The Plus Ones’ Top Picks for April Events

The year is moving along, with April almost upon us — and you all know that once April is done the rest of the year tumbles by alarmingly quickly. So really, April is like the hump-day of the year, and you know what that means. It’s time to eat, drink, and party. Read on for our top picks happening in Sydney this month!

makers and shakers markets

The Makers and Shakers Markets (1 April)
A bespoke collection of fine food, homewares, and lifestyle products for your shopping enjoyment! If you care about how items are made, where they come from — or even just great food, check out these markets.

Tio’s Mezcal Mini-Fest (2 April)
Offering a rare opportunity to taste some truly unique juice as a cocktail or a signature serve and discuss all things agave with some of the most knowledgable mezcal brains in the country, Tio’s will be ground zero of Sydney’s first Mezcal Mini Fest. One half mezcal exposé, one half party, the formalities will give way to food, drink and, inevitably, a tonne of mezcal.

Eau de Vie’s Appreciation Society (5 April)
Have you embarked on your love affair with peaty whiskies already? Not yet, but intrigued by the possibilities? Come along and learn about the flavours that await!

Opera Bites

Opera in the Pub (8 April)
Love that one song from that opera but don’t want to listen to the whole thing? Opera Bites brings you the most celebrated arias from a variety of operas, accompanied by champagne and bubbles — in a pub. What more could you want?

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival (6-9 April)
Sit back, relax and prepare to immerse yourself in an intoxicating celebration of what French cinema has best to offer.

Wanderlust 108 (8 April)
Wanderlust 108 is a field day for your inner child. Hold the plastic trophy, because we have better prizes: a full day of self-awareness and inner peace with a vibrant community.

Cool for Summer Festival (15 April)
Cool For Summer, a new single-day festival in Sydney over the Easter long weekend that combines the hottest music acts with the biggest digital influencers. Putting a modern spin on traditional music festivals, Cool For Summer is the first festival of its kind in Australia, creating something truly special for the connected generation.

Courtyard ft Tash Sultana (16 April)
Can you think of any sweeter Easter treat than this edition of the Courtyard Sessions? The Ivy is set to host a daytime mini-fest including solo powerhouse Tash Sultana, Mansionair, Moonbase, and more homegrown talent.

Spanish Film Festival (18 April — 7 May)
A collection of films presenting a mixed bag of themes including nostalgia, pathos, tension, humour, and desire. There’s something for everyone this festival — including the kids!

Gauchito Gil

Cake Wines Cellar Door – Keep it Disco (21 April)
If you’re a lover of fine wines and equally fine tunes, you’re in for a treat as Keep it Disco takes over this cellar door to take over all your pleasure senses. Because hey, “a good disco is like a fine wine – full bodied, flavoursome, and fruity.”

Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day (22 April)
An all out celebration of the amazing Malbec wine. While Australian wines will be included alongside the Argentinians, there will also be empanadas, cleansing ales, and tango!

Hunter Valley Uncorked – Avalon (23 April)
The Village Green at Dunbar Park will come alive with the renowned pleasures of Australia’s oldest wine region on Sunday 23 April when the tastes, sights and sounds of the Hunter Valley merge with the breezy coastal lifestyle of Avalon at the inaugural Avalon Uncorked Festival.

Record Store Day (22 April)
Celebrate the culture of Record Stores. Think gigs, competitions, and specials!

Silent Disco at Sydney Aquarium (28/29 April)
Dive into the coolest underwater party where dancing with schools of fish and sharks is a must! The floor-to-ceiling Reef Theatre gives partygoers a unique glimpse into the Great Barrier Reef all whilst bopping along to the latest party anthems.


Sounds of Afrobeats Festival (29 April)
Returning for the fourth time, this festival brings an exuberant mix of afrobeats, tribal house, afro-latin, dancehall and more. If you need a life affirming dance session, this is the event for you.

– Liv
Liv S. is a creature of warm weather, negronis, and writing. She can usually be found elbow deep in a pile of chicken wings. Check out her musings @callmememphisjones.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones are invited guests of Opera Bites, Asha Holmes PR, Swerve Productions, and Bottle Shop Concepts.
Photo credit: The Makers and Shakers Market, Gauchito Gil, Opera Bites, Nick Drage Photography.