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. Greg Poppleton 1920s Jazz Show

    Thursday 19 January 2017, Pyrmont

    Nearing one million YouTube views, Greg Poppleton is bringing his upbeat 1920s, Charleston and New Orleans Jazz Age show to Ultimo jazz club, Foundry616.Totally uninfluenced by contemporary music, Greg’s...

    19 Jan
  2. La Bohème - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Friday 20 January to Friday 24 March 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 to come inside and...

    20 Jan -24Mar
  3. Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures

    Friday 20 January to Sunday 19 February 2017, City Centre

    The popular interactive exhibition, Voyage to the Deep, returns to the maritime museum this summer as part of an adventurous, fun-packed school holiday program.The exhibition brings to life the deep-sea...

    20 Jan -19Feb
  4. Gondwana Choirs: Festival of Summer Voices

    Friday 20 January to Saturday 21 January 2017, City Centre

    Gondwana Choirs presents the inaugural Festival of Summer Voices from January 18-21 to showcase the talents of young choristers, conductors and composers from around Australia. Led by Gondwana Choirs...

    20 Jan -21Jan
  5. The Encounter

    Friday 20 January to Saturday 28 January 2017, City Centre

    Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu.Directed by Simon McBurney.Transmitted direct to the audience through headphones, the show’s ground breaking sound design plugs into the power of...

    20 Jan -28Jan
  6. Canadian Club Racquet Club at Cruise Bar

    Friday 20 January to Monday 30 January 2017, The Rocks

    The Canadian Club (CC) Racquet Club is serving its perfect mix of tunes, tennis and refreshments when it pops up at The Bucket List and Cruise Bar for the first time, to help celebrate the summer season, as well as...

    20 Jan -30Jan
  7. Sydney Festival: Ladies in Black

    Friday 20 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Pyrmont

    The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a beloved comic novel by Madeleine St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion...

    20 Jan -22Jan
  8. School holidays at the Australian Museum

    Friday 20 January to Tuesday 24 January 2017, City Centre

    Meet mini-beasts, bugs and butterflies these school holidays.Kids of all ages can get crafty by building a giant spider’s web, feed butterflies in the magical Butterfly Tent or join the AM Bug Club to...

    20 Jan -24Jan
  9. Sydney Festival

    Friday 20 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    Exuberant, exciting and forever effervescent - the best time to experience Sydney is in January, when the city is in full celebratory mode. Sydney Festival presents the biggest and best of the world's performing and...

    20 Jan -29Jan
  10. Disney's Aladdin - The Hit Broadway Musical

    Friday 20 January 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...

    20 Jan -26Mar
  11. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

    Friday 20 January to Saturday 25 February 2017, Walsh Bay

    For two thousand years Mary has been silent. A woman seen but not heard. Until now.This Mary is no saint, not meek, nor obedient. In a voice that is both tender and furious, she speaks a defiant truth...

    20 Jan -25Feb
  12. Sydney Festival: House of Mirrors

    Friday 20 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    A fascinating labyrinth of endless mirrors, magnified to terrifying dimensions, House of Mirrors recently messed with minds at Dark Mofo. Stumble your way around thousands of disorientating optical illusions and lose...

    20 Jan -29Jan
  13. Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything

    Friday 20 January 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...

    20 Jan -05Mar
  14. Sydney Festival: Jessy Lanza

    Friday 20 January 2017, City Centre

    Jessy Lanza’s high soulful vocals and house-inflected 90s R and B promise a woozy, late-night atmosphere. With the addition of a drummer for her first-ever Australian shows, Lanza will be out from behind the gear desk...

    20 Jan
  15. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Friday 20 January 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,...

    20 Jan -29Jan
  16. Korean Calligraphy Class

    Friday 20 January 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...

    20 Jan -28Apr
  17. Sydney Festival: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

    Friday 20 January to Saturday 21 January 2017, City Centre

    Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds occupy a dark-but-elevated corner of the rock pantheon – all sweat and velvet, wordplay and murder, mythical personalities, and songs that live in the souls of generations of fans in...

    20 Jan -21Jan
  18. The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soiree

    Friday 20 January 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...

    20 Jan -24Feb
  19. Nude: art from the Tate collection

    Friday 20 January 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,...

    20 Jan -05Feb
  20. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Friday 20 January 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...

    20 Jan -05Feb
  21. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Friday 20 January 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...

    20 Jan -17Jul
  22. Sydney Festival - Briefs: The Second Coming

    Friday 20 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, City Centre

    Described as the love child of RuPaul’s Drag Race and an Aussie version of Cirque du Soleil, Briefs: The Second Coming, is a sharp-shooting cabaret of burlesque.Meet the beautiful and bearded ringmistress,...

    20 Jan -22Jan
  23. U.S.Oh! Show - A Night of Americana

    Friday 20 January 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...

    20 Jan -30Jun
  24. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Friday 20 January 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,...

    20 Jan -18Jun
  25. King Roger - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Friday 20 January to Wednesday 15 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 to come inside and...

    20 Jan -15Feb
  26. Sweet Addiction

    Friday 20 January 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...

    20 Jan -30Apr
  27. Mazda Opera in the Domain

    Saturday 21 January 2017, City Centre

    It's a tradition: every year, thousands of Sydneysiders head to the Domain with picnics packed and friends in tow.Hear Australia's brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the...

    21 Jan

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