What to do over Easter if you aren’t religious

Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the rebirth of Jesus Christ. But about 30 per cent of Australians identified as non-religious in the 2016 census. Fortunately, there are plenty of events over the long weekend to entertain those who just see Easter as a chance to take a break.

Moonlight Cinema

Location and parking

Located at the May Drive Parkland in Kings Park, the Moonlight Cinema is great for families, friends and couples. Parking bays are limited, but there is plenty of verge parking along May Drive.

Food and drinks

There is a licensed bar at the venue selling a variety of food and drinks, however no hot food is sold on site. Alcohol is unavailable for G- and PG-rated films but BYO is still allowed.

Tickets and times

Gates open at 6pm and the films will start around 7pm.

Adult                                                   —        $17

Concession                                          —        $14

Seniors/Children (3-15 years)            —        $12.50

Further ticketing information can be found here.

Thursday March 29—Red Sparrow (MA15+)

Friday March 30—Black Panther (M)

Saturday March 31—Game Night (MA15+)

Sunday April 1—Isle of Dogs (PG)


Fremantle International Street Arts Festival

Starting in 1999 as a celebration of Fremantle’s local busking culture, the Fremantle International Arts Festival has grown to showcase world-class street theatre.

Pop-up bars and eateries will spill onto the streets, along with plenty of performances to suit everyone.

Location and parking

Most performances will take place at several ‘pitches’ around Fremantle with other performers popping up in between.

A map of locations can be found here.

In addition to the normal carparks and street parking available in Fremantle, the City of Fremantle is opening a new 155-bay carpark on the Cappuccino Strip today. However, parking is still expected to be an issue over the Easter weekend so public transport is a more viable option.

Performers and locations

A calendar with all performances and locations can be found here.

Most performances are free but some selected events with limited audiences require ticketing.


Mount Hawthorn Hawkers Market

Kicking off at 5pm every Friday at Axford Park, the Mount Hawthorn Hawkers Market is a family-friendly event hosting over a dozen different food vendors with food from all around the world, including vegetarian and vegan options.


There are limited parking bays available at the park and street parking available.

The markets run until 9pm each night.


Autumn Racing Carnival

If dressing to the nines and sipping on champagne is more your scene, then Ascot Racecourse is the place to be on Good Friday, with the raceway putting on an event for the whole family. The day will be filled with pop-up bars, food trucks, live music, horse racing and kids’ entertainment.

Tickets and times

The Good Friday Raceday is a free entry event, however some areas are restricted to racecourse members. If you have a group and would like to eat at a restaurant, you will need to book in advanced by calling 9277 0760.

Gates open at 12pm.

Parking and transport

Ascot Raceway has six public car parks walking distance from the raceway, and a shuttle bus running to and from Burswood train station on 15 minute intervals.

Shuttle bus times:

  • To the racecourse: 11:30 am to 2:15pm
  • From the racecourse: 3:15pm to 6:30pm


Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival

If you’re heading down south for a country getaway, Dwellingup is hosting its annual pumpkin festival on Saturday March 31.

Food, music, market stalls and kids’ entertainment will be happening all day. The giant pumpkin judging competition runs from 9am to 2:30pm and the Pumpkin Jam music competition starts at 3pm.



The festival runs from 10am to 4pm.


The festival is a cheap day out for the family with entry only costing you a gold coin donation.


Parking is available at the Main Town Oval.



If you’d rather kick back and watch some footy, there are plenty of WAFL and AFL games to attend or watch from the comfort of your couch.


Time                Venue                                      Home vs Away

Friday March 30

2:15pm            Bendigo Bank Stadium           Peel Thunder vs East Fremantle

4:15pm            Leederville Oval                      Subiaco vs East Perth

Saturday March 31

1:40pm            HBF Arena                               West Perth vs Claremont (7mate)

2:15pm            Lathlain Park                           Perth vs Swan Districts


South Fremantle



Time                Venue                                      Home vs Away

Thursday March 29

4:50pm            Adelaide Oval                         Adelaide Crows vs Richmond Tigers (7mate)

Friday March 30 

1:20pm            Docklands Stadium                 North Melbourne vs St Kilda (Channel 7)

Saturday March 31

5:00pm            Optus Stadium                        Fremantle vs Essendon (7mate)

Sunday April 1

4:00pm            Docklands Stadium                 Western Bulldogs vs West Coast (Channel 7)

Monday April 2

1:00pm            MCG                                        Geelong Cats vs Hawthorn (Channel 7)


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