Sydney Observatory Family Night Tours

Sydney Observator - ongoing

Bring your budding astronomers and little stars to see the wonders of the night sky.

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Event Cost: tickets from $16

Titanic The Exhibition

Byron Kennedy Hall, Entertainment Quarter - from 8 April

Experience the world’s largest and most comprehensive travelling Titanic exhibition. A must-see for all ages!

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Event Cost: $18

The Nutcracker—The Story of Clara (ballet)

Opera House - 2–20 May

Graeme Murphy’s critically acclaimed vision weaves a classic tale with a contemporary edge.

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Event Cost: from $43 (plus $5-$8.50 transaction fee)

The Bodyguard—The Musical

Sydney Lyric Theatre - from 21 April

This much loved film springs to life on stage with all your favourite songs.

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Event Cost: from $79.90

The Righteous Among the Nations

Sydney Jewish Museum - ongoing

Artefacts, photography and accounts of ordinary people who saved Jews during the holocaust.

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Event Cost: Included in entry free

Sand in the City

Museum of Sydney - until 23 July

Discover Sydney’s beaches in this hands-on exhibition featuring giant sand models, LEGO© creations and a digital sandbox!

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

The Holocaust

Sydney Jewish Museum - ongoing

A state of the art exhibition which will challenge and renew your understanding of one of the worst tragedies in human history.

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Event Cost: $15 Adults $9 Concession

Vivid Sydney

various locations - 26 May–17 June

This spectacular alfresco light festival illuminates Sydney’s famous buildings and icons.

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Event Cost: free

Sydney Film Festival

various locations - 7–18 June

See documentaries, features and short films or catch discussions and parties. 

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Event Cost: from $16.50

Lustre—Pearling and Australia

Australian National Maritime Museum - until 13 August

Delve into the depths of Australia’s intriguing pearl industry spanning Aboriginal, Asian and European histories.

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

The Scott Sisters

Australian Museum - 7 February–25 June

Celebrating the Museum’s 190th anniversary, the works of two prominent 19th century natural history illustrators will be displayed.

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Event Cost: included in entry free

Hysteria – play

Darlinghurst Theatre Company - from 31 March

What happens when Salvador Dalí and Sigmund Freud meet? Find out in this hilarious performance.

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Event Cost: $38–$54

World Press Photo

State Library of NSW - 27 May-25 June

See the world’s best photojournalism from 2016.

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Event Cost: free

Head On Photo Awards 2017

Museum of Sydney - 6 May-9 July

Unique finalists feature in this globally acclaimed photographic competition.

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Event Cost: included in entry free

Vivid at Taronga

Taronga Zoo - 26 May-17 June

Set against the best views of Sydney Harbour, ten giant animal lanterns will be accompanied by interactive light installations, projection shows and much more!

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Event Cost: Adult $21.95, Child/Conc $16.9

Garden Art

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - 1–28 May

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will come alive with art every Saturday in May with nature inspired exhibitions, workshops, tours and kids activities.

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Event Cost: free and ticketed events

Experimentations

Powerhouse Museum - ongoing

Calling all young inventors! Discover a world of scientific experiments.

 

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Event Cost: included in entry free

State of Origin

Game II 21 June played at ANZ Stadium, Sydney - 31 May, 21 June & 12 July

Age old footy rivalry! Watch the QLD games at your local pub for a great atmosphere.

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Event Cost: from $100

Closer – Portraits of Survival

Sydney Jewish Museum - ongoing

The exhibition features outstanding photographic portraits of Holocaust Survivors holding artefacts emblematic of their survival. 

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Event Cost: included in entry $15 (Conc $9)

Kinky Boots - musical

Capitol Theatre - until 25 June 2017

Cyndi Lauper’s hilarious and heart-warming musical is ‘one of the most fun nights of the theatrical year!’ - news.com.au

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Event Cost: from $50

13th Annual Sydney Comedy Festival

various locations - 24 April–21 May

Jimeoin, Stephen K Amos and Tom Gleeson lead an all-star line-up of comedians.

