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Melbourne Day free family Docklands concert 2017

Free "Absolutely '80s" Concert

Sunday, 27 August, noon to 3pm

Docklands (Water Plaza - see map below)


Brian Mannix (Uncanny X-Men), Scott Carne (Kids in the Kitchen) and Ally Fowler (The Chantoozies)

performing their biggest hits!

Also, Melbourne music legends 

Wendy Stapleton and Paul Norton from Wendy and the Rocketts. Plus, Peta Evans-Taylor from The Voice 2015.

Other attractions include:

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Map:   Where to find the concert?

Melbourne Day concert 2017 map

Water Plaza, Docklands, in the centre of the love heart, is the concert stage and focus of the Melbourne Day family festival. You'll find it, you're a Melburnian!

What if it rains?

Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Around the concert stage and festival attractions, there is ample shelter along Victoria Harbor Promenade and side streets, including Merchant St and Enterprize Way.

The promenade is north-facing, to help melt snow faster. Just kidding, but you know what we mean.

And because you're a Melburnian and born event-smart, you'll have a brolly. Rain? Pfffft!   It won't stop us celebrating.

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Docklands Sunday Market: 10am to 5pm

Docklands Sunday Market

Come for the chutney, stay for the all-ages family concert

The Docklands Sunday Market, expanded for the Melbourne Day family festival on August 27, will be along Harbour Esplanade (opposite Etihad Stadium).

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Enterprize: Free Open Day and tours

Enterprize Melbourne Day

  Seas the day and come sea the best-looking schooner in any harbour.

The much-loved Melbourne Day icon, which brought the first European settlers in 1835, is lowering her gangplank for a free Open Day on August 27 from noon to 4pm. 

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Meet "Vicky the Truck"

Vicky the Truck

Vicky the Truck provides a free interactive digital experience and is travelling the state as part of the ‘Victorian. And proud of it.’ campaign - celebrating our diversity and shared values.

On board Vicky, experience the stories of real Victorians using Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, learn about the ‘Victorian. And proud of it.’ campaign and understand the Victorian Values Statement.

You can also film your own 30-second video or take a photo in the digital photo booth and share your story.

Everyone is welcome to take part in the Vicky experience.

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Get your free cupcakes

Melbourne Day cupcakes

They're gorgeous, yum and oh-so Melbourne

Thanks to Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses, who are bakin' us crazy with anticipation.

Get them (while they last!) at the Melbourne Day Concert, Docklands, on August 27.

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Melbourne Day
Wednesday, 30 August

Melbourne Day flag-raising ceremony at Enterprize Park

Feel the pride at the official flag-raising ceremony, Enterprize Park.

Join Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, city councillors, the 2017 Junior Lord Mayor, civic leaders and special guests as we salute the flag at 11am.

The event will be live on radio 3AW, with the station holding a special Melbourne Day outside broadcast of the Neil Mitchell Morning program from 8.30am to noon.

This is a free public event, school groups and families welcome. Bring the whole flock!

Enterprize Park, on the north bank of the Yarra River at the bottom of William St, is where the first Europeans landed on 30 August 1835 to start the first permanent settlement of Melbourne.

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Free Flagstaff Gardens tours

Early sketch of Melbourne's historic Flagstaff Hill atop today's Flagstaff Gardens

Hear about things that go bump in the bushes

Royal Historical Society of Victoria logoHear spoooooky stories about the gardens' past as a cemetery, its role as a   signalling station and more on a free guided tour by Royal Historical Society of Victoria experts. If you dare!

You will climb Flagstaff Hill to learn its place in Melbourne’s topography and pre-European history and its fascinating role as a magnetic and meteorological observatory.

An absolute "must do" walk for understanding the history and character of the city.    

When: Melbourne Day, 30 August, 11am and 2pm
How: Please book on 9326 9288 or
Cost: Free

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Melbourne Day public lecture, plus book launch

The Making of ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ 1835-1890 and the Making of Remembering Melbourne 2015-2016

Royal Historical Society of Victoria logoRoyal Historical Society of Victoria's annual Melbourne Day lecture, to be delivered by Emeritus Professor Richard Broome, traces the development of Melbourne from an Aboriginal place to the colonial hub, in succession, of a sheep walk, a golden field of wealth, and an urbane modern metropolis.

