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28 Things To Do In Melbourne This Easter Weekend

By Tayla Rabie - 08 Mar 2018


Looking forward to the Easter long weekend? Well, you bloody well should be. Melbournites always get stoked for a weekend packed with decadent chocolate, food trucks and... Latin dancing? Yep, we've got all sorts going on this Easter, most of them involving chocolate. Better drill another notch in that belt...

Here's everything happening in Melbourne over the Easter long weekend. 

All Weekend

David Jones Launches New Easter Range

Craving Hot Cross Buns? David Jones’ newest Easter range has got you covered with carefully hand-crafted baked goods (including Belgian chocolate!) and confectionary, made with 100% ethically sourced cocoa available in their Malvern and Bourke Street stores.

Where: David Jones Malvern + Bourke Street
When: Starting from the 28th of March 18

Easter Family Festival at Mt Baw Baw

Celebrate the long weekend with a whole lot of family fun at Mt Baw Baw. Their Easter Weekend is gonna feature jumping castles, tractor rides, laser tag, chocolate making and all terrain go carting! The perfect place to take the kids to release that sugar-filled holiday energy.

Where: Mt Baw Baw
When: Friday to Monday, 
For more info, click here

Dans Le Noir? Dining in the Dark for Easter

Most of us eat our food with the lights on, right? Well not here. Dans Le Noir is open all Easter—the new culinary experience where you are dining in the dark (that’s right, in pitch black) giving you super senses and allowing you to experience food like never before. They’re hosting a special Easter menu too, which is available for bookings here.

Where: The Como Hotel, South Yarra
When: All Easter Weekend, Bookings for dinner available 

Easter Egg Hunt At The Chocolaterie 

The Yarra Valley and Great Ocean Road chocolateries have prep'd a HUGE collection of handcrafted couverture chocolates this Easter… and we are STOKED. Challenge yourself to their Dinosaur Egg weighing in at a whopping 20kg–we dare you. They're also running their annual Easter egg hunt in the grounds. Thousands of kids screaming like crazy? It's gonna be great. 

Where: 1200 Great Ocean Rd, Bellbrae & 35 Old Healesville Rd Yarra Glen 
When: Friday 30 March – Sunday 1 April
For more info, click here.

Grand Easter At Grand Hyatt Melbourne 

Up for something a lil' bit different this Easter? Come dressed to impress at the Grand Hyatt for a decadent Sunday Lunch feat. interactive live cooking stations. Also on offer is a tempting Easter High Tea with made-to-order waffles, pancakes, as well as the absolute seller…a chocolate fountain guaranteed to drip all over your fancy clothes. Worth every drop.

Where: Collins Kitchen, The Grand Hyatt Melbourne
When: Saturday 31 March (High Tea), Sunday 1 April (High Tea and Lunch)
For more info, click here.

Easter Bao At New Shanghai

If you enjoy your Easter treats in bao form, you're gonna love this. New Shanghai are running "Pink Bunny Bao” till 2 April—a pillow soft bao, piped to look like a bunny, and filled with melted choc. Hop to it, you can grab them at their Chadstone or Emporium stores.

Where: New Shanghai (Chadstone + Emporium)
When: Till 2 April
For more info, click here

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Haul together all your Easter Eggs and bring them along to the event that’s guaranteed to have you in stitches–either from laughing or from all the chocolate you’ll be eating…Unsure. The MICF is running until 22 April and it's always our favourite time to be in the CBD. Get around it. 

Where: Multiple venues 
When: Wednesday 28 March – Sunday 22 April
For more info, click here.

The Great Easter Egg Hunt at Luna Park

The clue's in the title. Chocolate eggs will be hidden around Melbourne’s all-time favourite theme park this Easter. It's the perfect excuse to check out their epic new ride, Space Jam! Here’s to hoping the eggs aren’t hidden on the Pharaoh’s Curse…We already feel queasy.

Where: Luna Park
When: Saturday 31 March – Sunday 1 April, 11am-3pm
For more info, click here

Bed & Breakfast At Arts Series Hotels

Cheeky Easter getaway? Yeah, that's always a good idea. Lucky the Arts Series Hotel are doing a special bed & breakfast package at The Olson, The Cullen, The Blackman and The Johnson. Try to resist raiding that minibar...

