Top Festivals in Sydney and Regional NSW

30 May 2014

Vivid Sydney

Sydney sparkles, shimmers and shines as the sails of the Sydney Opera House are splashed with colour and the Harbour foreshore comes alive with light installations and 3D-mapped projections during Vivid Sydney, the winter festival of light, music and ideas. Explore the Vivid Light Walk at Circular Quay, be inspired by the Vivid Ideas program of talks and workshops, and unwind with the line-up of phenomenal artists performing for Vivid Music.

Vivid 2014 - Sydney Opera House

Vivid 2014 – Image Credit Andrew Smith

Sydney Festival

Held in January each year, Sydney Festival takes over the city for nearly three weeks in a huge celebration of art and entertainment – and it’s all free! The event draws in an incredible pool of local and international talent, bringing together some of the world’s biggest names in performing and visual arts. Whether you want to discover abstract art, beatboxing, burlesque, fire breathing, or rock music, there is something for you to see.

Parkes Elvis Festival

The Parkes Elvis Festival is phenomenal. In celebration of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s birthday in January, more than 18,000 Elvii (the plural of Elvis) take over the small town of Parkes in Country NSW, for a long weekend of all things Presley. Kick off the festivities on the Elvis Express, a seven-hour train ride from Sydney to Parkes that is bursting with Elvis superfans.

Parks Elvis Festival

Parks Elvis Festival

Bathurst 12 Hour

If you’re a fan of gears, horsepower, and exhaust, head to the Bathurst in Country NSW. Petrol heads rejoice as some of the most amazing cars on the planet – Ferraris, McLarens, and Porsches, among others – tear up the asphalt at top speeds during this 12 hour race on Mount Panorama in February. The mountain is also home to the iconic V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000 event in October every year.

Bathurst 12 Hour Race

Bathurst 12 Hour Race

Australia Day

Celebrating the greatness of Australia on January 26, this national public holiday can be one of the best times to completely relax, or go on a full adventure until the sun goes down. Join the thousands in the water at Bondi donning a massively oversized thong for the Havaianas Thong Challenge. Grill up some “shrimp on the barbie” with friends, and blast your radio as Triple J announces their Hot 100 – the highly anticipated declaration of the year’s best songs.

Australia Day - Bondi Beach

Australia Day – Bondi Beach

Big Day Out, Sydney

Held on Australia Day each year, Big Day Out is packed with adrenaline, attracting more than 30,000 people each year. With performances from the likes of Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Deftones, and Major Lazer, there is no shortage of energy. With bass loud enough to jangle your ribs, and a crowd big enough to make you feel part of a revolution, it’s pretty tough to top this classic Australian festival.