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. Nude: art from the Tate collection

    Friday 9 December 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,...

    09 Dec -05Feb
  2. Moran Art Prizes Exhibition

    Friday 9 December 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...

    09 Dec -05Feb
  3. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Friday 9 December 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...

    09 Dec -17Jul
  4. National Art School Graduate Exhibition

    Friday 9 December to Monday 12 December 2016, Darlinghurst

    Discover the very best emerging talent from students completing the Bachelor of Fine Art. The exhibition showcases cutting edge contemporary artworks from students working across ceramics, drawing, painting,...

    09 Dec -12Dec
  5. Photography Exhibition: Group Show

    Friday 9 December to Saturday 17 December 2016, City Centre

    Come along to the gallery for the last show of the year - Photography Group Show with Jennifer Chua, Shannon Cotterill, Paul Foley, and Angela Robertson-Buchanan. Come for drinks and meet the photographers...

    09 Dec -17Dec
  6. St George Art Awards: Finalist Show

    Friday 9 December to Thursday 15 December 2016, Sydney South

    Come and visit the St George Art Awards Finalist Show featuring 2D and 3D works responding to this years theme Reflection as well as the St George Local Youth Prize finalists.The St George Art Awards, first...

    09 Dec -15Dec
  7. Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything

    Friday 9 December 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...

    09 Dec -05Mar
  8. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Friday 9 December 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...

    09 Dec -26Feb
  9. Sweet Addiction

    Friday 9 December 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...

    09 Dec -30Apr
  10. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Friday 9 December 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,...

    09 Dec -29Jan
  11. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Friday 9 December 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...

    09 Dec -05Feb
  12. Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

    Saturday 10 December 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...

    10 Dec -30Apr
  13. Nielsen Park bush regeneration group

    Tuesday 13 December 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...

    13 Dec -21Feb
  14. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Thursday 22 December 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...

    22 Dec -14May
  15. Picton Rodeo

    Event dates to be confirmed: January 2017, Picton

    The Picton Rodeo is a full points Australian Bushmen's Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA) affiliated rodeo with AUD15,000 in prize money....

    Jan 2017
  16. Sydney Festival

    Saturday 7 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...

    07 Jan -29Jan
  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. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Camden Show

    Friday 31 March to Saturday 1 April 2017, Camden

    Camden Show - 'Still a Country Show'! Enjoy two big days of family fun, where the city meets the country, just one hour from Sydney's central business district.Camden Show,...

    31 Mar -01Apr
  23. Sydney Royal Easter Show

    Thursday 6 April to Wednesday 19 April 2017, Sydney Olympic Park

    First held in 1823, the Show is now Australia's largest annual event, attracting over 800,000 people every year. Revenue generated by it allows the RAS to invest in agricultural programs, competitions, education,...

    06 Apr -19Apr
  24. Sydney Antiques and Vintage Fair

    Friday 7 April to Sunday 9 April 2017, City Centre

    At the Sydney Antiques and Vintage Fair, highly-respected antiques and vintage dealers from across Australia gather to present the best in genuine antiques and vintage goods. As a condition of entry, all...

    07 Apr -09Apr
  25. Collectors Plant Fair

    Saturday 8 April to Sunday 9 April 2017, Hawkesbury

    The Collectors' Plant Fair will be held at the historic Hawkesbury Race Club, Clarendon, NSW. Clarendon is between Richmond and Windsor. The fair showcases 50 specialist nurseries selling distinctive and...

    08 Apr -09Apr

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