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Sydney International Piano Competition

Featuring exceptional pianists from all over the world, the Sydney International Piano Competition is one of the major international events of its...

Sydney International Piano Competition

Sydney Events

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, 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, you have the perfect recipe for a magical experience.

 Upcoming 2024/2025 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 grows 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. At the same time, 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 around the world, which is 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. Sydney is known for being home to some of the best film experiences in the world.

Like the rest of Australia, Sydney has its fair share of diverse festivals, too. Each of them is unique and special in its own way; these festivals are worth travelling for. Thousands 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 are 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 spontaneously join in a festival or event! Check out the calendar, as Sydney’s events are always changing.



Sydney International Art Series

Sydney International Art Series

Multiple Venues, Sydney, NSW
04 November 2023 to 28 April 2024

The Sydney International Art Series showcases ground-breaking past and present artworks from all over the world each summer. The event, an initiative of the New South Wales Government, takes place over several months at...

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Multiple Locations, Sydney, NSW
24 December 2023

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 a wonderful time to stop, reflect and spend time with family and friends. Amid...

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Various locations, Sydney, NSW
29 January 2025

2024 is the year of the Snake, starting from January 29th, 2025 (Chinese Lunar New Year Day) and lasting until February 16, 2026. If you were born in 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013…, your Chinese zodiac sign is the...

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Greek Festival Of Sydney

Greek Festival of Sydney

The Enmore Theatre, Newtown, NSW
TBA - February - May 2024

The Greek Festival of Sydney is an annual event held from March to May around Sydney. It’s a massive celebration of Greek culture organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales. Greek Festival of...

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Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Oxford Street, Sydney, NSW
TBA - February 2024

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

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Sydney Harbour Challenge

Sydney Harbour Challenge

Woollahra Sailing Club, Rose Bay, NSW
01 March 2024 to 03 March 2024

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. It is quickly becoming one of the...

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Wings Over Illawarra

Wings Over Illawarra

Illawarra Airport, Albion Park Rail, NSW
01 March 2024 to 03 March 2024

Wings Over Illawarra is the biggest airshow in New South Wales and attracts visitors worldwide. The event brings together aircraft from the different defence forces in a spectacular display of tactics and prowess. Wings...

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Newcastle 500

Newcastle 500

Newcastle Street Circuit, Newcastle, NSW
TBA - March 2024

The Newcastle 500 is a supercar motor racing event usually held at the Newcastle Street Circuit in November each year. Attracting thousands of visitors, the Newcastle 500 runs over three days with qualifying races that...

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Sydney Harbour Regatta

Sydney Harbour Regatta

Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Mosman, NSW
TBA - March 2024

The Sydney Harbour Regatta is hosted in the autumn of March each year by the Middle Harbour Yacht Club and is one of Australia’s largest competitive keelboat regattas. 180 keelboats will race across 25 divisions...

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Rouse Hill Town Centre

Sydney Autumn Racing

Rosehill Gardens & Royal Randwick, Randwick, NSW
TBA - Mar-Apr 2024

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

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True Grit

True Grit

Dargle Farm, Lower Portland, NSW
TBA - March 2024

True Grit is a 5-10km obstacle course that is both challenging and fun for participants. Held all around Australia, True Grit will once again arrive in NSW and will deliver a unique and challenging experience for those...

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Surfest

Surfest

Merewether Beach, Newcastle, NSW
TBA - February - March 2024

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. Surfest will commence at The Lake Mac Festival of Surfing...

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Biennale Of Sydney

Biennale of Sydney

Multiple Venues, Sydney, NSW
09 March 2024 to 10 June 2024

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

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All About Women

All About Women

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
TBA - March 2024

The All About Women event celebrates ideas and themes around feminism and empowerment for women in Australia and internationally. Celebrate International Women’s Day with our unmissable one-day program of talks, panels...

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Archibald Prize Exhibition

Archibald Prize Exhibition

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
TBA - March 2024

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

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Nsw Open Golf Championship

NSW Open Golf Championship

TBA, Sydney, NSW
TBA - March 2024

The NSW Open Golf Championship showcases the best golfers in Australasia, with the historic event tracing back to 1931 – even before the Sydney Harbour Bridge was built! Interested players may enter as many...

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Cinema In The Park

Cinema in the Park

Yamble Reserve, Ryde, NSW
TBA - March 2024

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

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St Patricks Day

St Patricks Day Festival

The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
TBA - March 2024

The St. Patricks Day Festival is a cultural festival held in March 2024, which celebrates Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland. In Sydney, St. Patricks Day is often celebrated by getting together with friends in a...

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Thirlmere Festival of Steam

NSW Rail Museum, Thirlmere, NSW
TBA - March 2024

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

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Mardi Gras Film Festival

Mardi Gras Film Festival

Multiple Venues, Sydney, NSW
TBA - Feb-Mar 2024

The Queer Screen film festival is one of the biggest LGBT film events in Australia, with the 15-day-long celebration aiming to raise awareness of sexual diversities and gender identities through queer film. Taking place...

