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Top 20 Things To Do in Sydney This Summer

The days are long, the nights are warm and the events calendar is packed to the brim! Here are our top picks for Sydney summer.

1. MCA Colour Fields Pop-Up Bar

Circular Quay’s getting an extra pop of colour this summer with the MCA’s newest pop-up bar. Settle down in the harbour-side precinct for a cocktail, tasty tapas and great tunes.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 3 November – 18 February

🚲 Museum of Contemporary Art.

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2. Muriel’s Wedding the Musical

Ever wanted to hear “you’re terrible, Muriel” in musical form? Now’s your chance. Revisit all your favourite characters from Porpoise Spit and get ready to laugh out loud.

Roslyn Packer Theatre, 6 November – 27 January


4. Newtown Festival

One of Sydney’s most-loved and longest-running festivals, this daytime celebration brings together music, markets, arts, crafts and fashion. Entry’s only $5 and all proceeds go to local charity – pretty cool, huh?

Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, 12 November

The Newtown Festival dog show, the greatest time of the year

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5. Rootstock

If you like your vino boutique, small batch and biodynamic, this is the wine festival for you. Its fresh take on wine and wine-related events has made it a sell-out success the past three years so buy your tickets ASAP to get in on the fun.

Carriageworks, 25 – 26 November


6. Moonlight Cinema

Moonlight Cinema is coming to back to Sydney this summer, screening an excellent selection of films in beautiful locations across the city. Pack a picnic or leave the catering for the onsite food trucks.

Various locations from November


7. Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim

This 2.4km swim takes competitors between two of Sydney’s most iconic beaches: Bondi and Bronte. Challenge yourself to a PB, enjoy the views and reward yourself with a hearty brunch at the finish line.

Bondi Beach, 3 December


8. Carols in the Domain

Australia’s biggest free Christmas concert is one of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit. Get ready for famous faces, familiar songs and a special visit from Santa.

The Domain, 17 December

Christmas is my favourite time of year! 🎄

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9. Carriageworks Christmas Market

These are perfect if you’ve left your Christmas shopping until the last minute. If you’re just going for the atmosphere be warned: it’s almost impossible to come home empty handed.

Carriageworks, date TBC


10. Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Beat the Boxing Day blues by setting up camp along the harbour foreshore to watch the yachts set out on this year’s race. Pack a picnic, take your togs and enjoy an afternoon in the sun.

Sydney Harbour, 26 December


11. New Year’s Eve

This is Sydney’s night of nights! Book a boat on the harbour, get fancy at the opera or head down to the beach for celebrations. Click here for all the details.

Various locations, 31 December


12. Ashes Pink Test

Watch Australia and England battle it out in the fifth and final game of the comp. You’ll be supporting the McGrath Foundation in the process, so even if Australia doesn’t take home the win, you’ll have something to feel good about.

Sydney Cricket Ground, 4-8 January


13. Sydney Festival

This month long celebration ensures the year starts with a bang, filling the calendar with a host of music, theatre and art events right across the city.

Various locations, 6 – 28 January


14. Sydney International

It might not be the Australian Open but it comes pretty close, drawing big name players from across the globe.

Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, 7-13 January


15. An Evening with David Sedaris

The humourist, comedian and author has built up a cult following over his years in the spotlight thanks to his acerbic wit and razor-sharp social critiques. See him live and in person as he tests out his newest material.

Sydney Opera House, 18 - 19 January


16. Sydney 7s

Fast games, noisy fans and outrageous costumes come together to make this one of the best events on Sydney’s sporting calendar.

Allianz Stadium, 26-28 January


17. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Experience the unbeatable energy, colour, fun and pride of Sydney’s legendary Mardi Gras. As well as the famous parade that snakes it way down Oxford Street on the festival’s final weekend, expect two weeks of excellent theatre, pumping music and thought-provoking talks.

Various locations, 16 February – 4 March


18. Tropfest

Australia’s biggest short film festival has helped launch the careers of some of our top creative talents. Don’t miss you chance to see the next lot of up and comers this year and enjoy short, quirky little productions in the process.

Parramatta Park, 24 February


19. Australian Open of Surfing

Every February the big names of surfing, skating and BMX come to Manly to battle it out for top honours. Soak up the action from the beach, the bowl or one of the nearby pubs.

Manly, date TBC


20. Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Dog in the best possible way with Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. Expect traditional markets, delicious food, live music, lion dancers, dragon boat racing and more.

Various locations, 16 February – 4 March

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