City Centre Events

Sydney’s city centre encompasses Darling Harbour, picturesque Circular Quay, the bustling CBD (Central Business District), the grand old buildings of Martin Place, the busy streets of Chinatown and Haymarket, and the peaceful grounds of Barangaroo, Hyde Park, the Domain and the Royal Botanic Garden. Its high concentration of entertainment venues, museums, galleries and public spaces means that the city centre’s events calendar is packed with everything from local markets and musical productions to Vivid Sydney, an annual festival of light, music and ideas.

Sydney events offer something for everyone, whether it’s an exhibition opening in a hip area on the city’s fringe, or a world-renowned musical playing in the heart of the city. On weekends, you’ll find local markets in The Rocks, Paddington, Bondi, Glebe, Rozelle, Domain and North Sydney. During the week, attend a gig at one of Sydney’s friendly pubs, or perhaps catch an improv show at one of the city’s comedy venues.

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  1. Nude: art from the Tate collection

    Saturday 10 December to Sunday 5 February 2017, City Centre

    The nude is one of art’s oldest subjects – presenting a rich history of beauty and desire, eroticism and tenderness, secrets and scandal. In a partnership between Tate, London and the Art Gallery of New South Wales,...

    10 Dec -05Feb
  2. A Flea in her Ear by Georges Feydeau

    Saturday 10 December 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,...

    10 Dec -17Dec
  3. Christmas on George Street

    Saturday 10 December to Wednesday 28 December 2016, City Centre

    This year there’s more reason than ever to come shop and celebrate in the city this festive season with extra events and activities planned for George Street in the city centre.George Street shopping...

    10 Dec -28Dec
  4. Carols in the City

    Saturday 10 December to Saturday 24 December 2016, City Centre

    Enjoy Christmas cheer in the heart of Sydney. Street choirs singing carols will perform every night leading up to Christmas. Look for the choirs under the branches of the interactive Martin Place Christmas...

    10 Dec -24Dec
  5. Photography Exhibition: Group Show

    Saturday 10 December to Saturday 17 December 2016, City Centre

    Come along to the gallery for the last show of the year - Photography Group Show with Jennifer Chua, Shannon Cotterill, Paul Foley, and Angela Robertson-Buchanan. Come for drinks and meet the photographers...

    10 Dec -17Dec
  6. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Saturday 10 December to Monday 17 July 2017, City Centre

    Spiders are the most successful animals on the planet – they can spin webs, climb, swim, dance, parachute and they can even drop a limb when threatened and grow it back.Overcome your fears and get closer to...

    10 Dec -17Jul
  7. Sydney Christmas

    Saturday 10 December to Sunday 25 December 2016, City Centre

    Sydney Christmas kicks off a month long celebration on Saturday November 26 with concerts in Martin Place and Christmas on the Green, Hyde Park. Santa will arrive in a cycle driven sleigh and light Sydney’s majestic...

    10 Dec -25Dec
  8. GPO Dessert Bar

    Saturday 10 December to Friday 30 December 2016, City Centre

    For the third year running, GPO Dessert Bar will open next to the Christmas tree on Martin Place to complement Sydney’s colourful festivities and evening Christmas choir.Visit the dessert bar for a range of...

    10 Dec -30Dec
  9. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Saturday 10 December 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,...

    10 Dec -18Jun
  10. Sweet Addiction

    Saturday 10 December to Sunday 30 April 2017, City Centre

    Sweet Addiction is the first exhibition to open in The Calyx, a new world-class horticultural attraction within the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.Sweet Addiction explores the botanic story of chocolate, and is...

    10 Dec -30Apr
  11. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Saturday 10 December 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...

    10 Dec -05Feb
  12. Pimp ‘Male-esque’ Cabaret Show

    Saturday 10 December to Saturday 7 October 2017, City Centre

    Pimp is an all-male cabaret extravaganza celebrating masculine talent and personality in a classy and sophisticated style, perfect for your next Hen’s night or girl’s night out.The Coach Bar doors open at...

    10 Dec -07Oct
  13. Crystal Boudoir Cabaret and Burlesque Show

    Saturday 10 December to Saturday 7 October 2017, City Centre

    With its Parisian club feel, Crystal Bar provides the perfect setting for Sydney’s longest running cabaret show, Crystal Boudoir - blink and you'll think you are in 1920s Paris. Venture into the glamorous...

