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Celebrating Easter in Brisbane

9 Mar 2016

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Who doesn’t love a long weekend? And when the occasion justifies eating more than the usual amount of chocolate, it’s even better! If you’re planning to spend Easter in or near Brisbane, here are some of the events you could consider attending.
Not big on festivals? You might want to try out something more low-key that the typical weekend doesn’t allow time for. Maybe you’ll check out Queensland Museum’s current exhibits, visit the furry residents of Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, or embark on a gourmet doughnut trek through the city.
But if you do have an appetite for a big event this Easter, read on to discover some of your options!

Bluewater Festival
Where: Shorncliffe Pier and Moora Park, Sandgate
When: 7.30pm, March 24th (Thursday); Daytime, March 25th (Good Friday)
The Bluewater Festival celebrates the beginning of the Brisbane-Gladstone Yacht Race. This event’s ‘Bayfire’ fireworks on Thursday night create the perfect beginning to anyone’s long Easter weekend, particularly since the waterfront views here are already so stunning. 
Good Friday is the big celebration day, with vibrant stalls selling a variety of goods, vendors offering gourmet food, fun carnival rides and some fantastic free entertainment.
Top Tip
This festival draws in thousands of people, so finding a good carpark isn’t always easy. Luckily, there are several buses that service the area and both Sandgate and Shorncliffe train stations are nearby, making public transport an easy alternative.

Redcliffe Sails Festival
Where: Suttons Beach, Redcliffe
When: 9.00am – 4.00pm, March 25th (Good Friday)
Similarly to the Bluewater Festival, the Redcliffe Sails Festival is situated on a beach and presents people with a great vantage point for watching the vessels pass by in the Brisbane-Gladstone Yacht Race.
This event is all about family fun, celebrating Easter and appreciating all things nautical. There are over 150 market stalls to browse, plenty of tasty food to eat and some excellent entertainment for people of all ages. The egg hunt on the beach is always a highlight of this festival too.
Top Tip
Don’t be surprised if the Easter Bunny makes a surprise appearance. If you don’t see him straight away, just listen for the delighted squeals and look for a growing crowd of kids!

Gold Coast Italian Festival
Where: Pratten Park, Broadbeach
When: 10.30am – 10.00pm, March 26th and 27th (Easter Saturday and Sunday)
Love pasta, pizza, gelato and other cuisine from Italy? You might want to head south to the Gold Coast for the Italian Festival during the Easter weekend! Beyond the delicious food (obviously), you’ll also get to sample some great wine, enjoy some moving music, see some cool cars and generally just live la dolce vita.
The Gold Coast Italian Festival is a fantastic family-friendly event that is well worth the short journey south and $7 entry fee for adults.
Top Tip
Children younger than 12 get free entry, so bring along the little ones and show them all the tastes, smells and sights of Italian culture.

Where: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay
When: March 24th – 28th (Thursday to Easter Monday)
If you’re a fan of blues and roots music, you might consider travelling even further south into northern NSW for Byron Bay’s Bluesfest. 7 stages, 200+ performances, 5 days, 100+ food/market stalls, and 5 licensed bars – if those numbers don’t get you excited, some of the acts probably will! The line-up for 2016 includes the likes of Hozier, Bob Dylan, Angus & Julia Stone, John Mayer and plenty more.
Top Tip
Attendees are welcome to bring portable chairs with them for the festival. And since each day of music goes for 12 hours, this is probably not a bad idea!

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