The Easter long weekend is upon us, which is a time to reflect while eating chocolate eggs, as well as way too many hot cross buns.
So while you’re waiting for those precious extra days off, why not indulge both your mind, your palate and your ears? We’ve got you covered with everything to do this Easter long weekend on the Sunshine Coast.
Friday 19 April
Your Mates Easter Weekend
Show those wanderlusting pals who bailed the Sunshine Coast this long weekend, a glimpse of what they’re missing out on thanks to Your Mates Brewhouse. They’ll be announcing the winning name of their new IPA character over a Sunday sesh with smokin’ $15 plates, beer and cider jugs, and free rounds of pool. This one’s going to be a doozy—the more mates you gather, the more fun you’ll have, so start searching the socials for anyone who’s hanging around. Find out more here.
Bottomless Brunch At Miss Moneypenny’s
Pleasing the Sunshine Coast crowd on both Good Friday (April 19) and Easter Sunday (April 21), Miss Moneypenny’s will make all your foodie come true with bottomless brunch. Featuring four interactive foodie stations, Napoli pizzas, buttermilk waffles and an absolute plethora of alcoholic concoctions, including free-flowing brunch cocktails, a separate $10 cocktail menu and roaming champagne service, you may as well cancel all lunch and dinner plans now. Find out more here.
Fish For Lent At Noosa Boathouse
The decision to stay put on the Sunshine Coast this Easter long weekend proves to be a genius move thanks to Noosa Boathouse who are hosting a seafood-centric series of festivities, including their famous three-tiered seafood tower, daily grilled fish menus, fish for lent takeaway options, daily live music on the lawn and a Good Friday four course seafood feast. Reel in your holiday squad and prepare your appetite, this one’s bound to be a winner—hook, line and sinker. Find out more about their weekend events list, here.
Currimundi Lake Easter Twilight Market
Round up all your mates and welcome the Easter long weekend at Currimundi Lake Foreshore to meander market stalls, chow down on tantalizing street food and knock back a brew or two. With live entertainment warranting all the encouragement you’ll need to hang around till sunset, we have a feeling there’ll be a beautiful murmur of heart-warming chatter and good vibes floating around this part of town. Find out more here.
45th Annual Pa & Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest
Surf’s up on the Sunshine Coast this Easter long weekend as the 45th Annual Pa & Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest takes over Moffat Beach. It’s the second longest running contest in Australia, spotting winners with a share of $10,000, so whether you’re a competitor in the sea or popping down for moral support, this is a great way to celebrate the original grandparents of surfing in Queensland. Find out more here.
Imbil Easter Carnival
If you’re looking for a three-day Easter extravaganza, Imbil Easter Carnival will adequately fill your calendar with their program of events, including pop-up markets, entertainment, food stalls and an artisan alley. Kick off the weekend with a three-course dinner beneath the stars followed by the Annual Yabba Regatta, where teams race homemade creations through obstacle-ridden streets of Imbil competing for the inaugural Yabba Regatta Cup and five hundred big ones (dollars, not eggs). Find out more here.
Saturday 20 April
Easter Sunday At Clovelly Estate
If you’ve ever experienced the magic of The Long Apron kitchen, your tastebuds will be feeling all kinds of excited at the thought of an a la carte Easter Sunday lunch within the grounds of Spicers Clovelly Estate. Jackson Vallani provides the live acoustic soundtrack to guide you through a chilled long lunch, charcuterie and wine before hitting the finale of an adult Easter egg hunt. Seems Easter egg hunts aren’t restricted to childhood after all. Find out more here.
Solbar’s HEKKERS Birthday weekend
What’s not to love about a hybrid birthday-Easter long weekend celebration when Solbar pulls out all the stops to achieve their biggest banger of an occasion yet. Nine acts over two massive days featuring Bootleg Rascal, The Fins, Bugs and The Bonnie Doons, plus epic merchandise giveaways from Australia’s hippest craft breweries, Your Mates Brewhouse, Newstead Brewing Co, Balter, Eumundi Brewery and Stone and Wood. Find out more here.
The House Of Fuchs: Easter Edition Ft Old Soul
They’re no stranger to a good house party, so if you totally care how you spend the longest weekend of the year, you’ll get down to Old Soul in Maroochydore for resident DJ, Tim Fuchs’ Easter nightclub edition that’s bound to have every cell in your body moving on the d-floor. Fuelled by an Old School cocktail list, it’ll be a celebration of music featuring local DJs plus newcomers to the scene, Joskie Robinson and Jed Loveridge. Find out more here.
Feel like a schmooze-y day of boozing around some of the coolest craft breweries on the Sunshine Coast, minus the responsibility of driving? Thankfully for you, Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours are hosting the ultimate hinterland beer experience with lunch, beer tastings and behind-the-scenes tours of Moffat Beach Brewing, Brouhaha Brewery and Glass House Brewing. With two days to recover, you really have nothing to lose, except maybe a percentage of your dignity. Find out more here.
Brews ‘n’ BBQ At 10 Toes Brewery
Celebrate four days sans work the best way Queenslanders know how, with a pop-up brews ‘n’ BBQ lunch at 10 Toes Brewery in Alexandra Headland. Brought to you by the Beauty and the Beard Eats and Events crew, all your Easter Sunday lunch fantasies will be brought to life through the mediums of saucy pork ribs and locally brewed craft beers. Once you’ve mastered the food on your plate, designate a solid chunk of your afternoon to food coma recovery beneath the palms on the headland. Now, that’s our idea of a perfect public holiday lunch. Find out more here.
Sunday 21 April
Saltwater Sunday Feat. Prok & Fitch
Fresh off the back of the Miami leg of their tour, UK outfit, Prok & Fitch are hitting the deck for a three-hour set aboard M.V. Catalina for an Easter Saltwater Sunday session. Beach vibes, champagne and tasty food will be flowing as your body grooves through the late afternoon towards a spectacular sunset climax. You’d best be shotgunning your spot aboard the MV Catalina right now. Find out more here.
Ocean Street Epic Easter Egg Hunt
Proving us wrong about the egg hunt abolishment, Ocean Street in Maroochydore is rolling out an epic gastronomical journey with their not-so-typical Easter Egg expedition. Branded eggs will be hidden throughout the precinct and once found, you’ll be rewarded with prizes, food samples and vouchers from participating local businesses, including Elixiba who’ll be creating dairy and gluten free cream eggs. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the flavours of Ocean Street, here’s your chance. Find out more here.
Image credit: Kaitlin Maree for Urban List