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Published March 27th 2017
Top Things to See & Do this April in Sydney
Enjoy Sydney for FREE in April



As we bid goodbye to the warmth of March, the cool of April brings a plethora of indoor events for everyone to enjoy. You and your family can look forward to public art exhibitions, a celebration of Korean culture, food and wine festival in Mount Annan, seed science at the Australian Botanic Garden and a rooftop party in a car park. Whatever event or activity suits your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in Sydney this month.

1 April Eat Street Car Park Rooftop Party

parramatta eat street car park
Photo courtesy of City of Parramatta Council


Parramatta is home to one of the fastest-growing night time economies in Australia and the Eat Street dining precinct attracts almost 240,000 visitors every year. To celebrate the makeover of Eat Street Car Park, the City of Parramatta is hosting a 'Life is Sweet on Eat Street' activation inside the car park. This event gives the public an inside look into the upgrade.

You and your family can enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun and treats on the rooftop. It will be transformed into a live mural painting of cultural icons by illustrator James Gulliver Hancock. There is a cinema area screening experimental music and video clips, a game zone for table tennis and giant chess, live music performances, clay pottery making classes and food stalls serving up homemade lollies, creme crulee and Turkish gozleme

Time: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Eat Street Car Park
Address: 30 George Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Web: Here

1 & 2 April HarbourSculpture

HarbourSculpture
Photo courtesy of HarbourSculpture


HarbourSculpture is a non-profit, volunteer-based, Australia Day Award-winning event of art that is held on Sydney Harbour. This year's exhibition showcases more than 114 works by some of the most recognized artists around Australia. Their goal is to present, support and encourage contemporary Australian sculpture that reflects the rich history of Australia. The internal exhibits are available for viewing in the Hunters Hill Sailing Club and the harbour foreshore on Clarkes Point Reserve houses the outside exhibits. The exhibition closes on 2 April so make sure you see the works before they are removed.

Time: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Venue: Clarkes Point Reserve
Address: Clarke Rd, Woolwich NSW 2110, Australia
Web: Here

1 & 2 April Sydney Korean Festival

Sydney Korean Festival
Photo courtesy of Sydney Korean Festival


Fans of K Pop, Korean drama serials and Korean fried chicken will want to make a beeline to Tumbalong park in Darling Harbour this April. The Sydney Korean Festival is back with two days of celebration and sharing of all things Korean. You and your family can experience the highlights of the Korean culture. In addition to the food stalls, the Festival is introducing Korean Drama, Film Awards and K-Talent.

Time: 11:00am - 9:00pm daily
Venue: Tumbalong park, Darling Harbour
Address: Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000
Web: Here

1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30 April PlantBank Open Weekends

Australian PlantBank Open Weekends
Photo courtesy of The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan


Located in the hilly area of Mount Annan, the Australian Botanic Garden is the largest of its kind in Australia with over 416 hectares of Australian flora amongst rolling hills and lakes. The Australian PlantBank is home to the NSW seed vault where seeds from more than 5,000 species are safely stored.

You and your family can visit during the April weekends to learn more about seed science. There are interpretive displays, seed processing labs, tissue culture room and growing areas. Scientist are onsite between 11am to 1pm on 1, 2 and 29 April to talk about Specimen Preparation, Seed Science and Plant Genetics. There are also free guided tours with the volunteer guides. Simply phone the Gardens to organise.

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Australian Botanic Garden
Address: Narellan Rd, Mt Annan NSW 2567
Phone: 02 4634 7935
Web: Here

1 to 17 April Aurora Eora Soundscape & Installations

Aurora Eora
Photo courtesy of Barangaroo Delivery Authority


Witness the amazing large-scale sound installation at Barangaroo this April with Aurora Eora. It is like no other instalments you have ever encountered, featuring an original composition written by Alice Chance and performed by Sydney Children's Choir. You can enjoy a trip down memory lane as the song and art exhibits represent moments in Barangaroo's rich history.

Additionally, Barangaroo has partnered with Lendlease and Art Month Sydney to bring the stories to life in an outdoor public art exhibition of works by Reko Rennie, Tony Albert, Karen Black and Joan Ross. The entry to the installation is from 10am to 6pm till 16 April. Please find below the works of art featured during the art exhibit:

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Venue: The Cutaway, Barangaroo
Address: 1 Merriman Street, Millers Point NSW 2000
Web: Here

1 to 17 April Superposition of Three Types

Superposition of three types
Photo courtesy of Artspace Sydney


Life is a celebration of passionate colours. Colours have certain psychological effects on the individual and the 'Superposition of Three Types' exhibition illustrates this in its curated works of art. Featuring 13 living Australian artists, they come together to create an exhibition filled with vibrancy and colourist abstraction. Additionally, they will feature works of sound, movement and word that will activate the gallery at different points of the exhibition.

