Sydney Exhibitions and Shows

Sydney is a vibrant city that always has something going on. Home to a myriad of exhibitions, galleries, and festivals, Sydney is a great place to see a show amid the world famous landmarks of the beautiful Harbour City. So if you're planning a trip to Sydney during the summer, make sure you check out some of the other events happening around the city.

With world-class facilities located in Darling Harbour, and numerous high quality galleries, Sydney is the perfect place to see an exhibition. Whether you're interested in ancient cultures, cutting edge artistic showcases or the latest fashion trends, Sydney will have a showcase to suit you!

The Sydney region is a collection of smaller cities, each with their own distinct cultural events. A number of neighbourhoods closer to the city, such as the Inner West, the Lower North Shore, and Eastern Suburbs, have festivals and street fairs to celebrate their pocket of Sydney throughout the Spring and Summer months.

There is something typically 'Sydney' about celebrating the cuisine from around the world during the warmer months. With a series of nighttime markets and numerous special cultural events, Sydney becomes the foodie centre of Australia. As a multicultural city, Sydney has embraced the delicacies and the hearty meals of every culture to settle on our shores. During Spring and Summer, Sydney sings with the sounds of chefs and their staff as they clamour to feed hundred of hungry city dwellers.

Whether you're looking for amazing art exhibits, ancient cultural artefacts on display, or the best cuisine on offer, dive in and experience the best that Sydney has to offer!

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  1. School holidays at the Australian Museum

    Monday 2 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...

    02 Jan -24Jan
    Last days
  2. Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures

    Wednesday 25 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...

    25 Jan -19Feb
  3. Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

    Wednesday 25 January to Sunday 30 April 2017, Pyrmont

    Think you know mummies? Think again.Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives uses the latest CT scanning technology to take you beyond the wrappings and coffins to discover what lies beneath.Six...

    25 Jan -30Apr
  4. Vernon Ah Kee: not an animal or a plant

    Wednesday 25 January to Saturday 11 March 2017, Darlinghurst

    Presented in association with Sydney Festival, this solo exhibition by internationally renowned Australian artist Vernon Ah Kee is a thought-provoking portrait of black and white political issues, attitudes and...

    25 Jan -11Mar
  5. Sydney Festival

    Wednesday 25 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...

    25 Jan -29Jan
  6. Something to Crow About

    Wednesday 25 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,...

    25 Jan -19Feb
  7. Art Xtedia Celebrates Chinese New Year

    Wednesday 25 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...

    25 Jan -13Feb
  8. 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
  9. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

    Wednesday 25 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...

    25 Jan -25Feb
  10. Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything

    Wednesday 25 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...

    25 Jan -05Mar
  11. Nude: art from the Tate collection

    Wednesday 25 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,...

    25 Jan -05Feb
  12. Sweet Addiction

    Wednesday 25 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...

    25 Jan -30Apr
  13. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Wednesday 25 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...

    25 Jan -05Feb
  14. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Wednesday 25 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...

    25 Jan -17Jul
  15. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Wednesday 25 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,...

    25 Jan -29Jan
  16. Moran Art Prizes Exhibition

    Wednesday 25 January to Sunday 5 February 2017, Paddington

    The Moran Prizes Exhibition comprises the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and School Student Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes. This annual exhibition brings together the...

    25 Jan -05Feb
  17. 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
  18. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Thursday 26 January to Sunday 31 December 2017, Parramatta

    The Connections exhibition in the Lucas Gallery of Hambledon Cottage Museum continues the Female Factory Story with Reverend Samuel Marsden and his quest for better conditions for the convict women. He performed...

    26 Jan -31Dec
  19. Mandarin Tours of the Australian Museum

    Friday 27 January to Sunday 12 February 2017, City Centre

    Visit Australia’s first museum and discover its treasures on a Mandarin-language guided tour.Uncover the story of Indigenous Australians and Pacific cultures, and discover native animals, skeletons, minerals...

    27 Jan -12Feb
  20. Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

    Friday 27 January to Sunday 12 February 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year at City of Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival. This vibrant arts Festival has a program bursting with cultural events, markets, tours, exhibitions and entertainment, most of them free...

    27 Jan -12Feb
  21. Nielsen Park bush regeneration group

    Tuesday 31 January to Tuesday 21 February 2017, Manly

    If you’re interested in volunteer work involving bush regeneration in Sydney Harbour National Park, then the Nielsen Park bush regeneration group might be for you. This volunteer group meets in the picturesque Nielsen...

    31 Jan -21Feb
  22. One Fine Day Wedding Fair: Sydney

    Saturday 4 February to Sunday 5 February 2017, Barangaroo

    This is not your ordinary wedding fair. One Fine Day is a fun day out for all. It takes the hard work out of planning a fresh, creative and fun wedding day.They handpick over 100 of the best wedding vendors...

    04 Feb -05Feb
  23. Papunya Tjupi Arts 2017

    Wednesday 8 February to Sunday 26 February 2017, Sydney North

    Honey Ant Gallery is proud to present Papunya Tjupi Arts latest masterpieces, showcasing sought after senior artists, whilst introducing a new generation of superb talent.Papunya Tjupi Arts is located in the...

    08 Feb -26Feb
  24. Liquēre by Danny Eastwood

    Tuesday 14 February to Sunday 5 March 2017,

    Liquēre, from the Latin verb meaning “to be fluid”, explores the fluidity of human form. Photography is often a literal transposition of reality, but it can also blur boundaries. These images aim to confound the...

    14 Feb -05Mar
  25. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Thursday 16 February to Sunday 14 May 2017, Parramatta

    Hambledon Cottage, a colonial Georgian cottage built for John Macarthur in 1824, is a house museum where visitors, young and old, can experience the 19th century lifestyle. Temporary exhibitions are mounted in the...

    16 Feb -14May
  26. Thirlmere Festival of Steam

    Saturday 4 March to Sunday 5 March 2017, Thirlmere

    Since 1989, the annual Festival of Steam at Thirlmere has grown to become one of Australia's premier steam events. It's a community celebration of steam and nostalgia where locomotives of all kinds...

    04 Mar -05Mar
  27. Parramasala

    Friday 10 March to Sunday 12 March 2017, Parramatta

    Parramasala is a spicy celebration of cultures in Prince Alfred Square Parramatta and Harris Park.The celebration includes India Tourism Pavilion and Chai Tea Stall, Friday Night Street Parade and Colombian...

    10 Mar -12Mar
  28. HarbourSculpture

    Thursday 16 March to Sunday 2 April 2017, Sydney West

    HarbourSculpture is a unique sculpture exhibition, held annually on Sydney Harbour.Spread across Clarkes Point Reserve Woolwich and through the Deckhouse function centre and surrounds, HarbourSculpture also...

    16 Mar -02Apr
  29. Stamp, Coin and Collectables Fair

    Saturday 18 March to Sunday 19 March 2017, Hawkesbury

    There will be an interesting variety of philatelic and numismatic material available: Stamps and Covers, Australasia, Pacifics, World, Thematics, Cinderellas, Accessories. They'll have five to seven dealers attending...

    18 Mar -19Mar

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