Sydney Festivals and Celebrations

Sydney Festivals

Looking for things to do in and around Sydney? Check out the city's jam-packed Sydney events calendar. You'll find music festivals, growers' markets, science shows and a whole lot more held throughout the year.

New Year's in Sydney unfolds in style, whether you're on Bondi Beach or a party boat on the harbour. Come January, the Sydney Festival takes over the city in a three-week celebration of music, theatre, dance and art. And the fun continues for film fans with Flickerfest in January and Tropfest in February.

Sydney comes alive in the cooler months, too. In Autumn, Vivid Sydney lights up the harbour with interactive light shows, breathtaking projections and more, while Bondi Winter Magic easily lures locals off the couch with its pop-up outdoor ice rinks, food stalls, workshops and more.

If you're looking for a festival for the whole family, you'll find pop culture conventions and science shows to check out. There are also contemporary arts festivals for the kids - and the Australian International Music Festival, a popular educational event for school and community music groups in June and July.

Growers markets run throughout the year in Pyrmont, Darlinghurst, Fox Studios and Carriageworks in the inner west - and you'll find multicultural food festivals too. The International Food Safari is held in June and July, and Crave Sydney International Food Festival in October serves up a whole month of food events, cooking classes, picnics, and of course, the iconic Night Noodle Markets.

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  1. Hunter by the Harbour

    Saturday 22 October to Tuesday 8 November 2016, Darling Harbour

    Discover the very best of wine and food from the Hunter Valley at Cockle Bay Wharf.Cockle Bay Wharf restaurants and bars are partnering with some of the most skilled winemakers, providores and...

    22 Oct -08Nov
  2. Confluence Festival of India

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    Confluence Festival of India, the most significant showcase of Indian arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia is coming to Sydney! The festival program includes world-class dance, theatre and music...

    22 Oct -30Oct
  3. Good Food Month

    Saturday 22 October to Monday 31 October 2016, City Centre

    Australia's largest food festival, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month presented by Citi invites food lovers in Sydney and regional New South Wales to celebrate Australia's extraordinary culinary scene...

    22 Oct -31Oct
  4. Sydney Italian Festival

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    The spirit of la dolce vita takes over venues across Sydney in the annual celebration of Italian culture, products and lifestyle.Sydney Italian Festival is an annual event organised by the Italian Trade...

    22 Oct -30Oct
  5. Sculpture By The Sea Bondi

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 6 November 2016, Bondi

    Celebrating 20 years!The world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, is back and celebrating 20 years!! One of Sydney's most loved events, the outdoor...

    22 Oct -06Nov
  6. Culinary Carnivale

    Saturday 22 October 2016, Sydney West

    Now in its sixth year, Culinary Carnivale will again offer a mouth-watering menu showcasing cuisines from Spain and Latin America, accompanied by Brazilian dancers, drummers, Mexican singers, football stars and a...

    22 Oct
  7. Sydney Craft Beer Week

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Redfern And Waterloo

    This October, the streets of Sydney will be flowing with Craft Beer as Sydney Craft Beer Week (SCBW) returns bigger, better, and tastier. Over 60 of Sydney's leading venues will host the city's largest and most...

    22 Oct -30Oct
  8. Night Noodle Markets

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, City Centre

    If it's Good Food Month, it must be time for the Night Noodle Markets. With all the colour, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival.The Night...

    22 Oct -23Oct
  9. Deepavali Fair

    Sunday 23 October 2016, Parramatta

    Deepavali is a festival of lights which is also famous as Diwali. Hindu Council of Australia proudly presents this year's Deepavali celebration at Parramatta Park. Join the Deepavali Fair to celebrate...

    23 Oct
  10. MindBodySpirit Festival

    Thursday 27 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    Enjoy an exciting, fun-filled day at Australia's largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event! Shop from over 200 exhibitors, attend free inspirational seminars, book yourself a psychic reading,...

    27 Oct -30Oct
  11. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 28 October to Friday 28 April 2017, Parramatta

    Over 20 farmers and producers from the Sydney basin and regional NSW will be selling high quality, authentic local, seasonal produce directly from growers and artisan food producers.Come early and...

    28 Oct -28Apr
  12. SCG Halloween Adults Tour Event

    Saturday 29 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Moore Park

    Calling all zombies, ghosts and witches too, they've got a spooky Halloween tour for you.Come the the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Halloween eve, for a haunted stadium that you won't believe!The...

    29 Oct -31Oct
  13. Heartfulness Meditation Festival

    Saturday 29 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    Welcome to your trans-formative moment.Join them to discover the magnificent inner universe together, through relaxation and meditation with Yogic Transmission. There will be four practical sessions over the...

