Queen's Birthday - June Long Weekend

The Queen’s Birthday public holiday falls on the second Monday of June in NSW, giving you a three-day weekend to make the most of Sydney. Catch the captivating light installations of Vivid Sydney across the city, see an award-winning show, dine at one of Sydney's top restaurants or explore the city’s many attractions.

The largest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid Sydney turns the city into a living canvas from 24 May to 15 June. Explore the dynamic program of amazing light art on iconic buildings, cutting-edge music and thought-provoking workshops that will turn inspire and delight.

Children enjoying a close encounter with the chameleon light lantern installation at Taronga Zoo, Manly

There’s plenty for families at Vivid Sydney. At Taronga Zoo, a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, see huge animal light sculptures with an important conservation message at Lights for the Wild. The Spirit of Fun brings Luna Park to life with a grand projection and street performers will dance throughout the night.

Grab your popcorn and settle in for a screening at The Sydney Film Festival, running from 5-16 June at theatres around the city. The SFF showcases the best in cinema from Australia and around the world. And sing along to the Bee Gee’s classic hits in the new stage production of Saturday Night Fever at The Lyric Theatre.

Experience an explosion of colour, light and music as Phantasos, the spirit of surreal dreams, paints a picture on the biggest dream catcher in Sydney

Most of the city’s main museums and galleries will be open over the long weekend. Head to the Art Gallery of NSW to see the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition; visit The National: New Australian Art at Carriageworks; or see a retrospective of fashion designer Akira Isogawa at the Powerhouse Museum.

Take the time to eat out at some of Sydney’s favourite dining spots. Splash out on a degustation at three-hat Sixpenny, relax over a long lunch at The Boathouse Palm Beach, grab late night fried chicken and champagne at Butter or wander the stalls at the buzzing Chinatown Night Markets on Friday.