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. 11th Sydney Latin American Film Festival

    Thursday 8 September to Monday 12 September 2016, The Rocks

    From the tender and wonderful to the strange but true – say hola to the 11th annual Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) this September. Returning to Dendy Opera Quays, the Festival will screen the very best in...

    08 Sep -12Sep
  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 – A Flea in Her Ear,...

    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 is chasing Hermia,...

    12 Sep -22Oct
  4. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Friday 2 September 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,...

    02 Sep -18Jun
  5. 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 South Wales (NSW)....

    25 Apr
  6. 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 paid the supreme...

    25 Apr
  7. Aladdin - The Musical

    Thursday 1 September to Sunday 20 November 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...

    01 Sep -20Nov
  8. Amber Affair 2016

    Thursday 20 October 2016, The Rocks

    A night where you will taste an array of boutique beer, cider, spirits and wine matched with food from The Argyle kitchen. Plus three full glasses from your favourite exhibitors.Amber Affair is a fundraising...

    20 Oct
  9. An Evening With Dr Lisa Randall

    Saturday 19 November 2016, Chippendale

    American theoretical physicist, best-selling author and advocate for gender equality in science, Dr Lisa Randall is embarking on a three-city speaking tour of Australia this November. One of the leading...

    19 Nov
  10. Art and About Sydney

    Thursday 1 September 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-packed one month with...

    01 Sep -11Oct
  11. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Thursday 1 September 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 of Australian...

    01 Sep -09Oct
  12. 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, alongside best...

    20 Sep -21Sep
  13. Book Launch: The Australian National Dictionary

    Thursday 8 September 2016, City Centre

    Join Abbey's Bookshop for a lively chat around the richness, history and humour of Australian English as they launch the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary - the first edition appeared way back in...

    08 Sep
  14. Carriageworks Farmers Market

    Saturday 3 September 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 Saturday, over 70 NSW...

    03 Sep -17Dec
  15. Bledisloe Cup Festival

    Sunday 6 August to Sunday 20 August 2017, 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 culminate with the...

    06 Aug -20Aug
  16. Celebrity Chef Luke Mangan Father's Day Barbecue

    Sunday 4 September 2016, City Centre

    This Father’s Day, Hilton Sydney’s glass brasserie is offering dads the opportunity to lunch with acclaimed Chef and leading restaurateur Luke Mangan, along with renowned butchers Anthony and Victor Puharich of Victor...

    04 Sep
  17. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Thursday 1 September 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...

    01 Sep -06Nov
  18. Clipper Race Crew Recruitment Presentation

    Thursday 1 September 2016, City Centre

    The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race are looking for adventurous sailors for the 2017-18 edition of the race, yet no previous sailing experience is required. Have you got what it takes? This event is for...

    01 Sep
  19. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Thursday 1 September 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,...

    01 Sep -29Jan
  20. Confluence Festival of India

    Thursday 1 September 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...

    01 Sep -30Oct
  21. Confluence Festival of India - Bollywood Workshop

    Saturday 10 September 2016, City Centre

    Free Bollywood dance workshop with choreographer Gilles Chuyen to celebrate the Confluence Festival of India!Trained in France in Folk, Modern Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary dance styles, Gilles Chuyen has...

    10 Sep
  22. Confluence Festival of India - Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

    Tuesday 13 September to Wednesday 14 September 2016, City Centre

    ‘A piece of temple sculpture come alive’ The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is globally acclaimed as one of India’s premiere dance companies. Touring Australia as apart of the Confluence Festival of India, this...

    13 Sep -14Sep
  23. Cooking class: Bake healthy with wholefoods

    Wednesday 21 September 2016, Surry Hills

    Now you can have your yummy cake, eat it, and stay healthy too! Take a healthy cooking class in how to bake using wholefoods – such as cookies, muffins, cupcakes… even a healthy choc brownie!

    21 Sep
  24. 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 world’s attention the...

    29 Oct
  25. EQ Village Markets

    Saturday 3 September 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 Business District!...

    03 Sep -29Dec
  26. 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 beneath.Six...

    10 Dec -30Apr
  27. El' Circo

    Friday 2 September 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...

    02 Sep -26May
  28. Electronic Music Conference

    Monday 28 November to Thursday 1 December 2016, City Centre

    Founded in 2012, Sydney’s annual Electronic Music Conference is Asia Pacific’s premier industry event. Each year, EMC attracts hundreds of thought and business leaders, artists, delegates and aspiring DJs and...

    28 Nov -01Dec
  29. Emotions: Don’t take them too seriously

    Wednesday 9 November 2016, Redfern And Waterloo

    Public Talk with revered Tibetan lama His Eminence the Seventh Dzogchen Rinpoche, Jigme Losel Wangpo.People tend to believe their emotions. They either suppress their anger, jealousy and desire because they...

    09 Nov
  30. Eye Live! Silent Disco at Sydney Tower Eye

    Friday 23 September 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 Sydney Tower Eye. You...

    23 Sep -28Oct
  31. Fantastic Food and Drink Show

    Sunday 4 June to Monday 5 June 2017, Darling Harbour

    Premium. Gourmet. Handcrafted. Delicious. Unique. Extraordinary. Fantastic. The Fantastic Food and Drink Show is the definitive new trade event for the booming specialty food business. Come and see the...

    04 Jun -05Jun
  32. Father's Day at Altitude

    Sunday 4 September 2016, The Rocks

    For the first time, Altitude restaurant is opening its doors to celebrate Fatherly love. Centered around the seasonality of small and local producers, their hand crafted three course lunch menu is the perfect way to...

    04 Sep

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