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 Retirement Village Expo

    Sunday 23 October to Monday 24 October 2016, Sydney North

    The Retirement Expo has been setup for retirees who are considering making the move to a retirement village, or who are interested in gathering information about the many retirement villages, over 55s resorts and aged...

    23 Oct -24Oct
  2. Sweet Addiction

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -30Apr
  3. Sydney Italian Festival

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -30Oct
  4. Hunter by the Harbour

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -08Nov
  5. The Turquoise Elephant

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -26Nov
  6. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -05Feb
  7. Chinese Corners

    Tuesday 25 October to Tuesday 27 December 2016,

    Chinese Corners is a weekly event held every Tuesday night at Coach Bar - GPO 1 Martin Place. A group of mandarin enthusiasts come together to practice their mandarin and network with Sydney's Asian professionals....

    25 Oct -27Dec
  8. Ross Manning: Melody Lines World Premiere

    Tuesday 25 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,...

    25 Oct -06Nov
  9. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -12Nov
  10. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Tuesday 25 October 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...

    25 Oct -30Oct
  11. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Tuesday 25 October 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,...

    25 Oct -29Jan
  12. Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -27Nov
  13. Confluence Festival of India

    Tuesday 25 October 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...

    25 Oct -30Oct
  14. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -06Nov
  15. My Fair Lady

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -05Nov
  16. October is Golf Month

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -31Oct
  17. Explorers Playgroup

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -15Dec
  18. Walktober in Sydney

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -31Oct
  19. Good Food Month

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -31Oct
  20. Kamban Tamil Literary Week

    Tuesday 25 October to Wednesday 26 October 2016, Sydney West

    Join them in celebrating the work of renowned Tamil poet, Kamban, through a captivating display of threatrical performances, oration sessions and exciting youth performances. Kamban Kazhagam Australia...

    25 Oct -26Oct
  21. Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -30Oct
  22. Nielsen Park bush regeneration group

    Tuesday 25 October 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...

    25 Oct -21Feb
  23. Yalumba Wine Dinner at Hotel Centennial

    Tuesday 25 October 2016, Paddington

    Following on from all the previous sold-out winemaker dinners at Hotel Centennial, they are extremely excited to present their next event with Yalumba Family Vignerons c.1849, presented by winemaker Jane Ferrari. ...

    25 Oct
  24. Othello

    Tuesday 25 October to Sunday 4 December 2016, City Centre

    A violent exploration of the thin line that separates love and jealousy, Othello is a relentless journey of vicious passion.A warrior on the fields of war, felled by the sharpness of whispered words, Othello...

    25 Oct -04Dec
  25. Sculpture By The Sea Bondi

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -06Nov
  26. Sydney Craft Beer Week

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -30Oct
  27. Sydney Spring Carnival

    Tuesday 25 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...

    25 Oct -01Nov
  28. Disney's Aladdin - The Hit Broadway Musical

    Wednesday 26 October to Wednesday 21 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...

    26 Oct -21Dec

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