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What's On This Month

To 30 Jun

Celebrating a Centenary of May Gibbs' Gumnut Babies

Free exhibition featuring original artwork, rare books, archival material, costume, pottery and more from May Gibbs' Gumnut Baby world.

To 1 Jun

Project Yum Pop-up Food Festival

Celebrating a “taste of the new”, the festival combines hottest new food trends (POKLOL, Agape Canteen, Brasserie Bread) with live entertainment to run daily.

To 13 May

PUNKULTURE: A Photo Exhibition

About PUNKULTURE: Location: SunStudios - 42 Maddox St, Alexandria NSW 2015 • Time: SunStudios is open from 9:00am - 5:00pm weekdays • Cost: PUNKULTURE is a free event • Additional: A limited number of these PUNKULTURE prints are available for purchase at the event.

To 15 May

Sydney Comedy Festival

The 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival first release of shows announced for this their 12th Annual Festival.

1 May

CONCERT: Singing for Kids in Kenya

Two wonderful talents and the beautiful tones of the Pitt Street Uniting Church pipe organ, all under one roof and in one concert. The wonderfully eclectic and multicultural With One Voice community choir will bring tears to your eyes and have you dancing in the aisle as they perform pieces from 60s folk to Broadway. A perfect Mothers' Day gift! A minimum of 10 great raffle prizes and many affordable gifts for purchase at the gift table.

1 May

Art Party Central Coast: The Magic Mojo Edition

We are so excited to bring to you, the regular, monthly, art and community movement that is Art Party! Every month in 2016 we will be holding an Art Party on the Central Coast to engage local, emerging artists and filter in some beautiful acts we love from Sydney/Newcastle. What is Art Party? Hugs + clicks + inspiration + art + talent + inclusion + sweet treats + experiences + total babes = Art Party.

1 May

Chaika At The Rhythm Hut

The Rhythm Hut is a cornerstone of culture in the Central Coast, a wonderful venue with a beautiful vibe which makes it the perfect place for Chaika to wrap up their May mini tour. Chaika are a six member ensemble who perform uniquely original compositions and re-imaginings of traditional songs. Sensuous, cinematic and danceable, their music is a rich tapestry of vocal harmonies that weave seamlessly into instrumental dialogues.

5, 12 & 19 May

Markets In May

“Markets In May” is a campaign which celebrates the importance of markets in our community, Martin place will be flourished with market fun each Thursday.

5-15 May

Scone & Upper Hunter Horse Festival

Over two weeks of horse shows, stockman's events, rodeos, dancing, craft shows & community events on the edge of the Hunter Valley wine region.

5-28 May

The Taming of the Shrew

Sport For Jove is remounting its hugely successful production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew on the great Hollywood soundstage of the silent film era, in the York Theatre, Seymour Centre and the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta.

6 May

Bail Out Sydney

Whitelion charity's annual fundraiser “Bail Out” will provide participants with the experience of a lifetime - a day in the life of a prisoner. Aiming to raise $700,000 in funds for the charity's vital education, health and mentoring programs that go to disadvantaged, poverty-stricken youths across Australia, people can sign up to the event as “inmates”. Inmates are required to sign up with a minimum $1000 bail set, so that family, friends and the public can donate money toward your freedom! Get involved to help raise funds and change a young Australians life today!

7-8 May

Buddha's Birthday Festival

Tumbalong Park & Palm Grove Celebrate Buddha's birthday and share a message of peace while enjoying talks, performances, meditation and delicious vegetarian food. The 23rd Buddha's Birthday and Mother's Day celebration at Darling Harbour will again be a festival of harmony within families and community. There will be a baby blessing ceremony, Dharma talks, multicultural performances, a kids' corner, meditation and a vegetarian food fair.

8 May

The Paddock Sessions

A killer Alt-Country lineup in a paddock less than 2 hours from Sydney. BYO Picnic. Sal Kimber & the rollin wheel; Imogen Clark; Martha Marlow and more

10-15 May

Tony Woods - US Comedian - Live!

Tony Woods is the legendary smooth-talking headliner that has quickly become a Sydney Comedy Festival favourite. “A legend at the top of his game” New York Times “One of the funniest men on the American circuit” Time Out Sydney

12-15 May

SEXPO Sydney

SEXPO Health, Sexuality & Lifestyle Expo is the world's longest-running adult exhibition and is designed to provide a fun and vibrant atmosphere for all adults.

