In the lead up…
All Grand Final week, Forrest Place will be re-born into Footy Place! There is nowhere else that will have more action than Footy Place! From 20 to 24 September, 11.30am to 1.00pm each day you can rub shoulders with AFL legends, players and team mascots, including Stephen Coniglio, Nat Fyfe, Jaeger O’Meara, Josh Kennedy, Luke Shuey, Andrew Brayshaw, David Mundy and more. There’ll be music performances as well as including panel interviews, Q&A's and photo opportunities. And of course the area will be adorned in Demon’s and Bulldogs colours.
Everyone’s favourite food markets, the Twilight Hawkers Markets, are making a star appearance in Footy Place (aka Forrest Place) for the big weekend on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 September, 4.30pm – 9.30pm. Best yet, the game will be playing on the big screen in Footy Place on Saturday while you get your fill of street-eats!
Immerse yourself in footy culture with the Property Council WA’s Footy Luncheon on Wednesday 22 September at Crown. Get a glimpse of footy greats with an exciting guest speaker lineup including Justin Longmuir, Josh Kennedy, Kara Antonio and David Wirrpanda.
Jumping on the bandwagon, or just looking to treat yourself with a new addition to your Demons or Bulldogs supporter wardrobe? The AFL Store is ready and waiting, right in the heart of the city on Hay Street Mall for all your last-minute merchandise needs.
The WA Museum Boola Bardip are putting on a huge footy-themed line-up for history-buffs to the AFL-mad punters, with daily Great Sporting Moments tours, a football breakfast with special guests on Thursday 23 September and the ultimate ‘Footy Friday’ all day on 24 September to round out the historical week.
For an alternative way to ease into Grand Final week, Urban OM are offering 40% off a 3 Class Pass at Urban OM: Yoga + Pilates in East Perth. For only $50 you can attend any of their yoga or pilates classes until 30 September and find get centered before the big day.
On the morning
It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, so why not let City of Perth parking help you make the most of Grand Final day? Pier St, His Majesty’s and Cultural Centre carparks offer 3-hour free parking on weekends AND only $5 overnight parking for when you need to leave your car behind.
Check-in to one of the many beautiful new and historical hotels in the CBD to make the weekend one to remember. Quay Perth is even offering visitors a two-night minimum staycation package for $269, where you’ll score a free 45-minute Eco Jet-venture Swan River Tour, late check-out, daily breakfast and more.
If you’d prefer to experience the Swan River at a more relaxing pace, Gondolas on the Swan have an exclusive 50% off gondola rides over Grand Final weekend that’ll have you back in time for the big game.
Whichever pace you prefer, make sure you finish your Swan River experience with a walk over the iconic Elizabeth Quay bridge to grab a tasting paddle of tap beers at The Island Brew House for only $13.50.
It’s nearly time for the big game and the anticipation is building!
From 4pm, Northbridge Piazza will be bursting with entertainment for the whole family! Get immersed in footy fever with the face painting and official AFL merchandise on sale. And the best part? The game will be screened live! So bring your picnic rug and best cheering voices!
The Royal East Perth are only a stone’s throw from the stadium and showing all the pre-game entertainment to take you to bouncedown. They’re screening the game live too, in case you get too comfy.
If you’ve scored a highly sought-after ticket, take the Matagarup Bridge shortcut across the Swan River to the stadium or join fellow footy revelers at Australia’s largest bar - The Camfield, right beside Optus Stadium with five bars and 175 beer taps.
It’s game time!
If you’re one of the lucky ones who snapped up a ticket, you’re all sorted! You can take advantage of the $7 all day parking available at Queens Gardens and Royal Street City of Perth car parks which are only a stone’s throw away from the Stadium. Check out more City of Perth parking deals here.
If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to score a ticket but want to be part of the action, there are plenty of city venues screening the game live!
Enjoy the match live and loud at venues right across Perth including Varsity Northbridge (and Nedlands), Patriots Sports Bar, The Hampden Hotel, The Melbourne Hotel and more with big screens, a fantastic atmosphere and cold beverages. Check out the full list of best sports bars in our blog: Top picks to watch the AFL Grand Final in the city.
Not ready to stop the celebrations? Grab a ticket to the Inner City Blok Party at Perth Mess Hall starting at 5pm, including market stalls, DJ’s and plenty of food options. Purchase your tickets here.
James and Lake Streets, Northbridge will be open to pedestrians and closed to traffic after the game so you can soak up the atmosphere throughout the city streets with other footy fans.
The celebrations also continue into the next day! Sealink Perth AFL Masters National Carnival is a free event down at Langley Park. Watch up to 50 football teams across Australia compete in age groups ranging from 35 to over 60 years.
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