Sydney Events

Sydney is a hub of activity with a diverse selection of events taking place throughout the year. Thanks to its thriving arts scene, Sydney’s galleries and exhibition spaces play host to a number of public events and exhibitions. Sydney also boasts the largest free sculpture exhibition in the world, Sculpture by the Sea, which transforms the scenic Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Walk into a two-kilometre-long display of creative works from around the world.

Sydney’s events also offer the chance to get involved in a range of cultural festivities, such as the Sydney Comedy Festival and the Sydney Film Festival, the latter of which has a legacy stretching back to 1954, making it one of the oldest events of its kind in the world. When it comes to making a statement, nothing stops the city in its tracks quite like the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, or the world-famous fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. These extravaganzas are renowned across the world and are not to be missed.

As a sport-loving city, Sydney is also the home of many social and competitive sporting events. One highlight of Sydney’s sporting calendar is the Sun-Herald City2Surf. Attracting over 80,000 entrants each year, the Sun-Herald City2Surf is not only the world’s largest running event, it is also a fantastic fundraiser for dozens of charities.

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  1. Australian World Orchestra

    Wednesday 28 September to Thursday 29 September 2016, City Centre

    In 2016 the Australian World Orchestra will celebrate their five year anniversary with two electrifying concerts conducted by internationally acclaimed Australian conductors Alexander Briger AO and Stanley Dodds. The...

    28 Sep -29Sep
  2. Marina Prior and Mark Vincent

    Thursday 29 September 2016, City Centre

    For one night only, the iconic Marina Prior will join Australia’s number one tenor Mark Vincent in a magical performance of soaring opera arias, musical theatre showstoppers and well-loved popular songs.One...

    29 Sep
  3. Gold by Stuart Miller

    Thursday 29 September 2016,

    'Gold', by Sydney-based photographic artist Stuart Miller, is a series that considers the tangled relationship between the rawness of humanity and the excess of the manufactured world, showing at Black Eye Gallery...

    29 Sep
  4. Sydney Spring Carnival

    Friday 30 September to Tuesday 1 November 2016, Sydney East

    Sydney Spring Carnival is set to offer an unmissable season of racing. As the world watches on, Australia's Harbour City comes to life, a vibrant spectacle of glamour and sheer elation as racing takes centre stage...

    30 Sep -01Nov
  5. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 14 May 2017, Parramatta

    Hambledon Cottage, a colonial Georgian cottage built for John Macarthur in 1824, is a house museum where visitors, young and old, can experience the 19th century lifestyle. Temporary exhibitions are mounted in the...

    30 Sep -14May
  6. El' Circo

    Friday 30 September to Friday 26 May 2017, Surry Hills

    Step inside, the magic awaits!Slide's famous nine course circus degustation, El’ Circo, captivates with the charm and flavour of Parisian cabaret; timeless yet original - it’s a little piece of Europe in the...

    30 Sep -26May
  7. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude is a compelling exhibition opening at the Australian National Maritime Museum from 5 May. The exhibition is a rare chance to discover the extraordinary nautical...

    30 Sep -30Oct
  8. High Tea at NSW Parliament

    Friday 30 September to Friday 31 March 2017, City Centre

    Served on the last Friday of each month, High Tea in the House opens the rarely seen Strangers' Dining Room to the public, giving visitors a fine dining experience quite unlike any other. Our team of expert chefs, led...

    30 Sep -31Mar
  9. U.S.Oh! Show - A Night of Americana

    Friday 30 September to Friday 30 June 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Guys, shine your shoes and Gals, gloss your lips! Come down to the Bamboozle Room, Potts Point on a Friday night and get some much deserved R and R...that's an order Private!The "U.S.Oh! Show - A night of...

    30 Sep -30Jun
  10. Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz

    Friday 30 September to Saturday 8 October 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Outhouse Theatre Company, in association with Red Line Productions, returns to the Old Fitz Theatre to present the Australian Premiere of the Olivier Award nominated play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz....

    30 Sep -08Oct
  11. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    Friday 30 September to Saturday 22 October 2016, City Centre

    On the hottest night of the year, young lovers Hermia and Lysander run away from the rules of the city and into the freedom of the forest. Close on their heels are Helena and Demetrius. Demetrius is chasing Hermia,...

    30 Sep -22Oct
  12. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 5 February 2017, City Centre

    See the works of legendary Australian photographer Harold Cazneaux (1878-1953) and explore a bygone era of Sydney Harbour in this photographic exhibition 'Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water'. In...

