Whether you’re looking for some Easter fun for yourself or the kids, the capital has something in store for you this long weekend.
Adults can kick off their Easter breaks with some Thursday night fun and drinks at Barton’s Leyla Bar or The Alby in Phillip, while family fun will be ushered in from Good Friday with Easter Bunny visits, train rides and everything in between.
And, of course, the National Folk Festival will continue playing across the Easter long weekend.
Grey Goose Golden Egg Party
When: Thursday 6 April, from 7 pm
Where: Leyla Bar, 1 Burbury Close, Barton
Cost: free entry; book here.
Kick off the Easter long weekend at Leyla Bar. Take in views of Parliament and leafy surrounding suburbs from the rooftop while helping yourself to one of the Grey Goose vodka cocktail specials, including Movie Night. This feature cocktail is made with popcorn syrup, Dutch cacao, Baileys and, of course, Grey Goose vodka.
Easter at The Alby
When: Thursday 6 April, from 6 pm
Where: The Alby, 45 Furzer Street, Phillip
Cost: free entry, book here.
The Alby’s many personalities will be on full display on the cusp of this Easter long weekend. Guests can relax in the beer garden outside, try their hand at the duckpin bowling alleys in the basement or hit the dance floor, complete with a DJ from 8 pm. No matter where you spend your Thursday, arm yourself with a $12 margarita or three tinnies for $20.
Good Friday Buffet
When: Friday 7 April, 12:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club, corner of Catchpole and Bowman Street, Macquarie
Cost: $75 per adult, $36 per child (3 to 12 years); book here.
This Good Friday lunch feast will be prepared by Canberra Southern Cross Club Executive Chef Jojy Vattoly. The meal will begin with a plated seafood entrée, featuring a selection of squid, prawns, oysters and salmon. The following buffet lunch features a choice of three salads and several mains and desserts.
Easter Family Fun Day at the Old Canberra Inn
When: Saturday 8 April, from 1 pm
Where: The Old Canberra Inn, 195 Mouat Street, Lyneham
Cost: free entry; no booking required.
The Old Canberra Inn has something for the whole family. For the kids, a jumping castle, face painting and egg hunt. And for the adults, a beer treasure hunt. Plus live music all day long. The Johnny Reynolds Power Trio are first up in the afternoon with their brand of funky-bluesy atmospheric rock and next are four-piece Canberra band, The Crossbenchers, with lounge, blues and R&B.
Saturday and Sunday
Easter Egg Hunts & Night Trains
When: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm (egg hunts) and 5 pm to 8 pm (train rides)
Where: Canberra Miniature Railway, Southern end of Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston
Cost: $15; book here.
The Canberra Miniature Railway is holding its annual Easter celebration across two nights. A total of 4000 Easter eggs have been hidden for a mega egg hunt spanning two nights. The special Easter train ride starts in daylight and ends after nightfall. All profits from the Easter events will go towards building, maintaining and extending the rolling stock, track and infrastructure.
All long weekend and beyond
2023 National Folk Festival
When: Thursday 6 to Monday 10 April; see program here
Where: Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell
Cost: $10 to $536.60; book here.
The five-day music, dance and spoken word festival will be headlined by Australian folk-rock legends The Waifs and English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg. Plus, an extended line-up of award-winning and emerging musicians from Australia and around the globe. Festival goers can also access markets, kids’ activities, music and dance workshops and the Session Bar.
Canberra Outlet Celebrates Easter
When: Saturday 8 to Monday 23 April (closed Good Friday), 11 am to 2 pm; see full program here
Where: Canberra Outlet, 337 Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick
Cost: free; no booking required.
The Outlet will transform into a sweet factory-themed wonderland this Easter school holidays. Activities include making bunny masks and egg cartons, chocolate bunny and cupcake decorating, and Easter basket making in preparation for the Easter Bunny’s arrival at the Centre on Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th, Saturday 8th, and Sunday 9th April, between 11 am and 2 pm.
Wonka Chocolate Factory at South.Point
When: Sunday 9 April to Friday 21 April; see full program here
Where: South.Point, outside Big W, Anketell Street & Reed Street, Greenway
Cost: free; book here.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will be brought to life at South.Point through a range of kids activities, including making candy butterflies, chocolate slime and candy swirl garlands and designing Willy Wonka hats. Wonka chocolate bars will also be up for grabs, with five hiding winning golden tickets. Plus, on Easter Sunday, the Easter Bunny will stop at South.Point.