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Published April 14th 2019
There will be heaps of events to look forward to this May
May will be jam-packed with free & ticketed events across Sydney and its surrounds.

The list below features plenty of Events such as festivals, multicultural, food & wine, concerts, shows, family-friendly events, workshops & classes, exhibitions, markets, theatre, film, music and more:

1. Batch Festival
When: Friday, 26 April 2019- 11 May 2019
Where: SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross
Cost: Adults: $35pp, Under 35s: $25pp & Concession: $30pp
Details: This event will feature a three-week fiesta of the freshest, wildest and most inventive shows in Sydney. There will be storytellers, poets, comedy artists, non-traditional performance makers, acts, performances, theatre and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Griffin Theatre Company Facebook


2. Sydney Comedy Festival
When: Wednesday, 1-31 May 2019
Where: The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing.
Details: This festival will showcase some of the finest comedians from all over the world and from our shores. See website for the full program. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sydney Comedy Festival Facebook


3. Irish Film Festival
When: Wednesday, 1-5 May 2019: From 7:30pm
Where: Penrith Gaels, 75 Richmond Rd, Kingswood
Cost: See website for ticket pricing.
Details: This festival will showcase an award-winning opening night film, which has already gained international acclaim at the Cork Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. The program will include drama, romance, comedy, indie and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Irish Film Festival Australia Facebook


4. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
When: Wednesday, 1-19 May 2019
Where: Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell St, Haymarket
Cost: Tickets range from $79.90-$119.90pp
Details: Playing only in Sydney, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has delighted audiences in London, New York and across the US. Step inside the world of pure imagination with Roald Dahl's delicious tale. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Australia Facebook


5. Blue- Film Screening and Q&A
When: Friday, 3 May 2019: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: NSCC, 220 Miller St, North Sydney
Cost: $15pp
Details: Blue is the story this generation needs to hear. The industrialisation that has occurred in the oceans over the last century mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial-scale fishing, habitat destruction, species lost and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. Following the screening, you will be invited to stay for a Q&A with a panel of experts who will share their thoughts on the state of the oceans. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from North Sydney Community Centre Facebook


6. Festival Unwrapped
When: Friday, 3-19 May 2019
Where: Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Cost: See website.
Details: This festival will showcase entertainment, performances, acts, shows, cabaret, dance, theatre, music, pop culture, and more. Click here for the website.

7. Tails of Trickery Magic Show
When: Friday, 3,10,17, 24 & 31 May 2019: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: The Magicans Cabaret, 91 Riley St, Darlinghurst
Cost: Tickets range from $45.55-$59.72pp
Details: Experience the joy of wonder and magic at this event. The Show will feature magicians' illusions, secrets and magic memorabilia, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Magician's Cabaret Facebook


8. High Tea at the Parliament House
When: Friday, 3,10,17 & 24 May 2019: 12pm-2pm
Where: Parliament House of New South Wales, 6 Macquaire St, Sydney
Cost: $50pp
Details: Indulge in handmade vanilla panna cotta, raspberry meringue kisses, freshly baked scones with in-house made jam all served in the prized Parliament china. There will also be delicate finger sandwiches, frittatas and bite-size chocolate brownies. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Parliament of NSW Facebook


9. $10 Comedy Clubs
When: Friday, 3, 17 & 24 May 2019: 8pm-9:15pm
Where: Star Bar, 600 George St, Sydney
Cost: $10pp for other ticket pricing see website.
Details: This event will be celebrating their 12th year of Stand-up Comedy and it will feature a wild bunch of funny people from around the globe with non-stop laughs. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Comedyinsydney Facebook


10. The Finders Keepers Market
When: Friday, 3-5 May 2019: 3rd: 12pm-9pm, 4th & 5th: 10am-5pm
Where: The Cutaway, Hickson Rd, Barangaroo
Cost: Adults: $5pp & Children under 12yrs: Free
Details: These markets will include over 200 stalls featuring unique work from local and interstate creatives, food and entertainment. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Finders Keepers Facebook


