What to do in Sydney this summer

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

December

Santa’s sleigh makes its way through Pitt Street Mall

Christmas in Sydney

Make the most of our city at its festive best. Free concerts in your neighbourhood, an interactive Christmas tree and Christmas markets are just some of the highlights of Sydney Christmas.

New Year's Eve Sydney

New Year’s Eve Sydney

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.

January

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 2018, you can build your own sculpture from discarded toys, catch an underwater concert and help to symbolically return 4,000 fish to Sydney Harbour.

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.

Yabun Festival 2017. Pic: Joseph Mayers

Yabun Festival

Reclaim 26 January with a celebration of First Nations cultures. Yabun Festival is the largest 1-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia. The first artists have been announced and include Troy Cassar Daley, Joe Geia, Kardajala Kirridarra and Electric Fields. Stay tuned for more details.

IceBar Sydney

Heat starting to get to you? Experience Arctic temperatures in the heart of the city at IceBar Sydney.

February

The Pig Lunar Lantern, 2017

Chinese New Year

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

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.

All summer long

Prince Alfred Park Pool is heated all year round

Prince Alfred Park Pool

Cool off in our city’s pools

Pack your swimsuit wherever you go and sneak in a quick dip at one of Sydney’s pools.

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.

A day at the cricket

What’s summer without a visit to the SCG? The Big Bash series returns this summer so grab your hat and your mates for a great Aussie tradition.

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 American Express Openair Cinemas at Sydney University, Sunset Cinema in North Sydney and Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Parklands.

Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age

See stunning paintings from the masters at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age is the first major exhibition in Sydney of the great Dutch painters of the 17th century. Buy a Sydney International Art Pass to save on your ticket price to Pippiloti Rist and Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age.

Pipilotti Rist, 'Pixelwald Motherboard <Pixelforest Mutterplatte>', 2016, installation view, Pipilotti Rist: Your Saliva is my Diving Suit in the Ocean of Pain, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2016, courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine © the artist, photo: Lena Hubler

Pipilotti Rist, ‘Pixelwald Motherboard ‘, 2016, installation view, Pipilotti Rist: Your Saliva is my Diving Suit in the Ocean of Pain, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2016, courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine © the artist, photo: Lena Hubler

Pippiloti Rist: Sip my Ocean

Wander through a forest of lights, lay down to watch video projections and take a seat on Alice in Wonderland-style oversized furniture. This is the most comprehensive exhibition of Pippiloti Rist’s work in Australia to date.

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