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The New Year’s Eve capital of the world. Enjoyed by over 1 billion people across the globe.
Sydney celebrates New Year’s Eve in style with one of the largest, most technologically advanced fireworks displays in the world.
For a truly unique horse riding experience, enjoy a day of horse riding through spectacular scenery and indulge in a gourmet lunch with wine and cheese tasting on the popular Gourmet Picnic Rides.
The Next Gourmet Picnic Ride is on the 14th of May
Australia has fallen head over heels for KINKY BOOTS, the heart-warming new musical now playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre and then Brisbane's Lyric Theatre this August.
First held in 1823, the Show is Australia's largest annual ticketed event, attracting over 850,000 attendees on average. Revenue generated by it allows the RAS to invest in agricultural programs, competitions, education, youth and rural NSW.
The Art Gallery of NSW is open late on Wednesdays for Art After Hours.
Admission is free, although charges may apply to some special exhibitions.
You can visit all the exhibitions and galleries as well as events including talks, films and music.
More than 5,000 paddlers will churn up the water as thousands of spectators line the banks of Cockle Bay to watch the spectacular 12 metre long Dragon Boats battle it out.
Originating in the rivers of Southern China as a way to encourage prosperous rains, today Dragon Boat racing has evolved into a fast-paced water sport. Feel your heart race in time with the onboard drummers, and marvel at fierce dragons slicing through the water. Arrive early on Saturday morning to experience a traditional Taoist Eye Dotting Ceremony to ensure a safe weekend of racing.
See the huge inflatable St.George Happy Dragon floating in the harbour as you cheer on the paddlers.
Are you team Jonesy? Or team Amanda? Join WSFM’s breakfast team as they fight one another and a boat load of celebrity friends for the ultimate in dragon boat glory at 11.50am, Sunday 12 February!
Imagine 12,000 people swishing and sauntering along Oxford & Flinders Streets in a dazzling array of sequins, feathers, leathers and speedos to celebrate Creating Equality, with more than 300,000 people cheering them on.
1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, 4 – 9pm
The Street Food Markets are one of Sydney’s newest night markets, serving up authentic street food from around the world, and supporting refugee stallholders as they share with us their food and culture from home.
Taste flavours from Iran, Ethiopia, Colombia, Sierra Leone and more – under the stars at the Addison Road Community Centre.
TWILIGHT AT TARONGA PRESENTED BY ANZ
2017 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
“Straight-up, the best summer date in Sydney.” Concrete Playground
“If there’s a better place to see a show than Taronga, I’m damned if I can think of it.” Time Out Sydney
Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ is thrilled to announce their Summer 2017 music program. A calendar staple and the ultimate destination for music lovers each year, Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ will run from Friday 27 January to Saturday 11 March, set amongst the unique environment of Taronga Zoo, in one of the country’s premier open-air events.
Fred Ohlsson, ANZ Group Executive, Australia says, “ANZ is proud to present the Twilight at Taronga Summer Concert series for a second year running in 2017. Enjoying an open-air show on the lawns of Taronga’s natural amphitheatre overlooking the picturesque harbour backdrop is a great way to spend a Summer evening. Knowing that all proceeds raised go straight back to helping wildlife conservation, scientific research and environmental sustainability through Taronga make for an even greater incentive to take part in this fantastic event.”
Libby Hodgson, Director Marketing and Fundraising for Taronga, says “The 2017 Twilight at Taronga concert series creates a wonderful opportunity and experience for all Sydneysiders this summer and a great opportunity to support the vital conservation work of Taronga. We are delighted to once again partner with ANZ as our presenting partner for this unique and special series.
This summer will see Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ host fearless Australian frontman Peter Garrett and the Alter Egos during the opening weekend of the series, and the original lineup of Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons and The Sports in a rare performance. triple j Hottest 100 winners The Rubens will make their Zoo debut, beloved country songstress Kasey Chambers will grace the stage supported by Thelma Plum, and Brisbane indie powerhouses Ball Park Music and The Jungle Giants come together for a special double headline performance. Quintessential Australian bands Killing Heidi, Jet and george will perform in a series of memorable reunion shows, and Obama-endorsed jazz lord James Morrison Big Band and family favourites Björn Again will return after their sold out shows last year. Pennsylvania’s Kurt Vile will be bringing his unique brand of hazy-rock to the Zoo for the first time, and The Living End will be accompanied by a string quartet for a special ‘Twangin’ at Twilight’ stripped back show. The closing week of the series showcases some of Canada’s most talented musicians, with performances from international indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara and singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright, as well as Scottish alt-rockers Teenage Fanclub.
Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ offers the unparalleled thrill of an open-air show on the lawns of Taronga Zoo’s intimate, fully-licensed natural amphitheatre. Set against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour, audiences are invited to enjoy a gourmet antipasto hamper and refreshing drinks as the sun sets, immersing themselves in the magnificence of Sydney in the summer. All tickets to Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ include free same-day Zoo entry, plus free return ferry travel from Circular Quay from 5:15pm; bus transfers from Taronga wharf to the main Zoo entrance; and post-show buses to Spit Junction and Mosman.
Taronga believes that with the public’s help, every species can not only survive, but thrive, and all proceeds from theTwilight at Taronga presented by ANZ summer concert series go back into their ongoing conservation work. In 2016Taronga launched its legacy for the future and for the wild, dedicating the next 10 years to the conservation of 10 critical species. The 2017 series will champion the first global community action tool, Wildlife Witness to help in the fight against illegal wildlife trade.
Slideapalooza is weekend long festival of giant waterslides, fun, fitness, music and food.
3 of the largest water slides on the planet will take over the hills in your city, with a weekend full of sliding action! With sessions dedicated to all ages and sessions just for 18+ which will include live music from some of Australia’s best artists!
Fun Events is proud to partner nationally with Tour de Cure. Not only do they pedal around the country taking the Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy message to schools, but they work with multiple local cancer organisations helping them in their fight to prevent and cure cancer.
In a market full of American companies running events that don’t directly help Aussie Charities and don’t keep Aussie’s hard earned savings in the country, Fun Events fly the Aussie flag loud and proud.
All money from all Fun Events stay right here, employing Aussie’s and helping a bunch of local charities, organisations and sporting groups along the way.
So feel great about your purchase, you will be having heaps of fun and be helping the local economy at the same time.
The Lunar Lanterns are a creative, contemporary interpretation of a centuries-old tradition. Exclusively designed by Asian-Australian artists, with Festival Curator Claudia Chan Shaw, the Lunar Lanterns tower up to 10 metres tall.
Marvel at modern technology blended with classic Chinese techniques as these magical lanterns light up Sydney’s harbour.
Party with Australia’s hottest female artist, Ngaiire, triple j personality and smash DJ, Nina Las Vegas, as well as Australian electronic producer sensation Basenji, triple j 2016 Unearthed NIMA winner Kuren and Sydney’s favourite summer DJs Adi Toohey and Ariane while counting down the Hottest 100.
Grab some eats from local faves, Butter and Thievery, and cool off at the Mountain Goat Bar. Catch your favourite acts on the Harbour and Quarry Stages or chill at The Green with some garden games, tuning in to see if your song has made the Countdown cut.
Every January, Sydney Festival enlivens and transforms Sydney with a bold cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas.
The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from burlesque, cheeky cabaret and Canadian circus, to high energy jazz, indie rock and Russian theatre; from contemporary dance to family programs to traditional Indigenous arts practice. In all, the program comprises around 370 performances and around 100 events performed by over 700 artists in more than 30 venues each year. Inclusive programming, a broad range of free events and accessible pricing policies for the ticketed shows means that Sydney Festival is open to all, welcoming Sydneysiders and visitors from wherever they live.
Tickets to majority of performances are available the day before for only $26 at the Tix for Next to Nix booth in Hyde Park, right in the heart of the city.
Join them for their Symphony Under The Stars in both The Domain and The Crescent at Parramatta Park. Throughout January the Meriton Festival Village is home to a Spiegeltent and the brand new outdoor Village Stage presented by China Southern Airlines, with a captivating program of burlesque and music which makes the most of the summer nights in the atmospheric setting of Hyde Park.
More than any other cultural event, Sydney Festival defines Sydney's personality. For over three decades they have presented international artists who guarantee headlines, and whose presence in Sydney adds to the Festival's buzz and prestige. Names like Björk, Brian Wilson, Grace Jones, Manu Chao, Elvis Costello, AR Rahman, Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, Robert Lepage, The Flaming Lips, Peter Sellars, Sir Ian McKellen and David Byrne & St. Vincent alongside some of the world's great companies - Wayne McGregor's Random Dance, Cheek by Jowl, Gate Theatre and the Schaubühne Berlin to name only a few - share the Festival with the most exciting artists and companies in Australia.
