An American in Paris and Mother’s Day: Here’s what’s happening across Australia this weekend

what's on this weekend

Praise be. The weekend is here. And while we forecast busy schedules across the board, what with Mother's Day on Sunday, there is still plenty to do (or not do) outside of celebrating the mother figures in your life. Wander through Sydney CBD for YCK Laneways or drink your way through all the $14 margaritas at select Merivale venues. The choice is yours. And for those fretting because they forgot to pick up something special for your mum, take this list of last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas to guide you through the chaos. Below, we present what's on this weekend across Australia. Enjoy!


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

For Mother's Day Sunny Kim has assembled a stellar cast of musicians who all speak to their mothers' experiences of migration, longing, belonging, joy, and pain. It's called MotherTongue, MotherLand and will take place at the Sydney Opera House this Sunday.

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.

Party in the bowels of the Sydney CBD with YCK Laneways.

A very long list of Merivale venues will be serving $14 margaritas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Put the sombrero hat down, please.

See White Pearl for its triumphant return to Riverside Theatre this Friday and Saturday evening.

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.

Make your way over to Darling Square to immerse yourself in Hello Kitty Town. What joy!



Melbourne Theatre Company presents Slap. Kiss. Bang, a one hour long play exploring themes of activism, community and hope at Southbank Theatre.

The are still tickets left to see Baker Boy take to the stage at the Forum.

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.



Earth Frequency Festival has arrived in south-east Queensland for a weekend of connection and community.

Australia's biggest reggae festival, Good Love, is blissing out on the Gold Coast this Saturday.

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

Get to The Tivoli this weekend to see Camp Cope perform, supported by Becca Hatch.

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



Haiku Hands are taking over UC Club in Canberra this weekend. Tickets are still available.

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 opens at Space Theatre, Adelaide this weekend.

Turn of the Screw, Benjamin Britten’s iconic opera based on the Henry James gothic novel is being performed this Friday evening.

Explore the Fleurieu Peninsula, starting with these 5 beaches.

Spend Sunday long-lunching at Africola.


Western Australia

Loosen up and have a laugh at Perth Comedy Festival.

Catch Moaning Lisa, Sly Withers and Ruby Fields at Sidefest this weekend.

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.

Get your dose of laughs in at Oasis Comedy Club.


Northern Territory

All our queer pals in Top End should head over to Fanny's at Happy Yess for a night of dancing and burlesque.

In the way of theatre, HUSH a play about trauma, unlikely friendships and motherhood is showing at Brown's Mart for one last weekend.

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.



WAAX are performing their Dangerous tour this weekend at Uni Bar Hobart.

Cygnet Folk Festival is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this Saturday.

As always, Music at Mona is on this weekend. This time around Hayato Simpson and Ironcliffe 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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