When you’re crazy about sports and, more importantly, need an excuse to hire a hot dog cart for a party, spring brings the action! Get ready for a spectacular lineup of exciting events across Australia, as the weather warms up to match the sporting fever.

Here are six of the best to put on your calendar – from football to racing.

1. AFL Grand Final

The AFL Grand Final weekend sends fans into a frenzy each year. This year, there was a bit of debate about holding a possible twilight game at the MCG. But, tradition won out and the decider will be played on Saturday, September 29 at 2.30pm. This is your big chance to throw an AFL bash, get event catering in Sydney for your all-important hot dogs, and watch the game live on Channel 7.

2. NRL Grand Final

Last year, the Melbourne Storm defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 34-6 at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium in the NRL Grand Final. This year, get set for footy action on Sunday, September 30, as the NRL’s top two teams battle it out to claim the Provan-Summons Trophy.

 3. Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

When you feel the need for speed, there’s no better way to get your fix than by getting into the spirit of the supercars! 2018’s action-packed Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will be held from October 4-7. The 1,000km endurance race on Mount Panorama is sure to get the heart pumping with plenty of thrills and spills, whether you make the pilgrimage to the famous track or watch it on the big screen at home with a hot dog or two.

4. Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

See the globe’s best riders race at spectacular Phillip Island, from October 26-28. An Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix has been held every year since 1989, and the first two ever held at Phillip Island were won by Aussie legend Wayne Gardner. Who will be this year’s champion?

5. The Melbourne Cup

Get your fascinators out and bottles of bubbly ready for the Melbourne Cup Carnival, held from November 3-10 at Flemington. The ‘race that stops the nation’ takes place on Tuesday November 6. However, the whole week is devoted to celebration, with the enjoyment of fashion, food, wine and entertainment taking a close second place to the fine fillies themselves.

Emirates Australian Open

Sydney hosts 2018’s Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club from November 15-18. The event will attract the world’s best players to compete for the Stonehaven Cup. This year, the globe’s top golfers with a disability will also share the fairways, in the Australian All Abilities Championship. There’s sure to be plenty of action for golfing fans!

With so many fantastic sporting events on throughout spring this year, you’ll have all the excuses you need to celebrate the new season and warm weather...while tucking into those hot dogs and delicious relishes!