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What to do in Sydney this summer

Warm nights and huge events call for celebration - see our picks for summer in Sydney.


Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool

Visit our pools

To celebrate the start of summer, you can enjoy a free dip at our aquatic centres on Saturday 7 December. There'll be tours of the facilities and fun activities from 10am until 3pm. Enjoy fitness classes, giant pool inflatables and a barbecue to celebrate the start of the season. There's also an open day membership offer. Our pools are enticing all summer long!

Find one near you.

Martin Place Christmas Tree

Christmas in Sydney

Make the most of our city at its festive best. Free concerts in your neighbourhood, choirs around the tree and Christmas markets are just some of the highlights of Sydney Christmas.

Closes Tuesday 25 December.

Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks. Photo: Daniel Tran

New Year’s Eve

How will you bring in the new year? Sydney is one of the first cities in the world to reach midnight, and obviously our parties are up there with the best. Start planning your celebration.

Tuesday 31 December


LIFE – the show at Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival

What comes after New Year’s Eve? In Sydney, we always start the year by soaking up the best of Sydney Festival. In 2020, you can catch exuberant cabaret at the Spiegeltent in Hyde Park, explore an immense, radiantly lit labyrinth, or watch a theatrical interpretation of Joan Didion's The White Album. See what is happening.

Wednesday 8 January to Sunday 26 January 2020

Australia Day Ferrython

Australia Day

Prepare for a sun-drenched celebration of our nation. Full details to be announced closer to the date.

Sunday 26 January 2020

Sydney Lunar Festival LED dragon

Sydney Lunar Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Rat in Sydney at the Sydney Lunar Festival. It all kicks off with the first ever Lunar Lanes street party in Haymarket. Lunar Lanterns return to Circular Quay and there’ll be a few surprises in store too.

Saturday 25 January to Sunday 9 February

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Valentine’s Day

Can you feel that? It’s love in the air. Check out our favourite romantic things to do in Sydney this Valentine’s Day.

Thursday 14 February.

All summer long

Guan Wei exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Check out an exhibition

Discover how artists from all over the world have reimagined Sydney in an exhibition at Customs House. See the work of artist Guan Wei. His exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art explores his Chinese cultural heritage and many influences of the West.

From February, the 2,500 square metres of the Hyde Park Barracks courtyard will house a major installation by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones.

Ideas Lab at Darling Square Library

Take a workshop at the new Ideas Lab

Sign-up for a workshop in Darling Square Library’s Ideas Lab. This dedicated makerspace and multipurpose room hosts an exciting program of workshops for startups and curious makers. Learn 3D design and printing or explore robotics, electronics and prototyping.

The Exchange Building
Various dates

Observatory Hill Park has a spectacular view

Chill out in our city’s parks

Pack a picnic and dine alfresco in your local park. It’s hands down the best way to end a weekday.