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 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Friday 29 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,...

    29 Jul -18Jun
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Art and About Sydney

    Tuesday 26 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...

    26 Jul -11Oct
  17. 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
  18. 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...

    05 Oct -06Oct
  19. Australian Choral Grand Prix

    Sunday 21 August 2016, Darlinghurst

    Presented by Sydney Eisteddfod in partnership with the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, this special sing-off sees choristers battle it out for their share in the AUD16,000 prize pool.
    Hosted...

    21 Aug
  20. Australian Model Conference and Miss Earth Australia

    Saturday 30 July 2016, Darlinghurst

    This incredible event will treat you to a professional line up of presenters and successful models. They will inspire and educate you on furthering your modelling career, whether you’re an...

    30 Jul
  21. 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,...

    03 Nov -04Nov
  22. Author Dinner with Tom and Meg Keneally

    Wednesday 27 July 2016, Inner Sydney

    Join celebrated Australian author Tom Keneally and his talented daughter Meg in the 3 Weeds Restaurant for a sumptuous dinner.

    At this special literary event, Meg and Tom will share a...

    27 Jul
  23. Balnaves Wine Tasting with Peter Bissell

    Wednesday 17 August 2016, Sydney North

    Join winemaker, Peter Bissell from Balnaves of Coonawarra for a tasting of current release wines, together with a comparison tasting of the Balnaves Cabernet 2011 and 2012. You will also get the...

    17 Aug
  24. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Thursday 28 July 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...

    28 Jul -26Feb
  25. La Bohème - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Wednesday 4 January to Monday 27 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...

    04 Jan -27Feb
  26. HSBC Sydney 7s

    Saturday 4 February to Sunday 5 February 2017, Moore Park

    The HSBC Sydney 7s, secured by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, will take place on the weekend of the 4th and 5th February, 2017.
    To be...

    04 Feb -05Feb
  27. The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run

    Saturday 4 February 2017, Northern Beaches

    The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run takes place Saturday, 4 February, 2017. Forming part of the ultimate sporting weekend, this seven kilometre run takes runners around the spectacular views of Dee...

    04 Feb
  28. Miracle Mile Carnival

    Saturday 11 February to Saturday 25 February 2017, Sydney West

    The three day Miracle Mile Carnival culminates in the greatest day of racing on the Australian Harness Racing calendar featuring six Group One races.
    The carnival starts with the...

    11 Feb -25Feb
  29. Tropfest Australia

    Tuesday 14 February 2017, Moore Park

    Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival, is a free, outdoor event.
    Set in Sydney's beautiful Centennial Park, a summer calendar would be naked without it! The atmosphere is...

    14 Feb
  30. Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim

    Sunday 19 February 2017, La Perouse

    The Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim is the key annual fundraising event for non-profit charity Rainbow Club Australia, supporting children with disabilities learning to swim and be safe in the...

    19 Feb
  31. Sydney Harbour Challenge

    Saturday 25 February to Sunday 26 February 2017, Manly

    Sydney Harbour Challenge presented by Hawaiian Airlines, hosted by Pacifica Outrigger Canoe Club, is Australia's most prestigious six man Outrigger Canoe Race.
    The race will start at Manly...

    25 Feb -26Feb
  32. The Championships

    Saturday 1 April to Saturday 8 April 2017, Randwick

    Every great racing city needs a great racing event that brings together the best of the best. The Championships held at Royal Randwick, gives Sydney that event.
    The two-day event features...

    01 Apr -08Apr

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