100 Inspirational Events in the Emerald CitySydney sure knows how to put on a party: food, fashion, music, comedy, sports, theatre, holiday celebrations; events big or small, mainstream or fringe, there’s no shortage of things to do. Use this list for inspiration! The top 100 events to attend in Sydney. Click To Tweet
The harbour, the beaches and beyond
Sydney is a vibrant city built on sunshine, sea and a culturally rich, diverse population.
With iconic beaches, harbour and views, it’s only natural that Sydney is home to some of Australia’s highest profile events, and some of the quirkiest. Entrepreneurs, businesses, kids, families and hobbyists alike are truly spoilt for choice. And if you’re an event manager needing inspo, read on to explore our roundup of Sydney’s Top 100 events.
Sydney’s Top 100 Events: The Categories
The Arts, Ideas & Design
While Sydney is word-renowned known for spectacular light shows and fireworks, the range of events exploring cutting edge art, ideas and design is a testament to Sydney’s vibrant, impressive arts scene.
1. VIVID Sydney Light, Music & Idea Festival
24 May – 15 June 2019
When in Sydney, do as Sydneysiders do and get thee to VIVID Sydney.
For three weeks each May-June, discover ground breaking ideas about art, technology and commerce through seminars, music and light sculptures that transform the city’s iconic buildings and spaces.
VIVID is classic Sydney and tops our list of things to do in the The Arts, Ideas & Design category.
2. Sydney Festival
The avant garde Sydney Festival, established in 1977, is one of Australia’s largest cultural celebrations.
Bold programming explores critical ideas through cutting-edge art and performances from local and international artists. Sydney Festival earns bonus points for its Sustainability Vision to become the most sustainable major performing arts festival in Australia.
3. Sculpture by the Sea Bondi
24 October – 10 November 2019
The magnificent stretch of coastline from Bondi to Tamarama is home to more than 100 breathtaking sculptures by artists from around the world, for three weeks each spring.
Attracting more than half a million visitors, Sculpture by the Sea is the world’s largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. It’s an iconic Sydney event you won’t want to miss – so good that it’s been replicated on Australia’s west coast to become an iconic Perth exhibition.
4. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes
11 May – 8 September 2019
The Archibald Prize for the best portrait painting is Australia’s favourite art award.
The portraits are of a fascinating roll-out of well-known Aussies, including politicians, celebrities, sports stars and artists. Visit the exhibition at The Art Gallery of NSW and vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice award, and see the work of talented young artists aged 5–18 in the Young Archies.
The Wynne Prize is for the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize goes to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.
5. Bald Archy
19 March – 28 April 2019
The Bald Archy is the irreverent answer to the famous Archibald Prize, and has evolved to enjoy its own immense popularity and prestige.
It’s a quintessentially larrikin Aussie event that features satirical portraits of well known Australians and is apparently judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude. Fun factor: 10/10.
6. Biennale of Sydney
The Biennale of Sydney has been an essential thread in the fabric of Sydney’s artistic culture.
Launched in 1973, it has evolved into one of the world’s leading international contemporary art events, hosting the work of hundreds of artists from around the world. The 2018 event drew a record crowd of over 850,000 visitors. A must-see for thought-provoking, unexpected art.
7. Sydney Writers Festival
29 April – 5 May 2019
The Sydney Writers Festival is a week-long exploration of books, ideas and storytelling from an incredible range of intellectual, creative, intelligent, curious and thought-provoking masters of the written word.
It hosts more than 300 events across Sydney, presented by local and overseas novelists, non-fiction writers, playwrights and screenwriters. Readers and writers alike flock to this iconic annual event.
8. Sydney Jewish Writers Festival
19 – 26 August 2019
The Shalom Sydney Jewish Writers Festival celebrates Jewish literature and intellectual life, and enables conversation between writers and readers, and between writers.
It is a platform for sharing the wealth and diversity of contemporary Jewish writing, and has been a popular event since its inception in 2006.
9. TEDxSydney Legacy
24 May 2019
You’ve seen TEDx speakers on YouTube, now you can see them live in Sydney.
