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. International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4)

    Sunday 22 May 2016, Surrounds

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The International Fly Fishing Film Festival® (IF4™) is the fastest growing event of its kind with screenings in Canada, the United...

    22 May

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  2. The Sydney Opera House Tour - Celebrating Vivid Sydney

    Sunday 22 May to Wednesday 8 June 2016, City Centre

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    As the sun goes down and 'House' lights up, venture inside the iconic shells and visit its famous theatres, state of the art recording...

    22 May -08Jun

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  3. Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruises with Eastcoast Sailing

    Sunday 22 May to Wednesday 8 June 2016, City Centre

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Get the best view of the Vivid Sydney festival from a luxury cruise on Sydney Harbour with Eastcoast Sailing. Get up close to the lights of...

    22 May -08Jun

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  4. Wine and Chocolate Tasting with Deniz Karaca

    Wednesday 25 May 2016, Surrounds

    The fun continues with this second Ladies Only Event, where you explore the matching of Wine and Chocolate - but this is no ordinary event. They welcome Deniz Karaca - World Chocolate Master to...

    25 May

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  5. Fort Denison - Dinner De-LIGHTS

    Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016, Sydney Harbour

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Sydney's only harbour island restaurant Fort Denison will host a unique weekend dining experience this May and June during the Vivid Sydney...

    27 May -18Jun

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  6. Vivid Skywalk

    Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016, City Centre

    Experience Sydney like never before and join in the city's most illuminating festival on a Vivid Skywalk! Don't miss your opportunity to soak up the ultimate bird's eye view of Vivid...

    27 May -18Jun

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  7. Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas

    Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016, Sydney Harbour

    Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor 'gallery' of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the...

    27 May -18Jun

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  8. Vivid Sydney Vagabond Cruise

    Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016, City Centre

    Hop aboard a Vagabond Cruise for a spectacular evening and witness the city being transformed into a magical canvas of light for Vivid 2016! Cocktail dinner, house beer, fine South Australian wine...

    27 May -18Jun

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