26 March 2018
Easter Long Weekend comes early this year, and to celebrate there will be a wide range of fun things to do happening around the state from 30 March to 2 April. Read on to discover some awesome Easter Long Weekend festivities and activities around NSW and start planning your Easter getaway!
The annual blues festival brings some of the most highly acclaimed musical talent from all over Australia and the world to Tyagarah Tea Free Farm, just north of Byron Bay. Over the five days, 200 performances will grace five stages, with this year’s headline act being musical legend Lauryn Hill. Attendees will be well catered to with five licensed bars, 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens and children’s entertainment. Ticketed camping is also available onsite for up to 6,000 people.
Nestled in beautiful Yuin Country in far south coast NSW, Four Winds Festival will bring 60 artists, 10 ensembles and 26 performances to 10 locations in Barraga Bay this year. With a backdrop famous for its exquisite landscapes and beaches, the festival is perfectly positioned to offer a melting pot of music, art and beauty. Highlights include performances by the Goldner String Quartet, pianist Ian Munro and soprano singer Emma Pearson.
A part of the Byron Bay Blues Festival, Boomerang Festival is a new world Indigenous festival for all Australians. The first of its kind, this 2 day event will showcase the very best of Indigenous culture through art, discussions, music, dancing, workshops and much more. The event has attracted nationwide and international attention, with Indigenous artists travelling from Arnhem Land, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Asia and the Pacific to perform and participate.
One of the biggest festivals on the South Coast, the annual blessing of the fleet festival draws crowds of locals and visitors alike, who come to play homage to the significance of fishing to the community. The day starts with the Milton Ulladulla Ex-Servos Club Parade: a float parade showcasing imaginative designs and elaborate costumes. The floats are then led to the harbour for the blessing ceremony, which is followed by a spectacular fireworks display in the evening.
There will be fun for the whole family, with Easter in the Gardens returning to Hunter Valley Gardens this year. Over the long weekend the gardens will come alive with rides, attractions, an opportunity to watch chickens hatch, a gingerbread workshop, family photo opportunities with the Easter bunny and also an Easter egg hunt.
Held annually to celebrate Nundle’s gold fields, Nundle Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival will showcase Chinese dance performances, live music, food, produce and craft and bric-a-brac market stalls. There is also an opportunity for attendees to try gold panning for AUD $1,000 worth of genuine Nundle gold, as well as plenty of children’s activities including an animal nursery, jumping castle, magician, story time and face painting.