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

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Melbourne’s Must Eats

12 Apr - 9 May
Grab a delicious lunch special for just $30 at one of these iconic city restaurants.
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26 May - 6 Jun
A festival of art, music, performance and ceremony in the heart of Melbourne. 
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6 May - 16 May
Australia’s premier First Nations arts and cultural festival.
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GABS Festival

21 May - 23 May
GABS is a weekend long craft beer and cider festival.
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Midsumma Festival

19 Apr - 5 May
Australia's premier queer arts and cultural experience festival.
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VIDA - Melbourne Latin Festival

30 Apr - 2 May
A weekend festival of art, culture, food and entertainment from celebrating Latin America.
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Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

22 Apr - 1 May
A festival presenting the best films and artwork from around the world.
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Melbourne Knowledge Week

26 Apr - 2 May
An annual festival bringing Melbourne together to explore, discuss and spark new ways of thinking.
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2 Feb - 23 May
An interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.
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Meow Meow's Pandemonium

21 May - 22 May
The extraordinary Meow Meow performs, accompanied by the full force of the MSO.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

25 Feb - 3 Oct
The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.
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Pregnancy, Babies and Children's Expo

1 May - 2 May
Discover all you need to know for your pregnancy or young child.
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Geoffrey Robertson – It's No Longer Hypothetical

22 May
An insightful evening with the human rights judge and barrister.
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Refuge Festival

21 Apr - 16 May
Come and find refuge in each other.

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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.