Music lovers are expected to flock to Whittlesea next month for the town’s annual country music festival.

The two-day event kick-starts on Friday, February 9 with a free opening party at the Whittlesea Bowls Club, where solo artist Paul Costa will perform.

The event continues the following day with a street festival on Church Street, featuring buskers, bush poets and horse and cart rides from 10am.

A twilight concert will be held at the Whittlesea Cricket Ground from 4.30pm, where bands Eurogliders and the Chantoozies will perform.

Festival vice president David Watson said the event was expected to attract visitors from far and wide.

“The festival entertainment is completely free of charge so it’s the perfect opportunity to head to Whittlesea for a day, the night, or even the whole weekend,” he said.

“There will be a variety of tasty food and drinks from local vendors available, or bring a picnic and a blanket and sit back and enjoy this year’s sensational line-up.

“We have music to suit all generations.”