The coming of Easter means a four-day weekend (score!) and we get to use our eggcellent hot-cross-puns. (No, we won’t stop. It’s a crack-up.)
We’ve got an eggciting selection of events this weekend in Brisbane to keep you busy from Thursday to Sunday. So go on, hop to it.
Fluffy green grass, sweet treats and family-friendly cafés make South Bank the pawfect place to celebrate the arrival of the Easter Bunny this weekend.
Kick off Easter with a chocolate frenzy at one South Bank’s famed dessert bars: Max Brenner, San Churro or Cowch. Don’t forget to check out the other round treats at Doughnut Time or go full sugar hit with a Nitrogenie concoction.
Take those treats down to the grassy Liana Lounge and bask in the warm weather with free live music from City Sounds. They’ll be playing at South Bank’s Liana Lounge on Easter Saturday, or enjoy the Sunday Sessions on the Green in River Quay on Easter Sunday from 2pm to 5pm.
Once the guilt has kicked in, take solace in the fact that the Medibank Feel Good Program will run throughout the break. Burn off those calories with yoga, pilates, aqua aerobics or a Zumba class (what better way to burn calories than dance them away?). If organised fitness isn’t your thing, you can always cycle or walk at your own pace all the way from QAGOMA to Kangaroo Point Cliffs (and back again).
When: ALL HOLIDAYS
Where: South Bank, South Brisbane (duh!)
Cost: You spend what ya want. Or nothing at all if you go along for the river views and SERENITY.
Get your French on at the tres chic film festival. Escape all the Easter chaos and settle into a feast of sumptuous films both new and classic across the Palace Centro and Palace Barracks cinema.
When: March 24-28, various times
Where: Palace Centro and Barracks cinemas
The class is 18+, runs for 45 minutes and but there’s no dance training required! This is a beginners’ dance class and a shame-free zone for all bodies, shapes, sizes and genders.
When: Thursday 24 March, 7.15pm or 8.30pm
Where: Woolly Mammoth, 633 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
Cost: Book online for $19 per person
Make sure you have a small brekky so you can indulge at the Regatta's four-course seafood extravaganza. With a menu designed by Boatshed's executive chef Vessi Seng, the lunch features mains such as and a premium beverage package that features Moet. Ooh la la!
When: 11.30am, Friday March 24
Where: Boatshed at the Regatta Hotel, 543 Coronation Drive, ToowongCost: $150 per person
Sporting fans, do not miss the NRL Grand Final Rematch this Good Friday. See the Brisbane Broncos clash with the North Queensland Cowboys for the match of the year. Brisbane will be out for redemption as the Cowboys try to maintain their victorious title. BYO giant inflatable finger (a sport spectator must-have).
When: Friday 25 March, 7:05pm to 8:40pm
Where: Suncorp Stadium, 40 Castlemain Street, Milton
Cost: Book online, tickets range from $17.33 to $42.82
If you’re still waiting for an owl to deliver your acceptance letter, wait no more because baby you are going to Hogwarts! Pastel Palace of Paddington will be hosting a Hogwarts-themed bonanza this Saturday from 1.30pm to 7pm.
Doors will open at 1.30pm for a movie showing, with trivia at 4pm. Then enjoy ANOTHER movie showing at 4.30pm because it wouldn’t be a Hogwarts evening without a lil’ movie marathon. At 6pm, the Cosplay Competition kicks off so dust off those broomsticks and start ironing your fanciest robe.
Throughout the day, you can buy everything on your Hogwarts school list from Pastel Pixie, Kareki Art, Bonnies Bathhouse, Enchanted Lights and Ruby Kawaii. And by “everything on your Hogwarts list” we mean the stuff of dreams. We’re talking Potter-themed art, accessories, memorabilia, candles and soaps.
When: Saturday 26 March, 1:30pm to 7pm
Where: BrisWest Centre, 132 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
Cost: Entry is free!
Sirromet Winery is the place to be this Easter Sunday with children's rides and live entertainment throughout the day. There will be delicious foods and a feast of Easter eggs delivered personally by the star of the day – the Easter bunny. The day kicks off at 10am and is sure to be fun for the whole family. Book a table for lunch and enjoy your Easter Sunday meal at the nearby Lurleen's Restaurant or take advantage of the different foods on offer at Sirromet’s Fun Day.
When: Sunday 27 March, 10am onwards
Where: Sirromet Winery, 850 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton
Cost: Free entry!
Gather the family for to celebrate Easter aboard a lunch cruise on the Kookaburra Queen. Enjoy an international and seafood buffet, dessert, live jazz, scenic views and an easter egg hunt for the kids (and big kids alike).
When: Sunday 27 March, 11.30am to 2pm
Where: The Brisbane River
Cost: Book online for $79 per adult and $59 per child (4-12 years)