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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. A Quiet Continent

    Tuesday 30 August 2016, Surry Hills

    A Quiet Continent is a photographic exhibition of moody Australian landscapes all shot on 35 millimetre film.Opening night drinks are on Friday, 26 August from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The exhibition runs from...

    30 Aug
  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. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Australian Bus and Coach Show

    Wednesday 5 October to Thursday 6 October 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    The Australian Bus and Coach Show 2016 being held at Sydney Showground in October gives exhibitors and visitors a state of the art facility where all buses and booths can be displayed in the one indoor arena. The...

    05 Oct -06Oct
  16. Australian Music Week

    Thursday 3 November to Friday 4 November 2016, Cronulla

    After a widely successful inaugural event, Australian Music Week is back in 2016 at its home of Cronulla Beach in Sydney.The conference will include a buyers program as well as panels, masterclasses and...

    03 Nov -04Nov
  17. Backstreet Block Party

    Thursday 1 September to Friday 2 September 2016, Sydney North

    Backstreet Block Party is a free event, bringing you music, lights, food trucks, live art, a silent disco, games and a garden bar. They’re throwing a street party in the heart of North Sydney on Thursday and...

    01 Sep -02Sep
  18. Behind the Scenes Produce Market Tour - Adults

    Saturday 5 November 2016, Sydney North

    Join passionate foodie Tawnya Bahr on an inspiring tour of the Northside Produce Market. Meet the producers, find out what inspires them, how they grow, rear, bake and make their goods. Hear their stories, taste their...

    05 Nov
  19. Bicycle Maintenance: BikeWise

    Saturday 3 September to Saturday 3 December 2016, Sydney North

    Learn to fix a puncture, adjust brakes and gears. Master basic “on the run” repairs and learn to do your own general maintenance. Children welcome with an adult. Bring your bike to the Community Centre. Offered free,...

    03 Sep -03Dec
  20. Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim

    Sunday 4 December 2016, Bondi

    The Macquarie Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim is one of Sydney and Australia’s most iconic ocean swims. Commencing at Bondi Beach, swimmers finish their journey at Bronte SLSC, the world’s first Surf Life Saving club...

    04 Dec
  21. Book Launch: The Australian National Dictionary

    Thursday 8 September 2016, City Centre

    Join Abbey's Bookshop for a lively chat around the richness, history and humour of Australian English as they launch the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary - the first edition appeared way back in...

    08 Sep
  22. Cabramatta Moon Festival

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Cabramatta

    The Cabramatta Moon Festival is a unique cultural event like no other, attracting more than 90,000 people each year. Join them and discover what the fuss is all about!Be enticed by the delicious and...

    04 Sep
  23. Cambridge Markets

    Sunday 27 November 2016, Watsons Bay

    The only markets in the Vaucluse Watsons Bay area, Cambridge Markets is to be held in the picturesque grounds of Vaucluse Public School. There is a Winter Market which is held on the last Sunday of July and the...

    27 Nov
  24. 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
  25. Cardistry Cubed Magic Show

    Saturday 24 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Newtown

    A cross between a Justin Bieber boy band and Penn and Teller, the boy’s quick wit and extraordinary skills show why, at just 14, Cardistry have already established themselves on the Australian entertainment scene....

    24 Sep -25Sep
  26. Celebrity Chef Luke Mangan Father's Day Barbecue

    Sunday 4 September 2016, City Centre

    This Father’s Day, Hilton Sydney’s glass brasserie is offering dads the opportunity to lunch with acclaimed Chef and leading restaurateur Luke Mangan, along with renowned butchers Anthony and Victor Puharich of Victor...

    04 Sep
  27. Charles Melton Wine Tasting

    Thursday 1 September 2016, Sydney North

    Charlie Melton, one of the Barossa Valley's great characters, makes some of the most eagerly sought a la mode wines in Australia so they are extremely privileged to have him conduct a tasting, and a very interesting...

    01 Sep
  28. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Tuesday 30 August to Sunday 9 October 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...

    30 Aug -09Oct
  29. Clipper Race Crew Recruitment Presentation

    Wednesday 31 August 2016, Double Bay

    The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race are looking for adventurous sailors for the 2017-18 edition of the race, yet no previous sailing experience is required. Have you got what it takes? This event is for...

    31 Aug
  30. Clipper Race Crew Recruitment Presentation

    Thursday 1 September 2016, City Centre

    The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race are looking for adventurous sailors for the 2017-18 edition of the race, yet no previous sailing experience is required. Have you got what it takes? This event is for...

    01 Sep
  31. 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
  32. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Tuesday 30 August 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,...

    30 Aug -29Jan

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