Summer in the Park is a fun-filled series of free music and film for the whole family, taking place from 2 February to 16 March 2019.

The series opened on Saturday 2 February with Jazz in the Park at St James Park in Hawthorn, where hundreds of people gathered on the grass with picnic blankets and eskies in tow, to enjoy a dazzling performance by award-winning jazz sensation Fem Belling and the sweet sounds of Elissa Rodger supporting.

The five remaining events will take place Saturday evenings throughout February and March, featuring soul, opera, brass and Latin performances, plus a cinema screening. Audiences will enjoy diverse variety of music to sit back and relax to, or jump on their feet and dance to. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic or buy a burger, sweet treat or coffee onsite.

What's still in store for summer 2019

Up next is Soul in the Park at Greythorn Park, Balwyn North, from 6pm on Saturday 9 February. Be transported back in time with Melbourne-based artist Emilia’s timeless voice, which has been likened to heroes such as Etta James and Aretha Franklin. Emilia will be supported by Canadian singer-songwriter Meiwa, known for her subtly sophisticated, genre-melding creativity. Soul in the Park will provide a gorgeous setting to watch the sunset while enjoying these two soul-filled singers.

Opera in the Park takes place in Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury from 6pm on 16 February. Audiences can enjoy a theatrical musical performance from much-loved opera group The Parlour, supported by accomplished violinist and 3MBS The Talent winner Rose Kavanagh. Be treated to a virtuosic evening of beautiful serenades and soaring vocal fireworks as you listen to your favourite classical music under the stars.

Kick back, relax and enjoy a cinematic experience of the beloved Pixar animated film Up at Cinema in the Park at Anderson Park, Hawthorn from 7pm on Saturday 23 February. Up follows the exciting ‘balloon-powered’ adventure of Carl, Russell and a golden retriever named Dug who end up in the rainforest after tying thousands of helium balloons to their house. A heart-warming film for the whole family that is as visually stunning as it is hilarious. The wonderful Boroondara Brass Band will be opening the evening, performing a repertoire of beloved movie themes.

At Brass in the Park at Markham Reserve, Ashburton from 6pm on 2 March, audiences will enjoy a night of live performances from Horns of Leroy. With sounds inspired by flavours from New Orleans to Fitzroy, this seven-piece raucous street outfit take brass band music to a whole new level with original tunes and inventive covers of chart-topping songs. Supporting band The Seduceaphones are at the forefront of the Melbourne gypsy music scene and are sure to engage the whole family with lively music that will get you up on your feet.

Summer in the Park concludes with Latin in the Park at Victoria Park, Kew from 6pm on Saturday 16 March. Enjoy an evening of energetic Latin music with Quarter Street, taking you back to the heart of classic salsa and emphasizing the raw sounds of 1970’s New York. Known for their driving rhythm and brass section and engaging performances, Quarter Street will have you dancing to the festive music of Cuba.

More information

For more information about the event series, visit Summer in the Park

For park and garden visitor information, go to Parks and gardens.

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