Australia Day in the USA 2019

Australia Day, commemorated on January 26th every year, celebrates the culture and heritage of one of the most unique countries on the planet.  In Australia, it's celebrated with barbecues, beach cricket, and other merriment.

Here in the U.S., clubs from across the USAFL celebrate the cultural link between the game of footy and the land from which it came from. In addition to footballers coming together to celebrate the day, it's a chance for other displaced Australians to get together as well, if only to get a piece of home so far away.  From meat pies and sausage rolls, to ice cricket and pick-up games of football, to lamingtons and snot blocks, there is something for young and old.

Below is a listing of parties as hosted by USAFL clubs (and our friends in Canada), in alphabetical order by city.  We will update this list as soon as any changes or additions are received.  Some parties have age restrictions and require tickets, please check each individual party page for full information. 

UPDATED: January 19th


Atlanta, Georgia - Atlanta Kookaburras

Saturday, 1/26 - 5pm EST
Australia Bakery Cafe - 48 S Park Sq NE, Marietta, GA 30060
https://www.facebook.com/events/2271348119550297/

The Kookaburras are joining with our friends at the Australian Bakery Cafe who are hosting a private event for Australia Day January 26th, downtown Marietta, 5.00pm


Austin, Texas - Austin Crows

Saturday, 1/26 - 2pm CST    
Stereotype - 510 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX, 78701    
https://www.facebook.com/events/134365540835521    

Come join Nollsie and celebrate Australia’s National Day with the Austin Crows!  We’ll have drink specials, chances to win prizes and Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown. Entry is free! Stereotype is a 21+ venue so unfortunately no kids.  More details to come! 


Baltimore, Maryland - Baltimore Dockers    

Saturday, 1/26 - 3pm EST    
Nobles Bar and Grill in Federal Hill - 1024 S Charles St, Baltimore, 21230    
https://www.facebook.com/events/962909577430406/    

Come celebrate Australia Day on January 26th, 2019 with the Baltimore Dockers Australian Rules Football Club at Nobles in Baltimore's famous Federal Hill. Any funds raised on the day will help support the club for this upcoming season as well as help start a kids Auskick program in Baltimore.


Boston, Massachusetts - Boston Demons    

Saturday, 1/26 - 2:30pm EST    
Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill Fenway - 1265 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215    
https://www.facebook.com/events/605264976577383/    

Come down to Tony C’s Fenway and celebrate Australia Day, there’ll be lots of fun games, Coopers brews, KO Pies and sausage rolls... not to mention the World Famous ‘Peter Garrett’ dance-off and ‘Weetabix’ eating comp…


Chicago, Illinois - Chicago Swans    

Friday, 1/25 - 8pm CST    
Brickhouse Tavern Chi - 3647 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60613    
https://www.facebook.com/events/321215202120171/    

The Chicago Swans Annual Australia Day Party is back on again. 
$10 entry, tickets bought online include a Coopers Beer


Cincinnati, Ohio - Cincinnati Dockers    

Saturday, 1/26 - 4pm EST    
Taft’s Brewpourium - 4831 Spring Grove Avenue #1, Cincinnati, OH 45232    
https://www.facebook.com/events/2022584314502685/    

This year the Cincinnati Dockers USAFL club is partnering with Taft Brewpourium.  Taft has great craft beers and Pizza, Salad & Sandwiches aplenty (the meatball sandwich is the bomb). We do have games for kids; young and old alike, test your athletic finesse with shuffleboard, basketball, corn hole and giant Jenga or just stand around and spin a good old Aussie yarn.   This event is kid friendly, free & open to the public, so put on your slouch hats, dress up in your finest green & gold pretending it’s a balmy summer Saturday.  Whether you are Australian, American or any international connection come along and celebrate Australia’s national holiday.
Please invite your friends and family!"


Columbus, Ohio - Columbus Cats

Saturday, 1/26 - 7pm EST
The Three-Legged Mare - 401 North Front Street Suite 150, Columbus, OH 43215
https://www.facebook.com/events/2022584314502685/  

Join the Columbus Cats in celebrating Australia’s National Day at the Three-Legged Mare!  We will be raffling off money and prizes! Make sure to bring some cash to buy tickets for a chance to win.


