2015 - EP 9 - 4th April 2015



Crab Carnival 2015

Crab fans roll up! The crustacean filled Crab Carnival is back. Get your ultimate crab fix with crab menu specials, cocktails, crab races, and a crab eating contest that will challenge the biggest of appetites. There’s so much crabby value that you’ll get a little sideways. Whether you’re a crab novice or a committed crab lover, come down and enjoy the biggest crab appreciation carnival Sydney has seen.


The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room

225 George St, Sydney

30th March – 24th April

11.30am – 10.30pm

Ph: 9247 6744 



With Anzac day approaching Darling Harbour has a great experience to enjoy this year. Five leading artists from Europe and Australia have created a 120 metre floating artwork called Nomanslanding - a free interactive and reflective experience to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC.

At the centre of this world-first event is an installation that will be floating on Cockle Bay. Cross the pontoon bridges to see an interpretation of a soldier’s experience during wartime. Visitors will approach the installation from opposing shores across the water, in an unfamiliar no man's land, to arrive in a dome structure in the middle of the bay.

Get in quick to see this as in May it will make its way to Scotland and Germany.


Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour

2nd April - 3rd May

11am – 7pm

Ph: 9240 8500  




National Folk Festival

Be there when the crème of Australia’s folk artists perform, together with international acts, at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. You’ll be foot tapping and jigging to folk, blues and roots. There will also be dance, poetry, and story telling sessions, a kids program, markets and masterclasses so you can brush up on your own skills. Pack your tent to enjoy onsite camping.


Exhibition Park

Cnr Flemington Road and Federal Hwy, Canberra

2nd – 6th April

Ph: 6262 4792     


Easter Long Weekend at Hunter Valley Gardens

Join the Giant Easter Egg Hunt at the Easter Long Weekend at Hunter Valley Gardens! On Easter Saturday and Sunday morning the kids can join the Easter Bunny to search for loads of coloured eggs. There will also be heaps of fun activities and entertainment including The Gingerbread Workshop, Face Painting, the Hunter Valley Petting Zoo, Laughing Clowns, Snow Cones and Fairy Floss. Head to the website for more info, and to purchase your tickets online.

Hunter Valley Gardens

2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin

3rd – 6th April

Ph: 4998 4000    



Hurry to secure your tickets for the country’s premiere Blues festie, Bluesfest, in Byron Bay. This year’s stellar line-up includes Diesel, Hozier, Counting Crows, Train, Blue king Brown, Michael Franti & Spearhead and many more. Head the website to purchase your tickets before it sells out!


Black Rock Road, Tyagarah

2nd – 6th April

Ph: 6685 8310     


Maclean Highland Gathering

Head to the 'Scottish Town in Australia' for the Maclean Highland Gathering. Enjoy piping competitions and street concerts across town, and then a parade to the showground, featuring all the participating bands, followed by traditional Scottish games- including tossing the Caber and hammer throwing- highland dancing, food stalls and Scottish wares. There will also be a Grand Scottish Concert at the Civic Hall.

Maclean Showground

3rd & 4th Appril

Ph: 6645 2887         


Tilba Easter Festival

The Easter highlight in Eurobodalla is the Tilba Easter Festival! It’s got everything from live music from four stages, roaming street performers, hilarious street games, rides, markets, delicious food, to an art show plus so much more! There's also a Youth Talent Quest, Reptile Awareness Snake Show and don't forget to see the annual art show. Be treated all day to a huge variety of music from jazz to folk, the blues and even bagpipes!


Bate Street, Central Tilba

Saturday 4th April

Ph: 4473 7053   


Ulladulla Easter Festival

Spend Easter in Ulladulla and experience the annual Blessing of the Fleet. The Blessing of the Fleet is a time honoured tradition kept alive by the area's descendants of the original Italian fishing community. As well as the blessing, there will also be a colourful street parade, live music, the BIG4 Bungalow Park Beach Games, and a fireworks finale over Ulladulla Harbour.


3rd – 6th April

Ulladulla Harbour

Parade starts 11am on Easter Sunday, fireworks 6.30pm         


Dubbo Country Music Festival

The Dubbo Country Music Festival will be a weekend feast of country music. Highlights of the Easter long weekend's program include muso nights at various locations, a talent quest, walk-up concert and tribute shows to some of country music's most legendary performers.

For more information go to Dubbo Country Music Association's Facebook page.


