AFL Grand Final long weekend
Melbourne is well overdue for a long weekend! Celebrate the AFL Grand Final as the city comes alive with excitement.
Grand Final Day long weekend
Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October
The AFL Grand Final Day is Saturday 30 September with first bounce at 2pm
Melbourne truly comes alive in September as footy finals reach their peak. It’s all anyone can talk about. And in the sporting capital of Australia, there’s even a public holiday the Friday before the match to celebrate! As one of Melbourne’s busiest weekends, there is plenty happening around the city get involved in:
Where can I watch it?
Every pub (and most other venues) in Melbourne will have the game playing. However lots of pubs and venues will have ticketed events on, so do your research beforehand. For $55pp enjoy a shared banquet and your table until the end of the match at the Prahran Hotel, or check out the Local Taphouse in St Kilda East and enjoy a 3 hour beverage package for $60. The Great Northern (Carlton North), the Terminus (Richmond), the Grosvenor Hotel (St Kilda East) and the Imperial (CBD) are all taking walk ins – first in best dressed.
The heart of Melbourne, with one of the biggest outdoor screens in Melbourne, Federation Square is a great spot for hype, atmosphere and like-minded footy fans as hundreds of people pack into the joint. Make sure you get in early (from 11am onwards) to get a good spot under the September sunshine. Best of all its free!
What else is on?
AFL Grand Final Parade
Building up the hype of Grand Final Day is the Grand Final Parade, showcasing the players, marching bands and roving entertainment, as the precession makes its way from the Old Treasury Building to Yarra Park and the MCG, where you’ll find the Footy Festival. The parade is great for kids and families.
Being one of the biggest day’s and night’s on the calendar, Melbourne will be heaving with parties and events as people kick on after a great day out. Look out for extended opening hours across the city.
Thursday 28 September
As the Friday is a public holiday there are plenty of events on the Thursday night as people take advantage of an extra sleep in. Head to Glamorama (Fitzroy) for their special Odyssey event featuring Spacey Space, or check out Temperance Hotel (SouthYarra) for their special $10 cocktails all night.