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. School holidays at the Australian Museum

    Monday 2 January to Tuesday 24 January 2017, City Centre

    Meet mini-beasts, bugs and butterflies these school holidays.Kids of all ages can get crafty by building a giant spider’s web, feed butterflies in the magical Butterfly Tent or join the AM Bug Club to...

    02 Jan -24Jan
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  2. Sydney Festival: Retro Futurismus

    Wednesday 25 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    Finally, here’s a future you can look forward to.Blast off with a cast of aliens and astronauts, robots and roaches (the only survivors of the nuclear fallout) for a night that puts the ‘odd’ in ‘space...

    25 Jan -29Jan
  3. La Bohème - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Wednesday 25 January to Friday 24 March 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 to come inside and...

    25 Jan -24Mar
  4. Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures

    Wednesday 25 January to Sunday 19 February 2017, City Centre

    The popular interactive exhibition, Voyage to the Deep, returns to the maritime museum this summer as part of an adventurous, fun-packed school holiday program.The exhibition brings to life the deep-sea...

    25 Jan -19Feb
  5. Art Xtedia Celebrates Chinese New Year

    Wednesday 25 January to Monday 13 February 2017, City Centre

    For the Year of the Rooster, one of Sydney’s most exciting and innovative fine art collectives and online galleries, Art Xtedia, is thrilled to announce their premiere exhibition open to the public, to coincide with...

    25 Jan -13Feb
  6. The Encounter

    Wednesday 25 January to Saturday 28 January 2017, City Centre

    Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu.Directed by Simon McBurney.Transmitted direct to the audience through headphones, the show’s ground breaking sound design plugs into the power of...

    25 Jan -28Jan
  7. Sydney Festival

    Wednesday 25 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    Exuberant, exciting and forever effervescent - the best time to experience Sydney is in January, when the city is in full celebratory mode. Sydney Festival presents the biggest and best of the world's performing and...

    25 Jan -29Jan
  8. Sydney Festival: House of Mirrors

    Wednesday 25 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    A fascinating labyrinth of endless mirrors, magnified to terrifying dimensions, House of Mirrors recently messed with minds at Dark Mofo. Stumble your way around thousands of disorientating optical illusions and lose...

    25 Jan -29Jan
  9. Culture Up Late at the Australian Museum

    Wednesday 25 January to Wednesday 22 February 2017, City Centre

    This is a special chance to explore the Australian Museum after hours and experience their new exhibition, Spiders – Alive and Deadly, with two-for-one entry as the entire museum remains open until 9pm every Wednesday...

    25 Jan -22Feb
  10. Nude: art from the Tate collection

    Wednesday 25 January 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,...

    25 Jan -05Feb
  11. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Wednesday 25 January 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...

    25 Jan -17Jul
  12. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Wednesday 25 January 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...

    25 Jan -05Feb
  13. Yoga from the Sky at Sydney Tower Eye

    Wednesday 25 January 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...

    25 Jan -07Jun
  14. Sweet Addiction

    Wednesday 25 January 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...

    25 Jan -30Apr
  15. Australia Day Sydney

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    On 26 January each year, Australians come together to celebrate their national day. The date commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain, reflecting the nation's diversity and...

    26 Jan
  16. The Great Sydney Swim

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Take the plunge in the final ocean swim of the Great Australian Swim Series and compete for your chance to take out the Series Champion honours. The Great Australian Swim Series involves three ocean swims along the...

    26 Jan
  17. Art of Sydney Awards Exhibition

    Thursday 26 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    The twenty-seventh annual Art of Sydney Awards Exhibition is a unique opportunity to view over 300 original artworks from 13 Art Societies around Sydney.All artworks are offered for sale. This...

    26 Jan -29Jan
  18. Australia Day Cruises

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Sydney Harbour goes all out for its Australia Day celebrations, featuring an amazing line up of events including ferry races, tall ships, sailing regattas, fly-overs, fireworks and much more. Take in all the action...

    26 Jan
  19. Goat Island Sounds

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Join some of Australia's fastest rising stars of electronica in Sydney Harbour National Park for an island festival utopia like no other. Back by popular demand, Goat Island Sounds returns with six incredible acts and...

    26 Jan
  20. Ferrython

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Sydney Harbour turns spectacular with Ferrython, one of Australia’s most popular and iconic free events. See the beloved ferries in this hugely popular Australia Day tradition, as they venture from Circular Quay to...

    26 Jan
  21. Darling Harbour Australia Day

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Every year on 26 January, Darling Harbour hosts the nation's biggest harbourside party, when FREE Australia Day festivities see Aussies of all backgrounds celebrate together at one of Sydney's most lively and iconic...

    26 Jan
  22. Ayam™ Zodiac Roulette

    Friday 27 January to Sunday 12 February 2017, City Centre

    Putting a new spin on an old tradition, Ayam™ is encouraging Sydneysiders to celebrate Chinese New Year by heading down to its Zodiac Roulette event. Step inside the Ayam™ Tuk Tuk and play Zodiac Roulette,...

    27 Jan -12Feb
  23. Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub

    Friday 27 January to Sunday 12 February 2017, City Centre

    Step into another world beneath a ceiling of glowing lanterns as Martin Place is transformed into the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub.Enjoy a lineup of DJs, including Tikki Tembo, Beth Yen, Sasha Moon and CMAN...

    27 Jan -12Feb
  24. Painting the Town Red - Presented by Westpac

    Friday 27 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    Sydney’s world renowned icons will be bathed in bold red light to welcome the Lunar New Year in 2017. Across the entire opening weekend, our famous landmarks will be lit up for three nights to symbolise good...

    27 Jan -29Jan
  25. High Tea at NSW Parliament

    Friday 27 January 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...

    27 Jan -31Mar
  26. Mandarin Tours of the Australian Museum

    Friday 27 January to Sunday 12 February 2017, City Centre

    Visit Australia’s first museum and discover its treasures on a Mandarin-language guided tour.Uncover the story of Indigenous Australians and Pacific cultures, and discover native animals, skeletons, minerals...

    27 Jan -12Feb
  27. Wafia

    Friday 27 January 2017, City Centre

    Wafia has already packed out the Tiny Dancer stage at Splendour In The Grass and performed at the Sydney Opera House – just a few short years after the Brisbane-based singer-songwriter ditched her pre-med studies to...

    27 Jan
  28. Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Lunar Lanterns

    Friday 27 January to Sunday 12 February 2017, City Centre

    A modern twist on the traditional lantern parade, this year Sydney welcomes 12 huge zodiac lanterns, contemporary sculptural works that will adorn the city. Take a walk around the city and marvel at these mesmerising...

    27 Jan -12Feb
  29. Sydney Festival: Klub Koori with Gawurra

    Friday 27 January 2017, City Centre

    In 2015, ARIA Award nominated singer-songwriter Stanley “Gawurra” Gaykamangu, a Yolngu man, got on a bus and travelled 1500 kilometres from his home in Milingimbi Island (North East Arnhem land) to a studio in Alice...

    27 Jan
  30. Korean Calligraphy Class

    Friday 27 January 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...

    27 Jan -28Apr

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