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Let your Aussie flag cape fly free (or don't) – here's where to make the most of our national holiday

We've also got your ultimate guide to cafes and restaurants open on the public holiday and a round-up of the best Hottest 100 listening parties in Melbourne.

Australia Day Parade
Slick on that green and gold zinc cream and join the party at the Australia Day Parade. The event begins with the raising of the Australian flag at the Melbourne Town Hall, and ends with a march all the way to King's Domain.

Australia Day Fireworks at Docklands
The Docklands' New Quay Piazza is the centre of all Australia Day festivities for Melbourne, and the organisers are not skimping on fun. Starting from noon, there'll be music performances, a pop-up market and games for kids.

RACV Australia Day Picnic and Federation Vehicle Display
We Melburnians love a good picnic (maybe it has something to do with playing Russian roulette with the weather?) – so it's fitting that RACV is going putting on an Australia Day picnic to remember.

CLOSET Block Party
Following the success of last year's Australia Day Jamboree, the Closet crew will transform a vacant carpark venue into a giant outdoor dancefloor and they've promised a lineup of DJs and special guests, a pop-up bar, and BBQ.

AusFest 2016: Craft Cider and Beer Festival
Cider is made for summer days and this Fitzroy bar's got a lot of it for Australia Day. Stretch out in the Brunswick Street Cider House's garden bar and eat and drink apple all day!

NGV Kids Summer Festival
This one's a kid-friendly activity mum and dad will want to get in on. Australia Day is the final day of the NGV's Kids Summer Festival, meaning there will be extra fun activities and events like workshops and performances by the Young Australian Broadway Chorus. 

Stony Creek Music Festival
Gather up a crew of your family and friends and head down to McNish Reserve in Yarraville for a day of live music entertainment, community market stalls, food trucks and kid-friendly workshops to keep the little ones occupied.

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Date Tue 26 Jan

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