    10 Dec -07Oct
  14. Yoga from the Sky at Sydney Tower Eye

    Wednesday 14 December to Wednesday 7 June 2017, City Centre

    Yoga from the Sky is a series of yoga classes held on Wednesday mornings hosted by the Sydney Tower Eye on the Observation Deck. Participants can enjoy breathtaking 360 views of the city during a 45 minute Hatha Yoga...

    14 Dec -07Jun
  15. The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soiree

    Friday 16 December to Friday 24 February 2017, City Centre

    Every Friday, Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician, presents his Magical Soirée - an entrancing evening of magic and captivating Australian stories within one of Sydney’s most beautiful historic buildings: The Royal...

    16 Dec -24Feb
  16. Korean Calligraphy Class

    Friday 16 December to Friday 28 April 2017, City Centre

    There are many ways that you can experience the spirit of Korean culture, and here is the most interesting approach they warmly recommend, the Korean Calligraphy 한글서예.The Korean Calligraphy is the Korean...

    16 Dec -28Apr
  17. A Dickensian Christmas

    Sunday 18 December 2016, City Centre

    Since it was first published in December 1843, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been synonymous with the spirit of Christmas.Never out of print, its central characters of Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley...

    18 Dec
  18. Woolworths Carols in the Domain

    Sunday 18 December 2016, City Centre

    Australia's largest free Christmas concert, Woolworths Carols in the Domain will be held on Sunday, 18 December 2016.With performances from a variety of Artists, Woolworths Carols in the Domain is Australia...

    18 Dec
  19. Christmas Day Lunch Cruises

    Sunday 25 December 2016, City Centre

    Take in the sun and sights from the expansive open observation deck and enjoy the feast on one of three restaurant decks. There are a great range of options for families, singles and travellers. See the full...

    25 Dec
  20. Boxing Day Cruises

    Monday 26 December 2016, City Centre

    Boxing Day is the day Sydney comes out to play. All the action is centered around the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, one of the world's greatest ocean races. Pack a picnic and join all the fun on the...

    26 Dec
  21. High Tea at NSW Parliament

    Friday 30 December to Friday 31 March 2017, City Centre

    Served on the last Friday of each month, High Tea in the House opens the rarely seen Strangers' Dining Room to the public, giving visitors a fine dining experience quite unlike any other. Our team of expert chefs, led...

    30 Dec -31Mar
  22. New Year's Eve with Harbour Views

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Celebrate a roaring New Year's Eve in Gatsby Style and experience exclusive Harbour views overlooking the Sydney Fireworks! Ring in 2017 with live jazz music, poker and black jack gaming tables, five hours...

    31 Dec
  23. The Point - New Year's Eve

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Join them at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney at this festival-style event for a vibrant yet relaxed vibe with unrivalled views of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy live upbeat jazz music and dance the night away to funk...

    31 Dec
  24. New Years Eve Cruise on Sydney Harbour

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Enjoy New Year's Eve festivities on board one of Sydney Harbour's largest cruising glass boats. Starship Sydney offers three levels of surround panoramic views through its three-metre high glass windows and...

    31 Dec
  25. Harbour Hoopla - New Year's Eve

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    New to 2016, this vintage circus-themed New Year's Eve event at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is set to be a night of fun best enjoyed with friends. In addition to incredible views of the midnight...

    31 Dec
  26. New Years Eve Cruises Sydney

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Experience a New Years Eve Cruise in Sydney aboard a boat to bring in the New Year in sensational style! Watch the fireworks from the best vantage point ever- on the harbour! Tickets are available for individuals...

    31 Dec
  27. Sydney New Years Eve

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    There's no better place to welcome the new year than in Sydney - the New Year's Eve Capital of the World.Be one of the first in the world to welcome the new year as Sydney dazzles you with its world-class...

    31 Dec
  28. New Year's Eve at Sydney Opera House

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Welcome in 2017 in true style with Opera Australia for the ultimate New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House. Be entertained at the Opera Gala, featuring favourites by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and more...

    31 Dec
  29. New Years Eve Harbour Cruise

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Enjoy the most spectacular firework display in the world onboard your very own Harbour cruise. Silver Spirit is the ideal place to view the fireworks, with a glorious upper deck with plenty of room, as well as full...

    31 Dec

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