Visiting Sydney

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Visitor information

Tourist information kiosks are located at Town Hall (on George Street) and Circular Quay (corner of Pitt and Alfred streets).

The kiosks are open from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

City events

We produce and sponsor a number of major international events contributing to Sydney’s cultural vitality and economic prosperity. These are just some of the yearly highlights.

Chinese New Year

January–February (date varies)

The City’s Chinese New Year Festival is the largest celebration of the Lunar New Year outside Asia. More than 500,000 people attend this 3-week arts and cultural festival including launch celebrations, markets, dragon boat races and the twilight parade.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras


The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the biggest pride events in the world. The yearly parade attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators and thousands of participants. Mardi Gras season includes an arts festival, a huge picnic called Fair Day, dance parties and other events.

Living in Harmony Festival


The City’s Living in Harmony Festival is part of a national initiative to celebrate our success as a multicultural society with a range of events, talks and tours. The festival starts on 21 March, Harmony Day in Australia and the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  



National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history. The City supports and organises events to mark NAIDOC week each year. 

Sydney Christmas


Our Christmas celebrations include a free public concert and tree lighting in Martin Place, Christmas on the Green in Hyde Park, Town Hall projections, Christmas decorations across the City, and a series of village community concerts featuring Santa, children's entertainment and special guests.

New Year’s Eve

31 December

Sydney New Year's Eve is one of the most visually exciting events in the world and has gained international recognition for its spectacular midnight fireworks display set on Sydney Harbour featuring the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

More events

Visit the City of Sydney’s What's On website for more events.

Last updated: Friday, 11 March 2016