10 fantastic Easter events for a ripping holiday

Easter is pending and if you’re planning a getaway here are some great ideas for a truly memorable Easter holiday in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA. Of course feel free to review last year’s suggestions too at this link.

1. The Royal Easter show

* Sydney
If you’re inspired by the pending nuptials in England and want something of the Royal variety head to Sydney for the biggest Easter event in the country. Held from 14 April to 27 April it features animals, competitions, entertainment and showbags and attracts 900,000 visitors. The idea of the show is to bring the country to the city.

* Auckland
The Kiwi version of the Easter Show, 21 to 25 April, is a good option if you’re over in NZ. And we hope you do get there this year to help them through a tough year after the Christchurch earthquake.  There’s wine, cats, equestrian, carnival and street entertainment to enjoy if you do.

2. Easterfest (Australian Gospel Music Festival), Toowoomba (QLD)
The Toowoomba music celebration held every Easter (22-24 April this year) has become one of the more meaningful places to spend the weekend while still having fun. It’s Australia’s largest drug and alcohol fee festival and it does have a Christian focus. Don’t let that put you off though, this might be good clean fun but there’s plenty of pumping action. There’s free style BMX, skate boarding and motorcross and a host of bands from across the world from rock to hip hop and everything in between. Toowoomba had a horrific summer when an inland tsunami crashed through the town and coming will help the town recover from the floods. Check out the video if you’re not convinced:

Easterfest Trailer 1 – 2011 from Easterfest on Vimeo.

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