Briefing Melbourne: 15-21 May

Monday 15 May – Sunday 21 May


Battle of the Busker

Melbourne’s best buskers will compete in the new two-storey container bar. You can enjoy a drink while listening to great tunes from the city’s best street musicians and they’ll get to vote for their favourite busker on the night, with the winning musician taking home a prize pack.

When: 6pm – 9pm Thursday 18 May

Where: Whitehart bar, 22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne

Cost: Free entry

Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival

Celebrating Buddha’s birthday and Melbourne’s multicultural/multi-faith society, there will be music, dance performances and tai chi classes. The ‘Taste of Asia’ Vegetarian Food Fair will be set up along the River Terrace for a tasty treat.

When: 10am – 7pm Saturday 20 May and 10am – 5pm Sunday 21 May

Where: Federation Square

Cost: Free

Law Week

After 22 successful years, Law week returns to Melbourne. Head down to the hub and learn about where to get legal help, find out what’s on and chat with the friendly staff.

When: Monday 15 May – Sunday 21 May

Where: across the city – Festival Hub at Federation Square

Cost: Various

Featured: Lyrical Lunchtimes

The Law Library of Victoria and Bottled Snail Productions present a lunchtime classical concert, designed to provide an opportunity to relax and reflect in the beautiful surrounds of the Supreme Court Library.

Where: Supreme Court Library, 210 William Street, Melbourne

When: 1:15pm-2pm Thursday 18 May

Cost: free

Featured: Courts Open Day

The Victorian courts will open their doors for the day with

Where: Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates Court, Children’s Court, VCAT

When: 10am – 3pm, Saturday 20 May

Cost: FREE

Docklands Harvest Festival

With the folk band Velvet Archers setting the mood, grab a bite to eat and get involved in lantern-making. On Friday night, there a large wooden sculpture will be burnt down.

Four workshop areas will be open on Saturday: try your hand at activities including lantern-making, pickling and preserving, pasta-making, gardening for balconies and more. Eat food from local traders, relax and enjoy music from local artists and headline act, Cooking on 3 Burners.

When: 5pm-8pm Friday 19 and 11am – 4pm Sunday 21 May

Where: Buluk Park, 898 Collins Street, Docklands

NB. While you are there, check out the weekly Sunday market at Docklands


Who’s Afraid of Colour

This exhibition celebrates the works of Indigenous Women artists from across Australia. Exploring colour, texture, political identity and cultural strength. Featuring emerging and established artists including Nonggirrnga Marawili, Queenie McKenzie, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Claudia Moodoonuthi and Jenny Crompton.

When: 10am – 5pm, daily until July

Where: Lvl 3, NGV Australia, Federation Square

How Much: Free

NB. While you are there, also check out other free exhibitions – Brook Andrew: The Right to Offend is Sacred, Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition and Top Arts 2017 (the best of the VCE painting, drawing, sculpture and multimedia).

Changing Face of Victoria

Ever wanted to ponder how Ned Kelly hid from the police with a tin helmet? Discuss calisthenics with your mum? See sketches of the early city? The permanent exhibition overlooking the Dome and La Trobe Reading Room in the State Library provides an in depth insight into life in Melbourne from first settlement in 1835 to today.

When: 10am – 5pm Daily

Where: Dome Galleries, State Library of Victoria

How Much: Free

NB. You can do a free hour long tour of this exhibition, 2pm daily (except Public Holidays)

Van Gogh and the Seasons

Contemplate Van Gogh’s life and experiences through his observations of the natural world.

When: daily 10am – 5pm, Sunday 9 July

Where: NGV International

Cost: Adult $28, Child $10, $24.50 Conc/Senior (Seniors only on Wed)

Extra Info. Enjoy the exhibition on Friday nights from 6 – 10pm where there’ll be talks, food, bars and live performances. Tickets: Adult $30, Child $12 (cheaper online).

Markets and Shopping

Arts Centre Sunday Market

This market feels like a country market in the heart of the city. Local artists showcase their unique, handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies. Everything on offer is produced locally, great for gifts or a treat for your Sunday adventure.

When: 10am – 4pm, every Sunday

Where: Art Centre Lawn

Cost: Free Entry

Design a Space

Looking for something a little more interesting than your standard Sportsgirl or Myer? Design a Space might be the place for you! Bec and Chris Lutz opened their doors 11 years ago and pride themselves on showcasing independent Australian designers. There is always something unique to find with designers rotating constantly. Staff are helpful and chatty and you will come out of Design a Space with something as cool as Gorman but for half the price.

Locations: 20 Manchester Lane, Melbourne, 212 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy and 142 Chapel Street, Windsor

Great Venues

Bella Union

Performance space and a casual bar, hosting music gigs, theatrical performances, live comedy, parties, fundraiser benefits, forums and book launches.

Where: Lvl 1, Trades Hall, Corner Victoria and Lygon Street, Carlton

Boogie Nights: Finishing School

Think grade 6 disco, soul night at Cherry bar, 2am at Golden Plains, just a wonderful boogie night with great tunes and fabulous people

When: doors open 9:30, Friday 26 May, every second Friday

Cost: $10 cash only




On this hour long tour takes you through the hidden secrets of the Town Hall, you will stand on the balcony and wave like the Beatles, sit in the Council Chamber and learn a little about Melbourne’s history. If you are really lucky, you might get to have a play on the beautiful Grand Organ.

When: 11am and 1pm Monday – Friday (excluding Public Holidays)

Where: Melbourne Town Hall

Cost: Free, bookings recommended

Did you know…

Book of Mormon – raffle tickets

Turn up 2.5hr before the show and put your name in the raffle to nab yourself $40 tickets for Book of Mormon. 30 names are drawn for every performance.



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