Easter bunny is bringing more than just chocolate to town
There's more to do this long weekend than hunt for Easter eggs and butter hot cross buns. The Easter long weekend is the perfect chance to get out and about and there are plenty of reasons to with great events and activities happening all around Adelaide.
Semaphore Kite Festival The skies over Semaphore will be filled with colourful kites for the annual Semaphore Kite Festival. As well as kite flying, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to partake in on Semaphore Beach. Entry to the festival is free and it is held from Saturday, April 19 until Monday, April 21, 2014 from 11 am to 5 pm.
The lovely little town of Meadows comes to life over the long weekend for the Meadows Easter Fair. The four day event is held from Friday, April 18 until Monday, April 21, 2014. The fair is open from 9 am to 4 pm at the Meadows Memorial Hall. Admission is free and there are over 100 stalls to browse through selling all sorts of bric-a-brac, crafts, local produce, books, plants, and flowers.
There is a lot to see and do in Mannum, including an Easter cruise along the Murray River on the Paddle Steamer Marion. PS Marion is a fully restored heritage vessel built in 1897 and one of the last of her kind. One hour cruises are available from Saturday, April 19 to Monday, April 21, 2014 between 10 am and 4 pm. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children and include entry to the Mannum Dock Museum.
Myponga Market The Myponga Market is open every Saturday, Sunday, and public holiday from 10 am until 4 pm. If it is rare, unique, or unusual, you'll find it at the Myponga Market. Its stalls include a huge array of antiques, vintage collectibles, Indonesian imports, home-made produce, and much more. Once you have worked up a thirst fossicking through the market stalls, head next door to the Smiling Samoyed Brewery for craft beer and bar snacks and then take in the outstanding view from the Myponga Reservoir and Lookout.
A spectacular view from the Myponga Reservoir and Lookout
Coober Pedy Opal Festival If you really want to escape the city this Easter, Coober Pedy might be the place to go. The annual Coober Pedy Opal Festival is on Saturday, April 19, 2014. It celebrates the end of a long hot summer and the start of the opal mining season with a colourful street parade, market stalls, live music, entertainment, and fireworks.
Humbug Scrub Wildlife Sanctuary Family Fun Day Located in the Mount Lofty Ranges, Humbug Scrub is a sanctuary for native and rescued animals. It is open every day and on Easter Monday Humbug Scrub Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting a family fun day from 10 am until 4 pm. For a gold coin donation you can visit the animals and participate in fun Easter activities.
Meet the locals at Humbug Scrub Wildlife Sanctuary
Easter Footy For a relatively inexpensive and fun day out, head to the footy this long weekend and cheer on your local team. It's West Adelaide versus North Adelaide and Norwood versus Sturt in night games on Thursday, April 17. Then South Adelaide play Glenelg on Good Friday while Central District take on Adelaide on Saturday, April 19. Round three concludes with Woodville-West Torrens battling Port Adelaide on Monday, April 21, 2014. The SANFL website has all the details.
Vintage Rock at Sinclair's Gully Sinclair's Gully in the Adelaide Hills has your Easter long weekend sorted. You can pack a picnic, play a game of giant Jenga, and enjoy a glass of wine on Good Friday and Easter Saturday from 12 noon to 4 pm. Or sing and dance along to the sounds of fifties rock'n'roll with music from Mystery Train on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Bookings are required for Vintage Rock at Sinclair's Gully. It is on from 1 pm to 4 pm and tickets cost $15.
If ever there is a weekend to overindulge on chocolate, Easter is it. Whether you took my advice and stocked up dairy-free chocolate this Easter or went for the more conventional option of Easter eggs and bunnies, there will no doubt be a few extra calories to burn off this weekend.