15+ events to hop along to this Easter long weekend | HerCanberra

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It’s finally here! Our four day Easter long weekend!

Got four glorious days of no work? Here’s how to fill your weekend in Canberra. Hop along to it!

Looking for even more to do in Canberra? Check out our What’s On section to find hundreds of events happening around town.


Easter Saturday Chocolate Indulgence

Okay so technically you can take the kids to this—but why would you want to share a decadent chocolate high tea? Start the afternoon melting chocolate risotto and then indulge in a selection of Oreo cupcakes, profiteroles, and chocolate cheesecake. Then—if you haven’t had enough—wind down with a refreshing selection of Mellabella chocolate gelatos. Oh, and did we mention you also get a chocolate cocktail on arrival?

Saturday 8 April, 12 pm – 2 pm | Hotel Kurrajong, 8 National Circuit, Barton | Book here.

The Great Easter Egg Hunt

It’s time for the Haig Park Village Market annual Easter egg hunt! Head along to enjoy an  incredible day in the park, including the fun hunt and the free Easter arts and crafts table. Bookings are essential so get in quick!

Sunday 9 April | Haig Park, Braddon | Book here.

Meet the Easter Bunny at the Old Bus Depot Markets

Enjoy some chocolate and freshly baked goodies as the Easter Bunny hops into the Old Bus Depot Markets! And then after the hunt for chocolate eggs, it’s a hunt for original jewellery, art and homewares. See you there?

Sunday 9 April | 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston | obdm.com.au

Spot the Easter Bunny at your local Westfield

Snap some cute pics with the Easter bunny, feast on some chocolate treats and enjoy live shows with Alice, Mad Hatter and more. Little ones can also participate in craft workshops. Say less, you had us at feasting on chocolate.

Saturday 8 until Saturday 22 April | Westfield Woden and Belconnen | More information here

Have an egg-citing Easter adventure at Gungahlin Marketplace

No bunny lay a finger on my chocolate eggs, because Gungahlin Marketplace are putting on the ultimate Easter egg hunt! Get ready to decorate a bag and fill it with as many eggs as you possibly can, or pretend to be a little more sophisticated at the Tea and Garden Party. Don’t forget to pop on your finest tutu and bunny ears to potentially meet the Easter bunny itself!

Until Sunday 23 April | Gungahlin Marketplace | More information here

Have a sweet time at the Canberra Outlet Centre

Meet the Easter bunny and get serious about your Easter egg hunt by creating Easter baskets, bags, and cartons at the Canberra Outlet Centre’s Sweet Factory. The best part is you can decorate chocolate bunnies and cupcakes to take home (and share with no one, go on we won’t judge).

Saturday 8 until Monday 23 April | Canberra Outlet Centre, Fyshwick | More information here.

Special events and festivals

Retro Arcade at Canberra Centre

Live out your retro arcade dreams these school holidays, as Canberra Centre brings the nostalgia of your favourite arcade machines to life!

Step through the doors of the Retro Arcade and be transported into a classic 50s style arcade—sure to be a hit with the young and the young at heart.

Visitors will enjoy an immersive space where they’ll be able to enjoy for free retro arcade games including Munster Pinball, Atari Pong, Air Hockey and a number of others, including from Kingpin, Canberra’s leading entertainment venue, which was awarded Canberra’s Top Entertainment Venue for 2022 (for the third year in a row)!

Until 23 Sunday April from 10 am–2 pm daily, and 4–7 pm on Friday nights | No bookings are required for this free event | Canberra Centre

Four Winds Music Festival

Taking place until Sunday 9 April, Four Winds Music Festival offers a coastal escape like no other, with live music, exciting creative collaborations and art installations in Four Winds’ unique ‘Sound Shell’ natural amphitheatre with local food and wine in an inclusive family-friendly atmosphere. It’s the perfect excuse to escape the city.

Until Sunday 9 April | Four Winds Road, Barragga Bay (near Bermagui), NSW (a 3.5-hour drive from Canberra) | Book here.


