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Time to raise the flag and celebrate Melbourne
On Saturday August 30 2014, Melbourne will celebrate its 179th birthday and to mark this special occasion, there will be lots of events for all ages held across town.
Flag-raising ceremony at Enterprize park 11.00am- 11.30am
Join Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, councillors, VIPs and dignitaries for the official kick-off event at Enterprize Park, Flinders St. All are welcome to assist to the official flag-raising ceremony to commemorate Melbourne Day. Enterprize Park is named after the sailing vessel 'The Enterprize'. This vessel brought the first Europeans settlers who arrived on the north bank of the Yarra River at the bottom of William St and who started the first permanent settlement.
Enjoy a free all-ages concert at Federation Square and free cake (while it lasts!) 12noon-3pm
Starting at noon, this concert will feature musicians, performers, local entertainers and new talents. Come in early to grab a slice of cake and sing Happy Birthday to our favourite city.
Melbourne Regatta Day
Experience the Blessing of the Fleet and Regatta Sail-past in Docklands. Tickets for a one-and-a-half hour special sail are $55 per adult, $35 per child and $145 for a family ticket. This event will run from 11.30am to 1pm.
Enjoy the Melbourne Day celebrations with a unique itinerary. For $80 per family and $70 per couple, this special tour will give you access to an exclusive visit to Eureka Skydeck. It also includes a VIP treatment at the official flag-raising ceremony at Enterprize Park and a guided walk to Federation Square where you will be welcomed as a special guest at the Melbourne Day concert. You will also receive a goody bag valued at more than $200.
Image by Martin Phillips via Flickr
Flagstaff Gardens Walking Tours
The mysteries of Flagstaff Gardens will be unveiled during two free tours of the gardens given by expert guides of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Learn the secrets of the city's oldest gardens on August 25 at 10am and 1pm. The tours are free but it is advisable to book in advance on 9326 9288.
Location: RHSV, 239 A'Beckett St, city. Duration of the tour is 90 minutes.
Melbourne Day Lecture
In this lecture, well-known speakers Reuben Berg Director, Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria and Richard Broome, Emeritus Professor of History, La Trobe University, FAHA and Vice President RHSV will share their understanding of Melbourne across time and space. Be a part of this conversation on August 29, from 1pm to 2.15pm at RHSV, 239 A'Beckett St, Melbourne. It is a free event but it is advisable to register at www.historyvictoria.org.au
Cheers! Melbourne Day
Enjoy special offers, discounts and gifts from a range of cafés, tourist attractions, hotels, pubs, restaurants and retailers in the Cheers! Melbourne event. See the offers here: melbourneday.com.au/cheers.html