Things to do across Australia this May

Things to do across Australia this May

The weather is getting noticeably colder and, as we gear up for plenty of winter activities on the calendar, there's still plenty of autumnal events happening over the next couple of weeks. Whether you're looking to branch out and make some new friends through groups like Club Sup, or you're looking to cocoon yourself for the month ahead by visiting some art exhibitions – like Heide MOMA's Hair Pieces – solo on your weekends – we've got plenty of events rounded up to suit all needs.

Read on for our list of of things to do across Australia in May 2024...



San Cisco are playing gigs at Newcastle, Wollongong and Ulladulla on 23, 24 and 25 May.

Bars of Steel will be throwing its first-ever block party on Saturday 25 May at 119 Macquarie Street in Parramatta. The gig is 16+ and completely free to attend – all you have to do is register your interest for the ballot online.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra's upcoming May concerts will see multiple performances of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, and Dvořák and Bernstein.

May 31 until June 2, the Bon Fromage Festival returns to Sydney.

Aria Snack Bar will open at 6pm and will be running from 24 May - 15 June, Monday through to Saturday. Aria Snack Bar is housed within the Wharf Room overlooking Circular Quay.

Brookvale will be treated to three days of savoury bites and delicious pints and spirits this weekend, 24-26 May at 'Taste of Brookie'.



Brisbane's pop princess Mallrat is headlining Smirnoff Future Fresh alongside Genesis Owusu and Young Franco at The Triffid on 30 May.

Alice Phoebe Lou will be playing at The Zoo on Friday 31 May.

Brisbane Comedy Festival continues across multiple venues until 26 May.



From now until October, you can catch Heide MOMA's latest exhibition Hair Pieces at their Bulleen gallery space. It's an exhibition that explores the complex significance of hair in contemporary culture, through a selection of Australian and international works of art.

On 23 May, NGV will be unveiling their Grace Crowley & Ralph Balson exhibition pairing – spotlighting the two pioneers of Australian abstraction for the very first time. Entry is free, and the exhibit will run until September.

From 23 May until 2 June, NGV will also be presenting its tenth annual iteration of the Melbourne Art Book Fair at NGV International and across various venues across Victoria. The event is part of the greater Melbourne Design Week program.

Marimekko's pop-up café opens on Chapel Street as part of Unikko's 60th anniversary celebration until 9 June.

The University of Melbourne has unveiled a major group exhibition, The same crowd never gathers twice, presented at Buxton Contemporary until 13 October.



From 2-30 May, South African Film Festival (SAFF) will once again bring the very best of contemporary South African film to the Australian audience both in-cinema and online.

Middle Kids are playing a gig at The Gov on 25 May.



Billy Elliot the Musical will be performing this month at Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre.

The Taste Festival will be happening in Canberra from 24-26 May.

Dear Seattle are bringing their 'idc' regional tour to UC Hub on 26 May.



Regurgitator are playing a gig on 25 May.

Ben Howard is playing the Astor Theatre in Perth on 22 May.



You can check out Yara Kutjupa (A different way) exhibit on throughout May at Laundry Gallery.

Electronic dance duo Electric Fields will be playing at the Darwin Entertainment Centre with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra on Friday 24 May.



Middle Kids will be bringing their Faith Crisis Pt 1 tour to Hobart's Odeon Theatre on 30 May. Tickets are still available on their website.

Angie McMahon will be playing on 25 May at Hobart's Odeon Theatre.

Tasmania will get a taste of the Sydney Writer's Festival at the Huonville Library from 24-26 May (best of all, it's free if you register).


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