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Sydney and metropolitan region offers the visitor a huge playground to experience and enjoy, from the scenic beauty of the harbour, wonderful coastal beaches, national parks, historic buildings, museums, galleries, arts and culture.

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Sydney Events • New South Wales Events
Australia Day LogoAustralia Day
• Australia Day 26th January
• Is the biggest annual public celebration in NSW with a massive program of events extending state-wide. In NSW in 2003 some 2 million people participated in Australia Day. The program offered in 2004 is as diverse as the people of our great land.
Biennale of Sydney
• Held every two years - June to September (check website for dates)
• Was created in 1973 as an international showcase for contemporary art. Conceived, invented and financially supported by Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, it grew out of the Transfield Art Prize for contemporary Australian art, an acquisitive prize which reached its peak in the 1960s. It operated for about a dozen years before Transfield decided to transform what was a local initiative into an international exhibition.
Carols in the Domain
• Christmas Period
• Over 100,000 people fill the Domain each year to celebrate Christmas with loved ones and carols. Australia's most popular Christmas event.
Chinese New Year
• Annual event (check website for dates)
• More than half a million people are expected to participate in Dragon Boat Races, Markets, Exhibitions and of course, the Chinese New Year Parade through City streets.
• August
• One of Australia’s premier marathons, this yearly event is held in August, hosted by the Sun-Herald, starting from Hyde Park in the city to the famed beach front of Bondi. It is more than a marathon, but an event for all. Enjoy the ‘fun run’ and the activities provided at the end.

Click here for images from our archive of the Sydney City to Surf 2003.
Heritage Craft Fair
• Held on first Sunday of every month, 9 am -  3 pm (check website for details)
• St. Ives Showground, Mona Vale Rd, ST IVES NSW 2086
• Ph: 02 9451 7527 • Mobile: 0417 275 172 • Fax: 02 9451 7538 • Email
• The Heritage Craft Fair is an immensely successful pure craft fair with 250 stallholders, all personally producing unsurpassed Australian quality crafts from the classic to contemporary. No mass produced, second hand or imported items in this haven to the craft skills of yesteryear.

Choose from thousands of beautiful and unique handmade crafts at highly affordable prices from homewares, gift items, clothing, garden items, jewellery, furniture, manchester, artworks, children's items, from the everyday to the special occasion - in just about every medium - the list goes on an on.

