We don't know about you, but we feel like a four-day weekend is exactly what we need right now. Whether you've got an east coast road trip on your horizon or are keeping it local, here's everything we're double-tapping this long weekend in Brisbane!
Hot Cross Buns From Nodo | All Weekend
What is Easter without piles and piles of hot cross buns?! This year, our friends at Nodo are changing the game with their range of gluten-free, hand-rolled hot cross buns. Drool. For a limited time only, these bad boys will be the must-have treat of the long weekend. With dried blueberries, Easter spices and no refined sugars, these warm gluten-free buns are the Easter treat we can get behind. And if that wasn’t enough to tempt you, they are also bringing back their hot cross doughnuts! This Easter they are open every day from 8am – 2pm.
Byron Bay Bluesfest | Thurs, Mar 29 – Mon, Apr 2
Kick off your Easter long weekend the right way with Australia’s premier blues & roots music festival – Bluesfest! In it’s 29th year, the line-up is not only big, it’s incredibly ambitious and the best we have seen yet.
In true Bluesfest style, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will return in a collaborative fashion to commemorate a major milestone: the 50-year celebration of Led Zeppelin’s first ever performance, by performing a list of their classics. Say hello to international superstar, Lionel Richie as he brings his full arena spectacular. Get soulful with four-time Grammy award-winning, Seal, as he performs hits from his tenth studio album and a couple of his all-time classics. Rock out with American music icon, Sherly Crow because we know that’s all you wanna do. Flashback to 2009 fresh hits with Newton Faulkner bringing his distinctive guitar playing style to perform some newies and oldies. Then groove to local legends Tash Sultana, Holy, Holy, and John Butler Trio or get mellow with Ziggy Alberts, First Aid Kit, Citizen Cope and Hussy Hicks.
Byron Bay Bluesfest is internationally renowned for being one of the biggest festivals in the country. Whether you are a muso, festival nut or just looking for somewhere to enjoy a chilled weekend away – Bluesfest is the place to be! Running for five whole days and incredibly family friendly, choose to go just for one day, two days or the whole week.
Lana Del Rey | Thurs, Mar 29
Returning for the first time since 2012, the Summertime Sadness singer/songwriter will be bringing her Lust for Life World Tour to Brisbane’s Riverstage. Critically acclaimed as her most sincere and sublime album yet, her lyrics explore the themes of tragic romance, melancholia and glamour. Supporting act BORNS will be accompanying her with his pop-rock style and disco-stomp sound. Tickets start from $129.90 and are still available on resale websites.
All You Can Eat Ice Cream Buffet at Baskin Robbins Rosalie | Thurs, Mar 29
Baskin Robbins Rosalie is putting on an all you can eat ice cream buffet for the first time ever. It’ll be delightful, delicious and will leave you devilishly wanting more. With prices starting from $6.90, choose from a wide variety of flavours and scoop sizes. Bring along your buddies and absolutely melt in ice-cream heaven.
Queen’s Baton Relay Commonwealth Games 2018 | Fri, Mar 30 – Sat, Mar 31
Catch the once-in-a-generation baton relay as it passes through Brisbane on the Easter long weekend. Travelling for 388 days and covering 230,000 kilometres, the Queen’s Baton Relay is the longest in history! Celebrating the Commonwealth’s diversity, this Games tradition aims to inspire the community’s pride and excite people about the world-class festival of sports and culture. Check out the GC2018 website to find the prime spots to see the baton and cheer on the baton bearers. Almost all spots will contain food vendors, and entertainment such as face painting, jumping castles and live music. Let the games begin!
Easter Chocolate Menu | Fri, Mar 30
This Easter long weekend, Victoria Park Bistro is hosting an entirely chocolate-inspired menu. From breakfast through to dinner, the menu is a delish celebration of everything we love about Easter. Available Good Friday to Easter Sunday, the menu includes the likes of It’s A Rocky Road waffles, Sticky Chocolate Pizza and Chilli Chocolate Rotisserie Chicken. If you’re worried about a sugar crash, they will also be offering their full breakfast menu and seasonal lunch/dinner menu which are the perfect accompaniments for any celebrations with family and friends.
Blue Water Festival | Fri, Mar 30
Attracting thousands of Queenslanders to Shorncliffe Pier and Moora Park every year, the annual Blue Water Festival is back. Setting sail from Shorncliffe on Good Friday morning, take advantage of the best waterfront views for the start of Australia’s second-biggest yacht race! Celebrating 21 years, expect some fun celebrations and entertainment as you peruse market stalls, eat gourmet food and see the start of the famous Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
Finding Dory at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary | Fri, Mar 30
Catch a free screening of the animated favourite ‘Finding Dory’ at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Grab your pillows and blankets and lie comfortably amidst the grassy hills of this earthy, outdoor amphitheatre. Kids can also enjoy free jumping castles, Easter egg handouts and face painting. It’s a perfect cinema experience to take the family or a group of friends! If you are feeling a bit peckish, there will be a variety of dinner and treats from a bunch of onsite food stalls. Free parking and free wi-fi are also available, plus your furry friends are welcome too!
Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre | Sat & Sun, Mar 30 -31
Looking for something fun that’s local and will keep the kids entertained? Round up your little bunny babies and get them to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre to engage in a giant Easter bunny egg hunt! Located outside Coles on level 1, you'll need to find all of the novelty-sized Easter bunnies hidden throughout the centre. Once all 20 bunnies have been found take your tally passport book (to be collected in the centre) to the customer service desk on level 2, to receive a free Cadbury Chocolate Easter Bunny!
Block Party at The Gabba | Sat, Mar 31
Celebrating the Lions’ first home game of the season, the Gabba is delivering an epic foodie party that will include a delicious array of food trucks and pop up bars, plus some great live music. Just when you thought the footy at the Gabba couldn’t get any better, right? Local favourites Salt Meats Cheese will be making an appearance, so will Mr Burger, Mac From Way Back and Cheese Lane. Get behind the Brisbane Lion’s and enjoy all the action!
La Bayadère | Sat, Mar 31
If you are after something with some poise, get swept off your feet with the Queensland Ballet’s production of La Bayadère. Exploring the themes of colonial politics, opium-fueled dreams and glittering balls, don’t miss this magnificent staging of a revered ballet classic. This is the last showing of this performance, so make sure you don’t miss out!
Easter Sunday Brunch at The Brisbane Marriot Hotel | Sun, Apr 1
Easter Sunday calls for all things food, family, friends, entertainment and enjoyment! The Marriot Hotel is hosting an Easter Sunday Brunch with a full array of hot and cold brunch favourites. What better way to spend the morning of Easter Sunday than with family and friends, munching on freshly baked hot cross buns, mimosa cocktails and enjoying some live entertainment. Starting at 11.30, adult tickets are $59 and children are $29.
Bellini Sunday: Easter Edition | Sun, Apr 1
Darling Paddington is bringing back their famous Bellini Sundays. Enjoy a main meal paired with two hours of bottomless Bellinis for only $39 per person. Putting a cherry on the top, you can also enjoy a dessert for only $10 extra. There will be a DJ from 2pm so sit back, relax and enjoy some cocktail carafes all afternoon! Make sure you book to ensure a spot.
$2 Tacos! | Sun, Apr 1
What are you taco-ing about? $2 tacos?! Yes indeed! If you’re on the Gold Coast this Easter break, make sure you go and check out Lost Palms Brewing Company and their $2 tacos! Located in Miami at the Gold Coast, all taco lovers are lured to this special little spot to taste some pretty delicious tacos. Whether you are a meat eater or vego, Lost Palms Brewing Company will have something to satisfy your hunger.
If you want to know what other stores & cafes are open this weekend, check out our pick below.
If you’ve left your chocolate shopping until the last minute, there’s no need to stress – while Coles and Woolworths are both closed Friday, they’ll be open 9am – 6pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday for all of your Easter treat needs, though hours may vary depending on store.
Both Dan Murphy’s and BWS will close on Good Friday but are open regular hours for the rest of the long weekend so that you can celebrate with a glass of wine in hand.
Major Shopping Centres
Westfield’s Chermside, Carindale, North Lakes and Garden City close Good Friday, but if you need a bit of retail therapy, they’ll be open until 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with opening hours varying between stores. Queen’s Plaza will also be closed on Friday, but open 10.30am – 4pm for the rest of the weekend.
Cafes, Restaurants and Bars
If you’re after a little more than hot cross buns and want to trade your Easter eggs for some real ones for breakfast, a number of your favourite cafes will be leaving their doors open to keep you fed and caffeinated.
New Farm favourites Little Loco and Miss Jones will open for the whole weekend, with trading hours 7am-2.30pm, while plant-based newcomer Dicki’s will open 7am-2pm Friday and Sunday, though will shut up shop for Monday.
Artie and Mai in Albion and The Corner Store Café in Toowong will open 7am-3pm for all four days, while West End classic Morning After will close Sunday and Monday, but open between 8am and 1pm on Friday and Saturday.
If you aren’t up to cooking and are in the mood for seafood, Jellyfish on Eagle Street will open for lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday; Gambaro Seafood Restaurant at Petrie Terrace will be closed Friday and Saturday but will be open 12pm-6.30pm on Sunday, and if you like your seafood with a bit of a twist, Cheeky Poke Bar at Newstead will open 11am-9pm for the whole weekend; Char Char Char will be open Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner; Il Centro Will be open on Sunday and Monday for lunch and dinner. Plus, if you book a table for either Il Centro, Char Char Char or Jellyfish, you’ll receive a complimentary Belvedere Chocolate Espresso Martini! Score.
Feature: Oasis Foods