Events in Sydney Australia, April

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Autumn is rich in events in Sydney Australia with the celebration of the Anzac Day, the racing carnival, comedy, film and art festivals and some good reasons to relax in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

So autumn is here, days are getting shorter but there are still plenty of blue skies for an outdoor barbecue in the park and warm waters in the ocean for a good swim.

Plus autumn is the time when public holidays abound: the Easter holidays and the Anzac celebrations.

Lots of things to do in Sydney during this time of the year.

Let's see what's in store for April.

The Comedy Festival

This yearly event is between 18th of April to 15th of May 2016.

Get ready for a belly laugh with your favourite comedians at several theatres such as Enmore, the Metro, the State, the Factory the Capitol, the Seymore Centre, the Entertainment Quarter, Sydney Opera House, the Concourse in Chatswood, and several other venues both in Sydney and across regional New South Wales.

April Events in Sydney Australia - Racing Carnival

events in sydney australia april - racing carnival

Feel like dressing up in style, sipping champagne and rubbing shoulders with celebrities?

You can, during March and April, at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens racecourses.

When you have had enough of the fashion, choose your winning horses, place your bets and then cheer on and keep your fingers crossed.

You can get there by bus or limousine, depending on your budget. If you go just for the race, the bus may be a good option but if you strut your heels and best dress, the limousine is more comfortable.

Biennale of Sydney

2016 sees a new edition, the 20th, of the largest contemporary visual arts event in Australia. Running between 18 March and 5 June 2016, the festival showcases works by local and international artists across seven venues.

To get the gist of what you might see, here is a brief overview of a previous edition.

Spanish Film Festival

The ethnic movie festivals are one of the great events in Sydney Australia.

Spanish movies are screened at Palace Norton street in Leichhardt and Palace Verona in Paddingtion between 12 April - 1 May.

Events in Sydney Australia - The Autumn in Your Gardens

Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens for the autumn events which include music, art, floral arrangements, exhibitions and workshops with artists.

If you are just after a walk, do it on your own or book a free guided tour. There are various volunteers who will help you understand more about the botanic garden and its plants.

And why just limit your visits to Sydney? Go beyond to city to the Blue Mountains or Camden areas to enjoy the beautiful displays at the botanic gardens of Mount Tomah and Mount Annan.

Anzac Day

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George Street decorated with flags for the Anzac Day celebrations

On 25th April, Australians celebrate the bravery of all those who participated in wars. The ceremony starts with a Dawn service and is followed by a march of veterans, their families and friends.

Here is more about Anzac, its values and how people celebrate the day.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, Cunard's Queen Elizabeth cruise liner made a commemorative voyage sailing past Anzac Cove on 24 April 2015. It was carrying red poppies offered by residents of Auckland and Sydney, who placed them on a poppy wall when the ship was docked in the two cities on February 27th and March 3rd and 4th, respectively.

Cunard ships participated in the World War I and while twenty were lost, Prime Minister Winston Churchill acknowledged that troops on Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth ships helped shorten the war by at least one year.

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