If you’re going to celebrate Australia day in the USA, you may as well do it with a bunch of Aussies who you can reminisce with, or at least feel like you can be yourself. We’ve got a round up of the Australia Day activities and celebrations happening across the USA, so you can join your fellow country-people on the cans.

In case you’re wondering, January 26 is observed as Australia’s national day. It marks the day that the First Fleet of ships from Britain arrived in Port Jackson, Sydney back in 1788. It’s become a controversial day for many Australians, who see it as “Invasion Day” – the day the west took the land from its indigenous owners.

Not being particularly patriotic myself, and working on a farm, meant that we didn’t really celebrate Australia Day at home, and it was never a big deal, other than to listen to Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown. But since moving to the USA, it’s nice to “get your Australian on” every once in a while, although I would prefer it to be on May 8.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN THE USA

If you’re an introvert at heart (like me) and not too keen on getting together with a bunch of strangers, here are 10 ways to celebrate Australia Day in the US that don’t require a crowd.


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But if you want to get together with a bunch of new mates instead and let your Aussie slang fly, here are the get-togethers we’ve found to celebrate Australia Day in the US. Please feel free to contact me with your event if it’s not listed here, or put it in the comment section.

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See the “Australia Day in Los Angeles” sub-heading for details.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN BOSTON

  • Sunday, January 26

Bluestone Lane: Is holding an Australian Bushfire Relief fundraiser at its Harvard Square cafe, 27 Brattle Street, Cambridge. Tickets are $35, all of which will go to the Australian Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund through the American Red Cross. The event runs from 3pm-close and will include “locals hour” drinks, Aussie bites, raffles and prizes.

Details: Eventbrite page.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN CARMEL, CA

  • Sunday, January 26

Oficino Uno: Allison is holding an Australia Day bushfire fundraiser at the fine photography dealership on South Ocean Avenue in Carmel. It runs from 11am-3pm, and will include Aussie snacks and wine. Ten per cent of book and photo sales will be donated to Animal Relief.

Details: Facebook Event page.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN CHICAGO

  • Friday, January 24

Chicago Swans Australian Football Club: Get in on the festivities a couple of days early at Brickhouse Taven Chicago, 3647 N Clark, Chicago from 8pm.

The Biggest Australia Day Party in the USA will return with drink specials and raffles. The finer details are still being ironed out, so visit the event page for more information.

Details: Facebook event page.

  • Saturday, January 25

ANZACC Midwest: Celebrate Australia Day in your swankiest outfit and escape the winter! The Down Under Soiree is going ahead to mark Australia Day and Waitangi Day at London House, 85 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, from 7pm-12am.

Dance to Aussie tunes spun by DJ RJ Pickens, then tuck into an Australian and New Zealand themed dinner, complete with beef from Australia. The Australian Consul General of Chicago will present the Midwest Award for Outstanding Achievement, and then there’ll be live music to enjoy.

Individual tickets are $175 (members) or $200 (non-members) until January 21.

Details: Ticket purchase page.


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AUSTRALIA DAY IN COLORADO

  • Saturday, January 25

Waltzing Kangaroo: The Australian bakery is holding an Austraila Day fundraiser at its Fort Collins store, 1109 W Elizabeth Street. Grab a $3 Lamington, $2 long black, or $3 flat white. The bakery is donating a percentage of the sale of every pie and sausage roll sold throughout January, to Wires wildlife rescue.

Details: Facebook event page.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN DALLAS

  • Saturday, January 25

Aussies (& Kiwis) in Dallas: Australia Day party starts at 2pm at Lee Harvey’s, 1807 Gould Street, Dallas, Texas, so there will be plenty to drink.

While you’re there, try the meat pies and sausage rolls from Aussie Pies and Sausages, and possibly a lamb sandwich as well.

Details: Facebook event page.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN DENVER

Two hands holding beer bottles in front of the sunsent

Have a tinnie with a mate. I know these aren’t tinnies. But you get the picture.

  • Saturday, January 25

AusDenver: Coloradians (Coloradites?) head over to Casey’s Bistro & Pub at 7301 East 29th Avenue, Colorado, for an Australian extravaganza.

Bring your best (or worst) Aussie outfit while you’re at it, and be prepared to have a laugh. The event is family friendly from 1pm-3pm and will include: face painting, balloons, temporary tattoos and a swap meet table.

