What’s on in Sydney in April 2024

April is usually a holiday month in Australia when Easter and Anzac Day meet. The first school term ends, 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.

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

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Major Events in April

Key events in April are:

The Royal Easter Show

Since 1823 farmers have been bringing the country to town for the Royal Agricultural Show 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.

When: 22 March- 02 April 2024
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: $41 approx.
More: Find out everything about the show here.

See our full list of Easter Events here

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 being 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.

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

Festivals, Fairs and Markets

Australian Heritage Festival

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

When: 18 April – 19 May 2024
Where: Across the country

Living Futures Festival

A day not only for inspiration and information but for entertainment, fun, networking, and socializing featuring a unique, week-long, thought-provoking speaker series around North Sydney, the Living Futures Festival is the perfect opportunity for your group or organization to engage with the community, promote your organization, generate leads, and network.

When: 30 April 2023
Where: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability 2 Balls Head Dr, Waverton

Suitcase Rummage

Head to The Goods Line in Ultimo, between the Powerhouse Museum Cafe and the Frank Gehry UTS Building for a cool market experience.

Suitcase Rummage is a hassle-free mini market with big rewards. Buy secondhand and handmade items from the suitcases set up along the path.

Expect to find vintage items, artwork, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, handmade shoes, records, music, badges, cards, and handmade paper at the event.

Join the Rummage experience as a seller ($33) or the buyer (free)

When: TBC
Where: The Goods Line, Ultimo
More: Check their website for more details

Round She Goes Market

Round She Goes is Sydney’s favourite market for women’s preloved and vintage fashion. The market features 70+ handpicked stallholders who will sell women’s preloved designer fashion, quality vintage and retro fashion, handmade jewellery + accessories.

There is free parking at the venue, and the 423 bus stops right outside (or it’s a 13-minute walk from Marrickville station)

When: TBC
Where: PCYC Marrickville, 531 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
Cost: Entry is $4 (cash or card accepted)
More: Check their website for more details

Sydney Vegan Market

Get ready to feast on some of the BEST FOOD Sydney has to offer. It’s free entry and we’ve got LOADS of food and cruelty-free goodies! There’ll be live vegan artists at the main stage, free yoga, and face painting at the Art Space for $5!

When: TBC
Where: Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park
More: Check their website for more details

Musicals, Opera and Theatre

West Side Story

West Side Story is a theatrical phenomenon, as is Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. This combination has proved winning before and we highly anticipate that it will again,” said Ms Allan.

This electrifying, larger-than-life production of West Side Story opened in 2019 to rapturous acclaim and remains the most successful of all Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour productions, having attracted record audience numbers, and selling more than 65,000 tickets.

When: 22 March–21 April 2024
Where: Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney
Full guide here

The Rocky Horror show

After a popular run last year Rocky Horror is back a limited time. This iconic Rock ‘N’ Roll musical, featuring Jason Donovan as Frank N Furter and Myf Warhurst as the Narrator, continues to be a global favourite.

Rocky Horror Show

Created by Richard O’Brien, it stands out as a landmark rock musical reaching a 50-year milestone. The cast includes Ellis Dolan, Darcey Eagle, Ethan Jones, Deirdre Khoo, Loredo Malcolm, and Henry Rollo, making it a must-see event for fans and newcomers alike.

When: 31 March to 28 April 2024
Where: Theatre Royal Sydney

Grease

Sydney’s Annelise Hall,who most recently featured in The Marvellous Elephant Man as well as Aspects of Love at the Hayes Theatre,in the coveted role of Sandy made famous by Olivia Newton-John. Melbourne’s Joseph Spanti, best known for Friends! The MusicalParody and Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical, will be donning the famed black leather jacket as Danny Zuko, played by John Travolta in the movie version of the much-loved musical.

Marcia Hines will star as Teen Angel and Jay Laga’aia as Vince Fontaine.

When: From 24 March 2024
Where: Capitol Theatre, Sydney

& JULIET

&Juliet reimagines Shakespeare’s classic tale, proposing a vibrant future where Juliet chooses life and love over tragedy. This musical journey of self-discovery and empowerment is fueled by a soundtrack of pop anthems, offering a modern twist on the iconic love story.

The Australian production features Lorinda May Merrypor in the lead role, with Rob Mills as Shakespeare and Amy Lehpamer as his wife, Anne.

The story unfolds with a mix of self-discovery and empowerment, set to a soundtrack of pop anthems. Nominated for 9 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, “& Juliet” is a vibrant celebration of life beyond the original tragedy. The cast also includes Blake Appelqvist, Casey Donovan, Hayden Tee, Jesse Dutlow, and Yashith Fernando, making for a dazzling lineup of talent.

