Oh Melburnians, it's been an absolutely pitiful start to the sunny season. We've weathered the rain of spring and now, with December just around the corner, it's time to get serious about Summer.
With the mercury set to rise to 31 degrees this Sunday (hallelujah!), there's no better way to kick start summer than splayed out on a deckchair, watching a flick, a tub of Ben & Jerry's in one hand and an ice-cold bevvie in the other.
Well, my sun-worshiping friends, you can do just that, because St Kilda's South Beach Reserve is about to be taken over with live music, loads of movies and gloriously sinful ice cream.
Back by popular demand, Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas will be treating folks to tunes during day, flicks by night and their famed ice cream by the bucket load.
It all kicks off this Sunday with a huge Sundae Sessions Charity Launch. Indie-pop duo, Gypsy & The Cat, will take to the sunset stage with their signature smooth grooves and dreamy dance floor beats, performing a selection of brand silky new tunes alongside festival favourites to celebrate the Openair Cinema's return.
After a boogie you can enjoy 'About Time', the latest offering from king of the rom-com, Richard Curtis. What's more, all proceeds from ticket sales on opening night go towards WWF's marine turtles initiative. It's the festival's biggest night of the season, so you better snap those tickets up quick-smart!
Running 'til 22nd December, the festival features a fab line-up of Aussie talent. Tuesday through Friday, local DJs will be spinning their sweet tunes while a handpicked selection of the country's favourite and emerging artists will take the stage every weekend. Sundays have now become 'Sundaes', Ben & Jerry's Sundae Sessions being the best place to head with friends, enjoy some moo-sic and maybe even play a game on the lawn (cow jenga, anyone?). Yep, it's pretty legen-dairy (terrible puns totally intended).
Once the sun goes down, it's time to prop up those dancing feet, lay back on a deckchair or bean lounge and enjoy a flick. The movie program offers a stellar line-up of cult classics, new releases and award-winning features. Oh, and there's a Grease sing-a-long too. It truly is alfresco cinema at its finest.
Who else can't watch a flick without something to snack on? For those of us who can't get enough of the sweet stuff, Ben & Jerry's will be there in all its gooey, chunky glory. Local gourmet vendors will also be serving up tasty eats to cinemagoers throughout the festival – we're looking forward to sinking our teeth into a slice of Ladro's famed pizza. There's also a licensed bar with a range of drinks that are sure to wet your whistle well into the night.
Tickets include entry, two live music acts, bean lounger or deckchair hire (get there early, it's first in best dressed), Ben & Jerry's ice cream, games on the lawn, film screening and goodie bag. What's not to love?
Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas | 1st December – 22nd December
South Beach Reserve in St Kilda
For tickets and program information, visit the website