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Top Free Things to Do around Melbourne in May

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Published May 11th 2021
Melbourne for Free in May

There were plenty of events to enjoy around Melbourne in April including the seasonal activities of autumn. With the COVID-19 pandemic under strict control, May continues to serve up a buffet of live events and entertainment. You and your family can look forward to free food and drinks, concerts, snow, penguins, baby fair, Korean pop and even lucky draws with fantastic prizes. Don't spend another second at home. There are plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy life in Melbourne this month.

13 to 23 May - St Kilda Penguin Viewing

St Kilda is not just about restaurants, bars and beach. It is also home to the smallest penguins in the world. Thanks to Parks Victoria and Earthcare St Kilda, you can face to face with a colony of 1,400 penguins who live in the breakwater off the St Kilda Pier.

The night viewing sessions are facilitated by Parks Victoria rangers and one-hour in duration. There are three sessions per night and accommodate around 30 visitors per session. Tours will start promptly and late arrivals may be turned away. Bookings are essential and periodically released each fortnight in two week blocks. Get your tickets here.

Location: St Kilda Pier Kiosk, Pier Road, St Kilda, VIC 3182

13 to 31 May - University of Melbourne Concerts

The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Fine Arts and Music has curated a journey of music performances throughout the month. You can look forward to concerts and recitals featuring string ensemble, brass ensemble, cello, saxophone, choir and many others at various venues. Check out the list of concerts and get your tickets here.

13 to 31 May - Fed Square Winter Village

While the ice skating and igloo dining are ticketed, many of the entertainment and activities at the Fed Square Winter Village are free to enjoy.

14, 21 & 28 May - Chinatown Melbourne Market

Enjoy hawker-style Asian food in a laneway off Little Bourke Street. The Chinatown Melbourne Market runs every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm in May.

14, 21 & 28 May - FOMO Fridays

Fridays will never be the same in Melbourne thanks to the City of Melbourne. Restaurants, bars, department stores and retail shops are serving up free products, services and entertainment every Friday in May. There are also free-with-purchase promotions at venues like Emporium, Melbourne Central and Riverside Quay. Check out the list of freebies here.

28 May - 2021 K-POP World Festival Melbourne

Fed Square's Deakin Edge will be transformed into a trendy Korean music venue when K-Pop World Festival returns to Melbourne. Organised by the Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea, this two-hour event from 6pm to 8pm is a must-attend for all K-Pop fans. It includes vocal and dance contests to showcase the best of Melbourne's talent. Get your tickets here.

Location: Deakin Edge, Fed Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

29 & 30 May- One Fine Baby Fair 2021

Looking for products and services for your baby or toddler? Then head over to one of the most stylish baby fairs in Australia at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Entry is free and gives you access to a wide selection of brands and merchants. Visit here for more information and tickets.

30 May - Sweetfest

Head over to Geelong for a day of music. Organised by the Sweethearts Foundation, the Sweetfest Festival celebrates women in music throughout the Geelong and Melbourne areas. There are over 30 different artists and workshops and industry connections from 11am to 6pm. Don't forget to combine your visit with Central Geelong's shopping promotion to redeem vouchers and win prizes. Visit the website for more details.

Location: Little Malop Street Precinct, Geelong
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So much to see in Melbourne without spending a cent. One of Melbourne's best kept secrets is the penguins at St. Kilda. We are led to believe that they are only at Philip Island.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|2573) 32 days ago
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