AFL Gather Round | Festival of Footy in SA | 4-7 Apr 2024

AFL Gather Round in Adelaide – Games and Dates for 2024.

‘Gather Round…. A Festival of Footy’ will be played across Round 4 of the 2024 Toyota AFL Premiership Season from Thursday 4 April through Sunday 7 April.

The AFL’s inaugural Gather Round last year showcased South Australia in a four-day Festival of Footy, where all 18 clubs played in nine matches across three venues here in SA.

After reviewing the success of Gather Round 2023, Round 4 2024 was identified to enable greater fixture flexibility and greater ability to maximise interstate travel with the dates falling in the middle weekend of school holidays for Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

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Announcing the dates early allowed fans to start booking their travel and accommodation ahead of the four day footy festival. Eight of the nine games have sold out, with extra tickets to be released on Thursday 21 March 2024.  

Those with tickets who can no longer attend Gather Round can transfer their ticket to family/friends via the Ticketek app or alternatively, return their ticket and receive a refund.


The opening Thursday night clash will see Adelaide take on Melbourne and Port Adelaide will host Essendon under Friday night lights, both games at Adelaide Oval.  Games will also be played at Mt Barker and Norwood.

Gather Round 2024 Fixture (all local SA times)

Thursday 4 April 2024

  • Adelaide v Melbourne, Adelaide Oval, 7.10pm

Friday 5 April 2024

  • Brisbane v North Melbourne, Norwood Oval, 4.40pm
  • Port Adelaide v Essendon, Adelaide Oval, 7.40pm

Saturday 6 April 2024

  • Sydney v West Coast, Mount Barker, 1pm 
  • Carlton v Fremantle, Adelaide Oval 3.50pm 
  • Geelong v Western Bulldogs, Adelaide Oval, 7.40pm 

Sunday 7 April 2024

  • Gold Coast v Greater Western Sydney, Mount Barker, 12pm 
  • Richmond v St Kilda, Norwood Oval, 2.50pm 
  • Collingwood v Hawthorn, Adelaide Oval, 4.40pm 

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THE AFL has confirmed Australian multi-ARIA award winning indie rock band, The Temper Trap, will perform at the Norwood Food & Wine Festival on Sunday 7 April 2024 – READ MORE HERE

Australian rock royalty Jet will headline the inaugural AFL Gather Live concert following the final match of Gather Round…A Festival of Footy, on Sunday 7 April 2024.  Held outside Adelaide Oval, footy fans and eventgoers have the opportunity to attend the FREE Gather Live concert which will commence after the Round Four twilight match between Collingwood and Hawthorn.

Proud Yolngu man, artist and 2019 Young Australian of the Year, Baker Boy will support Jet, entertaining fans as the sun sets on the AFL’s second Gather Round series in Adelaide.

All Gather Round match-day ticket holders will have early access to redeem their free ticket via Ticketek from 12pm (local time) on Friday 1 March, while general public tickets will be available to redeem at 12pm (local time) on Monday 4 March 2024.


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Macca’s Footy Festival – Elder Park

The four-day festival will be full of free activities and entertainment for all ages, including some of South Australia’s best local vendors, food trucks and licensed bars, while the popular 150m long zip line over The River Torrens will return for another year.


Gather in the Hills – Hahndorf Footy Festival

A FREE community event on Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 April 2024.

Highlights include:

  • AFL match screenings
  • Live Music
  • FREE face painting, balloons & craft activities
  • FREE mural workshop with Artist Tayla Jay ️
  • Lawn games & interactive installations
  • Player Appearances


Gather Round – Rundle Mall

Rundle Mall will be transformed into a Gather Round Live Site from Wednesday 3 April to Sunday 7 April near the Gawler Place Canopy in Rundle Mall. The Mall will be open until 7pm on Saturday to enable families to take advantage of all the family friendly activations.

Highlights include:

  • The near 10-metre high inflatable Sherrin footy
  • Interactive handball challenge and other skills games
  • The Footy Bar operated by Mollydooker MollyVan serving wine, spirits and beer from Pirate Life Brewing
  • Digital footy quiz with live leader board
  • Personalised souvenir footy cards
  • Player appearances
  • A pop-up AFL Store outside Stephens Place
  • Rebel ‘reboot your boots to win’ activation, where visitors can donate their old football boots for the chance to win tickets to the 2024 Toyota AFL Grand Final
  • MG car activation featuring a pop-up interactive handball challenge located outside Novo Shoes



The South Australian Government has joined forces with SiSU Health, The Shane Warne Legacy, and Flinders University to provide free heart and diabetes checks at the 2024 AFL Gather Round.

The initiative aims to screen a minimum of 9,000 attendees, heightening awareness of cardiovascular and metabolic health and associated risks.

The free checks will be available across 4 festival sites at Gather Round:



  • 18 AFL teams
  • 9 matches
  • 4 BIG days of footy
  • All in South Australia
  • 4 – 7 April 2024

The 2024 Gather Round does not coincide with the South Australian state school holidays (Saturday 13 April – Sunday 28 April 2024) or Easter (Good Friday 29 March 2024 – Easter Monday 1 April 2024).

The 2024 Gather Round dates fall in the middle weekend of school holidays for Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

Click here for Macca’s Footy Festival details at Elder Park


You can register your interest in premium hospitality and experiences through the AFL’s official provider, the AFL Event Office.

As the official airline of the AFL & Gather Round, Virgin Australia will again be adding extra flights to help transport fans to the event which are available to book now.

Documentary Inside Gather Round: A Festival of Footy takes viewers inside the AFL’s inaugural Gather Round and showcasing South Australia in a four-day Festival of Footy.

Click here for Macca’s Footy Festival details at Elder Park

Elder Park Adelaide Zipline AFL Footy Festival

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the AFL website or follow their Facebook page for updates.


When:    Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 April 2024

Where:   South Australia (see locations above)

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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