When you scratch the surface, you will fall in love with St Kilda's culture and vibe.
Theatre and Cinema
St Kilda has three, each catering to a different niche and all registered on the Victorian Heritage register. The National Theatre built in 1920, the Palais Theatre, built in 1927 and located 100m from Mångata on the famous Esplanade and The Astor Theatre, a modern/art deco styled cinema built in 1935.
St Kilda's Churches
St Kilda is home to a large number of places of worship built over the years to serve primarily the Christian and Jewish faiths, although many of the churches have since been converted for other uses. The most notable, The Sacred Heart Church, is a St Kilda landmark with its tall tower built on Grey Street in 1890. Also worthy of a special mention is St Kilda Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Alma Road and Barkly Street. Finish off your church wedding service with a wonderful night at Mångata.
Music Events and Festivals
This is truly where St Kilda comes alive. From humble beginnings, St Kilda has run Melbourne's first major arts and crafts market which takes place on the Esplanade every Sunday since the 1980s. The huge St Kilda Festival has grown over recent years and now attracts over half a million young people to the area, though it is disliked by many St Kilda residents due to the decline in artistic themes and the high level of noise and visitors. St Kilda also proudly hosts the annual gay Pride March, which starts at Lakeside Drive and heads down Fitzroy Street to the Catani Gardens. Prominent local music venues include the Palais Theatre for larger concerts, the Esplanade Hotel, the Prince of Wales Hotel for larger gigs and DJs (and backpackers), The George Public Bar on Saturday afternoons and the St Kilda Bowls Club.
Sport Recreation and Leisure
Recreation on St Kilda West and Middle Park beaches includes most watersports, including windsurfing, sailing, kitesurfing, rollerblading, beach volleyball, diving, jetskiing, waterskiing, sunbathing and skydiving with "Skydive the Beach Melbourne". St Kilda also has a strong cricket presence. The Junction Oval is home to the St Kilda Cricket Club and occasionally the Victorian Bushrangers Cricket Club and was made famous as the debut venue of cricket great Shane Warne. St Kilda has a wide range of other minor sports including the Collegians-X hockey club, the St Kilda baseball club, an ultimate disc club and several social soccer clubs, St Kilda also has a vibrant and popular Lawn Bowls club in Fitzroy Street.
To add to this great city's culture are the local landmarks such as the iconic St Kilda pier and kiosk, totally rebuilt after fire burnt it to the ground in September 2003, the St Kilda Baths, Luna Park, the bathers Beach Pavillion and the list goes on. The Botanical Gardens, Catani Gardens and the many parks located around the suburb all add to the beauty of the most iconic suburb in Melbourne.