11. May Beer Class
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019: 4pm-7pm
Where: Redoak Boutique Beer Café, Clarence St, Sydney
Cost: $99pp
Details: This adults-only class will feature hands-on interaction, games, trivia, entertainment, and a menu curated to incorporate the very best of autumn's flavours and will be perfectly paired with some fantastic craft beers. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe Facebook


12. Bollywood Dance Night
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: 11 Hollylea Rd, Leumeah
Cost: Tickets range from $13-$25pp
Details: This multicultural event will showcase all things Bollywood with entertainment, DJ, fashion shows, best dressed prizes, demonstrations, performances and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Oz Funland Facebook


13. Seafood & Carvery Jazz Lunch Cruise
When: Saturday, 4,11,19,25 & 26 May 2019: 12:30pm-3:30pm
Where: Vegabond Cruises, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour
Cost: Adults: $70pp, Concession: $60pp, Children: $50pp & Family (2 adults 2 kids): $220
Details: This cruise will include a 3 hour lunch with freshly prepared seafood & carvery buffet, dessert & fruit platters, alcoholic drinks, live music and photographer onboard. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Vagabond Cruises Facebook


14. Meatstock
When: Saturday, 4 & 5 May 2019
Where: Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: $35pp
Details: This carnival will be for carnivores and it will feature some of Australia's very best barbecue food vendors cooking on the nation's biggest smokers, live demonstrations, music performances, eating competitions, butcher, barbecue and barber competitions, tastings & sampling, prizes to be won and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Meatstock Sydney Facebook


15. Aboriginal Heritage Tour
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019: 10am-12pm
Where: Centennial Parklands, Cnr Parkes & Grand Drives, Centennial Park
Cost: $40pp
Details: This event will follow in the footsteps of Aboriginal people as you discover the significant connection between land and culture. There will also be a traditional ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits, demonstrations, and more. Click here for the website.

16. Aboriginal Art Class
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019: 1pm-3pm
Where: Centennial Parklands, Cnr Parkes & Grand Drives, Centennial Park
Cost: $40pp
Details: Discover native art and culture through hands-on painting and storytelling. Learn contemporary Aboriginal art techniques and culture, gain an understanding of local Aboriginal culture through the stories of traditional culture and customs and enjoy morning tea as well as a walk through the local environment. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Centennial Parklands Facebook


17. Signature Colour & Styling Workshop
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019: 9:30am-5pm
Where: Edwards And Co. Academy, 1/99 Kippax St, Surry Hills
Cost: See website.
Details: This workshop will introduce you to the homegrown techniques of Jaye Edwards and his Education Team. You will have 6 live models learning real-time techniques on: Freehand Balayage, Brunette to Blonde & Over Lightened Blondes to Lived-In & Future Proof Blonde and much more. There will be snacks, lunch, refreshments and epic goodie bags that will be provided on the day. Click here for the website.

18. Labyrinth Walks
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019: 9am-11am
Where: Centennial Parklands, Cnr Parkes & Grand Drives, Centennial Park
Cost: Free
Details: Experience the powerful metaphor of the labyrinth in a group setting. It is an opportunity to learn more about the labyrinth and to remind you what it is to simply be in community in a gentle, peaceful way. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Centennial Parklands Facebook


19. Trains in the Park
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019: 1pm-4pm
Where: Leichhardt Park, Leichhardt
Cost: $2 pp per ride or $10pp unlimited rides.
Details: This family-friendly event will feature entertainment and opportunities to ride behind a steam engine or a modern diesel locomotive. Click here for the website.

20. Celebrate 20 years of great food, wine, live music
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019: 10:30am-4:30pm
Where: Boronia Park, Hunters Hill
Cost: Free
Details: This Event will showcase food, wines and live music galore with stalls, pop-ups, tastings, entertainment kid's activities, jumping castles, shows and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Hunters Hill Food and Wine Festival Facebook


21. Festival on the Green
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019: 10am-4pm
Where: St Ives Village Green, Memorial Ave, St Ives
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly festival will feature entertainment, performances, activities, amusement and carnival rides, stalls & pop-ups, games and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Ku-ring-gai Council Facebook


22. Film Night & Sing Along: The Hot August Night
When: Monday, 6 May 2019: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: North Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller St, North Sydney
Cost: Free
Details: Hot August Night will be two hours of electrifying and dynamic performances. Click here for the website.

