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. NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Week

    Monday 26 September to 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 ever. Please visit the...

    26 Sep -02Oct
  2. EB Games Expo

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    EB Expo is back in 2016 for its fifth year! With an incredible show floor boasting over 15,000 square metres of gaming action, it is a chance for every gamer Australia wide to get together celebrate video games and...

    30 Sep -02Oct
  3. 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 ever. Visit the NRL...

    02 Oct
  4. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Monday 3 October 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...

    03 Oct -16Oct
  5. September School Holiday Fun

    Monday 3 October to Friday 7 October 2016, Campbelltown

    Treat the kids these school holidays with The Wizard of Oz Funland's awesome themed days like Frozen, Crazy Hair, Minion, and Superhero Fun! Not to mention unlimited play, Putt Putt Golf, Playmaze, toddler's play,...

    03 Oct -07Oct
  6. Sydney Model Railway Exhibition EXPRESS

    Monday 3 October 2016, City Centre

    On the Queen's Birthday long weekend the Transport Heritage NSW brings Sydney's transport history to life, with the excitement of steam train rides through the suburbs and return of vintage double decker buses to the...

    03 Oct
  7. Yoga: Science of Infinite Possibilities

    Monday 3 October 2016, Parramatta

    This three-day international conference, Yoga: Science of Infinite Possibilities, is aimed at furthering the understanding of Yoga Therapy as an Integrated Approach in aiding preventative health, pain and disease...

    03 Oct
  8. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Monday 3 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...

    03 Oct -05Feb
  9. Paws in the Outdoors

    Monday 3 October 2016, Hawkesbury

    The Outdoor Adventure Company will host Paws in the Outdoors, a weekend camping adventure for pets and pet owners alike. Located in the beautiful bush land of the Hawkesbury Valley, The Outdoor Adventure Company...

    03 Oct
  10. ATYP Spring Workshops

    Monday 3 October to Friday 7 October 2016, Walsh Bay

    It's Spring already!Things are heating up at ATYP. They are introducing workshops that are the perfect introduction to who they are and what they do. If you know anyone that hasn't been to ATYP before (or...

    03 Oct -07Oct
  11. Walktober in Sydney

    Monday 3 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...

    03 Oct -31Oct
  12. My Fair Lady

    Monday 3 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...

    03 Oct -05Nov
  13. Sydney Spring Carnival

    Monday 3 October 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...

    03 Oct -01Nov
  14. Sixth Sense

    Monday 3 October 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...

    03 Oct -15Oct
  15. Gloria

    Monday 3 October 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...

    03 Oct -08Oct
  16. Glenalvon House Open Days

    Monday 3 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...

    03 Oct -26Nov
  17. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Monday 3 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...

    03 Oct -06Nov
  18. Confluence Festival of India

    Monday 3 October 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...

    03 Oct -30Oct
  19. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    Monday 3 October 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,...

    03 Oct -22Oct
  20. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Monday 3 October 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...

    03 Oct -09Oct
  21. Hidden - A Rookwood Sculpture Walk

    Monday 3 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,...

    03 Oct -23Oct
  22. Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

    Monday 3 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...

    03 Oct -27Nov
  23. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Monday 3 October 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,...

    03 Oct -29Jan
  24. Francesco Clemente: Encampment

    Monday 3 October 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...

    03 Oct -09Oct
  25. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Monday 3 October 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...

    03 Oct -30Oct
  26. Good Food Month

    Monday 3 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...

    03 Oct -31Oct
  27. Manly Jazz

    Monday 3 October 2016, Manly

    Music festivals come and go but Manly Jazz remains as an iconic event for Manly and greater Sydney. Coming up to its 39th year, the festival continues to reinvent and attract tens of thousands of visitors to Manly...

    03 Oct
  28. Labour Day - October Long Weekend

    Monday 3 October 2016, City Centre

    Labour Day in NSW is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in October. In 2016, Labour Day will be celebrated on Monday 3rd October. This annual public holiday celebrates the arrival of the eight-hour...

    03 Oct
  29. Art and About Sydney

    Monday 3 October 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...

    03 Oct -11Oct

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