At TEDxSydney you’ll hear a myriad of leading Australian ideas, creativity and innovations in diverse formats including talks, performances, film, conversation and debate.It’s all about connecting people and cutting edge ideas, so you won’t want to miss this stimulating and uplifting event.
10am – 3pm Thursday 4 April 2019
This year’s TEDxYouth@Sydney is themed ‘Cusp,’ representing the point of transition between two states, where change is about to happen but is yet to occur.
All speakers are 30 years old and under, and will present fresh perspectives on the challenges we all face both now and in the future. They’ll paint a picture of how they see life panning out in the decades to come. 100% inspiring.
11. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia
14 – 19 May 2019
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) is a 6-day showcase of the most talented Australian fashion designers.
This year it takes place at the Carriageworks in Eveleigh. MBFWA provides a platform to connect the best of Aussie fashion, as well as the hottest emerging emerging designers, with international buyers, consumers and media. Tickets for the MBFWA Weekend Edition are available to the public.
Spoil yourself with front row tickets and immerse in the glamorous, artistic world of fashion.Back to index
Business & Technology Events
Key thought leaders, researchers and top management descend on Sydney for some of Australia’s biggest business and technology conferences.
1. World Business Forum
28 – 29 May 2019
World Business Forum is a multi-industry two-day event for senior-level decision makers to learn about the latest in key management topics, including leadership, talent, innovation, digital transformation and ethics.
It is organised by World of Business Ideas (WOBI), with inspiring content from CEOs, entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and creative minds. Learn from world class experts at this exciting event.
2. CeBit Australia
29 – 31 October 2019
CeBIT Australia 2019 is celebrating its 18th year as the nation’s leading B2B technology event.
It promises to ‘showcase the dynamic merger of business with technology, where it’s going and how it can help you.’ The pundits tell us technology will continue to disrupt most sectors, including enterprise, small-medium business, Government and start-ups. Get on your IT front foot at CeBIT Australia 2019!
3. Salesforce World Tour
6 Mar 2019
Salesforce is the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform that has taken the world by storm with Einstein AI, a form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) they’ve built into their software, ‘bringing AI to everyone’.
Salesforce also brings education to individuals and business through its webinars and events. The Sydney leg of the Salesforce World Tour 2019 was a sellout. See highlights and expect to see even more cutting edge ideas in 2020 (dates TBC).
4. Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition
7 – 8 April 2020
The Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition is Australia’s premier solar, storage and smart energy management show. Hosted by the Smart Energy Council of Australia, it brings together businesses and organisations concerned with designing, developing and using smart energy in Australia. The show has a fantastic lineup of expert speakers on solar, energy storage, energy management, wind, hydrogen, EVs and more across industrial, commercial, government, research and development, education, environment and social sectors.Back to index
Events, Travel & Entertainment Events
From pop music awards to high-end travel conferences, Sydney is host to some of Australia’s biggest productions in the events, travel and entertainment industry.
1. ARIA Awards
November 2019 (dates TBC)
The Australian Record Industry Awards (ARIAs) is music’s night of nights. Every year the awards are broadcast from Sydney around the country, celebrating achievements in local, Australian music. It’s an event loved by the public – mostly via their television screens – and is known for launching the careers of emerging music stars.
2. Australian Event Awards
16 – 18 September 2019
The prestigious Australian Event Awards and Symposium honours the best events and best suppliers of event goods and services. The conference component promotes continued excellence, innovation and unity for the event industry. A must-do for event managers!
3. Business Events Showcase
26 February 2019
The Business Events Showcase is great reccy and networking for event planners and organisers. Meet a range of industry suppliers, sample the delicious range of catering and tour the spaces at Doltone House Sydney Harbour and Sydney City venues.
4. International Conference on Tourism & Travel
5 – 6 Apr 19
The International Conference on Tourism, Transport, and Logistics supports the travel industry with education, collaboration and a space to exchange ideas.
7 – 10 October 2019
Luxperience is the event for anyone working in luxury travel and premium business events. Connect with high end buyers, media and suppliers during this annual 3 day exhibition. Plenty of networking opportunities, so it’s not to be missed.Back to index
Exhibitions & Shows
Sydney is spoilt for choice when it comes to exhibitions and shows. Discover the latest ideas and products for renovations, having babies, scuba diving, health & wellbeing and so much more.
