FREE Things to do in Melbourne - May 2024

FREE Things to do in Melbourne - May 2024


Posted 2024-04-21 by Nadine Cresswell-Myattfollow

Wed 01 May 2024 - Thu 30 May 2024

May and the weather can still be lovely. It's a great month for getting out and about in the glorious autumnal sunshine. It's cooler but not too cold. And there are plenty of FREE enticements, events, and activities that are bound to encourage you to get out and about. Here are a few that might take your fancy. Note that they are all FREE to do, but most require advance bookings.

HARD QUIZ (with KIDS!) Live Studio Audience

It's a nice change as you can take the kids to this one, and it's also a chance to give them a life experience where they see how a TV studio works. For years, Tom has been challenging adults with hard questions; now, KIDS get to have a go! There are various dates for this April and May when you can join the audience for this popular show. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Guests must be 10 years or older.

ABC Southbank
120 Southbank Blvd Southbank

Click here for tickets.

Nobelius Heritage Park Walking Tour

May 5

Part of the Australian Heritage Festival collection. Visit horticultural history inside the heritage-listed Nobelius Heritage Park. In 1886, Finnish horticulturalist Carl Axel Nobelius established the Gembrook Nurseries, better known as the C. A Nobelius & Sons Nursery. He became the largest fruit and ornamental tree exporter in the southern hemisphere. By 1905, he had over one million saleable trees. Many of the original trees planted by Carl still stand today, making this a beautiful area to visit.

Join in a one-hour guided walking tour of the lush Nobelius Heritage Park, presented by the Emerald Museum. Nobelius Heritage Park exists as a 12-acre remnant of the original historic nursery and is registered on the Victorian Heritage Database as a site of State significance.

Free event, although registrations are recommended.

This event is part of the Australian Heritage Festival.

Click here for tickets.

Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival

May 3, 4 and 5th

It's a lovely, peaceful festival for everyone, especially families with kids. The opening ceremony culminates with an incredible fireworks display, bringing the iconic Fed Square to life. The three-day-long Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival brings together arts, music, and multicultural performances.

Head to the Light It Up opening ceremony on Friday from 6.30 pm. It will feature cultural performances from the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne, Hung Gar Yau Shu, and the National Boys Choir, as well as traditional Buddhist ceremonies and guest speakers.

Across the weekend, visitors can participate in ceremonies, workshops, meditations, and performances. They can also enjoy guided meditation at the Mindfulness Forest, visit the Lotus Flower Sanctuary, or bathe the Buddha in the beautiful Lumbini Garden.

Kids can learn the art of dragon dancing or engage in face painting and giant bubble blowing. Over at the Fed Square main stage, all ages will enjoy the impressive lineup of performances and dance workshops from Victoria's best multicultural groups.

Located at Federation Square

Visit the website for Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival

Fast-track your family history with Beverley Eikli

May 14

In this two-hour workshop, part of the Australian Heritage Festival, Beverley Eikli, author of Self-publish Your Family History or Memoir, will help participants unlock the power of technology to take their family history projects to the next level. Learn tips on how to collate a cohesive family history from that pile of letters, documents, and photos. Then, discover how you can turn it into a bound book.

Coburg Library
Corner Victoria and Louisa Streets Coburg, VIC 3058

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Origami Making Meetup

May 15 and other dates

Interested in finding a new hobby? Join a Melbourne Origami Group meetup to try your hand at origami. Beginner-friendly and origami paper provided

10am - 1pm 10:00am - 1:00pm

Held at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre 251 Faraday St, Carlton 3053
Booking not required
Visit the website for details.

Ballarat Old Gaol Tours

Dates: 18th and 19th of May 2024

Explore the spooky history of Ballarat Old Gaol with guided tours - you might even encounter some ghostly residents. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating tales of Ballarat's criminal past. Join knowledgeable guides as they lead you through the remnants of this once formidable prison, sharing stories and events that paint a vivid picture of its colourful history.

Location: E.J. Tippett Library, 107 Lydiard St South (enter through the gaol gates)

Click here for tickets.

Yarra Bend Park Walk

May 18 (and other dates)

Enjoy a Parks Victoria volunteer-led walk through leafy Yarra Bend Park leaving from Studley Park Boathouse car park. Learn more about this beautiful urban oasis and the species that live here from friendly and knowledgeable volunteer guides. This Park Walk is an easy walk that includes some small hills and follows a dirt track. The walk is approximately 1.5 -2 hours in duration.

Bookings are essential.

Free Gin Tastings on Saturdays - Queenscliff Distillery

Step into the charming Tasting Room at Queenscliff Distillery, nestled beside the Queenscliff Brewhouse. Every Saturday at 11 am and 2 pm, they invite you to savour the essence of this coastal town with scheduled free tastings of their acclaimed premium gins.