    29 Oct -30Oct
  14. SCG Kids and Family Halloween Event

    Saturday 29 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Moore Park

    Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Kids and Family Halloween Event is fun and fantastic for kids and families. Perfect for kids aged five to 12, and the whole family young and old. Your friendly tour...

    29 Oct -31Oct
  15. Parramatta Day

    Saturday 29 October 2016, Parramatta

    Pack your picnic rug and celebrate Parramatta’s birthday at Parramatta Day. With live music, the Parravision talent comp, a delicious array of food at the Farmers Market, local community stalls and plenty of...

    29 Oct
  16. Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival

    Sunday 30 October 2016, Sydney North

    A pop-up wine and foodies paradise.October sees the return of the very popular Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival to Wahroonga Park. They have carefully selected a wide range of exquisite wineries....

    30 Oct
  17. Gymea Village Fair

    Sunday 30 October 2016, Cronulla

    Gymea Village hosts one of the Shire's most successful Spring Fairs boasting more than 190 stall holders from food stalls to fashion, wine to flowers. There are two stages packed with nonstop entertainment...

    30 Oct
  18. Norton Street Italian Festa 2016

    Sunday 30 October 2016, Leichhardt

    Now in its 30th year, Festa offers all things Italian and attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year into the heart of Sydney’s Little Italy. Market stalls with great food and wine, and a long communal table for...

    30 Oct
  19. Strathfield Food and Jazz Festival

    Sunday 30 October 2016, Sydney West

    The Strathfield Food and Jazz Festival is a buzzing event with bite!Now in its sixth year, the event will be celebrating international flavours, a fitting theme given the abundant multiculturalism of the...

    30 Oct
  20. Grandparents Day

    Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    Grandparents have a unique role.They don't just connect everyone to the values, stories and histories of people's families, but to the values, stories and histories of Australian communities.In...

    30 Oct
  21. SciFi Film Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: October 2016, Parramatta

    The second SciFi Film Festival is again celebrating all things of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, including family friendly events...

    Oct 2016
  22. Melbourne Cup Up High

    Tuesday 1 November 2016,

    Revel in the excitement of the race that stops the nation! Celebrate the Melbourne Cup in style with a sumptuous four-course lunch at Altitude restaurant while taking in views of the sparkling harbour. Such an iconic...

    01 Nov
  23. Melbourne Cup Lunch Cruise

    Tuesday 1 November 2016, City Centre

    Celebrate the race that stops the nation aboard Sydney's thoroughbred cruise ship MV Sydney 2000. The Melbourne Cup Lunch will get you to the winners circle in style with a premium three course lunch, welcome drink...

    01 Nov
  24. Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival

    Wednesday 2 November to Sunday 13 November 2016, Pyrmont

    This year’s festival presents a remarkably diverse roster of established stars on the international jazz scene alongside a lineup of exceptionally talented local artists in a dynamic program of ticketed and free events.

    02 Nov -13Nov
  25. Campbelltown City Festival of Fishers Ghost

    Friday 4 November to Sunday 13 November 2016, Campbelltown

    Each November, the legendary Festival of Fisher's Ghost comes alive in Campbelltown. The festival is steeped in history, dating back to 1956. It is named after Australia's most famous ghost, Frederick Fisher...

    04 Nov -13Nov
  26. Fisher's Ghost Carnival

    Friday 4 November to Sunday 13 November 2016, Campbelltown

    Enjoy the rides, sideshows, food, entertainment and more at Bradbury Oval over both weekends of the festival.Plus... Fireworks will light up the sky at 9pm on Saturday 5 and 12 November.Entry is...

    04 Nov -13Nov
  27. Fisher's Ghost Street Parade

    Saturday 5 November 2016, Campbelltown

    One of the highlights of the annual Festival of Fisher's Ghost Festival is the Street Parade. The parade, which takes place on the first Saturday in November, has come to be seen as the official opening of the...

    05 Nov
  28. Avalon Art Carnival: The Game

    Event dates to be confirmed: November 2016, Northern Beaches

    Avalon Art Carnival: The Game is a public art festival around Avalon Beach Village. A creative arts experience to instil a sense of wonder, fun and...

    Nov 2016
  29. Fisher's Gig

    Saturday 5 November 2016, Sydney West

    Fisher's Gig, Campbelltown's annual youth music festival, has been part of the annual Festival of Fisher's Ghost celebrations since 1998, earning a reputation for launching young music careers.This year's...

    05 Nov
  30. Northside Produce Markets

    Saturday 5 November to Saturday 17 December 2016, Sydney North

    The award winning Northside Produce Market is happening the first and the third Saturday each month.With produce from the growers, artisan food producers with their delights as well as plenty of ready to eat...

    05 Nov -17Dec

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