From free ice cream cones and groovy disco brunches, to beachside movies and Italian gourmet escapes – Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied this month. So you don’t miss a thing, here are our top picks for things to do throughout the rest of April*.
*For the best things to do this weekend, check out our weekend guide here.
EAT & DRINK
Burgers sure are popular in Sydney – Deliveroo have sold over 5 million them to date. So to celebrate this delicious milestone, they're giving away 2000 free burgers via an 'edible burger wall' in Martin Place. The burger billboard will be open 12-6pm on Thursday 4th April, and will be brimming with bun-filled delights from the likes of Mary's, Ume and BL burgers – just to name a few.
Thursday 4th April, 12pm-6pm
Martin Place, Sydney CBD
A CBD-first, Soul Saturdays at Carrington Street’s Bopp & Tone launches on Saturday 13th April, bringing together soulful sounds, a six-course shared menu, and two hours of bottomless bubbles, bellinis and beers. The six-course shared menu features a host of dishes from the Mediterranean-inspired menu, including crowd favourites, the char-grilled rib eye on the bone and Cobia kingfish crudo. If you’re feeling ultra-fancy you can upgrade your lunch to include bottomless Perrier Jouët Champagne.
Saturday 13th April, 12pm-2:30pm
60 Carrington Street, Wynyard
The newly launched Barrack Place is throwing a huge, free, block party to celebrate its official opening. The lunchtime block party will include over 500 free dishes and drinks from retailers, a DJ set from Alice Quiddington, massages from the 3-Minute Angels, games, plus one lucky guest can win $500 cash simply by entering a photo competition on the day. Open to the public, there will be delicious dishes and drinks from favourites including; Cali Press, St Dreux, Batch Espresso, Mo’st and Bar Pho.
Friday 12th April, 12pm-4pm
Barrack Place, Sydney CBD
Home to the most Insta-worthy backdrop in Sydney, Opera Bar has launched their new Sunday sessions, complete with new menu items, live music and a social comp fit for an Insta-Queen. Opera Bar will be cracking open Coronas and their newly introduced Corona-ritas (think frozen Margaritas but with beer), as well as mouthwatering Louisiana inspired Fish Po’ Boys. Take a happy snap with your crew and post it to Insta with #OperaBarSundaySnaps for your chance to win the next round of Coronas and Po' Boys. Winners are announced on the hour from 3pm-6pm, so there are plenty of chances to get lucky!
Sundays, from 3pm
Macquarie Street, Sydney
Fratelli Fresh has unveiled an exciting new range of pasta dishes, on offer for just $10 each, between 12pm and 3pm every weekday. Diners can choose from a selection of hot and cold, classic pastas including: fusilli with bolognese ragu and parmesan, penne with gorgonzola, mushroom, peas and parmesan, and linguine with lemon, chilli, garlic and pangrattato.
To build a feast, add on a range of side dishes, desserts and drinks for just $5 each. Choose from tomato bruschetta, zucchini flowers, salad, shoestring fries, and banoffee torta, along with house wine and beer.
Neutral Bay's Mexican hideaway SoCal is celebrating National Burrito Day with a tasty burrito giveaway. To get your hands on a free burrito, head down to SoCal between 12pm to 3pm on Thursday 4th April for a delicious Spiced Achiote Chicken and Sweet Onion burrito. Why not make it a meal and add a signature margarita or two?
Thursday 4th April, 12pm-3pm
Free (One burrito per person)
1 Young Street, Neutral Bay
Ice cream lovers rejoice, as everyone's favourite day of the year has arrived. Tuesday 9th April marks the annual free cone day at Ben & Jerry's. Head to your nearest store and indulge in a scoop of your favourite flavour.
Tuesday 9th April
For a light hearted and fun night of wine appreciation, this month local fave The Oaks will be hosting a Rosé Masterclass. Sip your way through French, New Zealand and Australian drops while the chef prepares and serves matched canapés. Perfect way to brush up on your wine lingo or catch up with friends, make sure to put this event in your diary.
