Sydney’s boutique festivals

We love Sydney’s big-ticket events, but did you know there’s a whole world of boutique, curated festivals and fairs that’s just waiting to be discovered?

Follow your tastebuds to celebrations of all things food, quench your thirst with craft and unique brews in the name of discovery or support local musicians and live performance.

smooth Festival of Chocolate

Prepare yourself for an indulgent weekend of pure decadence. Some of the world’s leading chocolatiers, ice creameries and pastry chefs converge to offer their sweet, sweet chocolates and desserts. Imagine Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory al fresco. A true feast for all the senses, catch live demos and chocolate sculptures as well as delicacies created just for the festival.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August

The Rocks NSW 2000


Photo by Carissa Gan on Unsplash.

A showcase of Italian food, entertainment and culture. Sample the finest that Italian cuisine has to offer as you graze your way through more than 120 food stalls. And there’s no better accompaniment to your meal than spectacular music and dance performances across 5 stages. There’ll be loads of things to do for kids, fun competitions, live cooking demos and a presentation of stylish Italian cars, so you can dream of la dolce vita.

Sunday 20 August

Great North Road
Five Dock NSW 2046

Sydney Tea Festival

Oolong, tisane, matcha, rooibos. If these words mean anything to you, you’ll be in good company. If not, now’s the (tea) time for an education. Wander around the tea market, displaying dozens of speciality and artisan teas from across the globe. Some of Australia’s leading tea enthusiasts will host talks, tastings, workshops and tea ceremonies. Entry includes a tasting cup.

Sunday 20 August
9am to 4pm

245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh NSW 2015

Tickets from $15.50.

Sydney Guitar Festival

A carefully handpicked line-up of the finest in 6-string talent takes to the stage, and other places, at this festival. Explore all kinds of sounds and perhaps pick up something you haven’t heard before from genres encompassing classical, flamenco, jazz, blues and rock. The schedule features live performances, masterclasses and workshops with local and international musicians.

Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 August.

Various locations.

Tickets from $16.

Newtown Record Fair

Vinyl aficionados gather at this monthly meet, bringing together buyers and sellers of the treasured medium. Peruse over 10,000 titles in a beer garden and converse with like-minded hunters and collectors (sorry). A charcoal barbecue and live tunes round out the day nicely.

Saturday 2 September
11am to 4pm

Bank Hotel
King Street
Newtown NSW 2042

Free entry.

Sydney Beer Week

October means Oktoberfest, so why not go to a festival dedicated to beer in Sydney? Cheers to that! Sydney’s biggest celebration of beer boasts more than 130 events over 9 days. Take in happenings around town like the Sydney Beer Awards, Food Truck Corral, festival hub and Hair of the Dog Breakfast for the morning after.

Friday 20 to Sunday 29 October.

Various locations.

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