Things to do in Sydney in March 2024

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 until the 31 March 2024. The last weekend in Feb and early March prices will be higher than usual with lots of people in town for the annual Mardi Gras Festival. Events and tours may book out early. Things should return to normal by the second 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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Major March Events in Sydney

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:

Festivals, Fairs and Community Events

The Coal Loader Artisans Market

“Meet the Makers” at one of Sydney’s best artisans markets at the fabulous Coal Loader. 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
When: 9am-3pm, 3 March 2024
Cost: Free

Musicals, Opera, and Theatre

La Traviata

La Traviata,” the iconic opera, comes to life in a new production directed by the award-winning Sarah Giles. This opera experience is complete with stunning costumes, exquisite singing, and outstanding music. It tells the story of a beautiful courtesan who breaks societal norms by falling in love, weaving a tale of glamour, riches, betrayal, and a heartbreaking secret.

Opera Australia Cast La Traviata

The production features the renowned Australian conductor Jessica Cottis, leading a talented cast. The highlight is young Australian soprano Samantha Clarke, who joins fresh from her debut at Carnegie Hall.

When: 2, 7, 9 & 14 March 2024
Where: Sydney Opera House Joan Sutherland Theatre
Tickets: from $79 

Idomeneo

In the gripping story of “Idomeneo,” the King of Crete faces a harrowing situation at sea during a vicious storm. Desperate to save his ship and crew, he makes a terrible vow to Neptune: to sacrifice the first person he meets on land. Tragically, upon reaching shore, the first person he encounters is his own son. This agonizing situation and the decision Idomeneo makes unleash the wrath of the gods upon the people of Crete.

Set against the backdrop of the Trojan War’s aftermath, Mozart’s “Idomeneo” is a timeless opera that delves into universal human themes still relevant today. It explores the consequences of war, the impact of natural disasters, and deep emotions like grief, love, and human vulnerability.

When: 1,6,9,12 & 15 March 2024
Where: Sydney Opera House Joan Sutherland Theatre

Music, Comedy and Dance

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 Street Sydney
When: Every Saturday All Year
Cost: $95

Art and Exhibitions

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.

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

Sport and Outdoors

Regional Events in NSW March

Wings Over Illawarra Airshow & Carnival

Wings Over Illawarra is Australia’s biggest annual air show just over an hour south of Sydney. It is the only major air show experience within easy reach of both Sydney and Canberra.

Crowd enjoying the 10th annual Wings Over Illawarra airshow at IllawarraCrowd enjoying the 10th annual Wings Over Illawarra airshow at Illawarra Regional Airport. Regional Airport.
Crowd enjoying the 10th annual Wings Over Illawarra airshow at Illawarra Regional Airport.

The wide variety of events includes a ground display and flying demonstrations of the historic military, modern and aeronautical aircraft, vintage car and motorcycle exhibits, family entertainment areas with carnival games, food trucks and market stands, and other technology and aerospace-oriented events.

Where: Airport Road Albion Park Rail 
When: 1-3 March
Cost: from $60 for a day pass or $95 for a weekend 

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.

Among the artists already named for the 2024 line up are: Ash Grunwald, Frank Yamma, Ella Hooper, Luka Bloom, and Owen Campbell.

Where: Katoomba (Festival precinct bounded by Lurline, Merriwa, Ada and Waratah Streets)
When: 15-17 March 2024 Friday: 7.00pm to 11.30pm | Saturday: 10.00am to 11.30pm | Sunday: 10.00am to 9.00pm
Tickets: Various prices- some free shows

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

Luddenham Show

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. This is the 117th year of the show and it promises to be bigger and better than event with a rodeo, bull riding, rides, competitions for craft, cookery, animlals and produce.

When: 2-3 March 2024
Where: Luddenham Showground
Cost: $10- $15

Camden City Show

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

When: 15-16 March 2024
Where: Camden Showground
Cost: Tickets from $8-32

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About the author: Paula Morgan, a born-and-bred Sydney resident, has been sharing this city and its secret spots for over 15 years. She’s not just about the iconic landmarks; she’s all about the hidden alleys adorned with street art, and the joy of discovering a new café or a fabulous restaurant tucked away in a corner you never knew existed and weekends away exploring regional NSW.

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