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. F1 Style Formula Ford Drive Day

    Friday 22 April to Monday 12 December 2016, Blacktown

    Anglo Australian Motor Sport is the only Formula Ford Drive Day provider in Australia that offers you the chance to safely use the full power of a real F1-Style Formula Ford Race Car. Your Driver Instruction comes...

    22 Apr -12Dec
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  2. National Art School Graduate Exhibition

    Thursday 1 December to Monday 12 December 2016, Darlinghurst

    Discover the very best emerging talent from students completing the Bachelor of Fine Art. The exhibition showcases cutting edge contemporary artworks from students working across ceramics, drawing, painting,...

    01 Dec -12Dec
  3. Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

    Tuesday 13 December to Sunday 30 April 2017, Pyrmont

    Think you know mummies? Think again.Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives uses the latest CT scanning technology to take you beyond the wrappings and coffins to discover what lies beneath.Six...

    13 Dec -30Apr
  4. Sydney Santa Spectacular

    Tuesday 13 December to Tuesday 27 December 2016, Parramatta

    Together with Santa and his working elves, they bring you a huge announcement!Through December a large area of Rosehill Gardens is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides,...

    13 Dec -27Dec
  5. Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything

    Tuesday 13 December to Sunday 5 March 2017, The Rocks

    Tatsuo Miyajima is one of Japan’s leading contemporary artists, known for his immersive and technologically-driven sculptures and installations. This Sydney-exclusive exhibition will be his first major survey...

    13 Dec -05Mar
  6. Explorers Playgroup Christmas Craft Week

    Tuesday 13 December to Thursday 15 December 2016, Sydney North

    No bookings necessary – just come along and enjoy the fun!With Christmas just around the corner come and join the craft making fun at the Explorers Playgroup in the lead up to the festive season. Enjoy...

    13 Dec -15Dec
  7. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Tuesday 13 December 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,...

    13 Dec -29Jan
  8. Christmas Sky Show

    Tuesday 13 December to Monday 26 December 2016, Hawkesbury

    The Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show returns to The Hills this summer, with more lights, more snow and a more dazzling display than ever before. Back by popular demand the Christmas Sky Show will include two...

    13 Dec -26Dec
  9. Photography Exhibition: Group Show

    Tuesday 13 December to Saturday 17 December 2016, City Centre

    Come along to the gallery for the last show of the year - Photography Group Show with Jennifer Chua, Shannon Cotterill, Paul Foley, and Angela Robertson-Buchanan. Come for drinks and meet the photographers...

    13 Dec -17Dec
  10. A Flea in her Ear by Georges Feydeau

    Tuesday 13 December 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 – A Flea in Her Ear,...

    13 Dec -17Dec
  11. Disney's Aladdin - The Hit Broadway Musical

    Tuesday 13 December to Sunday 26 March 2017, 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...

    13 Dec -26Mar
  12. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Tuesday 13 December to Monday 17 July 2017, City Centre

    Spiders are the most successful animals on the planet – they can spin webs, climb, swim, dance, parachute and they can even drop a limb when threatened and grow it back.Overcome your fears and get closer to...

    13 Dec -17Jul
  13. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Tuesday 13 December 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...

    13 Dec -05Feb
  14. Lil Miss Collins

    Tuesday 13 December to Tuesday 28 February 2017, Hawkesbury

    The hugely successful Lil Miss Collins café will be ‘popping-up’ in Bella Vista Farm for the summer, serving delicious food and coffee amidst the stunning grounds of the historic farm.Operating from November...

    13 Dec -28Feb
  15. Nielsen Park bush regeneration group

    Tuesday 13 December to Tuesday 21 February 2017, Manly

    If you’re interested in volunteer work involving bush regeneration in Sydney Harbour National Park, then the Nielsen Park bush regeneration group might be for you. This volunteer group meets in the picturesque Nielsen...

    13 Dec -21Feb
  16. Mack and Mabel

    Tuesday 13 December to Sunday 18 December 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mabel will play a strictly limited season at Hayes Theatre Co. A dazzling musical comedy that is both a poignant love story and a joyous celebration of Hollywood’s golden age, Mack...

