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What's On This Month

To 2 Aug

A Doll's House

With the brisk pace and plotting of a thriller, Sport For Jove Theatre present Ibsen's classic tale of intrigue, fraud and betrayal that exposes a world where duty, power and hypocrisy rule.

3 Aug

Moocooboola Festival

Moocooboola Festival is a wonderful community and family day attracting over 20,000 people throughout the day and has plenty to see and do.

3 Aug

Sydney Vegan Expo

A great day out with delicious vegan food and fantastic vegan product stalls, cutting edge information from prominent speakers, free workshops and great entertainment. $10 entry, children free.

9 Aug

Sydney's Sexiest Girl Fashion Show

With great pleasure we announce the 1st Episode of a 12 Episode Reality TV Show Australia's Sexiest Girl, to be held in Sydney as a Fashion Show for industry professionals. Showcasing Sensational Women Of Australia.

12 Aug-11 Sep

Undersea Art Exhibition Launches

Alpha the turtle has taken up residence floating in Cockle Bay for the next month to celebrate a new underwater art exhibit Undersea Art Exhibition at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Sydney.

13-24 Aug

Black Rainbow

Black Rainbow is a full length play about moral dilemmas, the power of fate, the meaning of family, the sacrifices of love.

14-17 Aug

Arab Film Festival

Freedom Fighters, Football and Female Artists Headline Arab Film Festival The Festival launches in Sydney.

16 Aug


Sydney's favourite Italian festival, run by the City of Canada Bay is back this year for its 16th year. There is plenty to do for the whole family. There will be great entertainment, over 150 market stalls, music and dancing, cooking demonstrations and plenty of activities for the kids. Best of all, the event is free. Don't miss it!

17 Aug

Theatre of Dreams

Theatre of dreams! Magic and variety on display suitable for all ages in a beautiful little theatre nestled in the heart of the beautiful Hawkesbury.

20-22 Aug

Taste Orange @ Sydney

In 2014, the people, producers, winemakers, businesses, and celebrities of Orange will bring a taste of Orange to Martin Place in a long table cellar door filled with wine and food tastings, music & entertainment as well as cooking demonstrations. In 2014, we are expanding the event over three days and two nights.

23 Aug

Haldon Street Festival

Indulge in delicious food, entertainment across three stages, market stalls, the street parade, baby animal farm for the kids and free amusement rides or have your photo taken with one of our festival camels. This is a free family friendly event.

23 Aug

Artbank Social Club

Artbank is holding its annual 'Artbank Social Club' open day. Come and check out our impressive new digs and enjoy a day of art, food and beats! Artbank is a one of a kind, Australian Government support program that acquires the works of art of living, contemporary artists from Australia. The Artbank collection of almost 10,000 works is available to the general public through a leasing program, and one hundred percent of the leasing fees go back into supporting Australian artists. Artbank has been collecting, curating and promoting the value of Australian art for over 30 years.

23-24 Aug

The King's Spring Festival

The King's Spring Festival part of the King's 35th Annual Art Show will be held at The King's School at North Parramatta NSW

24 Aug

The Swisse Color Run

The Happiest 5k on the Planet! Come join us for a very COLOURFUL day!!

24 Aug

Australian Poetry Slam Showcase

Two of the world's mightiest wordsmiths, Anis Mojgani & Buddy Wakefield, rock the stage with verbal voodoo and howling cadences in a night of spoken word that rivals Def Poetry Jam.

29 Aug

Matthew's Big Aussie Barbie

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and Aussie cricket legend Matthew 'Haydos' Hayden will join forces to officially launch the 2014 BIG AUSSIE BARBIE campaign in Sydney at Wynyard Park.

30 Aug

Sydney Judo International

Watch the best in the Oceania region compete in Australia's Largest Judo venue (4 matts, huge arena). If you're ever been curious about Judo, come see young kids from just 9 years old compete to be the best in their age and weight class.

