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The Crab Festival is a unique gastronomic event in Sydney, where everyone is invited to get messy as you dine on your favourite crustaceans. Held...

Crab Carnival

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The stunning harbour city of Sydney sparkles with exciting events held all year round. From the world-famous New Year’s Eve celebrations to iconic theatre acts, Vivid Sydney’s festival of light, exciting sports tournaments, and everything else in between, Sydney’s event calendar has something to offer everyone.

When you combine all these events and factor in Sydney’s incredible weather and beautiful beaches, with a dash of cosmopolitan culture for good measure, you’ve got the perfect recipe for a magical experience.

 Upcoming 2021/2022 Sydney Music Festivals & Sporting Events Calendar




It’s no secret that Sydneysiders love the outdoors especially when there is wine and food in the picture. The Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival is a well-loved annual event that only continues to grow each year; showcasing the diverse food and wine culture of this part of Australia. Indulge in the best regional produce, downed with premium local wines at the Taste of Sydney festival, while the Bastille Festival adds a deliciously rich culinary experience that only the French can provide. So make sure to bring along an appetite and come thirsty.

Sydney is a hot spot for creatives from all around the world, and this is something celebrated in the numerous art and film events held throughout the year. Scare yourself silly at A Night of Horror International Film Festival, be amazed at fascinating flicks at the Sydney Film Festival, or watch a classic film at one of the open-air cinemas. In fact, Sydney is known for being home to some of the best film experiences in the world.

Just like the rest of Australia, Sydney has its fair share of diverse festivals, too. Each of them unique and special in its own way, these festivals are worth travelling for. Thousands of people fly across the globe to attend the legendary Mardi Gras festivities, but don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes for the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival.

Adrenaline, you say? There’s lots of that here, too: The Australian Open of Surfing is undoubtedly the ultimate sports festival. Surfing is the main star, while BMX comps and skating act as the supporting cast. The Sydney Harbour Regatta is a breathtaking display of over 200 keelboats competing in the sparkling seas of the Sydney Harbour.

Check out what’s happening this weekend, or better yet, spontaneously join in a festival or event! Be sure to check out the calendar as Sydney’s events are always changing.

Art & About Sydney

Art & About Sydney

Multiple Locations, Sydney, NSW
TBA - January 2021

Art & About Sydney is a program that runs all year round and which exhibits temporary art pieces in public spaces around Sydney. You will find a range of interesting artworks and installations in unexpected spaces...

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Archibald Prize Exhibition

Archibald Prize Exhibition

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
26 September 2020 to 10 January 2021

The Archibald Prize is an art competition which awards the best portrait of a person who is distinguished in art, science or politics. The prize was first awarded in 1921, and today is a coveted art competition that has...

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Martin Place Christmas Tree & Fairy Lights

Martin Place Christmas Tree & Fairy Lights

Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
28 November 2020 to 31 December 2020

The Martin Place Christmas Tree is an annual holiday event. It takes place at Martin Place, located in the heart of Sydney’s central business district late in November and running through to New Year’s even...

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Carols In The Domain

Carols In the Domain

Aware Super Theatre, Sydney, NSW
18 December 2020 to 19 December 2020

In keeping with current restrictions, Woolworths Carols in the Domain in 2020 will be held at the Aware Super Theatre, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) on the 18th & 19th December 2020 and...

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Multiple Locations, Sydney, NSW
24 December 2020

Christmas Eve is celebrated on the 24th of December and is celebrated all over the world. Christmas Day in Sydney is a public holiday and is, therefore, a wonderful time to stop, reflect and spend time with family and...

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Christmas Day

Christmas Day

Multiple Venues, Sydney, NSW
25 December 2020

Christmas Day is celebrated on the 25th of December and is celebrated all over the world. Christmas in Sydney is a public holiday and is, therefore, a wonderful time to stop, reflect and spend time with family and...

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Boxing Day

Boxing Day

Multiple Venues, Sydney, NSW
26 December 2020

Boxing Day is a massive public holiday in Australia and the best thing about being in Sydney is that there are so many options for how to spend your day. From sporting events, cinema releases, shopping sprees or family...

