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Events in the City

Tourism information kiosks are located at Town Hall (on George Street) and Circular Quay (corner of Pitt and Alfred Streets), and operate between 9am and 5pm, seven days per week.

The City of Sydney provides a range of visitor guides and information to people who are visiting.

City events

The City of Sydney produces and sponsors a number of major international events which contribute to Sydney’s cultural vitality and economic prosperity.

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 three-week arts and cultural festival, including Launch Celebrations, Chinese New Year Markets, Dragon Boat Races and the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade.


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

February – March

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

Living in Harmony Festival

March – April

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



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. See

Art & About Sydney

September – October

Art & About Sydney is a month-long public art festival that transforms the City with free, highly visible and engaging contemporary art across all mediums, including exhibitions, installations, performances and events throughout the streets, public spaces and venues of City of Sydney. See

City Christmas Celebrations

November – December

City of Sydney's 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 and featuring the iconic Harbour Bridge.

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


What's On

Last updated: Friday, 7 December 2012