One of St Albans’ biggest events is tipped to attract more than 2000 people this weekend.

The St Albans Gift will be held on Saturday, January 18 and while the athletics will take centre stage, there’s the promise of something for the whole family.

St Albans Sports Club operations manager Lisa-Marie Psaila said a carnival-like atmosphere transcends the day.

“The day has become so much more than athletics racing, it’s about the community coming together to enjoy a day out,” Ms Psaila said.

“The family activities were initially planned to complement the racing, but over the years it has become an event in its own right.”

As for the athletics, the card includes 11 finals races, with multiple heats and semi finals for each.

The total prize money on offer will total nearly $12,000. “The racing is thrilling,” Ms Psaila said.

“You don’t have to know any of the athletes to get real enjoyment out of it, just pick a name or colour and cheer for them, with the races being handicapped it’s really anyone’s to win.”

Children’s activities including a petting zoo, face-painting, balloon twisting, play equipment, giant bubble-making, superhero meet and greets and an interactive disco are also free.

Ms Psaila said making the day as affordable as possible was a major focus.

“It’s a chance for us to showcase the hard work we put in year-round to make our club the inclusive community club that it is. Everyone from the community is welcome,” she said.

The free event begins at 3pm at Kings Park Reserve, St Albans