Carnival Description
Melbourne Cup Carnival

The Melbourne Cup Carnival spans four incredible race days during October and November at Flemington Racecourse: AAMI Victoria Derby Day; Emirates Melbourne Cup Day; Crown Oaks Day, and Emirates Stakes Day. It’s the nation’s biggest racing event, and the extravaganza of celebrities, food, wine, fashion and world-class thoroughbred racing grips not only the city of Melbourne but all of Australia and fans around the world.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival welcomes everyone to enjoy the thrill of thoroughbred racing, and they come in huge numbers each year. When the legendary mare Makybe Diva won the first of her three Cups in 2003, the official attendance was a record 122,736. Many people still talk about that exciting day, and other favourite moments from Melbourne Cup Carnival history. This glittering sporting event has gvien the nation countless stories of courage, triumph and glamour.

A general admissions ticket will let you to enjoy the famous Flemington Front Lawn, food precincts, bars and the Betting Ring. Or you can enjoy reserved seating, with single day or multi-day packages, at the Hill Stand, Lawn Stand or the Saintly Place. You can also indulge in a gourmet picnic hamper while watching all of the racing action from your reserved seat. Then of course there’s the home of high glamour, Flemington’s famous Birdcage, where celebrities and socialites strut their stuff in a dizzying parade of fashion, cocktails and extravagant headwear. Stars come in their droves, eager to be seen; Sarah Jessica Parker,  Eva Longoria, The Hilton sisters and Liza Minnelli have all sashayed through the Birdcage.

Myer Fashions On The Field is a major highlight during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, with the national winner of the Women’s Racewear fashion competition announced on Crown Oaks Day after being chosen from state finalists selected from Magic Millions Raceday (QLD), Spring Champion Stakes Day (NSW), Adelaide Cup (SA), and Hobart Cup (TAS).  You could call this frock-fest the Melbourne Cup of Fashion!

Starts: 4th November 2017
Ends: 11th November 2017
Melbourne Cup Carnival
Upcoming Events
AAMI Victoria Derby Day

The Victoria Derby (2500m) is one of the classic Group 1 races held at the Flemington Racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Carnival. It is for 3 year olds held und...

Emirates Melbourne Cup

On Melbourne Cup Day, every Australian knows nothing else matters apart from ‘The Race that Stops A Nation.’ This 3200m or ‘two miler’ race for stayers is on...

Crown Oaks Day

On Crown Oaks Day, crowds flock to Flemington for a glamorous and exciting third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, headlined by the 2500m Group 1 Crown Oaks race fo...

Emirates Stakes Day

The Melbourne Cup Carnival concludes its festivities with Emirates Stakes Day, also known as the Carnival’s ‘family day.’ Emirates Stakes Day is packed wit...

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