Where: Arts Series Hotels (various)
When: All weekend
For more info, click here

Mad Hatter’s High Tea

Take a leap down the rabbit hole and find yourself at the Alice and Wonderland themed high tea! Stuff your gob with heaps of home-made scones, desserts, sandwiches and loads more. It's all kicking off in Stamford Plaza on Little Collins. Don't be late—very important date. 

Where: Stamford Plaza, 111 Little Collins 
When: Saturday 31 March & Sunday 1 April
For more info, click here

Twilight Sessions At Terindah Estate 

Nice one, Terindah! They're chucking a massive music festival among the vines over Easter. Smooth tunes, good wine and sunshine, featuring Blue Wax Duo and Kieran T. Just take our bloody money...

Where: Terindah Estate, 90 McAdams Ln, Bellarine
When: Thursday 29 March (7pm – 9pm), Friday 30 March (12pm – 4pm), Sunday 1 April (12pm – 4pm)
For more info, click here

Bendigo Easter Festival

Road trip? Yeee-ah. Take part in the longest running Easter community festival in Australia, which has been happening annually since 1870. Running over the whole four days of Easter with different activities every day, Bendigo's got your long weekend covered. Activities range from book fairs to Chinese historical walks and a circus. A damn circus!

Where: Multiple locations throughout Bendigo CBD
When: Friday March 30 – Monday 2 April
For more info, click here.

The Food Truck Park

Preston's Food Truck Park changes its line-up and cuisine all the time, and to celebrate Easter the theme will be chocolate (love heart eyes). You can even BYO pupper. But beware, chocolate is totally toxic to your sweet lil pup. Keep the paws off. 

Where: The Food Truck Park, Preston
When: Thursday March 29 – Sunday April 1, 5pm-9pm
For more info, click here.

Melbourne Latin Festival

Get saucccccy this Easter at the Melbourne Latin Festival. With over 150 Latin dancers performing, 15 Latin DJs and 40 dance workshops, you’ll be sure to be shaking that thang all weekend long. Just hop the bridge over to Williamstown. 

Where: Williamstown Town Hall
When: Friday 30 March – Sunday 1 April
For more info, click here.

Melbourne Easter Show 

If you're only gonna take the kids to one Easter Show, this one's a pretty good choice. It's a mammoth takeover at Cranbourne Racecourse, with Easter egg hunts, kids rides, Stardust Fairies Face Magic painting (shotgun first go), arts and crafts, food trucks and live music galore. 

Where: Cranbourne Racecourse
10am – 8pm, 30 March – 2 April 
For more info, click here.  

Friday 30 March

Cadbury Annual Easter Egg Hunt 

Cadbury are fulfilling all our chocolatey cravings this Good Friday with over 400,000 sweet lil' eggos up for grabs at their 18th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Tickets sell out faster than Justin Bieber tickets, so be sure to secure yours before they’re sold-out. All proceeds go towards the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Good Friday appeal–good for both your taste buds and your karma.

Where: Werribee Park Manion
When: Friday 30 March
Tickets are available here.  

Fish & Vegan Specials At Mixed Business

Good Friday is all about the seafood, right? Well Mixed Business in Clifton Hill ate doing a Bluefin tuna special with tomato terrine, potato, broad bean, quail egg, olive tapenade and ciabatta crumb. And vegans, they haven't forgotten you. Get ready for Crispy falafel with smoked eggplant, tahini, Marcona almonds & pomegranate pearls. NOM.

Where: Mixed Business, 486 Queen's Parade, Clifton Hill 
When: Friday 30 March
For more info, click here

Good food, Good vibes, Good Friday at Hunky Dory

Treat yourself to pockets of fried potato-ey goodness at Hunky Dory this Easter. With $1 from every potato cake purchased being donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Good Friday Appeal. Calories don’t count on the holidays, remember?

Where: Hunky Dory Fish & Chips (All stores)
When: 11am, Friday 30 March
For more info, click here.

