What’s on in Sydney in April

April is usually a holiday month in Australia when Easter and Anzac Day meet the first school term eds resulting in lots of people having time off work.

Temperatures continue to decrease and rain is not unusual. We have stopped camping at this time of year because we have been rained out so often.

It’s the perfect time for locals to plan a getaway but start early if you are considering an Easter weekend. If you are visiting from out of town, then either book early or avoid that week entirely.

Note: Please check opening hours and booking requirements for these venues in regard to current health restrictions.

Average Temperatures: 23-15°C ( 63-43°F)
While each year varies the last April was unusually dry with only 2 days of rain.

Major Events in April in Sydney

Key events in April are:

We add new events and updated content to these pages as it becomes available.

The Royal Easter Show

Since 1823 farmers have been bringing the country to town for the Royal Agricultural Show is a two-week agricultural affair held at the Sydney Olympic Park.

The show awards over 15,000 trophies for everything from livestock and farm skills to photography and cake decorating.

Enjoy seeing the baby farm animals, sample produce from around the state, play all the old school sideshow games and then head to the stadium for precision driving and the nightly fireworks show.

Where: Sydney Olympic Park
When: 8-19 April 2022
Cost: $40 approx.
More: Find out everything about the show here.

The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival

The biggest event on Sydney’s racing calendar, the Autumn Racing Carnival, is made up of six spectacular days of racing at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick.

A feature is the world’s richest race for 2-year-old’s the Longines Golden Slipper, and the grand finals of Australian Racing The Championships.

Where: Rosehill and Randwick Racecourses
When: 12 March-17 April
More: Find out about all the events on the Australian Turf Club site.

Anzac Day

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to commemorate Australians and New Zealanders service people who have served their country.

Dawn Services are held in every town across the country, with the biggest one is in Martin Place. If you get the opportunity to attend, I highly recommend it.

Breakfast and a parade through the city streets follow the service. Once the official ceremony is complete, everyone hit the pub to try their luck at Two-Up.

Where: Martin Place and George St Sydney
When: 25th April
More: Find out more about Anzac Day here

Film, Theatre and performance

Park Sounds

Sydney Olympic Park comes alive for Park Sounds – a celebration of music, art, sport, culture and food. An electric program of over 96 events, including 50 music gigs, this is one not to be missed!

Over 11 big weeks, head out and discover what Sydney Olympic Park has to offer.   

Where: Sydney Olympic Park 
When: 19 March – 28 May 
More: Check their website for the list of events.

David Williamson’s Nearer The Gods

With his trademark wit and sharp observations, David Williamson exposes the abrasive personalities of revered scientific giants – even geniuses are not infallible!

Nearer the Gods Credit: Ensemble Theatre

Where: Ensemble 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW 2061
When: 04 March to 23 Apr 
More: Check their website for the details and ticket availability.

9 to 5 the Musical

Set the alarm for a great night out at Dolly Parton’s internationally acclaimed, joyous smash-hit musical 9 to 5, featuring knock-out songs and high-flying ambitions.

Three of the cast of Nine to Five Credti: Peter Brew Bevan

Where: 13-17 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW 2000
When: Wednesday to Sunday until 08 May 
More: Ticket price can be found on their website.

The Great Gatsby Immersive Experience

Step into the world of Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, an original, immersive production Inspired by the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and supported by The Arts RISE Grants.

Great Gatsby Credit: Hidden Media

Where: Bayswater Rd, Potts Point NSW 2011
When: Tuesdays to Sundays until 31 May
More: Full details and seat prices can be found on their website.

The Australian Ballet: Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy’s immortal novel comes to life in this epic ballet of cinematic proportions. Heartbreak, tragedy, love, lust and betrayal are at the center of Anna Karenina’s undoing.

Anna Karenina Credit: Jeff Busby
Anna Karenina Credit: Jeff Busby

Where: Sydney Opera House
When: every day until 23 April 7:00pm to 8:00pm
More: Tickets are available on their website.

Great Southern Nights

Celebrate the return of live music. There’s a gig for everyone with a star-studded line-up in venues right across Sydney and NSW. Our pick this month. The The Sazeracs at the Swinging Cat in Newtown.

Where: 44 King St Sydney NSW 2000
When: 09 Apr 6:00pm to 10:00pm
More: Visit their website for more details.

Markets, Fairs and Festivals

Australian Heritage Festival

A celebration of the heritage and culture of Australia through ceremony, song and dance, performance art, talks and tour.

Key free events in Sydney and NSW include:

  • Free tours of the Fullerton Hotel and GPO Sydney
  • Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival
  • Tours of historic Lindsay at Darling Point
  • Kurnell Village Fair

Standout ticketed events

  • 1942 submarine attack in Sydney Harbour – Special Harbour Cruise
  • Heritage Fleet tours of Sydney Harbour
  • Heritage tram rides and guided walks in Royal National Park

Where: Across the country
When: 1 April – 31 May 2022
More: Check their website for updates

Cronulla Easter Market

After being cancelled by bad weather, its all fingers crossed that this popular market goes off without a hitch this month.

Over 150 stalls with a large range of goods from arts ‘n craft, jewellery and textiles, fashion and toys, and plenty of food and drink.

Where: Don Lucas Reserve, 1 Mitchell Road, Cronulla
When: 2-3 April 2022
More: Check their website for updates

Sydney Tiny Home Expo

View over 22 homes + lots of displays, market stalls and a food court.

Where: Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale
When: Sunday 10 April 2022
More: Check their website for updates and ticket price.

Bronte Bazaar Saturday Markets

Browse over 30 local market stalls at the next Bronte Bazaar markets. Browse plants, vintage, arts, crafts and food.

Where: 375 Bronte Rd, Bronte NSW 2024
When: Every first Saturday of the month
More: Check their website for updates.

