Election day and Sydney Writers Festival: Here’s what’s happening across Australia this weekend

After a long six weeks of campaigning, this weekend brings with it the Federal Election. So take this as your reminder to vote, and if you're looking for other ways to spend your time, see below: our list of what's on this weekend across Australia. If nothing else, there's a democracy sausage calling your name at your local polling booth.



Hear authors like Hanya Yanagihara, Evelyn Araluen and Yassmin Abdel-Magied speak at Sydney Writers Festival.

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

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.

Sydney Comedy Festival is here. Check out the lineup on the festival website.



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.



Brisbane will be bathed in colour thanks to Botanica – Contemporary Art Outside. Head down this weekend for live music, delicious food and a pop-up bar.

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

Get to The Tivoli this weekend to see Mel Buttle.

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



Music on the Greens continues at ANU Kambri.

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

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's open for one more weekend at Space Theatre, Adelaide.

Explore the Fleurieu Peninsula, starting with these 5 beaches.

Spend Sunday long-lunching at Africola.


Western Australia

Freo.Social is your reliable source for a good time. Head down there tonight to see Ra Ra Viper.

Catch some live music this Sunday at Fremantle Arts Centre.


Northern Territory

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.



As always, Music at Mona is on this weekend. This time around Janelle Stowe is just one 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 May.

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