Thursday 11th April, from 7pm
118 Military Road, Neutral Bay
Don't put your Hawaiian shirts away just yet, Sugarcane Sunday is just around the corner. As a last Summer hurrah, head down to Macquarie Place on Sunday 14th April for a rum-infused festival. Taste a selection of over 100 rums, both local and international, and meet makers to learn everything there is to know about the loved spirit.
Sunday 14th April, 1pm-8pm
Macquarie Place, Sydney CBD
What do you get when you combine bottomless brunch and disco balls? Disco Brunch. For four Saturdays, between now and July, The Winery will be upgrading their bottomless brunch to include a side of boogie. Enjoy a two-course menu, paired with two hours of bottomless cocktails, along with live music and a killer dancefloor. Don your flares and fine tune your choreography for a brunch experience you won't forget.
Saturday 27th April, from 1pm
285A Crown Street, Surry Hills
Wine & Cheese Workshop with Sam Studd
Handpicked Wines is going back to basics, breaking down the art of wine and cheese pairing. In a 90-minute workshop with Handpicked ambassador and Certified Cheese Professional, Sam Studd, attendees will be guided on a journey through a series of wine varietals and expertly matched cheeses. Learn the story behind each wine, including where they’re from, their style, tasting notes and how to pair with an array of cheeses.
Thursday 4th April, 6pm-7:30pm
Double the Cheese Raclette
Raclette Tuesdays are back at the Cellar Door from 16th April, but this year, Handpicked Wines are taking it one step further, with Raclette Tuesdays AND Thursdays. From 5:30pm - 10:00pm every Tuesday and Thursday for the next few months, they’ll be serving up all your ‘food porn’ needs with melted cheese scraped straight off the wheel and onto a plate of potatoes, hand-sliced cured meat, cornichons and more.
Every Tuesday and Thursday from Tuesday 16th April, 5:30pm-10pm
50 Kensington Street, Chippendale
El Camino Cantina in Manly and The Rocks is adding a decadent, chocolate-infused margarita to its drinks menu in time for Easter. Available all month long, the “Easterita” ($16) comprises of chocolate liquor, white chocolate syrup, tequila, triple sec and is topped with Cadbury mini Easter eggs.
Manly Wharf and The Rocks
A touch of pink has been added to Rosetta Trattoria, with Moët & Chandon popping up at the restaurant’s Inner City terrace until Tuesday, 30 April. Guests can celebrate summer a little while longer, with glasses of Moët & Chandon Rosé on offer for $15 all day, every day. Diners who indulge in a $90 bottle of Champagne will have it served in metallic pink, customised Moët goblets.
Until Saturday 30th April
118 Harrington St, The Rocks
ARTS & CULTURE
For a fun night out, head to The Newport on Monday nights for Cinema by the Sea. With a line up of family favourites, Hollywood classics and brand new blockbusters, there is something for everyone each week. Sit back and relax, with popcorn or gelato in hand, to enjoy a night under the stars.
Monday 8th April - Fantastic beasts and where to find them (M)
Monday 15th April - Ralph breaks the internet (PG)
Monday 29th April - Mary Poppins Returns (PG)
2 Kalinya Street, Newport
Sticking it to the male protagonist, the Bad Women Book Club celebrates the most 'difficult' and 'unlikeable' female characters. Gathering at Newtown's Better Read Than Dead book store, each month there is a new female-driven book to read, dissect and discuss. For this month, the book du jour is Helen Fitzgerald's The Cry – a gripping psychological thriller telling the story of a mother whose baby disappears.
Wednesday 17th April, 6:30pm-8pm
265 King Street, Newtown
Tennessee Williams' classic play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is coming to the Sydney theatre stage at the end of this month. The esteemed cast lead by renowned Australian actor Hugo Weaving will bring to life this explosive tale of a Southern family on one hot night on the Mississippi Delta.
