Sydney City Events

Sydney city is known for it’s breathtaking harbour, iconic monuments, gorgeous weather and laid-back lifestyle, and all these traits make it the ideal setting from some of the best local and internationally-acclaimed Sydney events. There’s a full calendar of high-quality happenings to take part in year-round, kicking of with the New Year’s Eve Celebrations (arguably the best NYE fireworks display in the world) and continuing throughout the year with performances concerts, gigs, art installations, markets and sporting events in the city’s public and private spaces.

Darling Harbour is the site of some of the city’s premiere events, with food and music festivals, kid-friendly activities, and fireworks throughout summer. Head to The Rocks for weekly markets, awesome music, and food and arts events. And Circular Quay, with its epic harbour views, plays host to some of the world’s top performers at the Sydney Opera House.

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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. 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
  8. 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
  9. Sydney Writers Festival

    Monday 22 May to Sunday 28 May 2017, Walsh Bay

    The Sydney Writers' Festival is bringing some of the biggest names in literature to Sydney for one week of inspiring talks, panels and performances.

    Join the Sydney Writers...

    22 May -28May
  10. Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO Bricks

    Wednesday 27 July to Sunday 31 July 2016, City Centre

    Come and be inspired by the spectacle of Sydney Harbour's icons made in LEGO® bricks. Under the glow of LEGO fireworks, discover minifigs at the opera, on a cruise, having fun at Luna Park and...

    27 Jul -31Jul
  11. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Wednesday 27 July 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...

    27 Jul -30Oct
  12. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Wednesday 27 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...

    27 Jul -29Jan
  13. Sydney Film Festival

    Wednesday 7 June to Sunday 18 June 2017, City Centre

    The Sydney Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, restorations, animation and more....

    07 Jun -18Jun
  14. Art and About Sydney

    Wednesday 27 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...

    27 Jul -11Oct
  15. Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas

    Saturday 27 May to Sunday 18 June 2017, Sydney Harbour

    Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor 'gallery' of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world's...

    27 May -18Jun
  16. Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life

    Wednesday 27 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...

    27 Jul -28Aug
  17. 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
  18. The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soiree

    Friday 29 July to Friday 24 February 2017, City Centre

    Every Friday, Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician, presents his Magical Soirée - an entrancing evening of magic and captivating Australian stories within one of Sydney’s most beautiful historic...

    29 Jul -24Feb
  19. 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
  20. Carmen - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Wednesday 27 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...

    27 Jul -12Aug
  21. Yoga from the Sky at Sydney Tower Eye

    Wednesday 27 July 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...

    27 Jul -07Jun
  22. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Wednesday 27 July 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...

    27 Jul -16Oct
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Singin' in the Rain

    Wednesday 27 July to Sunday 4 September 2016, City Centre

    Making a splash from the moment it premiered, this production of Singin' in the Rain is set to delight Sydney audiences from July 2016.

    This spectacular show is packed full of...

    27 Jul -04Sep
  26. Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k and 5k

    Sunday 9 July 2017, The Rocks

    The Sydney Harbour 10k and 5k is back, sponsored by Real Insurance, and giving you the chance to run around the sparkling Sydney Harbour in a flat and fast course.
    The 10 kilometre event...

    09 Jul
  27. Così fan tutte - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Wednesday 27 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...

    27 Jul -13Aug
  28. Little Shop Of Horrors

    Wednesday 27 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...

    27 Jul -31Jul
  29. Simon Boccanegra - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Wednesday 27 July to Saturday 13 August 2016, Circular Quay

    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...

    27 Jul -13Aug
  30. Blazing Baroque

    Wednesday 27 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...

    27 Jul -06Aug
  31. Sydney International Boat Show

    Thursday 28 July to Monday 7 August 2017, Darling Harbour

    The Sydney International Boat Show is the largest recreational marine event in the southern hemisphere.
    It first ran in 1968 and since then has played host to over three million visitors...

    28 Jul -07Aug
  32. 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

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