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2017


NOVEMBER

Madama Butterfly - 31st October to 4th November
Tickets from $65
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the world’s most famous love stories and this legendary production has been performed in Sydney more than any other opera. The set and costume design is inspired by Japan and the combination of wood, water, silk and flame is astonishingly elegant. Now it comes to the Capitol Theatre for a short season.
Where: Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket
Bookings

 

Trump's U$A: ways to fix a dishonest system - Wednesday 1 November 2017 from 6pm to 7.30pm
Free event
David Cay Johnston will talk about ways to ensure that taxation of corporations is accurate, honest and fair for citizens. Johnston is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, an IRE Medal and the George Polk Award. He is editor and founder of DCReport.org, a news website that reports on the Trump administration, and author of The Making of Donald Trump, Political Biography of the Year (Britain), and The Trump Factor: How He’s Making Things Worse for Most of Us (forthcoming 2018).
Where: University of Sydney
Parramatta and City Roads, Camperdown
Website and bookings

 

Sculptures by the Sea - Until Sunday 5th November
Free event
The spectacular coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach features a two-kilometre stretch starting at Mark's Park. This stretch of the coast is transformed into a sculpture path. The coastal walk features 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. This is one of Sydney's major and most spectacular events.
Start the walk at the Bondi Icebergs Club.
Details

 

Singapore: Inside Out - Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November, noon to 10pm; Sunday 5th from noon to 6pm
Free event
The best of Singapore’s culinary and arts scene featuring 11 artists, 12 street performances and five award-winning chefs in Kensington Street, Chippendale.
Location: Along Kensington Street and at the Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale

 

Choral Evensong: beautiful music in the heart of the City - Mondays 5.15pm to 6pm. From 6th November to 18th December.
Free event
Here is an ideal wind-down for people finishing a day of sightseeing in the CBD area. The world-famous St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir has been singing in the heart of Sydney for almost 200 years and the choristers - the youngest just seven - form the treble line and perform evensong in the magnificent St Andrew's Cathedral. Prayers, a psalm, collects, and an anthem are all sung and sound glorious from the choir stalls of Australia’s oldest cathedral.
Location: St Andrew's Cathedral, Corner of George and Bathurst Streets, Sydney

 

Twilight Food Fair - Fridays, 5.30pm to 9pm. Held through summer months until 2nd March (excluding 22nd and 29th December and Australia Day).
Free event
Annual fair where can expect a variety of global cuisines including Thai, Malaysian, South American, Chinese, German, Turkish, Italian, Japanese, Indian and Middle Eastern, plus live music.
Location: 200 Miller Street, North Sydney

 

Titanic the Exhibition - daily, 10am-5.30p, until Friday 15 December
Tickets from $18
Experience the world’s largest and most comprehensive exhibition about the Titanic.
Where: The Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park
Website

 

Badu Gili, Water Light: Free daily lighting of Sydney Opera House sails at sunset - until 30 June, 2018, every day, daily at sunset and 9pm
Free event
This 7-minute light projection light spectacle, which explores ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection, illuminates the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail.
Best viewed from the Podium at the top of the Monumental Steps.
Location: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

 

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year - until Sunday 10 December
Admission charges apply
This exhibition features the finalist entries for the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition.
Location: Australian Museum
Cnr William & College Streets, Sydney
Website and bookings

 

Passion and procession; Celebrating the diverse and vibrant art of the Philippines - until Sunday 12 November. Times: Sundays, 10am to 5pm, Wednesdays, 10am to 10pm
Free event
Passion and procession brings together painting, sculpture, video and installation works from 10 contemporary Filipino artists. They reveal their very personal responses to faith, history, politics and life in the Philippines.
Location: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Sydney

 

The Rocks Geotour - until 31 December, every day, all day
Free activity
Join an international community of virtual/physical explorers, known as ‘geocachers’, and go on a ’caching treasure hunt in The Rocks, an area steeped in history. Geocaching is a real world, outdoor treasure hunting game in which you navigate using GPS-enabled devices, such as your smartphone.
Details

 

Dragon boating - until 30 December, Tuesdays 6.15-8pm, Saturdays 8.30-10am
Free event
Watch dragon boating with the Sydney Tsunami Dragon Boat Club. You can even try out dragon boating as the club offers newcomers three complimentary dragon boat training sessions.
Location: 2 Bank St, Pyrmont
Details

 

OCTOBER

Sea Shepherd fundraiser: Celebrating the organisation's 40th anniversary - Sunday 1 October, from 11am to 3pm
Free event
Sydney Sea Shepherd is hosting a family fun day to celebrate 40 years of direct action ocean conservation with live music, special guest speakers, and food and market stalls.
Location: Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry Street, Ultimo

