16 January 2018
Summer days are here to stay this February as a long list of world class events and festivals descend upon Sydney’s streets. From colourful Mardi Gras parades to thrilling sporting events, check out some of the most exciting Sydney events to hit the city this month below.
The iconic weekend has rolled around once again, and this year it is jam-packed full of family fun and fitness. This year, it is located along Sydney’s majestic Northern Beaches, and as usual the event will consist of a 7km and 10km fun run starting at Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club and finishing at Manly. The historic and illustrious Cole Classic swim will be held at breathtaking Shelly Beach consisting of 1km, 2km, and 5km swims. An additional event will be added this year, the Aquathlon, suitable for those seeking a further challenge, of the 8.5km run and swim. The event is renowned for fundraising efforts, so jump online and register now.
The exciting and adrenaline-pumping six man outrigger canoe race is back for another year! Celebrated as the biggest canoe race in the Southern hemisphere after only four years in operation, this year’s race is set to be a big one as partner Hawaiian Airlines has promised a colourful celebration on Sydney’s iconic harbourfront. Departing from the Manly Wharf and screaming past Sydney’s most sensational landmarks including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo and Luna Park, this is certainly not one to miss.
A nomadic theatre group has taken to Sydney’s beaches this Summer demonstrating exhilarating, raw and authentic classical theatre, from Avalon to Cronulla. Check here, to see when the troupe is passing through your area. The ensemble will be performing four legendary classical theatre pieces – The Crucible, The Tragedy of Richard the 3rd, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Hang out with the locals at the zoo with beverage in hand, as you watch the sunset over majestic Sydney Harbour and listen to great live music including the Jezabels, Bjorn Again, The Preatures and Cloud Control. You can pre-order gourmet food hampers, picnics rugs and plush seating options to make the most of your unique Taronga zoo experience. Book tickets here.
St. George Open Air Cinema is back for another season of blockbuster movies and cult classics, running from the 8th of January until to 21st of February. Located on Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, the stunning outdoor cinema has a lot in store for guests this time around, including popular new release Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. As always, Kirin Bar and Chiswick Restaurant will be on hand with delicious catering options, combining fine dining with breathtaking scenery and exciting hit movies.
A colourfully gripping drama, featuring a gypsy, a bullfighter and plenty of lust and loathing is in store for February at the Sydney Opera House. Carmen, a sassy, sought-after femme fatale will light your fire with song and drama!
A festival of love that knows no bounds, the Mardi Gras festival will be celebrating their 40th year anniversary this year. With a number of lively events and entertainment on offer as well as the festival’s famous Oxford Street parade to look forward to, the extravaganza is expected to be attended by aorund 20,000 interstate and international visitors. Join the LGBTQI+ community and stand together in pride as we celebrate another wonderful year. Be sure not to miss the Laneway recovery party, hosted by Flinders Hotel and the Beresford.
The legendary Tropfest film festival is back again this February, and will be held at Sydney’s beautiful Parramatta Park. This free outdoor film festival will be incorporating the Tropfest Signature Item. This year, the theme is “Rose”. See how this has been interpreted in an array of 7 minute films, showcasing Australian amateur film talent and enjoy an electric night of film, fun and food under the stars in Parramatta.
Celebrate with 600,000 international and interstate visitors as Sydney celebrates 2018 Chinese New Year with 80 family friendly events and . Celebrating the Year of the Dog, there will be a wide range of cultural events and special celebrations, including a number of fantastical lunar lantern light installations representing each of the animal signs in the lunar zodiac. This year, Chinese New Year opening night will be held at Circular Quay, with an array of fireworks over the iconic Harbour Bridge, and play host to the graduation ceremony of NSW/ ACT Guide Dogs.
Movie Mondays embrace the Soda Factory’s signature American theme, with hotdogs, cheeseburgers, thick shakes and popcorn. Perfect for a Monday night out with the family or date night, relax in comfy chairs and enjoy an evening of cult classics like Crazy, Stupid Love, King Kong and 21 Jump Street. If you’re looking for something more upbeat, grab your dancing shoes and check out Jukebox Thursdays as DJs wind back the musical clock, with free entry, live entertainment and drink deals sure to rock your Thursday night.
One of Sydney’s most unique shopping experiences, the Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll Alternative Market is part market, part music festival. For all things vintage and vinyl, head to Manning Bar and House at the University of Sydney to enjoy a great day out with the family. Featuring vintage clothing, movie memorabilia, vintage cars, artworks, antique jewellery and collectables, and a rocking dancefloor. Kids under 12 get in free and adults won’t pay more than $8 entry depending on the time of day.