Everyone dreams of spending a sun drenched Summer in Sydney, but where to start? Here’s a lineup of the best ways to spend your Summer escape in Sydney.
On average, an Australian will eat 5kgs of chocolate in a year! Discover the decadent history of chocolate at Sydney’s world class horticultural exhibition Sweet Addiction. Journey through a South American rainforest plantation and a Lindt chocolate mill to discover where everyone’s favourite sweet treat comes from. Housed in The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Gardens, you will be immersed in an amazing green jungle with over 18,000 plants, a surreal experience for botanists and foodies alike.
On now until 17 April 2017 - Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
All ages will revel at the magic brought to the stage in Aladdin the musical, showing at the Capitol Theatre. Be captivated by the costumes, the music and the choreography as you join Aladdin, Jasmine and the hilarious Genie in Arabia. From the producers of The Lion King, this action packed performance is full of old school musical comedy and amped up energy.
On now until 19 February 2017 - Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket
Celebrating the Christmas season during 30-40 degree days is one of the most unique parts of an Australian Summer. Sydney siders certainly don’t need snowmen and hot chocolates to spread the cheer, and instead make use of the gorgeous Summer weather to host a range of outdoor activities.
Kick off the festivities at Martin Place on 26 November with the annual lighting of the tree and family Christmas concert. Santa will be in attendance to ignite the Christmas cheer and after the jolly performances, the night will wrap up with a spectacular fireworks display. Kids can enter a colouring in competition for the chance to light the Martin Place Christmas Tree on the night!
26 November 2016 - Martin Place, Sydney
Sydney’s Carols in the Domain is a beloved Australian Christmas tradition and the best part – it’s free! Families gather from all over the country to enjoy festive performances from some of Australia’s greatest talents. Leo Sayer is set to perform at this years event!
18 December 2016 - The Domain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
With a circus extravaganza and performances from Nick Cave and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, this year’s Sydney Festival is a lineup of events not to be missed. The festival comes alive on 7 January with a series of musical and theatrical concerts and art exhibitions and installations inspired by Sydney’s Summer personality. The biggest ball pit in the Southern Hemisphere will be coming to Barangaroo with more than one million balls, created by New York artists Snarkitecture, titled The Beach. Experience Briefs, the all-male burlesque group, described as a mix between RuPaul’s Drag Race and Cirque du Soleil, outrageous show-stopping fun. Are you a David Bowie devotee? Celebrate the life of the incredible music talent and dance the night away at Let’s Dance. The festival runs for 3 weeks and the program is jam packed with hundreds of exciting and innovative events.
7-29 January 2017 - Greater Sydney
Australia Day is the biggest Summer celebration down under and Sydney shines proud with a plethora of locations to celebrate our diverse and vibrant culture. Darling Harbour acts as the central hub for the day’s events, with a range of free activities for the family – interactive games, floating concerts, a fireworks display and more. Join Australia’s favourite entertainers The Wiggles as they perform at Tumbalong Park as part of the Children’s Festival in Darling Harbour. Watch the Sydney ferries race from Circular Quay to Shark Island and back in the Ferrython, a much loved Australia Day tradition. Locals flock to the beautiful Sydney beaches to spend a day in the sun with their family and friends. Bondi Beach, Coogee Beach and Watsons Bay are the popular choices with food and festivities throughout the day. Enjoy a BBQ by the bridge at Bradfield Park Milsons Point with a circus playground, live music and Australian wildlife displays. Milsons Point is also a great vantage point to watch the harbour festivities and fireworks display.
26 January 2017 - Greater Sydney
The world’s largest short film festival Tropfest will be hosted at Parramatta Park in 2017 and will showcase the stories and works of the best emerging filmmakers from around the world.
The internationally acclaimed festival is celebrating their 25 year anniversary with the festival beginning in the early 90s as a film screening for 200 people in a small Sydney café. It has grown to be one of the most respected film festivals and is endorsed by some of the biggest names in the industry - Baz Luhrmann, Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett to name only a few.
11 February 2017 - Parramatta Park, Long Paddock, Parramatta