Monday 29th April-Saturday 8th June
Sydney Theatre Company, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Back again for another season, Sweethearts Rooftop Cinema is setting the hearts of silver screen lovers aflutter. Each Monday and Tuesday night from 7pm, your favourite films come to life on the rooftop big screen. Make sure to get in early to make the most of their movie night deals; $10 espresso martinis from 4pm-7pm and $20 all you can eat pizza from 4pm-8pm.
Monday 8th April – Pretty Woman
Tuesday 9th April – Hitch
Monday 15th April – Dirty Dancing
Tuesday 16th April – Clueless
Monday 22nd April – Singing in the Rain
Tuesday 23rd April – 10 Things I Hate About You
Monday 29th April – Wizard of Oz
Tuesday 30th April – Crazy Stupid Love
Free (Bookings essential)
33-37 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point
Strutting into Sydney, the stage production of Saturday Night Fever has arrived. Based off the cult classic 1977 film, Disco legend Marcia Hines, Paulini and Timomatic, along with some Australia's hottest dancers will bring the story to life. Expect all all singing, all dancing soundtrack courtesy of disco legends the Bee Gees, so dust off your dancing shoes, we guarantee you'll be up and prancing down the aisles before you know it.
Until Saturday 8th June
Sydney Lyric Theatre
For this season of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Opera Australia will be bringing to life the classic Broadway hit, West Side Story. Starring Principal's Alexander Lewis and Julie Lea Goodwin in the lead, this production will seek to bring the life, drama and romance to the stage through colourful costuming, extravagant staging and a spectacular fireworks display every night.
Until 21st April
Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point
Born in Normandy in 1887, Marcel Duchamp was one of the most original and influential artists of the 20th century who had his fair share of fans and critics. He was revolutionary. The Essential Duchamp opens in late April and is set to be the most comprehensive display of the artist’s work ever seen in the Asia-Pacific region. You’ll see 150 works from his six-decade career, including the iconic-slash-controversial piece, Nude descending a staircase, No. 2.
27th April – 11th August 2019
The Art Gallery of NSW
Another beauty from AGNSW, this exhibition will transport you a world away. Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art brings together over 150 pieces of Chinese art from the National Palace Museum of Taipei. It’s the first exhibition of its kind in Australia, and will feature an array of works, from paintings and calligraphy to illustrated books, bronzes, ceramics and woodcarvings. The attention to detail is insane. The must-see work is the Meat-shaped stone. Dating from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), it’s considered one of the museum’s top three treasures and is rarely loaned out. Lucky us!
Until 5th May
Art Gallery of NSW
Brett Whiteley was a homegrown hero. In 1999, his mum established the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, which gives young painters the chance to travel to Paris and explore Europe to develop their talent – just like her son did. (He won the Italian Government Travelling Scholarship back in 1959). On display at The Rocks, this intimate exhibition features a few of Whiteley’s works, plus those of 20 of the scholarship-winning painters.
22nd March – 5th May
S.H. Ervin Gallery
Opening in March, these three high-profile galleries will showcase the work of 65 new and established Aussie artists who work in a diverse range of media. You can expect to admire a lot of contemporary art that’s not only intricate and complex, but also speaks to what’s happening in our world. We’re already fans of the Art Gallery of NSW’s selection, which presents 24 artists – 65% of whom are women.
29th March – 21st July
Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art and Carriageworks
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
If chasing waterfalls is your kind of thing, then the No Scrubs: 90's + Early 00s party is where you need to be this Friday night. Grab your friends and head to Oxford Art Factory for a night of awesome party tunes straight. Hit up the dance floor with an alizé in hand for a throwback to remember.
Friday 5th April, from 9pm
Oxford Art Factory- 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
For a truly sensory experience, be sure to get your tickets to the Basement Jaxx live orchestral show at the Sydney Opera House. Sharing the stage with Sydney’s The Metropolitan Orchestra, the popular electro outfit are set to play re-imaginings of their dance floor jams alongside some symphonic surprises.
