The Plus Ones’ Shortlist for May Events

It can be hard to get motivated to go out when the air's this crisp, but Melbourne — you sure aren't slowing down on the event front this month! Dig out your winter clothes, throw on a scarf and beanie, and brave the cold for some of these events. We promise it'll be worth it.

melbourne knowledge week

Melbourne Knowledge Week (1-7 May)
If this time of year conjures up images of cozy libraries, roaring fireplaces, and pouring over ancient tomes…satisfy your thirst for knowledge with Melbourne Knowledge Week. Whether your interests lie in the arts, sciences, business, or the future of your city, there's something here for you.

Geelong After Dark (5 May)
For one night only, Geelong's CBD is transforming into an interactive art night. Expect installations, performances, and arts experiences. The theme this year is ‘The Sound of Light'. Intriguing.

World Class Cocktail Week (7-13 May)
Celebrate cocktails and the bartenders who make them. Check out the program of more than 30 events across Melbourne over the week!

stonnington jazz festival

Stonnington Jazz Festival (11-21 May)
Quality jazz, classy entertainment, and sumptuous food. Head down to the festival to celebrate both established and emerging Australian artists.

Good Beer Week (12-21 May)
Do you love craft beer? Like, really, really love it? Even if you don't, Good Beer Week should be on your list. With an impressive 500+ events, there'll be live music, impressive food and masterclasses, and a fashion show.

Big Vegan Market (13 May)
Following the success of their last event, the Big Vegan market is back — and when they say big, they mean big. Boasting 130+ vendors, browse the food, fashion, skincare, and crafts at your leisure.

St. Kilda Film Festival (18-27 May)
If it's too cold for you to venture outside for too long (and hey, we totally get it), snuggle up in a cinema instead, with one of the films from St. Kilda's Film Festival lineup. Expect exceptional films and short works from local talent.

melbourne tweed ride

Melbourne Tweed Ride (25 May)
Pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Dig up your finest tweed outfit, and join a group of like minded cyclists at the Grainger Museum. Head down a little early for activities and refreshments provided by the museum!

Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival (29 May – 4 June)
You've made it this far through the month. You must be tired and hungry from all the events you've been going to! Immerse yourself in this week long exploration of food traditions and sustainability, with workshops, seminars, demonstrations, and competitions!

– Liv
Liv S. is a creature of warm weather, negronis, and writing. She can usually be found elbow deep in a pile of chicken wings. Check out her musings @callmememphisjones.

Photo credit: Broadsheet, Melbourne Tweed Ride, Melbourne Knowledge Week.