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What to do in Sydney this July

From NAIDOC Week to Australia’s favourite art awards – here are 10 events to chase away the winter blues.

Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at NAIDOC in the City

Celebrate NAIDOC in the City

Browse the Gadigal markets and enjoy traditional dance performances at Sydney Town Hall. Plus, a free evening concert will feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, spanning country to hip hop. See the full program for NAIDOC in the City or find out what else is on during NAIDOC Week.

Wednesday 10 July

See the finalists of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW

See the best of Australia’s favourite art awards

Head to the Art Gallery of NSW to view the finalists in the Archibald Prize for portraiture, the Wynne Prize for landscape painting and the Sulman Prize for subject painting, genre painting or mural. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite portrait and see the work of budding artists aged 5 to 18 on display in the Young Archies.

Daily until Sunday 8 September

Celebrate Bastille Day at The Rocks and Circular Quay

Taste the flavours of France

Make your way to Circular Quay and The Rocks to celebrate Bastille Day with food, wine and art – expect a special nod to the Paris Olympics. There’ll be more than 10 tons of cheese and 10,000L of wine brought to you by 120 vendors, plus live music, performances and street artists.

Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 July

Spend the school holidays at Darling Harbour's Winterfest

Warm up to winter at Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour heats up these school holidays with Winterfest. Glide across a glittering ice rink, watch a free film at Tumbalong Park and dance to DJ sets after dark – all before the fireworks over Cockle Bay.

Saturday 6 to Sunday 21 July

Spend a day exploring on Cockatoo Island Open Day

Take the ferry for an island adventure

Head to Cockatoo Island Open Day and expplore this UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about the island's layered history and marine biodiversity at a series of expert talks and enjoy live music, kids activities and delicious food and drinks.

Saturday 20 July

Shop sustainably at Round She Goes Fashion Market

Find a new ‘fit at a pre-loved fashion market

Check out more than 75 stalls of vintage and retro clothes, handmade jewellery and other accessories at Round She Goes Fashion Market.

Saturday 20 July

Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 80s Retro Run

Go on a fun run back to the 80s

Dig out your neon spandex for a retro-themed fun run around beautiful Sydney Harbour. Choose from the 10km or 5km course and help support the Australian Cancer Research Foundation with a day of fitness, music and throwback fun.

Sunday 28 July

SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show

SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show

If you’re a fan of Japanese pop culture, you’ll love SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show for a day of talks, performances, workshops and more. Visit the artist market and meet cosplayers dressed as your favourite characters.

Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 July

Help grow native plants at Sydney Park on National Tree Day

Plant a tree on National Tree Day

Get your hands dirty to show you care about the environment at a community planting event. Help us plant 5000 native grasses, herbs and wildflowers at Sydney Park in Alexandria.

Sunday 28 July

Photos1440 exhibition at the State Library of NSW

See the best local photo journalism

Take an intimate look at key moments captured through the lens of Sydney Morning Herald photographers, on display at the State Library of NSW.

Daily until Sunday 10 November

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