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13 Things To Do In Melbourne This Easter Weekend

By Jack Colquhoun
8th Apr 2019

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Finished your Easter egg hunt early? Already eaten all your hot cross buns? Well, don’t stress—we’ve done all the searching to ensure that your Easter long weekend will be as full of activities as your stomach will be after inhaling 50 hot-cross buns.

Here’s the rundown of all the events happening in Melbourne over the Easter long weekend.

All Weekend

Celebrate Easter at the Prahran Markets

Prahran Market is the perfect destination to source all your produce for Easter feasting and entertaining while getting some handy inspiration from the many traders and guests. There will be a range of interesting demonstrations, as well as fun activities for the whole family.

What: Celebrate Easter at the Prahran Markets
Where: Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra
When: All Weekend
For more info, click 
here.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The city will be lit with laughs as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival takes over town. For three and a half weeks across March and April, Melbourne will be bought to stitches regularly, as the best comedic talent both local and international take to theatres, pubs, clubs and underneath staircases citywide.

What: Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Where: Various locations
When: Now until 21 April
For more info, click 
here.

Easter Egg Hunt At The Chocolaterie

The Yarra Valley and Great Ocean Road chocolateries are running their annual Easter egg hunt on their picturesque grounds. The Chocolaterie’s Café will be offering Easter inspired cakes and tarts, as well as their usual all-day menu using ingredients from their own kitchen garden.  A thousand kids screaming like crazy? It's gonna be great.

What: Easter Egg Hunt at The Yarra Valley and Great Ocean Road Chocolateries
Where: 1200 Great Ocean Rd, Bellbrae & 35 Old Healesville Rd Yarra Glen
When: Friday 19 March – Sunday 21 April, 12 pm and 2 pm
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. Here’s to hoping the eggs aren’t hidden on the Pharaoh’s Curse—we already feel queasy.

What: The Great Easter Egg Hunt at Luna Park
Where: Luna Park
When: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April, 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
For more info, click 
here.

Bendigo Easter Festival

Fancy a road trip? 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 carnival. Yep—a damn carnival.

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

Friday 19 April

Easter High Tea

Take your seat among the opulent surrounds of the Lobby Lounge as you delve into three tiers of sweet and savoury deliciousness. The menu is layered with delicate finger sandwiches, fluffy scones served with a berry conserve and fresh cream. There will also be some unbelievable handcrafted treats, including a chocolate caramel cupcake with coffee buttercream and chocolate Easter egg. Be sure to book or you’ll regret it.

What: Easter High Tea
Where: The Westin, 205 Collins Street
When: 19 - 22 April 11 am - 4 pm
For more info, click 
here.

Vegan Cocktail Class

After taking kitchens by storm, veganism is now taking over the bar for all its hidden deliciousness. Polly Cocktail Bar has been making a range of vegan and vegan option cocktails for years, and after the success of their inaugural class, they have decided to bring it back. Whether you a virgin mixologist or a seasoned veteran, Polly Bar will teach you the ins and outs of vegan mixology.

What: Vegan Cocktail Class
Where: Polly Cocktail Bar, 401 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
When: Friday, 19 April, 7 - 9 pm
For more info, click 
here.

Saturday 20 April

Espresso Martini Festival

Despite the name, no cocktail has been left out of this one. Head to Supersmall for either bottomless beers or bottomless cocktails for two hours. Treat yourself to a list of delectable cocktails or beautiful beers with food available and trivia running as well, your night is sorted at Supersmall.

What: Espresso Martini Festival
Where: Supersmall City Club, 202 King Street
When: Every Saturday, 6 - 8 pm or 8:30 - 10:30 pm
For more info, click 
here.

Bottomless Cocktail Brunch

Melbourne’s favourite boozy brunch is back and better than ever. Enjoy free-flowing spritz, bloody marys and mimosas served with delicious canapes and so much more. Grab a group of friends and start your Saturday night early at The Emerson.

What: Bottomless Cocktail Brunch
Where: The Emerson Rooftop Bar, 143 Commercial Road, South Yarra
When: Saturday’s and Sunday’s every week, 12 - 3 pm
For more info, click 
here.

Yoga In The Park

Beginner or master yogi, it doesn’t matter—yoga in the park is for everyone of all skill levels. A donation will get you in the door for an hour and stretching and relaxation on a beautiful Melbourne morning. Just remember to bring a water bottle and a mat and you’re all set.  

What: Yoga In The Park Melbourne
Where: Edinburgh Gardens, Alfred Cresent, Fitzroy
When: Saturday’s and Sundays 10 am
For more info, click 
here.

Garden Street Saturday

There’s no time like now to update those indoor plants you forgot about over summer. Garden Street Garden have you sorted with a massive array of plants at dirt cheap prices. Be sure to drop code ‘saturday’ when checking out to score an extra 10% off.

What: Garden Street Saturday
Where: Garden Street Garden, Garden Street, South Yarra
When: 20 April, 10 am - 6 pm
For more info, click 
here.

Sunday 21 April

Easter Funday At Rippon Lea Estate

Bring the family, pack a picnic basket and keep your eyes peeled for a massive Easter Egg Hunt through every corner of the gardens at Rippon Lea Estate. There will be plenty of fun planned for the whole family, rides, jumping castles and the Mansion will be open for all to explore—could there be some hidden eggs inside? You’ll have to go to find out.

What: Easter Funday at Rippon Lea Estate
Where: Rippon Lea Estate, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick
When: Sunday 21 April, 10 am - 4 pm
For more info, click here.

Monday 22 April

Neon Playground

Experience Melbourne Zoo after dark as it's transformed bursting with light projections, interactive performances, art installations, food and drink, and more. Neon Playground is a brand new event celebrating wildlife conservation while showcasing some of the best local light and visual artists and designers—a great family affair.

What: Neon Playground
Where: Melbourne Zoo, 
Elliott Ave, Parkville 
When: 12 - 27 April, 5:30 - 9:30 pm

For more info, click here.

Feel like getting away for the Easter long weekend? No problem. Here's every good glamping spot near Melbourne

Image credit: Neon Playground

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