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New Years Eve

New Years Eve

Multiple Venues, Sydney, NSW
31 December 2020 to 01 January 2021

This New Year’s Eve will be different as we celebrate in a COVID safe way. There will be no 9pm fireworks, no activities around the Harbour, instead, there will be one 7 minute fireworks display at midnight from the...

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Sculpture By The Sea

Sculpture by the Sea

Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Walk, Bondi, NSW
TBA

Visit the wonderful Sculpture by the Sea festival and see over 100 sculptures by various artists from all over the world. This is a free exhibition. Apart from enjoying an array of displays, sculptures and exhibits, you...

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New Years Day

New Years Day

Multiple Locations, Sydney, NSW
01 January 2021

New Years Day falls on the 1st of January each year, in the height of the Australian summer. It has been designated as a public holiday which allows many people to have a relaxing day off work. Even though there may be...

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Sydney Fringe Comedy

Sydney Fringe Comedy

The Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW
15 January 2021 to 14 February 2021

The Sydney Fringe Comedy is a month-long comedy festival featuring performers from Australia, as well as abroad. Up to as many as 15 shows take place at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville each night during the festival...

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Cinema In The Park

Cinema in the Park

Yamble Reserve, Ryde, NSW
TBA - January 2021

Cinema in the Park is an annual outdoor movie event held in Ryde, which is less than half an hour away from the Sydney CBD by car. Various participating parks such as Anzac Park, Yamble Reserve, and Gannan Park set up...

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Movies By The Boulevard

Outdoor Cinema at Sydney Olympic Park

Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
TBA - January 2021

Outdoor Cinema at Sydney Olympic Park is hosted at Cathy Freeman Park at Sydney Olympic Park; a free event and suitable for all ages. Each year the program attracts thousands of people to Olympic park to enjoy a night...

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Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival

Multiple Venues, Sydney, NSW
06 January 2021 to 26 January 2021

The Sydney Festival is a huge event which started in 1977 and is now held over 21 days in January each year. With over 100 events in cutting-edge theatre, music, cabaret, dance and visual art, come down to this family...

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Mov’in Bed

Mov’In Bed

The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, NSW
TBA - January/ March 2021

Mov’in Bed is Australia’s first and only cinema where you can watch your favourite movie outdoors and in the comfort of a cosy bed! Have you ever been to the cinema and wished you were watching the movie in...

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Yours And Owls

Yours and Owls

Stuart Park, North Wollongong, NSW
23 January 2021 to 24 January 2021

The Yours and Owls Festival, also known as the Wollongong Festival, is a music festival held in Stuart Park in Wollongong every year. Featuring a number of local and international artists, Yours and Owls Festival is a...

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Australia Day

Australia Day

Multiple Locations, Sydney, NSW
26 January 2021

One of the largest celebrations held throughout the country year after year is Australia Day. Celebrated on January 26th, Australia day is a public holiday that honours the arrival of the first British Fleet on...

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Yabun Festival

Yabun Festival

Victoria Park, Camperdown, NSW
26 January 2021

The Yabun Festival is an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture; held every year on Australia Day (January 26th) on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people at Victoria Park in Camperdown...

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Twilight At Taronga

Twilight at Taronga

Taronga Zoo, Mosman, NSW
TBA- January/ March 2021

Each year, Taronga Zoo hosts the Twilight at Taronga festival, which is a summer concert series with an array of fantastic musical acts over 17 days. Taronga Zoo is a world-class zoo located in the city of Sydney, right...

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Roaring 20s Festival

Roaring 20s Festival

Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath, NSW
01 February 2021 to 28 February 2021

The Roaring 20s Festival in Sydney is a celebration of all things 1920’s through luxurious high teas, extravagant balls, music, vintage vehicles, and much more. It takes place in conjunction with the All That Jazz...

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Cole Classic

Cole Classic

Manly Beach, Manly, NSW
TBA- February 2021

The Cole Classic is an annual sporting event held in Sydney’s most famous northern beaches, with the events take place over a weekend in February to benefit charity. The kick-off happens on Saturday, with a 7km...

