Luxury Culture Events: Top 25 on the Calendar in May 2022

The luxury calendar is our insider's guide to the top 25 luxury events in the world of May 2022 in fashion, culture, art and more.

Our Luxury Calendar provides a comprehensive overview of the top events unfolding around the world every month. Some are micro-luxuries (like a really good book) and others are on a grand, epic scale. Personally, if schedules and money were no object, and we could do anything we’d like, here are our top picks for the best luxury events and experiences in the world in May 2022. Consider it your luxury calendar of the can’t-miss events in fashion, art, music, sports, travel and culinary arts in this month of May.

luxury calendar: how to have a brilliant may 2022

What to do in May 2022, you ask? The better question is where to start. And how to squeeze it all in.

The star studded Met Gala, Frieze New York, Afropunk in Miami, the Kentucky Derby, the return of the Nantucket Wine and Food Festival, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, the 75th Cannes Film Festival and the opening of the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera, May is filled with glamorous and intellectually stimulating events around the world.

The luxury calendar is our insider's guide to the top 25 luxury events in the world of May 2022 in fashion, culture, art and more.

The luxury calendar is our insider’s guide to the top 25 luxury events in the world of May 2022 in fashion, culture, art and more.

If you have the resources and the time, you can spend every day this month having an incredible luxury experience. There are also whimsical spring celebrations, Mother’s Day and the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day weekend.

But there’s no need to rush the season. Right now, let’s just say “yes” to May.

the best events in the world of luxury in may 2022

It’s hard to narrow the list down to just the top 25 picks in the world of luxury in May 2022, but here goes.

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1. the met gala

The 2022 Met Gala will take place the first Monday of the month in New York City. It celebrates the second volume of a two-part Costume Institute exhibition titled In America: An Anthology of Fashion, and will focus on inclusivity in fashion. Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds and Lin-Manuel Miranda are the night’s official co-chairs, while designer Tom Ford, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri and Vogue’s Anna Wintour will continue as honorary co-chairs – May 2

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The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for May 2022: Met Gala. Courtesy Photo

2. into the woods

New York City Center Encores! will present its limited run of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods starring Heather Headley, Neil Patrick Harris and Sara Bareilles – May 4 – 15

3. the kentucky derby

Get your hats ready. The race for the Triple Crown starts with the 148th running of The Kentucky Derby.  Often referred to as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, the Derby is the 2nd oldest horse race in America.  It’s always held on the first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs – May 7

4. cézanne

Through 90 paintings and 40 watercolors and drawings, the Art Institute of Chicago’s Cézanne will reintroduce the work of Paul Cézanne, whose work influenced Monet, Pissarro, Matisse and Picasso and much later Jasper Johns – May 15 – Sept 5

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The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for May 2022: Cezanne. Courtesy Photo

5. glyndebourne festival opera

The annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera opens this month and will include performances of Le Nozi de Figaro; La Bohème; Don Pasquale; Alcina; La Voix Humane and Les Mamelles de Tirésias – May 21 – Aug 28

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6. julia morgan: the road to san simeon

Julia Morgan was a pioneer of her time. Among other accomplishments, she was the first woman architect to be licensed in California. Julia Morgan: The Road to San Simeon ($75) celebrates the Beaux-Arts architecture of California. Focusing on Morgan’s most famous project in the state, Hearst Castle the book also examine Morgan’s other fabulous early buildings in the style – May 3

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7. dr. strange and the multiverse of madness

Are you ready for more of the multiverse? Building on Marvel’s WandaVision, Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Home, Benedict Cumberbatch will lead the way as the title character of Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness together with Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff – May 6

8. operation mincemeat

In Netflix’s Operation Mincemeat, Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen play British soldiers in World War II who are tasked with an important job: disinformation. They must make their enemies believe that their forces plan to attack Greece instead of Italy – May 11

9. the essex serpent

Sarah Perry’s bestselling novel, The Essex Serpent, comes to life in an adaptation starring Claire Danes as recently widowed Cora Seaborne, an amateur paleontologist who travels to a remote seaside town to examine stories of a mythic legend come to life. Tom Hiddleston also stars as a local reverend in the Apple TV+ series – May 13

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The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for May 2022: The Essex Serpent. Courtesy Photo

10. cannes film festival

Hollywood heads to the South of France for the 75th Cannes Film Festival. Director Baz Luhrmann will present the world premiere of Elvis starting Austin Butler, Tom Hanks and Olivia DeJonge – May 17 – 28

11. men

From director Alex Garland is the folk horror film Men. Jesse Buckley stars as a woman who goes on a solo trip after the death of her husband, only to get more than she bargained for – May 20

