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. Movies by the Boulevard

    Event dates to be confirmed: January 2017, Sydney Olympic Park

    Sydney Olympic Park's popular Movies by the Boulevard series will return for its fifteenth year of free cinema under the stars in January 2016...

    Jan 2017
  2. Sydney Festival

    Wednesday 18 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, City Centre

    Exuberant, exciting and forever effervescent - the best time to experience Sydney is in January, when the city is in full celebratory mode. Sydney Festival presents the biggest and best of the world's performing and...

    18 Jan -29Jan
  3. Gondwana Choirs: Festival of Summer Voices

    Wednesday 18 January to Saturday 21 January 2017, City Centre

    Gondwana Choirs presents the inaugural Festival of Summer Voices from January 18-21 to showcase the talents of young choristers, conductors and composers from around Australia. Led by Gondwana Choirs...

    18 Jan -21Jan
  4. Ben and Jerrys Openair Cinemas Bondi

    Thursday 19 January to Sunday 26 February 2017, Bondi

    Capture the spirit of summer with Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinemas' annual season of live music and feature films at Bondi - on the lawn of life, overlooking Australia's most iconic beach.The Bondi festival...

    19 Jan -26Feb
  5. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 20 January 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...

    20 Jan -28Apr
  6. Bankstown Lunar New Year Festival

    Saturday 21 January 2017, Sydney West

    Join them for the Canterbury Bankstown Lunar New Year Celebrations!The event will see Saigon Place transformed into an exciting, loud and colourful arena of music and festivities to celebrate the year of the...

    21 Jan
  7. Summer Jazz

    Saturday 21 January 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...

    21 Jan -25Feb
  8. Mazda Opera in the Domain

    Saturday 21 January 2017, City Centre

    It's a tradition: every year, thousands of Sydneysiders head to the Domain with picnics packed and friends in tow.Hear Australia's brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the...

    21 Jan
  9. Ferrython

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Sydney Harbour turns spectacular with Ferrython, one of Australia’s most popular and iconic free events. See the beloved ferries in this hugely popular Australia Day tradition, as they venture from Circular Quay to...

    26 Jan
  10. Wugulora Indigenous Morning Ceremony

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Barangaroo

    Begin your Australia Day by celebrating the world’s oldest surviving culture. Watch a special performance by Indigenous dancers and singers at Barangaroo.Listen and sing along with the choral performance of...

    26 Jan
  11. Darling Harbour Australia Day

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Every year on 26 January, Darling Harbour hosts the nation's biggest harbourside party, when FREE Australia Day festivities see Aussies of all backgrounds celebrate together at one of Sydney's most lively and iconic...

    26 Jan
  12. Australia Day at The Farm

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Hawkesbury

    Celebrate everything that makes this nation great at The Hills Shire’s massive all-day Australia Day party which will include show-stopping performances from your favourite Aussie artists, rides, free kids activities,...

    26 Jan
  13. Australia Day Big Breakfast

    Event dates to be confirmed: January 2017, Northern Beaches

    Warringah Council's massive Big Breakfast is on again at Dee Why Beach this Australia Day. The Dee Why Big Breakfast is the biggest event on...

    Jan 2017
  14. Yabun Festival

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Glebe

    Yabun Festival is an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures held on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people in Sydney, Australia.The Yabun Stage is a showcase of some of the...

    26 Jan
  15. Australia Day Cruises

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Sydney Harbour goes all out for its Australia Day celebrations, featuring an amazing line up of events including ferry races, tall ships, sailing regattas, fly-overs, fireworks and much more. Take in all the action...

    26 Jan
  16. Barbecue by the Bridge

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Sydney North

    Barbecue by the Bridge will celebrate Australia’s diversity through the grand tradition of the Aussie Barbecue. A range of food vendors will be serving up a selection of barbecued cuisines from around the world...

    26 Jan
  17. Australia Day Parramatta

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Parramatta

    Celebrate everything that makes this nation great at Parramatta’s massive all-day Australia Day party. Featuring the spectacular Aerial hot air balloon display, the Big Barbecue—with more than 90 metres of meat; the...

    26 Jan
  18. Hottest 100 Party Parramatta

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Parramatta

    Parramatta is throwing a free, all-ages Hottest 100 Party to celebrate triple j’s annual countdown! Sit back and relax with a great line-up of live bands and DJ’s and the countdown streaming between sets....

    26 Jan
  19. Australia Day Sydney

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    On 26 January each year, Australians come together to celebrate their national day. The date commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain, reflecting the nation's diversity and...

    26 Jan
  20. Australia Day at Jamison Park

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Penrith

    Penrith is the place to be on Australia Day!Penrith's annual Australia Day Celebrations will be held from 3-8pm. The event will be a family fun day, bringing families and the community together to...

    26 Jan
  21. Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

    Friday 27 January to Sunday 12 February 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year at City of Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival. This vibrant arts Festival has a program bursting with cultural events, markets, tours, exhibitions and entertainment, most of them free...

    27 Jan -12Feb
  22. Twilight at Taronga Summer Concert Series

    Saturday 28 January to Sunday 12 March 2017, Mosman

    Experience the thrill of a summer twilight open air show on the lawn of Taronga Zoo's intimate, fully licensed natural amphitheatre. Pre-order gourmet hampers, picnic rugs and chairs, so all you need to do is find a...

    28 Jan -12Mar
  23. Chinese New Year at Sydney Fish Market

    Saturday 28 January 2017, Pyrmont

    Sydney Fish Market is hosting a lion dance to welcome in the Chinese New Year in traditional fashion, handing out special fortune cookies filled with fish-pun fortunes. Sydney Fish Market welcomes all visitors to come...

    28 Jan
  24. Sydney Hills Lunar Festival

    Sunday 29 January 2017, Hawkesbury

    Bigger, brighter and more spectacular than ever before the Sydney Hills Lunar Festival has a new home in 2017 at Bella Vista Farm. A fusion of flavours, cultures and traditions, the Sydney Hills Lunar...

    29 Jan
  25. Lunar New Year Celebrations: Doonside

    Friday 3 February 2017, Blacktown

    Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens in Narragingy Reserve. The event program is bursting with engaging live entertainment, traditional Asian cuisine, roving shows, lion dances, tai chi...

    03 Feb

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