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Sydney Events

New Year's Eve

The globally recognised extravagant and colourful fireworks display over Sydney Harbour attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year. The event is split into two shows, the first at 2100 (Family Fireworks) and the second at midnight (the Midnight Fireworks). The fireworks show has become the most-watched New Years Eve fireworks display in the world. The best vantage points around the harbour are listed on the NSW government website.


(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Sydney Harbour
Website: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/nye
Cost:

Free.


Sydney Film Festival

Held over 14 days, the Sydney Film Festival is one of the longest running events of its kind in the world. Each year the festival brings together the best new films from around the world, in addition to short Australian films. The festival also hosts a number of awards to recognise excellence in filmmaking, including the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, (which are Academy Award eligible).

Date: 07 June 2017 - 18 June 2017
Venue: Various
Website: http://www.sff.org.au/
Cost:

Various.


City2Surf

The world's largest run and Sydney's favourite sporting event, City2Surf is a sporting calendar highlight. The event sees 75,000 people pounding the pavements of the city. The nine mile routes takes participants through the suburbs of Kings Cross, Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Dover Heights and Bondi Beach. Entry is limited to a certain number of competitors and, except for the invitation-only groups, allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Date: 13 August 2017 - 18 August 2017
Venue: From Hyde Park to Bondi Beach.
Website: http://city2surf.com.au
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Sculpture By The Sea

The world’s largest annual free-to-the-public, outdoor sculpture exhibition takes place along the beautiful New South Wales coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama beach. The exhibition regularly draws over 400,000 people to view sculptures from more than 100 artists around the world.

Date: 19 October 2017 - 05 November 2017
Venue: Bondi to Bronte.
Website: http://www.sculpturebythesea.com
Cost:

Free.


Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race

As big a fixture on the Australian Christmas calendar as barbecues on the beach, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race first began in1945. It usually takes between three and four days to reach completion, although has in the past been won within two days. Around 100 yachts compete.

Date: 18 December 2017 - 31 December 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Website: http://rolexsydneyhobart.com
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Sydney Festival

Australia's largest and most attended annual cultural event comprises around 300 performances and 80 events performed by over 1,000 artists in at least 20 venues each year. The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from burlesque circus to New York rap to Russian theatre; from contemporary dance to family programs to traditional Indigenous arts practice. The festival attracts an estimated 1 million people to its ticketed shows and large-scale free outdoor events.

Date: 07 January 2018 - 29 January 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au

Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival is the world’s premier gay and lesbian cultural festival. Spanning two weeks, the celebrations start with fair day and culminate in the behemoth costume parade through the city’s main gay thoroughfare, Oxford Street.

Date: 01 February 2018 - 03 February 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues, parade on Oxford Street.
Website: http://www.mardigras.org.au
Cost:

Free.


Tropfest

Though it started small, today Tropfest is known as the largest short film festival in the world. Hosted in The Domain, where crowds of thousands coat the mass of grass with picnic blankets, Tropfest offers a free showing of premium short films, second to none. Often singlehandedly launching the careers of local filmmakers. Tropfest has the support of industry stalwarts, including the likes of Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrmann.

Date: 01 February 2018 - 28 February 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: The Domain.
Website: http://www.tropfest.org.au
Cost:

Various.


Taste Of Sydney

At this epicurean extravaganza held in Centennial Park, the city's top restaurants serve sample-sized plates of their signature dishes, which visitors gobble up with gusto and wash down with fine regional wines. At the Chef's Table, look out for renowned culinary masters who are there to chat and share their kitchen tips. Learn more about beer and wine in master-classes, or simply enjoy a tipple or two while listening to the festival's live music.

Date: 09 March 2018 - 12 March 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Centennial Park.
Website: http://www.tasteofsydney.com.au
Cost:

Varied.


Biennale Of Sydney

Australia's largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts event. Held every two years, the Biennale stages a three-month exhibition, plus a program of artist talks, performances, forums, film screenings, family events, guided tours and other special events, all free to the public.

Date: 20 March 2018 - 09 June 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.biennaleofsydney.com.au
Cost:

Free.


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