There’s plenty to do (and eat) this Easter weekend. From figs fresh plucked off the tree, to horse racing and bilby celebrations, there’s something for everyone
1. Japanese Wallpaper x E^ST x Odette @ Fat Controller
Hop into the Easter weekend early with a triple bill show at Fat Controller featuring dream pop from Japanese Wallpaper, soulful vocals and poetic spoken word from Odette, and E^ST’s poignant pop. This fat line-up is the perfect pre-Easter pick-me-up for big kids.
Thursday 29 March, 6pm to 12am. Fat Controller, 136 North Terrace, city. $45/adult ticket
2. Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix
Fly your Football Red for Good Friday with Adelaide United’s final home game for the season. Will Wellington Phoenix rise from the bottom of the ladder to beat our boys? Head to Hindmarsh to find out.
Friday 30 March, 7:20pm to 10:20pm. Coopers Stadium, 4a Manton Street, Hindmarsh. $20/adult and $10/junior ticket
3. Bilby Bonanza at Adelaide Zoo
Forget about the bunny, down under it’s all about the bilby. Burn off the little tackers’ excess Easter energy with a trip to the zoo. There will be free choccie eggs and egg-cellent colouring-in and photo competitions with prizes including a Haigh’s Easter hamper, a ‘Two Zoos’ family pass and a giraffe feeding voucher for the family. Check out some of the world’s most endangered animals and check out the bilby at the daily 11.15am Wild Show in the Envirodrome.
30 March to 2 April, 9:30am to 5pm. Adelaide Zoo, Frome Road, City. Free for Adelaide Zoo members. $35/adult, $25/concession, $19.50/child, and family passes from $89.50 per ticket
4. Adelaide International Kite Show
Things are looking up this long weekend. The annual Semaphore kite event sees professional and stunt flyers from across the globe inject the sky with crazy shapes and colours. If you’re game you can set up your own strings at the DIY southern end of the beach. There’s plenty to do on the foreshore, too, including 30 stalls offering a range of nibbles, kites and kid-friendly fun.
31 March to 2 April, 11am to 5pm. Semaphore Beach and Foreshore. FREE
5. Colours of Impressionism
The Art Gallery of South Australia showcases a collection of pieces from the Musée d’Orsay of Paris. It includes more than 65 Impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Cézanne, Morisot and many others. Don’t fret if your Easter schedule is full, Monet is here to stay for four months.
29 March to 29 July, Daily 10am to 5pm. Art Gallery of South Australia, City. $25/ adult, $20/gallery members, $10/child ticket
6. Pick your own figs at Glen Ewin Estate
Stop the choc hunt, it’s time to get figgy with it. Visit Glen Ewin Estate and take your pick from their flourishing fig orchards. The picking season is quickly drawing to a close, so take a hike up to Houghton and finish at the Fig Bar with a cheese platter and a fig gin or two (or three—it’s a long weekend).
31 March to 29 July, 9am to 3pm (last pick 2pm). Glen Ewin Estate, 43 Lower Hermitage Road, Houghton. $4 per picker, kids under 12 FREE and take home your haul home for $10 per kilo
7. Oakbank Easter Carnival
Head to the hills with a BYO blanket, bottle and picnic basket. There are sideshow rides, face painting and games for the kids, while older folk take a punt on their favourite horse.
31 March and 2 April, 11am to 5pm (Gates open 10am). Oakbank Racecourse, 46 Oakwood Road, Oakbank. $30/adult, $20/concession (Saturday), $15/adult, $10/concession (Monday), under 13’s FREE on both days
8. Clare Valley Easter Races
This rural race day boasts gourmet food, wine and racing at one of South Australia’s most beautiful wine regions.
Saturday 31 March, 10am to 5pm. Clare Valley Racing Club, Stradbrooke Road and Horrocks Highway, Clare. $20/adult, under 18’s FREE
9. Plan Ahead: Crochet for Absolute Beginners
Get your granny glam on and master the art of crochet with Sue Fenwick of UanFink. Learn how to hold a hook, cast on, chain stitch and slip stitch, taking home your own handmade beaded necklace. This class is for righties (there’s another class for lefties later in the month). All materials are included but bring any hooks or yarn you have at home.
Wednesday 4 April, 6pm to 8pm. The Adelaide Remakery, 18 Young Street, City. $35/ticket