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15 Fun Things To Do in Sydney in Summer

Fun things to do in Sydney this summer

It’s time to gather your best group of friends and create a list of things to do together this summer. Sydney is full of fun activities and exciting events that will appeal to everyone. From markets to music festivals, yacht races and Christmas carols, there’s a wide variety of entertainment options to keep you entertained this summer.

1. Sydfest 2020

Sydfest returns for its annual summer celebrations in 2020. Start your year off with a selection of arts and culture performances across Sydney. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of talent, entertainment and humor with family or friends. Each show spotlights talent from around the world, so you can expect to be ‘blown away’ at every performance.

When: January 8 – January 26, 2020
Time: Day and night shows
Where: Various locations in Sydney
Cost: Some shows are free, others vary in price

VISIT: Sydney Festival

Sydney 2020

2. Mardi Gras Party

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival is in the spotlight this summer. There will be many fabulous events, shows, activities and exciting things to see and do in the heart of the CBD. Celebrate the magic of this festival with your loved ones while enjoying a pool party or the main parade. Your eyes will be dazzled by all the fancy colors and outfits.

When: February 14 – March 1, 2020
Time: Various schedules
Where: Various locations in Sydney
Cost: There is a mix of free and paid events

VISIT: Shrove Tuesday

Mardi Gras

3. Stratosphere Circus

If you’ve ever imagined yourself traveling through space, Cirque Stratosphere’s acrobatic show could make it a reality. This circus show aims to bring spectacular performances from Olympic-level acrobats who will perform every type of stunt imaginable. Prepare to be blown away on a whole new level at this thrilling event.

When: December 24 – December 29, 2019
Time: Various hours in the morning, afternoon and evening
Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Cost: From $59 + $8.50 booking fee

VISIT: Stratosphere Circus

Stratosphere Circus

4. Moonlight Cinema

Spend an evening with your partner or organize a girls’ night under the stars. Watch a newly released movie or a classic throwback among nature and friendly faces. The Moonlight Cinema offers a unique cinematic experience, but has all the same goodies as a regular cinema, including popcorn, snacks and ice cream. It’s the perfect way to spend a warm evening in Sydney this summer.

When: November 28, 2019 – March 29, 2020
Time: Movies start at sunset
Where: Belvedere Amphitheater, Centennial Park
Cost: $20 for general admission, however reduced prices and packages are available

VISIT: Moonlight Cinema

Moonlight Cinema

5. Sylvia presented by Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet brings Sylvia in Sydney this summer. It’s the story of a heroine who finds herself caught up in three intertwined love stories, but realizes she can save herself. Experience a performance full of incredible choreography and witness the sword fight of the main ballerinas. A story inspired by superheroines and the passion and humor of Greek myth, this show is not to be missed!

When: 8 – 23 November 2019
Time: Various schedules
Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Cost: Tickets from $45 + $8.50 booking fee

VISIT: Sydney Opera House

Australian Ballet Sylvia

6. Billy Elliot

Experience a much-loved musical this summer and be entertained throughout the Billy Elliot The Musical show. This extraordinary theatrical performance captivates audiences as it depicts Billy’s journey from the boxing ring to ballet lessons. This show is worth seeing if you are looking for an engaging and entertaining performance.

When: November 20 – December 15, 2019
Time: Various schedules
Where: Sydney Lyric Theater Box Office
Cost: Tickets from $65

VISIT: Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot the Musical

7. Makers Nest Marketplace

Spend a beautiful summer day surrounded by a good atmosphere, local products and lovely handicrafts. The Makers Nest Market is Sydney’s bi-annual event supporting all things locally made. This is the perfect event to get yourself essential crafts or simple home decorations. Treat yourself to freshly grown fruits and berries and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

When: December 15, 2019. It only happens twice a year!
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Community Hall, Tramsheds Sydney
Cost: Admission at $2

VISIT: The Nest of Creators

The nest of creators

8. Flickerfest International Short Film Festival

The Sydney International Short Film Festival Flickerfest will take place in January 2020. Showcasing the best Australian and global short films at over fifty different venues across Australia. If you like to learn more about the creative arts industry, this short film festival should be on your bucket list this summer. Engage with the innovative and creative films featured and discover their hidden meanings at Flickerfest.

