Stay warm with a month of activities in the city centre and surrounds.
Sydney Film Festival
Celebrate the silver screen at the 65th annual Sydney Film Festival, featuring more than 200 films you wouldn’t normally find in the multiplex.
Art After Hours
No matter how long you’ve lived in Sydney, you’ll never get bored of our city turning on the lights for the annual Vivid festival. This year, drop in on the likes of Neil Finn and Ice Cube in the Vivid Live program at Sydney Opera House. Stop by Goldie’s Music Hall for themed cocktails with a side of glamour.
Jurassic Lounge: 2099
Party like it’s 2099 at an ultra-futuristic edition of Australian Museum’s beloved Jurassic Lounge.
Your annual dose of TEDx is here this month. Hear from the likes of Magda Szubanski and maths teacher YouTube star Eddie Woo at the International Convention Centre.
Peter Drew: Real Australian
You’re probably familiar with Peter Drew’s work, even if you don’t know him by name. Drew is the artist behind the Real Australians Say Welcome and Aussie street art series. See a selection of his work in photographs at Customs House presented by the Australian Centre for Photography.
Parallel Parks: Virtual Reality Experience
Explore stunning scenes from our national parks without setting a foot out of the city. Parallel Parks was first developed by New Horizons so that people with disability would be able to access places that might not have otherwise been possible to visit. For 2 days only, try it out for yourself at our libraries.
We’re a proud refugee and asylum seeker welcome zone. Join us as we celebrate Sydney’s diversity during Refugee Week. We’re excited to hear from Maha Abdo, CEO Muslim Women’s Association, at The Need to Belong.
Bangarra’s Dark Emu
Experience the power of Bangarra’s storytelling with new performance, Dark Emu at Sydney Opera House. The work explores how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples interacted with the land long before colonisation. Plus, see scenes from Dark Emu projected onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of Vivid Sydney.
Live music at your local
Experience Sydney’s independent and local music culture during Vivid Sydney. There’s a treasure trove of unique live gigs for free or under $35.
Glebe Artisans Winter Market
If you’re in the market for a unique gift, or just want to treat yourself, shop local at the winter edition of Glebe Artisans Market.
E-waste drop-off day
Gather your busted electronics ahead of our e-waste drop-off day.
Jewellery making with Rosie Deacon
Make your own wearable artwork under the guidance of Sydney artist Rosie Deacon at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre. Deacon is known for her signature materials including acrylic paint, applique, fimo, beading and Australiana souvenirs.
See Paddington under the stars
Join a free screening of Paddington in Wulaba park. It’s happening as part of Green Square winter warmers, a series of free community events happening this month.
- The Book of Mormon: There’s still time to see the musical everyone’s talking about.
- Priscilla: Queen of the Desert runs until mid-July. Don’t pretend you don’t know all the words
- Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age is on at Australian Museum. Discover fossils, life-size replicas and a 42,000 year old real baby mammoth, Lyuba.
- Teaching kids good money habits: learn practical skills that’ll set them up for life.
- What did you say: The impact of background noise on hearing. A free event at Customs House library.