Come for an exotic lunch with our fabulous hot food stalls, or morning/afternoon tea. Musicians to entertain you, kids activities to keep them happy such as the train ride, the native animal/reptile displays, plaster painting, bungee trampoline, face painting, pony rides.
International Dragon Boat ChampionshipsSydney International Dragon Festival
• Annual event - September
• One of the largest Dragon Boat Racing Events in Australia, attracting over 2,000 competitors. Races are conducted at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith. This was the rowing site for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. An event full of colour, noise and excitement! The boats will be racing down the water with drums beating and crowds cheering them on. The day will start with the traditional eye-dotting ceremony where the Dragons are brought to life! This will be followed by an Opening Ceremony with Dragon Dances and drums beating.
Jazz in the Domain
• Part of the Sydney Festival Annual event held over January.
• Check the website for details.
Yachting on Sydney Harbour
Mercedes Australian Fashion Week
• Annual event
• A number of designers showing their latest collections here in the southern hemisphere, usually held at prestigious locations around Sydney.
New Years Eve
• New Years Eve
• Sydney Harbour the Opera House and the Bridge make a spectacular back drop for what many consider the most outrageous fireworks display in the world. The bridge and other city icons are used to full effect each year. Over 1 million people attend vantage points around the harbour and on it to view this truly flamboyant display of light. Sydney 2004 NYE Photos.
Streets Ferrython
• Part of the Sydney Festival Annual event held over January.
• Attracting over a million people to the harbour foreshores to cheer on the four Sydney First Fleet catamarans as they race down the Harbour from Circular Quay, around Shark Island, and then back to the bridge for the coveted trophy and line honours.
Surry Hills Festival
• Annual event held around May
• Crown St (between Foveaux and Devonshire Sts), SURRY HILLS NSW • Ph: 02 9380 6307 • Email
• An annual fundraiser for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre. There is live music, food and wine stalls, and a variety of other activities.
Sydney's Big Day out
• Australia Day weekend - January 26th
• Some people thought rock was dead, others thought hip-hop was over and of course dance music was so last year. The reality is that now, more than ever, people are open to everything, as long as it is good.
Sydney City to Surf
• August • One of Australia’s premier marathons, this yearly event is held in August, hosted by the Sun-Herald, starting from Hyde Park in the city to the famed beach front of Bondi. It is more than a marathon, but an event for all. Enjoy the ‘fun run’ and the activities provided at the end. Click here for images from the Sydney City to Surf 2003.
Sydney FestivalSydney Festival
• January • Ph: 1900 952 002 (2UE Festival Infoline) • Email
• Annual umbrella event held every January that includes theatre, opera, indoor and outdoor concerts, free events that draw hundreds of thousands of people to celebrate being a Sydneysider and much much more.
Sydney Film Festival • June
• This two-week event is one of the oldest film festivals in the world. Venues include the State Theatre and Dendy Opera Quays. Sydney Travelling Film Festival • Its objective is to broaden the range of cinema screened in country and regional areas around Australia. Over the last 29 years, the Sydney Travelling Film Festival has visited some 50 towns in NSW, ACT, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory with a programme of international features, shorts and documentaries.
Sydney Mardi Gras • Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
• February through to the parade and party in the first part of March
• Sydney Mardi Gras is an event that grew out of gay rights protest marches in the 1970's, and is now celebrated with a month long festival of the queer arts one of Australia's most eclectic and spectacular festivals run without any government funding.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Sports Festival • Team Sydney
• February/March
• Showcasing sports tournaments, competitions and social days, there is sure to be something for everyone - athlete or not! The Sports Festival contains a diverse range of sporting and fitness focused events for all entry levels.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht RaceSydney to Hobart Yacht Race
• 26 December
• Annual yacht racing event commencing on Sydney Harbour (Boxing Day) and finishing in Hobart. This historic race well known for high seas drama and close call finishes is a favourite for all Australian's. This year sponsored by Rolex.
Sydney International Piano Competition
• Held every 4 years (check website for details)
• Sydney is not only a significant centre of the Arts but a city which has produced and fostered artists of international distinction, whose contributions to music are well known. The Sydney Opera House is a symbol of the city’s commitment to attaining the highest standards in all areas of the performing arts.
NSW Yacht AssociationSydney International Regatta
• See website for dates
• The Yachting Association of New South Wales holds its annual regatta in Sydney Harbour. Vessels from all Olympic classes are eligible to compete in this festival of racing in the lead up to the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race.
Sydney Opera House Market
• Ph: 02 9315 8465 • Every Sunday 9am to 5pm
Sydney Royal Easter Show LogoSydney Royal Easter Show
• April (Easter period)
• Ph: 02 9704 1111 / 02 9704 1000 (Show Infoline) • Email
• The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW is responsible for staging Australia’s largest annual event: the Royal Easter Show, where the country comes to the city. A very popular family event attracting over 1 million punters and exhibitors. For more information click here...
Sydney Writers FestivalSydney Writers Festival
• Annual event (see website)
• Reflect the diversity of the lively nature of literary culture and Sydney. It's a professional, innovative festival that presents ideas, debate, performance and the best writers and writing from Australia and around the world. It will aim to become a festival of international stature that reflects Sydney's unique position in the Asia Pacific region and makes the most of Sydney's natural and cultural environment.
Symphony in the Domain
• Part of the Sydney Festival Annual event held over January.
• Sydney’s quintessential summertime event Symphony in the Domain is back. Dust off the picnic rug and make your way to the Domain to listen to the magnificent Sydney Symphony with special guest violinist Nicole Vasilakis. Award winning Nicole has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and The Queensland Orchestra.
• Sunday night in February
• This one-day screening of short films by emerging Australian filmmakers is the world's largest of its type. Venues include The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens attracting over 120,000 viewers last year. The event is now screened live around the country to big screens in all state capitals.
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