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Adelaide Cup

The Adelaide Cup is an annual race, considered a Holiday in most of South Australia. The Adelaide Cup is actually a horse race which has been running since 1864. This horse race is considered a staple of South Australia as far as sporting is considered. It is also a staple for the social gatherings in Australia. The Adelaide Cup takes place annually on the second Monday of March. Government offices and schools are often closed that Monday. This means the Adelaide Cup is always the finale of a long weekend. Many people gather together to enjoy festivities. It's a great time to take a short trip or go on a nice vacation.

Upcoming Dates For The Adelaide Cup

The Adelaide Cup falls on the second Monday of every March. Here are upcoming Adelaide Cup dates:

  • Monday, March 13, 2017
  • Monday, March 12, 2018
  • Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Monday, March 9, 2020
  • Monday, March 8, 2021
  • Monday, March 14, 2022
  • Monday, March 13, 2023
  • Monday, March 11, 2024
  • Monday, March 10, 2025

Where Is The Adelaide Cup Considered a Holiday?

The Adelaide Cup is considered a state Holiday everywhere in South Australia. This means that every government office will be closed on the second Monday of March. All schools will be closed, as well as many businesses. Many employers consider the Adelaide Cup to be a Holiday, therefore allowing time off. However, there are still going to be the occasional stores that wish to stay open during the Holiday, to serve their customers. But just in case, make sure you're getting your shopping done ahead of time! Especially if you're planning a barbeque at home!

Festivities & Events During The Weekend

The Adelaide Cup is all about horse racing. It attracts many sporting enthusiasts and horse lovers from all over the globe! Those who have involvement in the horse-racing activities participate in the race for their chances to win cash prizes. There is also betting, for the spectators who wish to take their chance at cash winnings as well! Throughout the day, there are approximately 8 races, each one with a 40 minutes break in between. Along with many other observers, there are often celebrity guests roaming the field. There is a refreshment stand, where observers can enjoy food and drink. There is a great deal of excitement and enjoyment to be had at the track. Those who don't wish to come out to the track can always watch the races from their televisions at home. Also, since the Adelaide Cup is during a long weekend, many families choose to go camping or take a short vacation. For those who don't wish to miss the races, a home barbeque is always a good option. You can enjoy cooking up some food, while still watching the races on the television.

A Brief History About The Adelaide Cup

The first race ranon the Thebarton Course. It was on April 21, 1864. Every year since then, it has been observed by citizens. It has also draw tourists to the city of Adelaide. There was a brief ban during the wartime on horse racing (1942-1944), but once the ban was lifted, the Adelaide Cup continued on. Originally, the race was run later in March, but the timing had to be changed due to consistent weather complications. The decision to have the race on the second Monday of March was made in 2006 and has been held every since.