There’s nothing quite like a long weekend, not having to set your alarm for work on a Monday is one of the best feelings in the world, but it’s crucial not to waste those precious days off. What better way to make those extra days count than enjoying some local culture, food, music and comedy in your city this weekend.
Escape to the mountains: Easter is the best time to visit the Blue Mountains. Just an hour and a half drive out of Sydney, and as autumn arrives and the colours change, the Blue Mountains are perfect for a brief getaway. Have a romantic dinner with a view, go on a long hike with your partner or do some shopping in boutique Leura Village and leave the city stress behind. Just don’t forget to pack something warm, like a chunky knit, to get you into that autumnal mood.
Other long weekend activities in Sydney: The Sydney Royal Easter show at Sydney Olympic Park, Easter Egg Hunt at the Australian Botanic Gardens, Luna Park Rooftop Cinema, Pipilotti Rists’s video art installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Film Noir Festival, GOMA March 31 – May 21: Use your extra days off to indulge in a little bit of culture this Easter Long Weekend and check out the Film Noir festival at the GOMA. Running all week, the festival showcases the best of this fatalistic film style, from The Big Sleep to Taxi Driver. Come for the story lines, but stay for the fashion; if the moody tones and hourglass silhouettes don’t inspire you to go home and don a form-fitting little black dress, nothing will!
Other long weekend activities in Brisbane: Live Large Festival at Cultural Forecourt South Bank Parklands, The Bottomless Brunch at Dalgety Public House Teneriffe, The Brisbane Dive Academy Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Town Hall March 29 – April 23: This world-renowned festival will have you laughing your way through the Easter Long Weekend. Featuring the likes of Judith Lucy, Denise Scott and Luke McGregor, this flagship comedy festival is the ultimate Easter activity. And whether you’re watching some Irish comedy hip hop, a man and his monkey or checking out some comedy for kids, it’s the perfect excuse to get out that cute, casual, colourful outfit that’s been waiting out the work week in your closet.
Other long weekend activities in Melbourne: William Eggleston’s portraits direct from National Portrait Gallery in London at the National Gallery of Victoria, Batman Night Market at Coburg North.
Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, South Terrace/Market Street Fremantle April 13 – 17: If you’re after a range of things to do in the one place over the Easter Long Weekend, look no further. Showcasing everything quirky and fun from busking and circus performers to comedy and street theatre, the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival is the largest of its kind in Australia. And with the weather looking warm and sunny for most of the long weekend, ensure you are sun safe and stylish by accessorizing with a chic wide brimmed hat.
Other long weekend activities in Perth: Cirque du Soleil at Belmont Park Racecourse, Bionic Me exhibition at Scitech in West Perth.
Adelaide International Kite Festival, Semaphore Beach April 13 – 17: The perfect thing to do on a sunny autumnal weekend outside, the kite festival is bound to be full of whimsy and colour and the perfect outing with your family, friends or partner. Enjoy the sunshine, have a bite to eat, slip off your sandals and dip your toes in the ocean before the weather really turns cold.
Other Easter activities in Adelaide: Oakbank Racing Carnival in the Adelaide Hills, Shottesbrooke Afternoon Delights live music and wine on Sunday in McLaren Flat.