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. 2016 Rio Olympics Menu

    Friday 5 August to Monday 22 August 2016, The Rocks

    Embrace your Olympic spirit and fever! Shangri-La Hotel Sydney's chefs have created a sporting menu celebrating international flavours from three competing nations, including Europe, Asia and...

    05 Aug -22Aug
  2. 2016 Telstra Premiership Grand Final

    Sunday 2 October 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    Be in Sydney to witness Australia's biggest and most entertaining sporting spectacle, the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final.
    This year is shaping up to be bigger and better than...

    02 Oct
  3. 2017 Australian Badminton Open

    Tuesday 20 June to Sunday 25 June 2017, Sydney Olympic Park

    Get ready for some hot competition and a congregation of the best of the best in badminton at the Australian Badminton Open 2017.
    Top players from around the globe will meet in Sydney to...

    20 Jun -25Jun
  4. 9 to Thrive

    Friday 19 August to Saturday 20 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    Presented by Business Chicks, Australia’s largest and most influential network for women, 9 to Thrive is not your average (yawn-inducing) expo. It’s a fully immersive two-day experience filled with...

    19 Aug -20Aug
  5. A Conversation with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

    Sunday 28 August 2016, City Centre

    The audience will engage with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton in an informal setting as they discuss Julie’s work as one of the world’s most loved performers and their work together as...

    28 Aug
  6. A Flea in her Ear by Georges Feydeau

    Monday 31 October to Saturday 17 December 2016, City Centre

    In the Paris of the early 1900s, playwright Georges Feydeau was a promiscuous, cocaine-snorting figurehead of the hedonistic counterculture. He was also the consummate humorist of the Belle Époque ...

    31 Oct -17Dec
  7. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    Monday 12 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...

    12 Sep -22Oct
  8. A Nest of Skunks by James Balian and Roger Vickery

    Wednesday 3 August to Friday 14 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    Equal Runner Up, Best Script, FAW National Literary awards, 2015.
    Based on an award winning short story.
    Collaborations Theatre Group returns with the premiere of an award winning...

    03 Aug -14Oct
  9. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Saturday 30 July 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,...

    30 Jul -18Jun
  10. ANZAC Day

    Tuesday 25 April 2017, City Centre

    ANZAC Day is a national day of memorial in Australia, commemorating those who lost their lives in the First World War, and there are few better places to remember these brave soldiers than New...

    25 Apr
  11. ANZAC Day March

    Tuesday 25 April 2017, City Centre

    Sydney's ANZAC Day March gives participating veterans and the general public an opportunity to honour those who served in the defence of Australia or its interests, especially remembering those who...

    25 Apr
  12. All Victoria Trams Day and Ballarat Tram 37 Launch

    Sunday 18 September 2016, Sydney South

    After a long restoration journey, Ballarat 37 will be relaunched at the Sydney Tramway Museum. To celebrate this milestone, all of their operating Victoria trams will be running – including Bendigo...

    18 Sep
  13. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Thursday 4 August 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...

    04 Aug -14May
  14. Art and About Sydney

    Saturday 30 July 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...

    30 Jul -11Oct
  15. Bondi Beach Laughter Club

    Saturday 30 July to Saturday 25 March 2017, Bondi

    Come along to Bondi Beach Laughter Club to experience the benefits of laughter for health and happiness, through laughter yoga.
    Laughter yoga is a process that allows you to laugh,...

    30 Jul -25Mar
  16. Blacktown Markets

    Sunday 31 July to Sunday 18 December 2016, Blacktown

    Located in Sydney's last remaining Drive In Theatre, the Skyline Drive In, this bustling market is held every Sunday from 7am till 2pm.

    Complementing the wide variety of...

    31 Jul -18Dec
  17. Bondi Archery

    Sunday 31 July to Sunday 9 July 2017, Bondi

    Come and Try Archery at Bondi. Enjoy the ancient art of archery with beautiful views over Bondi Beach. All equipment and training supplied. No previous experience necessary. Minimum eight years of...