13 May

Mix & Mingle by Sydney Expat Club

Venue Details: Ivy, Level 3, 330 George Street, Sydney 2000, Australia. Time: 6 pm - 9 pm. Category: Nightlife. Price: General 18+ Event: AUD 10.

14 May

Glenfiddich Culinary Challenge

The Challenge hosted at Centennial Parklands, where some of Australia's leading chefs will compete to create the ultimate “family” dish, incorporating Glenfiddich whisky.

14 May

Melbourne Ska Orchestra @ Jenolan Caves

Melbourne Ska Orchestra will have you dancing in the most insanely spectacular experience of your life! A unique & unforgettable concert @ Jenolan Caves.

15 May

Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra's Kids Proms Concert

The annual KPO Kids Proms concert is a fun-filled afternoon of entertaining music, guaranteed to delight audiences young and old. This is a fantastic opportunity for children, parents, grandparents and the whole family to come together and go on an exciting adventure through some much loved classical music masterpieces.

15 May

Combined Vesak

Historic Annual Event: Combined Vesak 2016. Exhibitions of Buddhist history and Dhamma teachings in a very large lotus covering 400 sq.meters. Outdoor Exhibition of Buddhist Art and Sculpture from 2nd Cent BCE. Find out the meaning of Vesak. Decode the meaning of Buddhist teachings in the lotus sculpture. Fun game for kids. Books and Vegetarian Food And much more. At Burwood Park Free entry.

16 May

Hotel Career Expo

Students, graduates and young professionals are invited to find out more about the endless professional career opportunities available in Australia's leading hotel brands at this expo.

16-22 May

Sydney Writers Festival

This not-for-profit annual event presents over 300 events and attracts audiences of 100,000. The main location is at Walsh Bay in heritage wharves on Sydney Harbour but there are also events stretching across Sydney, from the Opera House and Sydney Town Hall, into suburban Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

18 May

4 Pines Takeover Keg & Brew

4 Pines Brewing Company are taking over the taps at Keg & Brew to present the new range as well as some old favorites.

19-20 May

World First Digital Innovation

Shopaholics and technology lovers are invited to experience a world first digital innovation brought to you by eBay and Myer. Free event.

20 May

Top Ten Books Night

Top Ten Books night involving four incredible authors reading exerpts from their own books while encouraging conversations with attendees.

20-27 May

Natural Medicine Week

The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) has launched a new nation-wide initiative, Natural Medicine Week, to raise awareness about the important role of natural medicine.

24-28 May

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

Sydney's 2016 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival will present contemporary work aimed at generating engagement and discussion around human rights issues.

24 May-30 Jun

The Other Art Fair : Call for Artists

Ever wanted to be a part of an International Arts Fair? We are looking for Australia's best talent! Applications now Open!

27-28 May

GABS 2016

Australia's premier craft beer and food festival @ Australian Technology Patk.

27 May-18 Jun

VIVID Sydney @ GPO Grand

GPO Grand, Sydney's premier food, wine and entertainment destination, is open during VIVID Sydney this year. Choose from 14 restaurants and bars located at No. 1 Martin Place, for the ultimate dining experience to go with Sydney's spectacular light show.

27-28 May

GABS Beer, Cider & Food Festival

This annual Festival brings even more unique craft beers, gourmet beer-battered delicacies and refreshing ciders to satisfy every connoisseur's palette. GABS 2016 will feature around 400 beers from 150 breweries from across the globe filling out a giant beer hall, in which participants can sample a selection of beers and ciders from a wooden paddle.

29 May

The 5 Lands Experience ft snails

The 5 Lands Experience is a free monthly, at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford, held on the last Sunday of each month.

What's On Next Month

2-25 Jun


Sport For Jove is proud to be staging one of Australia's defining works of art on the big stages of the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta and York Theatre in the Seymour Centre. Michael Gow's Away is an extraordinary and moving story of family, community, awakening and forgiveness.

3 Jun

The Women Who Were Never There

This dramatic short film is the story of a determined group of women who made the first attempt to get work at the male-dominated Port Kembla steelworks in 1973.

3 Jun

Wild Marmalade (Special Guest: Declan Kelly)

They are back!! It's a big night on the Hut dance floor with a few surprise treats along the way ... Totally live Tribal Breaks with Wild Marmalade. Wild Marmalade are the world's original high-energy didgeridoo dance band heralding from Byron Bay, Australia.

