Events in Sydney


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
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Sydney events

January is Sydney Festival time, and throughout the month the city is transformed by a dynamic and bold celebration of arts, culture and entertainment.Each year’s program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, offering entertainment in the form of burlesque circus, contemporary dance, international theatre companies and the ever-popular free concerts in The Domain. 

Sydney also celebrates Lunar New Year in typically spectacular fashion every January. Enjoy spectacular dragon boat races, markets, and, of course, fabulous food. Wander through the city to Pyrmont Bay Park for the Lunar Markets, a pop-up food festival with a range of delicious Asian dishes. 

Mardi Gras Parade, Sydney

The Sydney Mardi Gras is the world's most joyous and spectacular celebration of LGBTQI pride. In February, Sydney Mardi Gras attracts over 20,000 interstate and international visitors to a diverse and exciting line-up of events. This event delivers a phenomenal atmosphere amid the iconic surroundings of Sydney.

From March, the Biennale of Sydney brings together the work of local and international artists for Australia's largest contemporary visual arts festival. 

Every winter, Vivid Sydney transforms 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 excellence.

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 26 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...

    26 Oct -08Nov
  2. Schools Spectacular

    Sunday 27 November to Monday 28 November 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    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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