23. Banff Mountain Film Festival
When: Tuesday, 7 May 2019: 7pm-10pm
Where: Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale
Cost: See website.
Details: This film festival will present over 2.5 hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films that will have you planning your next adventure before the credits roll! There will be a showcase of a selection of films packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenalin-inducing action sequences. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Banff Mountain Film Festival - Australia Facebook


24. Buddha's Birthday Multicultural Festival
When: 11 & 12 May 2019
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Cost: Free
Details: This multicultural festival will be celebrating Buddha's Birthday with entertainment, festivities, food fairs, traditional and modern music, dance performances, displays, acts, and more. Click here for the website.



25. Neil Diamond- The Man, The Music Tribute Show
When: Friday, 10 May 2019: 8pm-11pm
Where: Gasparo, 255 Henry Lawson Drive, Georges Hall
Cost: $20pp
Details: This tribute show will showcase the story of Neil Diamond live featuring 30 of Neil's most loved hits. Kitchen & Bar opens from 5:30pm. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Gasparo Facebook


26. Human Nature- Little More Love: A 30-Year Celebration Tour
When: Friday, 10 May 2019: From 7:30pm
Where: Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Drive, Darling Harbour
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing.
Details: Australia's most popular vocal group, Human Nature will be making a triumphant return home in 2019. They will be performing a collection of their iconic back catalogue together with instant-hits from their new album, 'Romance Of The Jukebox'. Click here for website.https://www.eventfinda.com.au/2019/human-nature/sydney/darling-harbour

27. George Michael Relived
When: Saturday, 11 May 2019: 7:30pm-9:50pm
Where: Wenty Leagues Club, 50 Smith St, Wentworthville
Cost: $10pp
Details: George Michael Relived are a first class 6-piece Sydney Tribute Band and they will be performing the biggest hits of George Michael from the 80s and spanning the last 3 decades. Click here for the website.

28. Bush Food Picnic
When: Saturday, 11 May 2019: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Where: Centennial Parklands, Cnr Parkes & Grand Drives, Centennial Park
Cost: Adults: $65pp & Children: $59pp
Details: This session will include a guided walk, fresh morning and native brewed tea, encounter wildlife and learn their importance to Aboriginal people, and delicious 3-course tasting menu of original Australian bush tucker. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Centennial Parklands Facebook


29. Mother's Day Lunch Cruise
When: Saturday, 11 & 12 May 2019
Where: Vagabond Cruises, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour
Cost: Adults: $75pp, Children (5-14yrs): $60pp, Children under 5yrs: Free, Concession: $70pp & Family ( 2 adults 2 kids): $250
Details: The cruise will include 3 hour cruise, lucky door prizes, live music, scrumptious seafood and carvery lunch, tempting desserts, tea & coffee, proclaimed jazz artists and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Vagabond Cruises Facebook


30. Mothers Day at Lakeside
When: Sunday, 12 May 2019: 9am-4pm
Where: The Australian Botanic Garden, Narellan Rd, Mount Annan
Cost: Free
Details: This Mother's Day event will feature family-friendly entertainment, kids activities, make mum a gift workshop, market stalls, High Tea and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan Facebook


31. Superfood Gyoza Cooking Workshop
When: Sunday, 12 May 2019:
Where: 70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Cost: Tickets range from $133-150pp
Details: Master the art of making gyoza (Japanese dumplings) with this inspiring cooking workshop with a chef and author of 'Cooking with Japanese Superfoods' Yoskiko Takeuchi. The class will end with a yummy lunch and matcha green tea. Click here for the website.