Corner Macquarie Street and Newell Highway, Dubbo

2nd – 6th April

Ph: 0412 970 154


Bathurst Motor Festival

The countdown is on for the annual, electrifying Bathurst Motor Festival! Hundreds of vehicles will be competing, at the iconic Mount Panorama Circuit, in a range of categories including across sprint races, mini endurance races and regularity sessions (against the clock).

Entry to all spectators is by a bank note donation to the official charity - LEGACY.


Mount Panorama, Bathurst

3rd – 5th April

Ph: (07) 3315 2499        


Mudgee Bike Muster

On yer bike this Easter for the 8th annual Mudgee Bike Muster. Gather up your family and/or friends for a weekend of recreational cycling in and around the Central Ranges town of Mudgee. And after a hard (or easy) day’s cycling, head back to the communal campsite for nightly entertainment. There’s lunch at a different venue each day which is included in the registration fee. There will also be organised kid’s activities on offer.


Cassilis Road, Mudgee

3rd – 6th April

Ph: 0419 227 152  


Tullamore Irish Festival

Be sure to be sure to head to the 12th Tullamore Irish Festival! Celebrate the town of Tullamore’s historic Irish connections with a weekend of Irish films, music, dancing and food. Highlight events include the street parade, Irish Hurdles and foot race, dance workshops and more. There will be stage entertainment featuring Irish bands and music with this year's special guest artists being the U2 Tribute band Elevation, Eric Bogle, and Steve Passfield and the Handpicked band. And this year there’s an Irish Connection Photo competition with prize money on offer for the winning entries.

Head to the website to purchase tickets and to download the full program.

Cornet Street, Tullamore

3rd – 5th April

Ph: 0478 438 052                   


Lightning Ridge Easter Festival

Head to one of the state’s quirkiest towns this Easter for the Lightning Ridge Easter Festival. Event highlights include the ‘Big Dig’, where lucky competitors will dig for thousands of dollars of opals hidden in dirt, the Ridge Factor talent quest, Novelty Races, Miners Challenge, Horse Races, Float Parade, market stalls, Easter egg hunt, fireworks and more.


Morilla Street, Lightning Ridge

3rd – 5th April

Ph: 6829 1670   


Family Friendly:


Sydney Royal Easter Show

Everyone’s favourite show returns with the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show! Expect all your faves, including the Farmyard Nursery, District Exhibits, and the  Sideshow.

Expect the usual action-packed international rodeo, woodchop and polo competitions, carnival rides, nightly fireworks and live entertainment, animal nursery and animals on display, arts and crafts, 400 retail outlets and over 160 food outlets offering Australia's finest as well as a range of international cuisine.

For big kids, there will be plenty of great food and wine in Sydney Royal Beer and Wine Garden.


Sydney Showground

Sydney Olympic Park

26th March – 8th April

Ph: 9704 1111

Dodo Sydney Family Show

Another great show rolls into town with the Sydney Family Show, at Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter. Expect all the things you love in a show, including rides, animals, entertainment and of course showbags galore! The kids will love the racing pigs, free Looney Tunes stage show, and meeting the life-size stars of the hit movie, Cars, in the Disney Zone.


Entertainment Quarter Showring at Moore Park

2nd – 12th April

10am – 5pm

Ph: 0409 912 343

Free entry – ticketed rides


Easter at the Bay

The Easter Bunny is bouncing into Watsons Bay this April School Holidays for daily meet & greets and Easter Egg Hunts from 1pm - 2pm daily. On Easter Sunday, pack your snorkels and head to the Watsons Bay beachfront for their infamous Aqua Egg Hunt! Search the shallows for treasure, then swap your finds for chocolate goodies.


Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

1 Millitary Road, Watsons Bay

3rd – 6th April

Ph: 9337 5444         


The Great CP Egg Hunt

Spend the day hunting for eggs at The Great CP Egg Hunt at Centennial Park. Use a map to follow the clues, complete the challenges and claim your prize from a furry Easter friend. Due to the popularity, tickets have been released online for pre-purchase. You can jump onto the booking site and pick your time slot so it’s recommended you get in early. There will likely be no tickets available on the day.

Centennial Park

4th & 5th April

9.30am – 2.30pm

Ph: 9339 6699         

$15 per map. Prizes and photos will only be available for Children with Trail Maps.


Cronulla Easter Show

Enjoy a great family show, at a beachside location, at the Cronulla Easter Show!

With the Easter Express Train Ride, Show Bags, Farm Animals, Face Painting, Pony Rides, Entertainment, Sideshow Alley, Market Stalls and lots more, it’s a great day out. Meet the Easter Bunny, watch the balloon twisters and don’t miss the Fabulous Bumble Brothers. 


