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. La Bohème - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -24Mar
  2. The Tale of Ichabod Scrubb (Folktale Play)

    Tuesday 24 January to Saturday 4 February 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    ‘The Tale of Ichabod Scrubb’ takes the form of a unique folktale inspired by indie/folk music, all instruments entirely performed by a talented tight-knit ensemble cast.You enter a world where townsfolk...

    24 Jan -04Feb
  3. Something to Crow About

    Tuesday 24 January to Sunday 19 February 2017, The Rocks

    Roosters, chooks, galahs and parrots, oranges and lemons, mangos, butterflies and beans – a multicultural melting pot at Something to Crow About, an exhibition of Australian handcraft featuring ceramics, jewellery,...

    24 Jan -19Feb
  4. Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -19Feb
  5. Sydney Festival: Retro Futurismus

    Tuesday 24 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    Finally, here’s a future you can look forward to.Blast off with a cast of aliens and astronauts, robots and roaches (the only survivors of the nuclear fallout) for a night that puts the ‘odd’ in ‘space...

    24 Jan -29Jan
  6. Art Xtedia Celebrates Chinese New Year

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -13Feb
  7. The Encounter

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -28Jan
  8. Sydney Festival

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -29Jan
  9. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -25Feb
  10. Sydney Festival: House of Mirrors

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -29Jan
  11. Canadian Club Racquet Club at Cruise Bar

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -30Jan
  12. Disney's Aladdin - The Hit Broadway Musical

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -26Mar
  13. Nude: art from the Tate collection

    Tuesday 24 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,...

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

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -05Mar
  15. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Tuesday 24 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,...

    24 Jan -29Jan
  16. Sweet Addiction

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -30Apr
  17. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -05Feb
  18. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Tuesday 24 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...

    24 Jan -17Jul
  19. Culture Up Late at the Australian Museum

    Wednesday 25 January to Wednesday 22 February 2017, City Centre

    This is a special chance to explore the Australian Museum after hours and experience their new exhibition, Spiders – Alive and Deadly, with two-for-one entry as the entire museum remains open until 9pm every Wednesday...

    25 Jan -22Feb
  20. Yoga from the Sky at Sydney Tower Eye

    Wednesday 25 January 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...

    25 Jan -07Jun
  21. Art of Sydney Awards Exhibition

    Thursday 26 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    The twenty-seventh annual Art of Sydney Awards Exhibition is a unique opportunity to view over 300 original artworks from 13 Art Societies around Sydney.All artworks are offered for sale. This...

    26 Jan -29Jan
  22. The Great Sydney Swim

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Take the plunge in the final ocean swim of the Great Australian Swim Series and compete for your chance to take out the Series Champion honours. The Great Australian Swim Series involves three ocean swims along the...

    26 Jan
  23. Australia Day Sydney

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

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

    26 Jan
  24. GIO Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Road Race

    Thursday 26 January 2017, The Rocks

    Wheelchair athletes from across the globe will descend upon Sydney for the annual GIO Summer Down Under Series, with the highlight event, the GIO Oz Day 10K, taking place on Australia Day in The Rocks. Watch...

    26 Jan
  25. Wugulora Indigenous Morning Ceremony

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Barangaroo

    Begin your Australia Day by celebrating the world’s oldest surviving culture. Watch a special performance by Indigenous dancers and singers at Barangaroo.Listen and sing along with the choral performance of...

    26 Jan
  26. Australia Day Cruises

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Sydney Harbour goes all out for its Australia Day celebrations, featuring an amazing line up of events including ferry races, tall ships, sailing regattas, fly-overs, fireworks and much more. Take in all the action...

    26 Jan
  27. Goat Island Sounds

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Join some of Australia's fastest rising stars of electronica in Sydney Harbour National Park for an island festival utopia like no other. Back by popular demand, Goat Island Sounds returns with six incredible acts and...

    26 Jan

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