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11 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Easter Weekend

By Gen Nenna - 13 Apr 2017

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The moment we’ve been waiting (and prepping our stomachs for) is finally here! Easter weekend is upon us and it’s an extra long one—because Jesus got three days rest, so why shouldn’t we?

As we take this time to reflect on new life, there’s no better time to plan how we’re going to make the most of ours, so get ready to spend a relaxing weekend laughing with friends, hunting for eggs with your fur-babies (actual babies also welcome), and getting a bit philanthropic—it is a religious holiday after all.

All Weekend

Dal Zotto Wines Easter Eggstravaganza

Long weekends are all about relaxing, so a trip to Dal Zotto Wines is the perfect place to start. Serving a special Easter menu all weekend long, enjoy a pizza and Prosecco with your favourite people as the kids play in the beautiful gardens. Buona Pasqua a tutti!

Where: Dal Zotto Wines, 4861 Wangaratta-Whitfield Rd, Whitfield
When: 10am to 5pm, Thursday 13, Saturday 15 Sunday 16, Monday 17 April
For more information, click here

Best Of Both Sides Festival

Tensions between Melbourne’s Northside and Southside run to the very core of our dear city—a rivalry second only to West Side Story’s singing and dancing street gangs. This weekend however, Windor’s Lucky Coq and Fitzroy’s Bimbo Deluxe are putting the rivalry to one side to come together and celebrate The Best of Both Sides. Not only will both venues be hosting acts from almost 100 local musicians and DJs—Big Words, Sunshine, Illo, JPA, Kiti, Kodiak Kid, Ezra Harvey and Tom Prefect for starters—they will also be offering killer menu deals with food and bevvies starting at just $5. Be brave this weekend—venture to the other side of the river and discover what’s on offer.

Where: Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel Street, Windsor; Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
When: Thursday 13 to Monday 17 April
For more information, click here

Dandenong Market

Stop by Dandenong Market this weekend and stock up on all the beautifully fresh produce you need to create a ripper Easter feast. Melbourne’s second oldest and second largest market (it’s working on the largest, can’t do much about the oldest) is a haven for bargain hunters and food lovers alike. It’s got a massive selection of meat and vegetables, incredible bakeries, delis, clothing stalls and heaps more. A good pit stop on your way to the Dandenongs proper.

Where: Dandenong Market, Clow Street, Dandenong
When: 7am to 4pm, Thursday 13, Saturday 15; 10am to 3pm, Sunday 16 April
For more information, click here

Holy Thursday 13 April

The Road To Tajima

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, join Singapore-based chefs Chris Millar, Florian Ridder and Lawrence Yeow for a masterclass in all things Wagyu, followed by a six-course tasting menu with matching wines—including Caviar by Calia, Seafood by Mark Eather and Wagyu from Tajima. Seating is limited so get booking!

Where: Calia Emporium, Shop 8 Level 3, Emporium Shopping Centre, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
When: 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Thursday 13 April
For more information, click here. 

Good Friday 14 April

Zaatar Good Friday Appeal

Come along to Coburg’s iconic Middle Eastern cafe, Zaatar, as it's transformed into a crazy carnival, filled to the brim with activities for the whole family. Listen to live music as you have your face painted and play a few classic carnival games, or enter the raffle for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Just in case you needed yet another reason to go, the good people at Zaatar will be donating all the proceeds to the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Bless.

Where: Zaatar Bakery and Cafe, 365 Sydney Rd, Coburg
When: 9am to 10pm, Friday 14 April
For more information, click here.

Open Studio Fundraiser At The Larwill

Established as a dedication to contemporary artist David Larwill, The Larwill Studio will be open this Friday, offering people the opportunity to master The Art of Wellbeing. Head over to this bright and playful boutique hotel to pat animals, play in a ball pit, take a seat at the arts and craft table, and so much more. The perfect set up for a gloriously happy weekend.

Where: The Larwill Studio, 48 Flemington Road, Parkville
When: 10am to 1pm, Friday 14 April
For more information, click here

Holy Saturday 15 April

Harbour Town Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny has been super busy this year, hiding 20,000 chocolate eggs around Harbour Town, Docklands. Hop over to the bunny booth under the Melbourne Star this Saturday to collect your bag and start hunting!

Where: Harbour Town, 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands
When: 11am to 4pm, Saturday 15 April
For more information, click here.

The 28th Annual Great Debate

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Great Debate is always a great night, filled with perfectly timed insults and sassy quips, and this year is gonna be no exception—with six comedy superstars taking the the stage to debate whether You've Gotta Fake News To Make News. Moderated by Stephen K Amos, the lineup is set to include DeAnne Smith, Andy Zaltzman, Janelle James and Rhys Nicholson, led by their team captains Tom Ballard and Sammy J. If previous years are anything to go by, there won’t be an empty seat in the house, so book your tickets now!

Where: Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne
When: 5pm to 6:30pm, Saturday 15 April
For more information, click here

Easter Sunday 16 April

Easter Fun Day

Head to the beautiful grounds of Rippon Lea Estate this Easter Sunday for a wonderful day out with your family and friends. Pop on your explorer’s cap and have a look around the mansion, or set off on an adventure around the gardens in an epic easter egg hunt. This super-fun day out boasts a bunch of activities to keep the whole family entertained for hours, including African drumming workshops, a petting zoo, market stalls, food trucks, boat rides, face painting and outdoor games. Word on the street is the Easter Bunny will even be hopping in to say hello.

Where: Rippon Lea Estate, 192 Hotham St, Melbourne
When: 10am to 4pm, Sunday 16 April
For more information, click here

Easter Monday 17 April

Doggy Easter Egg Hunt

If you’re looking for the pawfect way to treat your pupper this long weekend, look no further than the Doggy Easter Egg Hunt. This Monday, St Kilda beach will be scattered with carob eggs just waiting to be dug up by your doggo. The prizes don’t stop there, with an Easter bonnet competition for the pooches with swagger. Fur-parents worry not, there’s plenty for you too. Take this opportunity to eat your fill of delicious hot cross buns, croissants and scones before you start your post-Easter diet. Tickets are running out so get in quick!  

Where: Westbeach Bathers Pavillon, 330A Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda West
When: 9am to 11am, Monday 17 April
For more information, click here

For The Diary

Do More Than Dine

Do More Than Dine next month and join the wonderful team at Scarf as they raise funds to support young people seeking asylum and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Hosted by Matt Preston, this intimate, five-course dinner will feature food by Andrew McConnell and his team at Cumulus Inc., and of course will be paired with some stellar matching wines. Take a chance and buy a mystery envelope (clue: it’s awesome), and get involved with a live auction boasting huge prizes from Movida, Anchovy, Lucy Liu, Ochota Barrels, STARWARD Whisky, Adelphi Hotel, Simon Johnson, Bistro Gitan and Trattoria Emilia. A four-course dinner with matched wines for 30 people in French Saloon's private cellar is also up for grabs, or set your sights high and go home with the grand prize—a hand-crafted Gyuto Chef’s and Paring knife by Doveton Fletcher complete with individual leather knife rolls…lined with one of Matt Preston’s favourite cravats.

Where: ARC ONE Gallery, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
When: 7pm, Wednesday 17 May
For more information, click here

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Image credit: Ben Tyers

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