NAIDOC Week events in the city

July 2, 2024

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia during the first week of July each year, to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Take time to embrace and deepen your understanding of Melbourne's Aboriginal history during NAIDOC Week from 7 to 14 July.

Six ways to celebrate NAIDOC Week in Melbourne

Haus of Dizzy Charm Bracelet Workshop

The ultimate bling-tastic workshop with self-confessed 'Queen of Bling', Wiradjuri designer Kristy Dickinson of Haus of Dizzy.

  • Thursday 11 July, 11am to 1pm or 1.30pm - 3.30pm
  • narrm ngarrgu Library
  • Free event

BLAKtivism. Build Blak Power. Fight for Change

At this reflective and provocative panel event, Bebe Oliver discusses the currency of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism.

  • Thursday 11 July, 5:30pm -6:30pm
  • narrm ngarrgu Library
  • Free event

NAIDOC in the City

Following the annual NAIDOC march, NAIDOC in the City is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and talents.

  • Friday 12 July, 3pm - 6pm
  • Fed Square
  • Free event, just turn up

Junior Ranger Bush Food and Bizarre Bugs

Kids can discover why bugs important and learn about bush food at this event.

  • Sunday 14 July, 10am - 12pm
  • narrm ngarrgu Library
  • Free event

Melbourne Zoo Community Day

Head to the zoo for First Nations led activities for children, young people and families.

  • Sunday 14 July, 10am - 3pm
  • Melbourne Zoo
  • Book tickets with Melbourne Zoo

Josh Deane: Crackle of the Cockatoos

This installation by Palawa contemporary artist features a group of paper mache cockatoos, with each sculpture incorporating paper as a tribute to the library environment.

  • 10 - 16 July during library open hours
  • Library at The Dock
  • Free event, just turn up

More about NAIDOC week

Everyone can support and learn about their local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities through activities and events across the country during NAIDOC week.

Standing for National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee, NAIDOC origins is a Day of Mourning protest, first held on the 26 January 1938. Since 1938, a Day of Mourning has been held annually on the Sunday prior to Australia Day. In 1955, a decision was made for the day to be shifted to the first Sunday in July and for it to also be a day of celebration. Today it has grown into a week-long celebration that highlights the strength and resilience of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Each year the City of Melbourne is proud to support activities across the week to acknowledge the contribution that Aboriginal culture, knowledge and heritage does to enrich the city's development. All Melburnians and visitors to the city are encouraged to participate in these activities with the Aboriginal community.

Activists march in the city