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. 9 to Thrive

    Friday 19 August to Saturday 20 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    Presented by Business Chicks, Australia’s largest and most influential network for women, 9 to Thrive is not your average (yawn-inducing) expo. It’s a fully immersive two-day experience filled with...

    19 Aug -20Aug
  2. 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
  3. A Night of Horror International Film Festival

    Saturday 26 November to Tuesday 6 December 2016, Newtown

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    A Night of Horror International Film Festival is Sydney, Australia's premier horror film event. The ninth annual A Night of Horror will be...

    26 Nov -06Dec
  4. 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
  5. Ann Thomson and Contemporaries

    Friday 27 May to Saturday 23 July 2016, Darlinghurst

    Ann Thomson is a Sydney-based artist with a distinguished career spanning more than six decades. This exhibition focuses on her creative investigation that incorporates abstraction and figuration....

    27 May -23Jul
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  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Beirut Adrenaline

    Wednesday 27 July to Sunday 14 August 2016, Surry Hills

    Beirut Adrenaline is a powerful exposé of the civil war in Lebanon by French Lebanese playwrights Hala Ghosn and Jalie Barcilon.
    After rave reviews in France and Lebanon, this cogent...

    27 Jul -14Aug
  11. Broken - Darlinghurst Theatre Company

    Friday 29 July 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...

    29 Jul -28Aug
  12. Carriageworks Farmers Market

    Saturday 30 July 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...

    30 Jul -17Dec
  13. Concord Carnival

    Tuesday 11 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    The Farm comes to Town at this year's Concord Carnival. This free, pet friendly, family event has something for everyone including food and...

    11 Oct
  14. Ben and Jerrys Openair Cinema Inner West Sydney

    Saturday 19 November to Monday 12 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...

    19 Nov -12Dec
  15. Belle Property Balmain Fun Run

    Tuesday 22 November 2016, Inner Sydney

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    The final event on the Sydney Fun Run calendar, the Belle Property Balmain Fun Run takes participants along the harbour foreshore and...

    22 Nov
  16. Creative Corner Festival

    Monday 28 November 2016, Paddington

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Welcome to the first edition of the Creative Corner Festival, that will celebrate the Arts Precinct of Paddington on the last Saturday in...

    28 Nov
  17. Cristina in the Cupboard by Paul Gilchrist

    Sunday 24 July to Saturday 30 July 2016, Inner Sydney

    Cristina in the Cupboard is a spellbinding experiment in comic magic realism by critically acclaimed Australian writer Paul Gilchrist. It is the story of an unusual retreat, and a remarkable...

    24 Jul -30Jul
  18. El' Circo

    Sunday 24 July 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...

    24 Jul -26May
  19. Glebe Markets

    Saturday 30 July 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...

    30 Jul -17Dec
  20. Free Weekly Meditation Classes in Paddington

    Wednesday 27 July 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...

    27 Jul -14Dec
  21. Ferragosto

    Sunday 21 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    Sydney's favourite Italian food and culture festival, run by the City of Canada Bay, is back at Five Dock this year.
    There is something on offer for the whole famiglia, with over 170...

    21 Aug
  22. 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...

    11 Sep
  23. Flame Trees by Wayne Tunks

    Sunday 24 July 2016, Inner Sydney

    Years ago, Tess left her small country town in the back of a police wagon after confessing to lighting the fire that devastated the town and killed her best friend. Now she’s back and most of the...

    24 Jul
  24. Francesco Clemente: Encampment

    Saturday 30 July 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...

    30 Jul -09Oct
  25. Garage Sale Trail

    Monday 24 October 2016, Surry Hills

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    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...

    24 Oct
  26. Cruelty Free Festival

    Tuesday 25 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    The Cruelty Free Festival is a free community event run by Animal Liberation NSW. It gathers the best cruelty-free brands, entertainers and...

    25 Oct
  27. 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...

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

    Saturday 26 November to Tuesday 6 December 2016, Newtown

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Fantastic Planet is the country's premier science fiction and fantasy film festival. The sixth edition of the festival will be taking place...

    26 Nov -06Dec
  29. Emirates Australian Open Golf Championship

    Thursday 17 November to Sunday 20 November 2016, Inner Sydney

    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...

    17 Nov -20Nov
  30. GoodnessMe Box Wholefood Night Markets

    Thursday 28 July 2016, Inner Sydney

    Sydney’s sweet tooths can rejoice as the GoodnessMe Box dessert-themed Wholefood Night Markets are coming to the Grounds of Alexandria. A first of its kind in Australia, the one-night only dessert...

    28 Jul
  31. I Love Todd Sampson

    Wednesday 10 August to Sunday 14 August 2016, Redfern And Waterloo

    Billie is a young girl, clinging to her mothers’ coat, trying to piece together the story of her abandonment. Real, imagined and distorted events display the confusion of her private world. After...

    10 Aug -14Aug
  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,...

    15 May -21May

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