Things to do in Sydney in March 2024

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

It’s also a popular 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: 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:

  • Mardi Gras Parade – Saturday 2 March 2024
  • Clean Up Australia Day – Sunday 3 March 2024
  • Great Southern Nights – 8-24 March 2024
  • Sydney St Patrick’s Day Festival – 15-17 March 2024
  • The Royal Easter Show – 22 March – 2 April 2024

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

See our full list of Easter Events here

Festivals, Fairs and Community Events

Carriageworks Autumn Market

This years Autumn market has a strong Easter theme with egg painting and a bakery demonstration where Pastry Chef Extraordinaire, Alejandro Luna from Sonoma who will share her tips for making the perfect hot cross bun.

When: 17 March 2024, 8am-1pm
Where: Blacksmith Workshop at Carriageworks.
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: 17 March 2024
Where: Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park
More: Check their website for more details

The Shalom Jewish Food Festival

Experience Sydney’s Jewish cuisine at this festival, highlighting sustainable eating, zero waste practices, and cultural heritage. Delve into the heart and soul of Jewish culinary traditions, reflecting their vibrancy and rich cultural tapestry.

Jewish Food Festvial Credit: Sam Babus

There will be more than 30 food stalls offering a variety of Kosher and vegetarian culinary delights, from Reuben sandwiches to homemade gravlax, pickles, pita, hummus, and blintzes.

When: Sunday 10 March, 10am-3pm
Where: Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park
Entry fee: $5 per adult

All about Women Festival

The 12th annual All About Women festival is set to feature an impressive lineup of over 40 international and Australian artists, thinkers, and storytellers.

The Festival offers a mix of in-person and online events, making it accessible to a wider audience. The festival’s main focus is on thought-provoking talks, engaging panel discussions, and interactive workshops. These events are dedicated to exploring significant ideas and issues relevant to women, gender diverse individuals, and their allies. See the full program here

When: 9am-3pm, 3 March 2024
Where: Sydney Opera House l Cost: From $35

Cronulla Easter Market

Cronulla Easter Market

When: Saturday & Sunday March 16-17, 10am-4pm
Where: Don Lucas Reserve, Cronulla.

EQ Easter Market

The EQ Easter Market is the best spot for Eastern Suburbs locals to grab all their Easter goodies.

When: Sunday March 31, 10am-4pm
Where: Entertainment Quarter, Lang Rd, Moore Park

Mind, Body, Spirit Festival

Australia’s largest health, well-being, and natural therapies event offers several free workshops, paid experiences, and over 200 exhibitors for you to chat with. There will be tastings and readings, seminars and sound healings, and chair yoga!

See, try, and buy products and gifts including jewellery, cosmetics, music, books, giftware, clothing, crystals, educational courses, body treatments, and more!

When: 7 – 10 March 2024, ICC Sydney
ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour

Musicals, Opera, and Theatre

West Side Story

Opera Australia has announced that two dynamic young Australian performers will headline the 2024 cast as Tony and Maria in its hit musical production of West Side Story.

Opening on 22 March at the iconic Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, the limited 4-week season will feature award-winning First Nations soprano Nina Korbe in her professional theatrical debut as Maria, alongside Canberra-born tenor Billy Bourchier, known for his role in OA’s acclaimed production of Miss Saigon.

See this much loved story unfold on Sydney Harbour

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. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly so grab yours now.

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

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 


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

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

For the first time in 20 years, a company is bringing Shakespeare’s beloved comedy to Sydney. After its initial run in Sydney, the production will embark on a national tour, visiting over 20 venues across the country.

The talented British-Australian actor Richard Pyros, famous for his role in the Hulu TV series “The Great,” is set to play Oberon in an upcoming production.

He will be joined by Matu Ngaropo, a Māori actor celebrated for portraying George Washington in the Australian version of “Hamilton,” who will take on the role of Bottom.

When: 2 – 30 March 2024
Where: Sydney Opera House

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: Belvior Street Theatre


&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

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.

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


Vivian Bearing, at 50, is in her prime with a respected academic career and a love for poetry, facing just weeks to live. “WIT,” directed by Helen Tonkin, explores Vivian’s journey of self-discovery beyond her rational mind to confront life, death, and the fear of it.

This play is not just about cancer or John Donne’s wit but about the balance of intellect and emotion, life’s end, and the power of punctuation. Clock and Spiel Productions, known for their intelligent and moving works, presents “WIT” as another acclaimed production in their repertoire.

When: 6 – 9 March, 2024
Where: Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church and Market St, Parramatta


The hit production celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsburg, featuring Heather Mitchell’s acclaimed performance, returns after its sold-out 2022 premiere. This play, penned by Olivier Award-winning Suzie Miller, captures the life of the US Supreme Court’s second female justice, a pioneer for gender equality and reproductive rights.

Directed by Priscilla Jackman, this theatrical tribute to Ginsburg’s legacy is a must-see, offering a deep dive into her significant victories and challenges.

When: 9 Feb – 30 March 2024
Where: Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Music, Comedy and Dance

Great Southern Nights

The popular concert series Great Southern Nights is back! With over 300 live performances, music fans can enjoy a wide variety of shows across Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, and the Northern Rivers. There’s something for everyone, from soulful jams to high-energy concerts at numerous venues throughout NSW.