Zaatar Good Friday Appeal

Every year the much-loved Zaatar in Coburg throws a huge Good Friday party to raise money for the Good Friday Appeal. This year they're gearing up to do it all over again. Think scrumptious food, live entertainment and family attractions galore. 100% of money raised is going straight to the Royal Children's Hospital, so dig deep.

Where: Zaatar, 365 Sydney Rd, Coburg
When: 10am – 5pm
For more info, click here

Good Friday Appeal Charity Home Auction 

Auction lovers, unite! Marking their 25th year donating houses to the Good Friday Appeal, Henley and Villawood Properties are donating an insane 41 square, 5-bedroom home in Mickleham. Every cent made at the auction will be donated to the appeal, so dig deep. (Let's face it, this is the only way you're ever gonna own a house.) 

Where: 13 Harfield Avenue, Mickleham
When: Friday March 30
For more info, click here.

Kick For The Kids

Grab tickets to the Easter footy match you’ve been waiting for—North Melbourne vs St Kilda. Tickets purchased will raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal…Like you needed more of an excuse to eat pies and perve on professional athletes. 

Where: Etihad Stadium
When: Friday 30 March
For more info, click here.

Saturday 31 March

Easter Cup Races

The Melbourne Racing Club’s Easter Egg Hunt is back! Thousands of Cadbury Easter Eggs will be scattered around the course, with all proceeds from the hunt going to Camp Quality. Adults can enjoy an exciting race while sipping on a Pimm’s cocktail from the Pimm’s Garden Party.

Where: Caulfield Race Course
When: Saturday March 31
For more info, click here.

The Mill Brewery 1st Birthday Party 

Big shout out to the guys from The Mill, who are celebrating their 1st birthday this Easter long weekend. They're got DJs, food trucks, live tunes and plenty of free beer to go 'round (first come best dressed on the freebies, guys). It's all kicking off from 1pm on Saturday.

Where: The Mill, 40 Sackville St, Collingwood
When: From
1pm, Saturday 31 March
For more info, click here

Sunday 1 April

Easter at Oakridge Wines

The Yarra Valley seems to be where all the Easter shenanigans are going down this year, and our stomachs couldn’t be happier. Oakridge Wines are hosting an Easter Sunday mouth-watering bake sal, feat. Jo Barrett’s renowned hot cross buns. While mum and dad shamelessly hoof down desserts, the kids will be happily occupied with an awesome Easter egg hunt.

Where: Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley
When: Sunday 1 April
For more info, click here.

Easter Sunday On Fitzroy St

Fitzroy St is going OFF this Easter Sunday. They're setting a massive family-friendly festival, with street entertainment, market stalls, live music, face painting, clowns and a special appaearance from the Easter Bunny. Grab the kids and get cracking.

Where: Fitzroy St, St Kilda
3pm6pm, Sunday 1 April
For more info, click here

Piknic Électronik

Groove into this long weekend with outstanding electronic music at Piknic Electronik. An event for the whole family, featuring kid-friendly activities, great food and beverages. Just follow the tunes through the gardens to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. BYO picnic rug. 

Where: Piknic Électronik, Sidney Myer Music Bowl
When: Sunday 1 April, 2pm-9pm
For more info, click here.

Easter Fun Day

Take the opportunity to roam around the gorgeous Rippon Lea Estate on their annual Easter Fun Day. Maybe you’ll even find some cheeky chocolate eggs hidden around the grounds…win-win situation. We also heard a rumour that the Easter bunny might be making an appearance...keep that one under your hats. 

Where: Rippon Lea Estate
When: Sunday 1 April, 10am-4pm
For more info, click here.

Monday 2 April

Jose Gonzalez at the Melbourne Recital Centre 

One of the best voices (and singer of the dreamy song, Heartbeats), Swedish born Jose Gonzalez is gracing the stage at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Easter Monday. Nothing like some indie-folk tunes to get you back into the working week on Tuesday. Yes, please! 

Where: Melbourne Recital Centre 
When: 7:30 PM
Buy tickets, here

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Image credits: Luna Park 

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