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. Clipper Race Crew Recruitment Presentation

    Wednesday 31 August 2016, Double Bay

    The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race are looking for adventurous sailors for the 2017-18 edition of the race, yet no previous sailing experience is required. Have you got what it takes? This event is for...

    31 Aug
  2. Meat Masterclass

    Wednesday 31 August 2016, Mosman

    The Oaks is hosting a Meat Master class. Gain an insight into the world of meat at this not to be missed event by Haverick Meats. Indulge in Danny Russo’s four course menu paired with Oatley Fine Wines....

    31 Aug
  3. Tying the Knot: Wedding Stories and Beyond

    Thursday 1 September to Sunday 18 September 2016, Sydney South

    Explore personal wedding stories and discover a range of wedding facts. Find out about family traditions, war time weddings, same sex marriage, and much more. Delicate textiles and intricate wedding cakes, together...

    01 Sep -18Sep
  4. The Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam in his century

    Thursday 1 September to Friday 23 September 2016, Sydney West

    Gough Whitlam shaped the Australian nation, but before that, the Australian nation shaped him.The first five decades of the 20th century were a time of extraordinary social and political change in Australia....

    01 Sep -23Sep
  5. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -14May
  6. My Fair Lady

    Thursday 1 September to Sunday 23 October 2016, City Centre

    Ground-breaking, glorious and grand... Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady comes to the Sydney Opera House in August 2016, under the direction of Dame Julie Andrews.In...

    01 Sep -23Oct
  7. My Fair Lady

    Thursday 1 September to Saturday 5 November 2016, City Centre

    Ground-breaking, glorious and grand... Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady comes to the Sydney Opera House in August 2016, under the direction of Dame Julie Andrews...

    01 Sep -05Nov
  8. Talk and Tease - Stand Up Comedy Meets Burlesque

    Thursday 1 September to Thursday 10 August 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Talk and Tease is a sexy and hilarious night of entertainment featuring both stand up comedians and burlesque dancers. Audiences are also kept entertained by the very talented MC. Now showing in the...

    01 Sep -10Aug
  9. Clipper Race Crew Recruitment Presentation

    Thursday 1 September 2016, City Centre

    The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race are looking for adventurous sailors for the 2017-18 edition of the race, yet no previous sailing experience is required. Have you got what it takes? This event is for...

    01 Sep
  10. Sydney Fringe Festival

    Thursday 1 September to 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...

    01 Sep -30Sep
  11. Backstreet Block Party

    Thursday 1 September to Friday 2 September 2016, Sydney North

    Backstreet Block Party is a free event, bringing you music, lights, food trucks, live art, a silent disco, games and a garden bar. They’re throwing a street party in the heart of North Sydney on Thursday and...

    01 Sep -02Sep
  12. Sounds of September

    Thursday 1 September to 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...

    01 Sep -30Sep
  13. Charles Melton Wine Tasting

    Thursday 1 September 2016, Sydney North

    Charlie Melton, one of the Barossa Valley's great characters, makes some of the most eagerly sought a la mode wines in Australia so they are extremely privileged to have him conduct a tasting, and a very interesting...

    01 Sep
  14. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -06Nov
  15. NUTS Presents: A Little Night Music

    Thursday 1 September to Saturday 3 September 2016, Randwick

    When ex-lovers Fredrik Egerman and Desiree Armfeldt have a chance meeting, Fredrik and his wife are invited to Desiree's ex-courtesan mother's country house where Desiree intends to win him back. When children, lovers...

    01 Sep -03Sep
  16. Sixth Sense

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -15Oct
  17. Mosman Art Prize

    Thursday 1 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Mosman

    The Mosman Art Prize is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council. Established in 1947, the Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious, local government art awards in...

    01 Sep -25Sep
  18. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Thursday 1 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,...

    01 Sep -29Jan
  19. Francesco Clemente: Encampment

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -09Oct
  20. Confluence Festival of India

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -30Oct
  21. Look Back in Anger by John Osborne

    Thursday 1 September to Saturday 10 September 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Look Back in Anger tells the story of a love triangle involving an intelligent and educated but disaffected young man of working-class origin (Jimmy Porter), his upper-middle-class, impassive wife (Alison), and her...

    01 Sep -10Sep
  22. Aladdin - The Musical

    Thursday 1 September to Sunday 20 November 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...

    01 Sep -20Nov
  23. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -09Oct
  24. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -26Feb
  25. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -16Oct
  26. Singin' in the Rain

    Thursday 1 September to Sunday 4 September 2016, City Centre

    Making a splash from the moment it premiered, this production of Singin' in the Rain is set to delight Sydney audiences from July 2016.This spectacular show is packed full of the charm, romance,...

    01 Sep -04Sep
  27. Playgroup: Fathers Day Craft

    Thursday 1 September 2016, Sydney North

    No bookings necessary – just come along and enjoy the fun!Come along, get messy and crafty for Father’s Day! The Explorers Playgroup will be bringing out the paint, glue, scissors, colour paper and sparkly...

    01 Sep
  28. Gloria

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -08Oct
  29. Double Bay Organic Markets

    Thursday 1 September to Thursday 29 December 2016, Double Bay

    Double Bay Organic and Food Markets is open every Thursday in the beautiful surrounds of Guilfoyle Park.Pick up your weekly supplies, a yummy treat for dinner, or simply a lovely lunch in the park...

    01 Sep -29Dec
  30. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -30Oct
  31. Hornsby Organic Markets

    Thursday 1 September to Thursday 29 December 2016, Hawkesbury

    Situated in Hornsby Mall, this market is on every Thursday. A firm favourite amongst locals it utilises the magnificent fountain as a backdrop.Specialising in certified and conventional fruit and...

    01 Sep -29Dec
  32. Art and About Sydney

    Thursday 1 September to Tuesday 11 October 2016, City Centre

    This city shines in every season, and now Art and About Sydney allows you to celebrate each one with an ongoing program.After 13 years of a festival-style program that jam-packed one month with...

    01 Sep -11Oct

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