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What to do in Sydney this April

From roller discos and fireworks displays to the Biennale, whisky festivals and cooking classes, there’s something for everyone this month in Sydney.

If you love art, theatre or unique things to do, there's heaps to be excited about this month. And if you're keen for a laugh, you'll love Sydney Comedy Festival, which kicks off at the end of the month. Here are 16 events to add to your diary.

Installation view, 23rd Biennale of Sydney, rīvus, 2022, The Cutaway at Barangaroo. Photography: Document Photography.

Immerse yourself in art at the Biennale of Sydney 2022

The Biennale of Sydney presents over 330 artworks and projects at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Arts and Cultural Exchange, Barangaroo, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Art School.

Every Wednesday throughout the exhibition, the program will run later for an evening of art after dark. Expect cutting-edge film, performance as well as a wine bar and snacks.

Throughout April

Rollerama at Darlinig Harbour

Get your skates on for Rollerama

You’ll find a pop-up retro roller rink this month in the heart of Darling Harbour. From roller performances to fitness classes, dress-up nights to DJs and deals, there’s something happening every day of the week.

Until 24 April

Darling Harbour fireworks

Sit back and watch the sky sparkle

The sky above Darling Harbour lights up with fireworks every Saturday.

Saturday nights

Powerhouse Late. Photo credit: Jourdan Munns/Powerhouse

Get your after-hours culture fix

Sydney’s galleries and museums have a range of after-hours events for Culture Up Late. There’s live music every Friday at the MCA, First Nations music and art at the Opera House and a heap of cool things to see at the Powerhouse.

Various dates

Sydney's highest 80s arcade nights

Experience the ultimate throwback at Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney Tower Eye is being transformed into an 80s-themed arcade with games, a pop-up bar and music. Your ticket gets you 2 hours of unlimited arcade games, a drink and a snack.

Fridays and Saturdays in April

Laneway cinema at The Rocks

Watch a movie under the stars at The Rocks

Heritage surrounds, hot slices of pizza, classic films, starry skies, wine, bean bags and a free movie screening – this is not your average movie night.

Wednesday nights

Whiskey on The Rocks

Take a sip at Whiskey on The Rocks

This festival has something for first-time sippers, cocktail lovers, right through to long-time whisky enthusiasts.

Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May

Jurassic World by Brickman

Walk with dinosaurs at the Australian Museum

Jurassic World comes to life in Lego this autumn. Gaze at 50 large dinosaurs, witness a life-size 400kg Lego brick Baryonyx and build your own creations.

Every day until Sunday 29 May

The penguin exhibition boat ride

Get up close to penguins at Sea Life Aquarium

Sea Life has reopened its penguin expedition boat ride: a captivating, sensory and educational journey to see king and gentoo penguins.

Mondays, and Thursdays to Sundays

Chinatown stories, snacks and secrets walking tour

Uncover the secrets and tastes of Chinatown

See and taste Sydney’s Chinatown on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll try snacks from some of the most popular restaurants in the area, as well as uncovering the history of the Chinese-Australian community.

Every Sunday

Yoga in the park

Get fit, flexible and find your zen with free yoga

Every Sunday at First Fleet Park get your body moving with a free yoga class and a backdrop of amazing views.

Every Sunday

An American in Paris

Treat yourself to a night out at the theatre

Sydneysiders are spoilt for choice at the theatre this autumn. From glamorous Parisian cabarets to sharp and political plays, find a show that’s right for you.

Various dates

Gelato degustation at Zini Contemporary Gelateria

Savour in the gelato at Zini Contemporary Gelateria

Indulge in a gelato degustation menu that honours Indigenous Australian ingredients. Don’t miss this unique, tasty and informative experience at Zini Contemporary Gelateria on Loftus Street.

Sunday 24 April

Every Body Dance Now at Sydney Opera House

Bust out your best moves at the Sydney Opera House

Share in the joy of dance with free, fun and inclusive classes. Led by expert choreographers and performers, there are 11 different classes to choose from including line dancing and Bollywood classes.

Various dates

After Dark at the Hyde Park Barracks

Discover the Hyde Park Barracks after dark

Hyde Park Barracks will transform with live music, demonstrations, workshops and tours. On this month’s lineup is glassblowing demonstrations, blacksmithing, live tattooing and a perfumery experience. FBi Radio will be bringing the tunes and food and drinks available.

Thursday 28 April

Sri Lankan and Indian cooking class at INDU

Learn something new with a workshop or class

From pickling at the Royal Botanic Garden and making honey at the Powerhouse Museum to laser cutting at Darling Square or designing Turkish mosaic lamps. There are many new skills you can learn this month.

If you love cooking, you’ll love this Sri Lankan and Indian cooking experience at INDU.

Find talks, courses and workshops on What’s On.

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