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The centerpiece of the Toyota AFL Grand Final week will be the FREE Live Site, which forms part of the Footy Festival.  Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site and Taste of Football will operate from Lawn 12, 17, 20 and 21 in Yarra Park (outside the MCG) from Wednesday, September 26 until Grand Final Day on Saturday, September 29.

Celebrate the finals with the whole family and enjoy a range of activities including interactive displays, prize giveaways and challenges. Suitable for all football fans.

Hours of operation:

  • Wednesday, September 26, 9am-6pm
  • Thursday, September 27, 9am-6pm
  • Friday, September 28, 9am-8pm
  • Saturday, September 29, 9am-7pm

View Footy Festival Events >

Download 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final Celebrations PDF including Grand Final week activities, details of road closures, public transport options and maps.



The Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade, proudly supported by the City of Melbourne, will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018 from noon.

Pre-Parade Entertainment will begin from 11am at the Old Treasury Building for crowds to enjoy while waiting for the parade to begin.

The official Coaches and Captains Press Conference will be streamed live on the Old Treasury Building Steps screen from 11.15-11.45am.

Download Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade Map >

Before heading to the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade, discover a side of Melbourne you haven't experienced before… Beside the glistening river and hidden between laneways, rooftops and basements are the places where unique experiences happen and unexpected stories are made. No matter what the occasion, the mood you are in or the people you're with, there's a Melbourne moment waiting to be discovered!

Whether you're looking for the perfect Melbourne memory to treasure, wanting to absorb our art and culture, hoping to sample from our famous cafes and restaurants, or eager to delve into our renowned shopping services – you'll find everything you need in Melbourne's city centre.

For more information on things to do in Melbourne >



Celebrate all that is brilliant about Melbourne as we showcase the best Melbourne has to offer in food, music, kids activities, and of course, the Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site for all things footy.

All fans are invited to this free event because it's you who make the game! Located in Yarra Park outside Gate 3 of the MCG and running over 4 days from Wednesday 26th September until Grand Final Day on Saturday 29th September.

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The Black Eyed Peas and Jimmy Barnes will feature in the Virgin Australia Pre-Game Show at the 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final.

Joining Jimmy Barnes’ band on Toyota AFL Grand Final Day is one of Australia’s greatest guitarists, Diesel. One of those rare talents who has immense popular appeal and also a musician's musician, Diesel is celebrating his 30-year career with a new album Diesel 30 – The Greatest Hits. The new album is jam-packed with songs known and loved Australia wide, and many that have found homes abroad.

The Black Eyed Peas, consisting of members, and Taboo, return to Australia for the first time since 2009 with their new single Big Love.



Comprising of,, Taboo, the Black Eyed Peas are multi-platinum artists who have released six studio albums, selling over 30 million records worldwide. The group have won seven Grammy’s and both as a group and individually have helped shape and define the genetic makeup of popular music. Their seventh album, Masters of the Sun, is set for release on October 12. This news comes with the group’s anthemic new single Big Love.

Along with new music and with over 20-years’ experience pushing creative and collaborative boundaries in genre, visuals and digital content, earlier this year the Black Eyed Peas entered the realm of print publishing by releasing their first graphic novel, Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles, distributed by iconic comic book publishers Marvel Comics. The novel is based on an original idea by and is accompanied by an augmented reality app.


Jimmy Barnes is the heart and the soul of Australian rock & roll. His nickname, “Barnesy”, conjures up thoughts of rock music at an ear-splitting volume, and of soul standards given a unique reading.

Jimmy has been through it all, and literally lived to tell the tales. He has sold more records in Australia than any other local rock & roll artist. He has enjoyed fifteen #1 albums here – more than the Beatles - and for over 40 years he has delivered some of our most intense and iconic live performances.

He is truly in a league of his own.



After the 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final, Jimmy Barnes will play at the Virgin Australia Premiership Party.  Attend the ultimate post-match celebration at the MCG from 6.45pm, access via lawn opposite gate 2 on Toyota AFL Grand Final day.

Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy this free performance and see the presentation of the 2018 AFL Premiers.  This is a FREE event!

DATE - 29 September
TIME From 6.45pm, access via lawn opposite gate 2