360 ALLSTARS has taken its revolutionary urban circus around the world—now it’s making its official Canberra debut at Canberra Theatre Centre. The theatre will come to life with BMX, breakdancing, rap and drumming, showcasing diverse artforms that were born in the streets and mastered at the hands of these elite performers. It’s sure to leave you dizzy with excitement.

Until Saturday 8 April | Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

Playful Endeavour

Playful Endeavour is returning for the April school holidays for loose-parts play in Glebe Park! Take the kids along and let them run wild with open-ended, imaginative, self-directed play using a wide range of materials to spark the imagination such as hoops, poles, pipes, crates, ropes and tyres. Children are encouraged to let their imagination run free, using found and made materials to become whatever they want them to be! The best part? It’s free.

Saturday 8 until Sunday 23 March | Glebe Park, Canberra City | act.gov.au

National Folk Festival

The Folkie is back! Bringing world-class performers, established and emerging artists and music lovers together to discover, share, experience and celebrate the exciting world of folk, expect five days full of fun.

Until Monday 10 April | Various locations | Book here.

Tuff Nutterz Canberra

Measuring almost 300 square metres, Australia’s largest inflatable obstacle course is back to cause some chaos for the whole family. This supersize inflatable maze is packed with 30 fun and challenging obstacles to complete, including huge slides, climbing walls, hanging rails, balance balls and more! The kids will have a blast and so will you…if you’re game to try.

Until Sunday 23 April | Parkes Place Lawns, King Edward Terrace, Parkes | Book here.


A Stranger I Know Well

The exhibition’s witty and purposeful use of reflection provides the viewer space to consider the value of (self) image in our visually saturated culture. Allowing the artist’s own insecurities to manifest themselves in a body of work that puts the gaze on display, it’ll make you think.

Until Sunday 9 April | 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith | m16artspace.com

Fagpile—Pink Is Fun

Created by Gerald Jones, this work showcases unique iconography in their work, featuring recurring themes of the artist’s easel and the edifice, and the head. Inviting the viewer to form their own allegory of the queer artist’s “fagpile” or detritus. In this body of work, pink plays a central role with political and emotional connotations, particularly in relation to queerness.

Until Sunday 9 April | 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith | m16artspace.com

Cosmotechnic Telepathics in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Through investigations into digital telepathic infrastructure such as The Internet of Everything (the aim to automate all human processes), and current developments in Brain Computer Interfaces, in this exhibition a range of artists explore the differences between ‘regenerative’ and ‘extractive’ forms of telepathy.

Until Sunday 9 April | 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith | m16artspace.com

10th Anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions at Parliament House

This exhibition is a audio-visual display commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions at Parliament House. The apology acknowledged that the forced separation of mothers from babies ‘created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering’.

Watch historic footage of speeches given in the Great Hall on 21 March 2013, including the full Apology and responses from former MP the Hon Steve Irons and former Senator Rachel Siewert.

Saturday 16 April | Australian Parliament House, 1 Parliament Drive, Canberra | aph.gov.au

Chromology: a solo exhibition by Luca Siliquini

This exhibition of oil paintings shows the effects that the colours of Canberra have on an Italian-born artist.

Until Sunday 16 April | Humble House Gallery, 93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick | humblehouse.com.au

Matthew Thorne: Jingo was born in the Slum

This darkly powerful exhibition reflects on the bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang’s exploits in late 1870s Australia and the enduring legacy of the Kelly myth in contemporary culture. The exhibition includes Alice Babidge’s costumes from the film as well as iconic paintings from the Commonwealth Sidney Nolan collection of which CMAG is the custodian.

Until Sunday 16 April | Canberra Museum and Gallery, Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City | cmag.com.au

Light, Colour, Humanity—The Legacy of Alastair Swayn

The exhibition, Light, Colour, Humanity—The Legacy of Alastair Swayn is curated by colour and combines the three elements: Light, Colour and Humanity. Curated by Ian Wong from Monash University and presented through the Alastair Swayn Foundation 2023 Legacy Showcase, you won’t want to miss this.

Until Sunday 28 May| Canberra Museum and Gallery, Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City | cmag.com.au

Feature image: Marketplace Gungahlin via Facebook.

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