Rising Melbourne: The Wilds, Sidney Myer Music Bowl
The Rising Festival in Melbourne – The Wilds, is an enchanted winter night out for the family surrounded by the lights of the city. The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is transformed full of illuminated installations, ambient music, yummy treats and ice skating. Throw on your winter gear and head out for a Melbourne night full of magical charm.
The experience starts before you even reach the entrance. Music floats through the air as beams of light escape the top of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
If you look across to the river you can spot the Wandering Stars Lanterns along Birrarung Marr, another part of the Rising Festival.
Beautiful tunes fill a bamboo forest, and lit up igloo type structures dot the slopes as the path continues onto many walk-through light installations.
The combination of music, light, projections and mist makes for some overwhelmingly beautiful art that every age can truly appreciate.
The path through the installations leads all the way to the moon, literally. At least a giant, realistic moon that hangs over the ice-skating rink. Ice skating needs to be pre-booked but watching everyone on the rink is just as fun.
A food truck park is set up with loads of picnic tables. There are QR codes on each table so you can see the menu, order food on your phone then get a text message when the food is ready for pick up.
No waiting in long lines! Simply sit at your table with your family and enjoy the beautiful night. There is a gelato stand at the end of The Wilds right by the skating rink.
The organisers have done a wonderful job making this event fully accessible so it’s easy for everyone to get around whether walking, pushing a pram or in a wheelchair (a free companion ticket is allowed for those with mobility issues). There are also multiple toilet facilities throughout.
While there is some street parking it’s normally quite busy and not super easy to find a spot so public transport is probably a better bet. The walk from Flinders Street Station is quite enjoyable with projections along the Art Centre walls and screens of animated birds along the street.
RISING The Wilds – Sidney Myer Music Bowl
26 May – 6 June 2021
Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm to 11pm (last entry at 10pm) Friday – Saturday 5:30pm to 12am (last entry at 11pm)
Allow 1.5 hours for your experience
*Guest contributor: Clara Batton Smith, Melbourne
Winter Events in Melbourne
Rising Melbourne is a fantastic event in Melbourne for the whole family. Why not check out more Winter Events in Melbourne and around such as the Winter Village, the Winter Wonderlights, and the Winter Glow.