    30 Sep -05Feb
  13. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 16 October 2016, City Centre

    42,000 entries. 96 countries. 100 awe-inspiring images.Wrestling komodo dragons, ethereal egrets and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by this year’s finalists of the Wildlife...

    30 Sep -16Oct
  14. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 29 January 2017, Pyrmont

    Exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Collette Dinnigan - Unlaced is the first exhibition to explore the work of this internationally acclaimed Australian fashion designer.Featuring ensembles,...

    30 Sep -29Jan
  15. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 6 November 2016, Moore Park

    Cirque du Soleil will arrive in Australia with KOOZA, a death-defying, colourful homage to the traditions of circus. The national tour will begin in Sydney on 25 August 2016, where KOOZA will...

    30 Sep -06Nov
  16. Francesco Clemente: Encampment

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 9 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    A Schwartz Carriageworks Project. “Every single moment of the unfolding experience of the work is just a pretext to move on, to move forward from that moment. It’s never supposed to be a beginning of an...

    30 Sep -09Oct
  17. Gloria

    Friday 30 September to Saturday 8 October 2016, Kings Cross

    A star, a celebrity - she's played every iconic role in the canon of theatrical greats: Nina, Hedda, Hamlet, Clytemnestra. She's burnt into peoples eyes, hearts, imaginations.Playing the real-life...

    30 Sep -08Oct
  18. Confluence Festival of India

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    Confluence Festival of India, the most significant showcase of Indian arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia is coming to Sydney! The festival program includes world-class dance, theatre and music...

    30 Sep -30Oct
  19. Sixth Sense

    Friday 30 September to Saturday 15 October 2016, Darlinghurst

    In art, sight is the sense most utilised. When other senses are evoked, the perceptive experience is invariably heightened. Sixth Sense is a new exhibition at the National Art School Gallery in which thirteen artists...

    30 Sep -15Oct
  20. Sydney Fringe Festival

    Friday 30 September 2016, City Centre

    The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW. Spread across five cultural villages, the Sydney Fringe presents over 300 productions in over 50 venues every September, celebrating local...

    30 Sep
  21. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 9 October 2016, City Centre

    The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.Awarded to the best portrait painting, the Archibald Prize is a who's who of Australian...

    30 Sep -09Oct
  22. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 26 February 2017, Parramatta

    The Connections exhibition in the Lucas Gallery of Hambledon Cottage Museum continues the Female Factory Story with Reverend Samuel Marsden and his quest for better conditions for the convict women. He performed...

    30 Sep -26Feb
  23. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 18 June 2017, City Centre

    Join Adobe Bistro for their decadent Chocolate High Tea every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Chocolate High Tea will take you on a journey around the equator, featuring flavours from Colombia, Indonesia, Madagascar,...

    30 Sep -18Jun
  24. Korean Calligraphy Class

    Friday 30 September to Friday 28 April 2017, City Centre

    There are many ways that you can experience the spirit of Korean culture, and here is the most interesting approach they warmly recommend, the Korean Calligraphy 한글서예.The Korean Calligraphy is the Korean...

    30 Sep -28Apr
  25. Sounds of September

    Friday 30 September 2016, Sydney North

    They’re celebrating Spring with Sounds of September - a month-long program of free and ticketed music events held in schools, parks, bars, theatres, cafes, restaurants and clubs. There’s music for all ages...

    30 Sep
  26. Willoughby Spring Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2016, Sydney North

    The annual Willoughby Spring Festival is the largest cultural and entertainment celebration on Sydney's North Shore and is on this September.The month...

    Sep 2016
  27. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 30 September to Friday 28 April 2017, Parramatta

    Over 20 farmers and producers from the Sydney basin and regional NSW will be selling high quality, authentic local, seasonal produce directly from growers and artisan food producers.Come early and...

    30 Sep -28Apr
  28. Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 27 November 2016, Pyrmont

    Dream Lover, the extraordinary story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin is now playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.Starring David Campbell and Hannah Fredericksen and directed by Simon...

    30 Sep -27Nov
  29. Gran's Bag

    Friday 30 September to Saturday 1 October 2016, Newtown

    Presented by SmallShows and EMU Productions, Gran's Bag is a heartwarming and funny show by Greg Lissaman and Chrissie Shaw. When Gran comes to visit, she brings her beautiful big red bag. It is a treasure...

    30 Sep -01Oct
  30. The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soiree

    Friday 30 September to Friday 24 February 2017, City Centre

    Every Friday, Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician, presents his Magical Soirée - an entrancing evening of magic and captivating Australian stories within one of Sydney’s most beautiful historic buildings: The Royal...

    30 Sep -24Feb

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