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. 11th Sydney Latin American Film Festival

    Thursday 8 September to Monday 12 September 2016, The Rocks

    From the tender and wonderful to the strange but true – say hola to the 11th annual Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) this September. Returning to Dendy Opera Quays, the Festival will screen the very best in...

    08 Sep -12Sep
  2. 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 – A Flea in Her Ear,...

    31 Oct -17Dec
  3. 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 is chasing Hermia,...

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

    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 Australian play, a dark...

    14 Oct
  5. AUS-X Open

    Saturday 12 November to Sunday 13 November 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    Australia’s most successful Supercross racer and two time World Champion, Chad Reed, will make his way down under in 2016, as the biggest action sports event in the Southern Hemisphere, the AUS-X Open, returns to...

    12 Nov -13Nov
  6. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Friday 2 September 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, Indonesia, Madagascar,...

    02 Sep -18Jun
  7. 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 injuries...

    11 Oct
  8. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -26Feb
  9. Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow

    Tuesday 25 April to Sunday 30 April 2017, Parramatta

    The Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow is the place to find all the latest and greatest caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, slide ons, fifth wheelers, camping equipment, tents, holiday park displays,...

    25 Apr -30Apr
  10. 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 South Wales (NSW)....

    25 Apr
  11. 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 paid the supreme...

    25 Apr
  12. 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 11, Melbourne W2...

    18 Sep
  13. 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 ever. Visit the NRL...

    02 Oct
  14. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -14May
  15. 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 compete in the...

    20 Jun -25Jun
  16. Amber Affair 2016

    Thursday 20 October 2016, The Rocks

    A night where you will taste an array of boutique beer, cider, spirits and wine matched with food from The Argyle kitchen. Plus three full glasses from your favourite exhibitors.Amber Affair is a fundraising...

    20 Oct
  17. An Evening With Dr Lisa Randall

    Saturday 19 November 2016, Chippendale

    American theoretical physicist, best-selling author and advocate for gender equality in science, Dr Lisa Randall is embarking on a three-city speaking tour of Australia this November. One of the leading...

    19 Nov
  18. An Evening with Dr Ben Goldacre

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Newtown

    At school you were taught about chemicals in test tubes, equations to describe motion, and maybe something on photosynthesis … but in all likelihood you were taught nothing about death, risk, statistics, and the...

    25 Sep
  19. Art and About Sydney

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -11Oct
  20. 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, alongside best...

    20 Sep -21Sep
  21. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Thursday 1 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,...

    01 Sep -29Jan
  22. Double Bay Organic Markets

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -29Dec
  23. Carriageworks Farmers Market

    Saturday 3 September to Saturday 17 December 2016, Inner Sydney

    Carriageworks Farmers Market, previously known as Eveleigh Farmers Market, is an award-winning authentic Farmers' Market held every Saturday in the heart of Sydney City.Every Saturday, over 70 NSW...

    03 Sep -17Dec
  24. Bondi Beach Laughter Club

    Saturday 3 September to Saturday 25 March 2017, Bondi

    Come along to Bondi Beach Laughter Club to experience the benefits of laughter for health and happiness, through laughter yoga. Laughter yoga is a process that allows you to laugh, regardless of how you are...

    03 Sep -25Mar
  25. Chocolate Making Classes

    Saturday 3 September to Saturday 13 May 2017, Northern Beaches

    Become a Chocolatier with a Lindsay and Edmunds chocolate making course. Enjoy two hours of chocolate fun in their Warriewood kitchen learning the secrets of handmade organic gourmet chocolate. Held on Saturdays at 9...

    03 Sep -13May
  26. Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Viewing Night

    Saturday 10 September 2016, Campbelltown

    The Campbelltown Rotary Observatory is hosting a free space viewing night, allowing people of all ages to peer through the multiple telescopes and glimpse the moon, planets, star clusters and other exciting celestial...

    10 Sep
  27. Blacktown Markets

    Sunday 4 September to Sunday 18 December 2016, Blacktown

    Located in Sydney's last remaining Drive In Theatre, the Skyline Drive In, this bustling market is held every Sunday from 7am till 2pm.Complementing the wide variety of stallholders are food trucks...

    04 Sep -18Dec
  28. Bondi Archery

    Sunday 4 September to Sunday 9 July 2017, Bondi

    Come and Try Archery at Bondi. Enjoy the ancient art of archery with beautiful views over Bondi Beach. All equipment and training supplied. No previous experience necessary. Minimum eight years of age.Please...

    04 Sep -09Jul
  29. Chinese Corners

    Tuesday 6 September 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....

    06 Sep -27Dec
  30. Cobbitty Village Markets

    Saturday 3 September to Saturday 3 December 2016, Sydney West

    For a true country market experience, visit the Cobbitty Village Markets, held on the first Saturday of the month (March to December) at Cobbitty Primary School. They have been operating since May 1982...

    03 Sep -03Dec
  31. Bundeena Saltwater Market

    Sunday 4 September to Sunday 4 December 2016, Bundeena

    Bundeena Saltwater Market is run on the first Sunday of the month.Come down and chill out in the picturesque coastal town of Bundeena. From Cronulla Wharf take a scenic ferry ride across the water to this...

    04 Sep -04Dec
  32. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -09Oct

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