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. Sirens Art Exhibition by Paul Kirk

    Thursday 15 September to Wednesday 28 September 2016, Sydney North

    Sirens is an Exhibition of Portrait paintings based upon the watery theme of the 'Sirens' of mythology. They are oil paintings of Australian female artists by Sydney-based emerging Artist, Paul Kirk.Paul...

    15 Sep -28Sep
  2. Gloria

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -08Oct
  3. Sixth Sense

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -15Oct
  4. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -05Feb
  5. CASS Art Direct - Studio 109 - St George Art Society

    Thursday 29 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Sydney South

    CASS Art Direct brings you an exhibition of St George Art Society Artists: Jean Harrow, Nauha Dabboussy, Don Kibble, Helen Dubrovich, Angela Iliadis, Josephine Butler, Beverley Saul, Jan Schuster-Callus, Kathy Curtiss...

    29 Sep -30Sep
  6. Hidden - A Rookwood Sculpture Walk

    Thursday 29 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,...

    29 Sep -23Oct
  7. Francesco Clemente: Encampment

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -09Oct
  8. CASS Art Direct - Studio 107 - Randwick Art Society

    Thursday 29 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Bondi

    CASS Art Direct brings you a unique opportunity to visit the art studios of Artists from the Randwick Art Society.Studio 107 - Randwick Art Society, is part of the CASS Art Direct Open Studio art trail and...

    29 Sep -30Sep
  9. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Thursday 29 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,...

    29 Sep -29Jan
  10. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -30Oct
  11. Art and About Sydney

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -11Oct
  12. A Hambledon Cottage Museum

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -14May
  13. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -16Oct
  14. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -09Oct
  15. Connections Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Thursday 29 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...

    29 Sep -26Feb
  16. 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
  17. Luminous - Amy Richards Solo Show Opening Night

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 15 October 2016, Sydney North

    Luminous features colourful artworks from artist Amy Richard's new collection. Come join them on the Opening Night, Saturday, 1 October 2016, from 1pm to 3pm at Platform72Gallery.

    01 Oct -15Oct
  18. Glenalvon House Open Days

    Monday 3 October 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...

    03 Oct -26Nov
  19. Nielsen Park bush regeneration group

    Tuesday 4 October 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...

    04 Oct -21Feb
  20. Australian Bus and Coach Show

    Wednesday 5 October to Thursday 6 October 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    The Australian Bus and Coach Show 2016 being held at Sydney Showground in October gives exhibitors and visitors a state of the art facility where all buses and booths can be displayed in the one indoor arena. The...

    05 Oct -06Oct
  21. Southern Orchid Spectacular

    Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Sydney South

    This October the Southern Orchid Spectacular is being held at the Caringbah High School. Come along and see the beautiful orchid displays, plants for sale or why not receive some free advice on how to grow...

    07 Oct -09Oct
  22. Northern Beaches Girls Night In

    Friday 7 October 2016, Northern Beaches

    Yes it's that time of year again - time for a new event. It is our 6th annual event and this time we chose for a WILD NIGHT OUT theme! Over 400 women; mothers, daughters, sisters, best friends, women of all ages, all...

    07 Oct
  23. Book Expo Australia

    Saturday 8 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Parramatta

    Where books come alive! An expo for the avid book lover. Come along and meet authors and buy a signed copy. Join a panel and hear what inspires them to write. Wander the expo floor and hear book readings,...

    08 Oct -09Oct
  24. Indian Bridal Expo

    Saturday 8 October 2016, Sydney West

    The Indian Bridal Expo is an event hosted by Shirleen's Events Management to assist couples with all their wedding needs! It will have a number of stalls ranging including outfits and clothing, jewellery,...

    08 Oct
  25. Concord Carnival

    Sunday 9 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    The theme for this year's event is 'Heroes'. We see heroes all around us. They can feature on movie screens, perform on the sports field, save lives in operating theatres or work as Council volunteers. Who are your...

    09 Oct
  26. Parramatta Lanes

    Tuesday 11 October to Friday 14 October 2016, Parramatta

    An eclectic mix of gourmet food, world music, live performances, cutting edge art and engaging talks will bring to life hidden spaces in Parramatta as part of the popular Parramatta Lanes food and cultural festival...

    11 Oct -14Oct
  27. Sydney Four Wheel Drive and Adventure Show

    Friday 14 October to Sunday 16 October 2016, Blacktown

    The Four Wheel Drive and Adventure Show is on again at Western Sydney International Dragway, Eastern Creek. Always a popular event for outdoor enthusiasts, it will offer even more to visitors with product...

    14 Oct -16Oct
  28. Rites of Passage

    Friday 14 October to Sunday 16 October 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    The team at Rites of Passage (ROP) are excited to present to you one of the largest celebrations of tattoo culture in the southern hemisphere. They will bring you an even bigger and better event - Australia’s best...

    14 Oct -16Oct
  29. Social Good Summit Australia

    Saturday 15 October 2016, Newtown

    The Social Good Summit Australia is a one day conference examining the impact of social good initiatives around the world. Held in Sydney, the Social Good Summit Australia unites a dynamic community of global and...

    15 Oct
  30. The Brookvale Show

    Saturday 15 October 2016, Manly

    It's Brookvale Showtime! Free family fun with entertainment, rides and thrills. The Brookvale Show began in 1921. It was an agricultural and horticultural show that was...

    15 Oct

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