12. obi-wan kenobi

Ewan McGregor returns as Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Disney+ series about the fan-favorite character marooned on Tatooine and keeping Anakin Skywalker’s children safe – May 25

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13. mr. morale & the big-steppers

Pulitzer-winner Kendrick Lamar will drop his new album this month titled Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. It’s his first since 2017 – May 13

The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for May 2022: Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Courtesy Photo

14. harry’s house

Fresh off his latest single, As it Was, former One Direction star Harry Styles will release his new album, Harry’s House – May 20

15. electric daisy carnival

In addition to the music, at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, individuals can experience the three-dimensional superstructures, colorful, glow-in-the-dark environments and all manner of LED-infused flora and fauna – May 20 – 22

16. afropunk

Afropunk is back again this year and is bringing with it the usual: groundbreaking arts, fashion and music from the Black community. Ari Lennox, Noname and Mereba are all set to perform at the festival, which will take place in Miami – May 20 – 22

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17. tefaf new york

Taking place at the Park Avenue Armory, TEFAF New York focuses on modern and contemporary art and design – May 6 – 10

18. rm sotheby’s monaco sale

Coinciding alongside the legendary Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, which uses the same circuit as the Formula 1 Grand Prix and shows some of the world’s most incredible race cars, RM Sotheby’s returns to the glamorous Grimaldi Forum. A venue synonymous with the principality’s most prestigious events, the 6th biennial Monaco Sale will feature everything from hypercars to historic masterpieces – May 14

The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for May 2022: RM Sothebys Monaco Sale. Courtesy Photo

19. the french open

The French Open is the 2nd of four annual Grand Slam events. It takes place on the red clay at Roland Garros in Paris. Here’s hoping we get to see Noami play this year- May 16 – Jun 5

20. frieze new york

Art lovers flock to Frieze for its dreamy display of works from local and international galleries. This year’s event at will feature imaginative projects from 65 galleries, as well as a virtual viewing room connecting galleries and audiences across the globe – May 18 – 22

The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for May 2022: Frieze New York. Courtesy Photo

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21. castle elvira

After being abandoned for almost 100 years, Castle Elvira, just outside of Lecce in Puglia, Italy, has been restored following an extensive three-year restoration project. Set on 37 acres of private parkland and boasting beautiful views of the local area as well as the venue’s gardens, it features a citrus grove and olive grove, a pool and piano room and cafe.

22. gleneagles townhouse

Scotland’s most famous country estate is coming to the city, with the opening of Gleneagles Townhouse. Set in a historic building in St Andrew Square in the heart of Edinburgh, the boutique property features 33 rooms, each designed to give a nod to the region’s history

The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for May 2022: Gleneagles Townhouse. Courtesy Photo

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23. nantucket food and wine festival

After a quiet off-season, Nantucket Island wakes up for the Nantucket Wine and Food Festival. Annual highlights include the Harbor Gala, with wines from forty exceptional wineries paired with bites from forty chefs. Another treat is “Great Wines in Grand Houses” — tastings and wine-pairing dinners hosted in Nantucket’s grand historic private homes – May 18 – 22

24. paso wine fest

The Paso Wine Fest will offer visitors the chance to explore more than 500 different Paso Robles wines with four days of wine tastings, winemaker dinners, live music, seminars and more – May 19 – 22

25. taste of tribeca

Now in its 26th year, Taste of Tribeca brings together 60 of Tribeca’s best restaurants for one unforgettable outdoor food festival and fundraiser benefiting the arts and enrichment programs at local public schools PS 150 and PS 234 – May 21

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what else is going on?

the first of may celebrations

 May Day is one of the most popular holidays of the year in France; most shops and museums are closed to celebrate the nation’s Labor Day. Be on the look-out for lilies of the valley, which are a symbol of good luck.  In China as well, May 1 is the country’s annual Labor Day.

May Morning at Oxford in England is a joyous way to greet the month, with a choir singing a hymn from the Magdalen Tower at dawn. It will be followed by dancing and singing in the streets.

the fifth of may parties

Cinco de Mayo is the annual celebration held to commemorate the victory of Mexican forces over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 – May 5. Tequila!

the rest of the month

The annual Aids Walk New York first started in 1986 and is still the largest walk-a-thon in the world, attracting over 30,000 people. The money raised goes to Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and over 40 other local AIDS service organizations – May 15.

The much loved Chelsea Flower Show will run for six days from May 24 to 28, at The Royal Hospital. The event was held in September last year due to Covid.

In addition to all of that, May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Eid al-Fitr begins on the 1st, Mother’s Day in the United States is on the 8th and Memorial Day is the 30th. Get ready to fire up your grills.

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That’s it. Our luxury calendar of the  What are you most excited about?

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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