1. Australia International Dive Expo (AIDE)
1 – 5 August 2019
A must see for people passionate about underwater life and scuba diving.
Established in 2014, the Australia International Dive Expo is a one stop event for experienced divers and ‘newbies’ alike to learn new technologies, marine conservation along with networking opportunities for suppliers and clients.
2. Beauty Expo Australia
24 – 25 August 2019
Beauty Expo Australia is the spa and beauty industry’s big event of the year. It showcases over 250 brands of beauty, medi, wellness, spa and more, from local and international suppliers. Discover the latest and greatest products, services and techniques to beautify and boost business.
3. HIA Home Show
5 – 7 April 2019
Sydneysiders love building and renovating, and it’s no surprise they flock to the HIA Home Show – the giant building & renovation expo. It’s where they go to discover the best products and new releases from local and international suppliers, and plan their next home project.
4. Naturally Good Business Summit
31 May 2019
The Naturally Good Business Summit is Australia’s largest exhibition for the natural eating, living & health industry. It attracts a growing number of small startups and established businesses alike, who come to learn about new products, services and network with buyers and industry leaders.
5. Sydney Gift Fair
22 – 26 February 2020
The Sydney Gift Fair is Sydney’s largest annual gift and homewares event. It’s where retailers go to explore and buy the latest and greatest products across six huge categories including Home, Fashion, Kids & Family, Surprise & Delight, Travel, and Tech.
6. Sydney Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo
17-19 May 2019
Explore the world of pregnancy and parenting at this giant gathering of exhibitors. Discover the latest advice, and find the products and services that best suit your needs as a parent. There’s entertainment for kids, so bring the little ones along too.
7. The Fitness Show (Sydney ICC)
12-14 April 2019
Discover your fittest, strongest and healthiest self at The Fitness Show in Sydney. Work out with celebrities, learn the best tips for nutrition and wellness. Rise to the challenge in fitness and strength competitions throughout the show.
8. The National Diesel Dirt and Turf Expo
3 – 5 May 2019
The National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo is a family-friendly expo of the earthmoving industry, updates on the latest equipment, technology and services. Check out the exciting display of earthmoving machinery earthmoving attachments, trucks, trailers, bikes, utility vehicles, earthworks tools, agricultural machinery, mowing equipment and much more. Lots for the kids to love, so bring them along. Admission is free for everyone.Back to index
Special Interest Fairs
The sky’s the limit for hobbyists and enthusiasts, with an abundance of shows around Sydney to tickle your fancy.
1. Australian Muscle Car Masters
8 – 9 June 2019
The Australian Muscle Car Masters is an annual event that celebrates Australian motorsport, having recently being rebranded as Sydney Masterblast featuring the Muscle Car Masters. It takes place on Father’s Day Weekend and features two and four-wheel racing in 6 thrilling categories. Great fun for racing enthusiasts and families, with kids under 18 admitted free.
2. Hawkesbury Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show
30 August – 8 September 2019
The Hawkesbury Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show offers reptile displays, flair riders, the Australian Travelling Fish Show as well as 4WD displays and demonstrations. It’s a great day out for families too.
3. Lost Trades Fair
5 – 6 October 2019
The Lost & Rare Trades Fair – Hawkesbury is a fascinating showcase of true artisans and talented craftspeople demonstrating skills and sharing knowledge. Be inspired by the beauty of making things by hand. Concessions available for seniors and carers.
4. Mind Body Spirit Festival
4 – 7 April 2019
The Mind Body Spirit Festival is Australia’s largest natural therapies, wellbeing & spirituality expo. Check out an incredible range of jewellery, cosmetics, music, books, giftware, clothing, crystals from over 200 exhibitors. Attend seminars, workshops and meditation sessions.
5. Penrith Working Truck Show
30 March 2019
Check out 200 of Australia’s finest trucks, along with families and trucking enthusiasts, at the 32nd Working Truck Show. Enjoy live country music and see the amazing Fire Engines on display at the Museum of Fire. All funds raised by the show support our brave firefighters.
