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Make The Most of The New Public Holiday
Everyone loves a long weekend. And thanks to the newly declared 'Grand Final Eve' Public Holiday, Victorians have been lucky enough to score another one!
Friday 2nd October 2015 has officially been declared a Public Holiday across the state. It is the day before the AFL Grand Final, and the last day of school holidays.
Whether you are a football fan or not, there are many great activities to enjoy in Melbourne and beyond. Although many small businesses are making the most of the day and giving their staff the day off, there are still lots of places open. Here is a guide to give you some ideas.
The Grand Final Parade is an iconic annual event in Melbourne, and it's celebration is the reason behind this new Public Holiday. It has traditionally been held in the middle of the CBD, but has a new route this year to make the most of some new improvements at Yarra Park. Players from the teams playing in the Grand Final will travel in open cars, where fans can cheer to show their support before the big game.
It will start at the Old Treasury Building on Spring Street, and conclude at Yarra Park (just outside the MCG). There will be a range of family-friendly activities all day at Yarra Park. Keep an eye on the AFL website for details.
Where: The Parade will start at the Old Treasury Building on Spring Street, then travel left down Wellington Parade, before turning right into Yarra Park.
When: Friday 2nd October. Times have not been confirmed by AFL at time of writing. Check AFL website for details.
Finders Keepers Market As I've said before, Finders Keepers Market is one of my favourite things to do in Melbourne. This huge market is held in the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton twice a year. The Spring-Summer edition is running for the whole long weekend in October, so you will have lots of opportunities to check it out. As usual, there will be loads of creative finds from Melbourne's best designers and artists, as well as food trucks, bars, live music and more. Don't miss this one!
Tesselaar Tulip Festival If you haven't already checked out the popular Tulip Festival this year, then the Public Holiday is the perfect time to do it. In addition to seeing over half a million blooming tulips, this whole weekend is a celebration of Irish culture. There will be Celtic bands, Irish dancing performances, Irish market stalls and more. This will be the final weekend of the festival which finishes on Tuesday October 6th.
Moonee Valley Racing Continuing the sporting theme of this weekend, the annual City Jeep Moir Stakes are being held at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Gates open at 5:15pm for this evening racing event. There will be plenty of food and beverages available to the public, as well as dining packages if you are interested in something more special.