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. Gondwana Choirs: Festival of Summer Voices

    Wednesday 18 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...

    18 Jan -21Jan
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Cultural Island Immersion Experience

    Saturday 21 January 2017, Circular Quay

    Connect with the history of Sydney Harbour this school holidays with Tribal Warrior’s Cultural Island Immersion Experience. Participate in a range of activities and experience traditional Aboriginal art, culture,...

    21 Jan
  5. School holidays at the Australian Museum

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -24Jan
  6. Canadian Club Racquet Club at Cruise Bar

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -30Jan
  7. Great Opera Hits

    Sunday 22 January to Sunday 26 March 2017, City Centre

    Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera.These relaxed concerts take place on summer afternoons as the sun sets across Sydney...

    22 Jan -26Mar
  8. Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -19Feb
  9. Sydney Festival: House of Mirrors

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -29Jan
  10. La Bohème - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -24Mar
  11. Sydney Festival

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -29Jan
  12. Disney's Aladdin - The Hit Broadway Musical

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -26Mar
  13. Wedding Open House

    Sunday 22 January 2017, Pyrmont

    The wedding planning journey often starts with choosing the perfect venue. If you’re engaged and looking for a Sydney central business district or Sydney Harbour venue, Doltone House invite you to their January...

    22 Jan
  14. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -25Feb
  15. Sydney Festival: Ladies in Black

    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...

    22 Jan
  16. Sydney Festival: PJ Harvey

    Sunday 22 January 2017, City Centre

    PJ Harvey returns with her full 10-piece band, following the release of the critically acclaimed album The Hope Six Demolition Project, which hit number one in the UK album charts. These will be PJ Harvey’s first live...

    22 Jan
  17. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -17Jul
  18. Sweet Addiction

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -30Apr
  19. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -05Feb
  20. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Sunday 22 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,...

    22 Jan -29Jan
  21. Fort Denison Sunday Sunset

    Sunday 22 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Sydney Harbour

    Fort Denison Restaurant, has announced the return this summer of Sunday Sunset Sessions from November until at least the end of January, water taxis departing Circular Quay will transport diners to the famous...

    22 Jan -29Jan
  22. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Sunday 22 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,...

    22 Jan -18Jun
  23. Nude: art from the Tate collection

    Sunday 22 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,...

    22 Jan -05Feb
  24. Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything

    Sunday 22 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...

    22 Jan -05Mar
  25. Art Xtedia Celebrates Chinese New Year

    Monday 23 January to Monday 13 February 2017, City Centre

    For the Year of the Rooster, one of Sydney’s most exciting and innovative fine art collectives and online galleries, Art Xtedia, is thrilled to announce their premiere exhibition open to the public, to coincide with...

    23 Jan -13Feb
  26. The Encounter

    Monday 23 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...

    23 Jan -28Jan
  27. Cabaret The Musical

    Monday 23 January to Monday 13 February 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to the Kit Kat Klub in a brand new Australian production of Cabaret The Musical, starring Paul Capsis as Emcee; Chelsea Gibb as Sally Bowles and Marcus Graham as Ernst Ludwig....

    23 Jan -13Feb

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