When: January 10 – 19, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Bondi Beach
Cost: Prices are varied

VISIT: Flickerfest

Glitter Party

9. Alley Festival

Gather your friends and get your coolest outfit ready as you party up to Laneway Festival 2020. This annual music event is a crowd favourite, with fans of local and party music gathering in front of a stage to celebrate together. Some awesome headliners such as The 1975, Charli XCX, RUEL and Ocean Alley will perform for everyone to enjoy while bathing in a glorious summer day.

When: February 2, 2020
Time: from 11 a.m.
Where: The Estate, Sydney CBD
Cost: From $129.90

VISIT: Laneway Festival

Alleys Festival

10. Rose Bay Wine Festival

Taste the best that France has to offer in your garden in Sydney, Australia. The Rose Bay Wine Festival will be bringing all the great music, pastries, cheeses and wines direct from France for us to enjoy. Spend a gorgeous afternoon by the bay with French festivities and an exciting atmosphere you won’t want to miss.

When: December 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Woollahra Sailing Club
Cost: $42.73

VISIT: Rose Bay Wine Festival

Rose Bay Wine Festival

11. Songs of the Domain

Spend a relaxing summer evening surrounded by family and friends at the Carols in the Domain event. Get into the Christmas spirit as you sing lots of Christmas carols and light up the night sky with candles. The event is sponsored by Woolworths, which ensures that this year’s Christmas carols will bring everyone together to celebrate the joy of Christmas.

When: December 21, 2019
Time: 7:45 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: The domain
Cost: Free seats available. To reserve a seat, tickets range from $40 to $145

VISIT: Christmas carols at the Domaine

Songs In The Field

12. The Finder Guardians

Why not enjoy enjoying a day at the local markets? Well, this summer The Finders Keepers Market returns to Sydney for its summer event. Offering live music, local artisan products and plenty of food and drink stalls, you’ll be spoiled for choice. This market has more than 200 art and design stalls, so you will find something interesting.

When: December 6 – December 8, 2019
Time: Friday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve
Cost: Admission $5, free for children under 12

VISIT: The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers Markets Sydney

13. Sydney Lunar Festival

Start your 2020 off right and celebrate the Year of the Rat at the Sydney Lunar Festival. Featuring lantern parades, night markets and dragon boat races, this event is sure to delight. It will be the perfect place to relax and enjoy the abundance of people, art and culture. With a selection of over 80 events on offer, there will be something for everyone.

When: January 25 – February 9, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: Some free and paid events

TOUR: Sydney Lunar Festival

Sydney Lunar Festival

14. Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Looking for something to do on Boxing Day? Why not spend the day with family and friends along Sydney Harbor and watch the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. This major event is enjoyed by many across Australia, whether in person or on TV, and it’s a fun way to spend a summer afternoon. If you also own a boat, there are certain areas where you can view the race on the water.

When: December 26, 2019
Time: 1 p.m.
Where: sydney harbor
Cost: Free to watch

VISIT: Rolex Sydney Hobart

Rolex Hobart Sydney Yacht Race

15. Yoga by the sea

Spend your summer mornings unwinding on hot, busy days with a relaxing yoga class. Whether you are looking for an indoor or outdoor experience, an ocean view or the comfort of the air-conditioned room, these yoga classes will be perfect for you. Stretch your whole body and take a moment away from the hectic city life while participating in yoga by the sea, alone or with a friend.

When: All year
Time: Classes change according to the season
Where: Bondi Beach, Manly Aquarium, Tamarama/Bronte/Freshwater Surf Clubs
Cost: Introductory offer: 5 classes for $30. Other packages are available.

VISIT: Yoga by the sea

Yoga by the sea


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