3 Jun

Annual Karl McManus Foundation Dinner

The KMF is a promoter of evidence-based research and clinical practice for tick-borne diseases and an advocate for better testing, treatment and education in Australia. Recognising, Understanding, Caring.

3-5 Jun

Cake Bake & Sweets Show

The greatest baking, dessert and entertaining show on earth. The ultimate weekend destination for foodies, home bakers and cake decorators.

4 Jun

The Zespri Sun-Up

Brings together fun, fitness, good health & wellbeing. The event will showcase a variety of entertaining and healthy ways to kick-start your morning. Includes a Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit Pop-Up Breakfast Bar, Gold Radiance Zone and The SunGold Work Out Zone with Cassey Ho.

6 Jun

Above & Beyond 2016 Acoustic Show

Acoustic album set for release in Australian Autumn 2016, alongside a tour of the some of the world's most iconic concert venues Tickets available from January 2016. Sign up for first ticket access now.

8-19 Jun

Sydney Film Festival

The 12-day Festival screens films from around the world in venues across the city.

10 Jun

Creativity in Education

Bradfield Senior College will be presenting a panel discussion, inspiring educators to combine creativity and originality with the high school curriculum in order to empower and enrich innovative thinking. With a panel of experts including keynote speaker Dr James Arvanitakis, Dean of the Graduate Research School of Western Sydney University, the discussion will provide tools and guidelines to educators to help bring creativity into the classroom to engage students and give them the skills to succeed in their future careers. Will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Rocks, Sydney.

11-19 Jun

Essential Scorsese: Selected by David Stratton

David Stratton returns to Sydney Film Festival presenting a program of 10 classics directed by the great Martin Scorsese.

15-19 Jun

Irish Cinema Focus at Sydney Film Festival

This short season curated especially for Sydney Film Festival celebrates the high point of Irish cinema.

18 Jun

Sing Street 1985 School Disco at Sydney Film Festival

Following the screening of SING STREET, the Hub turns into a school disco circa 1985.

26 Jun

Opera in the Pub

An evening of culture and craft beers awaits as Opera in The Pub returns to the Dove & Olive, presenting condensed performances at the bar.

30 Jun-17 Jul

Winter Festival

Winter Festival is returning in 2016, bringing you the most enchanting winter experience in Australia, featuring open-air ice skating, rides, games, traditional European cuisine and more.

Future Events

2-17 Jul

Darling Harbour Cool Yule

Warm your heart with lots of frosty family fun at Darling Harbour these winter school holidays. Tickets for the Cool Yule Snow Pit and Cool Yule Ice Rink presented by Nova 96.9 are on sale now.

10 Jul

Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair

With over 150 stalls, amazing traditional cultural performances, free entertainment, thrilling rides and the greatest attraction of them all - an Animatronic life-size Baby T-Rex Dinosaur!

12 Jul

Open Mic Night

A regular monthly event - The Rhythm Hut Open Mic is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Registration for each open mic begins at 5.30pm on the night, with performances from 6.00pm. Each act is allocated 10min - STRICTLY first in best dressed.

31 Jul

BU Day: Beautiful Minds

BU Day is a 1 day event for girls aged 11-17. Beautiful Minds tackles the tough topics that teenage girls face daily, bringing them to light so they feel empowered, educated and supported throughout their often challenging journey of being a teenager.

21 Aug

Italian Wine & Food Festival

Everything that's good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together under one roof in August with the return of the Italian Wine + Food Festival.

10-11 Sep

Oz Comic-Con Sydney

Oz Comic-Con Sydney returns to the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

19-25 Sep

Jerusalem Quartet

There is a great depth to this Israeli string Quartet that lends authority to its programs, which feature a contemporary gem from composer Ross Edwards, framed with masterworks by Beethoven, Haydn and Dvorák

10-15 Oct

Benjamin Beilman & Andrew Tyson

In one of the most exciting classical music debuts of the year, two brilliant young stars make their first recital tour of Australia performing Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Janážek, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Roger Smalley, Beethoven & Chausson.

21-30 Oct

Sydney Craft Beer Week

Sydney's largest celebration of craft beer, Sydney Craft Beer Week is back for its sixth year in 2016. Mark your calendars and join in the pursuit of hoppyness.

12-14 Nov

Trio Dali

Trio Dali is an ensemble of soloists, who come together for the love of playing chamber music. Together they have chosen some favourite works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Roger Smalley, Beethoven and Chausson.