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. Tropfest Australia

    Saturday 11 February to Tuesday 14 February 2017, Parramatta

    Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival, is a free, outdoor event, and in 2017, celebrating it's 25th anniversary! Set in Sydney's beautiful Parramatta Park, a summer calendar would be naked...

    11 Feb -14Feb
  2. Taste of Sydney

    Friday 10 March to Monday 13 March 2017, Moore Park

    Taste of Sydney returns to the stunning surrounds of Centennial Park.With a line-up of over 15 of Sydney's latest, greatest and hottest restaurants, live music entertainment, more than 100 artisan producers...

    10 Mar -13Mar
  3. The Premier's Harmony Dinner

    Saturday 11 March 2017, City Centre

    This gala event, hosted by the Honourable Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, in the presence of the Honourable Mike Baird MP, Premier of New South Wales, will welcome 1,000 representatives...

    11 Mar
  4. Sydney Easter Parade

    Monday 17 April 2017, City Centre

    Join thousands of other Sydneysiders celebrate the true meaning of Easter and have a great day filled with lots of fun for the whole family.Sydney Easter Parade is expected to attract over 3,000 paraders...

    17 Apr
  5. ANZAC Day

    Tuesday 25 April 2017, City Centre

    ANZAC Day is a national day of memorial in Australia, commemorating those who lost their lives in the First World War, and there are few better places to remember these brave soldiers than New South Wales (NSW)....

    25 Apr
  6. ANZAC Day March

    Tuesday 25 April 2017, City Centre

    Sydney's ANZAC Day March gives participating veterans and the general public an opportunity to honour those who served in the defence of Australia or its interests, especially remembering those who paid the supreme...

    25 Apr
  7. Mothers Day at Belgenny Farm

    Monday 8 May 2017, Camden

    Looking for something unique to do this Mother's Day? Why not treat your Mum to a day of entertainment and enjoyment in the unique rural setting of Belgenny Farm.You can wander the picturesque grounds in the...

    08 May
  8. Pyrmont Wine, Food and Art Festival

    Saturday 13 May to Monday 22 May 2017, Pyrmont

    The dynamic Pyrmont Festival returns to Pyrmont, showcasing the very best of the Pyrmont Precinct and Mudgee Region, with more than 50 restaurants, wine bars, hotels, winemakers, and artists featured.The...

    13 May -22May
  9. 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, press and consumers....

    15 May -21May
  10. 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 Festival as they present...

    22 May -28May
  11. 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. One of the world's...

    07 Jun -18Jun
  12. 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 most important...

    27 May -18Jun
  13. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 26 August 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...

    26 Aug -28Apr
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Variety of Chefs Fundraising Gala Dinner

    Sunday 4 June 2017, Inner Sydney

    A mind-blowing gastronomic delight, Variety of Chefs is without a doubt the tastiest fine dining charity event of the year, supporting Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs. Now in its...

    04 Jun
  18. Haldon Street Festival

    Saturday 19 August 2017, Sydney West

    The City of Canterbury is proud to present the Haldon Street Festival.More than 25,000 people from across Sydney take part in the annual festivities. Indulge in food from across the globe, live entertainment...

    19 Aug
  19. Cherry Blossom Festival

    Saturday 27 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Sydney West

    The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival, held over the last two weekends in August, will be bursting with Japanese culture – all set amongst the beautiful Auburn Botanic Gardens and flowering cherry blossoms. The...

    27 Aug -28Aug
  20. SF3 - the SmartFone Flick Fest

    Friday 26 August 2016, Paddington

    SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s only international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages.They are an international festival open to anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a great idea for a...

    26 Aug
  21. Bundeena Maianbar Art Of Living Festival

    Friday 26 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Bundeena

    Local community festival, used to highlight the local artists, musicians and the stunning area of Sydney in which they live, helping to promote tourism for the villages and surrounding area.

    26 Aug -28Aug
  22. 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
  23. Confluence Festival of India

    Friday 26 August 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...

    26 Aug -30Oct
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. Festival Of Dreams

    Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Moore Park

    Now in its third year, the 2016 Festival of Dreams boasts an exciting line-up of renowned keynote speakers including entrepreneur, author, CEO and start-up visionary Lisa Messenger; internationally accredited yoga and...

    07 Oct -09Oct
  27. Riverfest

    Saturday 27 August 2016, Campbelltown

    With a unique focus on environmental sustainability and the celebration of cultural differences, Riverfest is a melting pot of ideas, creativity and fun!The event, held each year on the last Saturday of...

    27 Aug
  28. Sydney Jewish Writers Festival

    Saturday 27 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Bondi

    Books are just the beginning! The annual Sydney Jewish Writers Festival is a unique, meaningful opportunity for people to engage with the wealth and diversity of contemporary Jewish writing and to celebrate...

    27 Aug -28Aug
  29. The King’s Spring Festival and King’s Annual Art Show Weekend

    Monday 29 August to Tuesday 30 August 2016, Parramatta

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    From carnival rides, cartoon characters, arts and crafts, an animal farm, gourmet food, market stalls, the Western Sydney Wanderers and the NSW Waratahs, to...

    29 Aug -30Aug
  30. Willoughby Spring Festival

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -30Sep
  31. Sydney Fringe Festival

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -30Sep
  32. Alliance Française Classic Film Festival - Catherine Deneuve - Une Rétrospective

    Friday 26 August 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;...

    26 Aug -04Sep

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