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

    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
  2. 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...

    25 Apr
  3. 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...

    25 Apr
  4. 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...

    04 Sep
  5. Camels on the Beach

    Saturday 30 July 2016, Bondi

    Be the first to experience the thrill of riding a “ship of the desert” as it loftily saunters over the iconic sands of Bondi. Australia now has the largest population of camels in the world- but...

    30 Jul
  6. Kidtopia Festival

    Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Parramatta

    Kidtopia Festival is a new outdoor event to end the October school holidays with a bang! Enjoy amazing live music on our entertainment stage and delicious food from Sydney’s best. Take part in a...

    07 Oct -09Oct
  7. 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
  8. 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...

    02 Oct
  9. New Years Eve Fireworks on an Iconic Sydney Harbour Ferry

    Saturday 31 December 2016, City Centre

    Sydney's unique ferries offer a big range of options for you to have a memorable and convenient New Year’s Eve in 2016.
    The historic Lady Northcott Ferry will take you from Circular Quay...

    31 Dec
  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...

    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....

    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...

    27 May -18Jun
  13. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 5 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...

    05 Aug -28Apr
  14. Guided Indigenous Walk of Dharawal National Park

    Saturday 13 August to Saturday 12 November 2016, Sydney West

    Discover the Dharawal National Park and learn about Indigenous heritage on this guided walking tour. Enjoy a wander with an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger, as you take a fresh look at the landscape...

    13 Aug -12Nov
  15. Northside Produce Markets

    Saturday 6 August 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...

    06 Aug -17Dec
  16. Bondi Winter Magic

    Saturday 30 July to Sunday 31 July 2016, Bondi

    Bondi Winter Magic is sparkling to new depths this year and giving locals and international participants a new “platform” to view the iconic beach and ocean setting with…camel riding. From gliding...

    30 Jul -31Jul
  17. Picton Markets

    Sunday 7 August 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...

    07 Aug -04Dec
  18. Bankstown Bites Food Festival

    Saturday 30 July 2016, Sydney West

    Living up to its reputation as one of Sydney's best and most loved food festivals, Bankstown Bites attracts over 10,000 people each year.
    Foodies from all over the Sydney metropolitan area...

    30 Jul
  19. Sydney Crystal Show

    Saturday 6 August to Sunday 7 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    The Sydney Crystal Show is Australia's Premier Mineral, Crystal and Fossil Show.

    The leading merchants from around Australia gather for two full days of incredible natural wonders,...

    06 Aug -07Aug
  20. SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show

    Saturday 20 August to Sunday 21 August 2016, Parramatta

    SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is a Japanese pop-culture convention that is set to return with its spectacular two day convention at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, NSW.
    For fans of comic,...

    20 Aug -21Aug
  21. Korean Film Festival in Australia

    Wednesday 10 August to Thursday 18 August 2016, City Centre

    Love Korean movies, culture and food? Don't miss the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA).
    The festival will showcase the very best of Hallyuwood, the vibrant cinema emerging from...

    10 Aug -18Aug
  22. Arab Film Festival

    Saturday 30 July to Friday 12 August 2016, Parramatta

    The Arab Film Festival Australia is back in action, showcasing the best of what's on offer film-wise from a region in constant social and political flux. The Festival launches in Sydney, before...

    30 Jul -12Aug
  23. Engadine Street Festival

    Sunday 14 August 2016, Sydney South

    The Engadine Street Festival re-launched last year and quickly became one of the Shire’s favourite events with a sparkling day of food, entertainment and shopping. And this year is going to be...

    14 Aug
  24. Ferragosto

    Sunday 21 August 2016, Inner Sydney

    Sydney's favourite Italian food and culture festival, run by the City of Canada Bay, is back at Five Dock this year.
    There is something on offer for the whole famiglia, with over 170...

    21 Aug
  25. Cherry Blossom Festival

    Saturday 20 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Sydney West

    The Auburn Botanic Gardens will again be hosting the annual Cherry Blossom Festival on the weekends of 20-21 and 27-28 August. The Japanese Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) bloom for a brief two week...

    20 Aug -28Aug
  26. 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...

    01 Oct -03Oct
  27. The Color Run Sydney

    Sunday 21 August 2016,

    The Color Run is returning to Sydney to paint the city in a sea of rainbow coloured people.
    The community will be showered with colour as thousands of participants of all ages and fitness...

    21 Aug
  28. 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...

    26 Aug
  29. 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
  30. 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...

    27 Aug
  31. Sydney Jewish Writers Festival

    Saturday 27 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Randwick

    Books are just the beginning! The Sydney Jewish Writers Festival (SJWF) includes theatre, television, food, ideas, comedy, authors and much more.
    The Sydney Jewish Writers Festival is a...

    27 Aug -28Aug
  32. Sydney Royal Easter Show

    Thursday 6 April to Wednesday 19 April 2017, Sydney Olympic Park

    First held in 1823, the Show is now Australia's largest annual event, attracting over 800,000 people every year. Revenue generated by it allows the RAS to invest in agricultural programs,...

    06 Apr -19Apr

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