Festivals & events

Sydney’s ingenuity and vitality shine in the calendar of events & festivities held across the city each year.

These annual events offer spectacular opportunities for enhanced delegate experiences and bespoke itineraries. They also reflect the diversity and dynamism of Australia’s foremost multicultural city.

1. Sydney New Year’s Eve
1. Sydney New Year’s Eve

An annual multi-tiered event, complete with world-renowned fireworks, Sydney’s New Year’s celebrations are truly breathtaking. The Harbour and its bridge form the focal point, but the colourful and character-filled celebrations spread throughout the entire city. Find out more

2. Sydney Festival
2. Sydney Festival

Every January, Sydney Festival takes over the streets and parks of central Sydney with world-class music, dance and visual arts. Find out more

3. Chinese New Year Festival
3. Chinese New Year Festival

Held in February, the City of Sydney’s annual Chinese New Year Festival is one of the world’s largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia, and it continues to grow each year. Find out more

4. Mardi Gras
4. Mardi Gras

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a key festival and parade held in February/ March each year. It celebrates the power and beauty of diversity, and aims to inspire people all around the world to love each other by. Find out more

5. Opera on the Harbour
5. Opera on the Harbour

In March/April each year, Opera Australia takes its production outside onto the beautiful Sydney Harbour. Its works have included Carmen and Madama Butterfly and manyv of other world-famous operas. Find out more

6. Good Food Month
6. Good Food Month

Australia’s largest food festival, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month, invites food-lovers to celebrate Australia’s extraordinary culinary scene, throughout October. (This event was previously known as the Crave Sydney International Food Festival.) Find out more

7. Fashion Week
7. Fashion Week

Sydney becomes the runway for Australian and overseas labels and designers every April, during Fashion Week. Find out more

8. Vivid Sydney
8. Vivid Sydney

Amazing creative effects take over Sydney City and the Opera House every May/June, during the Vivid Festival – the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Find out more

9. Sydney Spring Racing Carnival
9. Sydney Spring Racing Carnival

October marks the beginning of one of Sydney’s largest race meets, where punters get the chance to don their best race wear and hope (and shout) for a win. Find out more

10. Sculpture by the Sea
10. Sculpture by the Sea

Every October, this magical outdoor exhibition showcases more than 100 sculptural works and contemporary practices, all along the iconic coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama beaches. Find out more

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