What to do in Sydney in August

Fun runs, dog shows and beachside food festivals. Here are a few things to add to your diary in August.

Bowlo Beer Fest 2019

Head to Bondi Bowlo to get to know brewers, and beers and ciders from more than 12 craft breweries. There’s also live music and the staple of Aussie bowlos – a raffle!

Saturday 3 August

credit: Andrew Paoli

Sydney Dog Lovers Show. Photo: Andrew Paoli

Sydney Dog Lovers Show 2019

Give our canine friends all of the pats at Sydney Dog Lovers Show. Chat to vets, play with rescue pups and watch super-pups perform incredible tricks. Bonus points for a selfie with an Insta-famous pooch.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August

The Sun Herald City2Surf

The Sun Herald City2Surf

Lace up your trainers for the world’s biggest fun run: The Sun Herald City2Surf is a stunning 14km race from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach. If running isn’t your thing, cheer people on from the sidelines. Or you can register as part of the Orange group, which is for walkers, fun groups, pushed wheelchairs and family groups with kids and strollers.

Sunday 11 August

The Button Collective pooling their talents

The Button Collective, Sydney Folk Festival

Sydney Folk Festival

Enjoy the next generation of folk music at this 3-day festival in the heart of the city.

Friday 16 August to Sunday 18 August

Sydney Tea Festival

Sydney Tea Festival

The bustling tea market at Carriageworks returns for its 6th year. Discover teas and tisanes of all kinds from all over the world at tastings, talks, and workshops.

Sunday 18 August

stargazing

Navigation by the Stars

Navigation by the Stars

Cruise around Sydney Harbour at night and learn how to use stars to mark your position. This special Science Week event is led by Indigenous astronomer Robert S Fuller on board Tribal Warrior’s Mari Nawi.

Saturday 17 August

West Side Story

West Side Story

Head to the Sydney Opera House to see the limited season of one of the most acclaimed Broadway musicals of all time.

Tuesday 20 August to 6 October

Household Chemical CleanOut

Household Chemical CleanOut

Clean out your household chemicals for free and help protect the environment. Bring paints, solvents, pesticides and even cleaning products, and we’ll dispose of them safely.

Saturday 24 August

Cycling in Green Square

Cycling in the City Course

Cycling in the City course

Keen to explore cycling? Get the skills and confidence to ride on Sydney streets at this free course. Lean the art of gracious cycling, simple positioning techniques and route planning to make riding from A to B more enjoyable.

Sunday 25 August

Smart Cities Explained

Discover the technologies that are changing your city in this free talk for curious people.

Tuesday 27 August

Fake news: Learn how to spot it

How good do you think you are at detecting fake news and content online? Hone your skills at this free and interactive talk with Dr Joanne Orlando.

Wednesday 28 August

Destructive Steps. Photo: Katherine Griffiths / City of Sydney

Destructive Steps 11: Street dance festival

Talented street dancers battle it out for ultimate glory at the Destructive Steps festival. See internationally renowned dancers compete against Australia’s best.

Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September

Taste of Coogee

Taste the best from Sydney restaurants and providores at this 2-day beachside food and wine festival. There are over 50 stalls, entertainment, cooking workshops, and water views.

Saturday 31 August to Sunday 1 September

Church of England burial ground, Devonshire Street Cemetery, 1901 (Mrs Arthur George Foster, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, FL8502089)

History Week: Church of England burial ground, Devonshire Street Cemetery, 1901 (Mrs Arthur George Foster, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, FL8502089)

History Week

Did you know Central railway station occupies the site of Sydney’s first main cemetery? Find out more about the hidden history of Sydney at a series of free events during History Week.

Sunday 31 August to Sunday 8 September

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