30 Aug

Hoxton Park Public School Spring Fair

Fantastic rides, food, stall, games and much more.

30-31 Aug

Sydney Reinvent Your Career Expo

This event is designed to help people find their career passion whilst providing them with the knowledge to turn that passion into a reality.

To 30 Sep

Towers Of Foosball Fun In The Rocks

Football enthusiasts won't have to go to Brazil to be part of the 2014 World Cup - they can recreate the vibe right here in The Rocks by playing foosball on unique tables housed in six giant timber towers.

To 7 Oct

Voodoo Revue

Sydney's most exciting vaudeville show set in the heart of Marrickville.

What's On Next Month

To 30 Sep

Towers Of Foosball Fun In The Rocks

Football enthusiasts won't have to go to Brazil to be part of the 2014 World Cup - they can recreate the vibe right here in The Rocks by playing foosball on unique tables housed in six giant timber towers.

3-14 Sep

Out of Fear

A dark fantasy with a mix of black humour and tragedy. Out of Fear plays at the TAP Gallery.

4-6 Sep

The Coffee Experience

The Coffee Experience is Sydney's newest coffee event. Offering world leading brands, products & technologies. Come and taste Australia's best tea & coffee!

6 Sep

Nepal Festival

The Nepal Festival, to be held at Tumbalong Park as part of the Spring Festival, will present an exciting array of Nepalese food, arts and crafts and dance performances.

7 Sep

One Planet

'One Planet' is an intimate reflection on the serious ecological and environmental issues facing our planet today! The festival is comprised of an interactive panel discussion that aims to discuss in detail, with experts and local community, a few of the major issues as they relate to us.

10-12 Sep

Loani Arman with Celeste Barber: Ultra-Un-Sound

Fringe Comedy is bringing its first pregnant comedian, Loani Arman, to the festival. Supported by Celeste Barber, Loani is risking a comedy-induced labour in 'ULTRA-UN-SOUND'

11-14 Sep

Indie Gems Film Festival

The fifth annual Indie Gems Film Festival will showcase both local and international independent cinema alongside networking opportunities for aspiring filmmakers.

13 Sep

REEL to REAL Film Festival

The Zen Open Circle invites you to a screening of 5 remarkable films and documentaries over 3 sessions from the 11th annual REEL to REAL Film Festival. Selected and presented by Zen teacher & Filmaker Susan Murphy Roshi.

14 Sep

Memory Walk & Jog

Memory Walk & Jog is an annual fun run and walk to raise awareness and much needed funds to support people living with dementia and their carers. Open to everyone from professional athletes to those just out for a Sunday stroll, the event caters for all ages and fitness levels. All funds raised go to Alzheimer's Australia NSW.

14 Sep

Sydney Rock 'n' Roll & Alternative Market

Part market, part music festival, part meeting place Sydney Rock 'n' Roll & Alternative Market is a place where you can have one of Sydney's most unique shopping experiences and a fabulous day out.

21 Sep

Sydney Peace Day Festival

Sydney Peace Day Festival incorporates a wellness festival, musical festival, inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and an art exhibition on Sunday, this day is aligned with the global movement that will see over 600 million participating activities on the day to celebrated the international day of peace.

21 Sep

Brazilian 'Ritmo' Festival

As part of the Spring Festival, Tumbalong Park will come alive with the tastes and sounds of Brazil. The festival will feature cultural performances, art and craft stalls and traditional cuisine.

22-26 Sep

Social Media Week Sydney

Social Media Week Sydney is a week long conference that provides the ideas, trends, insights and inspiration to help people and businesses understand how to achieve more in a hyper-connected world. The event features a central stage for keynotes and panels, multiple rooms for workshops, masterclasses and presentations, and an area dedicated to co-working, networking and interactive installations.

23-28 Sep

Sydney Children's Festival

Sydney Children's Festival finds a new home at the Seymour Centre in 2014 with a week long program of performances, workshops and free activities for kids aged 5-12.