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Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival

Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival

Multiple Locations, Katoomba, NSW
12 February 2021 to 14 February 2021

The Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival is the largest ukulele event in the Southern Hemisphere. Organized by the Blue Mountains Ukulele Group, the award-winning festival takes place around February each year at the...

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Openair Cinemas

Openair Cinemas

Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach, NSW
06 February 2021 to 12 March 2021

Head down to Bondi Beach for a night amongst the stars as you enjoy the warm summer evenings at the Openair Cinemas. Each year in January to March, Sydneysiders are treated to an amazing program of cinema, live music...

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Tropfest

Tropfest

Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW
TBA - February 2021

Tropfest is a short film festival which started in 1993 and is held each year in venues all around Sydney. Each year, Tropfest creates a ‘Tropfest Signature Item’ of which informs the subject matter of the...

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Various locations, Sydney, NSW
12 February 2020

As there is a large community of Chinese-Australians living in New South Wales, Sydneysiders love celebrating Chinese New Year each year. 2021 is a Year of the Ox. Although this festival is celebrated all across the...

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Mardi Gras Film Festival

Mardi Gras Film Festival

Multiple Venues, Sydney, NSW
12 February 2021 to 27 February 2021

The Queer Screen film festival is one of the biggest LGBT film events in Australia, with the 5-day-long celebration aiming to raise awareness of sexual diversities and gender identities through queer film. Taking place...

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Australian Boardriders Battle

Australian Boardriders Battle

Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, NSW
13 February 2021 to 14 February 2021

Australian Boardriders Battle finals are held at Newcastle Beach by Surfing Australia and are officially sanctioned by the World Surf League. This allows Australian WSL Championship Tour male and female surfers the...

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Bowl-a-rama Bondi

BOWL-A-RAMA Bondi

Bondi Beach Skatepark, Bondi Beach, NSW
TBA - February 2021

No, it’s not a ten-pin bowling activity or venue. BOWL-A-RAMA Bondi is Australia’s biggest skateboarding competition that’s held annually over a weekend each February in Bondi Park near Bondi Beach...

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Australian Surf Rowers League Open

Australian Surf Rowers League Open

Mollymook Beach, Mollymook, NSW
18 February 2021 to 21 February 2021

The Australian Surf Rowers League Open is a major surf boat racing event in Australia. The first open was held in 1997 in Terrigal, and today there are several divisions for both men and women of all ages to compete at...

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Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Oxford and Flinders Streets, Sydney, NSW
19 February 2021 to 07 March 2021

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is an annual pride parade celebrating the LGBT community. Attended by hundreds of thousands of people annually, the Mardi Gras is one of the biggest events of the year. Sydney Gay...

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Volleyfest

Volleyfest

Manly Beach, Manly, NSW
TBA - February 2021

Volleyfest is an annual Australian volleyball event that takes place over 10 days in March at Manly Beach. It is the premier event of Australian beach volleyball and has been recognised for creating a platform that...

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Australian Bowl-riding Championships

Australian Bowl-riding Championships

Empire Park, Bar Beach, NSW
TBA - February 2021

The annual Australian Bowl-riding Championships was the first national skateboard competition in the country. It’s an all-inclusive competition that welcomes Australian skateboarders from all ages and skill levels...

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Greek Festival Of Sydney

Greek Festival of Sydney

Tumbalong Park, Sydney, NSW
TBA - Feb - May 2021

The Greek Festival of Sydney is an annual event that is held in February/March each year in Darling Harbour. It’s a massive celebration of all aspects of the Greek culture and it’s organised by the Greek...

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Thirlmere Festival Of Steam

Thirlmere Festival of Steam

NSW Rail Museum, Thirlmere, NSW
28 February 2021

The Thirlmere Festival of Steam is a fun community event held at the NSW Rail Museum in Autumn each year. Come along with your family and friends and explore this beautiful little town as you enjoy the festival...

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Sydney Harbour Challenge

Sydney Harbour Challenge

Manly Ward, North Manly, NSW
TBA - February 2021

The Sydney Harbour Challenge is a man Outrigger Canoe Race and is one of Australia’s most prestigious events in this sport. Each year, the event attracts over 800 competitors and is quickly becoming one of the...

