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. A Chain of Events

    Tuesday 15 November to Saturday 3 December 2016, Redfern And Waterloo

    ‘A Chain of Events’ celebrates the continuing persistence and dedication of artists and the creative process. It brings together both contemporary jewellery artists and others working in different mediums. Focussing...

    15 Nov -03Dec
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  2. Nude: art from the Tate collection

    Sunday 4 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,...

    04 Dec -05Feb
  3. Hawkesbury Art Fair

    Sunday 4 December 2016, Windsor

    The annual Hawkesbury Art Fair (since 2014) is becoming the highlight of the year, showcasing the diversity of creative people in this beautiful region, including traditional and contemporary artists, designers,...

    04 Dec
  4. Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything

    Sunday 4 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...

    04 Dec -05Mar
  5. Sydney Crystal Show

    Sunday 4 December to Sunday 6 August 2017, Inner Sydney

    The Sydney Crystal Show is Australia's Premier Mineral, Crystal and Fossil Show. The leading merchants from around Australia gather for two full days of incredible natural wonders, unique gifts and...

    04 Dec -06Aug
  6. MotorWorld Sydney

    Sunday 4 December 2016, Blacktown

    MotorWorld Sydney is a dynamic, interactive automotive festival, a great day out for all.Come and test drive a range of new vehicles or compare brands and models with the experts in the Car Advice Double...

    04 Dec
  7. National Art School Graduate Exhibition

    Sunday 4 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,...

    04 Dec -12Dec
  8. Moran Art Prizes Exhibition

    Sunday 4 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...

    04 Dec -05Feb
  9. Spiders: Alive and Deadly

    Sunday 4 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...

    04 Dec -17Jul
  10. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Sunday 4 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,...

    04 Dec -29Jan
  11. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Sunday 4 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...

    04 Dec -26Feb
  12. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Sunday 4 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...

    04 Dec -05Feb
  13. Sweet Addiction

    Sunday 4 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...

    04 Dec -30Apr
  14. St George Art Awards: Finalist Show

    Sunday 4 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...

    04 Dec -15Dec
  15. Frog Day at Wirrimbirra Sanctuary

    Sunday 4 December 2016, Sydney West

    Frogs are some of the most fascinating little creatures around. Sadly, their numbers are declining rapidly mainly due to habitat loss. You can help stop this! Bring the family along to Wirrimbirra and learn...

    04 Dec
  16. Photography Exhibition: Group Show

    Sunday 4 December to Saturday 17 December 2016,

    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...

    04 Dec -17Dec
  17. Nielsen Park bush regeneration group

    Tuesday 6 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...

    06 Dec -21Feb
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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

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