This month, there's something in Sydney for everyone. If you love live music, art, or performance there's heaps to be excited about. Plus, if you're keen to learn, you'll love Raising the Bar and Sydney Writers' Festival at the end of the month.
The singing and rapping award-winning musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda tells the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. You have until August to catch it.
Tuesdays to Sundays
YCK Block Party
10 of the most popular bars on York, Clarence and Kent Street are throwing a massive 6-week party to celebrate the city centre. 75 events across the venues include music and magicians at Uncle Ming's or poetry and live music at Since I Left You.
Other venues involved are: Papa Gede's, The Lobo, Spawn Point, The Barber Shop, The Duke of Clarence, Stitch Bar, Prince of York and Grandma's Bar.
From April 7
Beats, games and good vibes at World Square
Gather the crew and take a seat in Liverpool Lane to enjoy live DJ sets and board games. With everything from ramen, sushi and fried chicken on the menu, there are plenty of different flavours to satisfy everyone.
Explore a market
Whether it’s food, flowers or a unique find that you’re after, Sydney’s markets are the perfect place to take a stroll, grab a bite to eat and buy from local sellers. Try Glebe markets on Saturdays for the best in vintage clothing, Millers Point on Mondays for fresh produce or The Rocks on weekends for artisanal gifts, jewellery and handmade treasures.
Live Latin music in Temperance Lane
The atmospheric laneway in the heart of the city transforms into a slice of urban Latin America. Enjoy a night of Mexican food alongside samba bands, tango artists and sultry salsa solos at Esteban.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
The Museum of Love
Sydney’s must-see autumn event: 3 levels of immersive art installations and photo-worthy backdrops celebrating love and friendship. Shower in confetti, take the zodiac love test to find your match or visit a Vegas-style Chapel O’ Love.
Until Sunday 18 April
Swim at one of Sydney’s indoor heated pools
As the weather gets slightly cooler, make the most of Sydney’s fantastic heated indoor pools. Located in Green Square, the brand new Gunyama Park is the biggest pool complex built in Sydney since the 2000 Olympic Games. With year-round heated pools in a city centre location, Cook and Phillip Park is a great place for a lunchtime or after-work dip.
La Traviata on Sydney Harbour
Enjoy one of the world's most popular operas set in one of the world's most stunning harbours. Fireworks light up the sky at every performance and a giant chandelier shimmers over the stage.
Until 25 April
Branch Nebula presents Demi-Demo
See champion skaters, BMXers, parkourists and dancers present tightly choreographed routines in the forecourt of Customs House. Enjoy performances and free group workshops every day.
Thursday 8 to Sunday 18 April
Get green-thumbed at Sydney City Farm
Learn to grow fruit trees, vines or berries in small spaces at the growing fruit in the city workshop. Or discover seed-saving skills that have sustained food production for millennia at the seed-saving hands-on session.
Saturday 10 and 24 April
Raising the Bar
The perfect after-work activity for curious minds: a combination of 20 different talks, across 10 venues on 1 night. Hear from a food scientist, an experiential futurist, a musicologist and other experts. The hard part is choosing which talk you’re most interested in!
Wednesday 28 April
Makerspace sessions at Darling Square Library
You could learn how to make a simple robot, build squishy circuits or create your own stopwatch or water sensor. With just 10 people in each class, you’ll get individual guidance from 2 experienced facilitators.
Wednesday 28 April
After Dark at Hyde Park Barracks
The new monthly late-night series transforms the museum with live music, performances and ideas. This month, enjoy music performances curated by FBi Radio including headline act Lara Andallo, supported by GLO and DJ sets by Kilimi. The theme for April is the upcoming installation Who goes here? by acclaimed Australian artist Fiona Hall.
Thursday 29 April
Sydney Writers’ Festival
For readers, writers and thinkers. The annual week-long conversation was missed last year so fans will be pleased to know it’s back with a bang!
Monday 26 April to Sunday 2 May
Take a free self-guided tour
Discover the city on foot and learn about Sydney’s fascinating history, stunning architecture and the stories behind our most loved public artworks. Get on the hunt for 4 secret laneway artworks that reimagine underused city spaces or stroll through Sydney’s favourite parks to find sculptures, plants, animals and colourful English monarchs.
- Hear modern day poetry at Since I Left You
- Take a free tour of the State Library
- Practice yoga with harbour views in the Rocks.