25 Sep-6 Oct


PERSPECTIVES Bondi Pavilion. The theme is Bondi, Local beaches and Australian culture.For sale and on display are ceramics, posters and decorated skateboards.

26-28 Sep

The Baby & Toddler Show

The Baby and Toddler Show features 200 shopping brands that cater for pregnancy, newborns and young children. The three-day expo includes parenting experts, children's entertainment from Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, plus a live show from Peppa Pig.

26-29 Sep

Sydney Magic Festival

A weekend of non-stop magic shows and workshops.

28 Sep

Malaysia Festival

As part of the Spring Festival held at Tumbalong Park the Malaysia Festival promotes Malaysia's unique culture and traditions to all Sydneysiders and visitors. The festival stages numerous cultural performances and exhibitions, not to mention the famous Malaysian food stalls.

Future Events

4-6 Oct

Sydney Model Railway Exhibition

The annual Sydney Model Railway Exhibition It is the longest running model railway exhibition in Australia and is the largest in New South Wales. The layouts on display cover all scales and prototypes, and come from all over Australia. It is the diversity and quality of the entrants that make the Sydney Model Railway Exhibition one of a kind.

11-12 Oct

Fiesta Festival

Experience one of the larger Culture Beats programs in Darling Harbour, and indulge your passion for all things Latin American as Fiesta, Sydney's biggest celebration of Latino music, food, dance and culture, ignites the streets of Darling Harbour.

18 Oct

Twilight Concert in the Park

Enjoy a great range of popular jazz, soul, rhythm and blues hits by Darren Percival, 2012 Runner-up from The Voice and The High Rollers Buble Show. For more information visit the website.

18 Oct

A Night to Live For

This event will be held to help raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and will include such entertainment as raffles, fireworks, DJ & Dancefloor, Singers and much more. Feel free to organise a group and come along to do your part in coming up with a cure whilst still having a great night out with your friends.

18 Oct

Myanmar Food & Cultural Festival

From nature's favoured land of lively people, golden pagodas, tribal villages and stunning beaches, to our harbour shores, the Myanmar Food and Cultural Festival is not to be missed!

18 Oct

Lebanon Carnival

Explore the exotic sights, tastes and sounds of Lebanon, including Sydney-based singer/songwriter Adryenne, in one day with the Lebanon Carnival! At the Harbourside Amphitheatre.

25-26 Oct

Sip & Savour

Australia's biggest showcase of craft beer and ciders. Two day tasting event at Carriageworks. Short film fest, free seminars and great live entertainment.

27-28 Oct

Sydney Magic Festival

Join us this Spring for the first Sydney Magic Festival! 30+ Amazing magic shows at Parramatta Town Hall featuring the amazing Sue-Anne Webster as 'I dream of Jeannie' and so much more!

1 Nov

Kids Day Out : Halloween Fest

Not your average concert, the Kids Day Out is essentially the Big Day Out for kids ... and this year we are celebrating Halloween by hosting our Biggest costumed event ever!

8-9 Nov

Adventure Travel Expo

Australia's only Adventure Travel Expo. Free Entry. Sydney Town Hall

23 Nov

Sydney Rock 'n' Roll & Alternative Market

Part market, part music festival, part meeting place Sydney Rock 'n' Roll & Alternative Market is a place where you can have one of Sydney's most unique shopping experiences and a fabulous day out.

7 Dec

Polish Christmas Festival

Kick off the Christmas festivities with the Polish Christmas Festival held at Tumbalong Park, Sydney Harbour.

7 Dec

Japanese Festival

Discover the ancient world of Japan and enjoy a great banquet of culture and events that is the Japanese Festival as part of Darling Harbour's Summer Festival.

21 Dec

Armenian Festival

Experience Armenian performers and dancers and cuisine with its unique combination of different tastes and aromas closely related to eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. As part of Darling Harbour's Summer Festival.

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