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Surfest

Surfest

Merewether Beach, Newcastle, NSW
TBA - March 2021

Surfest is the largest surfing festival in the southern hemisphere. The event sees over 700 competitors from more than two-dozen countries who attend the event. This year, Surfest will commence at The Lake Mac Festival...

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Rouse Hill Town Centre

Sydney Autumn Racing

Royal Randwick , Randwick, NSW
TBA - MARCH 2021

The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival is a fabulous racing event on the NSW racing calendar and includes both the ‘Golden Slipper Carnival’ and ‘The Championships’. With over $33 million in prize...

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Oz Comic-con

Oz Comic-Con

Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
06 March 2021 to 07 March 2021

Oz Comic-Con is back in Australia for another huge event hosted at the Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park. With a huge range of television and movie stars, anime and manga, gaming and comics, there is so much to...

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Sydney Harbour Regatta

Sydney Harbour Regatta

Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Mosman, NSW
06 March 2021 to 07 March 2021

The Sydney Harbour Regatta is hosted in the Autumn months of March each year by the Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Over 200 keelboats compete through Sydney Harbour and along the NSW coast with 26 divisions running over 10...

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Newtown Festival

Newtown Festival

Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newton, NSW
07 March 2021

The Newtown Festival is a yearly event produced by the Newton Neighbourhood Centre to support those who need assistance in the local community. With a range of live musical performances, art exhibitions and a dog show...

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All About Women

All About Women

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
TBA- March 2021

The All About Women event celebrates ideas and themes around feminism and empowerment for women both in Australia and internationally. The All About Women festival features a range of remarkable guests presenting on the...

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Orange F.o.o.d Week

Orange F.O.O.D Week

Multiple Locations, Orange, NSW
09 April 2021 to 18 April 2021

Orange F.O.O.D Week, also known as Food of Orange District, is a food festival held in the beautiful township of Orange each year. As one of Australia’s top food festivals, Orange F.O.O.D Week has been running...

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Parramasala

Parramasala

Town Hall, Parramatta, NSW
12 March 2021 to 14 March 2020

The Parramasala Festival celebrates the many cultures and traditions of those living in Australia and, in particular, Sydney. The festival runs over three days in March each year and attracts over 35,000 visitors during...

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Mindbodyspirit Festival

MindBodySpirit Festival

International Convention Centre Sydney, Sydney, NSW
TBA - March 2021

The MindBodySpirit Festival is Sydney’s biggest gathering for health, wellbeing, and holistic treatments; taking place over several days at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney. The event is open to...

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Biennale Of Sydney

Biennale of Sydney

Multiple Venues, Sydney, NSW
TBA - MARCH 2021

The Biennale of Sydney is a visual arts festival which provides a platform for commissioned pieces of art to be displayed to the public. Aimed at presenting thought-provoking pieces of art, the Biennale of Sydney first...

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St Patricks Day

St Patricks Day

Multiple Venues, Sydney, NSW
17 March 2021

St. Patricks Day is a cultural festival held on the 17th of March each year which celebrates Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland. In Sydney, St Patricks Day is often celebrated by getting together with friends in...

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L’Étape Australia

L’Étape Australia

Banjo Patterson Park, Jindabyne, NSW
19 March 2021 to 20 March 2021

L’Etape Australia is a cycling race sponsored by le Tour de France that runs around the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. As the largest Tour de France cycling race held outside of France, L’Etape...

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Golden Slipper

Golden Slipper

Rosehill Gardens, Rosehill, NSW
20 March 2021

The Rosehill Gardens Racecourse is a premium horse racing venue located in the Western suburbs of Sydney; best known for hosting the Golden Slipper thoroughbred horse race and making it one of the most popular...

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International Festival Of Speed

International Festival of Speed

Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, NSW
TBA - March 2021

The International Festival of Speed is a historic motorcycle race held each year at the Sydney Motorsport Park. This is a great opportunity for visitors to get the chance to see these riders and machines together in...

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Spanish Film Festival

Spanish Film Festival

Multiple Palace Cinemas, Sydney, NSW
TBA - April 2021

The Spanish Film Festival is a yearly event that usually runs between April and May each year at various cinemas in Sydney; including Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona and Palace Central Sydney. Each year, dozens of...

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