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What's on in May

Throughout Australia, we run through some of the best events you can enjoy in May 2021.

Culture Up Late at State Library of NSW

Explore the State Library of NSW – Australia's oldest library – during Culture Up Late with extended evening opening hours every Wednesday and Thursday evening until June 30. With its iconic Mitchell Library Reading Room, beautiful heritage spaces and world-class galleries, you’ll be surprised by what you discover there! 

State Library of NSW, Sydney – until June 30


Makers Market at The District

Enjoy live entertainment and creative, colourful market stalls showcasing art, craft, jewellery, fashion, homewares, gifts and delicious homemade and homegrown produce.

Bring your furry friends along as The District is a pet-friendly precinct and you’ll find stalls selling doggie treats, accessories and outfits. Grab a coffee and take a stroll through the open-air laneways and enjoy a spot of shopping.

Outside H&M, The District, Docklands, Melbourne – May 30, 11am-4pm


NRL Magic Round

In 2021, the NRL Magic Round Brisbane will be transforming into three days! Don’t miss your chance to watch your favourite NRL team – and every NRL team – take the field at Suncorp Stadium across one weekend.

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – May 14-16, 4pm-10pm each day


Adelaide Food Fringe

Adelaide Food Fringe is the 100% Open Access food and drink festival that supports and celebrates South Australia’s spectacular food and beverage industry across nine days. A food and beverage festival for everyone, with a program of events created by South Australia’s diverse hospitality industry and grassroots communities. The nine-day program features businesses, venues, multicultural communities and institutions that inspires creative, cultural and accessible food and drink events held across the state.

Various locations, Adelaide – May 7-16 

Bickley Harvest Festival

Celebrating the end of Harvest, the Bickley-Carmel Harvest is an annual Festival in May, that showcases and celebrates the unique tastes, sights, and sounds of the Perth Hills. Explore award-winning wines and cider, delicious food, and stunning scenery.

Various venues in the Bickley Valley – May 1-2


Darwin International Film Festival

The Darwin International Film Festival celebrates the best of cinema from all corners of the globe, reflecting the vibrant diversity of the Darwin community. With a focus on South-East Asian cinema, Northern Australia and Indigenous stories, DIFF boasts a unique film program highlighting the incredible talent emerging from the region.

Various locations, May 2-9 

Hobart Current: Liberty

Who chooses freedom for whom, in what space and during what time? Rosie Dennis, Creative Director of Hobart Current, has selected 10 contemporary artists to help find the answer. Tasmanian artists Sinsa Mansell, Brigita Ozolins, James Newitt, Jacob Leary, Dexter Rosengrave and Nadege Philippe-Janon feature in this collection, which also spans interstate and international talent including Uncle Wes Marne, Suryo Herlambang, Jagath Dheerasekara and Sarah Jane Pell creating new works in the mediums of film, installation, performance and visual art.

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart – until May 9


Canberra International Music Festival

Vienna. The city where Schubert and Strauss were born. The place where Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven made history. The opera house that Mahler transformed for the 20th century. The circles where Schonberg foreshadowed the tragedy of two world wars.
In 2021, CIMF brings the music of Vienna to Canberra, performed by an exceptional cast of Australian artists.

Various locations, Canberra – until May 9