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 Fringe Festival

    Thursday 1 September to Friday 30 September 2016, City Centre

    The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW. Spread across five cultural villages, the Sydney Fringe presents over 300 productions in over 50 venues every September, celebrating local...

    01 Sep -30Sep
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  2. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -05Feb
  3. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    Saturday 1 October 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,...

    01 Oct -22Oct
  4. Glebe Markets

    Saturday 1 October 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, jugglers and...

    01 Oct -17Dec
  5. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -06Nov
  6. Carriageworks Farmers Market

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -17Dec
  7. Confluence Festival of India

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -30Oct
  8. Gloria

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 8 October 2016, Kings Cross

    A star, a celebrity - she's played every iconic role in the canon of theatrical greats: Nina, Hedda, Hamlet, Clytemnestra. She's burnt into peoples eyes, hearts, imaginations.Playing the real-life...

    01 Oct -08Oct
  9. Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 8 October 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Outhouse Theatre Company, in association with Red Line Productions, returns to the Old Fitz Theatre to present the Australian Premiere of the Olivier Award nominated play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz....

    01 Oct -08Oct
  10. Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -27Nov
  11. Sydney Model Railway Exhibition EXPRESS

    Saturday 1 October to Monday 3 October 2016, City Centre

    On the Queen's Birthday long weekend the Transport Heritage NSW brings Sydney's transport history to life, with the excitement of steam train rides through the suburbs and return of vintage double decker buses to the...

    01 Oct -03Oct
  12. Walktober in Sydney

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -31Oct
  13. Good Food Month

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -31Oct
  14. Frida Kahlo: The Construction of Self

    Saturday 1 October 2016, City Centre

    To what extent is Frida Kahlo's work a construction of the self, or a true expression of the person she knew herself to be? How do people understand what constitutes the self, and how did her sense of self change over...

    01 Oct
  15. ATYP Spring Workshops

    Saturday 1 October to Friday 7 October 2016, Walsh Bay

    It's Spring already!Things are heating up at ATYP. They are introducing workshops that are the perfect introduction to who they are and what they do. If you know anyone that hasn't been to ATYP before (or...

    01 Oct -07Oct
  16. Aladdin - The Musical

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 18 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...

    01 Oct -18Dec
  17. My Fair Lady

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -05Nov
  18. EQ Village Markets

    Saturday 1 October 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!...

    01 Oct -29Dec
  19. Sixth Sense

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 15 October 2016, Darlinghurst

    In art, sight is the sense most utilised. When other senses are evoked, the perceptive experience is invariably heightened. Sixth Sense is a new exhibition at the National Art School Gallery in which thirteen artists...

    01 Oct -15Oct
  20. Kings Cross Organic Markets

    Saturday 1 October 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 travellers alike...

    01 Oct -17Dec
  21. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 16 October 2016, City Centre

    42,000 entries. 96 countries. 100 awe-inspiring images.Wrestling komodo dragons, ethereal egrets and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by this year’s finalists of the Wildlife...

    01 Oct -16Oct
  22. Francesco Clemente: Encampment

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    A Schwartz Carriageworks Project. “Every single moment of the unfolding experience of the work is just a pretext to move on, to move forward from that moment. It’s never supposed to be a beginning of an...

    01 Oct -09Oct
  23. El' Circo

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -26May
  24. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -30Oct
  25. Surry Hills Markets

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 3 December 2016, Surry Hills

    The Surry Hills Markets are an essential fundraiser for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, specialising in handmade, second-hand and recycled goods. The markets are held on the first Saturday of every month in...

    01 Oct -03Dec
  26. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Saturday 1 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,...

    01 Oct -18Jun
  27. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Saturday 1 October 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 Oct -09Oct
  28. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Saturday 1 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,...

    01 Oct -29Jan
  29. Art and About Sydney

    Saturday 1 October 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 Oct -11Oct
  30. Labour Day - October Long Weekend

    Monday 3 October 2016, City Centre

    Labour Day in NSW is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in October. In 2016, Labour Day will be celebrated on Monday 3rd October. This annual public holiday celebrates the arrival of the eight-hour...

    03 Oct
  31. Yoga from the Sky at Sydney Tower Eye

    Wednesday 5 October 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...

    05 Oct -07Jun

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