Check out our top picks of festivals and events happening in May 2023.

We bring you the best gigs, festivals, and culinary and cultural events from around the country. Get a taste of Tasting Australia, take off at Elevate Festival or see some opera in the Outback.


Tasting Australia in Adelaide. Image from Tasting Australia.


Tasting Australia Presented by RAA Travel

April 28-May 7; Adelaide, SA

Be part of one of Australia’s longest-running food and drink festivals and savour all things South Australia. Satisfy your cravings at Tasting Australia with a wide range of masterclasses, the Storytellers series and dining experiences by distinguished chefs.


May 2023 Event PBR Australia tournament

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PBR Monster Energy Sydney Invitational at Meatstock

May 5-7; Sydney, NSW

Get a taste of bull riding at the Sydney Invitational at Meatstock. With three events over three days, you don’t want to miss this. If you can’t make it, catch another show on their Australia-wide tour.


Another May 2023 event, Elevate Festival. Image from


Elevate Festival

May 6; Northam, WA

To kickstart the National Ballooning Championships, hear live music, experience unique interactive activities and see the inflated balloons tethered to the ground for the ‘Balloon Night Glow’ at
Elevate Festival.


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Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival

May 15-21; Moonta, SA

Celebrate 50 years of the festival this May in Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo. Honouring Cornish traditions and heritage, experience traditional dress, food, drinks and events for all ages over a whole week of festivities.


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Australian Musical Theatre Festival

May 17-21; Launceston, TAS

Celebrate Australia’s theatre scene and attend one of the many events in this festival’s program with seasoned Australian performers.


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Festival of Outback Opera – Opera Ball

May 21; Longreach, QLD

Dance the night away along the Thomson River and experience fine dining and opera in a unique setting. 


Image by Great Barrier Reef Masters Games.


Great Barrier Reef Masters Games 2023

May 25-28; Cairns, QLD

Get your athletic fix at the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games in Cairns. From football to archery to lawn bowls, spend the weekend competing in over 20 different sports.


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Vivid Sydney 2023 

May 26-June 17; Sydney, NSW

Be illuminated by the best light artists, live musicians, food creatives and brilliant minds in Sydney this year.


For another great May 2023 event, check out Good Beer Week in Victoria.

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