Sunday 14th April, from 3pm
Sydney Opera House
Sounds on the Terrace, Bec Sandridge and JD & The Hunger Men
Head up to the MCA's stunning rooftop terrace and enjoy a night of good food, quality drinks and awesome live music. Take in the killer harbour views all night long, and sip your way through a wine or two while nomadic pop/punk singer Bec Sandridge and six-piece band JD & The Hunger Men provide the evening's soundtrack.
Wednesday 3rd April, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
Endless Weekend Tour, Touch Sensitive
Michael Di Francesco –a.k.a. Touch Sensitive – is firing up the bass and keyboard for his Endless Weekend Tour this April, and we can't wait. Blasting all the favourites (Pizza Guy FTW), as well as his epic new hits, the shows will feature his full live band and that signature groove-filled vibe that Touch Sensitive is known for.
Wednesday 24th April, from 8pm
The Metro- 624 George Street, Sydney
The end of the working week just got a whole lot better for the East with a brand new rooftop series at Coogee Pavilion. This summer, the stunning beachside oasis has launched ‘Rooftop Fridays’, a free party to welcome in the weekend in style. So grab the girls and get ready to groove to DJ’s from 5pm, dig into Mediterranean bites and sip on a glass of rosé or three.
169 Dolphin Street, Coogee
With its 30th anniversary looming, Bluesfest’s five-day spectacle is set to be a big one, with plenty of big names tipped to head the bill. A festival in the truest sense – less of the frills, more of the musical kicks – each year music lovers of all ages gather together in Tyagarah Tea Farm’s stunning Byron surrounds, to hear the reverberating pulse of blues, roots, country, pop, reggae, folk, hip-hop and jazz.
A long list of musical greats have graced the stage over the years – think Bob Dylan, James Brown, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop and Led Zeppelin – and this year is no exception, with the likes of David Gray, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Hozier and Paul Kelly, all set to take to take to the stage. Laid-back, family-friendly with a side serving of fun, this annual Blues-a-thon is a guaranteed must for any festival goer.
18 – 20 April 2019
Day tickets $180; 3 day $450; 5 day $625
Tyagarah Tea Farm, Byron Bay
MARKETS & FESTIVALS
As autumn slowly rears its head, thoughts are transported to sunnier climes. But for those whose budgets won't quite stretch to Europe this winter, we've found the perfect alternative. An Italian love affair of gourmet proportions, A Little Bit of Italy in Broke will take you on a sensory journey across the Pacific, as you sip and taste your way around the region's famous local delights.
Set in the heart of the picturesque Hunter Valley, this two-day food and wine festival celebrates local produce with a welcome Italian twist. Scattered across 12 different venues and wineries, food lovers can look forward to a jam-packed schedule of workshops, wine tasting, cooking demos and masterclasses, stopping off for Italian BBQs, wood-fired pizzas, antipasto platters and bowls of silky handmade Italian pasta along the way.
Local wineries will showcase an array of delicious drops – and fret not; shuttle buses will be on hand to take you from venue to venue, so you can quaff until your heart's content – whilst olive groves and Tuscan-inspired courtyards set the scene for unadulterated Mediterranean romance. You had us at pasta.
Various locations and times
Broke Fordwich, Hunter Valley
* If you want to make a weekend of it, there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from. Take a look at the website to see the full list of nearby recommendations.
Returning to Chatswood, The Jungle Collective's huge indoor plant sale house party is happening all weekend long. Selling everything from popular to rare varieties, they will also be showcasing their new pot range. To get $5 off your purchase, wear some fluoro clothing. Get creative!
Saturday 6th April, 8am-4pm
Sunday 7th April, 10am-2pm
The Mix- Chatswood Place, 260 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Sydney's biggest annual comedy festival is back for 2019 with a huge line-up of stars. With hundreds of live shows over two weeks – from stand-up and improv, to musical and theatre – there is something for everyone. Make sure you check the schedule to catch international stars like Stephen K Amos, Jimeon, Jay Pharoah, James Acaster and Arj Barker, and a huge range of awesome local talent like Dave Hughes, Matt Okine, Joel Creasey, and Effie.
