The Archibald Prize and Suku Home pop-up: Here’s what’s happening across Australia this weekend

It almost broke us, but this week is near finished. And the light at the end of the tunnel points to two days of respite. Yes, the weekend is here. And while the RUSSH team will be spending it under their doona's, following a week spent marching from show to show at AAFW, there are plenty of us who prefer to be in the thick of the action. To you we say, go get it. That's why below, we've compiled a list of what's on this weekend across Australia for your viewing pleasure.


The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes open this weekend for your viewing pleasure at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Swing past Abstract Thoughts Gallery to catch the Suku Home pop-up.

A slew of shows are taking over the Sydney Opera House. From RUNT, a play about the underdogs and the insignificant, to Lynette Wallworth's HOW TO LIVE (After you die). 

The supremely joyful An American in Paris is being performed at Theatre Royal Sydney.

Get tickets to Ghosting the Party at SBW Stables Theatre and see three generations of women face brutal questions of mortality in this uproarious pitch-black comedy.

Rīvus, the 23rd Biennale of Sydney is open at a variety of locations across Sydney.

It's the first weekend of Sydney Comedy Festival. Check out the lineup of the festival website.



HOMEGROWN Festival in Port Melbourne is bringing a slice of local hip hop to a thirsty audience. See acts like Bliss n Esso, Drapht and Horrorshow perform.

Malthouse Theatre presents The Returna macabre look at the colonial fascination with keeping First Nations remains locked up in museums.

Hamilton has made its way down south to Melbourne.

QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection is on at the National Gallery of Victoria.

See our planet like never before with Gaia by Luke Jerram, an immersive 3D installation at St. Paul’s Cathedral.



If you need an incentive to clean out your wardrobe, SWOP Brisbane is now buying Autumn clothes.

Brisbane's best local comedians come together for After Hours at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Get to The Tivoli this weekend to catch some comedy by Peter Helliar.

The Asia Pacific Triennial is open at Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art.



Music on the Greens continues at ANU Kambri.

BANFF Mountain Film Festival is stopping for a weekend at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Step into the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to see Australians & Hollywood.

Spend your afternoon hanging out at Capital Brewing Co.

Hippo Co. are leading one of its famous whisky tastings on Saturday evening at 6pm.


South Australia

Lime Cordiale are performing at Thebarton Theatre tonight.

Nathan O'Keefe will take centre stage in Cathedral, a play about an Australian diver that questions whether we should turn away from our pain or dive right in. It opens at Space Theatre, Adelaide this weekend.

Explore the Fleurieu Peninsula, starting with these 5 beaches.

Spend Sunday long-lunching at Africola.


Western Australia

There are still tickets left to hear Amy Shark in Perth.

Loosen up and have a laugh at Perth Comedy Festival.

Freo.Social is your reliable source for a good time. Head down there tonight to see a set from Baker Boy.

Catch some live music this Sunday at Fremantle Arts Centre.


Northern Territory

Usher in the dry season with this Darwin Party.

Explore a side of the Territory you haven't seen before with this guide.

Make your way over to Nightcliff Markets for Laksa, pastries, massages, and jewellery.



Blue Cow Theatre presents a reimagining of Shakespearean classic, The Winter's Tale

As always, Music at Mona is on this weekend. This time around Spike Mason and Rudy Marshall are just some of the acts set to perform.

Salamanca Market is open and calling your name this Saturday.

Road trip your way to any of these magical stays in Tasmania.

If art is on the menu this weekend then take this guide to Australian art in April.

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