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. AFL Multicultural Festival presented by Australia Post

    Saturday 9 July 2016,

    This year the AFL and Giants are bringing the Toyota AFL Multicultural Festival to Sydney. This free event offers rides, food stalls, AFL clinics, henna and face painters, Multicultural workshops,...

    09 Jul
  2. Tropfest Australia

    Tuesday 14 February 2017, Moore Park

    Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival, is a free, outdoor event.
    Set in Sydney's beautiful Centennial Park, a summer calendar would be naked without it! The atmosphere is...

    14 Feb
  3. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

    Monday 15 May to Sunday 21 May 2017, Inner Sydney

    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is Australia's only international fashion platform, with a focus on providing Australian designers with a platform to connect with a global audience of buyers,...

    15 May -21May
  4. Sydney Writers Festival

    Monday 22 May to Sunday 28 May 2017, Walsh Bay

    The Sydney Writers' Festival is bringing some of the biggest names in literature to Sydney for one week of inspiring talks, panels and performances.

    Join the Sydney Writers...

    22 May -28May
  5. Sydney Film Festival

    Wednesday 7 June to Sunday 18 June 2017, City Centre

    The Sydney Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, restorations, animation and more....

    07 Jun -18Jun
  6. Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas

    Saturday 27 May to Sunday 18 June 2017, 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 world's...

    27 May -18Jun
  7. Wentworth Park Greyhound Racing Sydney

    Saturday 2 July to Wednesday 14 June 2017, Glebe

    Greyhound Racing Sydney is on every Wednesday and Saturday night. The historic Wentworth Park location is the showpiece of greyhound racing in NSW with first class amenities including a two level...

    02 Jul -14Jun
  8. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 1 July 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...

    01 Jul -28Apr

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