February is traditionally one of Melbourne’s hottest months and all indications suggest 2018 will be no exception. Hot days usually mean warm balmy nights which are ideal to explore the countless outdoor entertainment offerings staged all around the city. Here are six of our favourite February evening experiences.
Head to St Kilda
St Kilda is one of Melbourne’s most popular suburbs, thanks to attractions such as its beautiful beach, perfect for a sunset stroll, and the famous pier, which is great for promenading and taking in excellent city skyline views.
The MSO at Myer Music Bowl
Every year the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) gives a series of free concerts at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Three concerts are being held in February 2018; “Romance and Classics” on 7 February, “Hot Summer Night!” on 10 February and “From MSO, With Love” on 14 February. While the performance doesn’t start until 7.30 pm it’s a good idea to get there early as these concerts are very popular with ‘picnic loving music fans’. Gates open at 4.30 pm.
Shakespeare in the Park
Watching The Australian Shakespeare Company’s performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a magical experience in many different ways. There’s the magic within Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Then there is the magic of sitting in the Royal Botanic Gardens on a balmy Melbourne evening watching the play and, at sunset, bats and birds returning "home." The company’s new production of the play is also magical. Performances start at 8.30 pm until 3 February and then at 8 pm after 3 February.
Movies Under the Stars
There’s nothing quite like watching a great movie at an outdoor cinema. Moonlight Cinema located within the Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the oldest outdoor cinema experiences in Melbourne. For something a little different, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is staging two open air cinema nights on its hallowed turf on 23 and 24 February.
Visit one of Melbourne’s night markets and you’ll find some great food to try, goods to buy and plenty of entertainment. Queen Victoria Market stays open every Wednesday night from 5 pm to 10 pm. South Melbourne Night Market is held every Thursday in February from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
Twilight Concerts at the Zoo
Melbourne Zoo’s Zoo Twilights program held on Friday and Saturday nights offers the chance to hear great music and explore the Zoo. Gates open at 5.30 pm ensuring there is time to visit your favourite animals before support acts begin around 7 pm and the main show around 8 pm. All proceeds go to Zoos Victoria’s ongoing commitment to fight extinction of the 21 most at-risk species in Victoria.