6. Supanova Comic Con & Gaming – Sydney
21 – 23 June 2019
Supanova Comic Con & Gaming is the pinnacle event for fans of pop culture, inspired by the imaginary worlds of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, nostalgia and literature. Cosplay (‘cos’tume role-‘play’) is a big highlight, where you can dress up and express your inner child. Supanova also provides a platform for emerging artists and creators to showcase their work to a passionate audience. Great, geeky fun whether you’re seven or seventy.
7. Sydney International Boat Show
1 – 5 August 2019
The Sydney International Boat Show, first held in 1968, is the biggest recreational boating show in the southern hemisphere. Boaties flock to learn the latest in safe, recreational boating and see two giant swimming pools with on-water demonstrations of marine products. It boasts the spectacular setting of Sydney Harbour, the perfect place for boating enthusiasts.
8. Sydney Reptile Expo
23 February 2019
The Blacktown Leisure Centre in Stanhope is home to frogs, snakes, lizards and snakes for the annual Sydney Reptile Expo. Meet suppliers and breeders, and buy your very own reptile to take home. Affordable family fun.
9. The Sydney Fair
30 May – 2 June 2019
Be swept away by the beauty of the past, with antique and art deco furniture, art, lighting, decorative objects, jewellery and vintage fashion.
10. Transport Heritage Expo
8 – 10 June 2019
Explore Sydney’s fascinating transport history with heritage train and bus rides, displays, live music and much more at Sydney’s Central Station. A fabulous family day out.
11. Winterfest Sydney Medieval Fair
6 – 7 July 2019
Immerse in the medieval world of jousting, archery and combat, with ancient crafts, cooking and games offering fun for the whole family. Essential for medieval enthusiasts.Back to index
Festivals & Celebrations
Multicultural Sydney puts its richly diverse culture on show, whether it’s a traditional country show, enjoying mouth-watering food from various communities, commemorating our brave fallen soldiers or celebrating religious occasions.
1. Annual Luddenham Show
7 – 8 March 2020
The 116th Annual Luddenham Show is the ultimate country show. Bring the whole family along to enjoy horses, cattle and poultry, live entertainment and gorgeous farm-inspired arts, crafts and produce.
2. ANZAC Day
25 April 2019
Anzac Day pays tribute to brave the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who lost their lives in the disastrous allied mission to capture the Gallipoli peninsula during World War I. It is a national day of memorial, and is a public holiday in Australia with commemorative services held around the country.
In Sydney, the Dawn Service, marking the time of the original landing in Gallipoli, starts at 4.30am at The Cenotaph in Sydney’s Martin Place. Ex-servicemen and women, and their children, take part in the Anzac Day March along Elizabeth St, from Martin Place to Liverpool St, 9am – 1.30pm.
3. Bastille French Festival
11-14 July 2019
Get your Frenchy on at the 7th Bastille Festival. Revel in 4 days of French gastronomic delights: raclette, crepes, saucisson, fresh baguettes, soups, croque-monsieu while you sip wine and enjoy fabulous French art.
Check out the Parisian Foodie Village and the Gourmet Produce Alley for truffles, mustards, French linen, candies and biscuits.
4. Blacktown City Festival
18 – 26 May 2019
The Blacktown City Festival Week is an exciting week of events at various locations around Blacktown. It kicks off with the fabulous Blacktown City Medieval Fayre at Nurragingy, and wraps up with the Streets Alive & Parade Day.
Highlights include live music, Pokemon fun, a Reconciliation Walk & Gathering.
5. Blacktown Eid Festival
16 June 2019
Everyone’s invited to come celebrate the end of Ramadan at Blacktown Showgrounds. Every year, thousands of visitors enjoy live entertainment, fireworks, lots of food and fun for the whole family.
6. Bondi Winter Magic
Sydney’s winter playground by the sea will warm up the chilly season. Enjoy ice skating on the rink, or check out the extraordinary view from the 22-metre ferris wheel, Bondi Vista. Bondi history walks, music and art are also featured for a fun family experience.
7. Buddha’s Birthday Multicultural Festival
11 – 12 May 2019
The annual Buddha’s Birthday Multiculural Festival is organised by the Nan Tien Temple and the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Sydney. Music and magical puppetry make for a delightful celebration.
