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. Willoughby Spring Festival

    Wednesday 28 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Sydney North

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The annual Willoughby Spring Festival is the largest cultural and entertainment celebration on Sydney's North Shore and is on this September.The month...

    28 Sep -30Sep
  2. Sydney Fringe Festival

    Wednesday 28 September to Friday 30 September 2016, City Centre

    The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW. Spread across five cultural villages, the Sydney Fringe presents over 300 productions in over 50 venues every September, celebrating local...

    28 Sep -30Sep
  3. Confluence Festival of India

    Wednesday 28 September 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...

    28 Sep -30Oct
  4. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 30 September 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...

    30 Sep -28Apr
  5. Northside Produce Markets

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -17Dec
  6. Listen Out

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Moore Park

    Listen Out is Australia’s intelligent dance music event, bringing quality dance music to four spectacular inner city venues across Australia this spring.The antidote to many of the things you don’t like...

    01 Oct
  7. Good Food Month

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -31Oct
  8. Paws in the Outdoors

    Saturday 1 October to Monday 3 October 2016, Hawkesbury

    The Outdoor Adventure Company will host Paws in the Outdoors, a weekend camping adventure for pets and pet owners alike. Located in the beautiful bush land of the Hawkesbury Valley, The Outdoor Adventure Company...

    01 Oct -03Oct
  9. Sydney Model Railway Exhibition EXPRESS

    Saturday 1 October to Monday 3 October 2016, City Centre

    On the Queen's Birthday long weekend the Transport Heritage NSW brings Sydney's transport history to life, with the excitement of steam train rides through the suburbs and return of vintage double decker buses to the...

    01 Oct -03Oct
  10. Picton Markets

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 4 December 2016, Picton

    Picton Markets (formerly Creative Traders Markets) are held on the first Sunday of the month. They provide an opportunity to purchase local fresh produce direct from the farmer and locally produced hand made items...

    02 Oct -04Dec
  11. Labour Day - October Long Weekend

    Monday 3 October 2016, City Centre

    Labour Day in NSW is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in October. In 2016, Labour Day will be celebrated on Monday 3rd October. This annual public holiday celebrates the arrival of the eight-hour...

    03 Oct
  12. Night Noodle Markets

    Thursday 6 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...

    06 Oct -23Oct
  13. Kidtopia Festival

    Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Parramatta

    Kidtopia Festival is a new outdoor event to end the October school holidays with a bang! Enjoy amazing live music on our entertainment stage and delicious food from Sydney’s best. Take part in a hands-on science...

    07 Oct -09Oct
  14. 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
  15. Festival Of Dreams

    Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Moore Park

    Now in its third year, the 2016 Festival of Dreams boasts an exciting line-up of renowned keynote speakers including entrepreneur, author, CEO and start-up visionary Lisa Messenger; internationally accredited yoga and...

    07 Oct -09Oct
  16. Auburn Festival

    Saturday 8 October 2016, Sydney West

    The Auburn Festival is a celebration of the rich, vibrant and diverse cultures of the local and surrounding region and the event's music and dance performances, activities, food and markets stalls aim to represent and...

    08 Oct
  17. 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
  18. Hunter Valley Uncorked at Balmoral

    Sunday 9 October 2016, Mosman

    On the second Sunday of October (October 9th), Hunter Valley Uncorked will be landing on the sunny shores of Balmoral Beach.For the 11th year running, Uncorked brings together family and friends with food...

    09 Oct
  19. Sydney Indie Film Festival

    Monday 10 October to Thursday 20 October 2016, Sydney West

    The Sydney Indie Film Festival will feature some of the best of independent cinema from around the world, including a mix of award winning films and outstanding emerging talent in the film industry.The...

    10 Oct -20Oct
  20. 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
  21. Hunter by the Harbour

    Wednesday 12 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...

    12 Oct -08Nov
  22. Potts Cross Bar Hop Two

    Thursday 13 October 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Join The Sydney Connection for a fun night of high-end cocktails, fine wine and crafted beer with matching tasting plates, at six of the best small bars on two different walks as part of Good Food Month. Get...

    13 Oct
  23. William Street Festival

    Saturday 15 October 2016, Paddington

    Come along and enjoy the eighth edition of the William Street Festival!A fun-filled day of delicious food, great shopping and live entertainment. Take a stroll and check out the amazing outdoor activations...

    15 Oct
  24. Granny Smith Festival

    Saturday 15 October 2016, Sydney North

    The annual Granny Smith Festival celebrates the life and legacy of one of the district’s most famous citizens, Maria Ann Smith - aka Granny Smith - who, back in 1868, ‘accidentally’ grew the first batch of little...

    15 Oct
  25. Spring Cycle

    Sunday 16 October 2016, Sydney North

    Proudly supported by Transport for NSW, Spring Cycle attracts riders of all ages on bikes of all shapes and sizes, providing a unique opportunity to ride over and past Sydney's icons and landscapes. There are three...

    16 Oct
  26. Dam Fest Warragamba

    Sunday 16 October 2016, Sydney West

    Dam Fest is a fun packed day for the whole family, held on the third Sunday each October. Featuring a Car and Bike Show, amusement rides, market stalls, free entertainment, billy cart derby, tug-of-war, and much more....

    16 Oct
  27. Sculpture By The Sea Bondi

    Thursday 20 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...

    20 Oct -06Nov
  28. Sydney Craft Beer Week

    Friday 21 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...

    21 Oct -30Oct
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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

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