Check out the latest events that are happening in Sydney for 2016!
Sydney Festival – 7-26 January, 2016
Come and celebrate the beginning of 2016 at the Sydney Festival! From theatre and dance, musical performances, family shows, to a wide range of multicultural dining options, you will need more than one day to experience it all.
Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park: Tuesday to Sundays, 8-11 pm. Thursday 3 December 2015 to Sunday 27 March 2016.
What better to enjoy Sydney’s hot summer nights but to relax under the stars and watch a film. The Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park offers a range of movies from cult classics like Top Gun to new releases – The Big Short.
Sydney Opera House Summer Playground – 02-31 January, 2016
Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney.
During the month of January, the Western Broadwalk and Foyers of the Sydney Opera House will be celebrating all things Italian. Relax by the harbour and sample a taste of the Italian Riviera with an Italian menu, alfresco dining and a pop-bar. And as the sun goes down, a variety of musical and theatrical performances will keep you entertained.
Monster Park is Sydney’s world class skatepark. Facilities include a skatepark with an indoor street course, an outdoor vert, and outdoor mini ramps, a BMX track, and Monster Mountain X that has the best mountain bike trails in Sydney.
Open 7 days a week.
All Day Pass
Foam Pit & Resi Ramp
included in Price of Entry
For more details contact: 97147888
If you have ever been mystified by the amazing circus high flyers as they defy gravity and spin and twirl hundreds of feet up in the air and dreamed of trying it out yourself, then be brave and join the flying trapeze workshop and learn from the professionals at Circus Arts.
When: The Flying Trapeze school is open every Sat & Sun 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 4.30 pm, and weekdays during school holidays, 12 pm, 3.30pm.
Where: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
Cost: 1 class – $66
Contact: 0412402742 or visit www.circusarts.com.au.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style and comfort at the Altitude restaurant at the Shangri-la hotel located in The Rocks, Circular Quay. With a magnificent view of Sydney Harbour, a glass of champagne on arrival, a five course menu on offer, and rose petals and long stem red roses available for purchase for your special someone, you will fall in love all over again.
When: Saturday 13 February, Sunday 14 February, 2016 – 6-11pm.
Where: Shangri-la Hotel. 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney. Level 35.
Contact. 02 9250 6000
Are you a coffee snob or do you just love coffee. Come and learn about the essentials for great coffee making at the Barista Training workshop for 16-24 year olds.
When: Tuesday 16 February, 2016, 9am to 4pm.
Contact: 8512 8771
Combine your passion for catcentric literature and furry felines at the Crazy Cat People Book Club
When: Wednesday 17 February to Wednesday 9 March 2016. 6pm to 8pm.
- Where: 66 Foveaux St, Surry Hills.
- Cost: 1 hour $20
- 2 hours $25
Consider yourself a fussy food critic or the next contestant on Masterchef or My Kitchen Rules, then why not take a cooking class while you enjoy the beautiful views of Sydney Harbour.
When: Every 3rd Saturday, 11.30am to 3pm
Saturday 20 February to Saturday 19 March 2016
Where: Shangri-la Hotel, Alttude restaurant, 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney. Level 35.
Cost: $165 per person.
Contact: 9250 6247
Shop til you drop at the Designer & Vintage Pop-up Sale. If you looking to snap up a bargain or just find something a little different for that special occasion, then come and explore all that is on offer: designer labels, vintage clothing, 70’s clothing, and accessories.
When: Wednesdays to Fridays, 11am to 6pm
Saturdays, 10am to 6pm
Sundays, 11am to 5pm
Saturday 20 February to Sunday 22 May 2016
Where: 360 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
Learn the art of Silk Screen Printing at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre.
When: 24 February, 2016, Wednesday 2 March 2016 from 6pm to 9pm
Where: 64 Pine Street, Chippendale.
Book tickets: 9245 1520
Groove to the kinetic vibe of the Kinetic Jazz Orchestra at the Foundry616
When: Saturday 27 February 2016 from 8.30pm to 11pm.
Where: 616 Harris Street, Ultimo.
Cost: Full $25, Concession $20
Book tickets: 9211 9442
As one of Sydney‘s most famous and iconic precinct, Kings Cross will be hosting a festival with a theme that centres on Food, Film, and Family Fun.
When: Saturday 27 February 2016 from 5pm to 9pm
Sunday 28 February 2016 from 9am to 10pm.
Where: Potts Point.
Explore an eclectic collection of private artworks by contemporary art consultants and artists such as: Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Danny Goldberg, and Archibald finalist, Jasper Knight, whose work is a mix of modernist formalism, photography, and sculpture with echoes of surrealism, and the Pop art movement.
When: Every day, 11 am to 5 pm
Tuesday 1 March to Sunday 20 March 2016
Where: 27 Australia St, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
Introduce your kids to the wonders and magic of the storyworld with Storytime@ Glebe, which introduces storytelling and craft to preschoolers. Storytime will not only nurture a love of reading, but will also help your child develop important literacy skills and social interaction before they start school.
Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.
When: Tuesdays, 11am to 11.45am
Tuesday 1 March to Tuesday 31 May 2016
Except Tuesday 12 April, Tuesday 19 April and Tuesday 26 April
Where: Glebe Library, 186 Glebe Point Road, Glebe.
No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.
Contact: 9265 9333
If you have a passion for books and love sharing and discussing literature with other book buffs, then join the book club at Customs House. Books genres range from contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and award winners.
When: Friday 4 March 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
Friday 1 April 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
Friday 6 May 2016 from 1pm to 2pm
Where: Customs House Library
31 Alfred Street, Sydney.
Contact: 9265 9333
Explore Sydney – Australia’s first place.
Take a step back in time and explore Sydney’s colonial heritage and join a Rock’s Walking Tour. The Rocks (located just up from Circular Quay, not only features cobbled streets, and carved images of Sydney’s convict and colonial history, but its quaint streets are full of cafes, pubs,and art galleries.
When: Tours depart every day @ 10.30 am and 1.30 pm.
Where: Tours depart from The Rocks Walking Tour office, which is conveniently located in the heart of The Rocks at Shop 4a – Clocktower Square, Cnr Argyle and Harrington Sts, The Rocks.
Contact: For Bookings: 9247 6678 or online
MARCH AND ALL YEAR ROUND.
The Rocks Markets is a great way to spend your weekend. Nestled in the Rocks and just a stone’s throw from Circular Quay and the beautiful Sydney Harbour, The Rocks Markets features handcrafted designer jewellery, art prints, crafts, fashion, and so much more. There is also a foodie market on Fridays where you can satisfy your hunger pains with multicultural food, home-made preserves, fresh juices, and traditional Italian Gelato. Whatever tingles your taste buds, you are guaranted to find it at The Rocks Markets.
When and Where: The Rocks Markets
10am – 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays
Playfair Street, George Street, Jack Mundey Place
The Rocks Friday Foodie Market
9am – 3pm, Fridays
Jack Mundey Place
Sydney Writers’ Festival 16-22 May, 2016. Tickets on sale from 31 March, 2016.
Although it is a few months away, don’t wait to purchase your tickets for the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Every year the Sydney Writers’ festival hosts over 300 events across Sydney, from Walsh Bay, the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Town Hall, to the suburbs, and the Blue Mountains. The festival hosts a wide range of the best International and Australian writers, artists and performers from all genres and backgrounds, who gather in and around the great city of Sydney to present and share their stories and tips relating to literature and culture.
Previous guests include: Alice Walker, Dermot Healy, Helen Macdonald, Roddy Doyle, Claire Messud, James Wood, Jeanette Winterson, Neil Gaiman, Christopher Hitchens, and Alan Cumming. Australian guests include: Richard Flanagan, Helen Garner, Kate Grenville, Tom Keneally, and Kate McClymont, and many others.
Tickets are on sale from 31 March, 2016. For more information visit http://www.swf.org.au/about-us/
Do you have a story about living in Sydney that you would love to share, then attend King Street Theatre and have it dramatised before your very eyes on stage by the talented performers of The Playback Theatre Sydney. Real Sydney Stories is a unique production where a six piece ensemble of actors use a mix of improvisational theatre – drama, movement and music to bring real human stories to life.
When: Sunday 13 March, 2016 from 5pm to 6.30 pm.
Where: King Street Theatre
First Floor 644 King Street, Corner Bray Street, Newtown.
ARTEXPRESS is an annual exhibition that showcases the best of student artwork from drawing, painting to ceramics and photomedia.
When: Every day, 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 16 March to Sunday 15 May 2016
Open until 10pm on Wednesdays for Art After Hours
Where: Art Gallery of NSW.
Art Gallery Road, Sydney.
Contact: 02 9225 1744
Come and celebrate St Patrick’s Day and the “luck of the Irish” on board a Triple Deck Sydney Harbour cruise. Paddy’s Day Cruise will have you partying until the wee hours with a DJ, entertainment, fancy dress (green will be the signature colour), and a free after party.
When: Thursday 17 March 2016 from 7pm to 10pm
Please meet at 6:30pm for check-in.
Where: King Street Wharf 8, Darling Harbour.
Cost: Guest: $29.00
Saturday 26 March 2016 from 7am to 4pm
Sunday 27 March 2016 from 7am to 4pm
Monday 28 March 2016 from 7am to 4pm
Get your party on at The Ivy Courtyard Party with a musical guest-list like Canadian house DJ/Producer Grandtheft along with GRiZ, the legendary electro-funk, future-jazz producer from the US and more.
