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What’s On In Sydney This Week, This Month And Beyond

By Genevieve Muratore
10th Apr 2024

We're already into April, and 2024 continues to serve a massive lineup of events and activities in Sydney/Eora to keep your calendar absolutely loaded.

April in Sydney is packed with delicious pop-ups, world-class exhibitions, and plenty of school holiday fun. Here are Urban List's picks for the best things to do in Sydney this week, in April, and further into 2024.

What's On In Sydney This Week

Final Week: Mov’In Bed Beach Cinema

Harbour Park, Barangaroo | Until Sunday 14 April

Mov’In Bed Beach Cinema is wrapping up its pop-up beach screenings in Sydney this week after an epic season of flicks under the stars. The world’s biggest outdoor “bed cinema” has been set up in Barangaroo’s Harbour Park for the warmer weather, with 280 tonnes of white sand topped with a five-metre 4K screen and 150 queen-size beds, pillows and blankets.

Final screenings this week include Dune Part II, Killer of the Flower Moon and Anyone But You, with tickets going from just $12. Learn more here.

Maybe Cocktail Festival

Various locations | Tuesday 9–Sunday 14 April

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Some of the world's most acclaimed bars will pop up in Sydney for six days of spirit-fuelled fun for the second annual Maybe Cocktail Festival. 12 of the World's 50 Best Bars (including number three: Mexico City's Handshake Speakeasy) will be hosted at nine venues across Sydney.

Highlights include London bar Kwãnt at Maybe Sammy (9pm–12am, Wednesday 10 April), Julio Bermejo, the creator of the Tommy’s margarita at El Primo Sanchez (5pm–9pm, Friday 12 April) and Melbourne's Caretaker's Cottage at Busby's (5pm–9pm, Saturday 13 April).

Over 30 international bartenders from Rome, San Francisco, Mexico City, Edinburgh, New York City, Florence and Hong Kong will shake up cocktails at free-t0-attend guest shifts when they will offer special cocktails priced $20-$25, with a few masterclasses and special parties in the mix too. You can try your luck walking in, or RSVP to secure a spot.

Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition

Level 5, 1-3 Smail Street, Ultimo | Wednesday 10 April–Thursday 30 May

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Following sold-out tours in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and Puerto Rico, Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition is bringing a never-before-seen glimpse into the life of Diana Spencer as captured by her Official Royal Photographer, Anwar Hussein, with bespoke art installations and artefacts.

The exhibition explores the relationship between the princess and her photographer, with an audio guide from Anwar to provide context to the famous and not-so-famous shots he captured. Tickets are $29 for adults, $24 for seniors or students, and $12 for children.

Cheese Degustation Dinner

Secolo, 94 Beattie Street, Balmain | Thursday 11 April

Image credit: Secolo Balmain | Vaida Savickaite

Balmain's family-run Italian restaurant Secolo and Rozelle store Cheese Celebration are teaming up for a cheese-filled degustation dinner, offering rare and wonderful varieties from around the world.

The four-course meal will feature seven different cheeses, in dishes like fresh fig, gorgonzola and polenta chips, a "dairy bomb" entree of tortino filled with 18-month-old Parmigiano Reggiano, and a whisky risotto with a semi-hard cow and goat's whisky cheese from Piedmont with scallop tartare, vanilla bean and salted pepitas. A seat at the cheese degustation are $149pp, with all food and matched wines included.

Young Franco

Metro Theatre, G2/624 George Street, CBD | Friday 12 April

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Kicking off the Smirnoff Future Fresh series in Sydney is Young Franco—one of the most in-demand producers and DJs right now, with a whopping 50 million streams of his uber-cool dance jams that blend the best of hip-hop, pop and electro.

The Future Fresh series features artists headlining shows across the country, and hand-selecting two emerging artists who will get the chance to be their opening acts, plus receiving industry mentoring to move their music to the next level. Not only is this an awesome platform for emerging artists, but tickets to a Future Fresh gig mean you’ll be getting in on the ground floor with some amazing up-and-comers. Tickets are still available from $39.90

April Food Events And Markets

The Keel Masterclass Series

The Keel, 106 George Street, The Rocks | Wednesdays until 1 May

Historic Sydney venue The Keel—once a key part of the city's original rum trade—is giving rum lovers the chance to up their knowledge in a series of masterclasses. Upcoming themes include The Secrets of Solera (10 April), Viva la France (17 April), Rums of the Pacific (24 April) and A taste of Vintage (1 May). Each masterclass starts with a finger lime daiquiri on arrival before moving through a tasting of six rums, and a deep dive from host and renowned bartender Tom Bulmer.

