Fashion and festivities for Melbourne Cup Day

All eyes in Perth are on the turf as Melbourne Cup Day returns with a slew of events!

Suit up, frock up and step out as the biggest race in Australia hits the turf on November 5 with the Melbourne Cup. Venues across Perth are hosting events with live coverage of races and other fun besides, so here’s some of the top events you should think about heading along to!

Pretty in Pink Bonanza- Bar Uma Pan Pacific

Style yourself up to put Molly Ringwald to shame and celebrate the Melbourne Cup at Bar Uma’s Pretty in Pink Bonanza! As you enjoy a house cocktail on arrival, a wide range of wines and bubbly and a selection of sweet and savoury petit fours, put your luck to the test in door prizes and sweepstakes, and flaunt your sense of style with prizes for Best Dressed Man or Woman.

When: From 10:30am

Where: Bar Uma, Pan Pacific Perth, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth CBD

Tickets: $69 - $89, bookings essential


Bar Uma Pan Pacific

TABTouch Melbourne Cup Day at Ascot

Soak up the action on the turf for Australia’s biggest race day as Ascot hosts their Melbourne Cup with races both live and on the big screen. For the true racing experience enjoy the fashion, beer garden, pop up bars and food trucks trackside with the only live racing event in Perth. If you really want to step up your experience, get a ticket for the exclusive marquis, The Treasury, boasting high end food and entertainment!

When: Gates open 9am, last race 5:25pm

Where: Ascot Racecourse, 70 Grandstand Road

Tickets: $20 - $35 online or at the gate, The Treasury tickets from $300


Suited Melbourne Cup

Looking to set the new standard in style for Melbourne Cup Day, Suited are hosting celebrations at The Camfield complete with their Runway Show! Featuring six bars, including the 80-metre main bar, more than 175 taps and 20 screens so you don’t miss a beat on the turf. Live bands and acts entertain throughout the day across the seven different zones and top DJs hit the decks to pump the tunes into the night.

When: 10am - Midnight

Where: The Camfield, Roger McKay Drive, Burswood

Tickets: $50 - $175


Melbourne Cup at Optus Stadium

For the newest addition to this year’s race day celebrations head to Optus Stadium to catch all the Melbourne Cup excitement in the Sport Lounge. Packed with entertainment, enjoy a mimosa on arrival, DJ, a giant ball pit, cocktail stations and runway fashions showcasing local designers Jonté, Borgioli and milliner Atelier Eight. When you’re not following the action on the big screen, head down onto the field to dash for prizes or strut your style in the Fashions on the Field competition.

When: 10am - 4pm

Where: Optus Stadium, 333 Victoria Park Drive, Perth

Tickets: $160


Melbourne Cup 2019 at The Stables

As horses thunder on the turf, celebrate the Melbourne Cup in original equestrian hang out! Originally built in 1894, The Stables were Perth’s first stables and on November 5 are hosting a Long Luncheon and Garden Party. Take in four courses and a premium beverage package in the Long Luncheon, while at the Garden Party receive cocktail and beverage tokens on arrival and food stations to live it up with live entertainment, sweepstakes and door prizes, and the adrenaline of race day!

When: 11am - 3pm

Where: 888 Hay Street, Perth

Tickets: $50 - $140


There is nothing quite like sipping on a glass of bubbly when you would usually be poring over spreadsheets, waiting for the working day to mercifully end.

So spend it wisely by saddling up for a huge day watching the big race at Harbourside Freo. Unlike the stricter dress codes on this list, Harbourside welcomes punters to wear whatever they like on the day (fancy frocks included).

Pre-purchase tickets to secure drink on arrival, roving canapes and tickets for the sweep. Alternatively, rock on down to make the most of $2 freshly shucked oysters, $18 lunch specials, $8 spritzers and Byron Bay Lager Bucket deals.

Grab your co-workers, neighbours, mum or mates, or pony up as a party of one and join in on the fun and frivolity at the waterfront destination.

When: 11am

Where: Upstairs, 42 Mews Road, Fremantle

Tickets: $50 - $140

Streamline Entertainment

Perth's premium DJ's will be all about town for the big race, spinning the decks to turn up the atmosphere across a number of venues.

Seek them out at one of these sizzling Melbourne Cup events.

David Charlesworth

Hi I’m David! I love diving into books, video games and films as much as I love cooking up snacks to accompany them. Whether its genres, cuisine or hiking trails, I’m passionate about exploring and experiencing new things. I’ve spent the last couple years bouncing around regional WA as a journalist, now I’m back in the city and excited to share what Perth’s got in store!