The Melbourne Cup Carnival kicks off with the elegance and tradition of AAMI Victoria Derby Day. To ensure you have a fantastic start to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, we’ve put together a guide for an amazing day of racing, fashion and entertainment. Melbourne, come Derby with us…
Plan your look
Known as the most glamorous of the four racedays, the dress code is strictly monochrome with racegoers attired in a chic black and white palette. Read our Style Guide
for more info on racewear etiquette. The forecast is showing a max temperature 19° with a bit of cloud coverage, so be sure to bring a jacket.
Arrive in style
Gates open at 8:30am, with the first of nine races at 11:45am. For a beautiful start to your raceday and gorgeous photo moment, approach the main entrance by foot through the rose arbour. Our Gardens Team have worked year-round to cultivate a stunning archway of pastel-hued roses and flowers. Catch an Uber or Taxi into the racecourse or walk in via the Epsom Road gates.
Check out the fashion catwalk
Australia’s largest and most prestigious outdoor fashion event, Myer Fashions on the Field, returns in 2018 for its most exciting year yet. Behold stylish women and men showcasing their beautiful style and incredible creations in the daily heats and finals from 11am – 3pm.
Witness sensational racing
The Melbourne Cup Carnival opens with a huge day of racing including four exceptional Group 1 races.
Witness potential contenders chasing their last chance to make the Lexus Melbourne Cup field in the Lexus Stakes at 1:40pm.
The $1 million Coolmore Stud Stakes at 2:25pm is for Australia’s fastest sprinting 3YOs and last year unearthed the star Marchant Navy, who went on to win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
Don’t miss the $2 million AAMI Victoria Derby at 3:50pm, where Damien Oliver will chase his sixth win in the Derby and inch his way closer towards the title of jockey with the most wins in the history of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Grab a bite
Some of Melbourne’s favourite foodie destinations will pop up in The Park, with a range of tasty cuisines and delicious eats. Indulge in cheeseburger dumplings at Drumplings or grab American-style slices from Takeaway Pizza.
Release your inner kidult
The Park is a fabulous playground for the young at heart. From a human powered dance-floor to a grown-up ball-pit, there’s so much to see and do in The Park.
Let us entertain you
Known for their diverse sound and mix of influences, Miami Horror is an electro-pop outfit with a disco-house throwback style. Their sound is percussive and colourful, taking influence from 70’s post-punk and world-beat pop artists of the 80’s. See Miami Horror perform on The Park main stage from 4:10pm – 5:00pm.
Since releasing his 2013 single “Permission to Love”, Hayden James has garnered worldwide love and rave reviews. He produces immense summer house jams with soulful and evocative vocals. See Hayden James perform on The Park main stage from 5:20pm - 6:20pm.
End your day with a sing-along
Keep the party going after Miami Horror and Hayden James with a massive festival sing-along to karaoke favourites with lyrics projected on the giant screens. It’s the perfect finale to a fun-filled day at Flemington.
Don’t miss the most stylish Saturday of the year. Grab your tickets online at Ticketek
, at selected Metro train stations, including Flinders Street and Southern Cross, or at Flemington’s entrance gates.