What's on in May

From London’s Chelsea Flower Show to Paris’ Roland Garros Tennis Tournament, New York’s Met Gala to Saint Lucia’s Jazz Festival, May’s the month for great events (in great destinations). These are the ones that top our list. 

New York 

The Met Gala

The first Monday in May brings New York’s Met Gala, fashion’s best and boldest fundraising event. All of the most influential people in the art world come together to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition – this year, the theme is Camp: Notes on Fashion. 

Shakespeare in the Park 

Much Ado About Nothing is the May production at the Delacorte Theater, an atmospheric outdoor theater in Central Park where you can see Shakespeare performed all summer long. With an award-winning director, it’s sure to be a show worth seeing. 

Five Boro Bike Tour 

This popular 40-mile ride through New York always takes place on the first Sunday in May (this year, that’s May 5th). A unique way to see the city, it’s not just for professionals – the ride’s also open to the public. 


Roland Garros Tennis Tournament 

For 126 years, tennis stars have come to Paris to play at the Roland Garros Tennis Tournament, which runs from the end of May to the beginning of June. With the biggest names in tennis taking to the court every year, it’s no wonder sports fans still flock to this historied event. 

Taste of Paris 

Taste of Paris runs from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th May 2019, and will see some of the city’s finest chefs set up pop-up restaurants in the splendid Grand Palais. There’s a lot to experience, from food tastings and cookery demonstrations to meet and greets with the chefs. 

Cayman Carnival Batabano  

Cayman Carnival Batabano, a national carnival that celebrates the region’s diverse heritage, takes place in Cayman Islands during the first week of May. The carnival parade grows more vibrant every year, and you’ll also be able to marvel at the idyllic views of spots like Seven Mile Beach. 

Saint Lucia Jazz Festival 

This year, the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival – often called the best in the Caribbean – is in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center. The festival runs from May 4th to May 12th, and you can expect unforgettable performances from a range of distinguished artists, plus master classes and workshops. 


FA Cup Final 

One of the biggest footballing events of the year, the FA Cup Final, is to be played between Manchester City and Watford on May 18th. They’ll meet at the iconic Wembley Stadium for a match that promises to be memorable. 

Chelsea Flower Show 

The Chelsea Flower Show 2019 runs from May 21st to May 25th, and has some really unusual, thought-provoking show gardens – like The Facebook Garden and Green Switch – to explore this year. As well as the gardens, you’ll also discover plenty of charming places to shop and dine. 


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