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What to do in Sydney this February

Warm nights, Sydney Lunar Festival and Mardi Gras call for celebration – see our picks for February in Sydney.

With the evolving Covid-19 situation, events change rapidly. Many are postponed, rescheduled or cancelled at short notice. Check to see if an event or venue is still open, and what precautions and conditions of entry you may need to follow.

Lunar New Year performers

Celebrate Sydney Lunar Festival

It’s time to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. Stoll down George Street to see the Lunar Lanterns light up. Indulge in delicious dishes from restaurants across the city. Plus on February 12, head to Koreatown for a street festival.

Download the Sydney Culture Walks app for a handy guide for what to see and do during Sydney Lunar Festival 2022. Available on the App Store or Google Play.

Until 13 February

Drag queens entertain at Summer Streets

Eat, shop and play at Summer Streets

Enjoy a day of street-side eating and drinking, live music and more this February in Surry Hills, Glebe and Pyrmont. Summer Streets is all about supporting local businesses and enjoying outdoor entertainment and alfresco dining.

Crown Street – Sunday 6 February
Glebe Point Road – Saturday 12 February
Harris Street – Saturday 19 February

Girl From North Country

Enjoy a night out at the theatre

This year enjoy more of the cultural things we missed out on last year, starting with a night at the theatre. Sydney is buzzing with great shows this month: Dolly Parton’s internationally acclaimed musical 9 to 5 hits the Capitol Theatre. Learn the uplifting and joyful story of Girl From the North Country showing at Theatre Royal. Plus, the 5-star sensation 7 Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner is back at Darlinghurst Theatre Company.

Wudjang Not the Past

See the world premiere of Wudjang: Not the Past

Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company have joined forces to present an epic-scale contemporary corroboree. Don’t miss Bangarra’s largest stage production to date.

Every day until 12 February

Westpac open-air cinema

Catch a movie at the Westpac open-air cinema

Sydney Harbour is the perfect backdrop for movie night and you can catch the latest cinema blockbusters. Before your movie starts, swing by the Hendrick’s Gin Garden at The Point for a crisp and refreshing G&T.

Every day until 22 February

Lin Yan's 'Sky' at White Rabbit Gallery

Discover what it takes to make it Big In China

It’s not easy to captivate the attention of over a billion wandering eyes and minds. Artists Xu Zhen, Tang Nannan and Lin Yan show us what it takes in the latest exhibition at the White Rabbit Gallery.

Wednesdays to Sundays in February, 10am to 5pm

Hundred Acre Woods dish at nel. Restaurant

Delight your tastebuds with a Disney-themed degustation menu

Chef Nelly Robinson of nel. Restaurant in Sydney made global headlines in March 2019 when he produced a whimsical, out of this world themed degustation inspired by his favourite Disney movies. Once Upon a Time is back and chapter 3 of the incredible dining series is said to be Chef Robinson’s best yet.

Tuesdays to Saturdays

Bernie Dieter's Club Kabarett

Be wowed at Bernie Dieter's Club Kabarett

An immersive night of dangerously funny kabarett, gender-bending circus and fire-breathing is coming to Sydney for the first time. Get tickets quickly to the Spiegeltent down at The Rocks.

Every day, Tuesday 15 February to Saturday 12 March

Glitter Mabel in Potts Point

Shop late in Potts Point

With over 30 stores open late on a summer evening, Shop Late showcases the very best of the inner-city’s retail and dining culture. Experience a fun night of live music, fashion and homeware offers, beauty giveaways, product launches, top hair salon tips and more.

Thursday 17 February from 5pm to 8pm

Lolo Lovina will perform at the Gypsy Caravan Stage

Groove to Gyspy swing music down at The Rocks

The Baro Lolo Orkestar (The Big Red Orchestra in Romanes) will showcase Sydney-based musicians from the Romani and Gypsy Swing genre and pay respects to Romani ancestors and culture.

Sunday 20 February from 2pm to 5pm

Mardi Gras Fair Day

Unite for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

This year’s Mardi Gras theme is United We Shine – when we band together, we shine brighter. There are plenty of events happening this year, from comedy to choirs and fair days. The grand parade will take place at Sydney Cricket Ground on 5 March.

18 February to 6 March 2022

Shop for artisan gems at Barangaroo Artisan Market

Browse ceramics, prints, homewares, jewellery and support local businesses. All while enjoying free live music and delicious eats along Sydney's stunning harbour.

Saturday 26 February from 10:30am to 4:30pm

Eat street food at the Vida Sydney Latin Summer Festival

Enjoy an authentic paella while drinking a margarita and grooving to Latin rhythms. Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour will come to life with street food, salsa dancing and children’s workshops.

Friday 25 February, Saturday 26 February and Sunday 27 February

Iridescent by Gerwyn Davies

Transport yourself through time at an exhibition

Sydney’s museums are home to so many good exhibitions this month. Don’t miss queer artist Gerwyn Davies’ 12 large-scale photographic works at the Museum of Sydney. Learn about ancient Korean and Buddhist culture at Five Hundred Arhats at The Powerhouse Museum. Family: Visions of a Shared Humanity at the Art Gallery of NSW presents video works by some of the most internationally renowned artists of our time.

Various dates

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