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Top May Events 2017 - Melbourne

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Published April 21st 2017
Fill up this May with these Events
This May Melbourne will be hosting an array of events for all interests and ages.

The list below features both free & ticketed events across Melbourne and surrounds:

1. Bright Autumn Festival
When: 28 April 2017- 7 May 2017
Where: High Country, Ireland St, Bright
Cost: Free
Details: This event will feature a program of celebration of the spectacular autumn colours and autumn produce of the valleys with entertainment, open gardens, Wandliligong Nut Festival, bush dance, activities, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Bright Autumn Festival Facebook


2. Carmen- Opera
When: 4, 6 & 11 May 2017
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
Cost: See website.
Details: This ultimate femme fatale will showcase heat, dust and danger in the city, as fiery Carmen sings her siren song. This performance will be a new take on Bizet's famous opera hones. Click here for the website.

3. Satrangi 7 Colours Arts & Film Festival
When: 5 May 2017: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Where: RMIT University, Building 50, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly multicultural festival will include performing arts, creative arts, film, fashion, music, dance, comedy, and shows. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Skga Australia Facebook


4. High Country Harvest
When: 5-21 May 2017
Where: Victoria's High Country, Camp St, Beechworth
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing.
Details: This event will celebrate the finest innovative food, wine, craft beer and spirits in Victoria's spectacular North East. There will be 53 innovative events, workshops, masterclasses, 'hands on' events, produce production, tastings, feasts, cafes & restaurants, breweries, farmers markets, village bonfires, chefs, dinners and much more. Click here for the website.

5. Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival
When: 5-14 May 2017
Where: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne & various locations across Melbourne city.
Cost: Free
Details: This event will showcase a creation of a city-wide 'blak out', a moving celebration of local and international Indigenous-led dance, music, visual art, theatre, film, talks and much more. Click here for the website.

Indulge your senses at the High Country Harvest Festival- Image Courtesy from High Country Harvest Facebook


6. Fiesta Malaysia
When: 6 May 2017: 11am-5:30pm
Where: Federation Square, cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne
Cost: Free
Details: This multicultural event is the perfect family-friendly day out with all things Malaysian. There will be an array of cultural entertainment, international food, history, activities, acts, shows, performances and much more. Click here for the website.

7. Clunes Booktown Festival
When: 6 & 7 May 2017
Where: Fraser St, Clunes
Cost: $10PP
Details: Welcome to the world of all things books with this event. The event will feature bookshop experiences with book stalls, author talks, panel discussions, literary luncheons, festivities, large collection of rare, out-of-print and collectable books in Australia, live music, scrabble tournament, displays and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Clunes Booktown Facebook


8. Law Week Festival
When: 15-21 May 2017: 8am-6pm
Where: Federation Square, cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne
Cost: Free
Details: This event will give you an opportunity to find answers to everyday legal issues through innovative and fun events. There will be behind-the-scenes tours at the courts, debates, tours, mock-court trials, music performances and more. Click here for website.
Kids can learn about the history of fingerprinting to solve crime and make their very own fingerprint badges. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Grampians Grape Escape Facebook


Image Courtesy from Fiesta Malaysia 2017: Bringing Malaysia to You Facebook


9. Fiera Italian Festival
When: 16-21 May 2017
Where: Myrtleford & surrounds
Cost: See website
Details: This multicultural family-friendly event will feature a day of all things Italian with cultural entertainment, mushroom forages, live music, barista race, grape stomping competition, cooking demonstrations, feast on foods, local wines & traditional dishes to taste, heritage displays, dough throwing demonstrations, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Rowing Victoria Facebook


10. St Kilda Film Festival
When: 18-20 May 2017
Where: Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
Cost: Tickets from $15pp
Details: This event supports the Australian film industry and it will feature a wide range of fascinating works that may not otherwise see the light of day, with films both emerging talent and short works, music videos, Palm Springs International Showcase, special screenings and more. Click here for the website.

Celebrate all things Italian at this culture event! Image Courtesy from La Fiera Italian Festival Myrtleford Facebook


11. Celebration Women: Long Table Lunch
When: 19 May 2017: 12pm-3pm
Where: Myer Mural Hall, 317-336 Bourke St, Melbourne
Cost: $135pp
Details: This event will feature an afternoon of fine food, friendship and inspiration. The keynote speaker will be Susan Alberti AC and a special guest appearance from Gorgi Coghlan. Click here for the website.

12. King Roger Opera
When: 19, 23 & 25 May 2017
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
Cost: Tickets range from $65-272pp
Details: This co-production is a powerful tale where paganism and sensuality battle religion and restraint. Szymanowski's intoxicating, iridescent music is rarely heard on the opera stage, so do not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from St Kilda Film Festival Facebook


13. Buddha's Day & Multicultural Festival
When: 20 & 21 May 2017: 10am-7:30pm
Where: Federation Square, cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne
Cost: Free
Details: Now in its 22nd year, this festival is a major attraction and it will feature a celebration of Buddha's Birthday with festivities, cultural entertainment, kids activities, animal farm, food stalls, tai chi classes, traditional Buddhist ceremonies, music, performances, meditation, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Great Ocean Road Running Festival Facebook


14. Great Ocean Road Running Festival
When: 20 & 21 May 2017
Where: Great Ocean Rd, Lorne
Cost: See website.
Details: Formally known as the Great Ocean Road Marathon, this two-day Festival will feature running across Lorne & Apollo Bay which is suited for all ages and abilities. The events range from 1.5km kids gallop to 60km ultra marathon. Click here for the website.

15. Autumn Harvest Festival
When: 21 May 2017
Where: Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm, 350 Hepburn-Newstead Rd, Shepherds Flat
Cost: Adults: $6pp, Children: $2pp
Details: This event will be celebrating the season with quinces, olives, apples, jams, sauces, picking and bottling, all good food, wine and there will also be live music. Dogs are welcome on leash. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm Facebook
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When: 1-31 May 2017
Where: Melbourne & surrounds- see above
Cost: Free & ticketed events - check above
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