Friday, 3 April 2015

What's On This Easter Weekend Around Melbourne (and Beyond!)

Happy Easter to you all!  I'm pretty excited, because we have some of Gareth's relatives arriving from overseas for a visit.  This also made me spend the day cleaning the house, so I'm feeling very productive!

There are a bunch of things going on around Melbourne this weekend, many of them Easter related.  Here are a few - in Melbourne, but also a couple out of town - that you might want to check out.

If you just want to know a bit about what is open and when, you can check out this City of Melbourne web page - super useful!

Bendigo Easter Festival

If you are interested in taking a trip out of town, you could head to Bendigo for the annual Easter Festival, being held all weekend.  Bendigo is about an hour and a half from Melbourne, and makes for a great day trip.  On Sunday, the Gala Parade, including the Sun Loong, the world's longest Imperial Chinese Dragon, weaves his way through the historic streetscapes of Bendigo.  If you head to Rosalind Park any day over the long weekend, you will find family activities, market stalls, entertainment and food.  You can't go wrong!

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs for about three weeks, and Easter is a great time to check out some of the acts.  There are shows being held in various locations around the city, including the Melbourne Town Hall, Federation Square, and The Comedy Theatre, to name a few, but many local clubs and pubs are also likely to have events on.  You can find a mix of international and local acts, like Arj Barker, Dave Hughes, Jimeoin, and Adam Hill.  Check out the website to find something near you over the weekend.  And have a great laugh!

AFL Season kicks off

So even if you wanted to, you can't avoid Aussie Rules Football in Melbourne.  This weekend is the first round of the 2015 AFL season, and you'll be able to check out a couple of games at the MCG this weekend: Melbourne v the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday arvo, and Hawthorn v Geelong Cats on Monday.  The footy is a nice way to spend a family afternoon, especially on a long weekend.  Get into it!

Stawell Gift

If you want to get some running kicks, you could make your way to Stawell (about 2.5 hours from Melbourne) for the annual Stawell Gift.  The Gift has been held in all but four years since 1878, and is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious foot races. Run on grass, athletes are handicapped according to form and ability, and start off varying marks accordingly. Runners race for glory and prize money over distances from 60 to 3200 metres, with many more dollars working their way through the bookies ring. The main race is the Woolworths Stawell Gift which is run over 120m up a slight gradient, and the final is traditionally held on Easter Monday.  See some of our up and coming talent, and enjoy a day out!

Docklands Easter Market

For a bit of family fun closer to home on Sunday, you could head to Docklands for the Easter Market.   The Easter bunny will be there for the little and big kids, and there will be raffles and lots of prizes to local restaurants on offer!  The market is filled with a mass variety of stalls carrying anything from crystal jewellery, to Bonsai trees and bone carvings. Alongside the stalls with new wares, there'll also be pre-loved goods to rummage through to find your treasure.  What a lovely way to spend a Sunday arvo on the waterfront.

What are you up to this Easter?  Do you have any Easter traditions?

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