What's better than a three-day weekend? That would be a four-day weekend! Take your Easter break to the next level with the city's best comedy shows, exhibits, theatre and more.

When are the Easter long weekend public holidays?

In 2024, Good Friday falls on 29 March and Easter Monday falls on 1 April.

When do the Easter school holidays start?

The Easter school holidays start on Friday 29 March and end on Sunday 14 April 2024.

What’s free on the long weekend

NGV Triennial
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NGV Triennial

NGV Triennial returns in 2023 with a powerful and moving snapshot capturing the world today.

Holi Festival Melbourne

Holi Festival Melbourne

Play Holi across the Easter long-weekend as you immerse into Culture, Music, Dance, Food and Drinks!

Kids Day Out

Kids Day Out

A family fun festival hosted by the Good Friday Appeal.

Memo Akten: Distributed Consciousness
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Memo Akten: Distributed Consciousness

A digital work merging human and non-human consciousness – via the AI musings of octopus critters.

NGV Architecture Commission: (This is) Air
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NGV Architecture Commission: (This is) Air

The NGV 2023 Architecture Commission is a large-scale installation that makes the invisible visible.

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Discover handcrafted treasures made by local artisans.

The Story of the Moving Image
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The Story of the Moving Image

An ongoing exhibition that journeys through the past, present and future of the moving image.

French and Surreal Photography by Nev Steer
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French and Surreal Photography by Nev Steer

An exhibition of photographs from France with a surreal twist.

Some of the best events on during the long weekend

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Load up on laughs and celebrate the fun, the fearless, the rebellious and the ridiculous.

Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition
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Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition

Explore human stories of the Titanic told through 200+ artefacts recovered from the legendary ship.

Chicago the Musical

Chicago the Musical

With a glittering score including All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle, Chicago is back.

Punting on the Lake
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Punting on the Lake

Glide between the bays and islands of Ornamental Lake on a guided boat cruise.

BBC Earth Experience
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BBC Earth Experience

Travel the natural world in one epic audio visual experience narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

Groundhog Day the Musical
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Groundhog Day the Musical

This brilliant new production, based on the classic movie plays exclusively in Melbourne.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

Explore the life of the visionary artist, inventor, scientist and philosopher, at THE LUME.

Cirque du Soleil: Luzia

Cirque du Soleil: Luzia

Go on a vibrant journey through worlds filled with wonders and artistry with Cirque du Soleil.

Moonlight Cinema
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Moonlight Cinema

Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema is back for another season under the stars.

Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature
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Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature

Go on a sensory journey from the roots of a majestic tree to the human body and galaxies above.

Improvised Comedy: The Remix
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Improvised Comedy: The Remix

Improvised comedy from true stories, sampled and remixed to create comedy gold.

Riley Nottingham Needs Your Help

Riley Nottingham Needs Your Help

Help Riley choose his own adventure in this one-man musical comedy.

Cameron James: Mixtape

Cameron James: Mixtape

A carefully curated mixtape of hilariously true stories and ridiculous original songs.

Bron Lewis: Obviously

Bron Lewis: Obviously

'Obviously' is packed to the brim with hilarious anecdotes.

Sam See: And I Can't Feel at Home in this World Anymore

Sam See: And I Can't Feel at Home in this World Anymore

Don't miss out on a night with the award-nominated stand-up comedian.

Lord of the Zings: A Kiwi Comedy Showcase

Lord of the Zings: A Kiwi Comedy Showcase

You shall not pass up this opportunity to see some great Kiwi comedy.

Family activities during the long weekend

House Down Under
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House Down Under

Australia’s favourite inverted house photo experience brings topsy-turvy fun to Melbourne.

Rififi: Jean Jullien for Kids
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Rififi: Jean Jullien for Kids

Experience the NGV's kids' gallery as it's transformed into an underwater world for summer.

ArtVo

ArtVo

An interactive 3D art gallery with optical illusions that visitors can touch and explore.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Discover thousands of aquatic animals in four enchanting worlds at this top Melbourne attraction.

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