8. Cabramatta Moon Festival
8 September 2019
The Cabramatta Moon Festival is one of Sydney’s biggest events celebrating Asian culture. Every year, it buzzes with people enjoying delicious food from a range of stall, with live entertainment, rides, activities and fireworks.
9. Camden Cultures
31 March 2019
Camden Cultures is a fun day out for the whole family. It showcases the many cultures that make Camden the vibrant place it is. Enjoy free live entertainment, cultural fashion parade and activities for kids. Visitors are welcomed to wear national costume. Food and beverages available for purchase.
10. Camden Show
27 – 28 March 2020
The Camden Show is still very much a country show, and has been a special event for people living in and around Camden since 1886. It’s been ranked one of the Top 5 shows in NSW.
It attracts more than 41,000 visitors who come for the agricultural and horticultural activities, including competitions and exhibitions in a relaxing, family-friendly environment.
11. Carols In the Domain
17 December 2019
Woolworths Carols in the Domain is a star-studded, gala Christmas celebration adored by Sydneysiders for 37 years. Crowds of 50,000 take rugs and picnics to the Royal Botanic Gardens to see their favourite celebrities perform Christmas carols, along with a host of other fun family entertainment.
Millions of Australians tune in to watch the live television broadcast.
12. Chand Raat Eid Festival (CREF)
4 June 2019
Chand Raat Eid Festival (CREF) is one of the largest multicultural celebrations in Australia with over 30,000 visitors. It marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and the eve of the Eid-Al-Fitr in the Islamic Calendar.
Chand Raat means night of the moon of Eid-Al-Fitr. People of all faiths are welcomed to attend, promoting harmony, understanding, friendship and multiculturalism.
13. Darling Harbour Australia Day
26 January 2020
Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park comes alive every year on Australia Day, abuzz with a packed entertainment program that includes children’s activities, DJs and live music.
The official Australia Day celebrations conclude in the early evening, but more fun is just a stroll away with more music and fireworks at Circular Quay.
14. Sydney Korean Festival
6 May 2019
The 8th Sydney Korean Festival in Darling Harbour showcases traditional Korean music, dance and activities for all ages to enjoy. See a Kimchi Eating Contest, an acrobatic Tae Kwon Do demonstration, and the Kpop Cover Contest with entrants from all over Australia.
15. Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
4 March 2019
The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the world’s biggest celebrations of the LGBTQI community. As many as half a million people watch the parade each year, lining the pavements of Oxford Street to watch more than 22,000 marchers donning incredible costumes on themed floats.
Bonus points for being 100% carbon neutral!
16. Mela Melna Da
7 April 2019
Mela Melna da is a kids and ladies only event, featuring dance, skits, stalls, food and competitions to celebrate the Punjabi festive season of Sisterhood.
17. Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair (MEFF)
9 June 2019
The award-winning Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair (MEFF) is an annual event usually celebrated on the Sunday following Eid-Ul-Fitr, running for almost 40 years in Australia.
Tens of thousands of people from over 35 communities, enjoy the wares from more than 150 stalls, amazing traditional cultural performances, live entertainment, exciting rides and an Animatronic life-size Baby T-Rex Dinosaur. It’s a great family day out to celebrate Australia’s multiculturalism.
18. NAIDOC Community Celebration
NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) celebrations are held across Australia every July during NAIDOC Week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Camden Council hosts a Flag Raising Ceremony at Central Avenue, Oran Park followed by a family fun day and BBQ.
19. Narrabeen Lakes Festival
7 – 8 December 2019
The Narrabeen Lakes Festival is a vibrant festival that offers fun for all ages, with live entertainment, rides and over 140 stalls with food from various countries, fresh produce, preserves, arts and crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac and plants.
20. Norton Festa
27 October 2019
Norton is one of the biggest street festivals in Australia, celebrating community spirit with an Italian slant. It’s a fabulous day out for all ages, with rides, jumping castles, animal farms, face painting, street performers, live music, dancing and free cooking demonstrations.
Enjoy beautiful food, coffee and the best gelato outside of Italy. Entry is free.
21. NYE Fireworks
31 December 2019
Sydney is renowned for its spectacular New Years Eve fireworks and harbour side celebrations. Enjoy live entertainment, the age-old ritual of Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, with an earlier display of fireworks at the kid-friendly time of 9pm.
