Seems autumn has finally decided to show up and we are already getting glimpses of winter! Fortunately May is full of great events to keep the kids, and us, entertained. There are a lot that you won’t want to miss so we thought it best to highlight the key ones early so you can mark your diary. Here are our top 10 picks of what’s on in May. And at the bottom, we have included all the other key events happening in May.

1Fire Station Open Day – 19th May

The annual Fire Station Open Day is a much awaited event in our household, with two fire engine loving kids. On Saturday 19th May, you can visit fire stations across the State to get a glimpse into what it is like to be a firefighter. The list of stations participating this year is yet to be released, but most local fire stations participate. Our local in Rydalmere usually has a free BBQ, tour around the fire station, fire truck to sit in and we even got to put on a firefighter uniform last year. Plus there is a goodie bag for all the kids.

2Blacktown City Festival – 18th to 26th May

The Blacktown City Festival is a week long party with lots of great family fun! Over the opening weekend (19th/ 20th May), you can step back in time at the 13th Blacktown City Medieval Fayre in Nurragingy Reserve. There will be combat displays, roving entertainment, bird shows and an international jousting competition. Then during the week there is the fun Skate on the Green, two free kids concerts – Sesame Street and PJ Masks – and the yummy Sweet Indulgence Dessert Festival. The week-long celebration finishes in a bang of colour with the Streets Alive and Parade Day on 26th May.

3Vivid Sydney – 25th May to 16th June

Over 23 nights from 25th May to 16th June, the world’s largest festival of light will paint Sydney in the colour and spectacle of Vivid Light. As part of the 10 year anniversary celebrations, Vivid Sydney will expand to a spectacular new precinct at Luna Park. And our much-loved favourites will make a dazzling return.

  • Taronga Zoo: Festival favourites from last year are back along with a whole new mob of fierce, fantastic, quirky and endearing species for Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild.
  • Customs House: In celebration of their 100 year anniversary, May Gibbs’ iconic and immortal characters, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and their stalwart companions come to life on the façade of Customs House.
  • Chatswood: A pop-up market inspired by the colourful neighbourhood street markets of Brazil, built from scaffold and recycled materials and lit by lasers will transform the Chatswood CBD. The Concourse will take visitors on an immersive, deep dive into space featuring NASA’s amazing imagery and 360-degree projection.

4Mandarin Picking Season Begins – 26th May

Mandarin lovers rejoice, Watkins Family Farm and Fords Farm near Wiseman’s Ferry will soon have trees covered with amazing orange globes of yumminess for us to pick! Both farms open on the last weekend in May for pick your own sessions.

5Mother’s Day – 13th May

Mother’s Day is that special day to show our great appreciate to our wonderful mothers. And if you are looking for something different to, how about running or walking for a great cause! Join the Mother’s Day Classic at Parramatta Park as a family and raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Join some of Greater Sydney’s finest artisan producers and makers and be inspired by the food history of Rouse Hill House & Farm at the Autumn Harvest Festival on Sunday 6th May 2018.

7Bunnings Mother’s Day Family Night – 10th May

The Bunnings Family Fun Nights are always great, free fun. And on 10th May, the local Bunnings stores will be celebrating all things mum from 6pm to 8pm.

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, preschools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 18th successful year, the National Simultaneous Storytime in 2018 is on Wednesday 23 May 2018 at 11am and the book is Hickory Dickory Dash written by Tony Wilson & illustrated by Laura Wood.

The classic Australian story Dot and the Kangaroo jumps into the digital age with this stunning new stage adaptation. Featuring breathtaking aerial acrobatics, live music and spectacular 3D projections, you will discover the Australian landscape as you’ve never seen it before. A must-see magical and immersive theatrical experience that explores how our actions affect the wildlife. Plus, join the Discovery Rangers from NSW Office of the Environment and Heritage in the Riverside Theatre Courtyard before and after the show for some free activities!

The Million Paws Walk is a fun-filled day for the whole family, packed with entertainment and activities for dogs and dog-lovers alike. Whether you’re walking solo or joining a fundraising team, be a part of this wonderful day and help raise much-needed funds for the RSPCA. The Million Paws Walk in 2018 will take place in over 17 different locations across NSW on Sunday 20 May. The Sydney event is at Sydney Olympic Park.

What’s On In May – Other Key Events

It was hard deciding on our top 10 picks as there are a LOT of cool events happening in May. Here are the other key events we have found so far for May. And you can see more on our Facebook page.

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