Sport, comedy, music and beer. It’s like all of Australia in a sentence. It’s also a neat summary of part 2 of our review of what’s on in Sydney this April. For more on Sydney’s ANZAC commemorations, Aida on the harbour and the Royal Easter Show, take a look at part 1 of our What’s on in Sydney review for April here.

The Hockeyroos: Australia v China
This 3 day hockey-fest marks the start of preparations for the Rio Olympic Games next year where the Commonwealth champions and World Cup silver medallists will take on China, the number 5 in the world.

Where: Sydney Olympic Park, Shirley Strickland Ave, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW, 2127
When: Thursday 2 April at 7pm, Saturday 4 April at 3pm and Monday 6 April at 3pm
Cost: Adult $20, Children (aged 4-16) $10, Concessions $15; Family Ticket (2 adults plus 2 children or 1 adult plus 3 children) $45
Buy tickets from Ticketek

Hockeyroos v China in Sydney
Photo courtesy of Hockey Australia website

Sydney’s First Beer Festival
Frankly, we’re struggling to believe that Sydney has never had an international beer festival before. That’s a bit like being asked to believe James Bond is still a virgin. Still the Lowenbrau Keller and The Argyle will play host to this event, where for $20 you get to sample up to 10 different beers.

Where: The Argyle Courtyard, 18 Argyle St The Rocks, Sydney
When: 12 noon – 5pm, Saturday 11 April
Cost: $20 for 10 x 100ml tastings

Sydney Beer Festival
Photo courtesy of The Argyle Rocks

Electric Run
The world’s brightest fun run is a riot of sound and light and, despite being promoted as a run, actually includes a whole lot more for anyone aged 8 and up. The route is split into distinct areas each portraying a different theme with lights and music to match. Our favourite? The Powerhouse takes an inflatable Battersea Power Station and turns it into a neon party zone. Dress up, enjoy the music… and maybe run a bit too.

Where: Parramatta Park, Sydney
When: 5:30pm, Saturday 18 April 2015
Cost: Individuals: from $70-$75 dependent on date of purchase
Teams members (in teams of 4 or more) from $65-$70 dependent on date of purchase

Electric Run in Sydney
Photo courtesy of Electric Run Australia

11th Annual Sydney Comedy Festival
We’ve featured quite a few comedy festivals on our What’s on in Australia pages but, perhaps unsurprisingly, Sydney’s version seems to draw the biggest names. This year more than a dozen venues host the likes of Ross Noble, Noel Fielding and Stephen K Amos who’ll be joining top funny men (and women) from around the world.

As a bonus, the sponsor Redspot Car Rentals is offering a 15% discount for bookings made before 17 May and collected between 15 and 31 May. Terms and conditions apply, so as ever, check the site for details.

Where: Venues across the city
When: 20 April until 17 May 2015
Cost: Varies prices depending on the artiste and the venue. Check website for details

Sydney Comedy Festival
Photo courtesy of Sydney Comedy Festival

Ricky Martin
Remember him? It’s 10 years since he Livin La Vida Loca’d his way into Sydney. Now he’s back as part of his One World Tour. Delta Goodrem provides the Australian support.

Where: Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
When: Thursday 30 April 2015
Cost: From $99.90 for Silver Tickets – $749.90 for a VIP Package. See website for details

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