Inner Sydney Events

Inner Sydney is known for its hip bars, quality cafes, 19th century architecture and buzzing nightlife. There’s a packed events calendar that takes advantage of the unique neighbourhoods that encircle the city centre, with some of the top Sydney events taking place along its perimeter; most notably, the suburbs of Surry Hills, Newtown, Paddington and Balmain.

In inner Sydney, you can check out some of the city’s best weekend markets in Glebe, Paddington, Balmain and Redfern, see some of the city’s best performances in the local theatres of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Enmore, and see cutting-edge works at galleries in Paddington and Chippendale. The city fringe also boasts some of Sydney’s best pubs, where you have the chance to hear some great live music. Just a stone’s throw from the Sydney CBD, it’s easy to get to and from the events of the inner city with regular public transport.

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  1. 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
  2. A Quiet Continent

    Saturday 27 August to 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...

    27 Aug -30Aug
  3. Alex and Eve: The Complete Story

    Saturday 27 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    Over the past 10 years Alex, a Greek-Orthodox man, and Eve, a Lebanese-Muslim woman, have entertained audiences across the country in a ground-breaking trilogy of stage shows that have had the critics raving,...

    27 Aug -28Aug
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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 “Woz” Wozniak is...

    28 Aug
  7. 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
  8. Ben and Jerrys Openair Cinema Inner West Sydney

    Thursday 17 November to Saturday 10 December 2016, Inner Sydney

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema is a quintessential outdoor event, with music by day and movies by night coming to Sydney's Inner West for the first time ever,...

    17 Nov -10Dec
  9. Belle Property Balmain Fun Run

    Sunday 20 November 2016, Inner Sydney

    The Belle Property Balmain Fun Run takes participants along the harbour foreshore and through the beautiful undulating grounds of historic Callan Park in Rozelle.Suitable for novice and experienced fun...

    20 Nov
  10. Bijou: A Cabaret of Secrets and Seduction

    Saturday 27 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    You’re transported to a café-bar in Paris 1933. A wine, a chat; the music plays… there’s a new face in the crowd. A ravaged figure enters, dressed in faded finery and fake pearls and the evening takes an unexpected...

    27 Aug
  11. Broken - Darlinghurst Theatre Company

    Saturday 27 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Darlinghurst

    Broken, by Mary Anne Butler, is the first drama to win one of the most prestigious and sought after awards in Australia, the Victorian Premier’s Award for literature.In 2016, Darwin based writer Mary Anne...

    27 Aug -28Aug
  12. 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
  13. Cooking class: Bake healthy with wholefoods

    Wednesday 21 September 2016, Surry Hills

    Now you can have your yummy cake, eat it, and stay healthy too! Take a healthy cooking class in how to bake using wholefoods – such as cookies, muffins, cupcakes… even a healthy choc brownie!

    21 Sep
  14. Crochet Class

    Saturday 10 September 2016, Balmain

    Learn to crochet the basics and granny squares in a lovely relaxed cafe atmosphere. Everything is provided so you can just arrive and start! It's a great antidote after a busy working week.

    10 Sep
  15. Fun Floral Workshop

    Saturday 17 September to Saturday 22 October 2016, Alexandria And Rosebery

    Be creative, get new skills and take your creations home. You will make a pretty bunch of bouquet with fresh seasonal flowers at the Floral Workshop.No previous experiences required! You will learn step by...

    17 Sep -22Oct
  16. El' Circo

    Saturday 27 August 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...

    27 Aug -26May
  17. Glebe Markets

    Saturday 27 August 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...

    27 Aug -17Dec
  18. Carriageworks Farmers Market

    Saturday 27 August 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...

    27 Aug -17Dec
  19. Free Weekly Meditation Classes in Paddington

    Wednesday 31 August to Wednesday 14 December 2016, Paddington

    For beginners and regulars: join at any time.Finding balance in life: how to meditate at home, how to keep in balance, techniques to help reduce stress. All sessions will include guided collective...

    31 Aug -14Dec
  20. Dulwich Hill Village Fair

    Sunday 11 September 2016, Inner Sydney

    The Dulwich Hill Village Fair celebrates the delights of the Dulwich Hill Village. Join the party with live entertainment, children's activities and a huge mix of market stalls including handicrafts, home wares,...

    11 Sep
  21. Concord Carnival

    Sunday 9 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    The theme for this year's event is 'Heroes'. We see heroes all around us. They can feature on movie screens, perform on the sports field, save lives in operating theatres or work as Council volunteers. Who are your...

    09 Oct
  22. Garage Sale Trail

    Saturday 22 October 2016, Surry Hills

    Mark the date in the calendar, register online and gear up for Garage Sale Trail: one big day of buying, selling, and old school social networking - expected to involve over 300,000 Australians. Have a...

    22 Oct
  23. Cruelty Free Festival

    Sunday 30 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    The Cruelty Free Festival is a free community event run by Animal Liberation NSW. It gathers the best cruelty-free brands, entertainers and workshops to highlight the simple changes which can make a massive impact on...

    30 Oct
  24. Francesco Clemente: Encampment

    Saturday 27 August 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...

    27 Aug -09Oct
  25. Glebe Street Fair

    Tuesday 15 November 2016, Glebe

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Glebe Street Fair turns 32 this year!The Glebe Street Fair is an event run by the Glebe Chamber of Commerce. There's a kilometre long centre...

    15 Nov
  26. Fantastic Planet, Sydney SciFi and Fantasy Film Festival

    Thursday 24 November to Sunday 4 December 2016, Newtown

    Fantastic Planet is the country's premier science fiction and fantasy film festival. The seventh edition of the festival will be taking place in conjunction with A Night of Horror International Film Festival at Dendy...

    24 Nov -04Dec
  27. Emirates Australian Open Golf Championship

    Thursday 17 November to Sunday 20 November 2016, Alexandria And Rosebery

    In 2016 the Emirates Australian Open will return to the prestigious Australian Golf Club from 17 - 20 November.The Australian Open is Australia's most prestigious golf championship, has a rich, century old...

    17 Nov -20Nov
  28. Innovative Fashion: Transition

    Friday 9 September 2016, Surry Hills

    The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Sydney-based fashion designer Tanu Vasu presents:Innovative Fashion: Transition; a showcase of innovative designs exploring the cross-over of cutting-edge...

    09 Sep
  29. Italian Family History Group: Monthly Special Guest Speakers

    Wednesday 21 September to Wednesday 12 April 2017, Leichhardt

    The Co.As.It Italian Family History Group is a non-profit genealogical group that holds events on the second Wednesday of each month (excluding January, July and December). At these events, a featured guest speaker...

    21 Sep -12Apr
  30. Lineage by Ian Kingsford-Smith

    Thursday 8 September to Tuesday 20 September 2016, Surry Hills

    The exhibition consists of a male adult astride a chair with his three babies positioned at his feet. The adult male stares into the void, his distant gaze demonstrates his psychological detachment from his offspring....

    08 Sep -20Sep
  31. MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride

    Sunday 6 November 2016, Newtown

    The 35th MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride will take place on Sunday 6 November to help raise funds for those living with multiple sclerosis.Challenge yourself to the 90km course from St Peters or take on the...

    06 Nov
  32. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

    Monday 15 May to Sunday 21 May 2017, Inner Sydney

    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is Australia's only international fashion platform, with a focus on providing Australian designers with a platform to connect with a global audience of buyers, press and consumers....

    15 May -21May

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