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Event Cost: tickets from $34

The National 2017—New Australian Art

Museum of Contemporary Art - until 18 June 2017

Boundary breaking new artists, artworks and ideas are showcased in this contemporary exhibition.

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Event Cost: Free entry

Australian Graffiti - play

Sydney Theatre Company - from 7 July

Disapol Savetsila debuts with his moving play about migrants, identity and a sense of belonging.

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Event Cost: $25–$35

Aboriginal Bush Food Experience

Aboriginal Bush Food Experience - selected dates April – July

Join Aboriginal guides in collecting native bush foods before learning about traditional food preparation methods and tasting your very own bush food infused recipes!

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Event Cost: $80

Escape From Pompeii: The Untold Roman Rescue

National Maritime Museum - ongoing

An extraordinary story of rescue attempts from one of the worlds’ biggest natural disasters.

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

Pyrmont Festival

Pyrmont - 13–22 May

Enjoy fresh food, local wine, live music, art and fair rides for the family.

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Event Cost: free

Dancing with the Orchestra: Alina in the Spotlight (classical music)

Opera House - 13–15 July

Violin Soloist Alina Ibragimova presents an exhilarating night of music, from Bartók to Rachmaninoff.

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Event Cost: from $39 (plus $5-$8.50 transaction fee)

Bennelong (dance)

Opera House - 29 June–22 July

Artistic Director Stephen Page explores a tumultuous time in Australia’s history

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Event Cost: from $49 (plus $5-$8.50 transaction fee)

Sydney Writers’ Festival

various locations - 22–28 May

Meet international authors and hear literary luminaries speak at historic Sydney sites.

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Event Cost: free and ticketed events

Action Stations!

National Maritime museum - ongoing

Experience the danger and drama of life at sea in this thrilling, interactive Royal Australian Navy exhibition.

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Event Cost: included in Big Ticket

Robyn Archer - cabaret

Griffin Theatre Company - 4–15 July

Robyn Archer presents her fabulous repertoire of songs from France, Germany and America.

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Event Cost: $60

Botanica

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - 6-28 May

Australia’s leading contemporary botanical art exhibition explores the complex and remarkable relationship we have with plants. 

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Event Cost: free

Russell Howard Round the World—Live Tour (comedy)

Opera House - 20 July

The critically acclaimed comedian returns with another witty, whimsical performance.

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Event Cost: $79.90–$81.50 (plus $5-$8.50 transaction fee)

Today Tomorrow Yesterday

Museum of Contemporary Art - ongoing

Work by more than forty Australian artists from the 1960’s to the present, telling the ever-evolving nature of contemporary art.

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Event Cost: free

Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital

Powerhouse Museum - until 25 June 2017

This exhibition explores the modern world’s dependence on technology.

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Event Cost: $8–$15, members & children free

Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival and Taste of Manly

Manly Beach - 7–28 May

A weekend of fabulous food, wine and live music is just a ferry ride away!

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Event Cost: free

Spiders —Alive & Deadly

Australian Museum - until 16 July

Australia is home to some of the deadliest creepy crawlies. Discover over 400 species of spiders... if you dare!

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Event Cost: Adult $22, Conc $15, Child $13; Families $36 (1 + 2), $57 (2 + 2) - Book online and save!

2 Weddings, 1 Bride (Opera Australia)

Opera House - until 22 Oct 2017

Delve into French Morocco with exquisite melodies, magnificent costumes and a sprinkling of comedy.

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Event Cost: from $99 (plus $5-$8.50 transaction fee)

Monday Jam – variety music

The Basement - Every Monday

Hit the dance floor for a night of fun or sit back with a drink & watch the action.

