- Destination NSW
Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Sydney music festivals

Sydney is famous for a festival scene that kicks off in December and continues right through the summer. On New Year’€™s Eve, hit Shore Thing on Bondi Beach, or celebrate the new year at Field Day in The Domain - in the heart of the city.

In January it’€™s all about the Sydney Festival – a 23-day-long celebration of theatre, music, art and dance. The Sydney Showground hosts the Big Day Out on 26 January – Australia Day – and the Soundwave festival for rock in late February.

The first weekend of March sees the return of Playground Weekender – a three-day dance-music extravaganza at Wisemans Ferry. The Royal Randwick Racecourse comes alive on the same weekend when the Future Music Festival hits town.

Both coincide with Sydney Mardi Gras – a three-week-long celebration of gay, lesbian and transsexual pride rounded off with the world-famous Oxford Street parade and official party in Moore Park's Entertainment Quarter. But according to the faithful, Mardi Gras’€™ best party happens in the last weekend of February, when Harbourlife returns to Lady Macquaries Chair for a dance off in front of the Sydney Opera House.