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. Sound Concern Album Launch Party Gig

    Friday 28 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    Sound Concern is an originals band from Sydney. Their sound is bluesy and cruisy rock. They have been working on their debut album for two years and it is ready to launch! Entry is free and everyone is...

    28 Oct
  2. Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

    Saturday 29 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Double Bay

    The internationally renowned Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize returns for 2016 with awards, a public exhibition and free artist talks.Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize attracts a large...

    29 Oct -30Oct
  3. The Turquoise Elephant

    Saturday 29 October to Saturday 26 November 2016, Kings Cross

    Inside her triple-glazed compound, Augusta shields herself from the catastrophic elements, bathing in the classics and campaigning for the reinstatement of global reliance on fossil fuels. Outside, the world lurches...

    29 Oct -26Nov
  4. Sydney Italian Festival

    Saturday 29 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    The spirit of la dolce vita takes over venues across Sydney in the annual celebration of Italian culture, products and lifestyle.Sydney Italian Festival is an annual event organised by the Italian Trade...

    29 Oct -30Oct
  5. The Days Are as Grass by Carol Hall

    Saturday 29 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    Jane Edwina Seymour, who has been enjoying a successful career in LA for the last few years, will return to Sydney to direct an incredible, home-grown cast in Carol Hall’s astounding eight piece play, Days Are as...

    29 Oct
  6. Sweet Addiction

    Saturday 29 October 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...

    29 Oct -30Apr
  7. Ross Manning: Melody Lines World Premiere

    Saturday 29 October to Sunday 6 November 2016, Inner Sydney

    A major commission by Performance Space and Carriageworks, Melody Lines is a mesmerising kinetic installation by leading Brisbane-based artist Ross Manning. Utilising an intricate overhead conveyor system,...

    29 Oct -06Nov
  8. Carriageworks Farmers Market

    Saturday 29 October to Saturday 29 December 2018, Inner Sydney

    Carriageworks Farmers Market, previously known as Eveleigh Farmers Market, is an award-winning authentic Farmers' Market held every Saturday in the heart of Sydney City.Every Saturday, over 70 NSW...

    29 Oct -29Dec
  9. Crystal Boudoir Cabaret and Burlesque Show

    Saturday 29 October to Saturday 7 October 2017, City Centre

    With its Parisian club feel, Crystal Bar provides the perfect setting for Sydney’s longest running cabaret show, Crystal Boudoir - blink and you'll think you are in 1920s Paris. Venture into the glamorous...

    29 Oct -07Oct
  10. Pimp ‘Male-esque’ Cabaret Show

    Saturday 29 October to Saturday 7 October 2017, City Centre

    Pimp is an all-male cabaret extravaganza celebrating masculine talent and personality in a classy and sophisticated style, perfect for your next Hen’s night or girl’s night out.The Coach Bar doors open at...

    29 Oct -07Oct
  11. Sydney Craft Beer Week

    Saturday 29 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Redfern And Waterloo

    This October, the streets of Sydney will be flowing with Craft Beer as Sydney Craft Beer Week (SCBW) returns bigger, better, and tastier. Over 60 of Sydney's leading venues will host the city's largest and most...

    29 Oct -30Oct
  12. Hunter by the Harbour

    Saturday 29 October to Tuesday 8 November 2016, Darling Harbour

    Discover the very best of wine and food from the Hunter Valley at Cockle Bay Wharf.Cockle Bay Wharf restaurants and bars are partnering with some of the most skilled winemakers, providores and...

    29 Oct -08Nov
  13. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    Saturday 29 October to Saturday 12 November 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    MopHead Productions, in association with Red Line Productions, is pleased to present The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by Rainer Werner Fassbinder at the Old Fitz Theatre. Perhaps more well known as a daring German...

    29 Oct -12Nov
  14. Glebe Markets

    Saturday 29 October to Saturday 17 December 2016, Glebe

    Everything from original design clothing, per-loved attire, biec-a-brac, books and arts and crafts, jewellery and hats.There are food stalls and some outdoor entertainment including bands, jugglers and...

    29 Oct -17Dec
  15. Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

    Saturday 29 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...

    29 Oct -27Nov
  16. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Saturday 29 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...

    29 Oct -05Feb
  17. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Saturday 29 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...

    29 Oct -06Nov
  18. Palette Knife Painting Workshop

    Saturday 29 October to Saturday 26 November 2016, City Centre

    Take the plunge and try something new!This palette knife painting workshop is suitable for all skill levels, you can be an absolute beginner wanting to plunge into the art world and try out a painting class...

    29 Oct -26Nov
  19. My Fair Lady

    Saturday 29 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...

    29 Oct -05Nov
  20. Good Food Month

    Saturday 29 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...

    29 Oct -31Oct
  21. Explorers Playgroup

    Saturday 29 October 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...

    29 Oct -15Dec
  22. Walktober in Sydney

    Saturday 29 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...

    29 Oct -31Oct
  23. October is Golf Month

    Saturday 29 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Sydney South

    Golf lovers – and those just curious – are invited to join Golf Month around Australia this October. Whether you’ve never had a swing, would like to get more involved or simply want to share the game with your mates...

    29 Oct -31Oct
  24. Sydney Spring Carnival

    Saturday 29 October to Tuesday 1 November 2016, Randwick

    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...

    29 Oct -01Nov
  25. Sculpture By The Sea Bondi

    Saturday 29 October to Sunday 6 November 2016, Bondi

    Celebrating 20 years!The world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, is back and celebrating 20 years!! One of Sydney's most loved events, the outdoor...

    29 Oct -06Nov
  26. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Saturday 29 October 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...

    29 Oct -17Jul
  27. A Day at the Dairy

    Saturday 29 October 2016, Parramatta

    The Day at the Dairy pays tribute to the history of one of Australia's very oldest buildings with a range of artisan dairy-themed food and drink stalls, including craft beer, butter from Pepe Saya, ice-cream from...

    29 Oct
  28. SCG Kids and Family Halloween Event

    Saturday 29 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Moore Park

    Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Kids and Family Halloween Event is fun and fantastic for kids and families. Perfect for kids aged five to 12, and the whole family young and old. Your friendly tour...

    29 Oct -31Oct
  29. SCG Halloween Adults Tour Event

    Saturday 29 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Moore Park

    Calling all zombies, ghosts and witches too, they've got a spooky Halloween tour for you.Come the the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Halloween eve, for a haunted stadium that you won't believe!The...

    29 Oct -31Oct
  30. Lakemba Mosque Open Day

    Saturday 29 October 2016, Sydney West

    Lakemba Mosque Open Day is Australia's largest and most famous mosque open day. Occurring annually, the event is the focal point of the Australia-wide National Mosque Open Day. The day has a festive atmosphere and is...

    29 Oct
  31. Heartfulness Meditation Festival

    Saturday 29 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    Welcome to your trans-formative moment.Join them to discover the magnificent inner universe together, through relaxation and meditation with Yogic Transmission. There will be four practical sessions over the...

    29 Oct -30Oct

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