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Event Cost: $5

Australian Haydn Ensemble 2017 (classical music)

Opera House - ongoing

Relish the soaring sounds of Bach, Haydn and Mozart in these magnificent concert series.

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Event Cost: from $70 (plus $5-$8.50 transaction fee)

Talk (play)

Opera House - until 20 May

Critically acclaimed actor John Waters returns to the stage, exploring the chaos of modern media.

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Event Cost: from $77 (plus $5-$8.50 transaction fee)

Vivid LIVE (live music)

Opera House - 26 May – 17 June

Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House is a celebration of ambitious popular music featuring Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker, AIR, Fleet Foxes + more.

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Event Cost: Visit www.vividlive.sydneyoperahouse.com for more information

Beauty in Difference: the street photography of Jon Lewis

State Library of NSW - until 4 June

Showcases 20 beautiful black and white portraits captured on the streets of Sydney by distinguished Australian photographer Jon Lewis.

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Event Cost: free

Centennial Park Labyrinth

Centennial Park - ongoing

Centennial Park is home to Sydney's first public stone labyrinth, and possibly the most intricately built labyrinth in the world.

The Labyrinth is a magnificently crafted pathway designed for quiet reflection and exploration. You can find it adjacent to the northern end of Willow Pond (off Dickens Drive) in Centennial Park.

 

Event Cost: Free

Picnics

Centennial Parklands - ongoing

Centennial Parklands has been a meeting place for many generations of Sydneysiders and visitors alike. To come to the Parklands and enjoy a picnic with family and friends is definitely one of life's pleasures!

While everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a picnic in Centennial Parklands, we need your help. Together we can maintain a sustainable and beautiful space for the whole community to enjoy and a safe environment for our wildlife.

 

Event Cost: Free

Self-guided Walks

Centennial Parklands - ongoing

Staying fit and healthy is just a walk in the Park!

  1. Walking makes you feel good, gives you more energy and can be enjoyed on your own or with friends. The Grand Drive circuit is 3.6 kilometres, relatively flat and good to keep your fitness level up.
  2. Of course, for the more active, a light jog is a great way to lose weight and enjoy the surrounds.

 

Event Cost: Free

Horse Riding

Centennial Park - ongoing

Riding a horse in Centennial Park is one of Sydney’s unique experiences. Sydneysiders and tourists alike have enjoyed horse riding in the Park for many years. Not to be missed.

Whether you are an experienced rider or you've never sat on a horse in your life, come to the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre to appreciate one of life truly joyful experiences.

 

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Birdwatching

Centennial Parklands - ongoing

The wide range of species seen here is as a result of the varied range of landscapes and environments that are found in a relatively small area.

 

Event Cost: Free

Cycle Hire

Fearnley Grounds next to the Children’s Learners Cycleway on Grand Drive - 8.00 am - 5.00 pm, seven days a week (last hire 4.00 pm)

Centennial Park Cycles, one of Sydney's largest and best bicycle hire and service facilities, has a seven day-a-week bike hire facility right in the heart of Centennial Park.

They hire a wide range of bicycles to suit all types of cyclists - from beginners to the experienced. Their hire feet is very extensive, and includes mountain bikes, road bikes, kids bikes and hybrid bikes - even pedal cars!

Artplay

Museum of Contemporary Art - Every Wednesday, 10am–12 noon

Budding artists and curious kids can use their senses to explore this creative space.

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Event Cost: $5

Guru Of Chai - play

Belvoir Street Theatre - 16 May–4 June

This tale of impossible love set in modern India has pearls of ancient wisdom.

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Event Cost: from $25

Dinosaurs Exhibition

Australian Museum - ongoing

See, hear and touch incredible dinosaurs at this roarsome interactive exhibition!

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Event Cost: included in entry

Ancient Egyptian Skies

Sydney Observatory - ongoing

Enter the Planetarium to discover the secrets of mummification, pharaohs and ancient skies.