Watch aerial displays and illuminated boats gliding across the water, and stay for the thrilling fireworks at midnight.
22. Australian Heritage Festival
18 April – 19 May 2019
The theme of this year’s Australian Heritage Festival is Connecting People, Places and the Past. Events will take place at historic buildings, landmarks, shipwrecks and sacred sites, bringing communities together through ceremony, song and dance, performance art, art in various media and artefacts, talks on books and stories, and guided tours of towns, places and spaces.
23. Pyrmont Festival
Delicious gourmet food from popular local eateries, artisan products and the annual Pyrmont Art Prize and exhibition are some of the highlights. Live entertainment by local stars. It makes a perfect day for families, with jumping castles and face-painting. Bonus points for being a dog-friendly event.
24. Real Festival
1 – 2 November 2019
The 2018 Real Festival brings together Australia’s best theatre performers, artists and creative minds together in one beautiful outdoor location. Live music, stage shows, on-water activities and fireworks provide fun for the whole family, with delicious food, gourmet delights and artisan products.
26 October 2019
Celebrate Halloween at Scarefest with rides, kids’ discos and plenty of delicious things to eat from food trucks. Prepare to be scared by the inflatable haunted maze, Halloween treat hunt, pumpkin carving demo, thriller floss challenge and much more.
26. St Mary’s Dutch Festival
29 – 31 March 2019
The annual St Marys Dutch Festival is an annual celebration of all things Dutch, held during the last full weekend of March. Enjoy live entertainment and great food. Bonus points for free cup of coffee offered to Seniors Card holders.
27. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
3 February 2019
St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is all about fresh, unique music in unique settings. Laneway festivals are held annually in Sydney and other cities around Australia. This one’s not to be missed by lovers of seminal music.
28. Sydney Lunar Festival
The Sydney Lunar Festival – formerly known as the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival – has undergone a name change to embrace all communities and cultures. It’s a vibrant arts festival of cultural events, markets, exhibitions and live entertainment.
Chinese New Year is still central to the event, with the much-loved red packet walk and late night feasts taking place in Chinatown.
29. Sydney Royal Easter Show
12 -23 April 2019
The Sydney Royal Easter Show is the largest ticketed event in Australia and draws a crowd of almost 900,000 every year. It’s a twelve-day celebration of Australian rural culture, with agricultural competitions, animal experiences, live entertainment, carnival fun, shopping and much more.
Revenue raised by the Show is invested back into agricultural programs, competitions, education, youth and rural NSW, helping keep Australian rural communities strong.
30. Sydney Taiwan Festival
28 – 29 September 2019
The Sydney Taiwan Festival is an annual community event celebrating Taiwanese culture, multiculturalism and values shared between Australia and Taiwan.
Enjoy stunning performances from diverse Taiwanese performers including martial arts, traditional and modern dances, musical performances, and puppet shows. Get a taste of Taiwan’s famous night market culture, with traditional arts and crafts, games and mouth-watering Taiwanese cuisine.
31. The Rocks Christmas in July Market
14 July 2019
Following the Bastille Festival, the Rocks is transformed into a gorgeous French Christmas market in The Rocks last year, complete with pretty chalets and decorations for a true European winter Christmas experience.
Kids will love the mini ice skating rink, and the giant, edible gingerbread house that. Santa’s Pop Up Bar will keep the adults occupied, featuring Christmas cocktails, DJ sets, and even Christmas karaoke. Find beautiful, artisan-made gifts at the market stalls. Joxeux Noël in July!
32. Willoughby City Heritage Festival
18 April – 19 May 2019
Willoughby City Council’s 2019 Heritage Festival turns back the clock to celebrate local heritage. It includes free and affordable tours, exhibitions, community events and informative talks. A lovely day out for the family.
6 – 22 July 2019
Winterlight is all about skating, eating, playing and having fun at Sydney’s biggest open-air rink. Kids enjoy their own dedicated. Check out the pretty, fairy-lit view from the illuminated ferris wheel, and have a ball during the July school holidays.
