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May Festivals 2016 - Melbourne & Surrounds

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Published April 28th 2016
Have a "Maytastic" month filled with fun events for everyone
This May have fun with these calendar-long free & ticketed events around Melbourne and Surrounds.

The list below includes something for all interests:

1. Cherryrock Street Festival
When: 1 May 2016: 12pm-9:30pm
Where: AC/DC Lane, Melbourne
Cost: $89pp
Details: This 18 event will include a line-up of rock n roll internationals and national performances and more. Click here for website.

2. Kalorama Chestnut Festival
When: 1 May 2016
Where: Kalorama Reserve, cnr Mount Dandenong Tourist Drive & Grange Rd, Kalorama
Cost: Free
Details: This May have fun with this family-friendly festival that features entertainment, amusement rides, adventure play space for the little ones, delicious roasted chestnuts, market stalls, sausage sizzle, performances, live music, mini golf, train rides, artisan beers, old-fashioned kids games, petting zoos, local produce and more. Click here for website.

3. Melbourne Knowledge Week
When: 2- 8 May 2016
Where: Various locations across Melbourne- see website.
Cost: Free
Details: This exciting festival will include over 60 horizon-expanding events where you can explore the innovation, creativity and technology shaping our future. Click here for website.

4. Next Wave Festival
When: 5- 22 May 2016
Where: Various venues across Melbourne- see website.
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing.
Details: This festival is the most comprehensive platform in Australia and it features a new generation of artists taking creative risks. There will be a range of creative exhibits and displays, talks, shows and more. Click here for website.

5. Great Trentham Spudfest
When: 7 May 2016: 10am-4pm
Where: 'Spud Hub', Quarry Street Reserve, Trentham
Cost: Free
Details: This festival will include all things potatoes with art & craft, music, performances, entertainment, activities, children activities, spuds for sale from local farmers, petting zoo, face painting, spud displays and more. Click here for website.

6. Kingston Harvest Festival

When: 7 may 2016: 11am-10pm
Where: Bicentennial Park, Chelsea
Cost: $2pp or Family: $5 per family
Details: This family-friendly Festival will feature Australia's top country, bluegrass and rockabilly artists, fresh food, sustainable workshops, non-stop music, amusement rides, local produce, entertainment and more. Click here for website.

7. Buddha's Day & Multicultural Festival
When: 14 & 15 May 2016
Where: Federation Square, cnr of Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne
Cost: Free
Details: This festival will celebrate Buddha and multiculturalism with a list of activities, entertainment, cultural performances, lectures & talks, displays, Buddha activities, tasty foods, ceremonies, art & craft, family-fun zone & children activities and more. Click here for website.

8. Autumn Harvest Festival
When: 15 May 2016
Where: 350 Hepburn- Newstead Rd, Shepherds Flat
Cost: Adults: $6pp & Children: $2pp
Details: This family-friendly festival is one not to miss. It will feature entertainment, music, performers and performances, acoustic music from Italy, Spain and Melbourne, face painting, lavender distilling, workshops, masterclasses, activities, market stalls, art & craft, delicious foods and more. Dogs are welcome! Click here for website.

9. La Fiera Italian Festival
When: 17- 22 May 2016:
Where: Various locations across Myrtleford
Cost: See website.
Details: This cultural family-friendly fun event will showcase all things Italian with art, culture & heritage. There will be cooking demonstrations, food, wine, traditional dishes to taste, boutique wineries, exhibitions, heritage displays and museum of local tobacco, pizza throwing demonstrations, Italian car show and more. Click here for website.

10. Fiesta Malaysia
When: 21 May 2016: 11am-5:30pm
Where: Federation Square, cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne
Cost: Free
Details: This exotic and fun family-friendly cultural event will include all things Malaysian with entertainment, cultural performances, delicious food, activities, games and more. Click here for website.

11. Australian Burlesque Festival
When: 28 May 2016- 2 July 2016
Where: See website.
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing.
Details: Celebrating its 7th year, the fun and exciting Australian Burlesque Festival returns with a line-up of events including live performances, performance acts, solo shows, workshops and more. Click here for website.

12. Italian Wine & Food Festival
When: 29 May 2016: 11am-9pm
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton
Cost: Tickets range from: $25-$125pp - see website for all ticket pricing.
Details: Celebrate all things Italian with this delicious event that will include plenty of tasty food and wine, including street-style pizza, entertainment, kid's food activities, tastings, cooking demonstrations, live Italian jazz, market stalls and more. Click here for website. Your text goes here
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Why? Have fun with a calendar-long list of events...
When: 1-31 May 2016
Where: See above for all address details
Cost: Free & ticketed events - check above
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