So the warm months and daylight savings are over. Now what do we do for fun when it’s too cold to go to the beach? Well there are plenty of things to do in Autumn in Sydney. We’ve found 10 things to see or do in March, April or May this year.
1) Sydney Royal Easter Show – Sydney Olympic Park
The Easter Show has been in Homebush for close to two decades now (for those who aren’t old enough to remember, it used to be in Moore Park) and attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country. Essentially, the concept for the show is to bring a taste of the rural life to the city. There are thousands of animals, foods, competitions and displays mixed with modern fun things like rides and stalls. The 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show runs from April 6th to 19th. You can find more info at www.eastershow.com.au.
2) NRL Matches
Autumn in Sydney marks the return of footy season and footy to most Sydneysiders means rugby league. It’s arguable that the autumn months are the best to head to the footy with the weather still quite warm, hopes of all teams are high with a new season and the mid-year State of Origin disruptions haven’t set in. For scheduling and tickets for all NRL clubs check out www.nrl.com.
This is fast becoming one of Sydney’s favourite annual events and it gets bigger every year. Using projector technology and insanely talented artists, many of the Sydney CBD’s most famous landmarks are transformed into giant colourful pieces of moving art. Even better, you can see all these for absolutely free. The lights are switched on for the first time on May 26 and they light up every night until 17 June. For more info on locations, visit www.vividsydney.com.
4) Racing Championships
While most people associate horse racing with Spring, the Sydney’s Autumn racing carnival is massive in its own right. The Championships are labelled ‘the grand finals of Australian racing’. There’s an astounding $20 million prize money on offer over the two days, so the Autumn carnival features the best horses from around the country. The racing takes place at Randwick Racecourse and runs over the first two Saturdays of April (1st and 8th), with the second event known as the Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day. For more info and tickets go to www.thechampionships.com.au.
5) Fashion Week
Do you love fashion? Well you’ll love Autumn in Sydney when the world’s best designers converge on Sydney for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. The week-long schedule from 14th May to 19th May features runway shows, presentations and huge industry events. For more info see www.mbfashionweek.com.
6) Wings Over Illawarra
If you love everything aeronautical, Wings Over Illawarra is the best air show in New South Wales. On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May, you’ll see jaw-dropping aerobatics, a spectacular display of classic warbirds and amazing vintage aircraft of yesteryear flying over your head. You’ll also see the amazing modern machines of the Australian Defence Force, so bring ear muffs for the kids! For more info check out www.wingsoverillawarra.com.au.
7) Sydney Writer’s Festival
If you’re one of those people that loves the feel of a fresh book on your fingers, the Sydney Writer’s Festival returns from 22nd to 28th May. Some of the world’s best creative minds are on hand to share their wisdom and stories with those who aspire to be a writer. For more info see www.swf.org.au.
8) ANZAC Day
Although it’s a commemoration of something very sad and sombre, ANZAC Day is one of the best days of the year to be an Australian. From the Dawn Service to pay your respects, and the parade in the city through to two-up and watching footy in the afternoon, it’s a great celebration of the great Australian life that our Diggers fought so bravely to save.
9) Kids in the Park (Homebush)
With the end of term one approaching for school kids, they’ll need something to keep them occupied. No matter what your kids love to do, Kids in the Park in Sydney Olympic Park will have something that grabs their interest. Whether it’s a sports skills session, creative workshops or an outdoor adventure, you could pretty much find them something different to do for the whole program length which runs from 8th April to 23rd April. For more info see www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au.
10) Brazilian Week
Coming this May, a south American extravaganza. Where might you ask? Right here at Lantern Club! From 1st May and through the entire week, Lantern Club is turning Brazilian with amazing food and entertainment to make you almost feel like you’re at Carnevale di Rio itself!
Make sure you don’t miss out by booking a table to enjoy a delicious Brazilian feast at MàZi Restaurant, prepared by none other than our chef to the stars, John Lanzafame.