Each and every year, an exciting calendar of Sydney major events sees the city come alive with music, celebrations and so much more. Whether you’re flying into Sydney during the height of summer or hiring a car and road tripping in the middle of winter, there’s always something going on across the harbour city.
Sydney Major Events That Come Alive
Sydney Festival – January
Presenting the best of the art world over several weeks in January, the Sydney Festival offers a fantastic opportunity to experience something new and immerse yourself in the city’s artistic side. Indulge your senses at a visual arts exhibition, enjoy a live performance or be left awestruck by some of the country’s best young talent.
Australia Day – 26th January
Marking the arrival of the First Fleet from England in 1788, Australia Day sees Australians from all walks of life come together and celebrate all that the nation has accomplished. Home to a diverse population, Australia Day is marked in unique ways across the city and its suburbs, from concerts and ceremonies to ferry races and harbour regattas.
Chinese New Year Festival – summer
Celebrating the Lunar New Year, the annual Chinese New Year Festival boasts a thriving program of events, markets, entertainment and more. Feast your senses on the spectacular Twilight Parade, sample delicious Chinese fare or watch on as teams go head to head in the popular dragon boat competition.
ANZAC Day – 25th April
Commemorating the first major military action fought by Australian troops in 1915, ANZAC Day recognises and remembers servicemen who have served in all wars and peacekeeping operations. Attend a dawn service to pay your respects or watch on as the annual ANZAC Day march winds its way through the city’s streets.
Vivid Sydney – winter
The biggest event of its kind in Australia, Vivid Sydney sees a stellar lineup of performers, visionaries and artworks showcased throughout the city. Well known for its grand outdoor projections on icons such as the Sydney Opera House, the event attracts thousands each and every year.
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race – 26 December
One of the world’s most iconic yacht races, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race sees competitors sail out of Sydney Harbour on their journey towards the finish line in Tasmania. Position yourself at a great vantage point around the harbour and watch on as latest edition of the race sets off before your eyes.
New Year’s Eve – 31st December
One of the world’s largest and best loved New Year’s Eve celebrations, the 31st of December sees Sydney’s skies and iconic structures illuminated with impressive firework displays. Families are catered to with the annual 9pm fireworks, while dedicated revellers can ring in midnight with the main firework show.