Sport

Australian Rowing Championships

The week-long event showcases the best of the best at the Australian Open Rowing Championships, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and the prestigious King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta.

Where: Castlereagh, New South Wales 2749
When: 01 Apr to 03 Apr
More: Visit their website for more details.

Twilight Greyhound Racing

Richmond was issued its first Galloping and Trotting licence in December 1911 and the first meeting at the Londonderry track was conducted on Tuesday 17 December 1912 and apart from the grimmest years of the Great Depression during 1931-35 when they did not function, the Club has continually staged racing events.

Where: Castlereagh, New South Wales 2749
When: 01 Apr to 03 Apr
More: Visit their website for more details.

World Time Attack Challenge Sydney

Don’t miss the 2022 return of the World Time Attack Challenge to Sydney Motorsport Park. Be there to see the fastest time attack cars in the world, watch Australia’s top drifters battle it out and check out our huge outdoor show and shine!

Credit: World Time Atack Challenge

Where: Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek NSW 2766
When: 01 Apr to 02 Apr
More: Tickets are available on their website.

Foodie Events

Sparkling SYDNEY

Featuring over 60 sparkling wines from 20 Australia Sparkling winemakers. Taste everything from Blanc de Blanc, Petit Verdot and Sparkling Malbec, to Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Sparkling Rose, Verscato, Prosecco, Sparkling Zibbibo, and Zinfandel Shiraz.

Sparkling Sydney at Pyrmont. Credit by Fiora Sacco

Gourmet signature dishes are also on offer for foodies including local Pyrmont restaurant identities Barzini and Blue Eye Dragon, Lucio Pizzeria’s award-winning pizza, Carne Sydney’s signature Porchetta and French Rotisserie Duck and Spanish Paella, Hunter Valley cheeses and locally produced award-winning salami’s, and palette cleansing Chillato gelato.

When: 30 April 2022, 11am-6pm
Where Pirrama Park, Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
Tickets: Over 18yo. General admission ticket $39 + BF (Tickets include event entry, festival branded PET vino glass (valued $6) our live music stage and DJ garden lounge; music all day.) More details here.

Exhibitions

Light and Darkness

A major new exhibition at the University’s Chau Chak Wing Museum presents works from one of Australia’s strongest collections of late modernist art.

Where: University Pl, Camperdown NSW 2050
When: Everyday from 9:00am to 5:00pm
More: Plan your visit on their website.

One Ocean, Our Future

Discover, manipulate and inspect 3D visualizations of deep-sea specimens, hear about the impacts of a changing ocean from witnesses, and learn how two centuries of analyzing and examining the ocean have given us the knowledge to make things change for the better.

Where: Australian National Maritime Museum
When: Every day from 10:00am to 4:00pm 11 Feb to 02 Oct
More: Tickets are available on their website.

Clay Dynasty

The first major exhibition to chart the astonishing diversity of ceramic practice across Australia, it features more than 400 objects from the Powerhouse’s significant ceramics collection.

Where: Powerhouse Museum
When: Every day until 29 Jan 2023 10:00am to 5:00pm
More: Find out more about the exhibition here.

Jurassic World by Brickman

Jurassic World by Brickman consists of 50 large-scale dinosaurs, props and scenes from the blockbuster Jurassic World franchise, including life-size dinosaurs in our petting zoo, a Brachiosaurus you can walk underneath, minifig dioramas, and photo opportunities to recreate some of the most iconic moments from the films — including getting up close and personal with 2 life-size velociraptors.

Where: Australian Museum
When: Everyday until 29 May 10:00am to 5:00pm
More: Schedule your visit on their website.

Robert Rosen: Glitterati

Robert Rosen is one of Australia’s foremost social photographers. Over four decades he’s attended parties, concerts, fashion events and nightclubs across London, Europe and Australia, capturing the rich, famous and fabulous for the social pages of a slew of local and international newspapers and magazines.

Where: Powerhouse Museum
When: Every day until 19 June 10:00am to 5:00pm
More:Book your visit here.

Regional Events

Robertson Potato Festival

It’s time to head to Robertson and join this celebration of the humble potato at the first ever Robertson Potato Festival. While people joke about the town’s Big Potato, which let’s face it is not exactly a draw card, the towns edible potatoes are something special.

Grab a sack at start racing

Join in with the fun:

  • Cooking demonstrations from leading local chefs and the likes of celebrity chefs including ‘Fast’ Ed Halmagyi.
  • Competitions with major prizes such as Hessians On The Field, featuring handmade potato sack couture that will strut the catwalk for a chance to win a heavy duty Singer sewing machine and a cash prize worth $1000. 
  • Family friendly activities and competitions with prizes up for grabs including competitive peeling and mashing, spud ‘n’ spoon races, sack races, spud survivor and more.
  • Live entertainment from a variety of local musicians and artists

When: 30 April and 1 May
Where Robertson Showgrounds, 2315 Kangaloon Rd, Robertson
Tickets: Free – get more details here

Parkes Elvis Festival

After being postponed from its usual slot in January which coincides with Elvis’s birthday, The Parkes Elvis Festival, now in its 29th year, is finally happening this month.

January Parkes Elvis Festival
Elvis takes over Parkes this month

With more than 200 events across five fun-filled days this event attracts a huge crowd, in fact if you have not already booked accommodation you might miss out so look at that before buying tickets to any of the shows.

When: 20 – 24 April
Where: Parkes NSW
Tickets: get more details here

Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth

Proudly supporting and nurturing Australian country music talent, the Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth offers a range of ticketed and free shows and rated in the top 10 in the world.

When: 18 – 24 April
Where: Various locations across Tamworth
Tickets: There is a full range of events from free to $$$ get more details here

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