Cup Day

Enjoy Cup Day at the races.

Enjoy Cup Day at the races.

Cup day is another of the Big Days in Australia. The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday in November in Melbourne. Even though it is a public holiday in Victoria, people celebrate all over Australia with Cup Day functions and Cup Day party events. It truly is the race that stops a nation.

There are so many great horse races at Flemington over what is known as Cup week.  The Derby, the Mackinnon Stakes and the the Oaks to name a couple but it is Cup Day on Tuesday that is the biggest of the Big Race Days. And Australians all like to celebrate the greatest race, the Melbourne Cup.

We can see from the analysis of search data from 2004 until now that Cup Day is as popular as ever.

cup day 2004 to 2020 trend

Many towns and cities around Australia have a horse racing Cup Day.  So that is why we see in the data some further interest around the peaks in the Annual Spring Racing Carnival time.   The little bump in December is searches related to the Perth Cup Day celebrations in Western Australia on New Years Day.

cup day yearly trend

Ideas for Celebrating Melbourne Cup Day

To celebrate Cup Day people do it in many and varied ways. It might be heading out on Cup Eve to catch up with friends at a restaurant for dinner and talk of tips for the day ahead.  It might be an early Cup Day Breakfast with a tipster as host at a function venue, or a Melbourne Cup Lunch where fashion is a must. Fashions on the field can be fun and can be as simple as Best Dressed or Best Hat at Cup Day Lunch functions.

And if you are feeling a little more relaxed then your celebration idea may be a Cup Day BBQ and Sweep or maybe a Cup after party where people can all discuss the winners and the losers and use the losing bet tickets for confetti!

Whatever you are thinking of doing this Cup Day, make sure you get into the spirit and giddy up with a tip of a horse name, colour or number. In terms of tips it might have been what your best mates dad had said or the bloke at the garage, but everyone needs to have a tip on Melbourne Cup Day!

Tell us about your Cup Day EventRemember if you are having a betting flutter make sure you gamble responsibly. If you are going to have a celebratory drink please make sure you catch public transport or get a lift.

Check out all the Melbourne Cup Day ideas and events at quality venues around Australia for the race that stops a nation at