When: 27 February, 2024 – 28 April, 2024
Where: Sydney Lyric Theatre

Into the Shimmering World

Into the Shimmering World  is a moving Australian tale of love and renewal, set against the backdrop of life on the land, featuring performances by Colin Friels and Kerry Armstrong. They portray Ray and Floss, a farming couple whose enduring partnership is tested by the challenges of a severe drought, leading them to the brink of significant change.

This production promises to captivate with its gothic, dreamlike portrayal of the Australian landscape, rich, musical language, and a profound examination of the Australian spirit.

When: 2 April – 19 May, 2024
Where: Wharf Theatre 

Holding the Man

The iconic Australian love story, known for its raw honesty, humor, and emotional depth, makes a triumphant return to the Belvoir stage. “Holding The Man” is presented in a unique setting, with Belvoir transforming its space to enhance the storytelling experience.

Holding The Man at Belvior Street Theatre

A new seating arrangement has been introduced, featuring the most comfortable seats yet – couches, settees, and sofas reminiscent of your grandmother’s living room, providing a cozy atmosphere for audiences.

When: 9 March – 14 April
Where: Belvoir Upstairs l Tickets here

Potted Potter

Potted Potter returns to Australia by popular demand for its fifth national tour, after enchanting over a million fans worldwide. This global hit Harry Potter parody has delighted audiences everywhere, including a Las Vegas residency.

Nominated for the Best Entertainment and Family Show Olivier Award, it ambitiously compresses all seven Harry Potter books into seventy uproarious minutes and introduces a real-life Quidditch game, a fresh addition for Australian fans. Regardless of your familiarity with horcruxes and Hufflepuffs, this comedy by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner promises laughter for all, from six-year-olds to Dumbledore’s age.

When: 9 – 21 April 2024
Where: Seymour Centre 

The Lewis Trilogy 

Griffin Theatre is celebrating its time at the SBW Stables Theatre by presenting The Lewis Trilogy by Louis Nowra, a legendary dramatist whose work embodies the spirit of Kings Cross. This event marks a grand farewell before the theatre’s significant redevelopment.

Over ten weeks, an ensemble of eight beloved Sydney actors, including Paul Capsis, will perform three of Nowra’s most iconic plays under the direction of Griffin’s Artistic Director, Declan Greene. This vibrant showcase of love, loss, and Australiana can be experienced over separate nights or as a full-day event, offering a unique tribute to the Stables’ Darlinghurst legacy. The Lewis Trilogy is an epic celebration not to be missed.

When: 9 Feb – 21 April
Where: SBW Stables Theatre – 10 Nimrod Street, Darlinghurst

The President

Hugo Weaving stars alongside Ireland’s celebrated Olwen Fouéré in a groundbreaking co-production between Sydney Theatre Company and Dublin’s Gate Theatre.

This collaboration brings together top Irish and Australian theatre talents for a global theatrical event. Weaving and Fouéré portray the President and First Lady of a besieged, unnamed country, seemingly detached as a revolution unfolds around them.

The play delves into the intricacies of their marriage and the crumbling political landscape, offering a compelling narrative set against a backdrop of turmoil.

When: 13 April – 18 May 2024
Where: Roslyn Packer Theatre

NO PAY? NO WAY!

“No Pay? No Way!” returns to the Drama Theatre after its acclaimed 2020 debut, celebrated for its humour and timely satire. Directed by Sarah Giles and adapted by Marieke Hardy, this farcical comedy, originally penned by Italian playwright Dario Fo, tackles the absurdities of economic struggle.

No way no pay
Mandy McElhinney in No Pay? No Way!

The story follows Antonia, portrayed by Mandy McElhinney, and her riotous revolt against rising prices, leading to a shoplifting spree and comedic chaos. With a stellar cast including Glenn Hazeldine and Aaron Tsindos, this production promises relentless laughter and sharp social commentary, proving more relevant than ever in today’s world.

When: 6 April – 11 May, 2024
Where: Drama Theatre Sydney Opera House 

Comedy, Music and Dance

Sydney Comedy Festival

The Sydney Comedy Festival has unveiled its first acts for the 2024 lineup, promising laughter across Sydney from April 22 to May 19. Audiences can look forward to Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson, stand-up star Luke Heggie, the unique ogre-inspired burlesque, Swamplesque, and the return of the all-female comedy night, Frocking Hilarious. Additionally, the Festival’s popular Gala events are set to return from April 23 to April 25, hosted at iconic venues including The Sydney Opera House and The Enmore Theatre, showcasing a mix of international stars, Australian comedy legends, and rising talents.

When: 22 April – 19 May 2024
Where: Enmore Theatre, Opera House, Sutherland

Sydney Comedy Festival Gala

Catch the hottest acts of the Sydney Comedy Festival all in one incredible show! Sydney’s biggest month of comedy kicks off in grand style with the Sydney Cmedy Festival Gala.

