A Month By Month List of Events
If you want to know about a few of the best events going on in Sydney here are a few ideas to keep you going while you decide which month suits your best. It’s cooler now – so grab a flight . The entire year is packed with colourful celebrations and festivals based on an array of different themes – ranging from films and food to horses, jazz and gardening. There’s always something to do and experience in the City – as this list shows!
In March, Sydney turns the spotlight onto Hellenic culture for the lively Greek Festival, which showcases Greek music, food, theatre, dance and visual arts, bringing together the local Greek Orthodox Community, other Sydney residents, and many tourists visiting the city.
By April, the events calendar is hotting up with several big events taking place, including the Sydney Comedy Festival and the Sydney Garden & Flower Show. One of the city’s longest established festivals of all also takes place in April: the Royal Easter Show, which has been running annually for 80 years and shows off the very finest Australian agriculture.
In May, you have to travel some way out of Sydney to the ‘Horse Capital of Australia’, Scone, to experience the fortnight-long Scone & Upper Hunter Horse Festival. Packing in a whole host of horse shows, stockman’s events, rodeos, line dancing, craft shows, parties and community events, there’s plenty going on for anyone who’s interested in equine country life – and the event takes place on the periphery of the lovely Hunter Valley wine region (about a four hour drive from Sydney – not a great distance by Australian standards!), a major tourist destination in New South Wales.
The arts are on the agenda in June, when Sydney Film Festival showcases 15 days of international movies, and the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts presents to the world some of the best young, up-and-coming artists, particularly writers and photographers.
In July, the Good Food & Wine Show provides a gastronomic experience for any foodies visiting the city. The festival reveals the latest culinary trends, offers plenty of food and wine to try and buy, and presents live cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, amongst many other shows and stalls.
In August, runners take over Sydney with City to Surf, a footrace that attracts about a million men and women of all levels of fitness who join in a run to Bondi – many of them enjoying a few refreshment breaks along the way at some of the city’s favourite drinking spots.
Kite flyers create a colourful scene at Bondi Beach in September for the Festival of the Winds, Australian’s largest kite flying festival, then in October the city loses itself in Latino beats for three days at the energetic Darling Harbour Fiesta.
Balmain Art & Craft Show, one of Sydney’s leading cultural community events, is the highlight of November. This free, family-focused show features contemporary Australian art spanning many genres, from designer crafts to Indigenous art, with plenty of hands-on activities and delicious food.
In December everyone gets into the Christmas spirit with Carols in the Domain, a night that attracts around 100,000 people who all congregate outside to enjoy a medley of festive music from choirs, orchestras and guest artists.
December also hosts the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on beautiful Sydney Harbour, the most prestigious event in Australia’s yacht racing calendar, which takes place each year on Boxing Day.
More than a million people descend on Australia’s largest city for January’s famous Sydney Festival, which kicks off the year’s events calendar in style – representing the country’s largest and most attended annual cultural event. If you are wanting a British Airways flight, get ahead of the game, and book early.
And right the way back round to February, when the city’s festival highlight is Mardi Gras, the world’s largest gay festival, a glamorous celebration with a carnival atmosphere, live music, and various events throughout – all culminating in the grand Parade at Hyde Park on the last Saturday.