Dallas, Texas - Dallas Magpies

Saturday, 1/26 - 2pm CST
Lee Harvey's - 1807 Gould St, Dallas, TX  75215
https://www.facebook.com/events/776249139403484/

Biggest Aussie Day (and Kiwi of course) party in the USA! Classic aussie hits on the juke box, fine aussie tucker, ice cold aussie beer (no not just fosters), somewhat legal 2 up, and tons of door prizes too....you won't believe the Qantas door prize drawn at 6pm but you gotta be there to win it!!! 


Denver, Colorado - Denver Bulldogs    

Saturday, 1/26 - 11am MST    
Casey's Stapleton - 7301 E 29th Ave Unit 100, Denver, CO 80238    
https://www.facebook.com/events/1421164158019273/    

In recent years our Australia Day Party has been getting huge crowds so for 2019 we're changing it up. If the Irish can make a day out St Patrick's Day we can for Australia Day! And this year we get to celebrate ON THE DAY, January 26.11:00am-2:00pm: Family friendly time including face-painting, balloons and games for kids.  2:00pm-7:00pm: Live acoustic Aussie music and fun for all including the Vegemite eating contest and more. "


Houston, Texas - Houston Lonestars    

Sunday, 1/27 - 11am CST    
Bear Creek Pioneers Park - 3535 War Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77084    
https://www.facebook.com/events/353228532126691/    

You are invited to the 11th Annual AACC Australia Day Family BBQ! There will be cricket, netball, footy, rugby, Aussie music and more!  Tickets include a tasty Aussie BBQ - real Australian sausages and steak sandwiches - meat pies, salads, lamingtons, and more. Platypus beer on tap and Aussie wine included in your ticket price! Plenty of fun activities for the kids and adults too!"


Minneapolis, Minnesota - Minnesota Freeze    

Saturday, 2/9 - 10am CDT    
Location TBD    
https://www.facebook.com/events/228771831346484/    

Traditionally just a few Freeze bogans have gathered for this major event. Once upon a time, many moons ago, Boonie organized this event on Lake Bemidji with Old Bogans: Quirky, Bondar, Habel in attendance. Recently the event has been moved to Habel's neck of the woods in Alexandria which spurred greater attendance, smaller fish, and an onslaught on the Ice Cricket Pitch by El Presidente Issac and Team India foreshadowing this past weekend at the SCG!


Montreal, Quebec - AFL Quebec    

Saturday, 1/26 - 7:30pm EST    
Mad Hatter Pub - 1240 Crescent St, Montreal, QC, H3G 2A9    
https://www.facebook.com/events/343279823191177/    

Come join AFL Quebec and celebrate Australia Day with a $5 menu, drink specials and plenty of Aussie music. Free pitcher for the best Aussie costume!


New York City, New York - New York Magpies

Saturday, 1/26 - 12pm EST
The Australian NYC - 20 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018
https://www.instagram.com/p/BtBO6n7Bwyi/

Hosted by the New York Magpies Australian Football Club - Get to The Australian on Jan 26 for all of your favorite Australian things!


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Hawks    

Saturday, 1/26 - 1pm EST    
Cavanaugh's Headhouse - 421 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147    
https://www.facebook.com/events/540268029789085/    

Come celebrate Australia Day with the Philadelphia Hawks! Raise a glass to the home of footy, the Hemsworths, and the scariest fauna on the planet. $20 at the door, or purchase a Hawks' social membership package!


Phoenix (Scottsdale), Arizona - Arizona Hawks    

Saturday, 1/26 - 11am MST    
Pacific Ramada at McRomick Stillman Railroad Park - 7301 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250    
https://www.facebook.com/events/363556384394452    

The Arizona Hawks Australian Rules Football Club will be hosting an Australia Day Sausage Sizzle in the Pacific Ramada at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ starting at 11:30 AM on Australia Day, Saturday, January 26, 2019.  We will be featuring authentic Aussie snaggers (sausages) flown in especially for the occasion from the Australia Bakery Cafe in Marietta, GA.  So join us to get into the Aussie spirit with a genuine taste of home in a fun family environment! 


