Things to do in Sydney in March 2023

March is one of my favourite months in Sydney. The weather has cooled, humidity begins to drop, and it’s a perfect time to explore the city.

For those of you visiting the city, it’s worth noting there while there are no public holidays and no school vacations in March 2023 however Sydney is hosting the World Pride Festival which has seen hotel rooms across the city almost at capacity. The last weekend in Feb and early March prices will be higher than usual and events and tours may book out early. Things should return to normal by the 3-4 week of March.

Average Temperatures: 25-18°C ( 74-64°F)
While each year varies, the last March saw six days of rain.

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Annual Events

The Mardi Gras Festival draws to a close and art takes centre stage this month. March is also the perfect time to head off on a bush walk or explore the Blue Mountains.

Major events this month include:

Sydney City Council – Summer Streets

Summer Streets Redfern

The Tudor Hotel, The Redfern, and Atomic Beer Project’s ‘Hoptimus’ truck will set up pop-up bars, games, and a beer garden. The Sunshine Inn and The Dock will partner to host live bands, DJs, and a vinyl record fair. Markd Tattoo will host another flash day, allowing you to skip their long waitlist for tattoos by signature artists.

Indulge in special flavours at Donut Papi, sip frozen mangonadas from ItacateMexican Deli, and join a painting class suitable for both children and adults at Sydney Collective.

Where: Redfern Street
When: Saturday 11 March from 11am to 10pm

Summer Streets on Stanley

Head to Stanley Street for a day of food and music as DJs keep the energy up and local restaurants fill your belly. La Farmacia will be selling their delicious tacos and margaritas roadside, and Flave with their plant-based burgers and bowls will also take to the street. Live music at Stanley Bar and Harry’s by Giuls will also feature.

Where: Stanley St Darlinghurst  
When: Sat March 18, 11am – 10:00pm

Film, Theatre and Stage

Handa Opera – Madame Butterfly on Sydney Harbour

This is opera as you’ve never seen it before. Under the stars, on a floating stage, the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city skyline glittering in the background. With fireworks every night and themed pop-up bars and restaurants, this will be an unforgettable evening.

This year Giacomo Puccini’s famous Madame Butterfly is star of the show. The location is amazing; the catering is excellent, and it really is memorable, especially for visitors to the city.

Where: First Fleet Steps Mrs Macquarie’s Point
When: 24 March–23 April 2023
Cost: From $99pp
More: Opera Australia’s website

La Boheme – Opera Australia

Edwards’ reimagining of Puccini’s opera transports audiences to 1930s Berlin with the help of visually stunning sets designed by OAM-recipient Brian Thompson and dazzling costumes by Helpmann Award-winner Julie Lynch.

When: 12 January – 14 March 2022
Where: Sydney Opera House Joan Sutherland Theatre
Cost: from $79

Macbeth – Bell Shakespeare

Bell Shakespeare presents a new production of Macbeth, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First

Bell Shakespeare Macbeth

“Directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans, the production is a terrifying portrayal of moral collapse and an intense and compelling journey into the dark heart of humanity. Shakespeare’s most haunting thriller follows the story of Macbeth, a Scottish general, famed for his exploits on the battlefield.”

Where: Sydney Opera House
When: 25 February – 2 April


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Where: Lyric Theatre
When: 27 April
Tickets: From $60 each 

The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?

“Claudia Karvan (Bump, Love My Way) takes the stage for the first time in 25 years in this electric, jaw-dropping, Tony Award-winning comedy from one of theatre’s darkest satirists, Edward Albee.

From the outside, Stevie and her husband Martin have the perfect middle-class marriage: a comfortable well-appointed home, a son they love and support, a little fame and notoriety for Martin’s work as an architect and – so they report – a healthy sex life.”

Where: Roslyn Packer Theatre
When: 2-25 March 2023
Cost: From $61 previews to $122
Book here


Bring the whole family to Sutherland’s stunning new performing arts centre and fall in love with the show that’s wowed audiences on five continents. New York circus performers Acrobuffos will present the spectacular global hit, thrilling audiences with its unique take on circus, comedy and spectacle.

AirPlay at Sutherland Entertainment Centre

With flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience and the biggest snow globe you have ever seen, this breathtaking homage to the power of air tells a story that is as heart-warming as it is hilarious. Packed full of gales of laughter and stunning images, Air Play is a moving visual poem that’s joyful for all ages to watch.

