Home to exciting world-class events and festivals, there’s always something happening in Sydney. Sydney Harbour's iconic New Year’s Eve Fireworks kick off the year’s calendar in spectacular fashion, and then in January, it's on to the Sydney Festival, with its cutting-edge program of arts and performance extending out to Parramatta. Lunar New Year is celebrated in February, as is Manly’s Australian Open of Surfing, and the spectacular Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras kicks off in March. From February to March you can also see films on Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach at the Open Air Cinema, and May sees the arrival of Vivid Sydney, a festival of light, music and ideas that takes over the city.
In June, Bondi Beach plays host to an ice skating rink as part of the Winter Magic festivities. October is Good Food Month, which means it's time for the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park. And don’t miss Sculpture by the Sea in October and November, where you can follow the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk and see the world's largest annual free outdoor sculpture exhibition.