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 Fringe Festival

    Thursday 1 September to Friday 30 September 2016, City Centre

    The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW. Spread across five cultural villages, the Sydney Fringe presents over 300 productions in over 50 venues every September, celebrating local...

    01 Sep -30Sep
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  2. Sounds of September

    Thursday 1 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Sydney North

    They’re celebrating Spring with Sounds of September - a month-long program of free and ticketed music events held in schools, parks, bars, theatres, cafes, restaurants and clubs. There’s music for all ages...

    01 Sep -30Sep
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  3. Willoughby Spring Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2016, Sydney North

    The annual Willoughby Spring Festival is the largest cultural and entertainment celebration on Sydney's North Shore and is on this September.The month...

    Sep 2016
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  4. Return to the Village

    Tuesday 27 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Inner Sydney

    Where are we going? Where have we been? The eternal existential questions are limitless. Comic sit-down storyteller, Anna Cominos tackles these eternal questions and more in her new one-woman show Return to the...

    27 Sep -30Sep
  5. Slimefest

    Friday 30 September 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    2016 is the year of slime, music and mayhem! Nickelodeon’s annual Slimefest event is back and bigger than ever.Headliner, OMI, will be joined by Australia’s hottest export Havana Brown, international act G.R...

    30 Sep
  6. Rockin' For West Papua - Sydney

    Friday 30 September 2016, Newtown

    Rockin’ For West Papua is a worldwide music, arts and cultural festival of events raising awareness of the genocide and human rights abuses on the indigenous people of West Papua, presented by Rize Of The Morning Star...

    30 Sep
  7. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Saturday 1 October 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,...

    01 Oct -18Jun
  8. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 16 October 2016, City Centre

    42,000 entries. 96 countries. 100 awe-inspiring images.Wrestling komodo dragons, ethereal egrets and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by this year’s finalists of the Wildlife...

    01 Oct -16Oct
  9. Move Over, Mrs Markham

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Picton

    Live show. An English farce. Performed in Picton, NSW between Sydney and the Southern Highlands. Director, Brian Nolan, invites you to Picton Theatre Group’s latest production with the promise of a fun...

    01 Oct
  10. Bondi Beach Laughter Club

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -25Mar
  11. Razorback Ridge Wines Open Weekends

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 18 December 2016, Campbelltown

    Sit back and relax with a view of the vineyards, while enjoying some of Macarthur's finest wines at Razorback Ridge Wines. The Macarthur area has been referred to as the birthplace of the Australian wine industry. It...

    01 Oct -18Dec
  12. Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -27Nov
  13. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Saturday 1 October 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 Oct -14May
  14. Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 8 October 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Outhouse Theatre Company, in association with Red Line Productions, returns to the Old Fitz Theatre to present the Australian Premiere of the Olivier Award nominated play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz....

    01 Oct -08Oct
  15. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Saturday 1 October 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 Oct -26Feb
  16. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    Saturday 1 October 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,...

    01 Oct -22Oct
  17. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Saturday 1 October 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 Oct -09Oct
  18. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -05Feb
  19. Carriageworks Farmers Market

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -17Dec
  20. Confluence Festival of India

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -30Oct
  21. Sixth Sense

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 15 October 2016, Darlinghurst

    In art, sight is the sense most utilised. When other senses are evoked, the perceptive experience is invariably heightened. Sixth Sense is a new exhibition at the National Art School Gallery in which thirteen artists...

    01 Oct -15Oct
  22. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -06Nov
  23. Gloria

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 8 October 2016, Kings Cross

    A star, a celebrity - she's played every iconic role in the canon of theatrical greats: Nina, Hedda, Hamlet, Clytemnestra. She's burnt into peoples eyes, hearts, imaginations.Playing the real-life...

    01 Oct -08Oct
  24. Glebe Markets

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 17 December 2016, Glebe

    Everything from original design clothing, per-loved attire, biec-a-brac, books and arts and crafts, jewellery and hats.There are food stalls and some outdoor entertainment including bands, jugglers and...

    01 Oct -17Dec
  25. EQ Village Markets

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 29 December 2018, Moore Park

    EQ Village Markets is Sydney's finest producers market. It offers a wide range of top quality produce at a great price in one very convenient location, just 10 minutes from the Sydney Central Business District!...

    01 Oct -29Dec
  26. Shire Farmers Market

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 1 April 2017, Sydney South

    Visit the Sutherland Shire to experience a market atmosphere like no other with stalls selling freshly grown produce, mouthwatering food, barista grade coffee and much more.

    01 Oct -01Apr
  27. El' Circo

    Saturday 1 October to Friday 26 May 2017, Surry Hills

    Step inside, the magic awaits!Slide's famous nine course circus degustation, El’ Circo, captivates with the charm and flavour of Parisian cabaret; timeless yet original - it’s a little piece of Europe in the...

    01 Oct -26May
  28. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Saturday 1 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,...

    01 Oct -29Jan
  29. Francesco Clemente: Encampment

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    A Schwartz Carriageworks Project. “Every single moment of the unfolding experience of the work is just a pretext to move on, to move forward from that moment. It’s never supposed to be a beginning of an...

    01 Oct -09Oct
  30. Parramatta Eat Street Vibes

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 5 November 2016, Parramatta

    Relish in the sights, sounds and colours of spring with Parramatta’s Eat Street Vibes' Saturday Series.Whet your appetite with delicious taster plates from local Eat Street restaurants; listen to live music,...

    01 Oct -05Nov

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