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. Francesco Clemente: Encampment

    Friday 2 September to Sunday 9 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    A Schwartz Carriageworks Project. “Every single moment of the unfolding experience of the work is just a pretext to move on, to move forward from that moment. It’s never supposed to be a beginning of an...

    02 Sep -09Oct
  2. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Friday 2 September 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 Sep -29Jan
  3. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Friday 2 September to Sunday 9 October 2016, City Centre

    The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.Awarded to the best portrait painting, the Archibald Prize is a who's who of Australian...

    02 Sep -09Oct
  4. Sixth Sense

    Friday 2 September to Saturday 15 October 2016, Darlinghurst

    In art, sight is the sense most utilised. When other senses are evoked, the perceptive experience is invariably heightened. Sixth Sense is a new exhibition at the National Art School Gallery in which thirteen artists...

    02 Sep -15Oct
  5. Mosman Art Prize

    Friday 2 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Mosman

    The Mosman Art Prize is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council. Established in 1947, the Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious, local government art awards in...

    02 Sep -25Sep
  6. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Friday 2 September 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 Sep -05Feb
  7. Gloria

    Friday 2 September 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 Sep -08Oct
  8. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Friday 2 September to Sunday 26 February 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...

    02 Sep -26Feb
  9. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Friday 2 September 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 Sep -16Oct
  10. Art and About Sydney

    Friday 2 September 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 Sep -11Oct
  11. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Friday 2 September 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 Sep -30Oct
  12. The Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam in his century

    Friday 2 September to Friday 23 September 2016, Sydney West

    Gough Whitlam shaped the Australian nation, but before that, the Australian nation shaped him.The first five decades of the 20th century were a time of extraordinary social and political change in Australia....

    02 Sep -23Sep
  13. Tying the Knot: Wedding Stories and Beyond

    Friday 2 September to Sunday 18 September 2016, Sydney South

    Explore personal wedding stories and discover a range of wedding facts. Find out about family traditions, war time weddings, same sex marriage, and much more. Delicate textiles and intricate wedding cakes, together...

    02 Sep -18Sep
  14. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Friday 2 September 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...

    02 Sep -14May
  15. Writers in the Park - Centennial Park

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Moore Park

    Writers in the Park - Centennial Park, Australia's peoples park, is the inaugural literary festival with authors, illustrators, children's authors, performers, cartoonists, literary organisations entertaining...

    04 Sep
  16. Glenalvon House Open Days

    Monday 5 September to Saturday 26 November 2016, Campbelltown

    History lovers will be able to catch a glimpse of everyday life in a bygone era when the beautiful Glenalvon House in the historic Macarthur region opens its doors to the public for free entry on the first and third...

    05 Sep -26Nov
  17. Stencil Art Prize Exhibition

    Monday 5 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Chippendale

    The largest stencil event in the world that exists to recognise and reward stencil artists. Key themes include cityscapes, momento mori, portraiture, surreal and illustrative compositions, to flora and fauna...

    05 Sep -25Sep
  18. Nielsen Park bush regeneration group

    Tuesday 6 September 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...

    06 Sep -21Feb
  19. AAADA Sydney Antiques Fair

    Wednesday 7 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Randwick

    Come to the 2016 AAADA Sydney Antiques Fair and be seduced by the variety of art and antiques from Australia's finest antique and art dealers.Find that statement piece that will be the talking...

    07 Sep -11Sep
  20. Innovative Fashion: Transition

    Friday 9 September 2016, Surry Hills

    The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Sydney-based fashion designer Tanu Vasu presents:Innovative Fashion: Transition; a showcase of innovative designs exploring the cross-over of cutting-edge...

    09 Sep
  21. Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE)

    Saturday 10 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Moore Park

    The Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE) is a trade and consumer show to promote SCUBA diving, dive equipment, diving agencies, dive travel agents, tourism boards, dive centres, resorts and live-abroad, marine...

    10 Sep -11Sep
  22. Oz Comic-Con Sydney

    Saturday 10 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Inner Sydney

    Let your geek flag fly when Oz Comic-Con converges on Sydney for a massive weekend celebrating cult animation, television series, films, graphic novels, and gaming. Oz Comic-Con is the destination for pop...

    10 Sep -11Sep
  23. Carisbrook Poets and Painters Devonshire Tea Open Day

    Sunday 11 September 2016,

    Carisbrook Historic House presents Poets and Painters En Plein Air with Devonshire Tea. Bring the whole family for a day of culture when award-winning poets and painters of the Lane Cove Art Society and the...

    11 Sep
  24. Fairies and Fantasy Festival

    Sunday 11 September 2016, Sydney West

    The Annual Fairies and Fantasy Festival is a free entry family event raising funds and awareness for KidsWest Children's Charity.Dress up as a Fairy or anything you would like and have a fun family day with...

    11 Sep
  25. Better Homes and Gardens Live

    Friday 16 September to Sunday 18 September 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    Better Homes and Gardens Live brings Australia’s favourite magazine and television show to life all under one roof. Held over three days, the event is the perfect mix of inspiration, education, surprises,...

    16 Sep -18Sep
  26. Annual Vintage Fifties and Collectables Fair

    Sunday 18 September 2016, Campbelltown

    The annual Campbelltown Vintage Fifties and Collectables Fair is a fun filled day of memorabilia and collectables from the 1950s. The day will feature plenty of entertainment, vintage fashion, dolls, music,...

    18 Sep
  27. Taste Orange @ Sydney

    Thursday 22 September to Friday 23 September 2016, City Centre

    Once again the Orange Region will be utilising Martin Place for its Sydney promotion. Orange is one of the state's leading wine regions, and Taste Orange at Sydney will give Sydneysiders the opportunity to...

    22 Sep -23Sep
  28. The Essential Baby and Toddler Show

    Friday 23 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Moore Park

    The Essential Baby and Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores is back in Sydney! Look forward to 150 local and international brands, advice from experts including Pinky McKay, live shows by Hi-5 (and meet and...

    23 Sep -25Sep
  29. Hidden - A Rookwood Sculpture Walk

    Friday 23 September to Sunday 23 October 2016, Sydney West

    The annual Hidden Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk was developed to demonstrate to the community that there is more to Rookwood than just funerals and memorials. Stepping outside conventional exhibition contexts,...

    23 Sep -23Oct
  30. Macarthur Healthy Living Expo

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Campbelltown

    From health, fitness and wellbeing to local businesses and big name brands, a healthier you starts at the Macarthur Healthy Living Expo.The Expo, in it’s second year, will promote healthy living, showcase...

    25 Sep
  31. Active Nation Day

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Darling Harbour

    Active Nation Day is a movement created in 2012 by Lorna Jane to inspire women, their families, communities, cities and the world to live a more Active Life!Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980...

    25 Sep
  32. EB Games Expo

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    EB Expo is back in 2016 for its fifth year! With an incredible show floor boasting over 15,000 square metres of gaming action, it is a chance for every gamer Australia wide to get together celebrate video games and...

    30 Sep -02Oct

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