We're 181 years in the making

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It's the birthday event of the year.
Come, celebrate. And you, too, could live to be 181.


They're gorgeous, yum and oh-so Melbourne

Free Melbourne Day cupcakes

Get your free cupcakes

Thanks to Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses, who are bakin' us crazy with anticipation. Get them at the Melbourne Day Concert at Federation Square (while they last)!

Free Melbourne Day Concert at Fed Square

FREE concert, Federation Square, noon to 2pm, Tuesday, 30 August

Music giants Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock), Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors) and Lisa Edwards (John Farnham Band) make this the birthday concert of the year.

  • Ross Wilson: Eagle Rock plus other Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock classics.
  • Jack Howard: Hunters & Collectors' anthem Holy Grail — and a special, new song he has written about Melbourne, especially for Melbourne Day.
  • Lisa Edwards with Michael Cristiano: John Farnham's smash You're the Voice.
  • Get your free birthday cupcake (while they last)!
  • Cutting of a giant birthday cake, made by Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses.
  • Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Annette Xiberras.
  • MC Craig 'Huggy' Huggins from GOLD104 FM.
  • And more!

Flying high with pride

Melbourne Day flag raising ceremony

Join MC Dr Sally Cockburn (“Dr Feelgood”), Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley, city councillors, Junior Lord Mayor Mason Dwyer, Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker and committee, and others, as we salute the city's flag at 9am.

  • Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Colin Hunter.
  • Meet the Enterprize's "first settlers" in period costume — including Gilbert, the Tassie tabby, Melbourne's first cat!
  • Sing along to sea shanties by the Enterprize Shanty Band.
  • See and hear our roving town crier Ian Morrison in full voice.
  • Hear the big sound of Victoria Police Pipe Band.
  • And more!

Congratulations Mason Dwyer, the new little big boss of Melbourne

Junior Lord Mayor Claire McDaniel

Without hesitation, it's Mason: Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne 2016, Mason Dwyer, 11, with town crier Ian Morrison at Melbourne Town Hall yesterday.


Nothing little about Mason the mayor

Mason Dwyer, from St Louis de Montfort's Primary, Aspendale, was the outstanding candidate from six excellent finalists.

After a series of media interviews, he'll help raise the flag on Melbourne Day, cut the official birthday cake, skipper the Enterprize for a day with his class, and perform other mayoral duties throughout the year.

The competition, now in its fourth year, aims to educate Victorians about the city and its history. With thanks to 13CABS, our competition partner.


The natural history of early Melbourne

Royal Historical Society of Victoria's annual,
Melbourne Day free public lecture by Dr Gary Presland.
Tuesday, 30 August, 2016, coffee/tea 12.30pm, lecture 1pm to 2pm


Oh, buoy! It's regatta Sunday, you boat'chya

Learn more: Melbourne Regatta and Blessing of the Fleet

Victoria Harbour, Docklands
Sunday, 28 August, 2016, 11am to 5pm

A celebration of our waterways, the immigration and arrival by sea of Melbourne's multi-cultural family. Don't be nauti, get there schooner than later and join the fun.


Melbourne Day giveaways

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Radio GOLD104FM

Listen to Melbourne Day media partners radio 3AW and GOLD104 FM for the best giveaways in 181 years over the weekend and all next week.


Thanks to our awesome sponsors & partners

City of Melbourne
13CABS - proud sponsor of the 2015 Junior Lord Mayor Competition
Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses
Radio GOLD104.3 FM
Melbourne Water
Radio 3AW AM
Metrol Trains
Enterprize - Melbourne's tall ship
Zouki Group
illy Australia
History Teachers' Association of Victoria
Lombard the Paper People
Levantine Hill Winery
UMS, Urban Maintenance Systems
William Angliss Institute
Akqire Digital
Aged Care Report Card