19 February 2016
March is a great time to experience some fantastic outings around Sydney, as the city prepares for some of its biggest events of the year along with a high-calibre calendar of other activities. From the incredible spectacle of The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to the non-stop fun of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, here are our five picks for the not-to-be-missed events.
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is a colourful, glitter-laden, 10,000-strong parade celebrating Sydney’s LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) community. This free event is the culmination of a 3-week festival of all things queer and fabulous, with hundreds of thousands of spectators flocking to Oxford Street to watch and cheer on the floats as they make their way into the city.
Sydney international Rowing Regatta includes the Australian Open Rowing Championships, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and the King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta. Australia’s largest rowing event features a week-long regatta with the world’s best rowers competing in over 100 events.
Australia’s largest annual event, the Sydney Royal Easter Show is a family-friendly fortnight that has been celebrating the best in local produce and entertainment since 1823. Bringing the country to the city each year, this highly-anticipated event features rides, games, show bags, more than 400 retail outlets, over 150 food outlets and over 14,000 animals on display. It’s hours of fun for the whole family.
This 9 day beach volleyball festival will see some of the world’s best players competing on the gorgeous Manly Beach. Running over three weekends, the festival includes The Australian Beach Volleyball Tour Finals, the Four Nations Cup and the AVC Asian Beach Volleyball Championships. More than 8,000 spectators are anticipated per day.
A setting such as Sydney Harbour demands a spectacular opera, so prepare for an epic performance of Turandot an exotic fantasy of a death-marked love featuring the famous aria ‘Nessun Dorma.’ Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng blends Chinese and Western artistic approaches to create a work of visual and sonic splendour. Turandot will be performed in Italian with English and simplified Chinese subtitles.