of delicious eats emanating from more than 100 food vendors. There'll be everything from curry to burgers, ribs and sushi — providing plenty of sustenance for all that dancing. You'll also need energy if you plan on attending one of the festival's free activities, which include bubble soccer, disco yoga and Latin dance workshops.
The free fun begins just after 11am and runs well into the night. Sydney band The Preatures, dance-punk Brisbane duo DZ Deathrays, singer Mojo Juju and early-200s Aussie rock band The Cat Empire are just some of the acts you can catch across the eight stages, with more than 50 percent of them female, or female-fronted.
Images: Nathan Doran.
Updated Jan 7, 2019.