Our beautiful city, Melbourne was founded on 30 August 1835, when settlers landed on the north bank of the Yarra River, from the schooner Enterprize. Get behind our beautiful city and celebrate everything that's great about it on the day, starting with the official flag-raising ceremony at 9am (30 Aug), Enterprize Park, Flinders street, CBD.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, city councillors, the 2016 Junior Lord Mayor competition winner, and other officials and guests will be participating in hoisting the city flag at 9am. Bring family, friends and school groups to this free public event to hear the military band, the roving town crier, to sing along to sea shanties by the Enterprize Shanty Band, and meet the 'first settlers' in period costume, including Gilbert the Tassie tabby, Melbourne's first cat!. Dr Sally Cockburn of radio 3AW will be officiating as MC.
If you'd love to be the Junior Lord Mayor officiating, but haven't already entered the Junior Lord Mayor 2016 Competition, you still have a couple of days before entries close at 5pm on 15 August 2016.
Lunch time is the time to flock to Federation Square, where a free concert will be running from noon to 2pm. You'll be entertained by the likes of the iconic Daddy Cool of music, Ross Wilson, Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors) and Lisa Edwards (John Farnham Band) with Michael Cristiano, and more.
Grab a free birthday cupcake while they last and don't miss out on the cutting of a giant birthday cake made by Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses. The entertainment will be MC'd by Craig 'Huggy' Huggins from GOLD104 FM.
Around the same time, the Royal Historical Society of Victoria's annual Melbourne Day free public lecture will take place at RHSV, 239 A'Beckett Street, in the CBD.
The lecture will be delivered by Dr Gary Presland, who is an archaeologist and historian and he'll focus on a variety of aspects of the history of Melbourne in his lecture. He'll illustrate that nature was always an active agent in these matters.
There'll be tea and coffee at 12.30pm and the lectures from 1pm to 2pm. Though a free event, bookings are advised. Call 9326 9288 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a seat.
Check out the website for all other interactive events in the lead up to Melbourne Day 2016. The FAQs sheet is a mine of information to brush up on your Melbourne knowledge; a great story befitting our great city on its 181st anniversary. Our youth/young Australian can certainly take advantage of this knowledge, along with a lot of resources pertaining to this event.
You'll also find events a few days prior to the Melbourne Day celebrations that you can attend, like the Lord Mayor's Oration - Melbourne Day Lunch on the Wednesday 24 August from noon to 2pm at Zinc restaurant at Fed Sq.
The Melbourne Regatta takes off from Victoria Harbour, Docklands from 11am to 5pm on Sunday 28 August 2016. There are also Melbourne Day give-aways like stays at the Langham Hotel, an Ultimate Melbourne Dinner Party where an amazing chef cooks a gourmet dinner at your home for you and friends, Illy Coffee machines and coffee tins, 13CABS vouchers and more. All you have to do is start listening to radio 3AW & GOLD104 FM.
Head to the website to find out more information about all of the above and more. You can also stay in touch via their Facebook page.