Autumn in Sydney is an adventurous time. There’s plenty of sunshine still to be enjoyed, with a crisp, cool breeze reminding you that summer is just about over. The weather is mild with temperatures ranging between 12-25–degrees between March and May. It’s a great time to get involved in the many festivals the city hosts, rub shoulders with fashionistas and even camp out under the stars at Centennial Park. And of course, what better time is there to hop aboard an open-top bus tour.

If you plan to be in Sydney in autumn, we’ve rounded up our top picks of things to do:

Mardi Gras Parade

If you happen to be in Sydney in autumn, you’ll get to witness one of the liveliest festivals of the entire year. The Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival erupts onto the streets of Sydney, celebrating equality for over 40 years now. With a packed schedule of fashion, cultural, sporting and theatrical events, there’s something for all the family.

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For the fashionistas

If you’re a fan of fashion, autumn in Sydney is just the ticket. The Mercedes Benz Fashion Weekend Edition is a two-day event showcasing designer runways, seminars from fashion and beauty experts and the chance to shop the latest trends. Spot the models walking the shows and hang out with the industry’s Insta stars. Be sure to bag your tickets early.

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Easter family fun

The Sydney Royal Easter show is an annual event filled with plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained. There’s animals to pet, attractions to ride, live music performances, shopping, and so much more. All proceeds go back into the community to support agricultural programs, competitions and education, so you’ll be doing a good deed by simply turning up and having fun. Win.

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Cinema under the stars

Autumn in Sydney marks the last few weeks of Moonlight Cinema, the city’s outdoor screenings of cult classics and new favourites. Set up in Centennial Park, pack a blanket, grab some popcorn, and kick back for an evening of alfresco entertainment in a beautiful setting. The LA style food trucks will keep you topped up, and you can even bring your own bottle of alcohol if you so wish.

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Have a laugh!

The comedy scene over autumn is huge. The Sydney Comedy Festival draws in big acts from all over the world for a couple of months of laughs. From the country’s emerging talent to the biggest international stars. Hundreds of the industry’s most funniest people take to the stage in venues all over Sydney to entertain audiences in their thousands. The festival kicks off in style with spectacular gala events to really set the tone. This is then followed by a line-up of sketch to stand up, improv to magic, and even more. The show then packs up and tours the rest of the country.

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So there you have our list of must-do activities during autumn in Sydney. A time when summer starts to fade but the energy for fun and festivities is high. And of course, if you hop on a Big Bus tour we’ll also take you to see the best sights and attractions Sydney is famous for. For more inspiration on how to fill the rest of your time in this laidback city, check out our guide to the Top 10 Things to do in Sydney.