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

Verdi Requiem (opera)

Opera House - 10–11 August

Be transported into this exquisitely moving journey of life and loss.

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The Merchant of Venice (play)

Opera House - from 24 October

Enjoy Shakespeare’s’ popular tale of money, greed and power.

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National Science Week

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - 11–20 August

Follow your pursuit of knowledge with a fascinating line up of science events across the Garden.

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Event Cost: Free and ticketed events

Bledisloe Cup

19 August in Sydney, 26 August in New Zealand or the local ‘pub!’ - 19 & 26 August

Age old footy rivalry! Watch the Auckland match at a local pub for
great atmosphere.

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Event Cost: tickets from $45

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

Ghosts - play

Belvoir Street Theatre - 16 September–22 October

The haunting impression of memories, loved ones and the intensity of relationships are explored in this exquisite play.

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Event Cost: $37–$72

Cloud Nine - play

Sydney Theatre Company - until 12 August

Relationships, personal identity and politics come clashing together in Caryl Churchill’s witty production.

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Event Cost: $60–$99

Sculpture By The Sea

Bondi to Tamarama Beach coastal walk - from 19 October

The Bondi Beach to Tamarama coastal walk comes alive with art and sculptures.

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Event Cost: Free

This is a Voice

Powerhouse Museum - from 11 August

Why do we speak? Journey through the multi-faceted abilities and uses of the human voice.

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

The Moderns: European Designers in Sydney

Museum of Sydney - from 22 July

This exhibition explores the European migrant influence on the modernist design of Sydney architecture.

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

My Fair Lady - play

Capitol Theatre - 24 August–24 September

Julie Andrews directs this stage sensation. A classic tale not to be missed!

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Event Cost: from $69.90

In Real Life - play

Darlinghurst Theatre Company - 15 September–15 October

Luke Rogers directs this spine tingling thriller written by playwright Julian Larnach.

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Event Cost: $38–$54

Sydney Night Noodle Markets

Hyde Park - 8–25 October

Sydney’s largest night market serves up delicious and authentic Asian cuisine.

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Event Cost: Free entry

NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final

ANZ Stadium - 1 October

Watch Australia’s toughest rugby players do battle on the field for ultimate glory.

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Event Cost: TBA or watch at your local pub

Sydney Spring Racing Carnival

Royal Randwick Racecourse - from 5 August

Trot into Randwick for the glamour and thrills of horse racing at its finest.

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Event Cost: $15–$55

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

Powerhouse Museum - until 8 October

Sherlock fans can put their scientific sleuthing to the test in this interactive exhibition, for young and old alike!

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Event Cost: $16–$27

Experimentations

Powerhouse Museum - ongoing

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

 

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Event Cost: included in entry free

ArteFact or Fiction?

State Library of NSW - ongoing

View rare and remarkable objects from the Library’s collection.

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Event Cost: free

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)

The Righteous Among Nations

Sydney Jewish Museum - until mid-August

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

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Event Cost: included in entry free

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Australian Museum - from 11 August

Featuring over 100 photographers, this extraordinary exhibition celebrates the natural wonder of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea. 

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Event Cost: Adult $20, Child $3, Conc $8

Status Quo (contemporary music)

Opera House - 15 October

Returning for one unmissable night on their ‘Last Night of the Electrics’ tour with all their favourite hits.

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Beautiful: the Carole King Musical - musical

Sydney LyricTheatre - from 17 September

The extraordinary life story of the chart-topping voice that influenced a generation of music.

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Event Cost: from $79.90

Roar and Snore

Taronga Zoo - ongoing

Discover your favourite nocturnal animals and your snugly daytime friends whilst camping overnight in deluxe harbour view accommodation.

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Event Cost: from $193.50

Sydney Observatory Family Twilight Tours

Sydney Observator - ongoing

Budding astronomers can discover the mysteries of the night sky and play with rockets.

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Event Cost: $16–$20

Marion Hall Best: Interiors

Museum of Sydney - from 5 August

This exhibition colourfully charts the work of Marion Hall Best (1905-1988), one of Australia’s first and most influential independent interior designers.

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

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

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

Badu Gili (light show experience)

Opera House - daily at sunset and 7pm

Explore Australia’s ancient stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection, illuminating the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail.

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Event Cost: Free

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (contemporary music)

Opera House - 28 September

Today’s biggest hits are given an old lease on life with a last century musical twist.

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HIR - play

Belvoir Street Theatre - 12 August–10 September

Anthea Williams directs this quirky, absurdly funny play exploring family and all the drama that entails.

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Event Cost: $37–$72

Melba A New Musical - musical

Hayes Theatre Co - 11 August–2 September

The extraordinary story of opera sensation Dame Nellie Melba, from Australia to the world stages of Europe.

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Event Cost: $55–$65

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

Ghostly Garden

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - various dates Aug–Oct

Hear spooky and kooky stories of the Garden’s past as owls stare from the treetops on this unforgettable tour of the ‘ghostly garden’.

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Event Cost: $39

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

Ferruccio Ferlanetto - opera

City Recital Hall - 27 & 29 September

Ferruccio Ferlanetto delivers his sonorous base notes accompanied by pianist Igor Tchetuev.

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Event Cost: from $30

Parsifal (opera)

Opera House - 9–14 August

Jonas Kaufmann brings his exquisite tenor vocals to the stage in Wagner’s final, dramatic opera.

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Script Club 2017 - interactive play readings

SBW Stable Theatre Foyer - until 28 October

Script lovers unite! Participate in script reads of classic Australian plays and a round-table discussion led by John McCallum.

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Event Cost: $20

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)

Life on Mars: NASA’s 2020 Rover Mission (talk)

Opera House - 17 August

Could humans live on Mars? NASA scientists and astrophysicists discuss the potential.

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Sydney Beer Week

Central Park and across Sydney - 20–29 October

Soak up the atmosphere at Sydney’s biggest craft beer festival, including artisan foods and delectable delicacies. 

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Event Cost: Free and ticketed events

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

National Maritime Museum - until 9 October

One hundred inspiring images capture the majesty and mystery of the natural world.

 

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

Assassins - musical

Hayes Theatre Co - 15 September–14 October

David Campbell stars in this chilling musical exploring the lengths people will go to for recognition.

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Event Cost: from $58

Smooth Festival of Chocolate

The Rocks - 12–13 August

Discover a sweet celebration of indulgent desserts from boutique chocolatiers, renowned pastry chefs and ice cream connoisseurs

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Event Cost: Free

Art and About Sydney

various locations - from 16 September

Sydney streets, laneways and buildings are adorned with art in this festival.

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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.

 

Event Cost: see their website for more details

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

Dinner (play)

Opera House - 11 September–28 October

This cheeky black comedy proves that revenge truly is best as a dish served cold.

 

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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

Manly Jazz

Manly Beach - 30 September–2 October

Find your groove with a beachside weekend of great jazz and fabulous food.

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Event Cost: Free

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month

various locations - 1–31 October

Treat your taste buds and relish sumptuous feasts from celebrity chefs.

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Event Cost: Free and ticketed events

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

Jenny Watson—The Fabric of Fantasy

Museum of Contemporary Art - until 2 October

Intimate imagery and subtle text spanning over four decades is displayed in this Australian artist’s work.

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Event Cost: included in entry fee

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

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

ERTH’s Prehistoric Aquarium

Opera House - 3 September–8 October

Dive into a prehistoric ocean world and come face-to-face with extraordinary dinosaurs!

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Event Cost: $29

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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