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

27 Aug - 12 Jun

Jewellery and Body Adornment from the NGV Collection

Explore this exquisite selection of jewellery and body adornment from antiquity to the present day.

2 Aug - 23 Jul

Defending With Pride

An exhibition revealing stories of LGBTQ+ service.

16 Nov - 27 Sep

NGV Architecture Commission: Temple of Boom

An outdoor installation in the NGV garden inspired by the The Parthenon.

5 May

London Symphony Orchestra: Adams, Debussy and Ravel

Hear the orchestra perform their signature favourites.

14 Aug - 11 Jun

Australian Chinese Writing Association

Join in a range of literary, cultural and social events.

6 May

London Symphony Orchestra: Mahler 7

A special performance of one of Mahler's most astonishing and surprising symphonies.

27 Sep - 2 Jun

Collective Unease

New commissions inspired by the University of Melbourne’s students, archives and collections.

Spring Street Grocer

Cheese, gelato, groceries, coffee and gourmet foods all under one roof.

Mörk Chocolate Brew House

Mörk Chocolate is a specialty hot chocolate company creating chocolate blends in small batches.

Asado

An Argentinian barbecue restaurant in the heart of Southbank.

The Boatbuilders Yard

A large open space retaining the heritage and charm of Melbourne's maritime precinct.

Children's Gallery Melbourne Museum

This is a wondrous place for young children to explore, play and learn.

Caretaker's Cottage

Smart drinks, top tunes and good times in a beautiful old cottage.

Chancery Lane

Reimagining timeless charm this European style bistro is suited for any occasion.

Her Melbourne

A four-storey mega venue celebrating modern food, drinks, music and art.

Curious

Curious pairs bold concoctions with a menu of small bites and sharing plates.

Dinosaur Designs

Award-winning Australian designers of handmade resin jewellery and homewares.

Yarra Botanica

Yarra Botanica is a floating bar and eatery on the Yarra River, celebrating Victorian producers.

Immigration Museum

An exploration of the stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia.

Hazel

Hazel offers nourishing farmhouse-style cooking in the heart of the city.

Pidapipo Gelateria

Authentic, artisanal Italian-style gelato in the heart of Carlton's Lygon Street.

Greta

A daytime European food and wine bar, serving coffee, made to order sandwiches and sweets.

Rooftop Bar

Enjoy open-air drinks under the setting sun or a starry sky, with city skyline views to match.

King & Godfree

Catch up for coffee or a meal, or shop for delicious deli items and wine.

Arbory Afloat Balearic Beach Club

Melbourne’s original floating bar is back, inspired by the exotic Balearic Islands.

Le Petit Gateau

An indulgent French patisserie serving sweet and savoury treats.

Lollo

Experience a menu of remixed classics sitting alongside bold innovations.

Ima Project Cafe

Japanese cafe serving breakfast and lunch sets and dishes made with local, sustainable ingredients.

GoBoat Melbourne

Be your own captain by renting a picnic boat, with no boat licence required.

The Moat

Subterranean bar and restaurant underneath the Wheeler Centre serving Italian food.

Cumulus Inc

This all-day restaurant and bar is a modern icon of Melbourne's food scene.

Hemingway's Wine Room

Brasserie and Wine Bar that is inspired by seasonality, with dishes based on European fundamentals

Robot Bar

Small, hidden Japanese retro and pop culture bar serving Japanese whisky, beers and cocktails.

Ponyfish Island

Floating bar on the Yarra River under the Southbank pedestrian bridge.

The French Brasserie

The French Brasserie offers a relaxing sanctuary at the top end of town with modern French cuisine.

The Drunken Poet

With live Irish music, the Drunken Poet is a real locals' pub - cute, cosy and friendly.

The Q Melbourne

The Quincy Hotel's club lounge bar is on the 28th floor.

Five Guys

Authentic American-style burgers, fries and shakes.

ReWine

An environmentally conscious bottleshop with barrels of Australian-made wines.

The Douglas Club

Set within the Equity Chambers Building, The Douglas Club is the perfect spot for a city drink.

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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.