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

23 Sep - 1 Aug

Seeing the Invisible

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

6 Dec - 28 Oct

NGV Architecture Commission: Pond[er]

An outdoor installation, complete with a pink pond.

1 Nov - 1 May

THE LUME Melbourne

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

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.

19 Nov - 31 May

Punting on the Lake

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

30 Apr - 26 Jun

Spectrum: An Exploration of Colour

An exhibition exploring colour in works drawn from the NGV.

18 May - 31 Dec

Shrine Tours

Experience more at the Shrine with a guided tour

14 May

The Big Tease Soiree

Celebrates the golden era vintage tease, sizzling cabaret and variety shows.

13 Jan - 29 May


Escape to a surreal desert island in this new interactive exhibition.

18 Mar - 7 Aug


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

13 May

The Blaze Out!

A soiree of burlesque, dance, drag in a safe and celebratory space.

7 May

Jams for Juniors: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Introduce babies and toddlers to the magic of music with Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

8 Nov - 15 May

Still in My Mind

A multi-media exhibition exploring notions of identity, home and connection to country.

1 Dec - 30 Oct

Lust Love Loss: Australian Stories of Wartime Relationships

Explore how universal experiences are magnified in times of war.

19 May

Ears Wide Open: Stravinsky's The Firebird

Take a musical journey into the greatest fairytale of all time, Stravinsky's The Firebird.

16 May - 22 May

Victorian Law Week

Find answers to your legal questions during Victorian Law Week.

18 May - 1 Jul

Between Two Worlds

Immerse yourself in the visual world of three artists who explore the experience of being a veteran.

13 May - 13 May

The Changing Face of Victoria

See more than 150 objects, artworks and photographs in a free exhibition.

4 Nov - 22 Dec

Comedy Connection

Every Thursday, enjoy five of Melbourne's best comedians along with weekly bar specials.

5 Nov - 30 Jun

Cluedo Experience

Step back in time to solve a mysterious murder that brings the iconic board game Cluedo to life.

23 Nov - 28 Jun

Linguas Melbourne Language Exchange Social

Meet new people and practise speaking another language.

5 May - 7 May

Verdi and Prokofiev

An energetic musical program of cosmopolitan cultural contrasts with works by Verdi and Prokofiev.

15 May

Marty Rhone presents: Sir Cliff and I

An Australian music legend pays tribute to a British music legend.

15 May


Hold your breath for the best of the dark side of burlesque.

26 Nov - 23 Dec

The Big Hoo-Haa

Melbourne's longest-running, best-loved weekly impro comedy show.

18 Jan - 31 May

Yarra: Stories of Melbourne's River

Explores the chequered history of the stream we call the ‘city’s river’.

11 May - 31 Jul

Protest Melbourne

From the 1840s Melburnians took to the streets to express their views on a wide range of issues.

12 May

New Follies Revue

Catch a glimpse into the blazing future of the next generation of burlesque performers.

15 Oct - 31 Jul

Art of Science

An exhibition of mesmerising artworks created by medical researchers.

16 Mar - 31 Jul


See the award-winning musical that has gone from theatrical rebel to cultural phenomenon.

8 Jul - 30 Jun

Dark Melbourne Ghost Tour

Uncover the dark criminal history and the true crimes that shook Melbourne to its core.

29 Jun - 31 Dec

Shrine Kids

Shrine Kids provides a fantastic opportunity for indoor and outdoor play.

8 Nov - 11 Jul

Fight for Survival

See the new exhibition at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

21 May

Carnival of the Animals

The MSO brings a zoological fantasy to life through music and puppetry live on stage.

9 Apr - 28 Aug

Transforming Worlds

An exhibition celebrating artistic traditions developed by communities across India.

20 Jan - 19 Jun

Mental: Head Inside

Visit Science Gallery's inaugural exhibition around mental health.

22 Oct - 31 Aug

Old Melbourne Ghost Tour

Take a spine-chilling journey back in time and explore the rich paranormal realm of Old Melbourne.

2 Sep - 25 Aug

Guild of Objects: Workshops

Creative workshops held in a wonderful warehouse studio.

Neo Lemonade

Contemporary cafe in Docklands serving creative brunch alongside specialty roasted Padre Coffee.

Thai Town Melbourne

A hawker style experience with different Thai food stations, a mini grocery bar and live music.

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