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 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 is chasing Hermia,...

    12 Sep -22Oct
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  2. Garage Sale Trail

    Saturday 22 October 2016, Surry Hills

    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 networking - expected to involve over 300,000 Australians. Have a...

    22 Oct
  3. Dragons Abreast Festival

    Saturday 22 October 2016, City Centre

    The 9th Annual Dragon Boat Festival will be held on the stunning Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour right in the heart of Sydney.Dragons Abreast Australia is a registered, not for profit charity which raises breast...

    22 Oct
  4. Night Noodle Markets

    Sunday 23 October 2016, City Centre

    If it's Good Food Month, it must be time for the Night Noodle Markets. With all the colour, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival.The Night...

    23 Oct
  5. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    Sunday 23 October to Saturday 12 November 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    MopHead Productions, in association with Red Line Productions, is pleased to present The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by Rainer Werner Fassbinder at the Old Fitz Theatre. Perhaps more well known as a daring German...

    23 Oct -12Nov
  6. Good Food Month

    Sunday 23 October to Monday 31 October 2016, City Centre

    Australia's largest food festival, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month presented by Citi invites food lovers in Sydney and regional New South Wales to celebrate Australia's extraordinary culinary scene...

    23 Oct -31Oct
  7. Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 27 November 2016, Pyrmont

    Dream Lover, the extraordinary story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin is now playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.Starring David Campbell and Hannah Fredericksen and directed by Simon...

    23 Oct -27Nov
  8. Disney's Aladdin - The Hit Broadway Musical

    Sunday 23 October to Wednesday 21 December 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 “Extravagant!” and USA...

    23 Oct -21Dec
  9. Walktober in Sydney

    Sunday 23 October to Monday 31 October 2016, City Centre

    October's warm spring days are perfect for enjoying Sydney on foot. Enjoy the dozens of accessible city trails, stunning coastal walks and beautiful parks, gardens and squares nearby.For more...

    23 Oct -31Oct
  10. Ross Manning: Melody Lines World Premiere

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 6 November 2016, Inner Sydney

    A major commission by Performance Space and Carriageworks, Melody Lines is a mesmerising kinetic installation by leading Brisbane-based artist Ross Manning. Utilising an intricate overhead conveyor system,...

    23 Oct -06Nov
  11. Sydney Craft Beer Week

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Redfern And Waterloo

    This October, the streets of Sydney will be flowing with Craft Beer as Sydney Craft Beer Week (SCBW) returns bigger, better, and tastier. Over 60 of Sydney's leading venues will host the city's largest and most...

    23 Oct -30Oct
  12. The Australian Boat Race

    Sunday 23 October 2016, City Centre

    The Australian Boat Race is an annual rowing eights challenge between Australia’s two oldest universities, the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney, and seeks to capitalize on the features of the world...

    23 Oct
  13. The Turquoise Elephant

    Sunday 23 October to Saturday 26 November 2016, Kings Cross

    Inside her triple-glazed compound, Augusta shields herself from the catastrophic elements, bathing in the classics and campaigning for the reinstatement of global reliance on fossil fuels. Outside, the world lurches...

    23 Oct -26Nov
  14. Sweet Addiction

    Sunday 23 October 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...

    23 Oct -30Apr
  15. Hunter by the Harbour

    Sunday 23 October to Tuesday 8 November 2016, Darling Harbour

    Discover the very best of wine and food from the Hunter Valley at Cockle Bay Wharf.Cockle Bay Wharf restaurants and bars are partnering with some of the most skilled winemakers, providores and...

    23 Oct -08Nov
  16. Sydney Italian Festival

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    The spirit of la dolce vita takes over venues across Sydney in the annual celebration of Italian culture, products and lifestyle.Sydney Italian Festival is an annual event organised by the Italian Trade...

    23 Oct -30Oct
  17. My Fair Lady

    Sunday 23 October to Saturday 5 November 2016, City Centre

    Ground-breaking, glorious and grand... Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady is now playing at the Sydney Opera House, under the direction of Dame Julie Andrews.In the...

    23 Oct -05Nov
  18. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Sunday 23 October 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.Featuring ensembles,...

    23 Oct -29Jan
  19. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 6 November 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 will...

    23 Oct -06Nov
  20. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Sunday 23 October 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,...

    23 Oct -18Jun
  21. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude is a compelling exhibition opening at the Australian National Maritime Museum from 5 May. The exhibition is a rare chance to discover the extraordinary nautical...

    23 Oct -30Oct
  22. El' Circo

    Sunday 23 October 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 piece of Europe in the...

    23 Oct -26May
  23. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Sunday 23 October 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...

    23 Oct -05Feb
  24. Confluence Festival of India

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    Confluence Festival of India, the most significant showcase of Indian arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia is coming to Sydney! The festival program includes world-class dance, theatre and music...

    23 Oct -30Oct
  25. Othello

    Tuesday 25 October to Sunday 4 December 2016, City Centre

    A violent exploration of the thin line that separates love and jealousy, Othello is a relentless journey of vicious passion.A warrior on the fields of war, felled by the sharpness of whispered words, Othello...

    25 Oct -04Dec
  26. Next Fall

    Wednesday 26 October to Saturday 19 November 2016, Chippendale

    Luke believes in God. Adam believes in everything else. ‘Next Fall‘ by Geoffrey Nauffts (presented by Boyslikeme) portrays the ups and downs of this unlikely couple’s five-year relationship with sharp humor and...

    26 Oct -19Nov

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