32. Mother's Day High Tea
When: Sunday, 12 May 2019: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Where: Pullman Hyde Park, 36 College St, Darlinghurst
Cost: Adults: $65pp & Children: $25pp
Details: Treat mum to an afternoon of luxury as you indulge in a Mother's Day High Tea buffet featuring a selection of hot and cold finger foods, sweets, complimentary glass of sparkling wine and bottomless Dilmah teas. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Pullman Sydney Hyde Park Facebook


33. Mother's Day Cruises
When: Sunday, 12 May 2019
Where: Circular Quay & King Street Wharf departures- see website
Cost: See website for all prices.
Details: There will be a range of cruises to celebrate Mothers Day with Captain Cook Cruises. Cruises you can choose from include Long Lunch Cruise, Sydney Harbour Buffet Cruise, High Tea at Sea, and Sunset Dinner. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Captain Cook Cruises Facebook


34. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
When: Sunday, 12-18 May 2019
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
Cost: Tickets range from $60-$500pp
Details: This fashion event will showcase Australia's only international fashion platform, with a focus on providing Australian designers with a platform to connect with a global audience of buyers, press and consumers. There will be runway shows, presentations, and key industry events. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Facebook


35. Blak Markets
When: Sunday, 12 May 2019: 9:30am-3pm
Where: Bare Island, Anzac Pde, La Perouse
Cost: Adults: $2.50pp & Children under 5yrs: Free
Details: These Markets will feature authentic, unique and affordable Indigenous artworks, beauty products, homewares, jewellery and more. 100 percent of the profits will go back into Aboriginal communities. There will be cultural dance performances, live music, workshops and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Blak Markets Facebook


36. Mothers Day at Belgenny Farm
When: Sunday, 12 May 2019: 11am-3pm
Where: Belgenny Farm, 100 Elizabeth MacArthur Ave, Camden South
Cost: Free- Buffet Lunch: Adults: $59pp & Children: $29pp
Details: This Mothers Day Event will feature a picturesque setting, market stalls, Mother's Day Buffet Luncheon, entertainment, petting zoo, food trucks, activities, fresh country style food stalls, café vans and more. Click here for the website.

37. NSW Swifts v West Coast Fever
When: Sunday, 12 May 2019: 1pm-3pm
Where: Sydney Olympic Park, Quaycentre, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Adults: $39pp, Concession: $33 & Children: $29pp
Details: The NSW Swifts have a point to prove when West Coast Fever return for Round 3 of Suncorp Super Netball. When they last met at the Quaycentre the NSW side posted the highest score ever recorded by a losing team-68 goals- so there will be no shortage of motivation to set the record straight. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from NSW Swifts Facebook


38. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
When: Tuesday, 14-15 May 2019: 7pm-10pm
Where: Ritz Cinema Randwick, 39-47 St Pauls St, Randwick
Cost: Adults: $30.50pp & Children: $22.50pp
Details: There will be a showcase of over 2.5 hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films with the world's best mountain sport, culture, environment, adventure, and exploration films. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Banff Mountain Film Festival - Australia Facebook


39. Blacktown City Festival
When: Saturday, 18-26 May 2019
Where: Main St, Blacktown
Cost: Free
Details: This community festival will showcase a lineup of non-stop family-friendly entertainment, activities, displays, exhibits, games, medieval extravaganza entertainment, Streets Alive, Parade Day, market stalls, Sweet Indulgence Dessert Festival, performances, roaming performers, shows, acts, and much more. Click here for the website.

40. Illuminate Wollondilly
When: Saturday, 18 May 2019: 12pm-9pm
Where: See website.
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly event will showcase an enchanting world of art, performance, colour and light with entertainment, activities, exhibits, displays, food stalls & trucks, live music, performing arts, market stalls, evening digital projections, silent disco, DJ, LED dancers, street performers, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Illuminate Wollondilly Facebook


41. Willoughby City Heritage Festival
When: Sunday, 19 May 2019: From 9am
Where: Willoughby City Heritage Site, Chatswood
Cost: Free
Details: Turn back time at Willoughby City Council's 2019 Heritage Festival! It will feature more than 10 unique events and activities including tours, exhibitions, activities, informative talks, displays and more. Click here for the website.

