Outdoor events and entertainment in Sydney
Highlight events in Sydney
Nothing says summer in Sydney like a trip to the beach. Sydney has some of the best beaches in the world, with fine sand, ocean baths and huge waves providing something for everyone. Be sure to check out Bondi and Coogee for surfing, snorkelling and great cafes, or the Northern Beaches for a quieter, locally loved setting.
Sydney's parks are also popular in summer, with evening strolls and picnics a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Locals and tourists alike love Hyde Park, Centennial Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens – which also plays host to outdoor concerts and is a great vantage point for the New Year's Eve fireworks display.
Music festivals and celebrations are a big part of the Sydney summer. We kick off the festivities with Christmas Carols in the Domain and see in the New Year with our world-famous fireworks, closely followed by some of our favourite music artists and celebrations on Australia Day. The line-up continues with Chinese New Year.
Another big musical event this summer is Opera Australia's big performance of the season: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Set with the Sydney Opera House in the background and offering first-class dining and drinking options, this is truly an event like no other.
One event that's an annual hit is Sydney Festival. Running for almost three weeks from January 9, 2014, the festival showcases some of the most innovative names in the performing arts.
Sport is a huge part of Australian culture, and Sydney provides many options during the summer. Head to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for the Sheffield Shield, the Big Bash League or one of the games against England, or to Allianz Stadium to watch Sydney FC in the A-League.
Take a break from the Sydney sun to visit one of the city's many museums and galleries, get an astronomy lesson (and a look at the southern sky) at the Sydney Observatory or take in a local performance.
Mardi Gras in Sydney is an annual LGBT parade and festival – one of the largest of its kind in the world – and attracts crowds from around the globe. In recent years, the post-parade party has drawn some huge showbiz names, such as Kylie Minogue, George Michael and Delta Goodrem.
Best events in Sydney
Mild weather during Winter in Sydney is perfect for plenty of outdoor events. In May, Sydney became the beautiful backdrop to Vivid Sydney, the 18-day festival of lights, music and ideas that attracted crowds to popular outdoor events such as the Lighting of the Sails at the Sydney Opera House and the Light Walk around the harbour foreshore. This year, Vivid was staged at venues as diverse as the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Customs House and Circular Quay.
Other events staged in the great outdoors include Taste of Manly Food,Wine and Sustainability Festival and The Rocks Aroma Festival, which offers entry to an exotic world of coffee, chocolate, tea and spice.
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