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.

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Sydney events

From 27 of May to 18 of June 2016, Vivid Sydney is transforming 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.

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.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Aida

Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady comes to the Sydney Opera House in August 2016, under the direction of Dame Julie Andrews. In the show's 60th anniversary year, the Sydney Opera Australia and John Frost join forces to honour the past and bring the beloved story of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins to a new generation of theatre audiences.

For another theatrical treat, from 3 August until 9 October the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins present the beloved story of Aladdin. Enjoy this classic tale as it comes to thrilling theatrical life in a bold new musical comedy at Sydney's beloved Capitol Theatre.

Experience New Year's Eve in Sydney

New Years Eve, Sydney Harbour Bridge 2015

Sydney’s world-famous show kicks off from 6pm when thrilling air displays take over the skies above the harbour, fire tugs create striking water displays and traditional custodians perform a Welcome to Country.

At 9pm, a special fireworks display for kids and families is followed by an enchanting Harbour of Light Parade®. On the strike of midnight, dazzling fireworks erupt from barges on the water, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Make sure you start planning your New Year’s Eve experience early.

There are plenty of excellent vantage points around the waterway from which to enjoy the show. The Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Garden and Sydney’s tiny harbour islands welcome in the New Year with ticketed events that will give you a prime spot for the night. Taronga Zoo at Mosman is another prized location for the big night, while Darling Harbour’s 9pm fireworks are perfect for the kids.

An alternative location is on a cruise on Sydney Harbour where you’ll enjoy great food and wine and 360-degree views of the city, the harbour and the bridge.

  1. Hunter by the Harbour

    Wednesday 12 October to Tuesday 8 November 2016, Darling Harbour

    Discover the very best of wine and food from the Hunter Valley at Cockle Bay Wharf.Cockle Bay Wharf restaurants and bars are partnering with some of the most skilled winemakers, providores and...

    12 Oct -08Nov
  2. Schools Spectacular

    Sunday 27 November to Monday 28 November 2016, Darling Harbour

    The Schools Spectacular is an outstanding showcase of the talent in NSW public schools. In terms of sheer size, scale and scope, the Schools Spectacular is unequaled in the world with a 2700-strong choir, 2300 diverse...

    27 Nov -28Nov
  3. 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto

    Wednesday 7 December 2016, Pyrmont

    Join your favourite Australian film and television stars this December, as they honour screen excellence at the Sixth AACTA Awards presented by Presto, telecast on Channel Seven.Walk the red carpet alongside...

    07 Dec
  4. Woolworths Carols in the Domain

    Sunday 18 December 2016, City Centre

    Australia's largest free Christmas concert, Woolworths Carols in the Domain will be held on Sunday, 18 December 2016.With performances from a variety of Artists, Woolworths Carols in the Domain is Australia...

    18 Dec

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