When: Friday 3 March 7pm & Sunday 5 March 2pm, 5pm
Cost: Children $40 Adults from $54/$549 conc. Family of 4 $190 plus booking fees
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Into the Woods

Sit back and relax as the Belvoir stage will be transforming for an inventive, surprising, gorgeous, lo-fi spectacular production of Into the Woods, coinciding with the birthday of the plays creator, the late theatre great Stephen Sondheim. From the genius of Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods features stunning lyrics and a score that will make the audience laugh and cry at the same time.

Where: Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre
When: 18 MAR – 23 APR 23
Cost: Full price from $72, Seniors from $62, Concession from $52, 30-Down from $50, Student Saver from $37
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St Patrick’s Day Irish Outdoor Film Festival

Enjoy a night out under the summer sky and enjoy some Irish classics. 

Thursday 16 March
5pm – Song of the Sea 
7pm – The Commitments (Sing-Along), Live Band – Dublin City Cowboys, Special Guest MC – Peaches Queen

Friday 17 March
5pm – The Quiet Man
7.15pm –  Phil Lynott – Songs for While I’m Away
9.15pm Crock of Gold  – A few rounds with Shane MacGowan

Saturday 18 March
5pm – Brooklyn
7pm – The Guard
9pm – In Bruges

Where: Cadmans Cottage The Rocks
When: 16-18 March
Cost: Free

Shen Yun 2023 – Sydney

Shen Yun is a performance that celebrates ancient Chinese culture and wisdom. Through dance, martial arts, and opera, it transports audiences to a magical land of emperors, generals, and philosophers seeking harmony with the universe. Experience the culture that inspired medical innovations, architecture, and more.

Where: Sydney Lyric Theatre, Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont, NSW 2009
When: 27 Mar 2023 – 07 May 2023
Cost: Prices vary depending on location, go to for more information.

Kinky Boots

Theatre Company is proud to be bringing an exuberant new production of the global hit musical Kinky Boots to The Concourse Theatre in 2023 which features a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

When: 13-18 March
Cost: Tickets is selling for the following venues only. go to their website for more information.

Festivals, Markets and Fairs

Australian Museum Family Day – Pride edition

  • Proud Yuin woman Rheanna Lotter will guide you as you paint your family portrait.
  • Join DJ Nat Caro and they play your family friendly favorites
  • Story time will feature tales why being a little different is A OK
  • Every kid loves talking poo – well meet the scientists from QueersInScience and learn more in this interactive demo

When: Saturday 4 March, 2023: 10.30am – 2.30pm
Cost: Free!
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Cobbitty Village Markets

Cobbitty Village Markets have been operating since May 1982, and have 150 stalls to tempt you. This true country market has lots of parking and is the perfect place to pick up art, craft, gifts, plants, fresh local produce and delicious cakes and cookies. There is plenty for the kids to enjoy too with farm animals and face painting.

The markets support local charities and organisations.

Where: Cobbitty Public School, 306 Cobbitty Road, Cobbitty
When: Sat 4 Mar 2022 – 8am – 1pm (First Sat of every month until December)
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Palm Tree Music Festival

The hottest festival of the summer as global DJ superstars TIËSTO and KYGO hit Australian shores to headline PALM TREE FESTIVAL in March 2023. Experience an unmissable set from world class DJ and producer TIËSTO, while the addition of influential hit maker KYGO brings crowds to another level with his spectacular Live Show.

Where: The Dome, Sydney Olympic Park
When: Fri 10 March 2023 from 7pm
Cost: From $165.90 More details

Australian Tattoo Expo

The 12th Annual, Australian Tattoo Expo is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest tattoo event. WIth 400+ incredible Tattoo Artists attending, you can meet artists and even get a new or your first tattoo.

Where: ICC Sydney, 14 Darling Dr
When: 10-12 Mar 2023 at Fri 10am – 10pm / Sun 12pm – 6pm
Cost: from $45 for adults Book here

Penrith Reptile Expo & Family Fun Day – Wrapped in Reptiles

A fun day out for the family where you can go and see live reptile shows. This annual gathering of cold-blooded vertebrates is sure to excite and amaze animal lovers of all ages.

This event always draws a large crowd of inquisitive children and reptile lovers of all ages keen to explore and learn more.

Where: Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre, 30 Herbert St Cambridge Park
When: 26 March 2023 from 9am-4pm
Cost: From $6.24 Book here

Artisans Market Glebe – Autumn 2023

Artisans Market Glebe is dedicated to providing a showcase for local designers and makers. The Market is organized by a not-for-profit community group dedicated to promoting the unique and beautiful products created by individual designers and artists.

