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 with great entertainment at the Royal Easter show and the ANZAC day celebration.

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

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

Royal Easter Show

The annual Royal Easter Show, loved by families and children is on between Friday, 12 April - Tuesday, 23 April 2019. This is a two-week long family event where children can get acquainted with various animals, watch rabbits, chooks or horses and learn about life on a farm. Australian wildlife is on show too with reptiles, kangaroos and spiders. There are games, shows, entertainment, face painting and goodie bags.

But you don't have to be a kid to enjoy the show. As an adult, watch cooking demonstrations, sample some food, admire vintage cars, take thrilling rides, do some shopping and watch the fireworks.

Check for tickets, visiting hours and suggestions for your day out.

It takes place at the Olympic Park. Use Sydney's public transport. The options you have are:

  • train
  • bus
  • ferry

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Sydney Showground, Olympic Park, Homebush

West Side Story on the Harbour

Opera under the stars, anyone? We got used to having an annual month-long performance on the water. But in 2019 we are treated to a musical instead.

A must see. Especially when it is the West Side Story, with its memorable songs, powerful drama and lots of passion. 

The famous musical is playing on a pop-up stage on the water until 21 April 2019.

Sydney's Family Show

From 13th to 28th of April, 2019 at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, children will be able to enjoy showbags with goodies, sweets and toys and the various fun rides. 

There's plenty of entertainment and fun: live animals, puppets and adventure shows, easter-egg hunt and circus.

The Comedy Festival

This yearly event is between 22nd of April to 19th of May 2019.

Get ready for a belly laugh with your favourite comedians at several theatres such as Enmore, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne, the Factory, UNSW Roundhouse, the Riverside in Parramatta, the Comedy Store at the Entertainment Quarter, Sydney Opera House, the Concourse in Chatswood, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney Town Hall, and several other venues across Sydney .

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.

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, Palace Verona in Paddington and Chauvel Cinema, Paddington.

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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