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 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
  2. 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
  3. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Friday 2 September 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,...

    02 Sep -18Jun
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. La Bohème - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Wednesday 4 January to Monday 27 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...

    04 Jan -27Feb
  7. The Premier's Harmony Dinner

    Saturday 11 March 2017, City Centre

    This gala event, hosted by the Honourable Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, in the presence of the Honourable Mike Baird MP, Premier of New South Wales, will welcome 1,000 representatives...

    11 Mar
  8. Sydney Easter Parade

    Monday 17 April 2017, City Centre

    Join thousands of other Sydneysiders celebrate the true meaning of Easter and have a great day filled with lots of fun for the whole family.Sydney Easter Parade is expected to attract over 3,000 paraders...

    17 Apr
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Pyrmont Wine, Food and Art Festival

    Saturday 13 May to Monday 22 May 2017, Pyrmont

    The dynamic Pyrmont Festival returns to Pyrmont, showcasing the very best of the Pyrmont Precinct and Mudgee Region, with more than 50 restaurants, wine bars, hotels, winemakers, and artists featured.The...

    13 May -22May
  12. 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
  13. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Tuesday 30 August to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude is a compelling exhibition opening at the Australian National Maritime Museum from 5 May. The exhibition is a rare chance to discover the extraordinary nautical...

    30 Aug -30Oct
  14. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Tuesday 30 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,...

    30 Aug -29Jan
  15. Sydney Film Festival

    Wednesday 7 June to Sunday 18 June 2017, City Centre

    The Sydney Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, restorations, animation and more. One of the world's...

    07 Jun -18Jun
  16. Art and About Sydney

    Tuesday 30 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...

    30 Aug -11Oct
  17. Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas

    Saturday 27 May to Sunday 18 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...

    27 May -18Jun
  18. Eye Live! Silent Disco at Sydney Tower Eye

    Friday 23 September to Friday 28 October 2016, City Centre

    Join an exclusive after-hours party, 250 metres above Sydney, surrounded by 360-degree views of the city lights. It's you, three DJ's and 249 other crazy people dancing to sky high beats at the Sydney Tower Eye. You...

    23 Sep -28Oct
  19. The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soiree

    Friday 2 September 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...

    02 Sep -24Feb
  20. Kings Cross Organic Markets

    Saturday 3 September 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...

    03 Sep -17Dec
  21. Yoga from the Sky at Sydney Tower Eye

    Wednesday 31 August to Wednesday 7 June 2017, City Centre

    Yoga from the Sky is a series of yoga classes held on Wednesday mornings hosted by the Sydney Tower Eye on the Observation Deck. Participants can enjoy breathtaking 360 views of the city during a 45 minute Hatha Yoga...

    31 Aug -07Jun
  22. Palette Knife Painting Workshop

    Saturday 10 September to Saturday 26 November 2016, City Centre

    Take the plunge and try something new!This palette knife painting workshop is suitable for all skill levels, you can be an absolute beginner wanting to plunge into the art world and try out a painting class...

    10 Sep -26Nov
  23. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Tuesday 30 August to Sunday 16 October 2016, City Centre

    42,000 entries. 96 countries. 100 awe-inspiring images.Wrestling komodo dragons, ethereal egrets and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by this year’s finalists of the Wildlife...

    30 Aug -16Oct
  24. High Tea at NSW Parliament

    Friday 30 September to Friday 31 March 2017, City Centre

    Served on the last Friday of each month, High Tea in the House opens the rarely seen Strangers' Dining Room to the public, giving visitors a fine dining experience quite unlike any other. Our team of expert chefs, led...

    30 Sep -31Mar
  25. Korean Calligraphy Class

    Friday 2 September 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...

    02 Sep -28Apr
  26. Singin' in the Rain

    Tuesday 30 August to Sunday 4 September 2016, City Centre

    Making a splash from the moment it premiered, this production of Singin' in the Rain is set to delight Sydney audiences from July 2016.This spectacular show is packed full of the charm, romance,...

    30 Aug -04Sep
  27. Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k and 5k

    Sunday 9 July 2017, The Rocks

    The Sydney Harbour 10k and 5k is back, sponsored by Real Insurance, and giving you the chance to run around the sparkling Sydney Harbour in a flat and fast course.The 10 kilometre event starts at the Sydney...

    09 Jul
  28. Helpmann Awards

    Tuesday 25 July 2017, Pyrmont

    The annual Helpmann Awards will see the stars of the live performance industry come together with fans for a remarkable night at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of...

    25 Jul
  29. Sydney International Boat Show

    Thursday 3 August to Monday 7 August 2017, Darling Harbour

    The Sydney International Boat Show is the largest recreational marine event in the southern hemisphere. It first ran in 1968 and since then has played host to over three million visitors who arrive to be...

    03 Aug -07Aug
  30. Aladdin - The Musical

    Wednesday 31 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...

    31 Aug -20Nov
  31. 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
  32. The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac

    Monday 14 August 2017, City Centre

    Runners of all ages, all abilities and from all over Australia will be gearing up for The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac.The iconic 14 kilometre event, serious runners and first-timers alike are...

    14 Aug

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