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Australia Day is a significant celebration for the Greater Dandenong community. It is a great opportunity for people of different backgrounds and experiences to gather together and reflect on what it means to be Australian, and to celebrate the things we have in common. The festival aims to also educate and create awareness about Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, history and culture for our multicultural community.The award winning Australia Day Festival will be held in Dandenong Park, corner of Pultney and Foster streets on Friday 26 January 2018, from 3:00pm to 9:30pm. This all-ages event will commence with a Welcome to Country and a Smoking Ceremony by a Wurundjeri Elder, followed by a Flag Raising Ceremony and Australia Day Awards on the main stage. This free family friendly event will feature two stages with live entertainment, roving performers, a dedicated food court, community and market stalls, exciting rides ($2-$6), free family activities, and will conclude with a grand fireworks finale at 9:25pm.For extra fun, ride your bike to the Australia Day Festival and receive two free ride tokens and take advantage of the free valet bike parking.This event is smoke and alcohol free.