Crafted cards Glebe Artisian Market

Being a carefully curated event, the emphasis is on bringing you the best in handmade Australian creations. From a high quality mix of homewares, fashion, jewelry, art, beauty products and more, everything is created by the stallholders.

Where: Dr H J Foley Rest Park, cnr Bridge & Glebe Point Rds, Glebe
When: 11 March 2023 @ 11am-3pm
Cost: Free Book here

Eel Festival

Learn traditional practices such as weaving and painting your own boomerang, the Darug language, and wood carving from Uncle Greg Simms and Brad Burrows. View Tony Albert’s beautiful work “Healing Land, Remembering Country” at the exhibition.

Where: 70 Alice Street, Rosehill NSW 2142
When: 12 March 2023 @ 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Cost: Free Book here

The Coal Loader Artisans Market

“Meet the Makers” at one of Sydney’s best artisans markets. The market offers you an opportunity to purchase original and creative handmade products directly from emerging and contemporary designers, artists, and makers.

Stalls display and sell art, ceramics, basketry, eco products, fashion, jewelry, textiles, food, children’s design, and much more.

Where: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton, NSW 2060
When: 05 March 2023 at 9am – 3pm
Cost: Free Book here



Go back in time and meet the ancient ancestors of today’s sharks, see an 8m long whale shark and learn all about these magnificent creatures via interactive displays and plenty of hands on objects from the collection

Sharks Australian Muesum

When: Until the end of April
Where: Australian Museum, 1 William St, Darlinghurst

The 67th Blake Prize Exhibition

The Blake Prize is a biennial event that engages local and international contemporary artists in conversations on the broader experience of spirituality, religion, and belief. The selected finalists will show their work at The 67th Blake Prize exhibition on 12 March – 22 May 2022.

Hercules – Patrina Hicks

Where: 1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula
Free More info 

Chili Philly’s Crochet Social 2023

Chili Philly’s Crochet Social 2023 is on display in Object Space at Australian Design Centre this exhibition is part of the Australia Design Centre’s Sydney WorldPride program.

Where: Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William St
When: 7 Feb – 8 Mar, Every day, all day
Free More info 

Knit Play: texture + tools + tension

Artist Maker Christine Wiltshier invites you to experiment with hand knitting, providing playful instruction and non-traditional materials that will be run into small groups- texture tools and tension workshops. All materials, tools, and instruction are provided at no cost.

Where: Incinerator Art Space, 2a Small St
When: 4 – 18 Mar 2023: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Free More info 

The Northern Sydney and Central Coast Retirement…

Northern Sydney and Central Coast Retirement Village & Resort Expo provides visitors with a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and gather information about their retirement journey. Whether you or someone you love is exploring the idea of living in an over-55s resort, or luxury apartment, this expo can help you.

Where: Hornsby RSL Club, 4 High St
When: Sun 26 – Mon 27 Mar 2023 @ 10 am to 3 pm
Free More info 


Across every artform, we will dissect, discuss and deconstruct air travel, aviation, aerodynamics and the freedoms and perils that flight promises. The exhibition is simultaneously celebratory and critical, excited about the return of flight yet concerned about its ongoing impact on the environment. This will be an opportunity to re-engage with flight in all its forms after this unprecedented break from it and to critically engage with the impact of the airport and surrounding redevelopments.

Where: Casula Powerhouse
When: March 2023- 11 June 2023
Free More info 

Exhibits and Arts

Liverpool Papercraft Show

Featuring a large range of everyone’s favorite craft specialists including both local and interstate papercraft experts, the show is packed full of the latest craft supplies, kits, and equipment.

Where: Whitlam Leisure Centre, 90 Memorial Ave Liverpool
When: Fri 3 – Sun 5 Mar 2023 at Fri 3- 9:30 AM/ Sun 5- 4:00 PM
Cost: $10- $45
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Powerhouse Late: Werkshop

Powerhouse Late featuring Werkshop presents talks, tours, and workshops with some of Sydney’s most iconic LGBTQIA+ practitioners.

Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St
When: 2nd Mar 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Free More info 

Love Your Nature

The Botanic Gardens Calyx’s latest exhibition Love Your Nature allows you to explore the wonderfully diverse world of plant-love in our new immersive horticultural exhibition. See over 20,000 plants on display and one of the largest living green walls in the Southern Hemisphere.

Where: The Calyx
When: reopens 16 March 2023 @ 10 am – 4 pm daily
Free More info 

Twilight Bites: Shark Behaviour and All That Jazz

Explore the AM’s Sharks exhibition where a dedicated shark scientist will share their research and be on hand to answer your questions. Join us for canapes and conversation as this celebrated shark researcher reveals how understanding them can be the ticket to conserving sharks’ dwindling populations.

