Make the most of the weather, without burning a hole in your pocket, at these free concerts and music events this summer.
MSO Sidney Myer Free Concerts
Enjoy an unforgettable night under the stars by a live symphony orchestra. Hear new works and classics like Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the MSO Sidney Myer Free Concerts. 5 to 14 February.
Share the Spirit Festival
Gather the family for Share the Spirit Festival, an annual showcase of Aboriginal music and culture in Treasury Gardens. Artists include No Fixed Address, Mitch Tambo, and Kutcha Edwards. An arts and crafts market will also be on site. Sunday 26 January.
Live stages at Summer Night Market
A huge program of live music and DJs keeps the party going Wednesday nights at the Summer Night Market. The January line-up includes the Velvet Archers, swing jazz outfit All Day Fritz and Queen of Hearts Mariachi. Or hang around the outskirts of the market to catch roving performers.
Opera for the People
Some of Australia’s best opera singers will perform at Opera for the People. See Dame Edna host this free, one-night performance, accompanied by the 60-piece Orchestra Victoria. Saturday 1 February at Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Friday Sunset Series at MPavilion
Kick off your weekend with drinks, DJs and live music at MPavilion’s Friday Sunset Series. The line-up includes music from Solar Sounds and contemporary dance company Chunky Move. Friday nights until 20 March in Queen Victoria Gardens.
Vida Melbourne Latin Summer Festival
The iconic Vida Melbourne Latin Summer Festival is a celebration of Latin and South American culture. Head to Kings Domain for roving circus performers, dancers, food, and a huge beer garden. The festival runs over five days between 10 and 19 January.
Melbourne’s premier queer arts and cultural festival, Midsumma, is back with over 175 events running over 22 days. Midsumma Carnival is an annual highlight with food, live music and the return of the famous dog show.