How to make the most of your three-day Grand Final weekend

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How to make the most of your three-day Grand Final weekend

The long weekend is finally here, and whether your a dogs or swans fan, we’ve run down a few ways to spend the extra day off – many of which include late nights and even later mornings.

Play a different sport with a side of Pimms

On the eve of this footy grand final weekend why not try your hand at a different sport. The Royal Geelong Yacht club is holding a croquet event, free entry means there’s no pressure to impress, perhaps see if your skills improve as the evening wears on.

Outdoor bars will be serving Pimm’s, Peroni and some of the region’s finest as well as food trucks and tunes from Tommy Ohhhh!. Even if you don’t think your croquet abilities are up to par, the event sponsors are also giving guests the opportunity to win prizes – including a $500 stylish Bausele watch. Event runs from Thursday 5pm-10pm, see the Royal Geelong Yacht club facebook page for details.

Hit the clubs

Even if you didn’t plan to go out, the long weekend screams for late nights. Hashtag and Home House are both hosting big nights on the Saturday. So get out there and have some fun.

Enjoy the long weekend at the home of sport and beer

Every year on grand final day, many a fan flock to their local Sporto. For good reason, the Sporting Globe’s grand final day celebration has all you need to catch every moment of the game with about 50 plus flat screens and pint in hand. Entry and also restaurant booking is free, packages are available to help you save some bucks, like the $25 drink packages or a $44 main meal. Doors open at 11am and live music will be starting from 6pm. Book online at their website to make the days celebrations even easier. You can find your local Sporting Globe in Geelong and Ballarat.

earth core is coming and its launch party is too

earthcore is holding a launch party in Melbourne featuring 4i20, to take us all on an outta body progressive psytrance and high quality tune production. The festival will be next month out in Pyalong, with this year’s theme as Parallel Universe. 4i20 is only at the launch party, which will be Thursday night from 8pm. The warehouse location is secret, but get tickets quick to get in on the prog-electronic action. Head to earthcore website for info and tickets for the launch party and upcoming festival.


Spend your nights at UNO Dance Club

Sundae are on this weekend, with a special night lined up for the Grand Final holiday eve (that’s Thursday night, fyi). With the public holiday Friday looming, a bit of dance is the natural way to start off your long weekend. Usual good vibes apply even if it isn’t a Sunday, great priced and drinks and no set end time. Special host is CC:DISCO, commonly known as Australia’s first lady of disco. Usually playing at big festivals like Groovin’ and Splendour and various Melbourne clubs, don’t miss a chance to have the CC:DISCO experience here is Geelong. Entry is $10 and it all kicks off at 8pm. Find out more on the Facebook event page.

On Grand Final night, UNO Dance Club plays host to Throttle – the 19-year-old producer who’s taking the world by storm. Pioneering a new sound, he’s toured the world and surpassed 30 million listens on his music. You can hear the legend at the UNO event. It all kicks off at 10pm, more details at the Facebook event page.


Have an all girls night of cake and drinks at Armageddon cake

Grand final night has various options – one of which is chick flick trivia. Armageddon Cake is having a girl’s night Saturday night, where you can turn up in your PJs or get fancy as hell, all things go.

Along with the usual delicious cakes and drinks, you can join in on the trivia. $30 a person covers all your food and 1 drink. Check the Facebook Girls Night page for ticket booking.

Attend the day party to end all day parties

If you’re not familiar with the Universal in Bendigo, it’s pretty much THE club to be seen at. This long weekend the club are facing the daylight (seriously, what club does this?) and hosting a massive day party with none other than Timmy Trumpet. It goes down on the public holiday this Friday, you can get your tickets here.

Gather at the Bridge for snagga’s and good times

The Bridge Hotel offers much more than just damn great music, it’s also a great spot to gather old mates (and new), have a beer and sit down and watch the game in action. On the day there’ll be a sausage sizzle (is there anything more AFL than that?) and footy over two screens. Heads up, we heard the owners are fans of the doggies.


Go into the stix and get yourself to Chopped

One of the most unique festivals in Victoria, we’d bet even Australia, Chopped is all about the fast cars and bikes and guitar-heavy music. Held over the weekend, there’ll be live music, drag races and even better drinks. For a full band line up and ticket details visit the website.