Events: Festivals & 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. Dam Fest Warragamba

    Tuesday 18 October 2016, Surrounds

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    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...

    18 Oct

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  2. Amber Affair

    Saturday 22 October 2016, The Rocks

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The 14th annual Amber Affair is an evening to celebrate beer appreciation and mateship all while supporting a great cause, Sydney Children's...

    22 Oct

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  3. Sculpture By The Sea

    Saturday 22 October to Tuesday 8 November 2016, Bondi

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, is back again for a 19th year! One...

    22 Oct -08Nov

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    Free
  4. Sydney Blues and Roots Festival

    Saturday 22 October to Tuesday 25 October 2016, Hawkesbury

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The Sydney Blues and Roots Festival is becoming one of the premier events on the music calendar showcasing the very best of established and...

    22 Oct -25Oct

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  5. Desdemona - Sydney Festival

    Sunday 23 October to Tuesday 25 October 2016, Walsh Bay

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The Sydney Festival are launching their 40th celebrations with a special work this October.The story of Desdemona from Shakespeare's Othello...

    23 Oct -25Oct

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  6. Parramasala

    Sunday 23 October to Tuesday 25 October 2016, Parramatta

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Parramasala 2015 is a spicy celebration of cultures in Prince Alfred Square Parramatta and Harris Park.The celebration includes India Tourism...

    23 Oct -25Oct

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    Free
  7. Culinary Carnivale

    Monday 24 October 2016, Surrounds

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    Hola! Western Sydney's pre-eminent food festival event, Culinary Carnivale, will again seduce record crowds with a mouth-watering menu...

    24 Oct

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    Free
  8. Dragons Abreast Festival

    Monday 24 October 2016, City Centre

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The eighth Annual Dragon Boat Festival will be held on the stunning Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour right in the heart of Sydney on Saturday, 24...

    24 Oct

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