What’s on in Sydney in April 2025

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.

If you are entertaining kids this month, check out our guide to all the best things to do with kids during these autumn School holidays.

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:

See our full list of Easter Events here

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.

Royal Easter
Credit: Destination NSW

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: 11- 22 April 2025
Where: Sydney Olympic Park l 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: TBC
Where: Across the country

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

Musicals, Opera and 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 

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 


NAYIKA (A Dancing girl)

A casual comment from an old friend in Sydney triggers a woman’s reminiscence of her teenage years spent alone by the sea in Chennai. As she prepares for her debut dance recital, memories of young love and unraveling emotions flood back, revealing the profound impact of indelible trauma and the resilience of taking back control.

Vaishnavi Suryaprakash will star at Nayika

Belvoir is set to debut Nayika (A Dancing Girl), a mesmerising solo act blending storytelling, live music, and Bharatanatyam dance, tailored for the exceptional skills of Helpmann Award recipient Vaishnavi Suryaprakash.

When: Dates: 30 April – 19 May 2024
Where: Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre

See our guide to the April School Holiday events for theatre events for kids & young adults

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

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

Food and Drink Events

The Greatest Showman

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)

Alice in Wonderland

Embark on an extended Easter adventure with Alice during the school holidays, accompanied by the Mad Hatter, at the Alice in Wonderland High Tea Buffet.

Alice in Wonderland High Tea
Alice in Wonderland High Tea

Experience the storybook setting with enchanted trees, giant rabbits, whimsical teapots, fanciful books, towering mirrors, and a magical light display.

Indulge in savoury delights fit for royalty, like beef ragout calzone and lamb sausage rolls, and sweet treats from the Mad Hatter’s imagination, including macarons, caramel apple bars, and raspberry opera cake.

When: 18-28 April 2024
Where: Grand Ballroom, Shangri-La Sydney
Cost: $84 per adult and $64 per child (11yrs & under). Milkshakes and cocktails additional.

Art, Exhibitions and Workshops

In the rush towards modernization, a hidden narrative of violence and loss emerges. As cities demolish their old selves to build towering skyscrapers and sleek high-rises, a critical question surfaces: what happened to the people? The empty streets and abandoned apartment blocks serve as eerie symbols of forsaken dreams.

These desolate structures, reminiscent of ancient tombs, silently testify to the harsh reality of rapid urbanization. Each gleaming new development comes at the expense of something else, illustrating the steep price of relentless progress.

When: to 12 May 2024
Where: 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale l Free entry

Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs

Explore “Ramses & The Gold of the Pharaohs,” an interactive museum experience that offers a glimpse into the life and achievements of King Ramses II, famously known as Ramses the Great. He reigned over Egypt for nearly 67 years, making it the second longest rule in Ancient Egyptian history.

Ramses Australian Museum
At the Australian Museum until May 2024 Credit: Australian Museum

Ramses was renowned as a formidable warrior who established peace with neighboring regions. His reign witnessed an extensive building campaign, resulting in numerous monumental structures dedicated to himself. He’s also believed to have had over 100 children.

This exhibition also includes a virtual reality experience that transports visitors to two of Ramses’ most remarkable monuments: the Tomb of Queen Nefertari, his beloved Royal Consort, and the awe-inspiring temples of Abu Simbel.

When: to 19 May 2024 sessions from 9am to 9pm
Where: Australian Museum
Cost: Adults from $38, Concession from $32, Child from $25. Purchase via Ticketmaster

Sports and Outdoor Events

Women’s A-League Semi Final

The much-anticipated Liberty Women’s A-League semi finals kick off in Sydney on Saturday, April 21 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!

When: 21 April & 28 April
Where: CommBank Stadium, Parramatta, NSW

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

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