    13 Dec -18Dec
  17. Sweet Addiction

    Tuesday 13 December 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...

    13 Dec -30Apr
  18. Ben and Jerrys Openair Cinema Inner West Sydney

    Tuesday 13 December to Thursday 22 December 2016, Inner Sydney

    Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema is a quintessential outdoor event, with music by day and movies by night coming to Sydney's Inner West for the first time ever, where the big screen will be set up at Sydney University's...

    13 Dec -22Dec
  19. Christmas on George Street

    Tuesday 13 December to Wednesday 28 December 2016, City Centre

    This year there’s more reason than ever to come shop and celebrate in the city this festive season with extra events and activities planned for George Street in the city centre.George Street shopping...

    13 Dec -28Dec
  20. Explorers Playgroup

    Tuesday 13 December 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...

    13 Dec -15Dec
  21. Carols in the City

    Tuesday 13 December to Saturday 24 December 2016, City Centre

    Enjoy Christmas cheer in the heart of Sydney. Street choirs singing carols will perform every night leading up to Christmas. Look for the choirs under the branches of the interactive Martin Place Christmas...

    13 Dec -24Dec
  22. GPO Dessert Bar

    Tuesday 13 December to Friday 30 December 2016, City Centre

    For the third year running, GPO Dessert Bar will open next to the Christmas tree on Martin Place to complement Sydney’s colourful festivities and evening Christmas choir.Visit the dessert bar for a range of...

    13 Dec -30Dec
  23. St George Art Awards: Finalist Show

    Tuesday 13 December to Thursday 15 December 2016, Sydney South

    Come and visit the St George Art Awards Finalist Show featuring 2D and 3D works responding to this years theme Reflection as well as the St George Local Youth Prize finalists.The St George Art Awards, first...

    13 Dec -15Dec
  24. Sydney Christmas

    Tuesday 13 December to Sunday 25 December 2016, City Centre

    Sydney Christmas kicks off a month long celebration on Saturday November 26 with concerts in Martin Place and Christmas on the Green, Hyde Park. Santa will arrive in a cycle driven sleigh and light Sydney’s majestic...

    13 Dec -25Dec
  25. Lighten Up

    Tuesday 13 December to Saturday 17 December 2016, Darlinghurst

    In Australia, they like ‘em blonde and bronzed. In India, it’s ‘fair and lovely’. What happens if you’re stuck in between?John Green is an Anglo-Indian Australian actor who dreams of being cast in his...

    13 Dec -17Dec
  26. Nude: art from the Tate collection

    Tuesday 13 December to Sunday 5 February 2017, City Centre

    The nude is one of art’s oldest subjects – presenting a rich history of beauty and desire, eroticism and tenderness, secrets and scandal. In a partnership between Tate, London and the Art Gallery of New South Wales,...

    13 Dec -05Feb
  27. EQ Village Markets

    Wednesday 14 December to Saturday 29 December 2018, Moore Park

    EQ Village Markets is Sydney's finest producers market. It offers a wide range of top quality produce at a great price in one very convenient location, just 10 minutes from the Sydney Central Business District!...

    14 Dec -29Dec
  28. Moran Art Prizes Exhibition

    Wednesday 14 December to Sunday 5 February 2017, Paddington

    The Moran Prizes Exhibition comprises the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and School Student Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes. This annual exhibition brings together the...

    14 Dec -05Feb
  29. Carols by the Sea

    Wednesday 14 December 2016, Bondi

    This lovely annual event brings the community together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. The night will kick off with fantastic entertainment from young, local musicians followed by a night of Christmas favourites...

    14 Dec
  30. Christmas in The Hills

    Wednesday 14 December 2016, Hawkesbury

    Christmas in the Hills returns for its fifth year with live entertainment, carols, delicious food stalls, rides, a spectacular fireworks display and more.​Come and enjoy a Christmas celebration that honours...

    14 Dec

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