Sydney’s Top Events: February

28 January 2016

As 2016 slips firmly into gear, Sydney is already setting its sights on some fantastic world-class events coming up for February. From music events and festivals to live shows and sports spectacles, here are some of our top picks from around the city to get you started, whether you are looking for something to do with friends or something the whole family can enjoy.

Tropfest, Centennial Park, 14 February

Crowds enjoying Tropfest in Centennial Park, 2013

Tropfest, Centennial Park 2013

A Sydney Summer without Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, would hardly be a Sydney Summer at all. Grab a picnic blanket, some food and drink, and your mates, and head to Centennial Park for this free, outdoor event that’s been delighting Sydneysiders for more than 20 years. Tropfest is a great for a date night (it is Valentine’s Day after all) or a night out with friends and family.

Sydney Sevens, Moore Park, 6 – 7 February

Sydney Sevens, Moore Park

Sydney Sevens, Moore Park

The weekend of February 6th and 7th will mark Sydney’s first of four years hosting the thrilling HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament. Rugby Sevens (a variant of Rugby Union) is a thrilling and fast-paced game where, on average, a try is scored every two-and-a-half minutes. This event will take place at the Allianz Stadium in Moore Park, where 16 of the world’s top-ranked teams will go head-to-head in a rugby tournament like no other. With adult tickets going for just $30 and a stadium capacity of 45,500 rugby fanatics, this weekend is not one to be missed.

Chinese New Year Festival, 6 – 21 February

Fairfax Lunar Markets, Sydney

Fairfax Lunar Markets, Sydney

This year’s 20th Sydney Chinese New Year Festival promises to be one of the most innovative and exciting ever. Explore the incredible, towering lunar lantern exhibition, browse the wonderful food markets, take a breather in the Festival’s whiskey bar, enjoy the sheer spectacle of the Dragon Boat Race. Sydney’s lunar celebrations last over two weeks and consist of over 70 events also including opera performances, tea ceremonies, lion dances, and a ridiculous amount of delicious Chinese feasting. Home to a larger Chinese population than any other city in Australia, Sydney’s Lunar New Year event has grown to become one of the largest and vibrant celebrations outside of China. Most events are centred around Chinatown and Circular Quay, so make your way into the city to start Chinese New Year with a bang.

Australian Open of Surfing, Manly, 27 February

The Hurley Australian Open of Surf event, Manly 2015

Hurley Australian Open of Surf, Manly

Don’t be misled by the name. This is actually Australia’s biggest celebration of skateboarding, lifestyle, music and surfing events. The festival will run from 27 February until 6 March, combining musicians, spectators and world-class athletes in a celebration of youth culture, innovation and athleticism at Manly Beach. The final weekend will also include live performances by award-winning artists Cloud Control and Angus & Julia Stone. The Australian Open of Surfing is free to attend and will see hundreds of people flocking to Manly Beach for more than just the view. So bring your swimmers or your skateboard – plus sunscreen and some water. Manly Beach is set to heat up in February.

Twilight at Taronga, Mosman, until 12 March

Twilight at Taronga, Mosman

Twilight at Taronga, Mosman

Experience the magic of Taronga Zoo’s natural amphitheatre during the summer twilight. From 28 January to 12 March, this fully-licensed venue will showcase a range of musical performances against the breathtaking backdrop of Sydney Harbour. This year’s lineup includes Birds of Tokyo, John Butler Trio, Violent Femmes and Missy Higgins, plus comedic vocalist Courtney Barnett and jazz multi-instrumentalist James Morrison. All proceeds go towards wildlife conservation, scientific research and environmental sustainability. Come and support a worthy cause by spending a beautiful evening at Taronga Zoo.