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What to do in Sydney this April

From Easter and Ramadan celebrations to movie festivals, markets and more – add these to your yes list.

Watch a movie at the Inner West Film Fest

Inner West Film Festival

Across venues including the legendary Marrickville Golf Club, Dendy Cinemas Newtown, and Palace Norton Street in Leichhardt, the Inner West Film Fest is a showcase of the best short films from around the world, featuring a diverse range of genres and styles.

Wednesday 29 March to Sunday 2 April

Satisfy your thirst for knowledge at Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

From robotics and climate tech to the life-changing technologies affecting food security and mental illness, join an evening of big ideas. Choose from 30 free talks hosted in bars, breweries and live music venues across Tech Central.

Tuesday 4 April, 6pm to 9pm

See a play from one of the US’s most lauded playwrights

Fences by Sydney Theatre Company

Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and recently adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, don’t miss Fences at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Every day, 7:30pm to 10:10pm

Watch the opera under the stars with fireworks

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour Madama Butterfly

The critically acclaimed and wildly popular Madama Butterfly returns to the Handa on the Sydney Harbour stage.

Every day until Sunday 23 April, 7:30pm to 10:20pm

Celebrate Ramadan with a delicious feast

Ramadan Mubarak Iftar set menu at Mecca bar

Take in stunning waterfront views while you enjoy authentic Halal Middle Eastern and Moroccan cuisine at Mecca Bah. Or head to Delhi 'O' Delhi in Newtown for a special Iftar set menu.

Every day until Sunday 22 April, 5pm to 10pm

Get out and about for the Easter long weekend


From and Easter egg cracking extravaganza and family shows, to chocolate hunts and afternoon tea, there's a heap of ways to spend the long weekend in Sydney.

Friday 7 April to Monday 10 April

Play in Surry Hills

Surry Hills Play Festival

From pop-up picnics to live music, bike tours, window activations, a scavenger hunt, a dog show and exhibitions, there’s something for everyone at Surry Hills Play Festival.

Weekends in April

Listen to live jazz and sip craft beer

Live jazz at Yulli's Brews

Head to Yulli’s Brews in Alexandria to unwind with live music, delicious drinks and a relaxed atmosphere.

Every Thursday, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Shop at Glebe Markets

Markets at Glebe Public School

Browse fashion and vintage, jewellery and accessories or sit on the lawn and enjoy live music while you eat food from around the world.

Saturdays, 10pm to 4pm

Drink, dine and discover on a unique Sydney bar crawl

Sydney CBD secret bar crawl

Visit some of the best small bars around Sydney's city centre, while hearing stories of local heroes, villains and crazy (but true) history.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 10pm

See powerful new art from a diverse group of artists and collectives

The National 4 Australian Art Now

The National 4: Australian Art Now reflects how artists are responding to some of the most urgent and critical ideas of our time, imagining new ways of seeing and being in the world at a time of unprecedented change.

Every day

Rediscover the hidden history of Paddington

Queer history walking tours

Led by artist and historian Christine Dean, this series of walking tours will take you on a journey through the Oxford Street precinct to uncover the hidden histories of key venues for the parties, nightlife and club cultures that shaped Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ communities.

Sunday 2 April from 11am to 12pm Sunday 16 April from 11am to 12pm

Have a laugh at Sydney Comedy Festival

Sydney Comedy Festival Gala at Sydney Opera House

Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event is back. Get your tickets to see one of hundreds of hilarious comedians.

From 24 April

Share the Youth Week program with young people you know

Youth Week Cook 4 Good volunteer program

Made by young people for young people, this year’s Youth Week in the City is back with a bang. From jewellery-making classes to a gaming takeover at Customs House, volunteering days to busking performances – get involved or share with young people you know.

Thursday 20 April to Sunday 30 April

See life through the lens of queer, First Nations and social documentary photographers

Liberate! exhibition at Customs House

Celebrating 45 years of community-led social change, Liberate! is a photographic exhibition at Customs House that will take you on a journey of LGBTIQA+ Sydney.

Every day

Check out what’s on for school holidays

Alice in the Wonderland at The Royal Botanic Garden

If you’re tasked with keeping children and teens entertained these school holidays, find an event they’ll love. Plus, our youth in the city programs make great holiday highlights for young people aged 13 to 18 years, or those under 13 enrolled in high school.

Monday 10 April to Friday 21 April