Filled with live music festivals, waterfront markets and rooftop bars – your summer playground awaits in Frankston City

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Filled with live music festivals, waterfront markets and rooftop bars – your summer playground awaits in Frankston City


Brimming with beachside vibes, Frankston City is ready to roll out the red carpet for an unforgettable summer.

From waterfront markets, NYE and long weekend celebrations, to rooftop and waterfront bars and new culinary experiences, here’s how to make your summer count.

And the best part? It’s just a 45-minute drive from Melbourne.

Waterfront Markets

Sunset Twilight Markets

Kickstart your Friday nights at the scenic waterfront with the Sunset Twilight Markets on 17 November, 15 December, and 19 January. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, relish delectable cuisines from food trucks, sip on refreshing cocktails, and groove to live music. With free entry, it’s the perfect way to dive into local culture while enjoying the sea breeze. And if the weather’s hot, pack your togs and take a dip in The Bay for the ultimate seaside experience.

Little Beauty Market

Beyond the waterfront and for lovers of all things artistic, the Little Beauty Market is your haven. With over 100 hand-picked stallholders, this monthly market showcases the best of Victorian creators in art, design, craft, food, and culture – all set against the backdrop of Frankston’s stunning Beauty Park. The next market is a twilight Christmas edition on 25 November at Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights, followed by more on 9 December, 27 January, 24 February, and 23 March.

Sunset and Rooftop Bars

Oliver’s Corner 

To truly capture the essence of summer, visit Oliver’s Corner – a Sunset Beach Bar along the Frankston Waterfront. Enjoy ocean views, stunning sunsets and a menu featuring breakfast classics, shareable options, salads, burgers, and pizzas. With gluten-free choices available, Oliver’s Corner offers something for every palate, making it the epitome of relaxation and leisure.

Hotel Lona 

For a rooftop experience blending historic charm and contemporary style, Hotel Lona is the place to be in Frankston. Housed in a beautifully restored, centuries-old building, enjoy sun-drenched days with an extensive dining menu, including share plates, pub classics, woodfired pizzas, steaks, vegan options, and even kid-friendly meals. Don’t miss the famed Lona Drunch with bottomless drinks and a delectable lunch, and as the sun sets, Hotel Lona transforms into a lively late-night rooftop club with DJs and dancing.

The Deck

Established in 2013, The Deck offers a memorable evening under the stars with a diverse modern Australian menu, expert mixologists crafting delightful cocktails, and live music. Nestled with a stunning rooftop overlooking Oliver’s Hill, the Frankston Waterfront, and Port Phillip Bay, it’s the ideal spot for after-work drinks and Sunday sessions. Plus, there’s also live acoustics, DJs and live bands if you need more.

 New culinary hot spots worth trying

Crafted by chef Dylan Murray, Ordain Bistro on Station Street is Seaford’s neighbourhood culinary hotspot offering sunset dining and signature delights like the renowned beef striploin. Add in sea breezes, cocktails, and a furry-friendly vibe, for the perfect summer hot spot.

If you’re on the go or chilling by the beach, check out Red Gum BBQ Seaford – the latest takeaway gem from the Mornington Peninsula maestros. Expect Southern flavours in pulled pork, brisket, and smoked chicken.

Live Music Festivals

Lucky Day Out NYE

Join Will Sparks, Restricted, Rockafellas, Brynny, and many more at Kinetic Stadium this New Year for Lucky Day Out music festival. Featuring top local and international electronic talent, dance your way into 2024. Tickets are on sale now.

Reminisce Decades of House

A decade ago, the musical phenomenon began in Frankston’s Belar Avenue, evolving from humble backyard beginnings to an iconic festival event, Reminisce. Now you can celebrate the city’s vibrant music scene with Reminisce Decades of House on 26 January 2024 at Kinetic Stadium. Headlined by Lovebirds and featuring Andhim, Market Memories, Boogs, Chardy, Minx, and Orkestrated, this event promises unforgettable memories, counting down the top 50 house tracks from the past 10 years. Tickets are on sale now.

Waterfront Festival 

Speaking of live music, the Waterfront Festival will be the ultimate destination for live music and entertainment on 10 and 11 February located on the iconic Frankston Waterfront. Two days, 30 live music artists, 25+ food and beverage vendors and entertainment for the entire family. With Touch Sensitive headlining and many more soon to be announced, plus fireworks on the Saturday evening, it’s going to be one of the peninsulas biggest summer festival on the waterfront with free entry.

Immerse Yourself in Frankston City’s Culture

Beyond natural landscapes and entertainment, Frankston boasts a vibrant cultural tapestry. Named Victoria’s 3rd Top Tourism Town in 2022 and 2023, level up your visit to Frankston with an award-winning street art tour, an impressive Beer and Spirits Trail, captivating galleries, exhibitions, theatre, and performing arts. Frankston isn’t just a summer playground; it’s a destination rich in culture, waiting for you to explore.

What are you waiting for? Head to Frankston, soak up Melbourne’s sunshine, and create unforgettable summer memories. It’s the perfect blend of culture, entertainment, and natural beauty, all waiting for you to explore.

For more on Frankston’s treasures, visit Discover Frankston.

This article was made in partnership with Frankston City Council.