Top Choice Fireworks in Sydney

New Year's Eve

The biggest party of the year, with flamboyant firework displays on the harbour. There's a family-friendly display at 9pm then the main event at midnight. There are also any number of other events on and around the …
Top Choice Light Show in Sydney

Vivid Sydney

This increasingly impressive and popular festival features spectacular immersive light installations and projections at locations right across the city. There are also performances and public talks, and debates with…
Top Choice LGBT in Sydney

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

A two-week cultural and entertainment festival celebrating all things queer and culminating in the world-famous massive parade and party on the first Saturday in March. Lots of international visitors means the city …
Top Choice Literature in Sydney

Sydney Writers' Festival

The country's preeminent literary shindig is held over a week in May, in various prime locations around the central city. It pulls some big names and the program is always an extremely interesting one.
Top Choice Cultural in Sydney

Sydney Festival

Sydney's premier arts and culture festival showcases three weeks of music, theatre and visual art.
Cultural in Sydney

Australia Day

Sydneysiders celebrate the anniversary of European settlement in 1788 on 26 January with picnics, barbecues, harbour fireworks and much flag waving and drunkenness. Indigenous Australians aren't so delighted, accura…
Sports in Sydney

Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival

Sydney’s biggest horse-racing carnival, held between Royal Randwick Racecourse and Rosehill Gardens in March and April. The two big races are the Golden Slipper, a sprint for two-year-olds at Rosehill, and the Sydne…
Fair in Sydney

Sydney Royal Easter Show

Ostensibly an agricultural show, but with a substantial commercial element, this two-week fiesta is great for families, featuring carnival rides, showbags (bags filled with promotional goodies) and sugary horrors. C…
Art in Sydney

Sculpture by the Sea

For 17 days from late October, the clifftop trail from Bondi Beach to Tamarama transforms into a sculpture garden. Serious prize money is on offer for the most creative, curious or quizzical offerings from internati…
Sports in Sydney

Big Bash

This hugely popular T20 cricket competition runs through the school holiday period and is designed to be family-friendly, with reasonable ticket prices, lots of action, fun and noise. The women's league starts a lit…