34. Wugulora Indigenous Morning Ceremony
26 January 2020
The Wugulora Indigenous Morning Ceremony celebrates the world’s oldest living culture and the traditional custodians of our land. Join the Premier of New South Wales and the Governor of New South Wales to witness a traditional smoking ceremony and sing the national anthem as the Aboriginal and Australian flags are raised on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.Back to index
Film, Music & Theatre Events
The Sydney film, music and theatre scene is alive and happening, with huge variety and iconic events of international renown.
1. Sydney International Comedy Festival
22 April – 19 May 2019
The Sydney Comedy Festival is Sydney’s biggest gathering of comedians, entertaining an audience of more than 120,000 people. Following the lavish gala events at the Sydney Opera House and major theatres around the city is a 50+ stop Showcase Tour across Australia that performs to over 25,000 people every year.
See the funniest of the funniest perform stand up, sketch, satire, improv, musical, absurdist, theatre, magic and kids comedy. Bonus points for supporting new talent in the Fresh segment of the festival program.
2. French Film Festival
5 March – 10 April 2018
The annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is a favourite among cinephiles, with it’s notoriously rich and eclectic films from France. It’s one of the biggest French film events in the world, and one of the main film festivals in Australia with almost 200,000 spectators in 2018.
3. Greek Film Festival
9 – 21 October 2019
The 9th Greek Film Festival offers a renewed format that aims to connect the Greek community with short film makers, to connect short film makers with one other and to connect the greater community with the Greek Community. What better way to do this than immersion in short films?
4. Lavazza Italian Film Festival – Sydney
11 Sep – 7 Oct 19
The Lavazza Italian Film Festival presents the best new contemporary Italian films as well as the most cherished classics on the big screen.
The Festival, which celebrates Italian language, culture and la dolce vita has grown over two decades to become a national event appearing on more than 100 screens around Australia.
5. Sydney Film Festival
5 – 16 June 2019
The Sydney Film Festival showcases the world’s best new films, with twelve days and nights of exciting premieres, talks and parties. Twelve films are selected for the Official Competition, which celebrates “courageous, audacious and cutting-edge” cinema, with a $60,000 cash prize. Not to be missed by film-lovers!
6. Tropfest Australia
Tropfest is Australia’s iconic short film festival. It creates a platform for emerging filmmakers to make and share their films with a large audience.
Tropfest events include Tropfest, Trop Jr and TropTalks. It’s a thrilling night of fun, film and food.
7. Australian International Music Festival
14 July 2019
The Australian International Music Festival showcases instrumental and choral ensembles from Australia, the USA, China, Europe, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand. It gives young singers and musicians performance opportunities at iconic Sydney venues, as well as educational workshops with world-class clinicians at the Conservatorium of Music.
8. Gondwana World Choral Festival
15 – 21 July 2019
The Gondwana World Choral Festival is where you go to hear the joyful sounds of the world’s finest children’s choirs. The young choirists participate in a week of concerts, recitals, workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions, with gala concerts in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, and a Festival Centre at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
9. SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show
13 – 14 Jul 2019
SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is a Japanese pop culture convention for artists, creators and fans. It draws high calibre guests, exciting activities such as cosplay, panels, games, and an extensive Vendors and Artist Market.
SMASH! gives lovers of pop, Manga and Japanese culture the chance to celebrate fandom in a social environment.Back to index
Food & Wine Events
Sun, sea and sensational food. That’s Sydney in a food and wine nutshell.
1. Aboriginal Bush Food Experience
20 April – 15 June 2019
Experience the world’s oldest living culture through bush food tasting and demonstrations. Aboriginal guides share their passion for bush foods and show how to incorporate native Australian bush foods with everyday ingredients. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture and the traditional methods used to gather and prepare food.
2. Bankstown Bites Food Festival
27 July 2019
The annual Bankstown Bites Food Festival is a popular event featuring mouth-watering food from around the world, with local food tours and live entertainment.
3. Culinary Carnivale
1 June 2019
The Culinary Carnivale is all about living la buena vida with mouth-watering cuisines from Spain and Latin America, with Brazilian dancers, drummers, Mexican singers to delight the whole family. Enjoy live entertainment, rides, traditional and contemporary singing and dancing from across Latin America. Bonus points for the divine Spanish paella.