Sydney Festival's audacious contemporary programming positions it at the forefront of arts practice in Australia and up there as one of the most wonderful festivals in the world.
This summer, for a cool change, hit The Beach – a joyous monochromatic installation of 1.1 million recyclable polyethylene balls that make an ocean without sharks, gently lapping against a 60-metre wide shoreline free of sand. Come and take a dip.
A quintessential Australian experience is reimagined by Snarkitecture, a New York-based art and architecture collaborative practice.
Take a dip or bliss out in a beach chair and literally submerge yourself in art. Whether you’re young or just young-at-heart, the best alternative beach ever created in Australia is guaranteed to put a smile on your dial.
There are three different way you can experience The Beach. Everyone will get free access between 10am and 5pm, but if you wish to avoid the lines and guarantee your spot, then perhaps try one of the ticketed sessions. Each morning we have an all-ages ticket session from 9am-10am. Tickets are only valid for stated session time. For those that wish to experience The Beach at night without the kids, then grab a ticket to the 18+ only sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings. These sessions have a limited duration of 90 minutes.
Flickerfest began as a small local festival at the Balmain High School in 1991. Since then it has grown to become Australia’s leading Academy® accredited & BAFTA recognised competitive Australian & International Short Film Festival with 1000’s of entries coming from filmmakers across the globe.
Flickerfest is considered in international circles as the leading Australian competitive short film festival and increasingly filmmakers view it as one of the main festivals on the world circuit. To maintain this high standard each year the festival director visits festivals around the world seeking new films most of which have not been seen in Australia.
In 2003 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science elected to recognise Flickerfest as a qualifying festival for the Best Short Film and Best Animation categories of the Academy® Awards. In 2010, Flickerfest was also recognised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), making films from the UK that won at Flickerfest, eligible for a BAFTA nomination. In 2013 the Australian competition also received Academy®accreditation, & in 2014 the Documentary competition also received Academy® accreditation.
The honour of Academy® Award accreditation will guarantee Flickerfest’s international profile for many years to come, whilst also ensuring greater opportunities for the Australian short film makers internationally.
Flickerfest national tour has become a very important part of the festival and started in 1995. The tour takes the main competitive programmes and some special sessions to many regional and metropolitan areas, which rarely have an opportunity to view this collection of the best of the Australian & the world’s short films; Flickerfest will present films at 50+ venues Australia-wide. Flickerfest is acknowledged as a quality arts event. They are proud that each year they screen the most innovative creative and inspiring short films the world has to offer, all united by their excellence in the short film genre.
The Surf Lodge x Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is back for New Year's Day 2017! The Hamptons meets Sydney Harbour for the second year running in summer's most coveted pop-up outdoor party!
The tropical-themed party will feature a massive line up of everyone's favourite local DJs playing a mix of Palm-Springs style afternoon vibes to summer house music. Continue the legacy with us and kick start 2017 with a bang!
This year, we are offering a full venue VIP experience, meaning there is only one ticket type allowing you to access all areas of the party!
Following on from the success of the inaugural Twilight Market in 2015, the Carriageworks Christmas Market is back, providing an exclusive opportunity to buy fresh seasonal produce and gifts just two days before Christmas.
Featuring fresh turkey, hams and seafood, delicious cherries, fresh fruit, cheeses and plum puddings from NSW’s best producers. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase last minute holiday gifts and the freshest produce as Carriageworks celebrates the festive season with the best from the weekly Farmers Market, just in time for Christmas.
Woolworths Carols in the Domain is Australia's largest free Christmas concert, held in the Domain, Sydney and screening live across Australia on The Seven Network.
In 2016 they are celebrate the theme of 'Christmas Traditions'. Carols itself is a time-honoured tradition for families across Australia who sing-along to Australia's best-loved performers and favourite Christmas songs.
Now, in its 34th year, the iconic Christmas celebration will start a new tradition - for the first time ever the show will take place on a Sunday!
Situated on Mrs Macquaries Point against a backdrop spanning the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city skyline, St.George OpenAir Cinema is a premium lifestyle experience, where the allure of film is combined with fine food and wine, and postcard views.
