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Ballet Under the Stars

Ballet Under the Stars is a free outdoor event that showcases the performance of world class ballet.

The event is hosted at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith. This gives spectators the opportunity to experience the beauty of live ballet while enjoying the picturesque surrounds of the outdoor location.

Each year the Ballet under the Stars offers a new program that showcases the speed, agility, diversity and grace of the ballet dancers. In previous years, the program presented the highly acclaimed production of Sleeping Beauty that delighted and excited viewers from all ages.

With Penrith Lakes and the surrounding parklands as the backdrop to the performance, Ballet under the Stars will be an outstanding cultural event that brings people of all ages to experience world-class ballet. Ballet under the Stars is the perfect experience for families, couples and lovers of performance art to enjoy a night out that is both unique and culturally stimulating.

Patrons are encouraged to bring along a rug to the event so they can sit and watch in comfort. Seating is unreserved, visitors are encouraged to get in early to get a good spot. Low beach chairs, cushions, blankets and rugs are welcome but nothing too high, so that all people seated at the venue can see the performance.

Food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are welcome. The venue requests that no packaged and commercial takeaway food are taken into the venue. Please respect the venue by bringing plastic bottles and cans. Glass is strictly not allowed. Food and beverages are also available for purchase at the venue for extra snacks and treats throughout the show.

So for unique and cultural experience bring your family and friends, a rug and a picnic and enjoy a spectacular evening with The Australian Ballet under the glittering Sydney night sky.


Ballet Under The Stars is an annual community program of the Australian Ballets. The free outdoor event showcases world-class ballet performances in the parklands of Penrith Lakes. This cultural presentation is open to all ages.


Attendees will be treated to renditions of well-loved ballet classics. Since the venue is in the outdoors, it is recommended to come early to reserve a good spot. Seating will be unreserved, so bring your own rug or picnic blanket, cushions, and low beach chairs but please be mindful of the people behind you and avoid bringing seats that are too high as this will make it difficult for them to watch the performance. Before the main show, patrons will be treated to a pre-show program, as well as entertainment for children and adults alike.


The gates will open at 3:30PM, providing enough time for attendees to unwind before the 7PM performance. Attendees should take note of the items prohibited in the venue: bottles, glass, cans, takeaway food, and recording equipment. Bag searches will be conducted at the gates, and any prohibited items shall be confiscated. The venue will provide food and beverages sold in several stalls for the duration of the event. Free water bubblers will be provided.


Although the entrance is free for all, patrons are required to reserve tickets for Ballet Under The Stars. The maximum number of tickets that may be purchased per person is 9. Patrons are permitted to bring guide or assistance dogs, but other pets and animals will not be allowed. Additionally, as the event is outdoors, hazardous weather will result in a cancellation.


The Sydney International Regatta Centre is located at Gate A, Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith NSW.  The car park will be open by 3PM for visitors bringing their own vehicles. If you are taking your own car, take the Northern Road exit for the M4. From the car park, there will be a free shuttle bus that will take you to the entry. Should the car park reach full capacity, patrons will be advised to park at the Penrith Station instead then use the shuttle bus service, also free of charge. If you will be taking public transport, the Penrith Station is the nearest railway station to the venue, which is around 6km away from the Sydney International Regatta Centre. Alternatively, there are free shuttle buses that service the Penrith Station route, taking you directly to the venue. The buses will be operating between the Sydney International Regatta Centre and the Penrith Station from 4PM onwards until the event culminates.

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