Frequently Asked Questions


What time does The Pakenham Picnic start and finish?

The 2019 Pakenham Picnic will be held on Friday the 18th of October from 5pm until 10pm

Can I bring my children?

Children are welcome to attend, however please note that all under 18’s must be supervised by a responsible parent or guardian at all times

Where can I park? Is it free?

Free Parking is available at the Pakenham Racing Club. Please see attendants on arrival for directions.

Will there be a taxi rank?

A drop off zone will be located near the front gate. Note that we cannot guarantee the availability of taxis/ubers so we encourage you to pre-book these

Can I bring my own food & drink?

A vast range of delicious and fabulous food vendors and stalls will be on offer at The Pakenham Picnic. While not encouraged, food is permitted. No alcohol can be brought into the event. Wine glasses are also strictly prohibited. We will be offering specially branded wine glasses for $5. These reusable wine glasses are perfect for all wines.

Is Picnic furniture allowed?

We encourage you to bring along picnic rugs to lounge on for the evening. Folding chairs are also allowed. Please note that tables, sunshades and umbrellas are prohibited. Prohibited items will be confiscated by security at the gate

Are dogs allowed?

The Pakenham Picnic is a pet free zone so please don’t bring animals with you to site (except for guide dogs).

Is smoking permitted?

There will be a designated area for people who wish to smoke at the event. Smoking will only be permitted in this designated area.

Will there be ATMs and eftpos facilities at the event?

Yes, we will have ATM’s on site with all bars offering eftpos facilities as well

Will I need to bring proof of age identification?

Yes. To purchase alcohol: If you are over 18 years and look under 25 years old – you will require a proof of age wrist band.Identification will be required to be shown at the front gate or bars. In addition, Bar staff may also ask for proof of age when purchasing drinks.

What happens if it rains?

The event will go ahead should it rain so long as it’s safe to do so. In the case of rain please come prepared with wet weather clothing and appropriate footwear.

How do I get to Pakenham Racecourse?

Drive Address: 420 Nar Nar Goon-Longwarry Road Tynong VIC 3813. Free car parking is available at Pakenham Racecourse. Drop off Zone: Patrons can be dropped off at the drop off zone near the main entrance.

What does the entry include?

The Pakenham Picnic is a FREE event with food vans and public bars which also includes free general admission to the launch of the night racing season at the Pakenham Racing Club. This means free access to two exciting events on the one night!

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