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HOT: Footy Festival, Yarra Park MCG, Marathon Way, East Melbourne

HOT: Footy Festival, Yarra Park MCG, Marathon Way, East Melbourne

The whole family can get into the spirit of grand final week by visiting the FREE Footy Festival at Yarra Park outside the MCG. The event showcases Melbourne’s food, music and footy with lots of free activities to keep the kids amused for a good half-day.

footy festival

The Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site is open from 9am and features player appearances, different stalls giveaways and Melbourne’s best food trucks and bars. 

Older kids will love the Nintendo marquee where they get to meet Mario and get your hands on the new Nintendo Switch and play some of this year’s biggest games, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and ARMS.

footy festival

Inside the Kids Zone you can race through a giant inflatable obstacle course; take a speccy in the 360 photobooth; meet your fav AFL and AFLW players; and collect giveaways and prizes daily.

footy festival

footy festival

Younger kids will enjoy the  giant inflatable obstacle courses and arts and crafts.

footy festival

Of course there’s an area where you can learn and practice your football skills, including the  AFL Auskick Skill Challenge.

footy festival

footy festival

If you’re hungry Woolworths provide free fruit in the Kids Zone or try some of Melbourne’s best food trucks including Gelato Messina, Biggie Smalls, Fancy Hank’s, Happy Camper Pizza, Ghost Kitchen and the Taco Truck.

footy festival

There’s even a UBEReats restaurant where you can skip the queues by opening the UberEATS app, ordering a meal from “Taste of Football”, and waiting for their food to be delivered straight to the collection point in the UberEATS restaurant.

footy festival

Check out the full Footy Festival program including a post-match celebration when the MCG gates open to the public from 6pm on Toyota AFL Grand Final day.

After the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final, The Killers will play at the Virgin Australia Premiership Party. Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy this free performance and see the presentation of the 2017 AFL Premiers. The FREE event runs from 6-8pm with fans able to gain access via gates 4, 5 and 6.

HOT Tips:

  • entry is free;
  • parking is hard to find, street parking is normally limited to 1 hour;
  • nearest train station Jolimont or tram #48 and #75;
  • wear shoes that are easy to take on and off if kids are likely to want to go on inflatables;
  • ground can get muddy so don’t wear your best shoes or wear gumboots;
  • take a reusable shopping bag so you can carry all the free paraphernalia you collect from the stands; and
  • take water, hat, sunscreen – not many water taps around as far as I could see.



Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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