Between 3pm-5pm settle in for a live acoustic set from Aussie muso Mark Noller, and test your taste buds with a Vegemite eating contest.

Between 5pm-8pm they’ll be spinning tunes of your favourite Aussie artists and hosting a Peter Garrett dance contest that I wish I was in Colorado for.You can purchase:

    • From the pub’s full menue
    • Tickets for an Aussie hamper and meat raffle
    • Hot Pies
    • Coopers Beers
    • Aussie wines
    • Bundaberg Ginger Beer

Details and free registration: Event page.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN HOUSTON

Platypus Brewing: The Brewing Co. will hold its annual Australia Day celebration by releasing beer and having a few food specials.

Wear your nationally recognised footwear and join in on the “Thong Throwing” competition. Bring the family and visit the website closer to the event for more details.

Details: Website.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN LOS ANGELES

  • Sunday, January 26

Aussie Pies and Sausages: *Streamed online* Seemingly everyone’s good mate, Jay Wolf, is holding an Australia Day BBQ for the Wildlife Victims of the Bushfires in the Rooftop Bar of 857 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles from 12pm.

There’ll be live music from Australians such as:

    • Jsesie Jess
    • Danni Stephanetti
    • Dan O’Leary
    • Jackie Loeb
    • Robert Harrison
    • Danni Ammon
    • Beth Peregrine
    • H&R Rock
    • MC Ajay Rochester

Celebrate with other Aussies with some snags, burgers, pies, sausage rolls, and beers.

Make sure you RSVP on the event page so that you get the security code for the rooftop. If you’re attending or streaming online, please donate a few dollars for Wires, Fauna Rescue of SA, and Wildlife Victoria to benefit animals and their habitats that have been affected by the bushfires in Australia.

Details: Facebook event page.

  • Sunday, January 26

Bluestone Lane: Is holding an Australian Bushfire Relief fundraiser at its Venice Beach cafe, 523 Rose Avenue, Los Angeles. Tickets are $35, all of which will go to the Australian Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund through the American Red Cross. The event runs from 3pm-close and will include “locals hour” drinks, Aussie bites, raffles and prizes.

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Details: Eventbrite page.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN MINNESOTA

  • Saturday, January 25

Australian New Zealand American Association of Minnesota: Will hold an Australia/Waitangi Day Wine Tasting event at Crave, 825 Hennepin Avenue, Minnesota from 7pm.

Get dolled up in your best cocktail outfit and enjoy finger food and wine tasting in a private dining room. The event will run a fundraiser for Aussie bushfire charities, and hold an auction and raffle.

RSVP and Details: Event website.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN NEW YORK

  • Saturday, January 25

The Australian Community: Will hold #OzDayNYC, a black tie gala awards ceremony to recognise those Australians who have assisted the non-profit organisation, and the achievements of Australians living in the USA.

Held at Pier A, 22 Battery Place, New York, the event begins with a red carpet reception at 7.30pm, followed by the awards ceremony at 8.30pm, and after party from 12am-3am.

Individual tickets are $250 each. All of the money raised during the night’s charity auction will go to fund relief for the Australian bush fires.

Details: Event page.

  • Sunday, January 26

Bluestone Lane: Is holding an Australian Bushfire Relief fundraiser at its Bowery cafe, 19 Kenmare Street, New York. Tickets are $35, all of which will go to the Australian Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund through the American Red Cross. The event runs from 3pm-close and will include “locals hour” drinks, Aussie bites, raffles and prizes.

Details: Eventbrite page.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN PHILIDELPHIA

  • Sunday, January 26

Bluestone Lane: Is holding an Australian Bushfire Relief fundraiser at its Rittenhouse cafe, 1701 Locust Street, Philidelphia. Tickets are $35, all of which will go to the Australian Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund through the American Red Cross. The event runs from 3pm-close and will include “locals hour” drinks, Aussie bites, raffles and prizes.

Details: Eventbrite page.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN SAN DIEGO

Sausage on a slice of bread with tomato sauce

Can’t beat a sausage sizzle – the staple fuel of primary school Walk-a-thons.

  • Saturday, January 25

San Diego Lions Football Club & Australian Military Contingent: Is hosting an Australia Day potluck picnic for families and Aussies of all walks of life from 11am-3pm at the Liberty Station NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road, San Diego.

The Australian Military Contingent will be providing the sausage sandwiches and drinks, so it’s important that you RSVP through the link below. You can also bring your own Aussie dish to share with your new mates.

