What’s on in Adelaide this Easter weekend?

There’s more to Easter in SA than chocolate and horse-racing. It can be a busy time, but it’s also a good chance to get away from the hustle and bustle and do things at your own pace. Here’s what’s on offer this long weekend:

Looking for an updated 2019 version of this list? Here it is.

Good Friday, March 30

Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée D’Orsay
This hotly anticipated exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia opens the day before Easter so take advantage of their long weekend opening hours to catch some masterpieces from Monet, Renoir, Manet and many more. Curator Tony Magnusson will dig deeper into the exhibition’s themes at curator talks (free with an exhibition ticket) on Good Friday and Easter Saturday at 11am.

March 29–April 2
10am-5pm
Art Gallery of South Australia
Tickets via Art Gallery of South Australia

Blenheim Music and Camping Festival
The Clare Valley camping festival has become a staple of South Australia’s event calendar and gets better and better each year. With laid back late-night vibes, Blenheim boasts the likes of The Black Seeds, Mia Dyson, West Thebarton, Timberwolf, Mojo Juju and many more over two nights. If you haven’t been it might be time to see what the fuss is about.

March 29–March 31
Clare Valley
Tickets via Blenheim Festival

Let The Tradition Begin
2KW on King William Street will stage a rooftop party on Good Friday with a range of DJs taking over the decks from 2pm. The ticket price includes a Lyrebird gin or Slobrew on arrival.

March 30
2pm-late
2KW, 2 King William St, Adelaide
Tickets at 2kwbar.com.au

A Very Good Friday at Electra House
Traditionally a quiet day around town, Electra House will turn up the volume with a night of house music and a lineup of Australian DJ legends from MINX to Luke Lombe, Tommy Jr x DB, Seamless, Tim Bos, Yanya Boston and a surprise guest touted as Adelaide electronic music royalty.

March 30
7pm-late
Electra House, 131 King William St, Adelaide
Book tickets at eventbrite.com.au

Meadows Easter Fair
Celebrating its 20th year, the Meadows Easter Fair is back for another big weekend of market fun. With arts, crafts, food and plenty on offer for the kids, the four-day fair is well worth the leafy drive into the Hills. New additions this year include a native animal nursery, facepainting and a jumping castle.

March 30-April 2
9am-4pm
Meadows Memorial Hall,
Free event. More information at meadowsmemorialhall.com.au

Melba’s Easter Weekend
The Adelaide Hills chocolate factory is celebrating Easter with a party each day of the long weekend. Visitors can wander through the factory and then enjoy lunch on the lawns with a Mahalia Coffee, specialty hot chocolate, milkshakes, ice-cream, chocolates and more. Local artist Silvio Apponyi will stage a live carving of a 10kg block of chocolate on Good Friday.

March 30-April 2
9am-4.30pm daily
Melba’s Chocolate Factory, 22 Henry St, Woodside
For information go to melbaschocolates.com.au

Bike SA’s Clare Easter Cycle
Bike SA offers a long weekend of relaxed riding for family and friends in the Clare Valley. The Easter Cycle Rides program offers activities and rides of varying distance and duration with something to suit all ride abilities. There’s also an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday morning and family night ride on Sunday night.

March 30 – April 2
Clare, South Australia.
For information go to bikesa.asn.au

Bilby Bonanza at Adelaide Zoo
A Bilby Bonanza will be held this Easter to celebrate 25 years of the Haigh’s Easter Bilby and Adelaide Zoo’s commitment to bilby conservation. There will be free chocolate eggs, competitions and the chance to get up close to some of the world’s most endangered animals, like the bilby.

March 30 -April 2
From 9.30am
Adelaide Zoo, Frome Rd, Adelaide
For information at adelaidezoo.com.au

Endless Summer
Uncork your creativity on Good Friday as you take sips of wine while dabbling on canvas. You can either recreate the featured painting (Endless Summer) with an artist-led tutorial or go your own way.

March 30
6:45pm – 9:45pm
Studio Vino – 4/205 Pirie St, Adelaide
Tickets from Studio Vino

Easter Saturday, March 31

Adelaide International Kite Festival
This sky-show-spectacular returns to the Semaphore foreshore with an array of whales, octopuses and other animals taking to the sky. There will be guest kite flyers from New Zealand and more than 30 market stalls open.

March 31 – April 2
11am — 5pm
Semaphore Beach and Foreshore
Free entry. Find more details on Facebook.

Cirque Africa 2.0
After racking up five-star reviews throughout the Fringe, Cirque Africa rounds out its bumper season over the Easter weekend. A colourful celebration of African culture and circus spectacle, Cirque Africa is your last chance to get your Fringe fix in 2018.

March 31 – April 2
Shows at 2:00pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm
Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide
Tickets via Adelaide Fringe

American Express Open Air Cinema
The open air cinema in Glenelg has a kid-friendly program over Easter with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Ferdinand and Coco all showing.

March 30–April 1
Films start at 6pm
Brian Nadilo Reserve, Glenelg
Tickets from Open Air Cinemas

Easter Sunday, April 1

Glen Ewin Estate Family Fun Day
Glen Ewin Estate in the Adelaide Hills will host a family fun day on Easter Sunday with a jumping castle, face painting, Easter egg hunt and egg and spoon race, plus cocktails, food stalls, a wine bar and live music for the adults.

April 1
10am–4pm
43 Lower Hermitage Rd, Houghton
Free entry. More information at glenewinestate.com.au

Afternoon Delights at Shottesbrooke
For a more adult-themed winery day out head south to Shottesbrooke for food trucks, live music and yes, lots and lots of wine.

April 1
11am–5pm
101 Bagshaws Rd, McLaren Flat
Tickets from Shottesbrooke

Easter Sunday x Motherlode Nuggeteria
The West Oak Hotel is bringing the bite-sized goodness of Motherlode Nuggeteria for an Easter Sunday full of drink specials, “all star local DJs” and of course, chicken nuggets.

April 1
2pm – 2am
West Oak Hotel, 208 Hindley St, Adelaide
Free entry. Find more details on Facebook.

The Creative Design Market at Plant 4 Bowden
The Creative Design Market will feature more than 67 market stalls featuring locally-produced food and booze, vintage items, home and décor, handmade goods and arts and crafts. The market will spill outside on to the grass for live music so grab a picnic rug and enjoy the sunshine.

April 1
10am-4pm
Plant 4, Third St, Bowden
Free event. Find more details on Facebook

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