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 critically acclaimed best...

    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 – A Flea in Her Ear,...

    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 is chasing Hermia,...

    12 Sep -22Oct
  4. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Saturday 27 August 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,...

    27 Aug -18Jun
  5. 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 South Wales (NSW)....

    25 Apr
  6. 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 paid the supreme...

    25 Apr
  7. Amber Affair 2016

    Thursday 20 October 2016, The Rocks

    A night where you will taste an array of boutique beer, cider, spirits and wine matched with food from The Argyle kitchen. Plus three full glasses from your favourite exhibitors.Amber Affair is a fundraising...

    20 Oct
  8. Book Launch: The Australian National Dictionary

    Thursday 8 September 2016, City Centre

    Join Abbey's Bookshop for a lively chat around the richness, history and humour of Australian English as they launch the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary - the first edition appeared way back in...

    08 Sep
  9. Celebrity Chef Luke Mangan Father's Day Barbecue

    Sunday 4 September 2016, City Centre

    This Father’s Day, Hilton Sydney’s glass brasserie is offering dads the opportunity to lunch with acclaimed Chef and leading restaurateur Luke Mangan, along with renowned butchers Anthony and Victor Puharich of Victor...

    04 Sep
  10. Clipper Race Crew Recruitment Presentation

    Thursday 1 September 2016, City Centre

    The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race are looking for adventurous sailors for the 2017-18 edition of the race, yet no previous sailing experience is required. Have you got what it takes? This event is for...

    01 Sep
  11. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Saturday 27 August 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,...

    27 Aug -29Jan
  12. Art and About Sydney

    Saturday 27 August 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-packed one month with...

    27 Aug -11Oct
  13. Aladdin - The Musical

    Saturday 27 August to Sunday 20 November 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 “Extravagant!” and USA...

    27 Aug -20Nov
  14. Bledisloe Cup Festival

    Sunday 6 August to Sunday 20 August 2017, City Centre

    The 2016 Bledisloe Cup Festival offers fans the opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest rivalries in world sport, the Qantas Wallabies versus the New Zealand All Blacks. The festival will culminate with the...

    06 Aug -20Aug
  15. Alliance Française Classic Film Festival - Catherine Deneuve - Une Rétrospective

    Saturday 27 August to Sunday 4 September 2016, City Centre

    Alliance Française Classic Film FestivalOrganized by the Alliance Française de Sydney in collaboration with StudioCanal, this exciting new celebration of vintage cinema will annually focus upon a talent;...

    27 Aug -04Sep
  16. Aspect Comedy Night

    Thursday 15 September 2016, City Centre

    This year Aspect is celebrating 50 years of a different brilliant and we invite you to join us for a celebration and evening of comedy at Sydney Town Hall on Thursday 15th September. A full line-up with be announced...

    15 Sep
  17. 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 than doubled since 1980...

    25 Sep
  18. Blessing of the Fleet at Sydney Fish Market

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Pyrmont

    Sydney Fish Market will be hosting a day of family-friendly activities to celebrate the Blessing of the Fleet. The ceremony continues the Mediterranean tradition where fishers would receive a blessing from...

    25 Sep
  19. Australian World Orchestra

    Wednesday 28 September to Thursday 29 September 2016, City Centre

    In 2016 the Australian World Orchestra will celebrate their five year anniversary with two electrifying concerts conducted by internationally acclaimed Australian conductors Alexander Briger AO and Stanley Dodds. The...

    28 Sep -29Sep
  20. Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk

    Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    The annual Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk will return on Sunday 30th October 2016. You can register for the event by following the links on this site. This is a great day out for the whole family.The...

    30 Oct
  21. Adventure Travel Expo

    Saturday 12 November to Sunday 13 November 2016, City Centre

    This year marks the 22nd year of Adventure Travel Expo instigating dream experiences. The exhibition promises to be a huge meeting of like-minded travellers at Sydney Town Hall in November. Warning:...

    12 Nov -13Nov
  22. 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. ARIA Week...

    20 Nov -27Nov
  23. 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 walk the red carpet...

    07 Dec
  24. Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

    Saturday 24 December 2016, Darling Harbour

    Join Vagabond Cruises for Christmas Eve on Sydney Harbour this year for their famous dinner cruise. Forget about slaving away in the kitchen all day as chefs prepare a traditional buffet meal complete with roast...

    24 Dec
  25. Christmas Day Lunch Cruise

    Sunday 25 December 2016, Darling Harbour

    Vagabond Cruises Christmas Day lunch cruise is a perfect opportunity for a get together with friends and family on Christmas Day.Be ready to catch your harbour memories on camera and don't forget...

    25 Dec
  26. Christmas Day Dinner Cruise

    Sunday 25 December 2016, Darling Harbour

    Vagabond Cruises Christmas Dinner cruise is a perfect opportunity for a get together with friends and family on Christmas Day.Be ready to catch your harbour memories on camera and don't forget to...

    25 Dec
  27. Darling Harbour New Year's Eve

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Spectacular fireworks synchronised to a soundtrack by renowned DJ and music programmer, Tyson Koh, will light up the sky above Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour...

    31 Dec
  28. Australia Day Sydney

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    On 26 January each year, Australians come together to celebrate their national day. The date commerates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain, reflecting the nation's diversity and...

    26 Jan
  29. Darling Harbour Australia Day

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Every year on 26 January, Darling Harbour hosts the nation's biggest harbourside party, when FREE Australia Day festivities see Aussies of all backgrounds celebrate together at one of Sydney's most lively and iconic...

    26 Jan
  30. Australia Day Cultural Island Tour

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Darling Harbour

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Experience an unforgettable day out on Sydney Harbour touring the pristine Clark Island, where you'll observe fascinating artistic and cultural activities from...

    26 Jan
  31. Australia Day at Sydney Fish Market

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Pyrmont

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Bring your family and friends and get amongst the Australia Day celebrations at Sydney Fish Market.Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch in the...

    26 Jan
  32. Celebrate Chinese New Year at Darling Harbour

    Wednesday 8 February 2017, Sydney Harbour

    Chinese New Year celebrations will take centre stage at Darling Harbour's Chinese Garden of Friendship, where an exciting two-week festival of traditional Chinese art, food and performance will be demonstrated in...

    08 Feb

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