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. Confluence Festival of India

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -30Oct
  2. Alliance Française Classic Film Festival - Catherine Deneuve - Une Rétrospective

    Friday 2 September to Sunday 4 September 2016, City Centre

    Alliance Française Classic Film FestivalOrganized by the Alliance Française de Sydney in collaboration with StudioCanal, this exciting new celebration of vintage cinema will annually focus upon a talent;...

    02 Sep -04Sep
  3. Willoughby Spring Festival

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -30Sep
  4. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -28Apr
  5. Sydney Fringe Festival

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -30Sep
  6. Wedding Album - An Adakar Theatre And Cultural Group Production

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Randwick

    Adakar proudly presents a contemporary Indian play in English Wedding Album written by eminent playwright Girish Karnad. One of the most influential Indian playwrights of these times Karnad’s plays have become a...

    03 Sep
  7. Northside Produce Markets

    Saturday 3 September 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...

    03 Sep -17Dec
  8. Taste of Coogee

    Saturday 3 September to Sunday 4 September 2016, Coogee

    The Taste of Coogee festival has something for the whole family, serving up delicious local food and wine by Coogee beach, all for a good cause.You can buy your food and wine tokens on the day, with all...

    03 Sep -04Sep
  9. Fathers Day Lunch Cruise

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Darling Harbour

    Spoil Dad this Father's Day, celebrating on stunning Sydney Harbour. Enjoy three delightful hours of cruising, a delicious barbecue buffet, tempting dessert, coffee, tea, a complimentary beer for each Dad...

    04 Sep
  10. Malaysia Fest

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Darling Harbour

    Malaysia Fest seeks to promote and raise awareness about Malaysia's cultural diversity to the Australian Community, through their amazing cuisine and colourful cultural performances. Famous Malaysian...

    04 Sep
  11. Cabramatta Moon Festival

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Cabramatta

    The Cabramatta Moon Festival is a unique cultural event like no other, attracting more than 90,000 people each year. Join them and discover what the fuss is all about!Be enticed by the delicious and...

    04 Sep
  12. Writers in the Park - Centennial Park

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Moore Park

    Writers in the Park - Centennial Park, Australia's peoples park, is the inaugural literary festival with authors, illustrators, children's authors, performers, cartoonists, literary organisations entertaining...

    04 Sep
  13. Picton Markets

    Sunday 4 September 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...

    04 Sep -04Dec
  14. 11th Sydney Latin American Film Festival

    Thursday 8 September to Monday 12 September 2016, The Rocks

    From the tender and wonderful to the strange but true – say hola to the 11th annual Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) this September. Returning to Dendy Opera Quays, the Festival will screen the very best in...

    08 Sep -12Sep
  15. Taiwanese Festival

    Saturday 10 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Sydney North

    The Taiwan Festival Sydney comes to Chatswood in September 2016. Taking place at Palm Grove, this recognised and much-loved cultural event drew crowds of over 90,000 in 2013 and 2014.The Taiwan Festival is a...

    10 Sep -11Sep
  16. Confluence Festival of India - Bollywood Workshop

    Saturday 10 September 2016, City Centre

    Free Bollywood dance workshop with choreographer Gilles Chuyen to celebrate the Confluence Festival of India!Trained in France in Folk, Modern Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary dance styles, Gilles Chuyen has...

    10 Sep
  17. Cronulla Spring Festival

    Saturday 10 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Cronulla

    Spring brings with it the Sutherland Shire's largest annual festival, right on the city's southern beaches. Cronulla Spring Festival delights with a street full of shopping, tasty food, a car show, rides, kids...

    10 Sep -11Sep
  18. Festival of the Winds

    Sunday 11 September 2016, Bondi

    Australia's largest kite flying festival, Festival of the Winds, is on again at Bondi Beach. The skies will be full of kites of all sizes and shapes flown by professional local and international kite flyers, whilst...

    11 Sep
  19. Dulwich Hill Village Fair

    Sunday 11 September 2016, Inner Sydney

    The Dulwich Hill Village Fair celebrates the delights of the Dulwich Hill Village. Join the party with live entertainment, children's activities and a huge mix of market stalls including handicrafts, home wares,...

    11 Sep
  20. Fairies and Fantasy Festival

    Sunday 11 September 2016, Sydney West

    The Annual Fairies and Fantasy Festival is a free entry family event raising funds and awareness for KidsWest Children's Charity.Dress up as a Fairy or anything you would like and have a fun family day with...

    11 Sep
  21. Confluence Festival of India - Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

    Tuesday 13 September to Wednesday 14 September 2016, City Centre

    ‘A piece of temple sculpture come alive’ The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is globally acclaimed as one of India’s premiere dance companies. Touring Australia as apart of the Confluence Festival of India, this...

    13 Sep -14Sep
  22. Sydney Underground Film Festival

    Thursday 15 September to Sunday 18 September 2016, Inner Sydney

    The purveyors of provocation! The Sydney Underground Film Festival returns this September.Programming a wild and diverse range of indie, experimental, unique, artistic, boundary-pushing, and mind-bending...

    15 Sep -18Sep
  23. Parklands Food Fest

    Saturday 17 September 2016, Sydney West

    Western Sydney Parklands will again serve a star-studded line up of celebrity chefs, growers producers and personalities at the free 2016 Parklands Food Fest held at Lizard Log Amphitheatre.The festival's...

    17 Sep
  24. Annual Vintage Fifties and Collectables Fair

    Sunday 18 September 2016, Campbelltown

    The annual Campbelltown Vintage Fifties and Collectables Fair is a fun filled day of memorabilia and collectables from the 1950s. The day will feature plenty of entertainment, vintage fashion, dolls, music,...

    18 Sep
  25. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney

    Saturday 24 September to Monday 26 September 2016, City Centre

    Experience the best Australian designers on the runway, and enjoy backstage access, beauty workshops and luxe goodie bags.After the show, get ready for an after party like no other as the resident DJ mixes...

    24 Sep -26Sep
  26. St Ives Medieval Faire

    Saturday 24 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Sydney North

    For the third year Sydney’s St Ives Showground will be hay-strewn and hand-forged into an accurate recreation of Medieval Europe. Covering cultures and customs from the Dark Ages to the High Middle Ages,...

    24 Sep -25Sep
  27. Blessing of the Fleet at Sydney Fish Market

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Pyrmont

    Sydney Fish Market will be hosting a day of family-friendly activities to celebrate the Blessing of the Fleet. The ceremony continues the Mediterranean tradition where fishers would receive a blessing from...

    25 Sep
  28. Sounds of the Suburbs

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Cronulla

    Jammed into a Cronulla laneway between an art gallery and a Mexican restaurant, this unique and intimate festival is providing one of Australia’s most interesting and genuine music experiences. Still just a baby,...

    25 Sep
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. NRL Grand Final: Rock the Yacht Cruise to ANZ Stadium

    Sunday 2 October 2016, City Centre

    The original and the best!The only way to experience all the excitement of Grand Final Day is aboard Sportsnet's annual 'Rock the Yacht' Cruise!Immerse yourself in the ultimate Grand Final Fever...

    02 Oct
  32. 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

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