Labour Day is a public holiday in Victoria which will next be observed on Monday the 13th of March 2017.

Labour Day is observed to reflect on the social and political movement in the 1850’s to secure an 8 hour working day for all Australians.

Labour Day Date 2017 – Moomba Festival, Birdman & Fireworks

What better way to mark this special day than by taking a day off work! Most Australians get the day off and spend the day with their friends. There are some great events planned in Melbourne over the Labour Day weekend and at the top of the list is the ever-popular Moomba Festival.

The Moomba festival is celebrated over four days, with locals, tourists and visitors joining in on the festivities on the sun-soaked banks of the Yarra River to celebrate the event. The festival features a parade that runs towards the city on St Kilda Road and is attended by thousands of families, as they witness community groups who come each year to participate.

The Moomba Festival features plenty of carnival rides, water sports, fireworks and special fun activities for kids. The nightly fireworks are a major drawcard of the event, as well as the well-loved Birdman Rally. The festival arena stays full every night as popular bands and singers perform to entertain the crowds.

Moomba-goers also love the carnival rides that are positioned along the Yarra river. These include many smaller rides for the kids, as well as thrilling rides for teenagers and adults.

As Labour Day is a public holiday, you will find some smaller stores closed, however larger supermarkets and shopping malls remain open. Movie theatres also remain open, as do restaurants, petrol stations and many attractions in Melbourne such as the Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Museum, Eureka Skydeck and the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

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Labour Day Information

  Event Dates:
Monday 13 March 2017
(Public Holiday)
 Ticket Prices/Admission:

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