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. Sydney Spring Carnival

    Thursday 29 September 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...

    29 Sep -01Nov
  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    Thursday 29 September 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,...

    29 Sep -22Oct
  3. CASS Art Direct - Studio 109 - St George Art Society

    Thursday 29 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Sydney South

    CASS Art Direct brings you an exhibition of St George Art Society Artists: Jean Harrow, Nauha Dabboussy, Don Kibble, Helen Dubrovich, Angela Iliadis, Josephine Butler, Beverley Saul, Jan Schuster-Callus, Kathy Curtiss...

    29 Sep -30Sep
  4. CASS Art Direct - Studio 107 - Randwick Art Society

    Thursday 29 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Bondi

    CASS Art Direct brings you a unique opportunity to visit the art studios of Artists from the Randwick Art Society.Studio 107 - Randwick Art Society, is part of the CASS Art Direct Open Studio art trail and...

    29 Sep -30Sep
  5. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -14May
  6. Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz

    Thursday 29 September to Saturday 8 October 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Outhouse Theatre Company, in association with Red Line Productions, returns to the Old Fitz Theatre to present the Australian Premiere of the Olivier Award nominated play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz....

    29 Sep -08Oct
  7. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -30Oct
  8. Aladdin - The Musical

    Thursday 29 September to Sunday 18 December 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...

    29 Sep -18Dec
  9. Hornsby Organic Markets

    Thursday 29 September to Thursday 29 December 2016, Hawkesbury

    Situated in Hornsby Mall, this market is on every Thursday. A firm favourite amongst locals it utilises the magnificent fountain as a backdrop.Specialising in certified and conventional fruit and...

    29 Sep -29Dec
  10. Double Bay Organic Markets

    Thursday 29 September to Thursday 29 December 2016, Double Bay

    Double Bay Organic and Food Markets is open every Thursday in the beautiful surrounds of Guilfoyle Park.Pick up your weekly supplies, a yummy treat for dinner, or simply a lovely lunch in the park...

    29 Sep -29Dec
  11. Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

    Thursday 29 September 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 Sep -27Nov
  12. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Thursday 29 September 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 Sep -05Feb
  13. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -16Oct
  14. Francesco Clemente: Encampment

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -09Oct
  15. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Thursday 29 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,...

    29 Sep -29Jan
  16. Gloria

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -08Oct
  17. Sixth Sense

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -15Oct
  18. Confluence Festival of India

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -30Oct
  19. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -06Nov
  20. Sydney Fringe Festival

    Thursday 29 September to Friday 30 September 2016, City Centre

    The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW. Spread across five cultural villages, the Sydney Fringe presents over 300 productions in over 50 venues every September, celebrating local...

    29 Sep -30Sep
  21. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -26Feb
  22. Sounds of September

    Thursday 29 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Sydney North

    They’re celebrating Spring with Sounds of September - a month-long program of free and ticketed music events held in schools, parks, bars, theatres, cafes, restaurants and clubs. There’s music for all ages...

    29 Sep -30Sep
  23. Willoughby Spring Festival

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -30Sep
  24. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -09Oct
  25. My Fair Lady

    Thursday 29 September 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 Sep -05Nov
  26. Talk and Tease - Stand-up Comedy Meets Burlesque

    Thursday 29 September to Thursday 14 September 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Talk and Tease is a cheeky, new cabaret that features a mixture of stand up comedy and burlesque dance. It brings together some of Sydney's funniest comedians with Sydney's most coveted burlesque performers for a...

    29 Sep -14Sep
  27. Australian World Orchestra

    Thursday 29 September 2016, City Centre

    In 2016 the Australian World Orchestra will celebrate their five year anniversary with two electrifying concerts conducted by internationally acclaimed Australian conductors Alexander Briger AO and Stanley Dodds. The...

    29 Sep
  28. Hidden - A Rookwood Sculpture Walk

    Thursday 29 September 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,...

    29 Sep -23Oct
  29. NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Week

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -02Oct
  30. Return to the Village

    Thursday 29 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Inner Sydney

    Where are we going? Where have we been? The eternal existential questions are limitless. Comic sit-down storyteller, Anna Cominos tackles these eternal questions and more in her new one-woman show Return to the...

    29 Sep -30Sep
  31. ATYP Spring Workshops

    Thursday 29 September 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...

    29 Sep -07Oct
  32. Art and About Sydney

    Thursday 29 September 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...

    29 Sep -11Oct

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