Julian Day, Shelley Lasica, and Spence Messih are the three artists working with sound, movement and word. They team up with 10 other colourists namely Sydney Ball, Rebecca Baumann, Ry David Bradley, Lara Merrett, Elizabeth Newman, Jonny Niesche, Huseyin Sami, Nike Savvas, Gemma Smith, and Brendan Van Hek.

Time: Weekdays 11:00am to 5:00pm / Weekends 11:00am to 6:00pm
Venue: Artspace
Address: 43 - 51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Web: Here

1 to 25 April ARTEXPRESS at the Armory

armory gallery
Photo courtesy of Sydney Olympic Park Authority


ARTEXPRESS is an annual series of exhibitions of exemplary artworks created by New South Wales visual arts students for the Higher School Certificate examination. This is the 13th consecutive year the exhibition is hosted at Sydney Olympic Park. You and your family can view works of 59 young artists from schools across New South Wales at the Armory.

This heritage building is one of the largest armament storehouses constructed prior to World War 2. As an exhibition space, it has the longest uninterrupted wall space of any gallery in Australia. As part of this exhibition, there is a free curator talk on 23 April at 2pm. Kids can also enjoy free ARTEXPRESS-inspired art and craft workshops on 13 and 18 April.

- 5 to 8yrs - 13 April, 10.30am 12pm
- 9 to 12yrs - 13 April, 1pm 2.30pm
- 5 to 8yrs - 18 April, 10.30am 12pm
- 9 to 12yrs -18 April, 1pm 2.30pm

The Armory Gallery is located at Building 18 at Newington Armory, accessible via Jamieson St at Sydney Olympic Park. Phone ahead to make reservations for the kids workshops.

Time: daily 10am - 4pm
Venue: Armory Gallery
Address: Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Phone: 02 97147870
Web: Here

1 to 30 April Atong Atem Exhibition

atong atem
Photo courtesy of Atong Atem


Are you interested in learning and knowing more about West Africa without leaving Sydney? Head over to Customs House for an exhibition by Atong Atem. This South Sudanese artist and writer has successfully captured the past and resonated it to the present for everyone to see. Her critical, sentimental and visually striking photography will leave you wanting more.

Atem has always been artistically inclined and wanted to share her works of art through photography, videos and social media. The exhibition is curated by Claire Monneraye of the Australian Centre for Photography and is produced by the City of Sydney. The exhibition will run till 28 May 2017.

Time: Weekdays 10:00am to 7:00pm / Weekends 11:00am to 4:00pm
Venue: Customs House
Address: 31 Alfred Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Web: Here

1 to 30 April Harmony Art Collective

harmony art collective
Photo courtesy of Darling Quarter


Head over to Darling Quarter's outdoor exhibition space for an innovative national art project called Harmony Art Collective. This exhibition is the effort of Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), the Department of Social Services (DSS) and aMBUSH Gallery in support of Harmony Day.

It brought together more than 300 young people and teamed them up with four of the most outstanding urban artists in Australia. They include Brad Eastman (aka Beastman), Regan Tamanui (aka Haha), Ben Frost, and Kaff-eine. The project showcases the works of these youths and celebrates cultural diversity and spreads the message that everyone belongs.

Time: Open daily
Venue: OPEN, Darling Quarter
Address: 1-25 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000
Web: Here

30 April AnnanROMA Food and Wine Festival

AnnanROMA Food and Wine Festival
Photo courtesy of The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan


Head over to the Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan for the most popular food, beer and wine festival in the Macarthur region. This region is one of the last remaining 'food bowl' areas close to the Sydney CBD that supplies fresh produce to the Sydney market.

AnnanROMA showcases the best food from restaurants and freshest produce from local producers in the Macarthur region. There are also wines and beers from vineyards and breweries across Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly. There will be an avenue of eats stretching along the central circuit of the Garden from the playground to the entry of Lakeside Lawn. Simply find your patch of grass and chill out to some live music in the background.

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Venue: Australian Botanic Garden
Address: Narellan Rd, Mt Annan NSW 2567
Phone: 02 4634 7935
Web: Here
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Why? Loads of free things to do and see in Sydney this April
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