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. Sydney Christmas

    Friday 9 December to Sunday 25 December 2016, City Centre

    Sydney Christmas kicks off a month long celebration on Saturday November 26 with concerts in Martin Place and Christmas on the Green, Hyde Park. Santa will arrive in a cycle driven sleigh and light Sydney’s majestic...

    09 Dec -25Dec
  2. Christmas Sky Show

    Friday 9 December to Monday 26 December 2016, Hawkesbury

    The Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show returns to The Hills this summer, with more lights, more snow and a more dazzling display than ever before. Back by popular demand the Christmas Sky Show will include two...

    09 Dec -26Dec
  3. Sydney Santa Spectacular

    Friday 9 December to Tuesday 27 December 2016, Parramatta

    Together with Santa and his working elves, they bring you a huge announcement!Through December a large area of Rosehill Gardens is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides,...

    09 Dec -27Dec
  4. Ben and Jerrys Openair Cinema Inner West Sydney

    Friday 9 December to Thursday 22 December 2016, Inner Sydney

    Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema is a quintessential outdoor event, with music by day and movies by night coming to Sydney's Inner West for the first time ever, where the big screen will be set up at Sydney University's...

    09 Dec -22Dec
  5. Christmas on George Street

    Friday 9 December to Wednesday 28 December 2016, City Centre

    This year there’s more reason than ever to come shop and celebrate in the city this festive season with extra events and activities planned for George Street in the city centre.George Street shopping...

    09 Dec -28Dec
  6. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 9 December 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...

    09 Dec -28Apr
  7. Summer Jazz

    Saturday 10 December to Saturday 25 February 2017, Chippendale

    SIMA presents Summer Jazz, a showcase of the outstanding and imaginative work presented by Australian jazz musicians. Any Saturday you choose, you can enjoy an exceptional evening of music, infused with the spirit of...

    10 Dec -25Feb
  8. Matsuri in Sydney

    Saturday 10 December 2016, Darling Harbour

    Matsuri in Sydney is an exciting massive one day event. There will be lots of food stalls and beers in a beer garden. Music and dance performances, and stage shows such as karate, sumo and taiko performances...

    10 Dec
  9. Celebrate Darling Harbour

    Sunday 11 December 2016, Darling Harbour

    Come celebrate Darling Harbour’s transformation! There’ll be plenty of fun for the whole family at this free event, with headlining Grammy Award-winning pop sensation Kimbra.Chill out to Kimbra, the Hot...

    11 Dec
  10. Christmas in The Hills

    Wednesday 14 December 2016, Hawkesbury

    Christmas in the Hills returns for its fifth year with live entertainment, carols, delicious food stalls, rides, a spectacular fireworks display and more.​Come and enjoy a Christmas celebration that honours...

    14 Dec
  11. Northside Produce Markets

    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...

    17 Dec
  12. Woolworths Carols in the Domain

    Sunday 18 December 2016, City Centre

    Australia's largest free Christmas concert, Woolworths Carols in the Domain will be held on Sunday, 18 December 2016.With performances from a variety of Artists, Woolworths Carols in the Domain is Australia...

    18 Dec
  13. Carriageworks Christmas Market

    Friday 23 December 2016, Redfern And Waterloo

    Over 160 stalls just two days before Christmas.Following on from the success of the inaugural Twilight Market in 2015, the Carriageworks Christmas Market is back, providing an exclusive opportunity to buy...

    23 Dec
  14. Sydney Fish Market 36-Hour Seafood Marathon

    Friday 23 December to Saturday 24 December 2016, Pyrmont

    2016 marks the 21st anniversary of Sydney Fish Market's 36-Hour Seafood Marathon, where retailers will be staying open for 36 hours from 5am Wednesday 23 December right through to 5pm Christmas Eve. Visitors...

    23 Dec -24Dec
  15. Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

    Saturday 24 December 2016, Darling Harbour

    Join Vagabond Cruises for Christmas Eve on Sydney Harbour this year for their famous dinner cruise. Forget about slaving away in the kitchen all day as chefs prepare a traditional buffet meal complete with roast...