 

The Artistry Festival at Circular Quay - Sunday 1 October, from 12pm to 10pm
Free event
This market-like event at the Overseas Passenger Terminal features live music, break dancers, appearances from local TV personalities, pop-up art gallery, live art installations, vintage vehicles and food trucks.
Location: Cargo Hall, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, The Rocks

 

October long weekend 90s party! - Sunday 1 October, from 6pm to 3am
Free event
The best R&B, Hip-Hop and classic 90s tunes at the Soda Factory where R&Bae DJs will be playing until very late.
Location: The Soda Factory, 16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills

 

Hunter by the Harbour Markets - Saturday 30 September to Monday 2 October, every day, 10am to 4pm
Free event
The foreshore at Cockle Bay Wharf turns into a promenade of market stalls showcasing the best of the Hunter Valley’s artisans, including handmade soaps and skin care, beeswax candles, sterling silver jewellery, wine glass coolers, cupcakes, cookies, handmade olive oils, vinegars and condiments, and handmade gifts.
Location: Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour

 

Sydney Night Noodle Markets - Thursday 5 October to Sunday 22 October
Free event
Some 40 food stalls serving up street food from across the Asian region. Also features live music, DJs and LED-lit dancing dragons.
Open: Mondays and Tuesdays, 5pm to 9pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5pm to 10pm; Fridays, 5pm to 11pm; Saturdays, 4pm to 10pm; Sundays, 4pm to 9pm
Location: Hyde Park North, Elizabeth Street, Sydney


Music at the Cathedral: Thursday lunchtime recitals - every Thursday in October, from 1pm to 1.45pm
Cost: $5
Recitals feature the magnificent St Andrew’s Cathedral organ and showcase the talents of national and international players.
Program: 5 October, guest organist Tom Bell (from St Michael’s Chester Sq, London, UK); 12 October, Peter Jewkes (Christ Church St Laurence); 19 October, Bernard Kirkpatrick (St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta); 26 October, Hans Uwe Heilscher (Germany).
Location: St Andrew's Cathedral, corner of George and Bathurst Streets, Sydney


Spring Walk in the Garden - until Monday 23 October, every day, 7am to 6pm
Free event
Wander through the Royal Botanic Garden to see seasonal flowers on display along the Spring Walk, which was first planted in 1855 and is the oldest continuous horticultural display in the country.
Location: Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

 

Australian Life: An outdoor gallery looking beyond the iconic images of our country
Thursday 14 September to Sunday 8 October, every day, all day
Free event
Australian Life is a gallery of 22 thought-provoking, large format photographs that look beyond the usual images of our country to reveal new insights into our identity. The exhibition is part of Art & About Sydney, an ongoing year-round program of temporary art projects in unusual spaces produced by the City of Sydney.
Location: Hyde Park North, Elizabeth Street, Sydney (near Archibald Fountain)

 

Winning Sky Photos - until Sunday 29 October, evey day 10am to 5pm
Free event
See 23 spectacular award-winning photographs of the night sky from the last 12 months. They’re judged by world-renowned astrophotographer Dr David Malin. Among the photographs on display is the stunning image showcasing a special evening above Calverts Beach in Tasmania as red airglow hits the sky. Other photographs on display show the three distinct nebulae in the Tail of Scorpius, comets travelling close to earth, stunning mosaics capturing the brightest part of our Milky Way, the Emu amongst several other significant stars, constellations and clusters.
Where: Sydney Observatory
Watson Road, The Rocks

 

SEPTEMBER

Vegan Day Out - Saturday 2 September from 9am to 6pm, Sunday 3 September 2017 from 10am to 5pm
Free entry
Cheap eats, freebies and sales at the biggest vegan shopping day on the calendar. Local cafes and businesses will be offering vegan themed specials. Collect your free Vegan Day Out map from your local Cruelty Free Shop on 2 and 3 September. This will include the vouchers to use for special offers at 20 participating outlets.
Where: 83 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
Website

 

Sydney Fringe Comedy - until Sunday 1 October, every day, 7pm to 10pm
$10 entry fee
The seventh annual Sydney Fringe Comedy program will showcase the talents of more than 100 acts from Australia and overseas. Several shows take place each night at the festival hub at Marrickville’s Factory Theatre, alongside music, food and beverages.
Where: 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville
Website

 

