There’s nothing quite like four days off! But with that much time on your hands, you might be wondering what to do this Easter long weekend. Here are our picks of the best ways to spend your time around Canberra over the 2019 Easter weekend!

National Folk Festival

Feel like a few days of musical misadventure to see you through the Easter weekend? The National Folk Festival has you covered! If you’re a fan of folk, bluegrass, or roots music, you’ll be sure to find an act to fall in love with this weekend. Among the many excellent acts, we’d recommending checking out 19-Twenty, Afro Moses, the Black Mountain String Band, Ella Belfanti, and George Jackson Band.

19 Twenty

Australian Dragon Boat Championships

If you’ve never seen a Dragon Boat race, you’re missing out! You could call it Chinese kayaking of a sort, but it’s a whole lot more. The 2019 Championships are on in Canberra this weekend on Lake Burly Griffin, with 50 teams racing every 5 minutes, over 5 days. That’s a lot of boats!

Dragon Boat

AFL: Giant vs Freemantle

The Giants don’t play a tonne of games in Canberra, so it’s always worth heading along when you get the chance. The Giants will be taking on the Dockers this Saturday.

Giants Dockers

Australian Billycart championships

Head up to Corowa in the Southern Highlands this Saturday for something special. The national Billy Cart Champs are on, and they’re a unique sight! It’s close enough for a day trip or a weekend away.


Camp out at Tidbinbilla

Tidbinbilla are hosting camp outs all through these school holidays, including most of the Easter Weekend. Reconnect with nature at Canberra’s best nature reserve – bookings are required ahead of time on the website.


Celebrate the Lightrail Launch!

Okay, we might be getting a little excited about this one, being transport nerds. But Canberra’s Lightrail is a big deal, and it’s getting its official launch this Saturday! You’ll be able to ride the light rail for free, and while you wait enjoy live music, roving entertainment, kids’ activities at both City and Gungahlin terminals.

Orange Camel Races

Yep, you read that right. Each year the Central West town of Orange hosts one of the most interesting race meets of the year, where everyone’s favourite humped back beasts sprint for the finish! While you’re in town, check out some of the best food and wine regions in the state with one of the GoGet cars on Kite Street!

Perrys Lookdown Campground

What better way to spend the long weekend than deep inside the Blue Mountains National Park. Nestled amongst beautiful eucalyptus trees, this spot is for hardcore nature lovers, so you’ll find only the bare necessities. The perfect place to unwind on a city escape. If you’re looking for other places to camp in the Blue Mountains this weekend, here’s a list of our favourites.

Griffith Easter Party

If you feel like a drive in the country, you could do worse than spend a few days in Griffith, a town that goes off over the Easter weekend! From one of the oldest fun runs in Australia, to the Olden Day Fair, to the egg hunt and Griffith Vintage Festival, there’s something for the young and old.


About Tim Beau Bennett

Tim is an ex-journalist and radio presenter, and has been a professional writer for over a decade. He regularly writes about technology, lifestyle, and smart cities, and has written for news site including the ABC and SBS.