Bring the fun back outdoors this summer with Live Love Local Summer Sessions

    Published 8 December 2021
    After nearly two years of varying levels of COVID-19 restrictions, our City is thriving again. Our local traders have re-opened their doors and our wonderful community is enjoying a revival in the art, culture, food and fun that Port Phillip is famous for.

    To celebrate the diverse and vibrant City we all love, we are introducing a program of free outdoor entertainment and activities that everyone across the City can enjoy and that will continue throughout the summer.

    We’re delighted to introduce Live Love Local Summer Sessions, a series of free pop-up events that bring entertainment, life and colour back into some of our public spaces in Port Phillip.

    Summer Sessions has something for everyone’s taste from face painting to live music to a footy inflatables program. 

    Our events will energise and bring the community together in our public spaces, while increasing pedestrian foot traffic and economic activity in our neighbourhoods to provide a boost for our local traders.

    We plan to host six fortnightly events over 12 weeks at selected locations across Cleve Gardens in St Kilda, Burnett Grey Gardens in Ripponlea and Town Hall Reserve in South Melbourne.

    The Summer Sessions program embraces our post-lockdown freedoms while supporting a COVID-safe re-opening. All events are outdoors, bringing our community together, and driving foot-traffic to outdoor areas while supporting our local traders. 

    The diversity of our events reflects the diversity of our community. Whether you’re enjoying me-time or family time or catching up with friends, Summer Sessions has something for you.

    Summer Sessions line-up Friday 17 to Sunday 19 December

    Friday 17 December - Launch event

    Cleve Gardens, St Kilda

    Summer Sessions opens from 5.30 pm with a taste of what’s to come with live music and a neon light installation alongside speeches from Mayor Marcus Pearl, a Welcome to Country featuring a Smoking Ceremony and local traders to feed you.

    Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 December

    Burnett Grey Gardens, Ripponlea

    Live Music – Orlando Jazz Combo bring their unique blend of Jazz, Swing/Rhythm & Blues/Bossa Nova/Lounge/Motown/Boogaloo and Soul to Burnett Grey Gardens, playing two 45 minute sets each day. Catch them on Saturday between 3 pm and 5 pm and on Sunday between 1 pm  and 3 pm

    Saturday 18 December

    Town Hall Reserve, South Melbourne

    Festivities kick off at 12 pm on Saturday with our fun and creative face painters adding a splash of colour to children's faces at the Town Hall Reserve.

    St Kilda Football Club inflatables program will be set up on site so you can practice and show off your footy skills.

    And Mystic Trio come to Town Hall Reserve playing their original and traditional Timorese songs. The Mystic trio sound is laid back and relaxing, almost mesmeric. It comes straight out of a culture where singing is second nature playing two 45 minute sets at 12.30 pm and 2.15 pm.

    Follow our webpage to keep up to date on our Summer Session program throughout the summer: Summer Sessions - Live Love Local - The City of Port Phillip

    Summer Sessions is made possible with the support of the Inner Metro Partnership and funding from the Victorian Government.

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