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. School holidays at the Australian Museum

    Tuesday 17 January to Tuesday 24 January 2017, City Centre

    Meet mini-beasts, bugs and butterflies these school holidays.Kids of all ages can get crafty by building a giant spider’s web, feed butterflies in the magical Butterfly Tent or join the AM Bug Club to...

    17 Jan -24Jan
  2. Canadian Club Racquet Club at Cruise Bar

    Tuesday 17 January to Monday 30 January 2017, The Rocks

    The Canadian Club (CC) Racquet Club is serving its perfect mix of tunes, tennis and refreshments when it pops up at The Bucket List and Cruise Bar for the first time, to help celebrate the summer season, as well as...

    17 Jan -30Jan
  3. Sydney Festival: Ladies in Black

    Tuesday 17 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Pyrmont

    The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a beloved comic novel by Madeleine St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion...

    17 Jan -22Jan
  4. Sydney Festival: House of Mirrors

    Tuesday 17 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    A fascinating labyrinth of endless mirrors, magnified to terrifying dimensions, House of Mirrors recently messed with minds at Dark Mofo. Stumble your way around thousands of disorientating optical illusions and lose...

    17 Jan -29Jan
  5. Sydney Festival: Prize Fighter

    Tuesday 17 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Surry Hills

    Get ringside for a rare theatrical combo: engrossing storytelling paired with the visceral thrill of live boxing.Fleeing the Congo as a child, playwright Future D. Fidel lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for...

    17 Jan -22Jan
  6. La Bohème - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Tuesday 17 January to Friday 24 March 2017, City Centre

    There are wonderful things to do and see in Sydney, but no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to its most famous building. And the best thing to do when you visit the Sydney Opera House is to come inside and...

    17 Jan -24Mar
  7. Canadian Club Racquet Club at The Bucket List

    Tuesday 17 January to Monday 30 January 2017, Bondi

    The Canadian Club (CC) Racquet Club is serving its perfect mix of tunes, tennis and refreshments when it pops up at The Bucket List and Cruise Bar for the first time, to help celebrate the summer season, as well as...

    17 Jan -30Jan
  8. Lil Miss Collins

    Tuesday 17 January 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...

    17 Jan -28Feb
  9. Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything

    Tuesday 17 January 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...

    17 Jan -05Mar
  10. Nude: art from the Tate collection

    Tuesday 17 January 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,...

    17 Jan -05Feb
  11. Coding and Maker Space Workshop

    Tuesday 17 January 2017, Pyrmont

    This two day course provides students with a fun, creative, and engaging introduction to computational thinking, 3D printing, electronics, robotics, and coding. Students will take part in hands-on interaction with a...

    17 Jan
  12. Sydney Festival - Briefs: The Second Coming

    Tuesday 17 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, City Centre

    Described as the love child of RuPaul’s Drag Race and an Aussie version of Cirque du Soleil, Briefs: The Second Coming, is a sharp-shooting cabaret of burlesque.Meet the beautiful and bearded ringmistress,...

    17 Jan -22Jan
  13. Vernon Ah Kee: not an animal or a plant

    Tuesday 17 January to Saturday 11 March 2017, Darlinghurst

    Presented in association with Sydney Festival, this solo exhibition by internationally renowned Australian artist Vernon Ah Kee is a thought-provoking portrait of black and white political issues, attitudes and...

    17 Jan -11Mar
  14. Tennis Festival Sydney

    Tuesday 17 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Moore Park

    The Tennis Festival Sydney is a free family friendly event focused on engaging fans, communities, clubs and newcomers alike! Come to the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park January 16 to 29 to enjoy all things tennis!...

    17 Jan -29Jan
  15. Drama Holiday Workshops

    Tuesday 17 January to Friday 29 September 2017, Sydney North

    Drama develops confident, creative, resilient young people. These workshops are a great introduction to drama for the longer term or just creative inspiration over the holidays! Workshops include voice and movement...

    17 Jan -29Sep
  16. Kids Creative Workshops with Artist Melissa Carey

    Tuesday 17 January to Friday 20 January 2017, Bondi

    Melissa will be teaching modern craft workshops for kids between seven and 12 years. There are three hour or full-day sessions available in Bondi, Sydney from 9am to 3.30pm (see the timetable for times and details of...

    17 Jan -20Jan
  17. Tipping Point

    Tuesday 17 January to Saturday 21 January 2017, Parramatta

    London-based Ockham’s Razor push themselves to the limit on five metre metal poles that transform into a myriad of walkways, pillars and pendulums in a blend of circus, acrobatics, playground games and trust exercises...

    17 Jan -21Jan
  18. Sydney Festival: Champions

    Tuesday 17 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Redfern And Waterloo

    Director: Martin Del AmoAssociate Artist: Miranda WheenIn an epic, adrenaline-fuelled choreographic match, a dream team of 11 female dancers make the moves of the football field their own. From the...

    17 Jan -22Jan
  19. Disney's Aladdin - The Hit Broadway Musical

    Tuesday 17 January 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...

    17 Jan -26Mar
  20. Movies by the Boulevard

    Event dates to be confirmed: January 2017, Sydney Olympic Park

    Sydney Olympic Park's popular Movies by the Boulevard series will return for its fifteenth year of free cinema under the stars in January 2016...

    Jan 2017
  21. SIRO-A

    Tuesday 17 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Sydney North

    A groundbreaking visual spectacular for all ages.SIRO-A is a high energy dance, techno and visual spectacular direct from Japan.The award-winning dance troupe have taken the world by storm,...

    17 Jan -22Jan
  22. Sydney Festival

    Tuesday 17 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    Exuberant, exciting and forever effervescent - the best time to experience Sydney is in January, when the city is in full celebratory mode. Sydney Festival presents the biggest and best of the world's performing and...

    17 Jan -29Jan
  23. Which Way Home

    Tuesday 17 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Surry Hills

    From writer-performer Katie Beckett, and Australia’s longest running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company, comes the story of a father and a daughter reconnecting with each other and their shared past...

    17 Jan -29Jan
  24. iD

    Tuesday 17 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Parramatta

    An international sensation since 2009, iD is a high-energy blend of circus arts and urban dance - a production for the young at heart featuring an inspiring soundtrack and innovative video projections. 15 acrobats,...

    17 Jan -22Jan
  25. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

    Tuesday 17 January to Saturday 25 February 2017, Walsh Bay

    For two thousand years Mary has been silent. A woman seen but not heard. Until now.This Mary is no saint, not meek, nor obedient. In a voice that is both tender and furious, she speaks a defiant truth...

    17 Jan -25Feb
  26. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Tuesday 17 January 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...

    17 Jan -17Jul
  27. Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures

    Tuesday 17 January to Sunday 19 February 2017, City Centre

    The popular interactive exhibition, Voyage to the Deep, returns to the maritime museum this summer as part of an adventurous, fun-packed school holiday program.The exhibition brings to life the deep-sea...

    17 Jan -19Feb
  28. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Tuesday 17 January 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...

    17 Jan -05Feb

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