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What to do in Sydney this April

From comedy, art, talks, music and more – add these to your yes list.

Sydney Comedy Festival

Laugh out loud at Sydney Comedy Festival

Witness 250 of the best comedians from Australia and beyond take to stages across Sydney for a massive month of comedy.

22 April to 19 May

Sydney Streets on Crown Street

Celebrate Surry Hills at Sydney Streets

Eat, shop and play as we stop traffic on Crown Street for a day of fun for the whole family. We’re bringing live music, entertainers, kids activities and alfresco dining.

Saturday 6 April

Biennale of Sydney

Discover new art and ideas during Biennale of Sydney

Titled Ten Thousand Suns, the 24th Biennale of Sydney ignites its transformative power of art. This extraordinary exhibition showcases the visionary creations of leading artists from diverse corners of the globe, all within the hallowed halls of Sydney’s most iconic cultural institutions. 

Every day

Australian Heritage Festival

Explore the diverse history of Darlinghurst during the Australian Heritage Festival

Learn how the City archives shed light on the rapid urbanisation of the eastern suburb in the 19th century in this talk. Attend a showcase to see how cottages and paddocks transform into an inner-city suburb of Victorian terraces, art deco flats and rowdy pubs.

Thursday 9 May and Thursday 16 May

Redfern Community Centre 20th birthday celebration

Celebrate the 20th birthday of Redfern Community Centre

Join in the celebration and enjoy a packed program of free family friendly activities, live music, entertainment and games, plus lots of delicious treats.

Saturday 20 April

Sydney Town Hall organ recital

Step inside Sydney Town Hall and hear the grand organ

Take a lunch break and treat yourself to a free organ recital in the heart of the city. You’ll hear the enchanting sounds of nearly 9,000 pipes in the grand organ of Sydney Town Hall.

Monday 22 April

Youth Week

Celebrate Youth Week with the young people in your life

Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events.

This year it runs from 11 to 21 April and young people aged 12 to 24 are invited to get involved.

Check out this year’s program.

Raising the Bar

Quench your thirst for new ideas at Raising the Bar

We’re taking education and innovation out of the lecture theatre and into inner-city bars, pubs and venues. Learn about the big ideas bringing us healthier futures at Raising the Bar.

Tuesday 9 April

Australian Life

Enter your best photos in the Australian Life photography competition

Join our nationwide photography competition, open to all. Australian Life showcases works from amateur and professional photographers across the country. From the epic to the intimate, the harsh to the fragile we want to see Australian Life through your lens. Over $19,000 in prizes are up for grabs.

Tuesday 19 March to Sunday 21 April

Little Sydney Lives

Encourage young photographers to enter the Little Sydney Lives photography competition

Budding photographers aged 5 to 12 can make their mark and show us their world. Fantastical, botanical, sibling-rivalrous, splashy or routine – we’re looking for stirring images that reveal what our young residents find intriguing.

Tuesday 19 March to Sunday 21 April

180 George Street

Explore a new area in the city centre

Explore this buzzing new precinct near Circular Quay, 180 George Street is home to a public plaza, community space, retail, restaurants, bars, and laneways. Book in for a free morning or lunchtime yoga, pilates or tai-chi class.

Every day

Perry Park Recreation Centre Open Day

Celebrate Perry Park recreation centre turning 5

Come down to Alexandria for this open day and join a free casual sports session. With plenty of sports to choose from including basketball, pickle ball, roller skating, netball, badminton, volleyball and futsal. There'll be free coffee all day and free gelato from 11am to 2pm.

Sunday 14 April

Suitcase Rummage Market

Go rummaging for your new favourite find

Shop sustainably at this suitcase rummage market. Find pre-loved clothes, records, books and handmade creations by local artists and makers.

Sunday 28 April

Beat Breakdown

Watch a live dance battle

Sydney’s best dancers go head-to-head with street styles at this dance battle in Darling Harbour. It’s free to battle and free to watch.

Thursday 18 April, 5pm to 8pm

Want more? See everything happening this month.