    31 Jul -09Jul
  18. Bondi Winter Magic

    Saturday 30 July to Sunday 31 July 2016, Bondi

    Bondi Winter Magic is sparkling to new depths this year and giving locals and international participants a new “platform” to view the iconic beach and ocean setting with…camel riding. From gliding...

    30 Jul -31Jul
  19. Bundeena Saltwater Market

    Sunday 7 August to Sunday 4 December 2016, Bundeena

    Bundeena Saltwater Market is run on the first Sunday of the month.
    Come down and chill out in the picturesque coastal town of Bundeena. From Cronulla Wharf take a scenic ferry ride across...

    07 Aug -04Dec
  20. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Saturday 30 July 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...

    30 Jul -09Oct
  21. Blazing Baroque

    Wednesday 3 August to Saturday 6 August 2016, City Centre

    Baroque as only the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra can perform.
    Stunning concertos, rare combinations of instruments, powerful masterpieces - this concert has it all and is performed by...

    03 Aug -06Aug
  22. Bankstown Bites Food Festival

    Saturday 30 July 2016, Sydney West

    Living up to its reputation as one of Sydney's best and most loved food festivals, Bankstown Bites attracts over 10,000 people each year.
    Foodies from all over the Sydney metropolitan area...

    30 Jul
  23. BU Day: Beautiful Minds

    Sunday 31 July 2016, City Centre

    BU Day is a one day event for girls aged 11-17 which will inspire, educate and entertain teenage girls on important ‘teen life’ topics, through engaging speakers, workshops, a fashion show and...

    31 Jul
  24. Aladdin - The Musical

    Wednesday 3 August to Sunday 23 October 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 ...

    03 Aug -23Oct
  25. Arab Film Festival

    Saturday 30 July to Friday 12 August 2016, Parramatta

    The Arab Film Festival Australia is back in action, showcasing the best of what's on offer film-wise from a region in constant social and political flux. The Festival launches in Sydney, before...

    30 Jul -12Aug
  26. Bledisloe Cup Festival

    Saturday 6 August to Saturday 20 August 2016, City Centre

    The 2016 Bledisloe Cup Festival offers fans the opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest rivalries in world sport, the Qantas Wallabies versus the New Zealand All Blacks. The festival will...

    06 Aug -20Aug
  27. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

    Monday 15 August 2016, City Centre

    Credited for revolutionising the banjo, together Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are a one-of-a-kind pairing. Combining the virtuosic ingenuity of an instrumentalist who transcends his bluegrass...

    15 Aug
  28. Bledisloe Cup - Qantas Wallabies vs All Blacks

    Saturday 20 August 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    The ultimate trans-Tasman battle culminates on 20 August, when the Qantas Wallabies face off against arch rivals the All Blacks to try to win back the Bledisloe Cup.
    To celebrate the...

    20 Aug
  29. Annual Wedding Expo at Sydney Olympic Park

    Sunday 21 August 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    Sydney Annual Wedding Expo at Sydney Olympic Park features over 180 of Sydney’s most talented and creative wedding professionals. The expo features live entertainment, prizes, free admission. Plus...

    21 Aug
  30. Bundeena Maianbar Art Of Living Festival

    Friday 26 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Bundeena

    Local community festival, used to highlight the local artists, musicians and the stunning area of Sydney in which they live, helping to promote tourism for the villages and surrounding area.

    26 Aug -28Aug
  31. Alliance Française Classic Film Festival - Catherine Deneuve - Une Rétrospective

    Friday 26 August to Sunday 4 September 2016, City Centre

    Alliance Française Classic Film Festival
    Organized by the Alliance Française de Sydney in collaboration with StudioCanal, this exciting new celebration of vintage cinema will annually...

    26 Aug -04Sep
  32. AAADA Sydney Antiques Fair

    Wednesday 7 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Randwick

    Come to the 2016 AAADA Sydney Antiques Fair and be seduced by the variety of art and antiques from Australia's finest antique and art dealers.

    Find that statement piece that will...

    07 Sep -11Sep

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