The AO Festival – the bustling satellite event of the Australian Open held at Birrarung Marr – is back in 2019. The free-entry event is an opportunity to sit back with a cold one and watch some of the tennis live on big screens. Head down for treats from the likes of Huxtaburger and Hunky Dory as well as drinks at the Canadian Club Racquet Club, the new Garden State Rooftop Bar and more.
The 2019 edition of the AO Festival will introduce a new attraction to proceedings, with the debut of film screenings dedicated to sporting competitions of all kinds. The AO Sports Film Festival, which will run parallel to the tennis, will be held on a full-scale “street art” court on the lower terrace of the wider AO Festival, and feature movies covering a range of sports not limited to tennis.
The AO Tennis Club will be screening sports flicks such as I, Tonya, Coach Carter and Eddie the Eagle as well as documentary features like An Audience with Rod Laver and Federer V Nadal: A Miracle of Modern Sport. Access is free, though there is no reserved seating so get in early to secure your spot.
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