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To 1 May

Koroit Irish Festival

The 20th birthday of the Koroit Irish Festival and it is thrilled to announce our brillaint line up for our fesival. The line up includes one of Australia's leading Celtic bands and singers.

To 1 May

Kellybrook Cider Festival

The Kellybrook Cider Festival provides a traditional rustic farmhouse cider, food marquee, tasting & sales of ciders and wines, live music, children's entertainment & more.

1 May-9 Oct

Jurassic World: The Exhibition!

Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition! Jurassic World is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All rights reserved.

1 May-30 Oct

From Volcanoes We Sailed: Connecting Aeolian Generations

Uncover the cultural heritage of the Aeolian community who hail from a volcanic archipelago in the Mediterranean and encounter extraordinary families who have helped shape the culture of modern Melbourne.

1 May

Feast Asia Festival

Experience Asia in the city with a sample of culinary delights, vibrant performances and iconic traditions from one of the most captivating continents on earth.

1 May

Essendon Fields Expo

Essendon Fields Expo from 10:00am to 5:00pm and will feature aircraft displays, hot deals on regional and scenic flights, special offers and prizes.

5 May-8 Jun

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

Melbourne's 2016 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival will present two weeks of contemporary work aimed at generating engagement and discussion around human rights issues.

6 May

Starlight Day

Starlight Children's Foundation needs your help this Starlight Day to raise $1.3m to brighten the lives of more than 33,000 sick kids around Australia. More than 2,000 Starlight volunteers will hit the streets nationally to sell merchandise and collect donations in shopping centres, central business districts and train stations. Individuals, corporations, schools, and community groups are also invited to throw a fundraising barbeque : a Star-BQ : anytime during May, with friends, family or colleagues as a fun and social way to raise vital funds.

7 May

Harvest Festival

Kingston Council is proud to present some of Australia's top country, bluegrass and rockabilly performers each year under the big top at Bicentennial Park in Chelsea.

14 May

Tea With Magsaysay Awardee Anshu Gupta, GOONJ

Listen to the man who revolutionised the culture of giving in India. Why are NASA, CNN-IBN, Forbes and the World Bank so impressed with this guy? Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Venue: Ashwood Hall, 21a Electra Avenue, Ashwood 3147 Tea, Coffee & light refreshments will be available. All Donations will go to GOONJ.

10-28 May

Victorian Fair Trade Festival

Going since 2009, Moral Fairground has been the driving force in creating awareness and raising the profile of fair trade throughout the community, as well as the conscious business sector Australia wide.

19-28 May

St Kilda Film Festival

Presents Australia's Top 100 Short Films.

20-22 May

GABS Beer, Cider & Food Festival

This annual Festival brings even more unique craft beers, gourmet beer-battered delicacies and refreshing ciders to satisfy every connoisseur's palette. GABS 2016 @ Royal Exhibition Building will feature around 400 beers from 150 breweries from across the globe filling out a giant beer hall, in which participants can sample a selection of beers and ciders from a wooden paddle.

21 May

World Whiskey Day

We have a selection of unique whiskeys to taste from around the world. Brand Ambassador will be presenting the Whiskeys.

24 May

Special K #OwnIt Body Positive Workshop

Special K and Body Positive Australia have teamed up to present an inspiring day of body positivity sessions to help Australian women feel more comfortable with their bodies.

28 May

UDO Australia National Street Dance Championship

National Street Dance Championships, MSAC, Albert Park, dancers compete for bragging rights and entry into world's largest street dance competition, UDO World Street Dance Championships.

29 May

Italian Wine & Food Festival

Everything that's good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together under one roof in May with the return of the Italian Wine + Food Festival.

29 May

Melbourne Tea Festival Workshop: Blending Herbal Tisanes

Increase your understanding of the benefits of herbs as well as their healing flavour combinations. This is a practical workshop and you will have the opportunity to create and take home your own tisane at the end.