It will focus, in particular, on the latter European phase, asking why and how did Melbourne grow so ‘marvellous’. It covers the despair the city fell into during the 1890s.
The lecture will also explain how the RHSV created, devised and produced the best-selling book Remembering Melbourne, which completely sold out and is to be re-launched on 30 August.

If ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ was the product of a particularly rampant individualism based very much on money-making through property, the creation of Remembering Melbourne was the outcome of a rampant communalism and the spirit of volunteering. If avarice created a city, altruism has recorded it.

Prof. Broome taught Indigenous and Australian history at La Trobe University for more than 30 years. He is a RHSV councillor and patron of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria. Richard is the author of dozens of articles and 12 books including Aboriginal Australians. A History since 1788 (2010) in four editions and the award-winning Aboriginal Victorians. A History since 1800 (2005). He has edited (with others), Remembering Melbourne 1850-1960 (2016), and the journals Australian Historical Studies and the Victorian Historical Journal. His latest book is with Visier Sanyü, Naga Odyssey (September 2017). His next book (with three others) is Mallee Country. Land, People, History (forthcoming).

Speaker: Emeritus Professor Richard Broome
When: Wednesday, 30 August 2017, refreshments 12.30pm, lecture 1pm to 2pm.
Venue: RHSV, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne.
Cost: Members free, non-members $10.

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Exhibition: Standing on the Corner

A Melbourne street corner, part of the exhibition "Standing on the Corner"

Royal Historical Society of Victoria logoRoyal Historical Society of Victoria's Standing on the Corner exhibition shows how Melbourne’s street corners have been used for more than 110 years.

We taken them for granted but before the internet, they often were the "village square", reflecting the soul of their local community.

This exhibition captures the city's corners as they were, with supporting maps of the city from 1850 to 1960.

When: Open daily until 20 December, 2017.
Times: 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and Saturday, 10am to 3pm Friday.
Venue: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne.
Enquiries: or phone 9326 9288.

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Melbourne Day cocktail party

Melbourne Business Network logo

Hosted by the Melbourne Business Network, celebrate Melbourne's 182nd birthday at a special cocktail party.

Date: August 30, 2017
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Venue: The Trust, Flinders Lane Melbourne (rear of Immigration Museum)
Tickets: $50 (MBN members), $75 non members
Dress: Business attire

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SHE Talks: "My Big Idea"

She Talks: Big Idea 

'Celebrating Women's Bright Minds'

Special event on Melbourne Day

In a TED-style talk, eight women share their BIG IDEA that will entertain, stimulate, even shock and most definitely provide you with a spark to take home!

SHE Talks is helping shape Melbourne through events that bring diverse individuals together, through the sharing of conversations, ideas and working on projects as a team.

30 August, 7pm to 9pm, Donkey Wheel House, 673 Bourke St, Melbourne. This is a paid event.

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Melbourne Day give-aways and prizes

Radio 3AW logoRadio GOLD104FM

Listen to Melbourne Day 2017 media partners radio 3AW and GOLD104 FM for great give-aways.

You could get your hands on AFL Elimination Final tickets, thanks to The Ticket Merchant, or win a table to next year's Channel 9 AFL Footy Show!

Win, then celebrate all day - and night!

Win a year's supply of coffee

illy AustraliaMelburnians love coffee. Words can't espresso how much it beans to them. So, to celebrate Melbourne Day, we have a brew-ti-ful prize offer!

Thanks to illy Australia, we have up for grabs a coffee machine and a YEAR'S supply of coffee - valued at $1500. What a perfect blend!

To enter, simply LIKE our Melbourne Day Facebook page and tag two friends who you love a latte (or mocha you happy), and you would like to take to our festival and concert at the Docklands on Sunday 27, August.

Hurry, don't miss out and go boiling mad, competition closes 23 August.

Go on, give it a shot!

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Listen: We built this city

Tune into GOLD 104.3 in the run up to Melbourne Day for awesome prizes and give-aways.

Free family festival and concert

Map: Where to find the family festival/concert?

Sunday Docklands Market: Open 10am to 5pm

Enterprize: Free Open Day and tours

Meet "Vicky the Truck"

Free birthday cupcakes

Flag-raising ceremony: Melbourne Day, 30 August

Free tours of historic Flagstaff Gardens

Lecture (and book launch): The Making of Marvellous Melbourne

Exhibition: Standing on the Corner

Melbourne Business Network special Melbourne Day cocktail party

SHE Talks event: "My Big Idea", 30 August

Give-aways and prizes

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