Cronulla Plaza

2 Cronulla St, Cronulla South

3rd – 6th April

Ph: 9545 7777       


Kids in the Park

Sydney Olympic Park’s Kids in the Park program is your ‘one-stop-shop’ for the kids these school holidays. Whether the kids are interested in adventurous and sporty activities or prefer creative and nature-loving pursuits, there are loads of FREE and reasonably priced activities to chose from, including The Amazing Chase bike race, swimming, archery, skating, soccer, trampolining and heaps of creative workshops.


Sydney Olympic Park

3rd – 19th April

Ph: 9714 7888          


Sport & Recreation:


The Polo International

For something different, why not try a day at the Polo? The most prestigious event on the Australian polo calendar sees Australia take on New Zealand at the Windsor Polo Club, Richmond. The best players from both countries will go head to head on the field at Windsor Polo Club. You can buy tickets to the VIP marquee or purchase a car boot spot and have a picnic with friends.


Windsor Polo Club, Richmond

Saturday 4th April

First match at 12pm, matches and entertainment until 5pm

Ph: 8346 4205


Cobbitty Village Markets

Experience a true country market day with 100 stalls selling an exciting range of craft, gourmet foods, and local produce. Sit, relax, and enjoy a delicious BBQ breakfast or lunch, Devonshire teas, and a variety of gourmet delicacies.


1st Saturday of each month

Open 8am – 1pm

Ph: 0438 512 728


Lovers Markets

Here you’ll find a diverse range of stalls from Woman and Men’s Fashion, Accessories, Kidsware, Homeware, Stationary, Vintage, Beauty, Music, Art and the list goes on! No junk stalls are allowed! LOVERS focus on showcasing both quality and innovative design and is a platform for designers and local creative businesses.

Cnr Church & Phillip Sts, Parramatta

Every Saturday

10am – 4pm


Warwick Farm Trackside Farmers Market

These markets are on every Saturday, from 8am to 12 noon, at the Warwick Farm Racecourse, Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm.

These markets are owned and run by a group of local farmers and producers and showcase a wide range of fruit and vegetables, organic produce, gluten free cakes, baked goods, soap, dog treats etc, as well as fresh coffee and freshly cooked gozleme and a Rotary BBQ.


Warwick Farm Racecourse

Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm

On every Saturday

8am to 12 noon        


Heritage Craft Fair

A range of Australian Hand Craft products on offer, as well as a Growers’ Market with fresh organic products.


1st Sunday of each month

9am – 3pm

St Ives Showground

Mona Vale Rd, St Ives


Bondi Beach Community Night Market

Roscoe St Mall, Campbell Parade Bondi Beach

Every Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-12am


Balmain Market

St Andrews Congregational Church, Cnr Darling St and Curtis Rd, Balmain

Every Saturday, 8.30am-4pm


EQ Village Markets

Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Every Wednesday and Saturday, 10am- 3.30pm


Eveleigh Farmers’ Market

Eveleigh Market is a Saturday Farmers’ Market which is held in the heritage-listed Eveleigh Market, Sydney’s only custom-renovated ‘rain, hail, shine’ market venue. It features a vast array of seasonal fresh produce including organic and bio-dynamic foods from farmers and artisan food producers across New South Wales. The array of farm produce encompasses seasonal fruit and vegetables, nuts, organic pasta, free-range pork, artisan cheese, other dairy foods, and baked goods.


Every Saturday

8am – 1pm


The Eveleigh Artisans’ Arts & Craft Market

The vegetable crates and refrigerated trucks from the Saturday Weekly Farmers’ Market make way for this vibrant Sunday monthly art and crafts market which showcases a diverse and exciting collection of high quality painting, sculpture, design, furniture, photography, ceramics, glass, home wares, craft, toys, and Indigenous artwork created by local and emerging artists and designers.


Fairfield City Markets

Fairfield Showground, Smithfield Rd, Prairiewood

Every Saturday, 9am – 4pm


The Rocks Markets

The Rocks Markets, 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Foodies Market, 10am – 4pm Friday

Cnr George & Argyle Streets, The Rocks


Manly Farmers’ Market

Short St Plaza

Every Saturday 9am – 1pm

Organic Food & Farmers’ Market

Chatswood Public School, Pacific Highway, Chatswood

Every Saturday, 8am – 1pm


Parramatta Farmers’ Market

Church St Mall, Parramatta

Every Saturday, 8am – 1pm



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