5 unmissable Sydney events in 2023

Sydney has a jam-packed calendar of events in 2023. If you’re planning a trip, make note: from a fascinating exhibition in a new gallery space to a thrilling world cup and festivals galore, there’s something for everyone.

Destination NSW

Destination NSW

Dec 2022 -
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Adrián Villar Rojas: The End of Imagination 

When: Now until 16 July

Adrián Villar Rojas’s The End of Imagination is the first exhibition in the Tank, the vast space underneath Art Gallery of NSW’s new building. The Argentine sculptor, who is known for exploring themes relating to the end of the world in his work, brings a spectacular series of huge, distorted shapes created by a software system known as the Time Engine. Set in a subterranean wartime oil storage facility, the vast space is pitch black, intermittently lit up by spotlights that illuminate the sculptures momentarily as you walk through, trying to make sense of what you are seeing. It’s a sensory experience that will leave you asking questions about life and existence.  

The End of Imagination - Adrián Villar Rojas, Art Gallery of NSW, The Domain

The End of Imagination, Adrián Villar Rojas, Art Gallery of NSW

Sydney WorldPride 

When: 17 February to 5 March 

Kylie Minogue, Charli XCX, Jessica Mauboy and Kelly Rowland: Sydney WorldPride is a glorious global celebration of the LGBTQIA+ set to take over the city and bring a party like no other. With over 300 events spanning everything from a family circus to an Indigenous drag show and the Roller Derby Extravaganza, plus talks, sport, art and, of course, parties. Don’t miss the Mardi Gras Parade on February 26 as it returns to its spiritual home of Oxford Street. 

Sydney WorldPride 2023

Vivid Sydney 

When: 26 May to 17 June

Vivid Sydney is the breath of fresh air we all need. This year’s festival will help you step outside the everyday and into nights full of wonder. The world’s brightest light artists, music makers, thought leaders and food creatives will ignite the city with their vision. Walk along the longest Light Walk ever, experience live music in spectacular spaces, listen to global storytellers share their ideas and, for the first time ever, indulge in immersive, multisensory food experiences. 

Sydney Opera House Forecourt during Vivid Sydney 2022

FIFA Women’s World Cup 

When: 20 July to 20 August 

The FIFA Women’s World Cup will bring the best players from across the globe to Sydney as they battle it out for the biggest prize in sport. It's a watershed moment for women's football, with record crowds expected at Australia's first ever World Cup. See whether one of the best players in the game, Sam Kerr, can lead the Matildas to the final. 

 FIFA Women's World Cup 2023

 FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, Moore Park

SXSW Sydney 

When: 15 to 22 October

Heading out of the United States for the first time ever, world famous festival SXSW is landing in Sydney for seven days and nights of creativity and culture. With events across tech, gaming, music, screen and culture, it will be a chance to discover new ideas and works of art from leaders in their field, as well as a vibrant community of passionate creatives.  

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