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. Greg Poppleton 1920s Jazz Show

    Thursday 19 January 2017, Pyrmont

    Nearing one million YouTube views, Greg Poppleton is bringing his upbeat 1920s, Charleston and New Orleans Jazz Age show to Ultimo jazz club, Foundry616.Totally uninfluenced by contemporary music, Greg’s...

    19 Jan
  2. Sydney Festival: House of Mirrors

    Friday 20 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...

    20 Jan -29Jan
  3. Sydney Festival - Briefs: The Second Coming

    Friday 20 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,...

    20 Jan -22Jan
  4. Vernon Ah Kee: not an animal or a plant

    Friday 20 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...

    20 Jan -11Mar
  5. Sydney Festival

    Friday 20 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...

    20 Jan -29Jan
  6. iD

    Friday 20 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,...

    20 Jan -22Jan
  7. Sydney Festival: Home Country

    Friday 20 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Blacktown

    Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) gives audiences unforgettable experiences in unusual locations. For their latest venture, they have partnered with the Blacktown Arts Centre, to invite you into three tales unfolding in a...

    20 Jan -22Jan
  8. Which Way Home

    Friday 20 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...

    20 Jan -29Jan
  9. SIRO-A

    Friday 20 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,...

    20 Jan -22Jan
  10. Sydney Festival: Prize Fighter

    Friday 20 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...

    20 Jan -22Jan
  11. Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures

    Friday 20 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...

    20 Jan -19Feb
  12. Canadian Club Racquet Club at The Bucket List

    Friday 20 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...

    20 Jan -30Jan
  13. La Bohème - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Friday 20 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...

    20 Jan -24Mar
  14. Sydney Festival: Ladies in Black

    Friday 20 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...

    20 Jan -22Jan
  15. Canadian Club Racquet Club at Cruise Bar

    Friday 20 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...

    20 Jan -30Jan
  16. School holidays at the Australian Museum

    Friday 20 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...

    20 Jan -24Jan
  17. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

    Friday 20 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...

    20 Jan -25Feb
  18. Tennis Festival Sydney

    Friday 20 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!...

    20 Jan -29Jan
  19. King Roger - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Friday 20 January to Wednesday 15 February 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...

    20 Jan -15Feb
  20. Ben and Jerrys Openair Cinemas Bondi

    Friday 20 January to Sunday 26 February 2017, Bondi

    Capture the spirit of summer with Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinemas' annual season of live music and feature films at Bondi - on the lawn of life, overlooking Australia's most iconic beach.The Bondi festival...

    20 Jan -26Feb
  21. Beer Yoga

    Friday 20 January 2017, Double Bay

    Beer Yoga is the marriage of two great loves - beer and yoga. Over one hour, they take a yoga class and incorporate beer into each pose. No yoga experience necessary, just an open mind and a love for beer....

    20 Jan
  22. Be A Farmer For A Day

    Friday 20 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Hawkesbury

    Come on out to the farm for a fun filled day! Not only can the whole family can enjoy all of their regular hands on activities which include cuddling baby chicks, duckling and rabbits, milking the cow,...

    20 Jan -22Jan
  23. Sydney Festival: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

    Friday 20 January to Saturday 21 January 2017, City Centre

    Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds occupy a dark-but-elevated corner of the rock pantheon – all sweat and velvet, wordplay and murder, mythical personalities, and songs that live in the souls of generations of fans in...

    20 Jan -21Jan
  24. Sydney Festival: Jessy Lanza

    Friday 20 January 2017, City Centre

    Jessy Lanza’s high soulful vocals and house-inflected 90s R and B promise a woozy, late-night atmosphere. With the addition of a drummer for her first-ever Australian shows, Lanza will be out from behind the gear desk...

    20 Jan

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