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. 2016 Telstra Premiership Grand Final

    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...

    02 Oct
  2. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Thursday 4 August 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...

    04 Aug -14May
  3. 2017 Australian Badminton Open

    Tuesday 20 June to Sunday 25 June 2017, Sydney Olympic Park

    Get ready for some hot competition and a congregation of the best of the best in badminton at the Australian Badminton Open 2017.
    Top players from around the globe will meet in Sydney to...

    20 Jun -25Jun
  4. 9 to Thrive

    Friday 19 August to Saturday 20 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    Presented by Business Chicks, Australia’s largest and most influential network for women, 9 to Thrive is not your average (yawn-inducing) expo. It’s a fully immersive two-day experience filled with...

    19 Aug -20Aug
  5. A Conversation with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

    Sunday 28 August 2016, City Centre

    The audience will engage with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton in an informal setting as they discuss Julie’s work as one of the world’s most loved performers and their work together as...

    28 Aug
  6. A Flea in her Ear by Georges Feydeau

    Monday 31 October to Saturday 17 December 2016, City Centre

    In the Paris of the early 1900s, playwright Georges Feydeau was a promiscuous, cocaine-snorting figurehead of the hedonistic counterculture. He was also the consummate humorist of the Belle Époque ...

    31 Oct -17Dec
  7. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    Monday 12 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...

    12 Sep -22Oct
  8. A Nest of Skunks by James Balian and Roger Vickery

    Wednesday 3 August to Friday 14 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    Equal Runner Up, Best Script, FAW National Literary awards, 2015.
    Based on an award winning short story.
    Collaborations Theatre Group returns with the premiere of an award winning...

    03 Aug -14Oct
  9. A Web of Secrecy: How Internet Encryption Works

    Monday 15 August 2016, City Centre

    Everyone relies on encryption in their everyday lives. Have you ever wondered how it really works, and how secure it really is?
    Everyone can understand the basic idea even if they hated...

    15 Aug
  10. AFL: GWS Giants v Fremantle Dockers

    Saturday 20 August 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    Come see the GWS Giants take on the Fremantle Dockers as they fight to secure a place in their first ever finals series. With Shannon Noll performing at both half and full time, kick-to-kick post...

    20 Aug
  11. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Saturday 30 July to Sunday 18 June 2017, City Centre

    Join Adobe Bistro for their decadent Chocolate High Tea every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Chocolate High Tea will take you on a journey around the equator, featuring flavours from Colombia,...

    30 Jul -18Jun
  12. ANZAC Day

    Tuesday 25 April 2017, City Centre

    ANZAC Day is a national day of memorial in Australia, commemorating those who lost their lives in the First World War, and there are few better places to remember these brave soldiers than New...

    25 Apr
  13. ANZAC Day March

    Tuesday 25 April 2017, City Centre

    Sydney's ANZAC Day March gives participating veterans and the general public an opportunity to honour those who served in the defence of Australia or its interests, especially remembering those who...

    25 Apr
  14. Adapting to Illness and Injury

    Tuesday 11 October 2016, Sydney North

    Illness has the potential to be depressing, so let’s make sure that potential is never reached! Chris shares what he has learned as a psychologist meeting with people with a variety of illness and...

    11 Oct
  15. All Victoria Trams Day and Ballarat Tram 37 Launch

    Sunday 18 September 2016, Sydney South

    After a long restoration journey, Ballarat 37 will be relaunched at the Sydney Tramway Museum. To celebrate this milestone, all of their operating Victoria trams will be running – including Bendigo...

    18 Sep
  16. An evening with Steve Wozniak

    Sunday 28 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    In August of 2016, Australia will have the pleasure of being in the company of someone who can be said to have truly, literally changed the world. Among the many accomplishments for which Steve ...

    28 Aug
  17. Art and About Sydney

    Saturday 30 July 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...

    30 Jul -11Oct
  18. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Saturday 30 July 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...

    30 Jul -09Oct
  19. Bankstown Bites Food Festival

    Saturday 30 July 2016, Sydney West

    Living up to its reputation as one of Sydney's best and most loved food festivals, Bankstown Bites attracts over 10,000 people each year.
    Foodies from all over the Sydney metropolitan area...

    30 Jul
  20. BU Day: Beautiful Minds

    Sunday 31 July 2016, City Centre

    BU Day is a one day event for girls aged 11-17 which will inspire, educate and entertain teenage girls on important ‘teen life’ topics, through engaging speakers, workshops, a fashion show and...

    31 Jul
  21. Aladdin - The Musical

    Wednesday 3 August to Sunday 23 October 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 ...

    03 Aug -23Oct
  22. Arab Film Festival

    Saturday 30 July to Friday 12 August 2016, Parramatta

    The Arab Film Festival Australia is back in action, showcasing the best of what's on offer film-wise from a region in constant social and political flux. The Festival launches in Sydney, before...

    30 Jul -12Aug
  23. Annual Wedding Expo at Sydney Olympic Park

    Sunday 21 August 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    Sydney Annual Wedding Expo at Sydney Olympic Park features over 180 of Sydney’s most talented and creative wedding professionals. The expo features live entertainment, prizes, free admission. Plus...

    21 Aug
  24. Alliance Française Classic Film Festival - Catherine Deneuve - Une Rétrospective

    Friday 26 August to Sunday 4 September 2016, City Centre

    Alliance Française Classic Film Festival
    Organized by the Alliance Française de Sydney in collaboration with StudioCanal, this exciting new celebration of vintage cinema will annually...

    26 Aug -04Sep
  25. AAADA Sydney Antiques Fair

    Wednesday 7 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Randwick

    Come to the 2016 AAADA Sydney Antiques Fair and be seduced by the variety of art and antiques from Australia's finest antique and art dealers.

    Find that statement piece that will...

    07 Sep -11Sep
  26. Arts Activated Conference

    Tuesday 20 September to Wednesday 21 September 2016, Inner Sydney

    The premiere biennial arts and disability conference in Australia, ‘Arts Activated’ showcases the accomplishments of people with disability, as leaders, arts practitioners, audience and advocates,...

    20 Sep -21Sep
  27. Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE)

    Saturday 10 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Moore Park

    The Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) is a trade and consumer show to promote SCUBA diving, dive equipment, diving agencies, dive travel agents, tourism boards, dive centres, resorts and...

    10 Sep -11Sep
  28. Aspect Comedy Night

    Thursday 15 September 2016, City Centre

    This year Aspect is celebrating 50 years of a different brilliant and we invite you to join us for a celebration and evening of comedy at Sydney Town Hall on Thursday 15th September. A full line...

    15 Sep
  29. Annual Vintage Fifties and Collectables Fair

    Sunday 18 September 2016, Campbelltown

    The annual Campbelltown Vintage Fifties and Collectables Fair is a fun filled day of memorabilia and collectables from the 1950s.
    The day will feature plenty of entertainment, vintage...

    18 Sep
  30. Auburn Festival

    Saturday 8 October 2016, Sydney West

    The Auburn Festival is a celebration of the rich, vibrant and diverse cultures of the local and surrounding region and the event's music and dance performances, activities, food and markets stalls...

    08 Oct
  31. Active Nation Day

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Darling Harbour

    Active Nation Day is a movement created in 2012 by Lorna Jane to inspire women, their families, communities, cities and the world to live a more Active Life!
    Worldwide obesity has more...

    25 Sep
  32. Australian World Orchestra

    Wednesday 28 September to 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...

    28 Sep -29Sep

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