Best Free Events In Melbourne in May

By: Claire Halliday, ellaslist

What’s even better than doing fun, interesting, exciting stuff with your family? Doing it all for free!
In Melbourne, we live in a dynamic city that has heaps of cool things to do – from the world of sports, the arts and everything in between. In the Month of May, plan to save some money by exploring these fabulous and free events in Melbourne.

Buddha ‘s Day and Multicultural Festival

Happy Buddha’s Day!
To celebrate the 22nd year of this event, let your kids experience this multi-faith society by watching traditional Buddhist ceremonies, including Bathing the Buddha, Tea Meditation and Twilight Light Offering Ceremony. There are also multicultural music and dance performances, tai chi classes, children’s activities an animal farm and even collective prayers for world peace.
Vegetarian food is all the rage here, of course, and the Taste of Asia food fest has flavours your kids will love.

What You Need To Know

Phone: 9314 5147
Address: Federation Square
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21
Opening hours:
Saturday, May 20, 10am-7.30pm
Sunday, May 21, 10am-5pm
More information: visit the website –

Visions of Spain

If you’ve got older kids who can sit still and listen, music-lovers in your family might appreciate this event.
Gerard Mapstone is one of Australia’s leading classical and flamenco guitarists and he performs here with Leyenda del Tiempo as part of the 2017 Guitar Perspectives Concert Series.
Expect superior playing that any budding guitarists should love – especially if they are studying the intricacies of classical guitar and want to motivate themselves to knuckle down to doing those boring scales.

What You Need To Know

Book online here:
Address: Melba Hall, The Conservatorium, Gate 13, Royal Parade, University of Melbourne
When: May 27, 7pm-8pm
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Comics Workshops

The workshops are open to everyone from age group between 15-year olds to 30-year olds – perhaps something your teenage budding artists will love.
Local artist David Piper takes participants through the important points of comic styles – and shows the students effective techniques for generating ideas. All materials are provided and all skill levels are welcome.

What You Need To Know

Book online via this link:
Phone: 9658 7300
Address: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton
April 20 – May 18
3.30pm-5pm each Thursday
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Teddy Bears’ Picnic - Ascot Vale Library

Gather up the kids for a wonderful Teddy Bears’ Picnic! Spend the morning listening  to the kid's favorite bear stories, songs and dances. It’s sure to be a surprise! Bring all the teddies along and enjoy the yummy morning tea to share afterwards. It's free for all but a gold coin donation for Cancer Council will be appreciated.

What You Need To Know

Book online via this link
Phone: 8325 1990
Address:  Ascot Vale Library, 165 Union Road, Ascot Vale
25 May 2017
10:30 am – 11:30 am
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