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. Sydney Festival: Jessy Lanza

    Friday 20 January 2017, City Centre

    Jessy Lanza’s high soulful vocals and house-inflected 90s R and B promise a woozy, late-night atmosphere. With the addition of a drummer for her first-ever Australian shows, Lanza will be out from behind the gear desk...

    20 Jan
  2. Art Xtedia Celebrates Chinese New Year

    Saturday 21 January to Monday 13 February 2017,

    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...

    21 Jan -13Feb
  3. La Bohème - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Saturday 21 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...

    21 Jan -24Mar
  4. The Encounter

    Saturday 21 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...

    21 Jan -28Jan
  5. School holidays at the Australian Museum

    Saturday 21 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...

    21 Jan -24Jan
  6. Sydney Festival

    Saturday 21 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...

    21 Jan -29Jan
  7. Sydney Festival - Briefs: The Second Coming

    Saturday 21 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, City Centre

    Described as the love child of RuPaul’s Drag Race and an Aussie version of Cirque du Soleil, Briefs: The Second Coming, is a sharp-shooting cabaret of burlesque.Meet the beautiful and bearded ringmistress,...

    21 Jan -22Jan
  8. Sydney Festival: House of Mirrors

    Saturday 21 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...

    21 Jan -29Jan
  9. Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures

    Saturday 21 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...

    21 Jan -19Feb
  10. Nude: art from the Tate collection

    Saturday 21 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,...

    21 Jan -05Feb
  11. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Saturday 21 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...

    21 Jan -05Feb
  12. Mazda Opera in the Domain

    Saturday 21 January 2017, City Centre

    It's a tradition: every year, thousands of Sydneysiders head to the Domain with picnics packed and friends in tow.Hear Australia's brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the...

    21 Jan
  13. Sweet Addiction

    Saturday 21 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...

    21 Jan -30Apr
  14. Pimp ‘Male-esque’ Cabaret Show

    Saturday 21 January 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...

    21 Jan -07Oct
  15. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Saturday 21 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...

    21 Jan -17Jul
  16. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Saturday 21 January 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,...

    21 Jan -18Jun
  17. Crystal Boudoir Cabaret and Burlesque Show

    Saturday 21 January 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...

    21 Jan -07Oct
  18. Sydney Festival: PJ Harvey

    Sunday 22 January 2017, City Centre

    PJ Harvey returns with her full 10-piece band, following the release of the critically acclaimed album The Hope Six Demolition Project, which hit number one in the UK album charts. These will be PJ Harvey’s first live...

    22 Jan
  19. Great Opera Hits

    Sunday 22 January to Sunday 26 March 2017, City Centre

    Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.These relaxed concerts take place on summer afternoons as the sun sets across Sydney...

    22 Jan -26Mar
  20. Sydney Festival: Retro Futurismus

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -29Jan
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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

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