Featuring a dazzling line-up of the Festival’s funniest international stars, Australian legends, and next-big-things in comedy, the Gala is the premier comedy event in Sydney’s cultural calendar.

When: 25 April 2024
Where: Concert Hall, more details

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Australia’s biggest and best comedy festival featuring the best and brightest of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we’re bringing the funny to you!

When: 26 April 2023 – 29 June 2023
Where: Prices vary depending on the performer
More: Check their website for updates

Film Festivals

Fantastic Film Festival Australia

The Festival’s 27 features offer a unique blend of animation, magical realism, horror, and more. Special events such as Q&A screenings, live performances, a world-first scratch-and-sniff screening, music video blind dates, and nude sessions make this program the Festival’s biggest yet.

When: April 14 – 30, 2024
Where: Sydney: Ritz Cinemas, Randwick

Alliance Française French Film Festival

Calling all French film fans for the whopping 34th year, Australia’s Alliance Française French Film Festival is screening a feast of flicks from the other side of the world with an opening-night pick – Masquerade, spinning a tale of glitz, glamour, and the Côte d’Azur’s far-less-glossy underbelly under La Belle Époque’s director Nicolas Bedos’ guidance — and with Pierre Niney (Yves Saint Laurent) and Isabelle Adjani (The World Is Yours) among his stars.

When: April 5, 2023
Where: Palace Central, Palace Verona, Palace Norton St, Chauvel Cinema, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne

Food and Drink Events

Experience The Greatest Showman like never before at Potts Point Hotel for a limited time! Dive into PT Barnum’s dazzling world with a brunch filled with the movie’s iconic songs, themed drinks, and a delicious menu. Our live cast will transport you into the circus spectacle, offering a sensory feast.

Dress in your finest circus or showman attire and embrace your inner performer. This unique event is perfect for fans of acrobatics, musicals, or those seeking an extraordinary brunch.

Don’t miss out—grab your tickets now for a spot under the big top!

Date: April 28th, 2024
Address: Potts Point Hotel, 33-35 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point
Tickets: $65 (includes your meal, a welcome drink, 2-hours of unstoppable live performances)

Art, Exhibitions and Workshops

The North Sydney Living Futures Sustainability Festival

An event not to be missed! This is a day for inspiration and information, entertainment, fun, networking and socialising. Stage entertainment, workshops, stalls, kids’ activities, guided walks and tours are just a few of the things that will be on offer for a great day out at one of Sydney’s most iconic harbourside sites.

When: TBC
Where: The Coal Loader
More details are here.

Sports and Outdoor Events

Women’s A-Leagues

The much-anticipated Liberty Women’s A-League finals kick off in Sydney on Saturday, April 15, and will reach the pinnacle with the Grand Final on Sunday, April 30.

It’s a landmark year for women’s football, and soon our Matildas will take on the world, so this is something to celebrate!

Where: CommBank Stadium, Parramatta, NSW
When: TBC

NSW Regional Events in April

Hawkesbury Show

Don’t miss the Annual Hawkesbury Show – NSW’s biggest regional agricultural event! Enjoy fireworks displays, carnival rides, show bags, local produce, games, and more. Plus, watch agricultural events and free family entertainment like FMX Motor Bike Stunt Team, Woodchop Spectacular, and Mower Mania. Fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights.

When: 19 April- 21 April 2024
Where: Hawkesbury Showground – 40 Racecourse Road Hawkesbury
Cost: $23

Nooroo Garden Open Days

Nooroo Garden is one of Australia’s best-known gardens and showcases the beauty and spectacle of plant and flower species from around the world, as well as Australian native plants. Come along with your family and friends and admire the wonderful maples, forsythia, liquid amber, and many other rare plants in all their autumn splendour.

When: TBC
Where: Church Lane, Mount Wilson, NSW, Australia
More info on their website.

Sail Port Stephens

Sail Port Stephens is an annual yachting regatta held every April on the pristine waters of Port Stephens. The Commodores Cup (PHS) and Port Stephens Trophy (ORC Club) will now run over five days with 27 April retained as the lay day and a major social event planned for Wednesday 26 April.

When: April-May 2024
Where: Port Stephens
More info on their website.

Mudgee Classic Cycling

Set in New South Wales’ beautiful Mudgee wine region, the Mudgee Classic will surely be a bike ride to remember. Catering for all levels of cycling ability, the event offers four courses: 175km Maxi Classic, 125km Challenge Classic, 65km Rouleurs Classic, 55km Dirty Mudgee and the 35km Social Classic. More information 

When: 4-5 May 2024
Where: Mudgee
More info on their website.

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