Where: Shark Hotel, 127 LIVERPOOL ST SYDNEY CBD NSW 2000, 2000
When: 01 March 2023 @ 5.30pm – 7pm | 7pm – 8.30pm
Cost: $72- $90
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I Talk Through My Art and My Art Talks Through Me

I Talk Through My Art and My Art Talks Through Me is an exhibition curated by Danny Eastwood’s son, Jamie Eastwood, featuring a broad selection of new and old paintings, prints, cartoons, and ce­ramics spanning over four decades of artistic prac­tice. Get inspired by his extensive art practice that continues to be an inspiration to many generations of artists.

Where: The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
When: 2 March to 15 April 2023 @ 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Cost: FREE exhibition
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Since opening in 2009, the White Rabbit Gallery has bought us some of the most significant exhibitions of Chinese contemporary art on offer. The current show is no exception. The artists in ‘Shuo Shu’ map the evolution of the story from timeless myths and literary romances to political propaganda and modern-day censorship. Artists become shapeshifters, and their stories twist and turn to fit within codes and secret messages. Whilst a closed mind is like a closed book, stories reveal themselves to those who are open.

Where: 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale NSW
When: 14 May 2023 at 10AM–5PM,WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY
Cost: FREE exhibition
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Performance, Music and Live Events

Feel The Magic: Magic Men Live

Australia’s best male dancers, the Magic Men, will be serving up a heart-stopping live performance, showcasing some of the most talented male dancers.

Expect hunky men, drop-dead gorgeous waiters and eye-catching costumes. With a one of a kind show that is guaranteed to make you Feel The Magic!

Where: Shark Hotel, 127 LIVERPOOL ST SYDNEY CBD NSW 2000, 2000
When: Every Saturday All Year
Cost: $95
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Live at the Great: Bach to Bossa and Beyond

Get the chance to enjoy the whimsical architecture of the Great Synagogue and its velvety acoustics and performances from The Australian Guitar Quartet featuring the Grigoryan Brothers, Andrew Blanch and Vladimir Gorbach.

Where: The Great Synagogue, 187A Elizabeth St, Sydney, 2000, 2000
When: 28 Feb 2023 – 1 March 2023 @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Cost: $50
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Sunset Sessions

Take in the view while you enjoy live music, specially brewed local beers, wine, summer cocktails, and delicious food. Bring family and friends to this stunning waterfront pop-up bar this summer with locally brewed beer, organic wines, delicious food, plus live acoustic music, and of course, the whole event series is sustainable!

Where: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton, NSW 2060
When: 13 March 2023 at 2 pm – 8 pm
Tickets: Free
More info here

Red Bull Symphonic with Genesis Owusu and Sydney Symphony Orchestra Strictly 18+

With two distinct worlds in the arts joining forces, Red Bull Symphonic will deliver a one-of-a-kind music experience, with Genesis Owusu.

Where: Concert Hall
When: 23 March 2023 @ 20:30:00
Cost: $49.90($8.50 booking fee)
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Sunset Spotlight Tour

Wander the garden pathways and visit biodiversity ‘hotspots’ such as ponds to look for nocturnal animals – some fly in for the night, and others are long-term residents.

We’ll use our senses and some tech gadgets used by our scientists to help us locate animals. We may see Golden Orb spiders, Brush-tailed Possums, Microbats, Flying Foxes, or Tawny Frogmouths.

Where: Woolloomooloo Gate, Meet at Woolloomooloo Gate, Mrs Macquaries Road, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
When: Wednesday 22th February, 19 April & 12 April
Tickets: $42 per adult (16 years and over) | $20 per child (8-15 years)
More info here

Food and Drink Events

Stomp the Grapes

Each session begins with a glass of bubbles or a margarita on arrival. Then peruse the winemakers, and other bevi blenders, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a picnic with your crew.

There will be sounds to delight your ears and roving entertainers. Of course you can stomp the grapes…get your squish on!

Where: The Rose Garden, Centennial Park, Sydney
When: March 4th & 5th with sessions at: 11am – 2pm,3pm – 6pm, 7pm -10pm
Tickets: From $49

Sauce Brewery: Beer, Brisket and Brawn Launch Party

Exciting news awaits for beer lovers as the BBB gears up to unveil its brand-new look and showcase a range of new beers. Among the highlights is the Pacific Ale, a refreshing tropical pale ale with delicate aromas of passionfruit and citrus, boasting a light-bodied and slightly hazy texture at a sessionable 3.5%.