Winning Sky Photos - until Sunday 29 October, evey day 10am to 5pm
Free event
See 23 spectacular award-winning photographs of the night sky from the last 12 months. They’re judged by world-renowned astrophotographer Dr David Malin. Among the photographs on display is the stunning image showcasing a special evening above Calverts Beach in Tasmania as red airglow hits the sky. Other photographs on display show the three distinct nebulae in the Tail of Scorpius, comets travelling close to earth, stunning mosaics capturing the brightest part of our Milky Way, the Emu amongst several other significant stars, constellations and clusters.
Where: Sydney Observatory
Watson Road, The Rocks

 

St.George Bank Lebanese Film Festival 2017 - until Saturday 9 September, Every day, 6pm to 11pm
This year’s film line up illustrates the heavy burden and influence of the Syrian Civil War on Lebanon, Syria’s tiny neighbour. It also reflects and challenges the current social, economic and political climate of Lebanon, which have been impacted by government paralysis, environmental issues and lack of economic development and investment.
Where: Hoyts Broadway, Bankstown Arts Centre, Hoyts Bankstown
Website

 

Here I Stand - until Friday 29 September. Mondays and Thursdays, 10am to 5.15pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am to 5pm Fridays, 10am to 3.30pm
Free event
A self-guided poster exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of The Reformation.
Martin Luther, is being commemorated with a poster exhibition at St Andrew’s Cathedral. The exhibition is part of a global showcase observing the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany.
Location: St Andrew's Cathedral Corner of George and Bathurst Streets, Sydney

 

Sydney Teapot Show - Friday 25 August to Sunday 17 September, every day 10am-5pm
Free event
Inspired, ridiculous, comical and intriguing teapots will feature in this competition and exhibition. All teapots are hand made ceramics by potters from around Australia with some work flying in from overseas locations.
Location: 49-51 King St, Newtown
website

 

Passion and procession; Celebrating the diverse and vibrant art of the Philippines - until Sunday 12 November. Times: Sundays, 10am to 5pm, Wednesdays, 10am to 10pm
Free event
Passion and procession brings together painting, sculpture, video and installation works from 10 contemporary Filipino artists. They reveal their very personal responses to faith, history, politics and life in the Philippines.
Location: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Sydney

 

Designer pop-up fashion sale - until 30 September, Wednesday to Sundays, 11am-5pm
Free event
Authentic high-end designer labels and accessories on sale at this pop-up event that includes international and Australian designer samples, seconds and pre-loved clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery. Includes racks of vintage Chanel clothing, jewellery and handbags.Labels include YSL, Prada, Miu Miu, Iro, Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga, Emilio Pucci, Thierry Mugler, St Laurent, Givenchy, Hermes, Escada, Gucci, Versace, Dior, Alaia and Chloe.
Location: 360 Oxford Street, Paddington

 

The Rocks Geotour - until 31 December, every day, all day
Free activity
Join an international community of virtual/physical explorers, known as ‘geocachers’, and go on a ’caching treasure hunt in The Rocks, an area steeped in history. Geocaching is a real world, outdoor treasure hunting game in which you navigate using GPS-enabled devices, such as your smartphone.
Details

 

Dragon boating - until 30 December, Tuesdays 6.15-8pm, Saturdays 8.30-10am
Free event
Watch dragon boating with the Sydney Tsunami Dragon Boat Club. You can even try out dragon boating as the club offers newcomers three complimentary dragon boat training sessions.
Location: 2 Bank St, Pyrmont
Details

 

AUGUST

Blue Wednesday Jazz Lounge - Wednesday 2 August, 6-11.30pm
Free event
Some of Sydney’s best musicians will groove on tunes from the jazz and blues era to raise awareness for mental health during Homelessness Week.
Location: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

 

Scandinavian Film Festival - until 2 August, 9am to 9pm
Cost: adult $21.50, concession $18.00
The best of films from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
Location: Palace Cinema, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt.
List of films

 

Sculpture at Barangaroo - until 20 August, 8am-6pm
Free event
This outdoor exhibition features 14 artworks by nine Australian artists placed beside walking paths and on parklands throughout the Barangaroo Reserve.
Location: Barangaroo Reserve, Millers Point
Sculptures map

 

Sydney Science Festival - 8-20 August
Both free and charged-for events
Series of science-related events, exhibitions and hands-on experiences held at various points throughout Sydney.
Details

 

Sydney Teapot Show - Friday 25 August to Sunday 17 September, every day 10am-5pm
Free event
Inspired, ridiculous, comical and intriguing teapots will feature in this competition and exhibition. All teapots are hand made ceramics by potters from around Australia with some work flying in from overseas locations.
Location: 49-51 King St, Newtown
website

 