The free tasting takes about 20 minutes and includes a tasting of four gins with a short talk about the distillery and the gin you are tasting, Get tips on how to taste and smell gin.

Each guest is allowed to participate in 1 tasting session per day

Click here for tickets.

South Space - Exhibition

May 24 to June 2

This event will showcase the works of both current and historic architects like Robin Boyd, Neil Clerehan, and Graham Gunn. It's a great opportunity to explore the evolution of architectural styles in Melbourne's south and appreciate the contributions of these talented individuals. McBride Charles Ryan (MCR) at 2 Carlton Street Prahran is hosting this exhibition celebrating the architectural culture of the south of Melbourne.

Join them for the opening night of 'South Space' on Friday the 24th of May at 6 pm. This exhibition will run for the duration of Melbourne Design Week 2024 (25 May - 2 June) and is open to the public.

Click here for details.

And All that Jazz

May 14, 21 and 28

Each week, the Now.Here.This. All-Star Band jams features guest singers and musicians. The dance floor moves to live improvised jazz, projections illuminate the walls, music fills the air, and it gets wild.

Even the hours are wild as the finishing time if you can last the duration, is 5 am. This event is like a New York Jazz Club.

DJs from 9 pm, live jazz from 11:30 pm.

Location The Toff 2f/252 Swanston St Melbourne, which is on the Second Floor, Curtin House, Melbourne.

May dates include Tue 14 May, Tue 21 May and Tue 28 May. But if you happen to be reading this earlier, there are dates in March and April and through to Tue 4 Jun. See the program here.

Luminous: A Festival of Watercolour

May 17-27

Perhaps you have been dabbling with watercolour painting classes or simply love great art. The Watercolour Society of Victoria celebrates 50 years with an outstanding anniversary exhibition featuring artists past and present who excel in this challenging and spontaneous medium.

The exhibition celebrates the richness, spontaneity and luminosity that can be achieved with this medium.

Come along to free artist demonstrations each weekend from 1 pm to 3 pm, and artist walks and talks at 11 am on Tuesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 23.

Location Victorian Artists Society 430 Albert St East Melbourne

Many works will be available for sale at a variety of price points.

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.

This event runs daily 10:00 am - 4:00 pm from May 17 to May 27.

Visit the website for details.

Terrarium Garden Workshop

Sunday, May 19 · 2 - 3pm

Make your own terrarium to take home! Blue Bee Design will teach you how to put together your own DIY terrarium using found and recycled materials and plants at this fun workshop. All materials provided.

This event is suitable for adults and young adults (aged 12 and over).

Held at Northcote Library

32-38 Separation Street Northcote, VIC 3070

Click here for tickets.

Clifton Hill Walking Tour

Monday, May 13· 10 am - 1 pm

Clifton Hill and, in particular, Quarries Park on Ramsden Street provided much of the bluestone for Melbourne’s lanes from the late 1840s. On the walk, you will view intact contractor houses, houses of early Melbourne politicians, trade unionists, private schools, former leather and boot factories and the imposing Italianate former Royal Hotel. The tour is led by history enthusiast and accredited professional tour guide Isabel Simpson.

Meet at the corner of Berry and Spensley Streets, Clifton Hill, at 9:45 a.m. for a 10:00 a.m. start.

If you have accessibility questions or requirements, please contact us at [email protected] or on 1300 695 427.

Click here for bookings.

Coroners Court Law Week 2024: Mock inquest

Monday, May 20 (sure to fill up quickly)

Here is one for all those who love detective novels and crime shows. Have you ever wondered what happens during an inquest? What a coroner investigates? What evidence is needed?

Join the Coroners Court of Victoria for a mock inquest to learn about the role of the coronial process in piecing together an unexpected death.

Hear from legal and forensic experts on topics including how evidence is collected and analysed, the role of police and pathologists – and the investigative procedures used by the coroner to establish if the death was accidental or a crime may have been committed.

Click here for tickets.

Free Wifi

Where can you access free Wi-Fi? Not just in May, but always. Select the 'VicFreeWiFi' service at all Melbourne CBD train stations, the Bourke St Mall, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Museum, South Wharf Promenade, and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Federation Square, by the Yarra River in Melbourne city also has free WiFi. Find a comfortable spot in the square and connect your device. Public libraries, museums and other community hubs offer free WiFi access too. You'll find wireless internet hotspots around the city at many cafes, bars and restaurants. The trick is in knowing which ones. Pick up a free list of locations from Melbourne Visitor Centre. Or see the list here.

Click here for Free Things to do in June 2024.

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