April is here and although the clocks are changing, St Kilda as the place to be is something you can set your watch by. It’s all happening; live music is thriving, our neighbourhood is getting an artistic refresh, our food culture is fighting fit and we’re in the mood for a belly laugh. Here are our top five picks for things to do in St Kilda this April.
1. RENEW FITZROY STREET
Using the successful model that was first pioneered in Newcastle, Renew Fitzroy Street is working with St Kilda property owners to transform vacant shop fronts into brand new spaces showcasing creative projects and providing opportunities for local creative industries to trial their ideas. Dotted down the iconic strip you can visit a new florist, streetwear store, exhibitions from visual artists, a shop selling handmade macrame hanging plants and wall hangings and an artisan goat milk soap store.
2. MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL
Until Sunday 18th April
Ha! It’s that time of year again. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival returns. This year, not only is St Kilda lucky enough to play host to the Gala and Allstar shows at the Palais Theatre, but there is a HUGE array of comedy gigs across various venues in our suburb. Life’s been a bit gloomy of late, it’s about time we all had a laugh.
3. STEAK NIGHT(S) AT PRINCE PUBLIC BAR
Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 5pm
The coals are stoked, the grills are sizzling and the steaks have been raised (see what we did there?). Melbourne’s best value steak night is so good we throw it twice a week. Book a spot and slide into an absolutely delicious steak, chips, salad with red wine sauce all for $24. Yum.
4. BAG RAIDERS DJ SET – PRINCE BANDROOM
Saturday 17th April
The boys are back armed with more than just Shooting Stars, although this will be in their arsenal. Bringing their signature dance flavour to Prince Bandroom, the guys are here to show us why they played such an integral part in putting Australian dance music on the radar of clubs the world over.
The story of Bag Raiders is already the stuff of legend but this Sydney duo are here to prove that their beat journey has only just begun. Celebrate the fact we can all dance again, this is no mean feat.
18+ photo ID required.
5. APRIL SUN
Thursday 15th April – Sunday 2nd May
After months of a COVID induced slumber, the St Kilda foreshore is set to awaken thanks to April Sun. A diverse program of outdoor, COVID safe music events set to hit the grounds of the St Kilda Triangle, directly adjacent to The Palais Theatre.
An autumnal entertainment delight, April Sun, will serve up a platter of Australian performers to satisfy the many and varied palates of Melbourne music lovers. Zoned to allow for COVID safe measures, the events will allow patrons to book single tickets and sit in a position of their choice. The outdoor space will be transformed into a live music venue at one of Australia’s most iconic foreshore locations.