The Keel's rum masterclasses are $65pp—check out the full lineup of classes and book your spot.

Glenfiddich X Jordan Gogos Pop-Up Bar

200 George Street, Sydney CBD | Select dates Wednesday 17 April–Wednesday 8 May

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Join Aussie multidisciplinary artist Jordan Gogos and the world's most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, Glenfiddich, for a pop-up bar experience raising funds for social enterprise Art Aid.

The team from CBD bar Dean & Nancy on 22 will be shaking up whisky cocktails in the space filled with textile art, immersive works, sculptural furniture, and never-before-exhibited pieces in Gogos' largest immersive art installation to date. Selected pieces will be for sale with 50% of profits (and $10 from every Glenfiddich cocktail and event ticket sold) donated to Art Aid and its charities.

Events include the Glenfiddich Trailblazer Party every Friday at 5pm ($20pp including a cocktail on arrival) with live DJs, masterclasses with Glenfiddich's flagship collection or Grand Series ($30pp including four whisky tastings and snacks) and a Creative Collaborations event on Thursday 2 May with Jordan Gogos speaking on how he approaches collaborations across art, furniture and fashion, and what we can expect from his 2024 Australian Fashion Week show (​$140pp including ​an engraved bottle of Glenfiddich 12YO personalised on-site and an exclusive Jordan Gogos x Glenfiddich 12YO key ring). See your opportunities to visit here.

Margra Lamb Party

Kiln, Ace Hotel, 53 Foy Lane, Sydney | Nightly Until Sunday 12 May

Kiln Magra Lamb PartyImage credit: Kiln | Supplied

For a meaty feast that celebrates the special partnership between producers and restaurants—and more sustainable dining—check out Kiln's Margra lamb party this month. Over three courses, you'll be treated to a rare and premium cut of lamb, sourced from Oberon-based producer Margra.

Prized for its marbling, low melting temperature, and depth of flavour, this shoulder rack cut is exclusive to Kiln and will be served up three ways, showing how to use the whole of the animal. Cooked over Kiln's wood fire, you and two to three mates will enjoy koji marinated "intercoastal" rib skewers, a boneless loin served with a fortified sauce made from the bones, and wood-roasted semi-dried Shiraz beetroots served with a lamb fat vinaigrette. 

The lamb party will set you back $95 and is enough for up to three people. It's available to order nightly until Sunday 12 May. Kiln is also hosting a special dinner to celebrate their lamb partnership on Wednesday 17 April, with tickets available here

Heirloom Dinner Pop-Up

Arthur, 544 Bourke Street, Surry Hills | Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 April, 6pm or 8.30pm

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Much-loved Sydney spot Arthur (one of our favourite Surry Hills restaurants) is all about supporting and celebrating emerging talent, so they're having chef de partie Connor Denton host a two-night dinner pop-up called Heirloom.

Connor's Heirloom menu will call on memories and nostalgia, and his kitchen experiences with diverse flavour profiles at Hello Auntie, Nomad and Restaurant Leo, while utilising exclusively Australian ingredients per Arthur's steering philosophy. The seven-course menu will be $110pp, with oysters and drinks available to add on. Bookings are required on Arthur's website.

Meatstock 2024

Sydney Showgrounds, Olympic Park | Friday 19–Sunday 21 April

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Australia and New Zealand's biggest barbecue festival Meatstock is back for another year of protein-packed fun, with food, entertainment and shopping opportunities to get around. On top of so much barbecue, burgers and brisket to eat and sample there'll be barbecue cook-offs, head-to-head butcher wars, competitive eating events and beard and moustache wars presented by Better Beer.

There's also a banging music lineup that everyone can get around, with names like Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I and Henry Wagons to groove to after your meaty feast. Tickets are available from $46.50 for single-day entry.