42. Pint of Science Festival
When: Monday, 20-22 May 2019
Where: See website.
Cost: See website.
Details: This festival will bring some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. The Festival will give you opportunities to meet the people responsible for the future of science, and have a pint with them. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Pint of Science AU Facebook


43. Bob Dylan Revisited
When: Friday, 24 May 2019: From 8pm
Where: State Theatre, 49 Market St, Sydney
Cost: Tickets range from $93.56-$122.10pp
Details: This Bob Dylan Tribute will feature five renowned Australian artists bringing five unique perspectives on the work of the greatest living songwriter. Hear the songs that changed the world, performed by artists whose worlds were changed by Dylan's songs. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from State Theatre Facebook


44. Vivid Sydney
When: Friday, 24 May 2019- 15 June 2019
Where: Various locations across Sydney city
Cost: Free & Ticketed events
Details: Sydney will be lighting up with the multi-award-winning festival of light, music and ideas. There will be a wide range of free & ticketed events including cruises around the harbour, Light Walk, international and Australian acts, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Vivid Sydney Facebook


45. African Liberation Day
When: Saturday, 25 May 2019: 10am-5pm
Where: Western Sydney Parklands, 400 Cowpasture Rd, Abbotsbury
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly multicultural event will showcase cultural entertainment, activities, reggae music out of Jamaica & Africa, performances, displays, demonstrations, music galore, open mic sessions, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from African Liberation Day Facebook


46. MS 24-Hour Mega Swim
When: Saturday, 25-26 May 2019: 12pm- Midnight
Where: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Fundraising event
Details: The MS 24-Hour Mega Swim is a fun team relay event where teams have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours and compete for laps swum and money raised, in support for people living with multiple sclerosis. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from MS 24 Hour Mega Swim Facebook


47. Streets Alive & Parade Day
When: Saturday, 25 May 2019: 9am-4pm
Where: See website.
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly event will be part of the Blacktown Festival and it will feature entertainment, street parades, performances, amusement rides, market stalls, activities, food stalls & trucks, and more. The Parade will commence from 11am. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Blacktown City Council Facebook


48. Taste of Manly
When: Saturday, 25 & 26 May 2019: 11:30am-5pm
Where: The Corso, Manly
Cost: Free
Details: This foodie event will showcase Manly's vibrant food and music culture with showcases of the best and brightest local restaurants and brewers, alongside Australia's finest wine producers across two music-filled days. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Northern Beaches Council Facebook


49. Community Remembrance Ceremony
When: Sunday, 26 May 2019: 10am-12pm
Where: Civic Park, 220 Miller St, North Sydney
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly community event will bring together community members to honour loved ones who have died, dying, or who are lost to us in some way. There will be a ceremony, song performances, acapella gospel choir, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from North Sydney Community Centre Facebook


50. ParkArts- Watercolours in the Morning
When: Sunday, 26 May 2019: 10am-12pm
Where: Centennial Parklands, Cnr Parkes & Grand Drive, Centennial Park
Cost: $59pp
Details: This painting class will introduce you to Plein-Air-painting. Learn how to watch the beauty of nature unfold and to capture it on canvas. Click here for the website.

51. Lantern Making Workshop
When: Sunday, 26 May 2019: 10am-3pm
Where: Art Est. Gallery, 67-69 Lords Rd, Leichhardt
Cost: See website.
Details: Create your own beautiful lantern using cane and paper in this full-day workshop. You will learn the simple techniques for making the lantern structure using bamboo and cane then cover with tissue paper. No experience is required and all materials are included. Click here for the website.

52. The Sydney Fair
When: Thursday, 30 May 2019- 2 June 2019
Where: Royal Randwick Racecourse, Alison Rd, Randwick
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly fair will showcase market stalls, pop-ups, displays, exhibits, authentic antiques, workshops, art & craft, vintage fashion pieces and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Sydney Fair Facebook
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