Prepare to play in St Kilda, where you can kick up your heels by the seashore. Experience live music in open spaces or heritage venues, or get dizzy on the whirligigs at Luna Park.

Melbourne's favourite beachside suburb

Keep an eye out for little penguins at the St Kilda Breakwater, visit the Sunday St Kilda Esplanade Arts and Craft Market, and get a thrill on a ride at the iconic Luna Park. Re-live the neighbourhood's genteel resort days, when you take a dip in the heated seawater spas and pools at the historic St Kilda Sea Baths.

Join locals who walk, cycle and skate under the palms on the foreshore or sail, windsurf, kitesurf or kiteboard on the bay.

Book for fine dining at Donovans, Stokehouse and Cafe di Stasio. Enjoy Asian flavours at Uncle and margaritas at Radio Mexico. Catch live music at the Palais Theatre and the Prince Bandroom or a show at National Theatre and Theatre Works. See the latest exhibition at Linden New Art or a double feature at The Astor.

Fitzroy, Acland and Carlisle street days

Choose the street to suit the mood. Fitzroy and Acland streets have cool cafes, restaurants and bars, fashion boutiques and independent music and book stores.

Hear the languages of many European cultures on Carlisle Street. Grab a bagel at Glick's Cakes and Bagels, a coffee at Wall Two 80, or lunch at The Local Taphouse. Share the Jewish experience at the Jewish Museum of Australia.

St Kilda Festival

Get carried along with the crowds at February's St Kilda Festival. A week of music and comedy performances culminate in Festival Sunday, which sees the streets closed to carry on the suburb's historic penchant for revelry.

To find out more, visit stkildamelbourne.com.au.

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