Castle Hill Open Air Cinema
Sydney’s newest open-air cinema in Castle Hill opens as the long weekend begins. Watch Eddie Redmayne in his Oscar-winning role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything on Thursday night. Or indulge in a little Dirty Dancing on Sunday. The Tuckshop cafe is serving burgers and salads and Gelato Messina is making choc tops. Classic.
Listen Up Philip
Fans of Rushmore and Bored to Death rejoice: Golden Age Cinema and Bar is bringing an exclusive screening of Listen Up Philip to town over the weekend. Jason Schwartzman (who is in more or less every Wes Anderson film) plays a rising darling of the New York literary scene. Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) plays his long-suffering photographer girlfriend. Dark humour ensues.
Movies at Govinda’s
Govinda’s has the comfiest cinema seats in town and this weekend you’ve got time to enjoy them. Make the most of this Darlinghurst institution’s in-house vegetarian buffet before settling down to any number of popular movies including Citizen Four, Birdman, Nightcrawler, Wild and The Second Best Marigold Hotel.
Maina Gielgud’s production of Giselle premieres at The Opera House on Thursday, April 2. The Romantic-era classic tells the story of a village girl who falls for a deceitful man and the eerie tragedy that follows.
Alabama Shakes and Charles Bradley at The Enmore Theatre
Shake yourself loose on Thursday night with some American blues-rock and a funk-soul legend. Alabama Shakes is here for its only headline show in Sydney and is supported by “screaming eagle of soul” and (one-time professional James Brown impersonator), Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires.
Easter at the Bay – Watson’s Bay Hotel
Watson’s Bay Hotel is laying on a spread for the Easter weekend. You could opt for a good-old-fashioned Easter-egg hunt, or a Bay Brunch of fresh seafood and a brasserie-style menu including crispy bacon and maple syrup, with bubbles on arrival. Or watch a live, outdoor theatre performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream overlooking the harbour and then join the revellers for a Euphoria party on Easter Sunday headlined by Yolanda Be Cool.
Sydney Royal Easter Show
It’s not Easter without showbags. This year’s headliners at the Easter Show include Xtreme Korruption, a freestyle moto show featuring among others the Showtime Freestyle MotoX Team, and followed by a 12-minutes fireworks.
Aboriginal Workshops and Blak Markets
Bare Island in Botany Bay is accessible only by boat or wooden footbridge – a day out in itself. But on Easter Sunday, it also hosts Aboriginal Workshops and Blak Markets where you’ll find Aboriginal paintings, jewellery and designs and bush-tucker-infused foods. You can also participate in workshops, cultural performances and indigenous traditions such as smoking ceremonies. Proceeds from the markets go towards a community program called Seeds to Success.
Taste of Blue Mountains at Hydro Majestic Pavilion
If you’re looking to escape the city for the weekend, the Hydro Majestic Pavillion has opened a cellar door and produce store showcasing the Blue Mountains, Mudgee, Orange and the Western Plains. Easter weekend will feature cellar door tasting from wineries and eateries with lots of goodies to bring home.
Wall Ball Championship
Red Bull’s headquarters in Alexandria is set to host the second national wall ball championship on Easter Saturday. For those who have never heard the activity before, it’s an adult version of schoolyard handball, or squash sans racket.
Escape Hunt Easter Weekend Egg Hunt
A global craze, Escape Hunt in Sydney is a mystery board game brought to life, with teams of 2–5 solving clues and puzzles in The Rocks before time runs out. All set 100 years ago.
Michael Franti’s Soulshine Festival
Michael Franti is in town and not only can you watch him perform his own blend of politically charged hip-hop, reggae and R’n’B, but you can do yoga at the same time. He’s introducing Soulshine Festival to Australia (currently held in the US and Bali), an all-day gig at the Enmore Theatre that combines a performance with Spearhead, SOJA and singer-songwriter Trevor Hall with an hour of flow yoga. (Gig-only tickets can be bought separately).
Bad Friday at Vic on the Park Hotel
Arbiters of good taste and great music, the Bad Friday crew has now been running five years of successful debauchery. With Sticky Fingers, The Preatures and DMA’s gracing the stages before becoming international superstars, you will be witness to the next batch of musical legends. With CHIEF HAVOC – fresh from its support for Sticky Fingers and Joseph Liddy, Gang of Youths and Flowertruck providing the entertainment, Vic on the Park has you covered for Easter dancing.
Player Haters Ball
This club event has steadily gained a serious following, making it a weekend institution for dance enthusiasts. Get down to Goodgod Small Club to vibe to killer R’n’B and hip-hop tunes, mixed by DJ Levins, Nes, Shantan Wantan Ichiban and Joyride – with dance inspiration courtesy of Dance Central performers.
Throw Away Sundays at Knox Street Bar
Becoming a permanent event due to the success of the summer series, Throw Away Sundays are held on the first Sunday of every month. Head down to Knox Street for some seriously danceable tunes and party like there’s no work on Monday.
Vibes on the Wharf with Aeroplane
Manly Wharf Bar will host to the glorious nu-disco vibes of Italian-Belgian producer Aeroplane. Watch the sun go down over the boulevard while partying with some of the best names in dance.