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Golden Slipper

Golden Slipper

Rosehill Gardens, Rosehill, NSW
23 March 2024

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

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Port To Port Mtb

Port to Port MTB

Audrey Wilkinson Winery, Pokolbin, NSW
25 May 2023 to 28 May 2023

Port to Port MTB is a 4-day Mountain Bike race in March each year; designed for riders of all levels & abilities, including those who wish to ride for fun to those who are a bit more competitive. Whatever your...

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Sydney Royal Easter Show

Sydney Royal Easter Show

Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

Over the Easter school holidays, the Sydney Royal Easter Show is celebrated over 12 wonderful days and includes everything from exciting rides and family entertainment to arts, crafts and barnyard animals. The Royal...

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Sydney Family Show

Sydney Family Show

Entertainment Quarter Showring, Moore Park, NSW
TBA - March / April 2024

Over the Easter school holidays, the Sydney Family Show is celebrated over 18 wonderful days. It includes everything from exciting rides and family entertainment to arts, crafts and barnyard animals. The Sydney Family...

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Good Friday

Good Friday

Multiple Locations, Sydney, NSW
29 March 2024

Good Friday kicks off the Australian Easter celebrations and will next be observed on Friday, the 29th of March 2024. Good Friday is a public holiday with almost all shops and stores closing and people spending the day...

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Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday

Multiple Locations, Sydney, NSW
30 March 2024

Easter Saturday is part of the Easter celebrations and will be observed on Saturday, the 30th of April 2024. Easter Saturday follows Good Friday and occurs as part of a Christian festival which, according to tradition...

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Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

Multiple Locations, Sydney, NSW
31 March 2024

Easter Sunday is part of the Easter celebrations and will be observed on Sunday, the 31st of April 2024. Easter Sunday is the biggest day of this four-holiday weekend as it is a public holiday when families and friends...

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Easter Monday

Easter Monday

Multiple Venues, Sydney, NSW
01 April 2024

Easter Monday is a public holiday in Australia and will be observed on Monday, the 1st of April 2024. Easter Monday follows Easter Sunday, a Christian festival that, according to tradition, celebrates the resurrection...

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Newcastle Writers Festival

Newcastle Writers Festival

Multiple Locations, Newcastle, NSW
05 April 2024 to 07 April 2024

First held in 2013, the annual Newcastle Writers Festival has grown bigger yearly. It now draws writers of all ages from far to wide to participate in various writing-themed activities and events. The Festival provides...

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Orange F.o.o.d Week

Orange F.O.O.D Week

Multiple Locations, Orange, NSW
05 April 2024 to 14 April 2024

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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Nepean Triathlon

Nepean Triathlon

Sydney International Regatta Centre, Castlereagh, NSW
06 April 2024 to 07 April 2024

The Nepean Triathlon is an annual event that combines the best of swimming, racing, and riding – all in the picturesque surroundings of Penrith. The Nepean Triathlon is held at the International Regatta Centre and...

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The Championships

The Championships

Royal Randwick, Randwick, NSW
06 April 2024 to 13 April 2024

Every year, Australians come together to celebrate The Championships, a popular horse racing event held at Royal Randwick racecourse. Held on the first and second Saturday of April each year, 12 races are held with over...

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Australian Heritage Festival

Australian Heritage Festival

Multiple Locations, Sydney, NSW
10 April 2023 to 14 May 2023

The Australian Heritage Festival is the biggest, longest-running event honouring the indigenous, natural, multicultural, and historical heritage of Australia. The first event was held in 1980, and today it’s...

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Sail Port Stephens

Sail Port Stephens

d'Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay, NSW
15 April 2024 to 05 May 2024

Sail Port Stephens is a popular sporting event held in April-May each year where participants from all over Australia compete to win. Held at the renowned d’Albora Marinas, this event is one of the region’s...

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St Albans Folk Festival

St Albans Folk Festival

Main Street of St Albans, St Albans, NSW
TBA - April 2024

The St Albans Folk Festival is a three-day event that takes place in late April each year. Here you’ll hear all types of traditional and contemporary folk and Australian bush music and music workshops, dances...

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The Gum Ball

The Gum Ball

Dashville, Lower Belford, NSW
TBA - April 2024

The Gum Ball is an annual music festival held in secluded bushland at Bedford in the middle of the Hunter Valley each year. It is a family-friendly weekend event filled with music, arts, food, beers, markets, yoga, and...

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Chand Raat Eid Festival

Chand Raat Eid Festival

Rosehill Gardens, Rosehill, NSW
TBA - April 2024

The Chand Raat Eid Festival is one of the biggest multicultural celebrations in Australia. It follows the Islamic calendar, marking the culmination of Ramadan and the eve of Eid-Al-Fitr. The term ‘Chand...

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Wollongong Triathlon Festival

Wollongong Triathlon Festival

Beach Cove, Wollongong, NSW
TBA - April 2024

The Wollongong Triathlon Festival is a celebration of health, fitness, and family which usually takes place in April. Races are available for all abilities and ages, and individuals, as well as groups, are welcome to...

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Sydney Comedy Festival

Sydney Comedy Festival

Multiple Venues, Sydney, NSW
TBA - April/May 2024

If you love stand-up comedy or just like to laugh, come to the Sydney Comedy Festival to witness one of the largest comedy festivals in Australia. Sydney has hosted the event since 2005, and it runs for four weeks each...

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