City-wide Easter hunts, juicy theatre and riverside discos – here’s what’s on in Brisbane this weekend

Easter weekend is finally upon us and Brisbane is hopping to it with a basket of events, exhibitions and shows. From Aussie rock legends to Easter wonderlands, open-air cinema and foodie giveaways, it looks like it’s going to be a jam-packed long weekend. Here’s all you won’t want to miss from March 28 to March 31.

Mar 28, 2024, updated Mar 28, 2024

Viral superstar Peach PRC will be tickling Brisbane pink this Thursday with her latest tour. The pop princess has gained a mammoth following for her hyper-pop beats and unabashedly honest lyricism. Scream your heart out to Peach’s certified bops at Fortitude Music Hall. On Saturday night, The Smith Street Band is bringing its infectious punk-rock tunes to The Princess Theatre. This staple of the indie-music scene has garnered a reputation for its high-energy shows and Aussie-tanged vocals. For one night only, catch the band tearing up the stage on Easter eve. 

For even more punk, rock icon and ex-Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett is going solo for a Sunday night show at The Tivoli. The ex-politico and impassioned activist is promising his most personal show yet, supported by his band The Alter Egos. Hear him unleash all the power and the passion this Sunday. If disco beats are more your vibe this weekend, Mr Percivals is celebrating the long weekend with River Disco. From 3:00 pm on Sunday, savour a few of the bar’s famous tipples and unwind to tunes from MC Double D (formerly of Sneaky Sound System) as well as a line-up of local DJs.

Theatre and cinema
Experience the magic of the musical classic Beauty and the Beast the Musical at Lyric Theatre. With a sensational soundtrack penned by Alan Menken, this musical reimagines the beloved Disney film for the stage. The classic fairy-tale story comes to life with captivating sets and opulent costumes for a reverie of romance. This weekend also sees the start of the school holidays and QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre is gearing up to delight little ones with the help of the Roald Dahl classic James and the Giant Peach. This latest stage adaptation by Shake & Stir is juicy in mischief and magic as it follows James and his collection of curious critters on their soaring journey.

Pass le popcorn, Alliance Francaise French Film Festival returns to Palace Cinemas for its 35th year. Film fanatics can experience a captivating program featuring 41 films from legendary French filmmakers to emerging talent. Find your screening here.

For more school holiday fun, hop to Victoria Park for Easter flicks on the big screen and in the open air. Bring your Easter egg stash, picnic blanket and chair and unwind on the green for a double feature: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021, rated G) at 6:30 pm followed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, rated PG) at 8:00 pm. Dinner is sorted as well with on-site food trucks serving up some street-food fare, ready to be devoured as you laugh along to these family classics.

Experience Japanese artist Hiromi Tango’s artist residency at the Museum of Brisbane this weekend, showcasing the community-led project Gentle Petal. The multi-room installation features upcycled textiles for attendees to create flowers, which will then enliven the walls of the Adelaide Street Pavilion. Hiromi’s vibrant project aims to inspire healing through the social connection of creating together.

Across the river, QAGOMA’s blockbuster exhibition Fairy Tales continues for another weekend. Journey through its galleries of grandeur artworks and artefacts that explore the fantastical world of fairy tales. Childhood stories come alive in this curated collection – bound to delight kids and adults alike. Over the weekend, Australian Cinémathèque is continuing its movie marathon of fairy-tale-themed films – spanning new contexts and different eras. This weekend, episodes of Jim Hensons’ The StoryTeller (1987) are being screened on the big screen – perfect to kick off school holidays.

In the same precinct, QAGOMA also just launched its latest exhibition from Waanyi artist Judy Watson. mudunama kundana wandaraba jarribirri is a career survey of four decades of work, featuring prints, paintings, sculptures and more that channel the stories of her family’s Waanyi Country in north-west Queensland. In the same building, you can also take a wander through the Seeds and Sovereignty exhibition. These curated pieces from the museum’s Indigenous Australian Art Collection consider the intricate relationships between plants, people and Country. Discover artwork by traditional and emerging First Nations artists and unlock the cultural stories, ceremony and Songlines.

ΩHM Festival continues its celebration of curious culture, music legends and genre-bending performances this weekend at Brisbane Powerhouse. It’s one of your last chances to see the photography exhibition from indie-rock matriarch Kim Gordon. Discover more about the program here.

Easter celebration, egg hunts and family fun
The big day is here and the holiday of Easter is finally filling our baskets with plenty of chocolate delights and a long weekend. For big kids, a bunch of Brisbane restaurants are hosting a city-wide Easter hunt with $5,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. Golden eggs have been hidden around Massimo Restaurant & Bar, Opa Bar & Mezze, Rich & Rare, Yamas Greek & Drink, and Fosh Bar & Restaurant. Eat your way through this adults-only Easter hunt from Friday to Sunday.

At Howard Smith Wharves, you’ll find an Easter Extravaganza (or should we say Eggstravaganza) on the Main Lawn from Saturday to Sunday. Expect live music, delicious eats including a good ol’ sausage sizzle and roving kids entertainment – so get ready for hugs from the Easter bunny themself. On Easter Sunday, trust the kids will be kept entertained with 10,000 Easter eggs waiting to be hunted as well as face painting and balloon twisting.

On the northside, Victoria Park is transforming into an Easter wonderland, with a host of hopping adventures. All long weekend from Friday to Monday, the golf precinct will be serving up an egg-cellent array of Easter fun, with a face painting station, jumping castle and giant games – as well as Putt Putt and treats at the Bistro.

Stock up on fresh-local produce, bespoke goodies and street food snacks at one of the weekly markets as well. Riverside Markets, Kelvin Grove Village Market, Jan Powers Farmers MarketsCarseldine Markets, Nundah Farmers Markets and the Redcliffe Markets are open and trading this weekend. For our night owls still craving the delicious market fare but can’t beat the ‘snooze’ button, hit up Eat Street Northshore. Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

On the Monday public holiday, West End watering hole Boundary Hotel is hosting its Thrift Shop Markets. Refresh your wardrobe with an array of vintage finds and discover the creations of local artisans as well. Markets start from 3:00 pm with live DJs kicking off at 4:00 pm.

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