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  1. Adman: Warhol before pop

    Tuesday 2 May to Sunday 28 May 2017, City Centre

    The most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to Andy Warhol’s early career in more than 25 years.With the backdrop of 1950s New York and its burgeoning advertising industry, Adman: Warhol before pop focuses...

    02 May -28May
  2. 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 Festival as they present...

    22 May -28May
  3. MindBodySpirit Festival: Pyrmont

    Thursday 25 May to Sunday 28 May 2017, Pyrmont

    The MindBodySpirit Festival is Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event. Learn from over 200 exhibitors, attend free inspirational seminars, book yourself a psychic reading, try some body...

    25 May -28May
  4. Vivid Dinner at Altitude

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, The Rocks

    Bask in the spectacular technicolor views of the wonder that is the Vivid festival of light, perched high in the sky on the 36th floor at Altitude. Diners will be treated to a sumptuous six course tasting menu centred...

    26 May -17Jun
  5. Vivid Sydney Cruises

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    As Vivid Sydney takes over the city, cruise with Australian Cruise Group and get first-hand views of the attractions. Be a part of this visual extravaganza on board a Vivid Sydney cruise as the Opera house comes to...

    26 May -17Jun
  6. Vivid Sydney Captain Cook Cruise

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    The best views of Vivid Sydney are from the water. See Sydney's most spectacular outdoor lighting, music and ideas festival, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. A staggering 2.31 million people...

    26 May -17Jun
  7. Best Vivid Views: Cruise Bar Sydney

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, The Rocks

    Perched in a prime spot on Sydney harbour, Cruise Bar is Sydney's iconic waterside oasis providing front row seats to Vivid Festival of light.Spread over three chic levels; a garden-style courtyard on the...

    26 May -17Jun
  8. All About Flowers

    Wednesday 24 May to Sunday 30 July 2017, City Centre

    All About Flowers is a free floral display designed to bring colour into winter.Curated by the award winning team at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the display showcases colourful arrangements of exotic...

    24 May -30Jul
  9. MCA Cafe: Museum of Contemporary Art

    Friday 12 May to Sunday 30 July 2017, The Rocks

    The newly refurbished MCA Café is fusing modern Australian and Algerian flavours with a new menu inspired by the works of French-Algerian artist Kader Attia in celebration of his first solo exhibition in the southern...

    12 May -30Jul
  10. Vivid LIVE

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    Running from 26 May to 17 June 2017, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House is a celebration of ambitious popular music within the city’s annual Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid LIVE is the highlight...

    26 May -17Jun
  11. Fleet Foxes

    Friday 26 May to Monday 29 May 2017, City Centre

    Five years since their last, life-affirming shows, American band Fleet Foxes have chosen Vivid Live for their keenly anticipated return to the stage.These only Australian shows for 2017 will be among the...

    26 May -29May
  12. Soft Future Piano Bar, Presented by Goodgod

    Friday 26 May to Sunday 4 June 2017, City Centre

    Sink into the Soft Future Piano Bar pop-up by the creative masterminds behind Goodgod. Throughout Vivid LIVE, the panoramic views of the Concert Hall Northern Foyers will be enhanced by this zero-waste, natural wine...

    26 May -04Jun
  13. Lux Populi

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    Lux Populi by Stagekings soars 10 metres above the forest floor, with a kilometre of glowing neon rope reflecting off the skyscrapers in the finance district and transforming glass and concrete into a sparkling...

    26 May -17Jun
  14. Fort Denison: Dinner De-LIGHTS

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, Sydney Harbour

    Sydney's only harbour island restaurant Fort Denison will host a unique weekend dining experience this May and June during the Vivid Sydney festival, offering rare evening dining options.Between May 26th and...

    26 May -17Jun
  15. Vivid Skywalk

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    Experience Sydney like never before and join in the city's most illuminating festival on a Vivid Skywalk! Don't miss your exclusive opportunity to soak up the ultimate bird's eye view of world-famous Vivid...

    26 May -17Jun
  16. Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 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 most important...

    26 May -17Jun
  17. Only Heaven Knows

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 1 July 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Only Heaven Knows is a beloved musical set in the 1940s and 1950s, telling the story of one young man’s discovery of love and life in Sydney. Tim, a teenage playwright, leaves an unsupportive family in Melbourne and...

    26 May -01Jul
  18. Taste of Malaysia at Café Mix

    Friday 26 May to Thursday 1 June 2017, The Rocks

    Uncover the aromatic and diverse flavours of Malaysian cuisine at Café Mix with guest chefs Anis Rusydan Bin Amran and Azman Bln Mat Hasan of Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.Savour authentic dishes, including...

    26 May -01Jun
  19. VIVID Sydney at GPO Grand

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    GPO Grand is the most diverse and awarded collection of restaurants, bars, cafes, casual dining and entertainment focused on delivering a world class and total drink, dine and entertainment experience.GPO...

    26 May -17Jun
  20. John Olsen: the you beaut country

    Tuesday 2 May to Monday 12 June 2017, City Centre

    The most comprehensive display ever mounted on one of Australia’s greatest living artists.This exhibition surveys John Olsen’s remarkable seven-decade career, including paintings, ceramics, tapestries and...

    02 May -12Jun
  21. Vivid Sydney Vagabond Cruise

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, Pyrmont

    Hop aboard a Vagabond Cruise for a spectacular evening and witness the city being transformed into a magical canvas of light for Vivid 2017!Cocktail dinner, house beer, fine South Australian wine and soft...

    26 May -17Jun
  22. The National: New Australian Art

    Thursday 30 March to Sunday 16 July 2017, City Centre

    The first of three biennial surveys presenting the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art. Three of Sydney’s premiere cultural institutions – the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of...

    30 Mar -16Jul
  23. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Monday 29 May to Monday 17 July 2017, City Centre

    Spiders are the most successful animals on the planet – they can spin webs, climb, swim, dance, parachute and they can even drop a limb when threatened and grow it back.Overcome your fears and get closer to...

    29 May -17Jul

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With spectacular events throughout the year, from fireworks, arts festivals, musicals and outdoor concerts, as well as many attractions for kids, the stunning harbour city enthrals every day with its calendar of incredible events

Sydney’s year-round events start with the dazzling New Year’s Eve fireworks display on Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Festival takes place in January with hundreds of local and international performances.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in February and March culminates with a glittering parade near the city centre. In May and June, Vivid Sydney illuminates the night sky with impressive light shows and the white sails of the Sydney Opera House provide a perfect canvas.

Blockbuster musicals and concerts take place all year.

Darling Harbour in the heart of Sydney is captivating with great entertainment, amazing wildlife, waterfront dining, wine and cocktail bars, and late-night dancing. 

Discover Sydney’s past by exploring The Rocks. You can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and enjoy walking tours, museums, galleries, markets and a delicious range of restaurants.

Visit art galleries as well as historic pubs, outdoor cafes and waterfront restaurants at Circular Quay. Begin your discovery of the quay by strolling along the harbour foreshore to the spectacular Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Garden