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Top 5 Free Events in May 2018 in Melbourne

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published April 1st 2018
Check out these top 5 events in Melbourne in May
There's plenty to do in Melbourne this May without breaking the bank. Here are five suggestions below to test your brain, shop, party, and get back to nature.

Melbourne Knowledge Week starts on May 7th and is a celebration of innovation, problem solving and creativity. The events cover a broad range of technology, societal, and economic topics, and speakers and several sessions are free. The festival also includes performances, music, and food. The Meat Market at 3 Blackwood Street in North Melbourne acts as the festival hub throughout the week.

Free Melbourne Knowledge Week Event
Guest speakers and events across the month. Credits: City of Melbourne.


The next great event on May 11th (from 10am to 6pm) is just in time for Mother's Day. The Collins Place Design Market is a curated event which includes the best designers, food makers, and creators on offer. There's also a pop-up bar to make your shopping trip that bit more exciting. The market has no entry fee and will be held at Collins Place at 45 Collins Street.

Collins Design Market
Collins Design Market place crowd. Credits: City of Melbourne


One free festival event not to be missed is the Next Wave Festival Opening Party. Expect music, drinks on offer, art, and a great crowd. The opening night will be held at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute, at 270 Sydney Road Brunswick, and runs from 8pm to late.

Next Wave Festival Art Free
Come party at the Next Wave Festival. Credits: Next Wave Festival website


The Kensington Market is another great market with no entry and was established to showcase local talent on a monthly basis. The market is at the Kensington Town Hall (30-34 Belair Street Kensington) and provides a forum for artists to sale their wares, perform, and show off their talents. Expect designer fashion, children's wear, jewellery, and visual art. The event is on May 20th and runs from 10am to 3pm that afternoon.

Kensington Market Wares Free
Kensington Market has homewares and a range of other designer items. Credits: Kensington Market website.


Our last free event for May is unique - it is a photography session where you learn about colour theory, and get out and about to enjoy nature. The Alfred Nichols Garden PhotoWalk 'Seeing Colour' takes 2 hours and will be held on May 6th from 2pm in Sherbrooke.

Alfred Nicholas Garden Photography Free
Explore your photographic skills. Credits: Eventbrite website.
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Why? Top 5 exciting events in Melbourne in May and all are free.
When: May 2018
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free
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