Formerly known as ‘Kennedy Oaks Day’, this race is always held on the Thursday after Cup Day which will be on the 4th of November in 2021.
Oaks Day Melbourne 2021 Date, Ticket Price, Race Times & Dress Code
Each year, up to 100,000 people flock to Flemington Racecourse for Oaks Day. The racing highlight is the $1 million Group 1 Kennedy Oaks, which will see the best three-year-old staying fillies battle for victory in the ultimate test of their staying credentials.
The tradition of Kennedy Oaks Day is beauty, femininity, style and grace. It’s a day that the racegoer can embrace wonderment and escape the normal of a weekday. The style is not just for the females, the men also take it up a notch, making it one of the best days of the year for men to dress up and explore fashion.
The Kennedy Oaks race day is a very popular fashion event, where attendees dress in their Spring finest with tailored suits for the men and colourful dresses, hats and fascinators for the ladies. There is a ‘Fashion on the Fields” event held during Oaks Day where prizes worth thousands of dollars are up for grabs. There is no dress code for general admission, so you can dress in neat casual attire if you wish. However, most racegoers do dress up in suits and summer dresses.
Food and drinks can be purchased at the race track, however many racegoers bring their own picnic to the venue. Betting is a popular past-time, so make sure to bring some extra cash to place a bet on Australia’s biggest races.
Public transport to Oaks Day is plentiful, with trains that run direct and trams stop only a short walk away. Special trains run directly to Flemington Racecourse on race days. Trains to Flemington Racecourse depart Flinders Street Station, Southern Cross Station and North Melbourne Station. You can also catch the #57 Maribyrnong tram from Elizabeth Street/Flinders Street intersection and alight at Flemington Drive.