Melbourne Cup Carnival
Melbourne Cup Carnival
Melbourne comes alive during the Spring Racing Carnival as fashion meets racing during this premier series of events during November. The Melbourne Cup is the showcase event as the entire city shuts downs for the day and all eyes turn to Flemington. Race 7 at 3pm is the pivotal race of the carnival where the top jockeys and horses from all over the world race for the richest prize in Australian sport. Viewers at the track watch on in spellbound anticipation as commentators guide us through the most electric 3,200 metres in sport.
When planning a visit during the Melbourne Cup Carnival make sure to purchase tickets in advance online and then start the enjoyable process of putting together the perfect outfit. Some of the ticketed areas at Flemington Racecourse have a set dress code however no matter where you are it is generally expected that guests frock up (or suit up) when attending the races and for ladies a statement headpiece or hat is also a crucial part of the ensemble.
Getting to Flemington Racecourse from InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is easy either by catching a taxi from right outside or taking a short stroll down to Southern Cross Station and taking a short train ride to the station right at the track.
We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne this Spring Racing Carnival so you can be there during ‘the race that stops a nation’.
Key Race Dates:
Derby Day Saturday 4th November
Derby Day at Flemington Race Course is the opening event of the Spring Racing Carnival and is traditionally the day when race goers wear black and white. The Fashions on the Field competition begins on this day as Melbourne’s best dressed strut their stuff. The feature race of the day is the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby boasting prize money of over $1 million.
Melbourne Cup Tuesday 7th November
The Melbourne Cup is undoubtedly the most prestigious day in Australian horse racing and the key event of the Spring Racing Carnival. More than 100,000 people will flock to Flemington and eyes from all over the world will turn to Melbourne. Fashions around the track tend to be brighter and more daring, reflected by the colourful official flower of the day which is a yellow rose.
Oaks Day Thursday 9th November
Oaks Day is Ladies Day at the races and the day to style your outfits in a distinctly feminine fashion. Spend the day at the track with your girlfriends, champagne in hand enjoying the spectacle and perhaps flaunting your style during Fashions on the Field. The racing highlight of the day is the Group 1 Crown Oaks, a classic for three-year-old fillies over 2500m.
Stakes Day Saturday 11th November
The final day of the Carnival Is known locally as family day. Fashions are more relaxed and understated and the mood is of celebration and enjoying the weekend. Activities and live entertainment for children headline the off track while on the track the Group 1 Emirates Stakes and the unforgettable weight-for-age VRC Classic are the star events of the day.
Other November Events
Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final
Sunday 19 November
After the initial match is played in Melbourne, the Rugby League World Cup takes off for around Australia and New Zealand and then returns for the last Quarter Final. This is the serious end of the tournament and the atmosphere will be electric with a chance at glory on the line.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Saturday 27 November
Rod Laver Arena will play host to the UFC on it’s return to Melbourne. There are 13 bouts planned which will feature Robert Whittaker V Derek Brunson as well as local boy Jake Matthews against Andrew Holbrook. Doors open at 9.30am with prelims starting at 10am and fights running all day until the show concludes at 5pm
Santa’s Magical Kingdom
17 November – 23 December
The magic of Christmas will come alive with an interactive walk-through adventure land including everything you love about Christmas, plus an international spectacular Christmas show that will amaze young and old alike.
Melbourne get ready to see a truly magical experience. Santa’s Magical Kingdom returns this November and December 2017!