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Event Cost: $8–$26

Pony Rides

Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre - 10am–2pm weekends

Trot down to the lush parklands for a delightful horseback adventure.

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Event Cost: $15

Animal Farm at EQ Village Markets

Moore Park - Wednesdays and Saturdays 9am–2pm

Calling all animal lovers—feathers, fur and animal cuddles abound!

 

Event Cost: $8–$20

A House in the Making

Susannah Place Museum - ongoing

Explore the stirring stories of early occupants in a historic Sydney home.

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

Sydney Opera House Market

Sydney Opera House Forecourt - Sundays 9:00am - 5:00pm

Australian handmade arts and crafts. Take the opportunity to speak directly to the Artisans and makers.
Enjoy a walk next to Sydney's icon the Opera House and browse the stalls, what better way to spend a Sunday?

 

Event Cost: Free

Chinatown Night Market

Haymarket - every Friday

Sydney's famous night market serves up delicious and authentic Asian cuisine.

 

Event Cost: Free

The Goods Line

Central Station to Darling Harbour - ongoing

Walk or cycle above spectacular Sydney hotspots all the way to Daling Harbour.

 

Event Cost: Free

Mr. Burns - play

Belvoir Street Theatre - 19 May–25 June

This profound play explores a post-apocalyptic world still affected by today’s pop-culture.

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Event Cost: $37–$72

Only Heaven Knows - musical

Hayes Theatre Co - 26 May–24 June

The bohemian world of Sydney’s King’s Cross in the 1940s and 1950s bursts onto the stage.

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Event Cost: $68

The Museum Experience

Sydney Jewish Museum - ongoing

Discover the rich contribution that the Jewish community has made to Australian society.

 

Event Cost: Adult $10, Concession $7

I Love You Now - play

Darlinghurst Theatre Company - 9 June–9 July

A witty comedy laced with love, lust... and tango!

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Event Cost: $38–$54

Female Immigration Depot 1848–1886

Hyde Park Barracks Museum - ongoing

This moving exhibition documents the arrival of female immigrants to Australia.

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

Collision: Misadventure by Motor Car

Justice and Police Museum - ongoing

A police archives photographic collection spanning early to mid 20th century.

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

Bayala Nura: Yarning Country

Australian Museum - ongoing

Celebrate the relationships between Indigenous Australian cultures and the land and sea in two new contemporary galleries.

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

1984 - play

Sydney Theatre Company - 28 June–22 July

Revisit the extraordinary, dystopian vision imagined by George Orwell in this award-winning play.

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Event Cost: from $61

Rock Lily - live music/comedy

The Star - ongoing

Rock plus laughter! A host of comedians and musicians create a fun night out.

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Event Cost: Free entry

Artbar

Museum of Contemporary Art - last Friday of every month

Enjoy drinks and canapés against a backdrop of art, music and performance.

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Event Cost: $20

Susannah Place Museum's Corner Shop

Susannah Place Museum - ongoing

Step back in time to 1915 Sydney and peruse the authentic goods and wares on offer. 

 

Event Cost: included in entry fee

Signs of Life - Letters of the Holocaust

Sydney Jewish Museum - ongoing

A moving collection of letters and postcards written by victims and Survivors of the Holocaust. The words of the time from those who were there, most of whom did not survive…

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

Pacific Spirit

Australian Museum - ongoing

Extraordinary cultural treasures and artefacts from the Pacific nations. 

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

Rice - play

Griffin Theatre Company - from 21 July

Playwright Michelle Lee explores politics, race and Australia’s migrant influence in this tender production.

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Event Cost: $35–$55

Convict Sydney

Hyde Park Barracks Museum - ongoing

This exhibit showcases convicts’ gruelling lives and how they shaped the existence of new Australian settlers.

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

Notorious Criminals: A Snapshot of Sinister Sydney

Justice and Police Museum - ongoing

Discover Sydney’s most infamous criminals and cunning crooks from bushrangers to gangsters.

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

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