Woollahra Hotel Tequila Fiesta

Woollahra Hotel, 116 Queen Street, Woollahra | Until Wednesday 24 April

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Celebrate the final weeks of warm weather in Sydney with a Don Julio Tequila Fiesta on the Woollahra Hotel's upstairs terrace, transformed into a Mexican-inspired garden.

There's a special menu with $15 frozen margaritas and $15 pomegranate margaritas, plus DJs from 4pm on Saturdays and live acoustic sessions from 2pm on Sundays. You can walk in, or book for your group.

Cherry Bomb

Goros, 84–86 Mary Street, Surry Hills | Until Saturday 18 May

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It's cherry blossom season at Surry Hills' Goros, where they're hosting Cherry Bomb: a sakura celebration with Bombay Sapphire complete with a festive menu and special events running for six weeks, and a pink takeover of the space with cherry blossoms, carp fish kites, and neon photo moments.

On the Cherry Bomb menu there's pink sushi, ice cream sando desserts, martinis and Cherry Pop cocktails with pearls, and a 90-minute all-you-can-eat skewer package with bottomless saké spritzes for $89pp. Events include a Barbie party on 13 April, a full moon party on 27 April, and an epic closing night celebration on 18 May—and there's always the free, private karaoke rooms.

April Film, Music, Theatre And Comedy Events

The President

Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay | Saturday 13 April–Saturday 18 May

Hugo Weaving in the play The President at Sydney Theatre CompanyImage credit: The President | Supplied 

Though a revolution brews outside, the president and first lady of a small country seem frozen in time. Here, a complicated marriage eerily echoes the mistrust and angst of a political system in tatters.

Featuring some of the biggest names on stage and screen, including Hugo Weaving as the titular President, this production comes to Sydney directly from its Dublin premiere season. The President has already been lauded for powerhouse performances and its absurdly comic portrayal of pomp, pretence, privilege and politics. Tickets start at $110.

Phoenix Central Park Season XI

Phoenix Central Park, 37-49 O'Connor Street, Chippendale | Until Thursday 18 April

Image credit: Phoenix Central Park | Jordan Munns

Phoenix Central Park will host its 11th annual program of acclaimed, forward-thinking artistic performances. With tickets available via a free-to-enter ballot, this year’s line-up includes punk icon Mick Harvey, electronic auteur Tim Hecker, rising rapper Mulalo, and post-internet jazz duo DOMi and JD Beck. You can enter the free ticket ballot for upcoming performances here.

Noah Dillon

The Vanguard, 42 King Street, Newtown | Thursday 18 April

Image credit: Noah Dillon | Instagram

Before embarking on a European tour in May, singer-songwriter Noah Dillon will stop off at The Vanguard to share his indie rock/alternative folk songs with Sydneysiders. 

You might remember him from his turn at Splendour in the Grass, and this show will be a perfect chance to reacquaint yourself with his raw, cathartic, and ultra-Aussie sound. There’s something a bit nostalgic and pub-rocky about this one - Dillon’s music finds the magic in the mundane and is best enjoyed with a beer in hand and a mate by your side. Tickets are going for $29.16.

Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour: West Side Story

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Mrs Macquaries Point | Until Sunday 21 April

West Side Story cast on stage on Sydney HarbourImage credit: West Side Story | Supplied

If you’re after a spectacular night on Sydney Harbour, the return of the highly acclaimed West Side Story is it. It’s little surprise that this production is back with a bang. Its previous season was the highest-selling on-the-harbour top-stage production ever, and if you missed the last run of feuding, forbidden love, and fireworks, now is the time to get your tickets. 

Plus if you’re in the mood for something a bit fancy on the foreshore, the HSBC Platinum Club will be serving a fine dining menu before each performance with pre-show and interval drinks. Tickets are in high demand and available from $79.

& Juliet

Sydney Lyric Theatre, Pyrmont | Until Sunday 16 June

& Juliet cast on stage in SydneyImage credit: & Juliet | Daniel Boud

This is Shakespeare for people who don’t like Shakespeare. In fact, this is Shakespeare for people who will remember all the songs on the soundtrack from a burned CD or an iPod Nano they once had. 