Passion and procession; Celebrating the diverse and vibrant art of the Philippines - until Sunday 12 November. Times: Sundays, 10am to 5pm, Wednesdays, 10am to 10pm
Free event
Passion and procession brings together painting, sculpture, video and installation works from 10 contemporary Filipino artists. They reveal their very personal responses to faith, history, politics and life in the Philippines.
Location: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Sydney

 

Fashion and homewares pop-up - until 20 August, every day, 10am-6pm
Free event
This pop-up fashion event is held at Bondi Beach and features women's European labels, ethically sourced and artisan-made accessories, jewelley and decor from south-east Asia, millineryand original art.
Location: 52 Hall Street, Bondi Beach

 


Local Milan Exhibition - until 9 August, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am-4pm
An exhhibition featuring the work of 11 Australian designers whose work was showcased at the 2017 Milan Design Week.
Location: Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst
Details

 

Designer pop-up fashion sale - until 30 September, Wednesday to Sundays, 11am-5pm
Free event
Authentic high-end designer labels and accessories on sale at this pop-up event that includes international and Australian designer samples, seconds and pre-loved clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery. Includes racks of vintage Chanel clothing, jewellery and handbags.Labels include YSL, Prada, Miu Miu, Iro, Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga, Emilio Pucci, Thierry Mugler, St Laurent, Givenchy, Hermes, Escada, Gucci, Versace, Dior, Alaia and Chloe.
Location: 360 Oxford Street, Paddington

 

The Rocks Geotour - until 31 December, every day, all day
Free activity
Join an international community of virtual/physical explorers, known as ‘geocachers’, and go on a ’caching treasure hunt in The Rocks, an area steeped in history. Geocaching is a real world, outdoor treasure hunting game in which you navigate using GPS-enabled devices, such as your smartphone.
Details

 

Dragon boating - until 30 December, Tuesdays 6.15-8pm, Saturdays 8.30-10am
Free event
Watch dragon boating with the Sydney Tsunami Dragon Boat Club. You can even try out dragon boating as the club offers newcomers three complimentary dragon boat training sessions.
Location: 2 Bank St, Pyrmont
Details

 

JULY

Shapeshifters: An abstract painting exhibition - Wednesday 28 June - Saturday 8 July 2017
Free event
Contemporary abstract art exhibition with artworks available for purchase.
Location: Collab Gallery, upstairs, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
View arworks online

 

Aboriginal history and heritage of The Rocks tour - Monday 3 - Friday 14 July; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 2pm to 4pm
Free event
During this two-hour walk through The Rocks, Aboriginal guides facilitate the exploration of ‘first contact’, resistance to colonisation, and its impact on the Gadigal people of the Sydney basin from an Aboriginal perspective, through stories of role models such as Bennelong, Barangaroo, Windradyne and Pemulwuy.
Location: Starts at Museum of Contemporary Art lawn, Tallawoladah Place, George Street, The Rocks
Bookings essential: Spaces are limited, email tours@shfa.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 9240 8552 to book

 

Object Design: Experiential lighting showcase - Saturday 1 - Sunday 16 July
Free event
UNSW Art & Design Object Design students present their experiential lighting design prototypes. The work is a result of a research and design development project run by design practice, Studio Liam Mugavin.
Location: 21 Foley St, Darlinghurst

 

Skating at Cathedral Square - Tuesday 27 June - Sunday 16 July, Mondays to Thursdays, 10am to 8pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 10pm; Sundays, 9am to 8pm
Open air ice skating rink and ice slide, food stalls and a bar overlooking the skating rink.
Cost: from $6.00 to $18.00, family ticket (off-peak) $56.00
Location: St Mary’s Cathedral Square, College Street, Sydney

 

Bondi Winter Magic Ice Rink - Friday 30 June - Sunday 16 July, every day 10am - 9pm
Cost: from $12.00 to $22.00, family ticket $69.00
The Bondi ice rink, situated on the forecourt of Bondi Pavilion at Bondi Beach, is a popular winter attraction in Sydney.
Location: Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach

 

Dragon boating - until 30 December, Tuesdays 6.15-8pm, Saturdays 8.30-10am
Free event
Watch dragon boating with the Sydney Tsunami Dragon Boat Club. You can even try out dragon boating as the club offers newcomers three complimentary dragon boat training sessions.
Location: 2 Bank St, Pyrmont
Details

 

MCA NAIDOC Week free film program - Tuesday 4 July to Friday 7 July, every day, 12.30pm-2pm
Free event
Lunchtime screenings to celebrate NAIDOC Week with lunchtime screenings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander film makers.
Where: Veolia Lecture Theatre Level 2, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, George Street, The Rocks
Details