29 May

Melbourne Tea Festival Workshop: Explore Tea Essentials

If you're a keen but novice tea drinker this 'talk and taste' workshop will set you on the right path. Join tea bar owner Amara to learn the basics over an informative and insightful journey into tea styles, processing, flavours, and brewing. You'll sample a white, green, oolong and black tea and get the low down on what specialty tea is all about.

29 May

Melbourne Tea Festival Workshop: Tea & Food Pairing

Taste delicious tea and food pairings, get practical advice on how to create your own, and learn the basics of flavour theory. In this interactive workshop you'll taste four expertly paired dishes with some world-class teas. Join tea specialist, Flag & Spear Tea Hunters, and bespoke caterers, In the Art of Entertaining, for this fascinating culinary tea journey.

29 May

Melbourne Tea Festival Workshop: Tea Leaf Reading

Join Annie, an 8th generation tea leaf reader, for a fascinating journey into the unknown. In this workshop you'll learn the history, principles and practices of tea leaf reading and acquire the skills to read for all of your friends!

29 May

Melbourne Tea Festival Workshop: Discover Oolong Tea

Immerse yourself in the world of Oolong tea through a sensory experience of sight, smell and taste. Tania will guide you through the key flavour stages of Oolongs and introduce two Taiwanese Oolongs that are amongst the few teas in the world to be created through natural intervention.

29 May

Melbourne Tea Festival Workshop: Bespoke Chai Blending

Chai dates back 5000 years and, in India, nothing happens without a hot steamy cup of chai. Join Uppma on a journey that will take you through the art of chai, its history, how to brew it authentically and the components that will help you bring this ancient art into your home.

31 May-4 Jun

Flesh Eating Tiger

Man addicted to alcohol. Woman addicted to Man. The Owl & Cat Theatre presents its 2016 season with American playwright Amy Tofte's dark comedy/drama, Flesh Eating Tiger

What's On Next Month

9-12 Jun

The Australian Burlesque Festival

The Australian Burlesque Festival is a unique community based exper-i-ence uniting burlesque artists from all over the country and the globe in a tour of sizzling showcases and workshops. Now in its seventh year!

9-13 Jun

Melbourne International Singers Festival

In its 7th year, the Singers Festival brings together choirs and singers from Australia and around the world.

11-12 Jun

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne

Oz Comic-Con is taking over the Convention & Exhibition Centre.

14-26 Jun

Melbourne Cabaret Festival

Indulge in two weeks of atmospheric, seductive and soul-stirring entertainment.

16 Jun

Little Rockers RED NOSE Disco

With the support of Little Rocker's Radio, SIDS and Kids are holding a one hour Disco event at Luna Park for Red Nose Day.

18-19 Jun

Williamstown Literary Festival

Every year since 2003, a small group of local residents have presented what is now the largest literary festival in the western suburbs.

25 Jun-10 Jul

Winter School Holidays at Luna Park

Christmas in July festivities will be in full swing these school holidays at Luna Park! Melbourne's favourite amusement park will transform into a Christmas winter wonderland with FREE admission and entertainment for all.

Future Months

9 Jul

The Creation by Joseph Haydn

Victoria Chorale performs Haydn's much loved Creation, 7.30 pm with the Melbourne Chamber Choir, 3 superb soloists, the Art of Sound Orchestra and conductor Mario Dobernig in the wonderful setting of St Paul's Cathedral. Tickets 9885 2744 or Online.

23 Jul

International Hot Dog Day

Get your stomachs at the ready Melbourne - in celebration of International Hot Dog Day, Luna Park will host its annual Hot Dog Eating Competition!

19-21 Aug

National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo

The action-packed outdoors haven returns, bringing tens-of-thousands of fishing, boating, camping, outdoors and 4x4 products from over 200 leading exhibitors and retailers.

20-23 Oct

The Stitches & Craft Show

The Stitches & Craft Show at Caufield Racecourse will be an inspiring hub of creativity with classes and workshops, vintage fashion jewellery classes, a daily fashion show and more!

29 Oct

Great Amazing Race

Race for the kids! We guarantee you'll have tonnes of fun doing the most diverse and crazy stuff, while supporting the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation!

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