Events and festivals

Events and festivals

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The Magnificent Seven

Spring and summer in Sydney wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for our Magnificent Seven events.

From art in unusual places and a 2-week party of all things cycling, to the magical festive season and an oriental wonderland, the City is helping put Sydney front and centre on the world’s cultural stage.

Sydney Christmas

Christmas in the City is a time for happiness and excitement, with festive cheer and celebrations for everyone to enjoy.

From 28 November to 25 December, the city sparkled with decorations and twinkled with lights.

The light projections on Sydney Town Hall returned, and Christmas trees were dotted around the city.

There were free Village Christmas concerts with lots of wonderful entertainment and a visit from Santa!

Sydney New Year's Eve

Sydney New Year's Eve

Artist and musician Reg Mombassa used his unique vision and absurdist humour to help Sydney Shine even brighter as Creative Ambassador for 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve.

Among the motifs created by the Glebe resident to characterise Australia’s biggest public event were a high-rise Sydney Opera House and a single ‘all-seeing eye’ to represent the 2013 theme, 'Shine'.

We’re sure you took a shine to the 9pm family fireworks display, the Harbour of Light Parade and the midnight fireworks on the Harbour – the best in the world!

Art & About Sydney

Art & About Sydney, our much-loved annual public art festival celebrates art in unusual places. From 20 September to 20 October, residents and visitors explored installations, exhibitions and events throughout our city centre and villages.

Sydney Lives and Little Sydney Lives in Hyde Park returned, as well as the famous banner gallery on our main streets. Gigantic neon snails popped up in some of our most iconic public spaces, and a maze of mirrors let people see themselves and our city in a whole new light.

Another highlight was SPILL, a high-octane, colourful, and interactive display, with 4 agile and charismatic performers using playgrounds as their stage. The troupe performed at Victoria Park, Wentworth Park, and Sydney Park.

Sydney Rides Festival

Sydney Rides Festival

Sydney celebrated all things bike riding this spring – from the daily commute to the long-distance weekend road ride and the fun 2-wheeled family outing.

The third annual Sydney Rides Festival from 13 to 27 October included more than 25 events showcasing Sydneysiders’ growing love of bikes and their increasing role in reaching destinations and reducing congestion.

Special events included Frock n Roll, Bike Dating, Global Rhythms, Gold Sprints, to name a few and workshops from introductory to advanced.

Regular riders as well as newbies enjoyed the bike riding festival in our beautiful city. See you next year!

Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival

Every January, Sydney Festival takes over the streets and parks of central Sydney with world-class music, dance and visual arts.

A highlight this year was the Lawn Library at the Festival Village in Hyde Park. Entry was free, with plenty of things for kids and adults to do and heaps of books to read, swap and keep. 

The City of Sydney is a major sponsor of this significant event that attracts visitors from interstate and overseas.

Sydney New Year's Eve

Australia Day

We are so lucky to live in Australia, which is why each January we celebrate our great nation.

Sydney’s magnificent Hyde Park marked Australia Day with some free entertainment, including a special performance by the Wiggles.

Residents and visitors also marked the occasion by having a picnic with friends and family in one of the City’s many other beautiful parks and outdoor spaces. They include Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, Sydney Park in St Peters, Rushcutters Bay Park, or Glebe Foreshore Parklands.

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 2014:
Year of the Horse

The City of Sydney’s annual Chinese New Year Festival is one of the world’s largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year, and it continues to grow every year.

The Year of the Horse celebrations for 2014 saw wonderful markets to explore, exotic cuisine to taste, and incredible free entertainment to enjoy.

Our signature Twilight Parade dazzled as always, enthralling more than 100,000 people each year.

The festival ran from 24 January to 9 February 2014.

Last updated: Monday, 10 February 2014