Events in Sydney

Highlights

Sydney’s calendar of events is packed with world-class performances of dance, drama and musicals, ground-breaking art exhibitions and up-to-the minute fashion and live music events.

  • Vivid, Sydney
  • Vivid Music, Sydney

Sydney events

From March through to June, the 20th Biennale of Sydney brings together the work of more than 80 local and international artists across seven venues in Australia's largest contemporary visual arts festival. The theme this year is ‘The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed’, and the entire program is free to the public.

Join us under the stars as Handa Opera in Sydney Harbour presents Turandot, from 24 March to 24 April. An exotic fantasy of a death-marked love told with the city skyline reflected across the magnificent Sydney Harbour and featuring the famous aria 'Nessum Dorma'.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Aida

The MCA’s exhibition of British artist Grayson Perry’s work will be on display until the start of May 2016. Perry was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize in 2003 and his works are humorous, reflective and quirky, and this will be his first exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere.

And from 27 of May to 18 of June 2016, Vivid Sydney will transform the city and other designated areas into a wonderland of light sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy - for free.

Vivid Sydney is the largest event of its kind in Australia with a world-class line-up of concert and music performances, public ideas programs, creative industry workshops and conferences. It is a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world's largest outdoor gallery: a unique Vivid Sydney experience.

  • My Fair Lady, Sydney

    My Fair Lady

    Celebrating its 60th year, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady is playing at the iconic Sydney Opera House from August 2016. Directed by Dame Julie Andrews, this Opera Australia production tells the story of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and her transformation into a proper english lady. The triumphant score features classic songs including On The Street Where You Live, I Could Have Danced All Night and Wouldn't It Be Loverly?.

  • Twilight at Taronga, Sydney

    Twilight at Taronga

    Taronga Zoo’s series of summer concerts kicks off in January, with the likes of Josh Pyke, John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Birds of Tokyo, Missy Higgins and the Violent Femmes performing. With stunning Sydney Harbour views, it’s the perfect way to spend a laid-back summer evening. All tickets include free return ferry from Circular Quay from 5:15pm and half price same day entry to the Zoo.

  • Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Turandot

    Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Turandot

    A setting such as Sydney Harbour demands a spectacular opera, so prepare for a performance of huge proportions. An exotic fantasy of a death-marked love told with the city skyline reflected across the magnificent Sydney Harbour and featuring the famous aria 'Nessum Dorma'.  Join us for this special event set under the stars.

     

     

  1. Art and About Sydney

    Friday 18 September to Tuesday 11 October 2016, City Centre

    This city shines in every season, and now Art and About Sydney allows you to celebrate each one with an ongoing program.After 13 years of a festival-style program that jam-packed one month with...

    18 Sep -11Oct

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  2. Biennale of Sydney

    Friday 18 March to Sunday 5 June 2016, City Centre

    Under the artistic direction of Stephanie Rosenthal, the 20th Biennale of Sydney: "The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed", is presented free to the public from...

    18 Mar -05Jun

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  3. Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas

    Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2016, 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...

    27 May -18Jun

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  4. Holden State of Origin I NSW versus QLD

    Wednesday 1 June 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    State versus State, mate versus mate, with over 35 years of history, Holden State of Origin continues to be a pinnacle event on the NRL major events calendar.Get behind your team and be there when...

    01 Jun

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  5. Caltex Socceroos vs Greece

    Saturday 4 June 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    See the Socceroos take on the former European Champions as Greece come to Australia for the first time since 2006. The match will be held on Saturday, 4 June 2016 at ANZ Stadium #ilovesydney...

    04 Jun

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  6. Ice Hockey Classic Australia 2016: Canada vs USA

    Saturday 25 June 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    The 'greatest ice hockey player of all time', Wayne Gretzky, will bring the USA and Canada national hockey teams to play at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on 25 June. Gretzky is the leading...

    25 Jun

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  7. Holden State of Origin III NSW versus QLD

    Wednesday 13 July 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    State versus State, mate versus mate, with over 35 years of history, Holden State of Origin continues to be a pinnacle event on the NRL major events calendar. Get behind your team and be there when...

    13 Jul

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  8. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Saturday 16 July to Sunday 9 October 2016, City Centre

    The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.Awarded to the best portrait painting, the Archibald Prize is a who's who of...

    16 Jul -09Oct

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