Where: 1a Mitchell Street, Marrickville NSW 2204
When: 17 March 2023 at: 4:00 pm til Late
Tickets: Free & Walk-in only
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Tours and Classes

Royal Botanic Gardnes – Ghostly Garden Tour

Wander the garden pathways and visit biodiversity ‘hotspots’ such as the ponds to look for nocturnal animals – some who fly in for the night, others who are long-term residents.

We’ll use our senses and some tech-gadgets used by our scientists to help us locate animals. We may see Golden Orb spiders, Brush-tailed Possums, Microbats, Flying Foxes or Tawny Frogmouths.

When: Sat 5th March, 7:30 – 9:00pm / Sat 19th March 2022, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Where: Woolloomooloo Gate, Mrs Macquaries Road, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
Cost: $42 (Dine and Discover vouchers accepted) Kids must be 8 years +
More info here

Archie Rose Spirits Tasting and Garden Walk – Sydney WorldPride

This Archie Rose experience will be accompanied by a 90-minute walk through the Royal Botanic Garden where our expert guides will share the history of our gardens, along with insights on plant evolution, reproduction, and the kaleidoscope of plant love happening around you all the time. Rejoice in love during World Pride, and join us for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

When: 24 Feb 2023 – 5 March 2023/ Session 1: 12 PM to 2.30 PM & Session 2: 3 PM to 5:30 PM
Where: Rose Garden & Pavilion, The Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
Cost: $100
More info here



CeBIT Australia Conference and Exhibition is a three-day crash course in the new wave of digital transformation. Among other activities you will find a comprehensive exhibition area, specialist business conferences, digital marketing and eCommerce workshops and different Cloud and Big data events.

Where: ICC Sydney, 14 Darling Dr
When: Thu 30 – Fri 31 Mar at: 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM/ (GMT+11:00) Magadan
More details on the official site

Sporting Events

Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Chandon Ladies’ Day and Longines Golden Slipper, this Autumn Racing Carnival features 6 weeks of quality events with lots of food and fun to accompany the action on the track.

When: 12 March – 16 April
Where: Royal Randwick and Rosehill Parramatta
Cost: $45-99 More info here

Regional Events

Blue Mountains Music Festival

With artists from around the globe, the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk Roots and Blues is a key event on the Blue Mountains calendar each year. The festival site is home to 7 performance venues presenting 90+ performances.

Buy a ticket for the entire weekend or just one day.

Where: Katoomba (Festival precinct bounded by Lurline, Merriwa, Ada and Waratah Streets)
When: 17-19 March 2023 Friday: 7.00pm to 11.30pm | Saturday: 10.00am to 11.30pm | Sunday: 10.00am to 9.00pm
Cost: Various – some free
More: Check the official website

Make a weekend of it – Check out our guide on where to stay in the Blue Mountains

Luddenham Show 2023

Set in the beautiful historic town of Luddenham, on the outskirts of Penrith, the Luddenham Show has something for everyone, young and young at heart.

Where: Luddenham Showground
When: Sat 4 Mar – Sun 5 Mar 2023 at Sat 4 -10:00 AM/ Sun 5 -09:00 PM
Cost: $10- $15
More: Check the official website

Camden City Show

A weekend of country show fun that is run entirely by volunteers. Camden is just one hour from Sydney and here the show offers your perfect change to experience a couple of days of good old fashioned fun!

Where: Camden Showground
When: 24-25 March 2023
Cost: Tickets from $8-32
More: Check the official website

SurfLife Gerringong Surf and Music Festival

A weekend of music, surfing, cars and food in one of the prettiest beach spots on the south coast. SurfLife features over 12 hours of live music, stories from surfing legends, a classic surf car showcase and lots more.

Where: Gerringong Town Hall and Werri Beach Reserve Gerringong
When: 31 March – 2 April 2023
More details on the official site

Treasured textiles workshop

Enjoy a tour of the exhibition led by curator Joanna Nicholas, and an artist talk at Meroogal, followed by a hands-on textiles and jewellery workshop at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery.Embracing the spirit of the resilient and resourceful women who lived at Meroogal, workshop participants will make a wearable object incorporating a treasured textile. Bring a favourite or meaningful piece of textile to repurpose into a new and beautiful object, or work with found materials provided on the day.

Where: Corner West and Worrigee Streets, Nowra NSW
When: 25 March 2023 10am – 4pm
Cost: $120 More details on the official site

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