From early evening patrons gather with friends at the harbour’s edge to make the most of the stunning views and vibrant atmosphere. Partnering with leading caterers and beverage providers, the event’s harbourside bar and restaurant deliver an extensive range of high quality meals, snacks, champagnes, wines, beers, ciders and spring waters.
Then at nightfall, an unrivaled cinematic experience unfolds when our giant screen is hydraulically raised from Sydney Harbour to stand three storeys high before a 2000 seat grandstand. 32 speaker surround sound, and a film program including premieres, previews and the best of current and recent releases completes an unforgettable night.
The 2016 Coogee Family Fun Day
will be held on Saturday December 3rd 2016
at the Goldstein Memorial Reserve Coogee Beach – 10am-6pm
There will be a mix of Food & Artisan stalls selling clothing – jewellery – accessories – gifts etc
and plenty of Carnival rides for the kids
Entertainment on the big stage for the family to enjoy
From Saturday 26 November, City of Sydney will be brightening up Martin Place every night from 6pm. The whole family can enjoy a range of choirs and the spectacle of the dynamic Christmas tree light show.
SMS the Christmas tree
Make your mark on the iconic 21 metre high Christmas tree by sharing the joy of Christmas via text on 048 SYD XMAS and watch your message light up the tree for everyone to see.
Christmas tree light show
Every night from 26 November to 24 December
8.30pm to 9.15pm
Martin Place carols in the city
26 November to 24 December
6pm to 8pm
Treat yourself to a special Christmas sweet at the GPO Dessert Bar. The dessert bar will offer a range of gelato, homemade sweets, cakes, coffee, cold beverages and savoury options, with casual seating available and views of the interactive Christmas tree.
At the last minute, the secret location is revealed to thousands of friends who have all been patiently waiting to learn where “Dîner en Blanc” will take place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space.
Over the course of the evening, guests experience the beauty and value of their city's public spaces by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by good taste and a love of beauty. Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamor of high French society, and guests engage one another, knowing that they are taking part in a truly magical event. There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic—only amazed and astonished looks from passersby observing the scene before them. And participants, like spectators, wonder whether it's all not a dream…
Music, art, food, friends, fun....welcome to Newtown Festival.
Whether you’re local or a tourist, Newtown feels like home. This festival welcomes the world to the world of Newtown and shows off what's so special about this beloved suburb. Diverse, vibrant, eclectic, creative - their home is your home, go join them.
Now in its 38th year they thought it was time to give the much loved festival a bit of a face lift - but don't worry all your favourite things are still there. They've got a new festival team, new look, more space with new chill out areas and some great new stuff to experience.
After such a positive response to their maiden year, wine Island are once again transforming Clark Island into a wine lovers paradise.
Wine Island offers a luxurious and relaxed getaway with that first-class feeling. All holiday-makers will be transferred by ferries to Clark Island whilst enjoying a glass of Rotari bubbles on your journey over. Once on the island, you can discover over 100 unique wines (from home and abroad) along with delicious food huts, masterclasses, bubbles & vermouth bars and treasure hunts.
One of the joys of Wine Island is discovery. You can take a walk down King Valley Prosecco Road to discover more about sparkling wine and new-wave Italian varieties or enjoy a masterclass by one of the island’s talented winemakers.
This year the masterclasses expand to include Dessert Island where some of the world’s leading dessert wines will be matched to delicious sweets, or uncover the art of matching music to wine at the Silent Disco Drops! There’s much to learn and explore on Wine Island.
Relaxed seating areas and hammocks will complement the stunning harbour backdrop. Comfort and relaxation is assured in the deluxe spaces designed so you can drink in the atmosphere, whilst refreshing your soul and palate.
Wine Island is as charming as it is popular. Due to the unique nature of the island venue, it has a strictly limited capacity per session. So to keep abreast of all things Wine Island subscribe to the mailing list.
They look forward to welcoming you to their island home!
The 2016 - 17 Ferris Wheel Dining Season has begun!
Experience first class dining under the stars from your private Ferris Wheel Carriage.
Bookings are absolutely essential and are available online now.
Winner 'Excellence in Innovation Award' North Eastern Sydney Business Awards 2015
Winner 'Best New Innovation in F&B' International Association of Amusement Park and Attractions (IAAPA) Brass Ring Awards 2014