4. Gabs Beer, Cider and Food Festival
Gabs Beer, Cider and Food Festival is a one-of-a-kind, fun festival that celebrates the best breweries, cider producers and food purveyors from around Australasia, with workshops, tastings and live entertainment.
5. Good Food and Wine Show
21 – 23 June 2019
Celebrate the best food and wine with a who’s who of Australian culinary celebrities. Learn tricks of the trade and taste amazing dishes from your favourite chefs: Matt Moran, George Calombaris, Kylie Kwong, Colin Fassnidge and many more.
6. Hunters Hill Food and Wine Festival
5 May 2019
The Hunters Hill Food and Wine Festival is a popular annual event on the foodie calendar, with fine wineries, excellent restaurants, gourmet produce suppliers, espresso coffee and gelato vendors tempting your taste buds.
Enjoy live entertainment, and know that all profits go towards local community projects.
7. Liverpool on a Roll
30 March 2019
Liverpool on a Roll celebrates the city’s multicultural community, in a novel format that presents tasty “on a roll.” Try burgers, banh mi, burritos and loads more! Enjoy live entertainment, giveaways, garden games, seasonal local produce for sale and a pop-up beer garden.
8. Meatstock Festival
4 -5 May 2019
Meatstock celebrates the art of the barbeque. It’s two full days of bbq and grilling competitions, ‘butcher wars’, demonstrations, a barbecue expo and live music. A must for all meatlovers.
19 October 2019
That’s not a typo! Celebrate beer Oktoberfest style, with beer, bbq, music, German dancers, games, competitions and more. Fancy dress is welcomed!
10.Taste of Manly
25 – 26 May 2019
The iconic Taste of Manly showcases the best of local food and music culture. Manly’s best local restaurants, top Australian wine producers and brewers present their mouth-watering wares over two music-filled days. Bonus points for banning single-use plastics and delivering best practice environmental protection and sustainability.Back to index
Doggy festivals, art, joyrides and building Lego are just some of the fun things kids can do in Sydney. Never a dull day!
1. Sydney Brick Show
6 – 7 April 2019
LEGO® lovers rejoice. The Sydney Brick Show will make all your LEGO® dreams come true. Check out the exhibition of unique and original LEGO® creations, built and displayed by adult Australian LEGO® fans and collectors.
If you want to do some building of your own, head to the LEGO® and DUPLO® play areas, a unique brick-built graffiti wall and the LEGO® remote control racing cars.
2. Double Bay Dog Day
Have a pooch-tastic day with your doggie at the Double Bay Dog Festival. There are rescue dog stalls, dog treats and prizes to win in the Best Dressed Dog competition. Bonus points for raising awareness about the importance of animal adoption.
3. Sydney Family Show
13 – 28 April 2019
The Sydney Family Show is a great option if you prefer a less crowded Easter Show experience. Enjoy rides, showbags, stage shows, farm animals and live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
4. Way Out West Children’s Festival
17 – 20 July 2019
The Way Out West Children’s Festival celebrates young people’s curiosity and imagination. It’s a four-day program of theatre, interactive installations, dance, music, literature, food, yoga, workshops, and free family events guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.Back to index
With a pleasant climate and iconic views, Sydney is a popular place for major sporting events.
1. Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
17 September 2019
The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is one of the most spectacular running courses in the world, taking in Sydney’s iconic landmarks with the rare opportunity to cross a traffic-free Sydney Harbour Bridge.
It attracts 33,000 participants from over 66 countries each year. Funds raised are invested back into the community through organiser Athletics Australia’s grassroots programs.
11 August 2019
More than 80,000 people participate at the in the iconic Sun-Herald City2Surf, Australia’s biggest fun run. Start at Hyde Park in the city via ‘Heartbreak Hill’ to the spectacular finish line at beautiful Bondi Beach.
The City2Surf is an important fundraiser for Cure Brain Cancer.
3. Sydney Harbour Regatta
4 – 5 March 2019
The Sydney Harbour Regatta is one of the largest competitive keelboat regattas in Australia. 200 keelboats race throughout Sydney Harbour and offshore near Sydney Heads. Just one more way to enjoy the magnificent Sydney Harbour!Back to index
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