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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Saturday 30 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,...

    30 Jul -18Jun
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Saturday 30 July to Sunday 29 January 2017, Pyrmont

    Exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Collette Dinnigan - Unlaced is the first exhibition to explore the work of this internationally acclaimed Australian fashion designer...

    30 Jul -29Jan
  10. Art and About Sydney

    Saturday 30 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...

    30 Jul -11Oct
  11. 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
  12. Carmen - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Saturday 30 July to Friday 12 August 2016, 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...

    30 Jul -12Aug
  13. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Saturday 30 July to Sunday 9 October 2016, City Centre

    The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.
    Awarded to the best portrait painting, the Archibald Prize is a who's who...

    30 Jul -09Oct
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Beirut Adrenaline

    Saturday 30 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...

    30 Jul -14Aug
  18. Così fan tutte - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Saturday 30 July to Saturday 13 August 2016, 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...

    30 Jul -13Aug
  19. Blazing Baroque

    Wednesday 3 August to Saturday 6 August 2016, City Centre

    Baroque as only the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra can perform.
    Stunning concertos, rare combinations of instruments, powerful masterpieces - this concert has it all and is performed by...

    03 Aug -06Aug
  20. BU Day: Beautiful Minds

    Sunday 31 July 2016, City Centre

    BU Day is a one day event for girls aged 11-17 which will inspire, educate and entertain teenage girls on important ‘teen life’ topics, through engaging speakers, workshops, a fashion show and...

    31 Jul
  21. Aladdin - The Musical

    Wednesday 3 August to Sunday 23 October 2016, Chinatown And Haymarket

    From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy. The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and ...

    03 Aug -23Oct
  22. Bledisloe Cup Festival

    Saturday 6 August to Saturday 20 August 2016, City Centre

    The 2016 Bledisloe Cup Festival offers fans the opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest rivalries in world sport, the Qantas Wallabies versus the New Zealand All Blacks. The festival will...

    06 Aug -20Aug
  23. Broken - Darlinghurst Theatre Company

    Saturday 30 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...

    30 Jul -28Aug
  24. Built Environment Meets Parliament

    Thursday 11 August 2016, City Centre

    The New Great Australian Dream: How to deliver quality urban living?

    Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) NSW is a milestone forum between industry and government focused on...

    11 Aug
  25. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Thursday 25 August to Sunday 9 October 2016, Moore Park

    Cirque du Soleil will arrive in Australia with KOOZA, a death-defying, colourful homage to the traditions of circus.
    The national tour will begin in Sydney on 25 August 2016, where KOOZA...

    25 Aug -09Oct
  26. Climb n Dine at Shangri-La hotel, Sydney

    Sunday 31 July 2016, The Rocks

    The inaugural Climb ‘n’ Dine at Shangri-La hotel, Sydney – the only tower race of its kind in the city – challenges runners to race up its 37 flights and 630 stairs. With a cap of 200 competitors,...

    31 Jul
  27. Crossroads of Youth

    Thursday 11 August 2016, City Centre

    The oldest Korean classic in existence! A recreation of the multi-performance: restored with a new modern look!
    The silent film sensation ‘Crossroads of Youth’ returns to the screen in all...

    11 Aug
  28. David Helfgott in Recital

    Saturday 29 October 2016, City Centre

    The Oscar winning film Shine made a remarkable impact on audiences when it was released in 1996.
    Based on the inspiring life story of piano virtuoso David Helfgott, it brought to the...

    29 Oct
  29. EQ Village Markets

    Saturday 30 July to Saturday 29 December 2018, Moore Park

    EQ Village Markets is Sydney's finest producers market. It offers a wide range of top quality produce at a great price in one very convenient location, just 10 minutes from the Sydney Central...

    30 Jul -29Dec
  30. Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

    Saturday 10 December to Sunday 30 April 2017, Pyrmont

    Think you know mummies? Think again.
    Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives uses the latest CT scanning technology to take you beyond the wrappings and coffins to discover what lies...

    10 Dec -30Apr
  31. Eye Live! Silent Disco at Sydney Tower Eye

    Friday 26 August to Friday 28 October 2016, City Centre

    Join an exclusive after-hours party, 250 metres above Sydney, surrounded by 360-degree views of the city lights. It's you, three DJ's and 249 other crazy people dancing to sky high beats at the...

    26 Aug -28Oct
  32. El' Circo

    Saturday 30 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...

    30 Jul -26May

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