Discover things to do in Melbourne in May, from free events to exhibitions, attractions and places to visit.

30 May - 28 Nov

Library Cinema

See contemporary, classic and documentary films on the big screen at Library at The Dock.

10 Mar - 21 Aug


Queer shines a light on the NGV Collection to examine the queer stories that artworks can tell.

27 Apr - 29 Jun

Yoga at the LUME Melbourne

Join Happy Melon Studios for an immersive and multi-sensory yoga experience at THE LUME.

23 Sep - 1 Aug

Seeing the Invisible

An ambitious exhibition of artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology.

6 Dec - 28 Aug

NGV Architecture Commission: Pond[er]

An outdoor installation, complete with a pink pond.

28 Apr - 28 May

Heritage House Tour: Robin Boyd's Walsh Street

Tour the house Robin Boyd designed for his own family in 1957.

21 May

The Long Walk

Hear live music by Indigenous artists before the Dreamtime match at the MCG.

16 Mar - 18 Sep


The award-winning musical has arrived in Melbourne.

3 Jul - 24 Dec

Stencil Art Workshop

Learn how to create quirky stencil art on canvas with street artist N20.

21 May - 25 Jun

Melbourne Craft Fair

Enjoy a contemporary craft fair at Queen Victoria Market.

8 Nov - 12 Jun

A Miracle Constantly Repeated, by Patricia Piccinini

Flinders Street Station’s ballroom opens its doors for Australia’s pre-eminent visual artist.

26 May - 3 Jun

National Reconciliation Week

Get involved and support National Reconciliation Week.

1 Apr - 20 May

Peppa Pig's Aquarium Adventure

Join Peppa Pig for an aquarium adventure this school holidays.

1 Nov - 30 Jun

THE LUME Melbourne

Immerse yourself in the work of Van Gogh at Australia's digital art gallery.

28 May

The Cabernet vs Merlot Wine Experience

Join sommelier Antony Anderson for this unique back-vintage wine extravaganza.

1 Feb - 13 Dec

Music Matinee

Live and free fine music at lunchtime on Tuesdays in the city.

18 May - 4 Jun

The Return

A performance showing the 250-year fight to return home the captive bodily remains of First Peoples.

29 Apr - 31 May

Flash Forward

Explore 40 city laneways that are being transformed by over 80 creatives.

25 Apr - 28 May

The Heartbreak Choir

A funny and uplifting celebration of music, friendship and community.

29 Apr - 22 May

Photo 2022: International Festival of Photography

Experience spectacular photography at iconic sites and galleries across Melbourne.

30 Jan - 27 Nov

Makers Market at The District

This outdoor undercover family-friendly market at Docklands features craft, gifts, fashion and food.

27 May - 28 May

Commune: A Gothic Eco-Opera

An electronic opera that asks what is the future of humanity?

19 Nov - 31 May

Punting on the Lake

Glide between the bays and islands of Ornamental Lake on a guided boat cruise.

21 May - 21 Sep

Igloo Wonderland at The Wharf Hotel

Cosy up beneath a sky of twinkling fairy lights on the banks of the Yarra.

30 Apr - 26 Jun

Spectrum: An Exploration of Colour

An exhibition exploring colour in works drawn from the NGV.

19 May - 25 May

Bourke Street Mall Busking

Meet Melbourne's marvellous musicians and more in the iconic Bourke Street Mall busking spots.

7 May - 22 May

Josh Muir: This Place

This Place is an exhibition of artworks by the late Josh Muir.

24 May

Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema

Enjoy a film screening, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

28 Apr - 26 May

Zelt Blaues Burlesque

Inspired by 1920s Weimar Cabaret, Zelt Blaues Burlesque is a sultry midweek burlesque experience.

18 May - 31 Dec

Shrine Tours

Experience more at the Shrine with a guided tour

26 May - 21 Jul

Tipple and Tints

Learn to paint while sipping on cocktails with guest street artist Bronik.

27 Apr - 19 May

Larry Leadbeater: Fairy Possum, Friend and Muse

Explore Jo Watson’s journey from TV writer to novice illustrator and creator.

5 Nov - 31 Dec

Pinot & Picasso

Enjoy a unique paint and sip studio experience.

7 May - 25 Jun

Kings of Comedy: Underground, Uncensored, Unrivalled

Stand-up comedy from future stars and celebrity guest headliners.

25 May - 5 Jun


An urgent, humanist comedy epic about life, the universe, philosophy, the Cold War and power.

19 May

Exotica, Sanctity Symbols & Sound Allegories: Heather Dalton

White Australasian cockatoos in medieval and early modern European art

26 May - 6 Jun

Five: Art Exhibition

Over 100 paintings on exhibition and sale by artist collective FIVE.

24 May - 28 May

Hercules: Daniel Schlusser Ensemble

Descend into an underworld of heroes, gods and monsters.

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1 Jun - 30 Jun

What's on in June

Things to do in Melbourne in June, from free events to exhibitions and places to visit.

Melbourne for free

Discover free things to do in Melbourne, including galleries, museums, events and festivals.

Family and kids

Find things to do with the kids, from family-friendly events to fun attractions and workshops.

Major events

From the Australian Open to the Melbourne Cup, major events take centre stage throughout the year.