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What to do in Sydney this May

As the weather continues to cool down in May, Sydney’s venues come to life with major cultural festivals and riveting events.

Sydney Comedy Festival

Sydney Comedy Festival

Hundreds of the world’s funniest comedians are in Sydney to make us laugh. From emerging Australian talent to the big international names, don’t miss the gala for the best of the fest.

Monday 22 April to Sunday 19 May

Sydney Writers’ Festival

Hear from the likes of George Saunders, Behrouz Boochani, and Fatima Bhutto at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival. There are more than 300 events, at this week-long conversation of books and ideas.

Monday 29 April to Sunday 5 May

See our picks of Sydney Writers Festival

Head On Photo Festival - Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Head On Photo Festival

From humble beginnings in 2004, Head On Photo Festival has grown to become one of the world’s leading photography festivals. See free photo exhibitions from 900 artists when Head On begins on 4 May. Take part in the biggest night on the Australian photography calendar for the announcement of 2019’s award winners. You’ll also get the chance to brush up on your camera skills at seminars and workshops with the experts.

Saturday 4 May to Sunday 19 May

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize exhibition

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize exhibition

Take a look at the finalists and winners of the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, one of Australia’s most coveted photography competitions.

Saturday 4 May to Sunday 2 June 2019

MCA Zine Fair 2018\. Photo: Anna Kucera

MCA Zine Fair 2019

Encounter over 100 creators of zines, small press and comics from across the country at this 1-day event at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The festival also includes a line-up of talks and creative workshops for all ages.

Sunday 5 May

Cyber safety: Protecting your personal information

Join leading expert, Dr Joanne Orlando, to discover how to take control of your personal data at this free session at Surry Hills Library. Find out why you need to treat your online information like you treat your money: protect it and don’t leave it lying around.

Thursday 9 May

MBFWA 2016. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

The always-fabulous Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week returns to Carriageworks. Soak up the atmosphere yourself at the Weekend Edition. Listen to in-depth conversations with industry leaders and icons at the Weekend Edition Seminar Series.

Friday 17 May to Saturday 18 May

Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Paul Patterson/City of Sydney

Vivid Sydney

Sydney lights up with. Vivid Sydney, the city’s cutting-edge festival of light, music and ideas, 2019 sees it celebrating 11 years.

Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June

The Sydney Fair at Randwick Racecourse

The Sydney Fair

Head to Randwick Racecourse to check out the wares of some of Australia’s best 20th century, antique, art deco and vintage dealers.

Thursday 30 May to Sunday 2 June

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