Top 20 in May

In celebration of our 20th edition, we’ve compiled a list of 20 of the best activities that postcode 3000 has to offer this month.

Catch closing night of the Spanish Film Festival on Sunday, May 1, and embark on an adventure through the Amazon in Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent at Kino Cinemas. Attend the Australian Premiere of Michael Graverson’s Dreaming of Denmark, at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival on Saturday, May 7 at ACMI.

Explore the notion of authenticity in the interactive exhibition The Fraud Complex at West Space, and listen to the artists speak at 2pm on Saturday, May 7. Connect with innovators and thinkers at one of the 60 events being hosted around the city as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week from Monday, May 2 to Sunday, May 8.

Pick up a limited-edition piece at the biannual Markit event held at Federation Square, from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, May 8.

Earn your Mother’s Day breakfast and raise funds for breast cancer research by walking or running the annual Mother’s Day Classic on Sunday, May 8.

Try a new brunch spot and head to newly open Lawyers, Guns and Money for breakfast congee, noodle soup and fried chicken. Indulge in a Japanese feast at the new Sake Flinders Lane restaurant and marvel at Melbourne’s largest selection of sake, shochu and Japanese whiskey.

Celebrate our multicultural and multi-faith society at the Annual World Peace Blessing Ceremony at Federation Square on Saturday, May 14 from 2pm at the Buddha’s Day Festival.

Meet the craftsman behind Feral brewing and learn about their beers whilst enjoying boozy food at a special event at Boilermaker House on Saturday, May 21. Head to Riverland Bar over the weekend of May 14-15 or 21-22, for their Good Beer Week event Beers and Barbecue under the Bridge.

Take the kids on a tour of the historic Old Melbourne Gaol and see where bushranger Ned Kelly spent time, or visit Hardrock Climbing for a fun family-friendly workout at the urban climbing centre.

Spend a day at Federation Square starting with an urban walk as part of the inaugural Victorian Walker’s Festival, followed by a visit to the Hard Edge: Abstract Sculpture 1960s–70s exhibition at NGV Australia.

Expand your horizons at the Wheeler Centre with a storytelling workshop by Jon Klassen on Sunday, May 22, or hear Nick Earls discuss the resurgence of the novella in Short and Sharp: Nick Earls’ Gotham on Saturday, May 28. Learn about leadership at the How to be a Good Leader class from The School of Life on Saturday, May 21.

Be one of the first donors to visit the Melbourne CBD Blood Donor Centre when it opens on Monday, May 23.

Finally, take time to explore your Melbourne CBD. Walk on the opposite side of the road or opt for the longer route and experience the city along a different course. An undiscovered gem that makes your top 20 could be just around the corner.

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