What to do in Sydney this summer

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


Martin Place Christmas Tree

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

Sydney New Year’s Eve midnight fireworks

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.

Monday 31 December


Sydney Festival Village 2017. Pic: Katherine Griffiths

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 2019, you can experience weightlessness on earth, cycle to the moon and party at the State Library.

Wednesday 9 January to Sunday 27 January

Australia Day Ferrython View

Australia Day Ferrython

Australia Day

Prepare for a sun-drenched celebration of our nation, starting with a Smoking Ceremony on Sydney Harbour. Full details to be announced closer to the date.

Saturday 26 January


Sydney Lunar Festival

Sydney Lunar Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Pig in Sydney at the Sydney Lunar Festival. The Lunar Lanterns return to Circular Quay and there will be a few surprises in store too.

Friday 1 February to Sunday 10 February

Pic: @samyeldham via Instagram

Pic: @samyeldham via Instagram

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

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.

Pic: @carriageworksfarmersmarket via Instagram

Pic: @carriageworksfarmersmarket via Instagram

Shop local at our city’s markets

Stone fruits and melons are some of the best things about summer. Pick up the freshest of the bunch at your local market. Here are some of our favourite markets stocking food, fashion and other treasures.

Moonlight Cinema

Catch a flick at an outdoor cinema

Balmy evenings call for outdoor fun. You’ve got your pick of outdoor cinemas this summer, including Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park and Mov’in Bed at Moore Park, the biggest outdoor bed cinema in the world.

Cycling in the City

Take a Cycling in the City course

Feel more confident on Sydney streets this summer. Learn the art of gracious cycling in Sydney Park and find out how to properly repair and care for your bike.

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