& Juliet, the jukebox musical from Emmy-winning Schitt’s Creek writer David West Read, imagines that instead of just falling in love, getting married, and dying by the tender age of 13, Shakespeare’s wife instead suggests that Juliet presses on and finds herself once she’s lost the dead weight of Romeo. In this alternate universe, she’s more than just a star-crossed lover: she’s a star. Tickets start at $69.90.

April Art, Culture And Exhibitions

Fusion Rules

VANDAL Gallery, 16-30 Vine Street, Redfern | Until Thursday 11 April

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Image credit: Craig Black | Website

A debut Aussie solo exhibition by Scottish artist Craig Black, Fusion Rules sees elements of Aussie sports culture—like balls from AFL, netball, cricket and more—covered in his unique Acrylic Fusion technique. The hand-poured practice creates a one-off, mesmerising visual effect that exaggerates the clashing of the worlds of sport and culture.

Dale Frank: Growers And Showers

NAS Galleries, 156 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst | Friday 12 April–Saturday 1 June 

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Check out the expanded painting practice of one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists, Dale Frank, at this significant exhibition of over 40 large-scale works he developed since the '70s. It's his first solo institutional exhibition in over 20 years.

The vivacious collection includes various mediums and unexpected surfaces from poured epoxy-glass on metallic Perspex to CDs, human hair wigs, shattered glass and air vent ducts, showcasing his experimental approach to artmaking. Sculpture, sound and performance round out the experience to create immersive experiences to capture Frank's maximalism. Dale Frank: growers and showers is free to visit at the National Art School, 11am–5pm daily.

Pepsi X Jackson Cowden X G Flip

Sydney Harbour | Wednesday 17 April, 6pm

In an epic all-Aussie combination of fashion, music and refreshing sips, Pepsi will unveil its new Pepsi Pulse Collection this month against the stunning backdrop of the Sydney Opera House with a spectacular free event.

The all-Australian collab to celebrate Pepsi's first brand refresh in 15 years will see emerging fashion designer and digital fashion artist Jackson Cowden reveal his debut collection to the soaring soundtrack of G Flip performing live. As well as the visual spectacle, there'll be street food snacks and a curated cocktail list inspired by AFL legends. Tickets are free and strictly limited to 150. Head to Pepsi's Instagram from 12pm, Thursday 4 April to nab yours.

The Art of Banksy: Without Limits

Town Hall, 483 George St | Until Friday 26 April

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The work of the world’s most famous—and mysterious—graffiti artist is coming to Sydney this week. Town Hall will host the massive exhibition The Art of Banksy: Without Limits, celebrating Banksy’s art, sharing over 150 pieces and unique installations. 

As well as original works, prints, photos, lithographs, sculptures, murals and video mapping installations, there will be custom-built experiential areas including an infinity room where you can immerse yourself in Banksy’s most political works. Learn more here.

A Blueprint For Ruins

White Rabbit Gallery, 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale | Until Sunday 12 May

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Spanning four floors of the impressive White Rabbit Gallery, A Blueprint for Ruins explores a world without people, where only monuments and memories of culture and life remain, in a reflection on China's race to embrace modernity.

The works curated by David Williams (including an abandoned nightclub scene, bronze, resin and marble sculptures, paintings, prints and more) provide an immersive and thought-provoking look into the effects of urbanisation on trade, the environment, culture and humanity. A Blueprint for Ruins is free to visit, 10am–5pm, Wednesday–Sunday.

Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs

The Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Darlinghurst | Until Sunday 19 May

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After showing in Paris, Houston, and San Francisco, the incredible Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition is headed to Sydney. The blockbuster exhibition will feature the actual sarcophagus of Ramses II—one of the most impressive royal coffins from ancient Egypt ever to be discovered—plus 181 priceless artefacts including animal mummies, jewellery, spectacular royal masks, and exquisite amulets, making it the largest cultural exhibition to visit Sydney in over a decade. Buy tickets here.

