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. AACTA Awards

    Wednesday 7 December 2016, Pyrmont

    Join your favourite Australian film and television stars this December, as they honour screen excellence at the sixth AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel, telecast on Channel Seven.Walk the red carpet alongside...

    07 Dec
  2. Nude: art from the Tate collection

    Thursday 8 December to Sunday 5 February 2017, City Centre

    The nude is one of art’s oldest subjects – presenting a rich history of beauty and desire, eroticism and tenderness, secrets and scandal. In a partnership between Tate, London and the Art Gallery of New South Wales,...

    08 Dec -05Feb
  3. The Shadow Box

    Thursday 8 December to Saturday 10 December 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Dino Dimitriadis, in association with Red Line Productions, is pleased to present The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer at the Old Fitz Theatre. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for...

    08 Dec -10Dec
  4. Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything

    Thursday 8 December to Sunday 5 March 2017, The Rocks

    Tatsuo Miyajima is one of Japan’s leading contemporary artists, known for his immersive and technologically-driven sculptures and installations. This Sydney-exclusive exhibition will be his first major survey...

    08 Dec -05Mar
  5. Disney's Aladdin - The Hit Broadway Musical

    Thursday 8 December to Sunday 26 March 2017, 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...

    08 Dec -26Mar
  6. A Flea in her Ear by Georges Feydeau

    Thursday 8 December 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 – A Flea in Her Ear,...

    08 Dec -17Dec
  7. Mack and Mabel

    Thursday 8 December to Sunday 18 December 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mabel will play a strictly limited season at Hayes Theatre Co. A dazzling musical comedy that is both a poignant love story and a joyous celebration of Hollywood’s golden age, Mack...

    08 Dec -18Dec
  8. Sydney Christmas

    Thursday 8 December to Sunday 25 December 2016, City Centre

    Sydney Christmas kicks off a month long celebration on Saturday November 26 with concerts in Martin Place and Christmas on the Green, Hyde Park. Santa will arrive in a cycle driven sleigh and light Sydney’s majestic...

    08 Dec -25Dec
  9. Photography Exhibition: Group Show

    Thursday 8 December to Saturday 17 December 2016, City Centre

    Come along to the gallery for the last show of the year - Photography Group Show with Jennifer Chua, Shannon Cotterill, Paul Foley, and Angela Robertson-Buchanan. Come for drinks and meet the photographers...

    08 Dec -17Dec
  10. GPO Dessert Bar

    Thursday 8 December to Friday 30 December 2016, City Centre

    For the third year running, GPO Dessert Bar will open next to the Christmas tree on Martin Place to complement Sydney’s colourful festivities and evening Christmas choir.Visit the dessert bar for a range of...

    08 Dec -30Dec
  11. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Thursday 8 December 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...

    08 Dec -17Jul
  12. Carols in the City

    Thursday 8 December to Saturday 24 December 2016, City Centre

    Enjoy Christmas cheer in the heart of Sydney. Street choirs singing carols will perform every night leading up to Christmas. Look for the choirs under the branches of the interactive Martin Place Christmas...

    08 Dec -24Dec
  13. Christmas on George Street

    Thursday 8 December to Wednesday 28 December 2016, City Centre

    This year there’s more reason than ever to come shop and celebrate in the city this festive season with extra events and activities planned for George Street in the city centre.George Street shopping...

    08 Dec -28Dec
  14. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Thursday 8 December 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,...

    08 Dec -29Jan
  15. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Thursday 8 December 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...

    08 Dec -05Feb
  16. Sweet Addiction

    Thursday 8 December to Sunday 30 April 2017, City Centre

    Sweet Addiction is the first exhibition to open in The Calyx, a new world-class horticultural attraction within the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.Sweet Addiction explores the botanic story of chocolate, and is...

    08 Dec -30Apr
  17. Talk and Tease - Stand-up Comedy Meets Burlesque

    Thursday 8 December to Thursday 14 September 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Talk and Tease is a cheeky, new cabaret that features a mixture of stand up comedy and burlesque dance. It brings together some of Sydney's funniest comedians with Sydney's most coveted burlesque performers for a...

    08 Dec -14Sep
  18. Korean Calligraphy Class

    Friday 9 December 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 Calligraphy is the Korean...

    09 Dec -28Apr
  19. Flamenkisimo Presents Luz Y Sombra

    Friday 9 December to Sunday 11 December 2016, Pyrmont

    This December, one of Sydney’s finest flamenco ensembles, Flamenkisimo, premiers a captivating new show ‘Luz y Sombra’ (Light and Shade). ‘Luz y Sombra’ will explore the contrasting dynamics, tempo changes and complex...

    09 Dec -11Dec
  20. Very Merry Markets in The Rocks

    Friday 9 December to Friday 23 December 2016, The Rocks

    In December, the Very Merry Markets will be trading late on Fridays for even more festive shopping time.Find unusual handmade gifts for friends, family and yourself! With mouth-watering morsels all around...

    09 Dec -23Dec
  21. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Friday 9 December 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,...

    09 Dec -18Jun
  22. The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soiree

    Friday 9 December 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 buildings: The Royal...

    09 Dec -24Feb
  23. U.S.Oh! Show - A Night of Americana

    Friday 9 December to Friday 30 June 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Guys, shine your shoes and Gals, gloss your lips! Come down to the Bamboozle Room, Potts Point on a Friday night and get some much deserved R and R...that's an order Private!The "U.S.Oh! Show - A night of...

    09 Dec -30Jun
  24. Pimp ‘Male-esque’ Cabaret Show

    Saturday 10 December to Saturday 7 October 2017, City Centre

    Pimp is an all-male cabaret extravaganza celebrating masculine talent and personality in a classy and sophisticated style, perfect for your next Hen’s night or girl’s night out.The Coach Bar doors open at...

    10 Dec -07Oct
  25. Crystal Boudoir Cabaret and Burlesque Show

    Saturday 10 December to Saturday 7 October 2017, City Centre

    With its Parisian club feel, Crystal Bar provides the perfect setting for Sydney’s longest running cabaret show, Crystal Boudoir - blink and you'll think you are in 1920s Paris. Venture into the glamorous...

    10 Dec -07Oct
  26. Kings Cross Organic Markets

    Saturday 10 December 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...

    10 Dec -17Dec
  27. Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

    Saturday 10 December to Sunday 30 April 2017, Pyrmont

    Think you know mummies? Think again.Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives uses the latest CT scanning technology to take you beyond the wrappings and coffins to discover what lies beneath.Six...

    10 Dec -30Apr
  28. Matsuri in Sydney

    Saturday 10 December 2016, Darling Harbour

    Matsuri in Sydney is an exciting massive one day event. There will be lots of food stalls and beers in a beer garden. Music and dance performances, and stage shows such as karate, sumo and taiko performances...

    10 Dec
  29. Celebrate Darling Harbour

    Sunday 11 December 2016, Darling Harbour

    Come celebrate Darling Harbour’s transformation! There’ll be plenty of fun for the whole family at this free event, with headlining Grammy Award-winning pop sensation Kimbra.Chill out to Kimbra, the Hot...

    11 Dec

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