 

Singing on Country - Wednesday 5 July, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Free event
Hear from two musical groups made up of strong women as they share the meaning of their songs, language and family.
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks

 

Portraits of Men - Wednesday 5 - Saturday 29 July
Free event
Portraits of Men features paintings and objects from the University of Sydney Union art collection, and the University of Sydney art collection and image archive. Portraits by contemporary artists Vincent Namatjira, Cherine Fahd, Abdul Abdullah, Joan Ross and Shannon Field mingle with formal portraits.
Location: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Road, Darlington

 

James Lieutenant: Supergods art exhibition - Wednesday 5 - Sunday 30 July
Free event
James Lieutenant is an Australian visual artist who creates idiosyncratic and often puzzling imagery and is interested in the space between digital and analogue, abstract and representational art.
Location: 2/27-39 Abercrombie St, Chippendale

 

Scandinavian Film Festival - Tuesday 11 July to Wednesday 2 August, every day, 9am to 9pm
Cost: adult $21.50, concession $18.00
The best of films from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
Location: Palace Cinema, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt.
List of films

 

Bastille Festival - hursday 13 July to Thursday 20 July
Free event
A celebration of food, wine and art involving more than 100 performance artists, 100 specialty food offerings from countries such as France, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Switzerland and a selection of beer and wines from some of the most reputable vineyards in France, Spain and Italy. The festival also has 12 free, live-music concerts to be performed on the feastival main stage at Customs House Forecourt.
Location: Circular Quay
Details

 

The most Wuthering Heights day ever - Saturday 15 July, from 12pm to 2pm
Free event
People all over the world will be gathering in major cities and windy moors in their prettiest red frocks for a mass re-enactment of Kate Bush's 1978 video for the song Wuthering Heights. Sydney's event takes place near the entrance that is close to St Peters station, on the green near the little cafe and playground.
Location: Sydney Park, Sydney Park Road, St Peters

 

Round She Goes Fashion Market - Saturday 29 July, 10am-3pm
$2 entry fee
One-day fair dedicated entirely to women's pre-loved fashions, in particular designer labels, vintage fashion, handmade jewellery and accessories.
Location: Marrickville Town Hall, Marrickville Road, Marrickville.

 

All About Flowers - until Sunday 30 July, open every day, 10am to 4pm
(Free event)
A "free floral display designed to bring colour into winter", this event is held in The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden. The display showcases colourful arrangements of exotic plants including moth orchids, begonias, hydrangeas and garvineas. Also on show is Australia’s largest green wall - standing at 6 metres high and stretching across 50 metres - which is considered "a living watercolour painting, paying poetic homage to the masters of Impressionism". A diverse program of events, performances, workshops and science presentations will be held in the area around The Calyx.

 

JUNE

 

Vivid Sydney - until 17 June.
(Free event)
The Sydney CBD, harbourside and surrounding areas are lit up with stunning light sculptures and special light effects as part of Vivid Sydney. Music and technology are also a big part of this "festival of light".
Details

Sydney Film Festival - 7-18 June
More than 280 Australian and international films are screened during the Sydney Film Festival.
Film guide

Craft & Quilt Fair - 22-25 June, 9am-4.30pm
Sydney's largest display of quilts and textile art From patchwork to papercraft.
Location: International Convention Centre Sydney, Exhibition Halls 5 & 6, Darling Harbour
Details

Good Food & Wine Show
Featuring hundreds of local and international exhibitors, cooking classes, guest chefs and wine experts.
Location: Intenational Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
Details

 

Dance Diaries Sydney - Friday 2 June, 5-6pm
(Free event)
This is an "enchanting short film featuring nine Chinese Australian senior residents who live in the city of Sydney. The film reflects poetically on what it is to live in our city through movement and imagery."
Location: Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry Street, Ultimo
Details and tickets

 

All About Flowers - until Sunday 30 July, open every day, 10am to 4pm
(Free event)
A "free floral display designed to bring colour into winter", this event is held in The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden. The display showcases colourful arrangements of exotic plants including moth orchids, begonias, hydrangeas and garvineas. Also on show is Australia’s largest green wall - standing at 6 metres high and stretching across 50 metres - which is considered "a living watercolour painting, paying poetic homage to the masters of Impressionism". A diverse program of events, performances, workshops and science presentations will be held in the area around The Calyx.

 

Art After Hours - Wednesdays 5.30-10pm
(Mostly free events)
Every Wednesday the Art Gallery of NSW holds after-hours events - mostly free - that comprise tours, talks, art appreciation lectures, workshops, films and live music.
Location: AGN, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain
Details