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. Schweppes Night Race Meeting

    Friday 21 October 2016, Sydney West

    Experience the thrill of live racing on one of Australia’s premier racetracks. Canterbury Park is the undisputed home of Sydney night racing - no other venue takes you closer to the stars and the action.The...

    21 Oct
  2. Hunter by the Harbour

    Saturday 22 October to Tuesday 8 November 2016, Darling Harbour

    Discover the very best of wine and food from the Hunter Valley at Cockle Bay Wharf.Cockle Bay Wharf restaurants and bars are partnering with some of the most skilled winemakers, providores and...

    22 Oct -08Nov
  3. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    Saturday 22 October to Saturday 12 November 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    MopHead Productions, in association with Red Line Productions, is pleased to present The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by Rainer Werner Fassbinder at the Old Fitz Theatre. Perhaps more well known as a daring German...

    22 Oct -12Nov
  4. Explorers Playgroup

    Saturday 22 October to Thursday 15 December 2016, Sydney North

    No bookings necessary – just come along and enjoy the fun!Explorers Playgroup provides creative play sessions for under fives, spread across three light-filled rooms and a beautiful playground. Experienced...

    22 Oct -15Dec
  5. Sydney Italian Festival

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    The spirit of la dolce vita takes over venues across Sydney in the annual celebration of Italian culture, products and lifestyle.Sydney Italian Festival is an annual event organised by the Italian Trade...

    22 Oct -30Oct
  6. Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Double Bay

    The internationally renowned Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize returns for 2016 with awards, a public exhibition and free artist talks.Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize attracts a large...

    22 Oct -30Oct
  7. The Turquoise Elephant

    Saturday 22 October to Saturday 26 November 2016, Kings Cross

    Inside her triple-glazed compound, Augusta shields herself from the catastrophic elements, bathing in the classics and campaigning for the reinstatement of global reliance on fossil fuels. Outside, the world lurches...

    22 Oct -26Nov
  8. Sweet Addiction

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 April 2017, City Centre

    Sweet Addiction is the first exhibition to open in The Calyx, a new world-class horticultural attraction within the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.Sweet Addiction explores the botanic story of chocolate, and is...

    22 Oct -30Apr
  9. Disney's Aladdin - The Hit Broadway Musical

    Saturday 22 October to Wednesday 21 December 2016, Chinatown And Haymarket

    From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy. The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and “Extravagant!” and USA...

    22 Oct -21Dec
  10. Night Noodle Markets

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, City Centre

    If it's Good Food Month, it must be time for the Night Noodle Markets. With all the colour, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival.The Night...

    22 Oct -23Oct
  11. Walktober in Sydney

    Saturday 22 October to Monday 31 October 2016, City Centre

    October's warm spring days are perfect for enjoying Sydney on foot. Enjoy the dozens of accessible city trails, stunning coastal walks and beautiful parks, gardens and squares nearby.For more...

    22 Oct -31Oct
  12. Glenalvon House Open Days

    Saturday 22 October to Saturday 26 November 2016, Campbelltown

    History lovers will be able to catch a glimpse of everyday life in a bygone era when the beautiful Glenalvon House in the historic Macarthur region opens its doors to the public for free entry on the first and third...

    22 Oct -26Nov
  13. Sydney Spring Carnival

    Saturday 22 October to Tuesday 1 November 2016, Randwick

    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...

    22 Oct -01Nov
  14. Glebe Markets

    Saturday 22 October to Saturday 17 December 2016, Glebe

    Everything from original design clothing, per-loved attire, biec-a-brac, books and arts and crafts, jewellery and hats.There are food stalls and some outdoor entertainment including bands, jugglers and...

    22 Oct -17Dec
  15. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Saturday 22 October 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...

    22 Oct -05Feb
  16. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Saturday 22 October 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...

    22 Oct -06Nov
  17. Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

    Saturday 22 October 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...

    22 Oct -27Nov
  18. October is Golf Month

    Saturday 22 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Sydney South

    Golf lovers – and those just curious – are invited to join Golf Month around Australia this October. Whether you’ve never had a swing, would like to get more involved or simply want to share the game with your mates...

    22 Oct -31Oct
  19. Good Food Month

    Saturday 22 October to Monday 31 October 2016, City Centre

    Australia's largest food festival, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month presented by Citi invites food lovers in Sydney and regional New South Wales to celebrate Australia's extraordinary culinary scene...

    22 Oct -31Oct
  20. Hidden - A Rookwood Sculpture Walk

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Sydney West

    The annual Hidden Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk was developed to demonstrate to the community that there is more to Rookwood than just funerals and memorials. Stepping outside conventional exhibition contexts,...

    22 Oct -23Oct
  21. My Fair Lady

    Saturday 22 October to Saturday 5 November 2016, City Centre

    Ground-breaking, glorious and grand... Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady is now playing at the Sydney Opera House, under the direction of Dame Julie Andrews.In the...

    22 Oct -05Nov
  22. Australian Dressage Championships

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Sydney West

    The Australian National Dressage Championships is among the most significant Dressage event on the Australian National Sporting Calendar. For spectators who love the grace, power and skill of national and...

    22 Oct -23Oct
  23. Culinary Carnivale

    Saturday 22 October 2016, Sydney West

    Now in its sixth year, Culinary Carnivale will again offer a mouth-watering menu showcasing cuisines from Spain and Latin America, accompanied by Brazilian dancers, drummers, Mexican singers, football stars and a...

    22 Oct
  24. Crystal Boudoir Cabaret and Burlesque Show

    Saturday 22 October to Saturday 7 October 2017, City Centre

    With its Parisian club feel, Crystal Bar provides the perfect setting for Sydney’s longest running cabaret show, Crystal Boudoir - blink and you'll think you are in 1920s Paris. Venture into the glamorous...

    22 Oct -07Oct
  25. Pimp ‘Male-esque’ Cabaret Show

    Saturday 22 October to Saturday 7 October 2017, City Centre

    Pimp is an all-male cabaret extravaganza celebrating masculine talent and personality in a classy and sophisticated style, perfect for your next Hen’s night or girl’s night out.The Coach Bar doors open at...

    22 Oct -07Oct
  26. Pregnancy and Newborn Special Edition Expo

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    The Pregnancy Babies and Children's Expo is back with this special edition event, focussing on pregancy and newborns.The Special Edition Pregnancy and Newborn Expo focuses on the start of the pregnancy...

    22 Oct -23Oct

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