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. Open Marrickville

    Friday 17 June to Sunday 26 June 2016, Surrounds

    The Open Marrickville festival will unlock the talents and creativity of local communities and celebrate the many and varied cultures.Open Marrickville's ten days of storytelling, music, dance,...

    17 Jun -26Jun

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  2. Blue Mountains Flyer to the Winter Magic Festival

    Saturday 18 June 2016, Campbelltown

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Full steam up the mountains! Join a great spectacle of steam power and a nostalgic return to the grand days of rail travel.Enjoy the colour and...

    18 Jun

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  3. Bondi Winter Magic

    Saturday 25 June to Tuesday 12 July 2016, Bondi

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Bondi in winter is a magical place. See it sparkle with restaurants, cafes, bars, coastal walks, theatre, art, markets and winter specials and a...

    25 Jun -12Jul

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  4. Second Annual Sporting Legends Lunch

    Sunday 26 June 2016, City Centre

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    Alan Jones AO invites you to 'The 2nd Annual Sporting Legends Lunch' in aid of The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation to find a cure...

    26 Jun

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  5. Parramatta Winterlight

    Friday 1 July to Sunday 17 July 2016, Parramatta

    Get your skates on at Parramatta this winter and master a few tricks on the giant open air ice rink as part of the spectacular Parramatta Winterlight at Prince Alfred Square.Experience the Alpine...

    01 Jul -17Jul

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  6. Australian International Music Festival

    Sunday 3 July to Sunday 10 July 2016, City Centre

    Celebrating its 27th year in 2016 the Australian International Music Festival is one of our most popular and best attended events. With an average of 900 - 1,300 participants each year we regularly...

    03 Jul -10Jul

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  7. Hillsong Conference

    Tuesday 5 July to Friday 8 July 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    Hillsong Conference is all about championing the cause of local churches everywhere. Each year they gather at Sydney Olympic Park's Allphones Arena with thousands of people from all over the...

    05 Jul -08Jul

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  8. NAIDOC in the City

    Wednesday 6 July 2016, City Centre

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Save Monday 6 July in your diary for 'NAIDOC in the City' at Hyde Park from 11am to 3pm.Enjoy an afternoon experiencing the world's...

    06 Jul

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