There will be games of co-ed touch footy, cricket, and a raffle as well!

Details: Eventbrite page.

  • Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26

San Diego Zoo: Head to the world-renowned zoo to experience animal encounters from the Land Down Under.  All symbolic koala adoptions and donations made at the Zoo this weekend will go directly to our emergency Australian Wildlife Relief fund.

Details: San Diego Zoo event page

AUSTRALIA DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO

  • Saturday, January 25

Hotel San Francisco: Aussie transplants, Naomi and Amy, have teamed up with Hotel San Francisco, 653 Commercial Street, San Francisco, to celebrate Australia Day one day early, and raise money for the Salvation Army Disaster Appeal.

Entry will be a $10 (or greater, if you’re feeling more generous) donation, and a percentage of the food and drinks sold on the night will also be donated to the appeal.

Details: Facebook event page.

  • Sunday, January 26

Aussies of Silicon Valley: Bring your favourite Aussie treat to this potluck and celebrate Australia Day in the USA with a full, happy belly.

Everyone is meeting at Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. Visit the event page to list your pot luck item!

Details: Facebook event page.


Golden Gate Australia Football League: Head over to Standard Deviant Brewing, 280 14th Street, San Francisco, to catch up for Australia Day from 3pm-7pm!

There will be some Aussie treats, ubiquitos beer, play a few games, and listen to the Triple J Hottest 100. Part of the afternoon’s proceeds will go to the Golden Gate Australian Rules footie players who will play in the International Cup in Australia next summer.

There’s talk of a touch football game before the party, so head over to the event page for more information.

Details: Facebook event page.


Details of Australia Day event at Hotel San Francisco

Hotel San Francisco: Will kick off its Australia Day party from 11am at the venue at 653 Commercial Street, San Francisco. Get you rfill of meat pies, sausage rolls, and Aussie beer.

Proceeds fro mthe raffle and profits from food sales will go to the Australian Koala Foundation.

Details: Venue website.


Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co: The Whiskey Hillbillies are hosting an “Aussie Aid” benefit concert for the RSPCA NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service.

The concert is at Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co., 935 Washington St, San Carlos, from 5pm-8pm. All proceeds from ticket sales, raffle, and silent auction will be split between the two non-profits.

Australian singer/songwriter Andrew McKaige will join the Wiskey Hill Billies on stage!

Details: Facebook event page.


Bluestone Lane: Is holding an Australian Bushfire Relief fundraiser at its Los Altos cafe, 228 1st Street, Los ALtos and Financial District cafe, 227 Front Street, San Francisco. Tickets are $35, all of which will go to the Australian Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund through the American Red Cross. The event runs from 3pm-close and will include “locals hour” drinks, Aussie bites, raffles and prizes.

Details: Eventbrite page.

  • Saturday, February 1

Australian American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco: Will hold its 40th Australian Gala at the Fairmont Hotel from 6pm. The event is run by the Chamber in partnership with Mateship and G’Day USA.

It will be attended by San Francisco’s leading business and technology executives, so get your networking shoes on. The “Innovation Awards” will be presented to companies and people who have shown commitment to Australian Innovation, and the Ambassador Bill Lane “Spirit of Australia” Award will also be handed out.

Non member tickets: $300, member tickets: $250.

Details: Event website.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN SEATTLE

  • Saturday, January 25

Kangaroo & Kiwi Pub: The Australian tavern will hold its usual Australia Day gathering from 10am at 2026 NW Market Street, Seattle. Head over for a $10 parma and schnitzel (just like home) or to watch the Australian Open or the cricket.

Details: Facebook page.

  • Sunday, January 26

Kangaroo & Kiwi Pub: Back it up at the tavern (address above) on Sunday with a sausage sizzle from 12pm, listen out for the Triple J Hottest 100 on the stereo, and take part in the meat pie eating competition. All ages welcome!

Details: Facebook page.

AUSTRALIA DAY IN WASHINGTON D.C.

  • Sunday, January 26

Bluestone Lane: Is holding an Australian Bushfire Relief fundraiser at its Logan Circle Cafe, 1367 R Street, NW, Washington DC. Tickets are $35, all of which will go to the Australian Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund through the American Red Cross. The event runs from 3pm-close and will include “locals hour” drinks, Aussie bites, raffles and prizes.

Details: Eventbrite page.

 

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