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. Frida Kahlo: The Construction of Self

    Saturday 1 October 2016, City Centre

    To what extent is Frida Kahlo's work a construction of the self, or a true expression of the person she knew herself to be? How do people understand what constitutes the self, and how did her sense of self change over...

    01 Oct
  2. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Sunday 2 October 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...

    02 Oct -05Feb
  3. Good Food Month

    Sunday 2 October to Monday 31 October 2016, City Centre

    Australia's largest food festival, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month presented by Citi invites food lovers in Sydney and regional New South Wales to celebrate Australia's extraordinary culinary scene...

    02 Oct -31Oct
  4. Gloria

    Sunday 2 October to Saturday 8 October 2016, Kings Cross

    A star, a celebrity - she's played every iconic role in the canon of theatrical greats: Nina, Hedda, Hamlet, Clytemnestra. She's burnt into peoples eyes, hearts, imaginations.Playing the real-life...

    02 Oct -08Oct
  5. Confluence Festival of India

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    Confluence Festival of India, the most significant showcase of Indian arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia is coming to Sydney! The festival program includes world-class dance, theatre and music...

    02 Oct -30Oct
  6. Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz

    Sunday 2 October to Saturday 8 October 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Outhouse Theatre Company, in association with Red Line Productions, returns to the Old Fitz Theatre to present the Australian Premiere of the Olivier Award nominated play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz....

    02 Oct -08Oct
  7. Walktober in Sydney

    Sunday 2 October to Monday 31 October 2016, City Centre

    October's warm spring days are perfect for enjoying Sydney on foot. Enjoy the dozens of accessible city trails, stunning coastal walks and beautiful parks, gardens and squares nearby.For more...

    02 Oct -31Oct
  8. My Fair Lady

    Sunday 2 October to Saturday 5 November 2016, City Centre

    Ground-breaking, glorious and grand... Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady is now playing at the Sydney Opera House, under the direction of Dame Julie Andrews.In the...

    02 Oct -05Nov
  9. Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 27 November 2016, Pyrmont

    Dream Lover, the extraordinary story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin is now playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.Starring David Campbell and Hannah Fredericksen and directed by Simon...

    02 Oct -27Nov
  10. Aladdin - The Musical

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 18 December 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...

    02 Oct -18Dec
  11. ATYP Spring Workshops

    Sunday 2 October to Friday 7 October 2016, Walsh Bay

    It's Spring already!Things are heating up at ATYP. They are introducing workshops that are the perfect introduction to who they are and what they do. If you know anyone that hasn't been to ATYP before (or...

    02 Oct -07Oct
  12. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Sunday 2 October 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,...

    02 Oct -29Jan
  13. Sydney Model Railway Exhibition EXPRESS

    Sunday 2 October to Monday 3 October 2016, City Centre

    On the Queen's Birthday long weekend the Transport Heritage NSW brings Sydney's transport history to life, with the excitement of steam train rides through the suburbs and return of vintage double decker buses to the...

    02 Oct -03Oct
  14. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Sunday 2 October 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...

    02 Oct -30Oct
  15. Art and About Sydney

    Sunday 2 October 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...

    02 Oct -11Oct
  16. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Sunday 2 October 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...

    02 Oct -16Oct
  17. Abode Bistro Chocolate High Tea

    Sunday 2 October 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 Oct -18Jun
  18. Labour Day - October Long Weekend

    Monday 3 October 2016, City Centre

    Labour Day in NSW is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in October. In 2016, Labour Day will be celebrated on Monday 3rd October. This annual public holiday celebrates the arrival of the eight-hour...

    03 Oct
  19. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    Monday 3 October 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,...

    03 Oct -22Oct
  20. Yoga from the Sky at Sydney Tower Eye

    Wednesday 5 October 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...

    05 Oct -07Jun
  21. Night Noodle Markets

    Thursday 6 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, City Centre

    If it's Good Food Month, it must be time for the Night Noodle Markets. With all the colour, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival.The Night...

    06 Oct -23Oct
  22. Talk and Tease - Stand-up Comedy Meets Burlesque

    Thursday 6 October 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...

    06 Oct -14Sep
  23. U.S.Oh! Show - A Night of Americana

    Friday 7 October 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...

    07 Oct -30Jun
  24. The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soiree

    Friday 7 October 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...

    07 Oct -24Feb
  25. Korean Calligraphy Class

    Friday 7 October 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...

    07 Oct -28Apr
  26. Kings Cross Organic Markets

    Saturday 8 October 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...

    08 Oct -17Dec
  27. Julia Lezhneva

    Saturday 8 October to Tuesday 18 October 2016, City Centre

    The young Russian soprano, Julia Lezhneva, joins "probably the greatest chamber orchestra around today" (The Guardian) in a exhilarating Baroque program at City Recital Hall.Although only 25, Julia Lezhneva...

    08 Oct -18Oct
  28. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    Tuesday 11 October to Saturday 12 November 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    MopHead Productions, in association with Red Line Productions, is pleased to present The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by Rainer Werner Fassbinder at the Old Fitz Theatre. Perhaps more well known as a daring German...

    11 Oct -12Nov
  29. Hunter by the Harbour

    Wednesday 12 October to Tuesday 8 November 2016, Darling Harbour

    Discover the very best of wine and food from the Hunter Valley at Cockle Bay Wharf.Cockle Bay Wharf restaurants and bars are partnering with some of the most skilled winemakers, providores and...

    12 Oct -08Nov
  30. Potts Cross Bar Hop Two

    Thursday 13 October 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Join The Sydney Connection for a fun night of high-end cocktails, fine wine and crafted beer with matching tasting plates, at six of the best small bars on two different walks as part of Good Food Month. Get...

    13 Oct

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