What to do in Sydney in August

Puppies! Chocolate! Flowers! Looks like August is filled with the best things in life. Here are a few things to add to your diary this month.

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.

Griffin Theatre Company. Pic: Peter Collie

Rice

An all-female cast heads up Griffin Theatre Company’s newest production, Rice.

The Great Strike exhibition at Carriageworks. Pic: Zan Wimberley

1917: The Great Strike

Haven’t been to Carriageworks lately? Visit The Great Strike exhibition and learn a few things about our city’s industrial past. On 5 August, Carriageworks, Australian Technology Park and the recently restored Chief Mechanical Engineers Office will come to life with performance, workshops and kid-friendly activities at The Great Strike community day.

Lisa Wilkinson AM by Peter Smeeth, oil on linen

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

The exhibition that gets Sydney talking is back – see The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes at The Art Gallery of NSW.

Garry Trihn, Untitled photograph (courtesy the artist)

Something else is alive

Animals are all around us, whether we notice them or not. A new exhibition at Customs House, Something else is alive, draws our attention to the wild within the city.

All About Flowers at The Calyx

All About Flowers at The Calyx

All About Flowers plant sale

You’ve Instagrammed them, now you can take home some of the potted colour from The Calyx’s All About Flowers displays for a gold coin at the plant sale.

Sydney Dog Lovers Show

Sydney Dog Lovers Show

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.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate

Smooth Festival of Chocolate

Local favourites Black Star Pastry and Gelato Messina join Australia’s most talented pastry chefs, chocolatiers and ice creameries for an indulgent weekend of the sweetest stuff at the Smooth Festival of Chocolate.

Marion Hall Best with chairs by designers Andrews, Arnio, Saarinen, Colombo, Eames and Bertoia at The Grove, Woollahra. Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums.

Marion Hall Best with chairs by designers Andrews, Arnio, Saarinen, Colombo, Eames and Bertoia at The Grove, Woollahra. Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums.

Marion Hall Best: Interiors

Journey into the colourful world of one of Australia’s most influential interior designers, Marion Hall Best. The Interiors exhibition includes a selection of furniture, fabrics, furnishings and design schemes.

Destructive Steps dancers. Pic: Katherine Griffiths

Destructive steps

Talented street dancers battle it out for ultimate glory at the 9th annual Destructive Steps festival. Every year the competition grows and this year will run over 3 days at Ultimo Community Centre.

Astronomy in the Park

Rug up in your winter woolies for a night of unforgettable stargazing at Centennial Park. You’ll be amazed by how many stars you can see this close to the city.

Sydney Science Festival

Big questions and big ideas are on the table during Sydney Science Festival. You can learn about Indigenous astronomy, consider the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures in new technology and find out how animals can help solve crimes.

Late Night Library: (Face)Book Club

Looking for your new favourite novel? Late Night Library’s (Face)Book Club is like speed dating… with a twist

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