The 24th Biennale Of Sydney 

Various locations | Until Monday 10 June

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Image credit: Biennale of Sydney | Daniel Boud

The cultural kaleidoscope that is the Biennale of Sydney makes a grand return for its 24th edition, titled Ten Thousand Suns. The Biennale is a completely free art festival showcasing 96 leading artists' work from 50 different countries, spread over seven of Sydney’s most iconic spots including the Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney. Fondation Cartier has commissioned 14 incredible First Nations artists, whose works are on display as part of the festival across Sydney. 

The Biennale is the largest contemporary art event of its kind in Australia, making it an unmissable event for art aficionados—and it's all completely free to experience. Check out the full program of artworks or programmed events like after-dark sessions, tours, performances and workshops to plan your experience.

April School Holiday Events

Mega Creatures

Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin | Until Sunday 5 May

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Head to the Hunter Valley these holidays to discover a Jurassic world of dinosaurs, giant bugs, and more mind-blowing friends at Mega Creatures

There are giant animatronic animals including T-rex, Diplodocus, Stegosaurus and Triceratops plus activities like interactive fossil digs, fire-breathing dragons and after-dark fun like a night safari with snakes and lizards, and a winding Storybook Garden. As well as the dinosaur fun, Hunter Valley Gardens' usual carousel, Ferris wheel, tea cup and superslide rides will be operating too.

Special entertainment during the Mega Creatures season include roving baby dinosaurs (13, 14, 16, 22, 23 and 24 April) and a dinosaur zoo show (17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and 28 April) and tickets are available from $30 for children and $40 for adults, with family passes available.

What's On In Sydney In 2024 And Beyond

Australian Fashion Week

Carriageworks, Eveleigh | Monday 13 - Friday 17 May

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Australian Fashion Week presented by Pandora will return to Carriageworks this May, serving up its signature style mayhem for five glorious days. Details of the 2024 event have officially been revealed, including which designers will be showing and which runways, talks, and events you can grab tickets to. 

The 2024 program of ticketed events includes runway presentations from iconic designers like Carla Zampatti, Romance Was Born, and Acler. There's also the much-loved multi-designer Indigenous Fashion Projects runway, which showcases incredible First Nations fashion talent. This year's panel discussions get to the heart of what's happening locally with fashion too—giving you insider intel from leaders in fashion business and fashion culture. Read more here or head over here to buy tickets

Sydney Spirits Festival

Overseas Passenger Terminal, 130 Argyle Street, The Rocks | Friday 10–Sunday 12 May

Sydney Spirits Festival makes its grand debut this year, showcasing 148 brands to unleash your inner spirit. With such a massive range of purveyors under one roof, we guarantee that even the most advanced connoisseur will find something new and exotic to surprise themself with. Sample the best from international and boutique distillers, and meet the stars of the spirits world who will be pouring samples of their internationally acclaimed drops.

Gastronomic delights like caviar bumps will accompany your tastings of German and Japanese gins, American peanut butter whisky, Australian gold medal-winning Negronis and more.

The Cat Empire X Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Sydney CBD | Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September

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Legendary Aussie band The Cat Empire will play two very special shows with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performing their much-loved tunes from the past two decades and new tracks blending world music styles including Afro-Cuban, Seychellois kreol, Brazilian and flamenco.

The Sydney shows will feature world-class flamenco artists Richard Tedesco, Johnny Tedesco, Chantelle Cano and Sydney Children’s Choir (Sydney only), with original The Cat Empire members Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill joined by newcomers Grace Barbe, drummer Daniel Farrugia and percussionist Neda Rahmani. Tickets are available from Tuesday 26 March from $49pp.

Coldplay: Music Of The Spheres World Tour

Accor Stadium, Edwin Flack Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park | Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 November

Chris Martin of Coldplay on stage in Perth.
Image credit: Coldplay | Anna Lee Media

Coldplay has just confirmed stadium shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland for their record-breaking world tour which has electrified audiences in their sell-out shows in Perth, Tokyo, Kaohsiung and Jakarta. ​The band will be performing in Sydney at Accor Stadium on Wednesday 6 November 6 and Thursday 7 November, 2024.

​Since the first Music Of The Spheres World Tour date in March 2022, the band have sold over nine million tickets—the most for any tour over the last two years. Register for presale tickets from 10am on Wednesday, 29 November here, or add 10am on 1 December to your calendar for general sale.

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