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The world’s most liveable city is about to celebrate its birthday. On Tuesday, August 30, Melbourne will celebrate 181 years as a city and is set to mark the occasion with a day filled with festivities.

Melbourne Day is a day of concerts, events and activities celebrating everything from the city’s history and founding to what we know and love today.


Melbourne Rocks 181

  • Federation Square, Melbourne
  • Tuesday, August 30, noon-2pm


The free lunchtime concert is the day’s most-anticipated event with headline acts including former Daddy Cool frontman Ross Wilson, Jack Howard from Hunters & Collectors – who will debut a song he wrote for Melbourne Day – and Lisa Edwards who joins Michael Cristiano for the John Farnham smash hit You’re the Voice.

Gold104 FM’s Craig ‘Huggy’ Huggins will be MC, keeping the crowds entertained between all the legendary Aussie music acts. And make sure you stick around for the cutting of a giant Ferguson Plarre birthday cake.


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Flag Raising Ceremony

  • Enterprize Park, Melbourne
  • Tuesday, August 30, 9am


Join Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker and city councillors for Melbourne Day’s official kick-off event. The flag raising will take place at the very location Melbourne was established as a permanent settlement, Enterprize Park.

Entertainment includes a singalong with the Enterprize Shanty Band, a military band, and a chance to step back in time with the Enterprize’s “first settlers” in period costume.


Flag Raising Ceremony. Photo: Supplied
Flag Raising Ceremony. Photo: Supplied


Melbourne Regatta

  • Victoria Harbour, Docklands
  • Sunday, August 28, 11am-5pm


Ready for a fun fact? The first Melbourne Regatta was held on Melbourne Day 1838 and also happens to be the first regatta in Australia.

This time around the regatta will be celebrating the immigration and arrival of Melbourne’s multicultural family by sea. The Enterprize will hold centre stage among the dazzling flotilla.

Don’t miss out on your chance to experience what life was like on board a 19th-century sailing ship with short sails at 2pm, 3pm or 4pm, or hop aboard one of the free ferries for a cruise around Victoria Harbour.


Melbourne Day Flotilla. Photo: Supplied
Melbourne Day Flotilla. Photo: Supplied


Public Lecture

  • RHSV, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne
  • Tuesday, August 30, 12.30-2pm


If you’re a history buff or simply love to learn, get yourself to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s free public lecture on the natural history of early Melbourne.

Presented by archaeologist and historian Dr Gary Presland, the lecture will focus on what was commonly left out of the stories told about the European settlers and the Port Phillip region, that is the physical context of these stories and the role of the surrounding environment.


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