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

    Friday 29 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,...

    29 Jul -18Jun
  6. La Bohème - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Wednesday 4 January to Monday 27 February 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...

    04 Jan -27Feb
  7. HSBC Sydney 7s

    Saturday 4 February to Sunday 5 February 2017, Moore Park

    The HSBC Sydney 7s, secured by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, will take place on the weekend of the 4th and 5th February, 2017.
    To be...

    04 Feb -05Feb
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

    Monday 15 May to Sunday 21 May 2017, Inner Sydney

    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is Australia's only international fashion platform, with a focus on providing Australian designers with a platform to connect with a global audience of buyers,...

    15 May -21May
  11. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend Edition

    Saturday 20 May to Sunday 21 May 2017, Inner Sydney

    Experience the Best of MBFWA in two days at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend Edition.

    It's Fashion Week in fast forward.

    From designer runway moments, to Style...

    20 May -21May
  12. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Friday 29 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...

    29 Jul -29Jan
  13. Art and About Sydney

    Friday 29 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...

    29 Jul -11Oct
  14. Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life

    Friday 29 July to Sunday 28 August 2016, Pyrmont

    ‘I’m a walking billboard. That’s my pleasure.’ Isabella Blow.
    Featuring looks from Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan, Julien Macdonald and more, the private collection of...

    29 Jul -28Aug
  15. 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
  16. El' Circo

    Friday 29 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...

    29 Jul -26May
  17. Glebe Markets

    Saturday 30 July to Saturday 17 December 2016, Glebe

    Everything from original design clothing, per-loved attire, biec-a-brac, books and arts and crafts, jewellery and hats.
    There are food stalls and some outdoor entertainment including bands...

    30 Jul -17Dec
  18. Kings Cross Organic Markets

    Saturday 30 July to Saturday 17 December 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Kings Cross Organic Markets is a weekly market held on Saturday with iconic El Alamein Fountain as its backdrop. They are now an established and much loved favourite amongst colourful locals and...

    30 Jul -17Dec
  19. 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
  20. Carmen - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Friday 29 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...

    29 Jul -12Aug
  21. High Tea at NSW Parliament

    Friday 29 July 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...

    29 Jul -31Mar
  22. Korean Calligraphy Class

    Friday 29 July 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...

    29 Jul -28Apr
  23. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Friday 29 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...

    29 Jul -09Oct
  24. Così fan tutte - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Friday 29 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...

    29 Jul -13Aug
  25. Little Shop Of Horrors

    Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July 2016, Walsh Bay

    Audiences agree, Little Shop of Horrors is a smash hit that has to be "seen to be believed” Daily Review. Don’t miss your chance to experience the production that has had some of the best reviews...

    29 Jul -31Jul
  26. Helpmann Awards

    Tuesday 25 July 2017, Pyrmont

    The annual Helpmann Awards will see the stars of the live performance industry come together with fans for a remarkable night at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
    The Helpmann Awards are the...

    25 Jul
  27. Blazing Baroque

    Friday 29 July 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...

    29 Jul -06Aug
  28. 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
  29. Kiss the Rain - Yiruma Live in Australia

    Sunday 31 July 2016, Circular Quay

    The word famous Korean pianist and composer, Yiruma, is coming to Australia in July for his first official concerts in Melbourne and Sydney. While Yiruma had visited Australia in May 2013 for the...

    31 Jul
  30. National Tree Day

    Sunday 31 July 2016, City Centre

    National Tree Day, proudly sponsored by Toyota, was co-founded in 1996 by Planet Ark and Olivia Newton John. It has now grown into Australia's largest community tree planting and nature protection...

    31 Jul
  31. National Variety Bash

    Sunday 21 August to Tuesday 30 August 2016, Darlinghurst

    The Variety Bash is Australia's most successful charity motoring event with participants travelling to rural destinations of Australia that they may not otherwise see. It is a celebration of nearly...

    21 Aug -30Aug
  32. 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

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