Events in the City

Rediscover Sydney and support cafes, bars, restaurants and cultural institutions while staying COVID safe.

An overlooking view of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge from Sydney Observatory

Our colourful and vibrant city is back to offering plenty of attractions. Choose one or more experiences this season and enjoy Sydney from dawn to dusk.

Floating cinema in Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW
CITY OF SYDNEY AND NSW GOVERNMENT
Find the latest events happening in the city centre on What’s On.
The Flamingo Sleep (detail), oil, enamel on wood, Wart. Photo by Doug Heslop.
CREATE NSW
Culture Up Late
Opportunities for visitors and residents to see exhibitions and programs into the evenings at major cultural institutions through extended opening hours and free admission.
People at a bar
DESTINATION NSW
From stylish hotels to award-winning restaurants, buzzy small bars, captivating galleries and exhilarating adventures, there’s a new experience for every day in Sydney. Plan a holiday in one of the world’s greatest cities – you won’t even need your passport.
People attending an event at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY
Find out what's on at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney – upcoming events, community festivals, exhibitions, plant sales and much more!
A crowd at a concert at the Sydney Opera House
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Make some new memories at the Opera House in 2021 with $21 tickets up for grabs daily across a range of the summer line-up of events, running until the end of March.
Commuters wearing a face mask
TRANSPORT FOR NSW
For essential travel information, including advice on safer travel, additional services to CBD and latest updates.
People dancing on the Sydney Opera House forecourt
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Every Body Dance Now
Share in the joy of dance against one of the world’s most iconic backdrops with free, fun and inclusive dance classes in the open air on the Opera House Forecourt for participants of all levels, ages and abilities.
Child in front of orange artwork
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Get inspired with free artist-led children’s workshops in the April school holidays, with experiences including story-weaving using repurposed old Opera House uniforms kid-friendly explorations of the design principles of Opera House architect Jørn Utzon.
Sydney Square Dance performances
DARLING HARBOUR
This April, Darling Harbour’s public spaces will be energized through epic dance performances and interactive classes during the Sydney Square Dance.
Sydney Opera House Free Forecourt Concerts Weekend
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
The Sydney Opera House Forecourt invites audiences to celebrate live music this April weekend with a free, multi-genre, all-ages program featuring performances from vital pop leaders, an Indigenous-led showcase of tomorrow’s game-changers, and a repertoire of classical masterpieces from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
SOH Badu Gili Wonder Women sails render Kaylene Whiskey Dolly visits Indulkana (2020)
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Badu Gili Wonder Women
The Opera House’s free, nightly First Nations sails lighting returns from Friday 23 April with a vibrant new projection that celebrates the work and stories of six female First Nations artists. Badu Gili: Wonder Women is a creative collaboration between the Opera House and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Culture Up Late

Sydney Opera House Forecourt at night
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Rediscover the Opera House after dark with late-night backstage tours, forecourt concerts, outdoor experiences and more.
Lindy Lee Secret World artwork depicting an eye-shaped circle lit up at night in front of the Sydney Opera House
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Enjoy art at twilight and hidden surprises at the MCA. Wander through our galleries and you might find the evening’s guest – a musician, artist, poet, or performer – who will hold intimate performances through the night – no Friday will be the same. Free entry, open until 9pm.
Art Gallery of NSW entrance at night, covered in pink lights
ART GALLERY OF NSW
Explore a range of free exhibitions and our much loved collection, join a tour, grab a drink or a bite to eat in the café, or catch a film screening as part of Art After Hours at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Trex exhibition
AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
Wander through the summer blockbuster Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family and Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibitions, take part in a spotlight tour, enjoy an exciting lineup of local DJs each week and relax at the pop-up bar.
Powerhouse late
POWERHOUSE MUSEUM
Discover the Powerhouse after-hours on Thursday nights. Featuring free exhibition tours, live music performances, DJ sets and film screenings, plus an al fresco Campari bar.
Photos1440 exhibition at the State Library of NSW showing a visitor in front of three artworks taking a photo
STATE LIBRARY OF NSW
With the State Library’s iconic Mitchell Library Reading Room, beautiful heritage spaces and galleries, you’ll be surprised by what you can discover. See an extraordinary piece of public floor art, check out the annual Photos1440 exhibition and the Coming Out in the 70s exhibition. Free entry.

Opportunities for organisations

Performers outside using bright umbrellas
DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING & ENVIRONMENT
Free small-scale, safe community activations and events will be run by councils across NSW to encourage people to get out to their local retail centres and public spaces over summer, through to 18 April.
Aerial view of outdoor dining in Sydney NSW
CITY OF SYDNEY
A free, fast-tracked application process for outdoor dining provides cafes, bars, restaurants and cultural venues options to cater for more customers.
Group of three girlfriends enjoying lunch
CUSTOMER SERVICE
The NSW Government has launched Dine & Discover NSW to support local dining, arts and tourism businesses and encourage the community to get out and about. All eligible businesses across NSW can now register for the scheme.

Enjoy the Sydney CBD in a COVID Safe way

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