22nd April-19th May
All about connecting the maker with the buyer, Marrickville's The Makers and Shakers is considered one of Australia's premier markets. Teeming with local artisans selling their beautifully created homewares, clothing and art, you'll find so many gorgeous, one-of-a kind pieces at this buzzing bazaar. If all the browsing and shopping gets too much, don't worry; local eateries Flour and Stone, Nutie Donuts, Smoking Gun Bagels and Mister Toast will keep you well fed and watered.
Saturday 13th April, 10am-3pm
$2 entry fee (Kids under 12 free)
Marrickville Town Hall- 303 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Held twice a year, the Glebe Record Fair brings together music lovers and Australia's leading independent record stores all under one roof. Masterminded by the team at Egg Records, vinyl collectors and appreciators can peruse the storage boxes filled with 1000's of pre-loved and new records. With everything from rock and jazz, to disco and pop, make sure to get in early to snap up the popular tracks.
Saturday 27th April, 9am-4pm
From $3 entry fee
Peter Forsyth Auditorium
Australia’s longest running regional food festival – now in its 28th year – showcases more than 40 farm gates and cellar doors during the region’s autumn harvest and vintage. In addition to the signature events, the program features picnics and tastings among the vines, farm gate tours, exclusive dinners, long table lunches and degustations, cider making workshops, yoga and wine in the vines, local beer and honey sampling, live music and art exhibitions.
Be sure to check the schedule and book in your Orange experience early, so you can take the time to connect with leading producers, winemakers, restaurateurs, and chefs from the region – and even learn a thing or two.
Various locations in Orange
Sitting up high on Miller Street, this local market is a firm favourite, chock full of seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisan cheeses, organic meats, freshly made breads, fine pastries and flowers. Community spirit is high at the Northside Produce Market, so expect to meet and mingle with all the talented producers and locals.
First and third Saturday of every month, 8am to 12pm
Civic Park, 220 Miller Street, North Sydney
HEALTH & FITNESS
Get your zen yogi on with Lovesweats at The Grounds of Alexandria. As the sun goes down, find your centre with a yoga session in the beautiful gardens of The Grounds. Let yoga instructor Emily Xanthe take you through a one hour class, followed by a meditation session and a calming cup of tea, courtesy of The Grounds.
Tuesday 30th April, from 6:15pm
7A/2 Huntley Street, Alexandria
Australia's largest health, wellbeing and spirituality event has returned for its 30th year. The MindBodySpirit Festival and the place for people to discover new products, learn about different practices, engage in workshops and experience various healing treatments. Tickets are free, so there's no excuse not to put your wellness first. Well, during this weekend anyway!
International Convention Centre Sydney
The Fitness Show back this 12-14 April 2019 in Sydney,for its 14th year and to celebrate, it will be bringing some of the biggest names and brands from the fitness world, to showcase the latest in fitness education, technology, health foods, sports nutrition, group fitness and fitness apparel. High-profile talent announced so far that will be attending (and will be providing expert talks, workouts and meet and greets) include the likes of Ellice Whichello and Dann Conn, Rachael Finch, Kwame Duah, Simeon Panda, Luke Hines, Sophie Guidolin, and Calum Von Moger.
12th-14th April, 10am-5pm
International Convention Centre Sydney
The Social Serve End of Summer Party brings together killer cocktails, DJ beats, charity and social tennis all together. Secure your spot on the court in the mixed doubles tournament for an afternoon of hits and drinks- don't worry if you've never played, the emphasis is on fun! So slip on your most fabulous activewear (prizes for the best dressed) and support The Primary Club, an Australian sporting charity that helps provide facilities and opportunities for those with disabilities to access sport.
Saturday 6th April, from 2pm
Lyne Park Tennis Centre, Rose Bay