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. Playgroup: Fathers Day Craft

    Monday 29 August to 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...

    29 Aug -01Sep
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. The Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam in his century

    Friday 2 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....

    02 Sep -23Sep
  5. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -14May
  6. NUTS Presents: A Little Night Music

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -03Sep
  7. Tying the Knot: Wedding Stories and Beyond

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -18Sep
  8. El' Circo

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -26May
  9. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -30Oct
  10. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -28Apr
  11. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -06Nov
  12. My Fair Lady

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -23Oct
  13. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -16Oct
  14. My Fair Lady

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -05Nov
  15. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Friday 2 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,...

    02 Sep -18Jun
  16. Sixth Sense

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -15Oct
  17. U.S.Oh! Show - A Night of Americana

    Friday 2 September to Friday 11 August 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    The U.S.Oh! is the funnest new burlesque show in Sydney. It's a tongue in montage of Americana and is a sexy modern recreation of the old U.S.O. Shows which would entertain U.S. troops stationed over seas in wartimes....

    02 Sep -11Aug
  18. Look Back in Anger by John Osborne

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -10Sep
  19. Confluence Festival of India

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -30Oct
  20. Francesco Clemente: Encampment

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -09Oct
  21. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Friday 2 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,...

    02 Sep -29Jan
  22. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -09Oct
  23. Mosman Art Prize

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -25Sep
  24. Korean Calligraphy Class

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -28Apr
  25. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -26Feb
  26. Singin' in the Rain

    Friday 2 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,...

    02 Sep -04Sep
  27. Gloria

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -08Oct
  28. Aladdin - The Musical

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -20Nov
  29. Backstreet Block Party

    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...

    02 Sep
  30. Willoughby Spring Festival

    Friday 2 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Sydney North

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

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

    02 Sep -30Sep
  31. First Planted Auction

    Friday 2 September 2016, Moore Park

    Claiming back the wine roots of Australia, the NSW Wine Industry Association and Langton's have joined forces to hold the inaugural First Planted Auction in September at the Sydney Cricket Ground, showcasing the...

    02 Sep

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