Phoenix (Tempe), Arizona - Arizona Outlaws    

Saturday, 1/26 - 11am MST    
Tempe Beach Park - 80 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281    
https://www.facebook.com/events/2020401894925288/    

This year members of the Australian and New Zealand communities here in Arizona are getting together for an Aussie BBQ like no other! There will be backyard cricket, pies, sausage rolls and a few snags on the barbie, plenty of activities for the kids as well! Come on down bring a friend, and share our culture with this great state of Arizona.


Portland, Maine - Maine Cats    

Saturday, 1/26 - 1pm EST    
Island Dog Brewing - 125 John Roberts Rd, South Portland, ME 04106    
https://www.facebook.com/events/951330531740071/    

Stop by Island Dog Brewing and celebrate Australia Day with the Maine Cats!! - There will be plenty of beer, food and games to play.


Portland, Oregon - Portland AFC    

Sunday, 1/27 - Noon PST    
Mittleman Jewish Community Center - 6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219    
https://www.facebook.com/events/535937953556759/    

Join the Portland Steelheads and Sockeyes in celebrating Australia Day! On Sunday, January 27th, we’ll be hosting a recreational indoor footy tournament, followed by a social gathering for food and drinks


Raleigh, North Carolina - North Carolina Tigers

Saturday, 1/26 - 1pm EST
Hibernian Pub - 311 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603

Players, spouses, friends et all we have AUSTRALIA Day (read party time for a nation) on 26th Jan at Hibernian on Glenwood from 1-4 pm in the Green Room.  


Sacramento, California - Sacramento Suns    

Saturday, 1/26 - Noon PST    
Sactown Union Brewery - 1210 66th St, Unit B, Sacramento, CA 95819    
https://www.facebook.com/events/361249144661078/    

Last year we had a Vegemite & biscuit challenge, you never know what this year might hold...but you can guarantee there will be AUSSIE TRIVIA and GIVEAWAYS!


San Diego, California - San Diego Lions    

Saturday, 1/26 - 11am PST    
Liberty Station NTC Park - 2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego, CA 92106    
https://www.facebook.com/events/2310164042550094/    

Are you ready for Australia Day 2019?  Well, we’ve got it all sorted out for you.  The San Diego Lions will be hosting a potluck picnic that is open to all and family friendly. 


San Francisco, California - Golden Gate AFL    

Saturday, 1/26 - 11am PST    
Hotel San Francisco - 653 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111    
https://www.facebook.com/events/1354854951317910/    

11 am till Triple J plays the No. 1 song (targeting 5pm)
 - Entrance Fee: Nah it's free? 
- Will there be pies? Fair Dinkum there will be! 
- Australian Beer and Wine specials all day


Seattle, Washington - Seattle Grizzlies    

Saturday, 1/26 - 10am PST    
Hiawatha Park - 2700 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116    
https://www.facebook.com/events/1469991036465248/    

Join your local Aussie Rules footy club the Seattle Grizzlies for our Australia Day Celebrations! There will be beginners and kids clinics at 10am followed by the annual hard-fought Australia Vs USA match at noon. All welcome! Snags will be cooking on the barbie and rumour has it that you might be able to get a hot cup of Milo and a lamington.


Washington, DC - DC Eagles Football Club    

Saturday, 1/26 - 7pm EST    
Blackfinn Ameripub DC - 1620 I ("Eye") St NW, Washington, DC 20006    
https://www.facebook.com/events/469509283580898/    
Celebrate Australia Day with the DC Eagles Australian Football Club @ Blackfinn Ameripub on Saturday, January 26th!  We will be spinning classic Aussie tunes, offering tasty Four 'n Twenty meat pies, holding a 50/50 cash raffle (bring a few extra bucks with you), and lots of other fun activies! It's gonna be a ripper, so you don't want to miss it!

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