With the Easter long weekend just a couple of days away, it’s time to lock in your plans for the weekend – and what better way to spend it than heading out on the Treasure Trail to discover the massive line-up of live music, art and food and drink on offer. We’ve rounded up five ways to make the most of your weekend on the Treasure Trail so all you have to do is grab your friends and family and enjoy the festivities.
Gear up for Easter long weekend
The Queanbeyan Hive has a whole heap of festivities planned for the weekend, starting on Thursday with the official opening of their new gallery exhibition by The Bunker Arts Studio Artists.
The exhibition showcases works of twelve artists, including paintings and drawings responding to environmental, formal, pictorial and narrative interests.
Exhibiting artists include Janette Mills, John Geasley, Michael Varga, Ian Ireland, Kim Jackson, Sarah Stringer, Shaun Myles, William Graham, June, Roblom, Lee Grunwald, Paul Crowhurst and Dennis Mortimer.
The official opening will take place at 6pm on April 1st, but the exhibition will be running 6pm – 9pm on Friday and 10am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday as well.
Wine & Dine
Spoil your family or friends on Friday with a booking to Contentious Character’s traditional Good Friday Fish & Chips lunch or dinner.
The day’s fresh seafood selection comes from Narooma on the South Coast, offering the old favourite, Beer Battered Flathead with Hand Cut Chips, alongside Salt and Native Pepperberry Squid with garlic aioli, Roast Barramundi with fresh tomato salsa and the classic 70’s favourite, Prawn Cocktail.
If you are coming for Fish & Chips, make sure to pre-order and pay to ensure availability. The usual menus will also be available, and you can add bubbles and oysters or a wine tasting to get your day off underway in style!
If you can’t make it out on Friday, you’ll be happy to hear that Sapling Yard Wines’ brand new cellar door will be opening at Harvest Fresh, Bungendore on Saturday at 11am.
Opening for the first time on the Easter weekend, you now have a chance to try Sapling Yard’s premium award-winning wines and meet winemakers Carla and Malcolm to talk all things wine. Available wines will include Entrechat Sparkling, Bungendore Riesling, Four Pinots, Rose, Pinot Noir, Shiraz Viognier and Shiraz.
Tune into the weekend
Get in the spirit of the music filled weekend on Good Friday as Bec Taylor and The Lyrebirds take the stage at Queanbeyan Hive as part of the Fringe Folk Festivities. The folk-pop project of Canberra multi-instrumentalist Bec Taylor and the new live band The Lyrebirds will showcase the alt-folk earworms and restrained pop nuggets of Taylor’s new record.
The show is supported by Lucy Ridge and the Derby Widows, a high energy soul and blues band fronted by the talented Lucy Ridge and backed by an all-start group playing a range of soul, funk and blues inspired original tunes, as well as the occasional cover.
The show’s on from 6pm to 9pm. For tickets, see the Queanbeyan Hive’s website.
It’s a celebration
This Easter, Queanbeyan will come alive with a vibrant program of indoor concerts and outdoor entertainment as part of Good Folk – a folk experience in Queanbeyan.
The two-day concert series brings together the folk community in Queanbeyan and beyond, offering a diverse range of concerts and exceptional performances across Saturday and Sunday in Queanbeyan CBD.
Choose your favourites from the 22 concerts over two jam-packed days in classic Queanbeyan venues including The Q, the newly upgraded Bicentennial Hall, the historic Royal Hotel and Campbell & George.
The impressive lineup of local and national artists includes 2021 Golden Guitar Awards “Female Artist of the Year” Fanny Lumsden, Central Coast trio Little Quirks, one of Australia’s most enduring musical ensembles, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, and Queanbeyan’s very own esteemed author, poet and rapper, Omar Musa.
Grab your tickets on the National Folk Festival’s website.
More to discover
In addition to the Bunker Arts Studio Artists’ exhibition and Bec Taylor and The Lyrebirds concert at the Queanbeyan Hive, the centrally located venue will be hosting a range of activities across the Easter weekend for their Fringe Folk Festivities.
On Saturday, you can catch nine live music acts at the Hive’s Backyard Sessions starting at 11am. Entry is $10 at the gate with 100% of the proceeds going to the musicians.
If you’re looking for something a little more active, head out to Queanbeyan Park on Lowe Street on Saturday and Sunday at 11am or 12.15pm for invigorating yet simple, easy-to-do Tai-Chi with Nora Stewart from Stretch Tai-Chi Bungendore.
Alternatively, relax and nourish with Joanna Hearne’s Love Fire Yoga session on Sunday morning at 9am, in a quiet indoor location in the Queanbeyan CBD.
Don’t forget to also check out the Hive & Seek Market, offering psychic readings and birth/destiny card readings with The Sage Wizard on Saturday and Tarot Readings by Marisol Pacheco on Sunday. You’ll also find vintage jewellery and lavender bags, retro clothing and brick-a-brac, handmade soaps and windchimes, vegan cakes and pastries as well as honey goodies and local Krave Juices on offer at the market.
Kitchen NV will be serving locally baked food and freshly brewed coffee throughout the weekend, and Create Collaborate Collective Inc will be running a pop-up bar in The Hive’s north-facing back-garden from midday on both days.
For more information and booking details for the events above, see the Queanbeyan Hive’s website.
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