The Easter long weekend is fast approaching, and although staying home living off chocolate for three days may sound appealing, we have some events that will make you ditch the crème egg coma. We’ve picked a handful of events happening around town to suit those of all ages.
Surfside Jam – Torquay
What better way to start the Easter long weekend than with a Coastal Jam event at the Torquay Hotel. Spend the evening dancing to the beats of Digitalism, Joyride, London Topaz and many more! The event begins at 5pm and goes until 2am on Good Friday, a percentage of the proceeds also go to the Good Friday Appeal. Fun Fact: If it’s your birthday on Good Friday you get a free ticket, there will also be complimentary shuttle buses traveling from Torquay back to Geelong CBD. There are limited tickets remaining so make sure you get in quick, tickets cost around $50 and can be purchased on the Surfside Jam Facebook event page.
The Bendigo Easter Festival – Bendigo
The Bendigo Easter Festival is one of the largest Easter long weekend events in regional Victoria. With activities such as art and craft markets, the vision Australia Easter egg hunt, carnival rides, various art and photography exhibitions and so much more. To see the full festival program head to www.bendigoeasterfestival.org.au. The festival also has a rich Chinese history, a tradition that first began in 1879 with the first large scale contribution from the Chinese community, so make sure you come and see the Sun Loong (longest imperial dragon) in the gala parade. The Bendigo Easter Festival is a free event for all ages and is held on the 19th – 22nd April.
Carpark Jam at The Western – Ballarat
If you’re unsure on how to spend your day off in Ballarat on Easter Friday, the inaugural Car Park Jam at the Western Hotel may just be the event for you. Starting at 4pm the Western Hotel will be hosting five hours of live music featuring headliner act Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats. Tickets are $30 and available from www.trybooking.com
Pagan’s ‘The Evil Eye’ Tour at The Barwon Club – Geelong
Pagan has just returned from their successful UK and Europe tour and are ready to bring their explosive and utterly visceral rock and roll ritual to Geelong. Held at The Barwon Club on Easter Saturday at 8pm. Nikki, Matthew, Xavier, and Danny are all beyond excited to tell you all the stories they brought back from across the seven seas and vow that Pagan’s homecoming dance is a dance you do not want to miss! Tickets are $20 can be purchased via www.pagancult.tumblr.com
The Drop – Torquay
One of the biggest events taking place this Easter Long Weekend is The Drop in Torquay on Easter Saturday. Located alongside the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, this event is proudly local, environmentally sustainable and for all ages. The line-up is filled with some huge names such as Angus and Julia Stone, Client Liaison, Hockey Dad, The Jungle Giants, and Alex the Astronaut. Although The Drop is currently sold out, there is an official resale site where you can try and snatch a ticket for $90-$100.
Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie Free Easter Egg Hunt – Surf Coast
The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie is holding free Easter egg hunts for families over the Easter long weekend. The hunts will be held on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm (no bookings required) in the Chocolateries’ picturesque grounds, where Easter Bunnies will help kids ages 12-and-under search for a token to then claim their complimentary Easter egg. For the adults, the Chocolateries’ Café will be offering Easter inspired cakes and tarts, as well as their usual all-day menu.
Regent Cinema screens The Goonies – Ballarat
If you’re after a more relaxed evening with the family the Regent Cinema in Ballarat is holding a special screening of The Goonies, perfect for adults and kids If you are unfamiliar with the film, it’s about a group of adventurous kids who discover an old pirate map, while following the map underground they encounter a variety of dangerous obstacles along the way. Ticket can be purchased at the Regent Cinema Ballarat or on their website, tickets are $12.
Written by Kayla Macleod