This Easter Long Weekend there is a wide variety of fun and events jam-packed into the four days for Canberrans and visitors to enjoy. Of course there is the religious significance to mark and eggs to be eaten, and then after that - where to next? For a large portion of Canberrans, the Easter long weekend means packing up the car and heading to the coast for a few days. For others, like myself, it means staying in the nation's capital and taking advantage of all the fun activities on offer. Where will you be this Easter Long Weekend?
ALL WEEKEND Canberra Railway Steam Train rides The Canberra Railway Museum will be having Easter steam train shuttles running between Canberra and Queanbeyan over the four days of Easter. The trip takes 70 minutes return and includes entry to the Railway Museum afterwards. There will also be a jumping castle, miniature train rides, sausage sizzle, carnival games for the kids and family fun over the whole Easter period to enjoy.
Both the Tom Roberts' Exhibition (ticketed) at the National Gallery of Australia and the fascinating Encounters exhibition (free) at the National Museum of Australia will be finishing on March 28th. If you haven't walked through these fascinating exhibitions, get in quick before they finish. The Celestial Empire Exhibition (free) at the National Library of Australia is still on until May. The Library is closed Good Friday, however it is open the remainder of the weekend to view the exhibition.
National Folk Festival The National Folk Festival is held every Easter long weekend at the Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC). For the last 23 years this event has been a big part of Canberra's festival scene, attracting crowds of up to 46,000 over the five-day festival. There will be live music by local, interstate and international folk bands and artists, workshops to attend, markets, food and more. You can buy tickets for the whole festival or just for individual days.
SATURDAY, MARCH 26TH For the Kids Bunnings has an Easter Workshop at midday to make a special craft to take home. Bunnings are located at Tuggeranong, Belconnen, Fyshwick and Gungahlin. Majura Park Shopping Centre will be hosting a free breakfast with the Easter Bunny for those who register. The first 200 kids to register will each receive a healthy breakfast bag, plus meet the Easter Bunny live in the food court. There will be games, prizes and easter eggs to enjoy, so register early to secure a place. Tuggeranong Hyperdome Shopping Centre is having a day of Easter fun on Saturday. The Easter Bunny will be hopping in for a visit between 11am - 2pm and there is an Easter egg hunt between 10am - 4pm, so grab your map from the Customer Service Desk (near JB Hi-Fi on the Ground Floor) to hunt for some yummy eggs! Lollypop's at Majura Park Shopping Centre are hosting an Easter Disco between 4pm - 6pm, with special guest the Easter Bunny. $12 kids entry, adults free.
Markets Canberra City Walk Markets is held in the Civic behind the merry go round on City Walk. This weekly market runs between 10am - 4pm with local and handmade stalls to explore and live music to enjoy. Foragers Market is held every Saturday fortnight at Glebe Park in the city (the other week it is held at Griffith Park in Manuka). On Easter Saturday, why not visit Glebe Park and browse for second hand clothing, vintage wares, food, fruit, giftware, home made children's clothing and more.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27TH High Court of Australia Sunday Concert Series - Winner of the Classical Music Rising Star Award at the inaugural 2015 London Music Awards, Australian-Taiwanese pianist Belle Chen will be performing Postcards from the Mediterranean, which takes the audience through a journey around Mediterranean coast. This is a free concert, however you do need to book online to secure your seat.
Markets The Old Bus Depot Markets will be holding a "Portabello Road on Easter Sunday" market with antiques, collectables and unique historical pieces to browse whilst at the markets. With a bustling atmosphere, live music, food to enjoy and a wide range of markets to shop at, the Old Bus Depot Markets is a favourite destination each Sunday. Westside Sunday Markets are also held every Sunday at the shipping container village on Lake Burley Griffin, known as the Westside Acton Park. Explore these small markets before enjoying some international fare from one their food trucks. The Rotary Trash and Treasure Markets in Jamison will be on between 6am - 1pm, for bargain hunters to find their treasure amongst the second hand items on sale. Southside Farmers Market will be on at the CIT Woden Campus between 8am - 1pm, for all your fresh food needs.
With so much to do over the Easter Long Weekend, get out into the nation's capital and enjoy all there is on offer. With the kids on a sugar high after overloading on chocolate eggs, they may want to do them all!