    24 Dec
  16. Christmas Day Dinner Cruise

    Sunday 25 December 2016, Darling Harbour

    Vagabond Cruises Christmas Dinner cruise is a perfect opportunity for a get together with friends and family on Christmas Day.Be ready to catch your harbour memories on camera and don't forget to...

    25 Dec
  17. Christmas Day Lunch Cruise

    Sunday 25 December 2016, Darling Harbour

    Vagabond Cruises Christmas Day lunch cruise is a perfect opportunity for a get together with friends and family on Christmas Day.Be ready to catch your harbour memories on camera and don't forget...

    25 Dec
  18. Christmas Day Lunch Cruises

    Sunday 25 December 2016, City Centre

    Take in the sun and sights from the expansive open observation deck and enjoy the feast on one of three restaurant decks. There are a great range of options for families, singles and travellers. See the full...

    25 Dec
  19. Boxing Day Cruises

    Monday 26 December 2016, City Centre

    Boxing Day is the day Sydney comes out to play. All the action is centered around the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, one of the world's greatest ocean races. Pack a picnic and join all the fun on the...

    26 Dec
  20. New Years Eve on Sydney Harbour

    Saturday 31 December 2016, Double Bay

    Get your friends or family together and jump on board Pilgrim for an intimate way to enjoy the New Years Eve fireworks.Sydney puts on an amazing show for New Years Eve when the Sydney Harbour Bridge and...

    31 Dec
  21. New Years Eve Cruise on Sydney Harbour

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Enjoy New Year's Eve festivities on board one of Sydney Harbour's largest cruising glass boats. Starship Sydney offers three levels of surround panoramic views through its three-metre high glass windows and...

    31 Dec
  22. New Years Eve Harbour Cruise

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Enjoy the most spectacular firework display in the world onboard your very own Harbour cruise. Silver Spirit is the ideal place to view the fireworks, with a glorious upper deck with plenty of room, as well as full...

    31 Dec
  23. Harbour Hoopla - New Year's Eve

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    New to 2016, this vintage circus-themed New Year's Eve event at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is set to be a night of fun best enjoyed with friends. In addition to incredible views of the midnight...

    31 Dec
  24. New Years Eve Clark Island Garden Party

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Experience an unforgettable New Year's Eve on sublime Clark Island in Sydney Harbour National Park. Enjoy a gourmet three-course meal, cocktail on arrival and live music on this uncrowded island oasis set in a garden...

    31 Dec
  25. New Year's Eve in Parramatta Park

    Saturday 31 December 2016, Parramatta

    Bring your picnic rug to this event's new home in Parramatta Park and settle in for an evening of family-friendly entertainment and spectacular fireworks as Parramatta hosts one of Sydney's largest New Year's Eve...

    31 Dec
  26. The Point - New Year's Eve

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Join them at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney at this festival-style event for a vibrant yet relaxed vibe with unrivalled views of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy live upbeat jazz music and dance the night away to funk...

    31 Dec
  27. New Year's Eve with Harbour Views

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Celebrate a roaring New Year's Eve in Gatsby Style and experience exclusive Harbour views overlooking the Sydney Fireworks! Ring in 2017 with live jazz music, poker and black jack gaming tables, five hours...

    31 Dec
  28. New Years Eve Cruise Sydney Harbour

    Saturday 31 December 2016, Pyrmont

    Join Vagabond Cruises this year to end 2016 and kick off 2017 for one of the most amazing fireworks displays, in one of the most beautiful cities around the world.New Years Eve cruises are jam packed with a...

    31 Dec
  29. New Years Eve Campbelltown

    Saturday 31 December 2016, Campbelltown

    Campbelltown City is renowned for offering a quality New Year's Eve alternative to the crowded central business district of Sydney - with a huge night of entertainment from 7pm, along with two spectacular fireworks...

    31 Dec
  30. Sydney New Years Eve

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    There's no better place to welcome the new year than in Sydney - the New Year's Eve Capital of the World.Be one of the first in the world to welcome the new year as Sydney dazzles you with its world-class...

    31 Dec

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