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. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Sunday 24 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,...

    24 Jul -18Jun
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Ann Thomson and Contemporaries

    Friday 27 May to Saturday 23 July 2016, Darlinghurst

    Ann Thomson is a Sydney-based artist with a distinguished career spanning more than six decades. This exhibition focuses on her creative investigation that incorporates abstraction and figuration....

    27 May -23Jul
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  5. Art and About Sydney

    Sunday 24 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...

    24 Jul -11Oct
  6. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Sunday 24 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...

    24 Jul -09Oct
  7. 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
  8. 9 to Thrive

    Friday 19 August to Saturday 20 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    Presented by Business Chicks, Australia’s largest and most influential network for women, 9 to Thrive is not your average (yawn-inducing) expo. It’s a fully immersive two-day experience filled with...

    19 Aug -20Aug
  9. 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto

    Wednesday 7 December 2016, Pyrmont

    Join your favourite Australian film and television stars as they honour screen excellence at the Sixth AACTA Awards presented by Presto, telecast on Channel 7. Take the steps of a celebrity and...

    07 Dec
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Alliance Française Classic Film Festival - Catherine Deneuve - Une Rétrospective

    Friday 26 August to Sunday 4 September 2016, City Centre

    Alliance Française Classic Film Festival
    Organized by the Alliance Française de Sydney in collaboration with StudioCanal, this exciting new celebration of vintage cinema will annually...

    26 Aug -04Sep
  15. Active Nation Day

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Darling Harbour

    Active Nation Day is a movement created in 2012 by Lorna Jane to inspire women, their families, communities, cities and the world to live a more Active Life!
    Worldwide obesity has more...

    25 Sep
  16. Amber Affair

    Saturday 22 October 2016, The Rocks

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    The 14th annual Amber Affair is an evening to celebrate beer appreciation and mateship all while supporting a great cause, Sydney Children's...

    22 Oct
  17. Adventure Travel Expo

    Monday 7 November to Tuesday 8 November 2016, City Centre

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    This year marks the 21st year of Adventure Travel Expo instigating dream experiences. The exhibition promises to be a huge meeting of like...

    07 Nov -08Nov
  18. ARIA Week

    Sunday 20 November to Sunday 27 November 2016, City Centre

    Welcome to ARIA Week - A week-long program of gigs, showcases, conferences and events taking place in and around Sydney in celebration of Australian music in the lead-up to the Annual ARIA Awards....

    20 Nov -27Nov
  19. ARIA Awards

    Saturday 26 November 2016, City Centre

    2016 represents The 30th ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra. This year, the Australian music industry will join with music fans across the country to celebrate what has been a memorable year in...

    26 Nov
  20. An evening with Steve Wozniak

    Sunday 28 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    In August of 2016, Australia will have the pleasure of being in the company of someone who can be said to have truly, literally changed the world. Among the many accomplishments for which Steve ...

    28 Aug
  21. 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,...

    20 Sep -21Sep
  22. Australian Choral Grand Prix

    Sunday 21 August 2016, Darlinghurst

    Presented by Sydney Eisteddfod in partnership with the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, this special sing-off sees choristers battle it out for their share in the AUD16,000 prize pool.
    Hosted...

    21 Aug
  23. Australian Model Conference and Miss Earth Australia

    Saturday 30 July 2016, Darlinghurst

    This incredible event will treat you to a professional line up of presenters and successful models. They will inspire and educate you on furthering your modelling career, whether you’re an...

    30 Jul
  24. Beirut Adrenaline

    Wednesday 27 July to Sunday 14 August 2016, Surry Hills

    Beirut Adrenaline is a powerful exposé of the civil war in Lebanon by French Lebanese playwrights Hala Ghosn and Jalie Barcilon.
    After rave reviews in France and Lebanon, this cogent...

    27 Jul -14Aug
  25. Broken - Darlinghurst Theatre Company

    Friday 29 July to Sunday 28 August 2016, Darlinghurst

    Broken, by Mary Anne Butler, is the first drama to win one of the most prestigious and sought after awards in Australia, the Victorian Premier’s Award for literature.
    In 2016, Darwin based...

    29 Jul -28Aug
  26. Built Environment Meets Parliament

    Thursday 11 August 2016, City Centre

    The New Great Australian Dream: How to deliver quality urban living?

    Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) NSW is a milestone forum between industry and government focused on...

    11 Aug
  27. Collette Dinnigan - Unlaced

    Sunday 24 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...

    24 Jul -29Jan
  28. 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
  29. El' Circo

    Sunday 24 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...

    24 Jul -26May
  30. 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
  31. Carmen - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Sunday 24 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...

    24 Jul -12Aug
  32. Così fan tutte - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Sunday 24 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...

    24 Jul -13Aug

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