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What to do in Sydney this May

As the weather cools, markets, festivals and nightlife are just heating up.

Green Square Market

Explore one of Sydney's newest markets

Green Square Market features 50 food stalls, along with homewares, fashion and gifts. Come down for breakfast, brunch or lunch and do your weekly grocery shop. Plus enjoy kids' activities, live music and soak up the community vibe.

Every Saturday

Biennale of Sydney at White Bay Power Station

See the visionary creations of leading artists from around the world across 6 venues as the 24th Biennale of Sydney continues in May. Explore exhibitions, workshops, artist talks, live music and more.

Every day, until 10 June

Street performer at Barangaroo Artisan Markets

Celebrate Mum at the markets

Take home a special find from the Barangaroo Artisan Markets on the Saturday of the Mother's Day weekend. Browse ceramics, homewares, handcrafted jewellery, textiles and more while listening to free live music along Sydney's waterfront. See what else is on this Mother's Day.

Saturday 11 May

The Laramie Project: The Matthew Shepard Story

Experience documentary theatre in the memory of Matthew Shepard

For one night only, an all-star, all Australian cast brings Matthew Shepard's story to life in a staged reading of The Laramie Project. This striking example of documentary theatre was crafted from interviews with the townspeople of Laramie, Wyoming in the aftermath of the shocking murder of 21 year-old gay man Mattew Shepard.

Tuesday 14 May

Sonic Spaces at Hyde Park Barracks

Lay in a hammock for unique music experience

The hammock room at Hyde Park Barracks was originally used to house convicts. Experience the hammock room in a different way as you lay back for an intimate performance from ARIA-nominated improvising jazz band Vazesh.

Sunday 26 May

Sydney Climate Action Week

Hear new ideas to take action for the climate

Explore a week-long program of inspiring events about taking climate action. Highlights include talks on how our oceans hold sustainable solutions to offshore energy, decarbonising major industry and food security. Catch an advocacy workshop with Climate Writers, see film screenings and more.

13 to 19 May

Sydney Writers' Festival

Expand your literary horizons at Sydney Writers’ Festival

Come together with book lovers and celebrated storytellers from Australia and around the world for a week of ideas, talks, debates and workshops. See our top picks from this year's program.

20 to 26 May

The Great Bat Count at Centennial Park

Join the Great Bat Count

Count the bats and help the rangers at Centennial Park monitor one of the largest urban bat colonies of its kind in Sydney. Experience a beautiful afternoon at the partk and be guided by an expert volunteer who'll show you how the bats are counted.

Friday 31 May

Vivid Sydney Festival

Light up your nights at Vivid

See the city centre sparkle during this festival of lights, music, ideas and food. Follow the crowds through the famous light walk and explore art installations and light projections on Sydney's building and urban spaces.

Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June

Workshops and events at City of Sydney libraries

Check out your local library

Find out what's on at City of Sydney libraries. Aside from our extensive collection of resources, you'll find book clubs, exhibitions, workshops, talks and events. Access our libraries anywhere on our free app or check out 10 things you can do free with a library card.

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