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What to do in Sydney this June

Stay warm with a month of activities in the city centre and surrounds.

Sydney comes alive with festivals, film and art this month. The cold weather is no excuse to stay indoors. Here are 13 events you won’t want to miss this month.

Ephemeral Oceanic display at Walsh Bay for Vivid Sydney

Spark your sense of wonder at Vivid Festival

The lights, music and ideas festival will illuminate the soul of our city with creative brilliance for 23 days and nights. This year boasts the longest continuous light walk in the history of the event, from Sydney Opera House to Central station. There’s also heaps of live music as well as thought-provoking debates.

From moonlight kayaking and yoga after dark, to mystical parties and Japanese rock bands – there’s no shortage of things to do all over the city.

Until 18 June

Sydney Film Festival

Get inspired at the Sydney Film Festival

Don’t miss 12 days and nights of inspiring and entertaining premieres, talks and parties.

8 to 19 June

Your Street, Your Party in Chippendale

Party on Sydney's streets

Your Street Your Party is a colourful, vibrant and lively celebration of neighbourhoods in Sydney, with something for everyone – families, kids and four-legged friends.

This June, get your groove on at parties in Coogee, Randwick, Leichhardt, Summer Hill and Chippendale.

All month.

City of Gold at Wharf 1 Theatre

See the electrifying new production, City of Gold

Following a breathtaking performance on ABC’s Q&A that went viral around the world, writer and performer Meyne Wyatt brings his acclaimed play to Sydney Theatre Company.

Until 11 June

The Great Animal Orchestra at the Biennale of Sydney

Hear the call of the wild

A collision of culture and nature, The Great Animal Orchestra will take you out of city life and into tropical grasslands, savannas and Arctic tundra for an otherworldly encounter with a soundscape of 15,000 animal species recorded over the last 50 years.

Until 13 June

Support artists at ARTiculate

This impact-focused festival will display incredible works from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists, artists living with disability and asylum seeker and refugee artists. All profits from sales directly to the artists.

Wednesdays to Saturdays until 25 June

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2022

Take in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes for 2022

Australia’s most engaging art event is back at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Complete your experience with an authentic Italian meal overlooking the Domain.

All month

Women's Bush Footy, by Matthew Abbott, part of the Australian Life exhibition.

Explore Australian Life

Visit Glebe Library and take a cinematic journey through an exhibition of the 2021 Australian Life photography prize finalists. From loud bursts of colour to quiet family moments, the 28 finalist images paint a picture of Australia’s unique personality. 

All month

Upskill with a class or workshop

There are so many new skills to learn this winter. From making mugs to creative writing, photography to jewellery-making.

Take a free sewing class in Woolloomooloo or Redfern so you can repair your clothes and extend their lifetime.

Explore the world of essential oils and create a personalised scent for your own perfume and moisturising cream.

Learn how to make, roll and cut fresh pasta dough from scratch and use it to make gnocchi and tortellini.

Walking through a songline at The Museum of Sydney

Immerse yourself in ancient knowledge at Museum of Sydney

Surrender your understandings of time and space and experience Indigenous storytelling as this ancient narrative comes alive through new technology. Walking through a songline sees paintings come to life, stories visualised and ancient knowledge shared in a striking and artistic way.

Thursdays to Sundays, all month

Winter solstice at Elizabeth Bay House

Experience the winter solstice

Camperdown’s Pocket City Farm is welcoming the winter season with a family-friendly solstice celebration with fresh fair food, farm tours, workshops, and market stalls from local sustainability initiatives, businesses and social enterprises.

Saturday 18 June

Wrap up warm and arrive at the elegant Elizabeth Bay House before dawn to see the sun rise on the shortest day of the year. Elizabeth Bay House was built in direct alignment with the sun’s rays on the winter solstice, creating a magnificent display as the sun rises over the horizon.

Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 June

A 3-course banquet by refugee chefs at Parliament on King, Newtown.

Celebrate Sydney’s rich cultures for Refugee Week

Get involved with a week-long program of events, talks and workshops for Refugee Week.

Sample food from the homelands of asylum seekers and refugees with a 2 or 3-course banquet at Parliament on King. Engage in a night of storytelling about womanhood, escaping the Taliban and solidarity. Or indulge in a 6-course degustation menu from Syrian, Malaysian and Sri Lankan chefs.

19 June to 25 June

Polish Film Festival

Watch something new at the Polish Film Festival

A strong line-up of critically acclaimed films will be shown at Palace Norton Street in Leichhardt and The Ritz Cinemas in Randwick. Get ready for smart comedies, gripping dramas, awe-inspiring biographies, a timeless classic and a little treat for the young audience.  

Until 26 June

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