When: Sunday 27 March 2016 from 1pm to 1am
Where: The Ivy Precinct – 330 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
- Cost: Industry Price: $60.00
- More Info – 0434016190
- Hashtag: #courtyardparty
The Young at Heart Film Festival is part of the Seniors Film Festival and is specifically tailored for film-lovers who are aged 60 and over. The film program contains premiere films like Grandma with Lily Tomlin, a heartwarming tale of three generations of women, and classics such as A Streetcar named Desire with Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh.
When: Every day, 10am to 5pm
Friday 1 April to Thursday 7 April 2016
Where: Palace Verona
17 Oxford Street, Paddington
Transport details: Buses 333, 378, M10, M40, 372, 373, 395, 396, 397
Calling all gardening enthusiasts! Come and be inspired by the Garden Design Series as Gardening Design experts share their personal stories about the challenges they have faced during their gardening journeys. Each of the lectures will provide you with tips for creating a beautiful garden, whether it be for a small courtyard, a glasshouse, or a country estate.
When: Thursday 10 March 2016 from 6.15pm to 8.15pm
Thursday 21 April 2016 from 6.15pm to 8.15pm
Thursday 19 May 2016 from 6.15pm to 8.15pm
Thursday 16 June 2016 from 6.15pm to 8.15pm
Where: 89 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Royal Automobile Club of Australia
Cost: Adult (single lecture): $75.00
Adult (full series of 4 lectures): $260.00
Student (single lecture): $60.00
Student (full series of 4 lectures): $180.00
Contact: 02 9231 8182
Redfern Night Markets are back with an exciting new venue. The Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) are now hosting the Redfern Night Markets. On the first Friday of every month, Redfern comes alive with a vibrant mix of arts and crafts, food, and live music. There will also be a secure closed-off playground for the kids, guest performances, and even an ‘open mic’ session where aspiring artists can take part in a jam session.
When: Every 1st Friday, 4.30pm to 9.30pm
Friday 4 March to Friday 2 December 2016
Open mic: 5.30pm-6pm.
Where: PCYC – South Sydney.
638 Elizabeth St, Redfern NSW 2016, Australia
Open Mic: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to book a stall: www.redfernnightmarkets.com.au/stallapplication
Witness the spectacular theatrical performance of the world famous opera Turandot with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge as your stunning backdrop.
When: Thurs 24 March – Sun 24 April, 2016.
Where: Fleet Steps. Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney
Cost: Adult from $70 | Concession from $63 | Child from $44
Contact: Official Opera Australia website
Sydney is a magnificent city any time of year, but from 27 May to the 18th June, 2016, the Vivid festival lights up the city with vibrant rainbow colours, which are projected onto the buildings and iconic structures like the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The festival also includes a fusion of live music, theatre, and technological ideas. It’s an event that is not to be missed.
For more information visit Vivid Sydney.
If you have a passion for photography, head on down to the Focus on Flash, Sydney Photography Workshop in Chippendale. Experts in the trade will provide you with creative tips for using your flash and to get more out of your photography.
Sunday 18 October 2015 from 9am to 1pm
Sunday 22 November 2015 from 9am to 1pm
Sunday 21 February 2016 from 9am to 1pm
Sunday 20 March 2016 from 9am to 1pm
Sunday 17 April 2016 from 9am to 1pm
Sunday 22 May 2016 from 9am to 1pm
Sunday 19 June 2016 from 9am to 1pm
Sunday 17 July 2016 from 9am to 1pm
Sunday 21 August 2016 from 9am to 1pm
Monday 22 August 2016 from 9am to 1pm
19/25 Wellington Street, Chippendale NSW, 2008, Australia
MEETING POINT: Black Door Photography Studio, 3 / 19-25 Wellington Street, Chippendale, Sydney.
Cost: Adult: $145
Salsa Party in Darling Harbour at The Hard Rock Cafe.
It may be the middle of a long bitter winter, but why not generate some sizzle by trying out your hot dance moves at the best Salsa Party at The Hard Rock Cafe.
When: Sundays, 8.30pm to 1am
Sunday 19 June to Sunday 31 July 2016
Where: The Hard Rock Cafe, Sydney.
Who said beer swilling and classical arias can’t mix? Head on down to the Dove & Olive pub in Surry Hills and enjoy a pint and a Sunday roast or vegetarian meal, while being entertained by some of Opera’s well known classics.
When: Sunday 10 July 2016 from 5pm to 7.30pm
Sunday 21 August 2016 from 5pm to 7.30pm
Where: Dove & Olive
156 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills.
Cost: General admission: $69 + booking fee
Be Transformed by the Sydney Fringe Festival
If you are looking for an entertainment experience that is fun, quirky and creative, why not visit the Sydney Fringe Festival. This festival offers a range of unique events: comedy and musical theatre shows, forums and talks, workshops, and even a Silent Dinner Party. Don’t miss out on the Sydney Fringe Festival – it will leave you spellbound.
When: 1 – 30 September, 2016.
Where: Various locations in Sydney
Cost: Depends on the event. Check ticket prices here