This is the perfect opportunity to pack your bags and explore NSW’s music scene. Not only will you experience the thrill of live music, but you’ll also support the recovery of the live music and tourism industries.

From country areas to coastal towns, live music venues are set to buzz with activity. Use the interactive map below to find shows and locations that match your taste, and start planning your music-filled road trip.

When: 8-24 March
Where: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Wagga Wagga, Northern Rivers and more.

Les Femmes

Former contestants from ‘The Voice’ have united to form Les Femmes, an all-female musical group celebrating the essence of modern womanhood.

Former Voice Australia contestants have formed Les Femmes

Les Femmes deliver powerful and uplifting performances, exclusively featuring songs by male artists such as Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and AC/DC.

When:  Thursday 28th March from 7:30pm
Where: Cardea Speakeasy, Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo l Tickets available via Eventbrite.

Opera Up Late

Reuben Kaye is set to dazzle the Sydney Opera House this summer with a comedic twist on opera in Opera Australia’s late-night show, following its successful debut at last year’s WorldPride festival.

Opera Up Late for one night only

For one night only, Kaye and his co-stars will take over the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage for a campy mix of opera and cabaret. Directed by Shaun Rennie, the evening promises queer romance, comedy, drag, musical tributes, and famous arias. Enjoy the talents of Benjamin Rasheed, Georgina Hopson, and more under the musical direction of Paul Fitzsimon.

When: Friday 1 March 2024 at 10:45pm
Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

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


Alliance Française French Film Festival

The 35th Alliance Française French Film Festival is back, offering an impressive selection of the finest French cinema. Known as the world’s largest showcase of French films outside of France, and Australia’s biggest cultural paid event, the festival features a diverse range of movies from various filmmakers, genres, and styles.

The Three Musketeers- D'Artagnan
The Three Musketeers- D’Artagnan just one of this year’s films

This year’s lineup promises to surprise, provoke, and enchant audiences with its unique and captivating films.

When: 5 March – 21 April
Where: Palace Central, Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street, The Chauvel Cinema, Roseville Cinema and Hayden Orpheum Cremorne. More information and tickets

Serbian Film Festival Sydney

The annual Serbian Film Festival is returning to Australia for the 21th time. Films will be screening at Hoyts cinemas across Sydney

When: March 14-24
Where: Hoyts Cinemas More: Check their website for more details


Are you prepared for a hauntingly delightful experience with a side of scones? The Shangri-La Sydney is offering a very special Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire High Tea starting late March.

Ghostbusters High Tea Credit: Shangri La Hotel

Step into The Lobby Lounge, transformed into a chilling setting where you’ll indulge in a three-tiered selection of supernatural sweets and savouries inspired by the newly released Ghostbusters movie.

When: March 16th – April 7th, 2024, 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm daily
Where: The Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Sydney
Cost: $79 per adult and $74 per child (11yrs & under). Milkshakes and cocktails additional.

Sport and Outdoors

Subway Socceroos v Lebanon 2026 

Don’t miss the FIFA World Cup 2026™ Second Round Qualifier. This will be the first time the Subway Socceroos have faced Lebanon in this qualification period, following victories over Bangladesh (7-0) and Palestine (l-0) in November last year.

When: Thursday, 21 March 2024 8.00pm
Where: CommBank Stadium, Parramatta
Cost: $30 adults, $20 kids, $80 family 

Australian Superbike Championship

The action-packed event will unfold over two days, featuring practice and qualifying sessions during the day. As the sun sets, the excitement will ramp up with Sydney Motorsport Park’s 138 light towers illuminating the venue for the thrilling ASBK Night Race.

Besides the on-track excitement, there will be a variety of off-track activities to entertain fans of all ages. The ASBK pit area will be open to the public, offering a unique opportunity for spectators to get a close look at the motorcycles and meet the riders.

When: 22-23 March 2024
Where: Sydney Motorsport Park

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.

Among the artists already named for the 2024 line up are: Ash Grunwald, Frank Yamma, Ella Hooper, Luka Bloom, and Owen Campbell. Buy a ticket for the entire weekend or just one day.

Where: Katoomba (Festival precinct bounded by Lurline, Merriwa, Ada and Waratah Streets)
When: 15-17 March, Friday: 7pm to 11.30pm | Saturday: 10am to 11.30pm | Sunday: 10am to 9pm l 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

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir at Newcastle Fringe

For over 30 years, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir has been the heartbeat of Sydney’s LGBTQI community. It’s an inclusive choir, welcoming all members regardless of sexual identity or musical skill. With a passion for singing together and achieving excellence, it stands as a symbol of diversity, inclusion, and harmony since 1991.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir at Newcastle Fringe
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir

Musical Director Adam Majsay describes the upcoming performance as a vibrant mix of iconic hits and nostalgic ’80s beats, promising an energetic and joyous celebration of music, love, and inclusivity.

When: 23 March 2024, 4.30pm
Where: Hamilton Uniting Church l Tickets $35 available here

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