Sydney, the ever so vibrant city which is always buzzing with energy, never fails to impress when it comes to events and festivities. Being Australia’s biggest city not just in terms of population but also when it comes to celebrations, Sydney has a big responsibility to live up to its name. Let’s find out some of the most awaited events that we are looking forward to.
Bondi Winter Magic (28th June – 22nd July)
Sydney’s annual Winter Playground is back! Get your ice skates out and head over to Bondi for a lifetime of fun. The Ice rink being the main attraction, is the most sought after attraction. Don’t forget to join the Bondi History Walks for a slice of history and then hop on the Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel for a 360-degree view of this beloved suburb. With live music and street performers, this is a festival that’s not to be missed.
Winterlight (5th – 21st July)
This 17-day event takes you down to the Winter Wonderland with carnival rides, illuminated Ferris wheel and lip-smacking hot food with live DJ. Located in the very easily accessible suburb of Parramatta, this is an event for individuals of all ages. Oh, and did we mention the skating rink? A perfect family outing awaits.
Bastille Festival (11th – 14th July)
It is that time of the year when France visits Sydney. Get ready to taste a slice of France in your very own city. Known as the mother of modern cuisine, French cuisine is at its finest in this festival. With more than 100 stalls to spoil you for choices, this is year the event aims to be grander in all aspects. Not just food, but all the reputable wine regions would be at attendance here like Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley to name just a few. With many other events and an open cinema, this is one événement fantastique.
Ghostly Garden (12th July, 26th July, 9th August & 23rd August)
If spooky walks through the parks is your thing, then be prepared to be spooked. The gates of The Royal Botanic Garden are thrown open for these few days and take you for a walk through the park after hours. Stories are shared about the past history of the park and its supernatural inhabitants. Even if these kinds of tours are not your type, we still recommend visiting this iconic park under moonlight as it would be an altogether different experience.
City2Surf (11th August)
The world’s largest fun run is back. In its 49th year, City2Surf which had been voted as Australia’s favourite sporting event in 2017 is coming back with a bang this year. The 14 km run would take you through some of Sydney’s most iconic locations like Sydney’s Hyde Park, Heartbreak Hill and coming to a finish on the Bondi Beach. This fun run is for people of all walks of life and ages. Not just that, but the money raised through this run, goes to more than 900 charities and giving the runners a chance to choose their charities. This would be a run to remember.
German Christmas Market (16th – 17th August)
Sydney definitely lives up to the cosmopolitan tag that has been given to it. Every winter, German International School in Sydney hosts an open-air Christmas market with stalls offering traditional German food and drinks including a Glühwein Hut. Not just that but you could also find traditional German handicraft and entertainment in the form of a puppet theatre.
Blackmores Sydney Running Festival (15th September)
Attracting more than 33,000 participants annually, Sydney Running Festival stands out as of the premium marathons that Australia has to offer. A run would take you across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Australian landmark Opera House and the prestigious Conservatorium of Music depending upon the type of run you choose, be it the marathon, half marathon, bridge run or the family fun run. Runners irrespective of their levels should join this one.
Oz Comic-Con Sydney (28th – 29th September)
One of the biggest pop culture events returns back to Sydney this September. A one of its kind events, the Comic-Con attracts a range of pop culture enthusiasts whether you are a fan of the extreme wrestling WWE or you dream about the magical castle of Hogwarts. With many celebrities also joining in the fun and meeting their fans, this event is a highly looked forward one.
Leura Gardens Festival (5th – 7th October, 11th – 13th October)
If there is any ultimate spring festival, then it is this one. Witness nature in its full glory just about 100 km west of Sydney. Located in the lap of the beautiful Blue Mountains, this festival attracts visitors from all over Australia and abroad. For these two weekends you would get to see the magnificent display of azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and many exotic seasonal flowers as well. It doesn’t matter if you are a nature lover or not as this scenery is bound to leave a long-lasting effect.
Oktoberfest in the Gardens (26th October)
Dubbed as Australia’s biggest and largest celebration of Oktoberfest, this event is a must attend for all the beer connoisseurs. Held in the Domain, thanks to the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Domain Trust, this open-air event would see authentic Bavarian beer, cider, wine and other beverages along with traditional German food items. With variety of entertainment also planned, be sure to grab the tickets early as this event was a sold out last year.
Wanderlust 108 (26th October)
This annual event which has health and wellness as its theme, would be held at Centennial Parklands this year. With all the favourite events making a comeback this year as well like the 5K run, DJ powered yoga and the 30 minutes meditation. The Kula markets would provide as the perfect thirst quencher and hunger buster after all the hard work. The workshops would be conducted by world renowned experts and giving you a chance to learn those well-hidden secrets.
The Color Run (10th November)
Be prepared for the most fun run of the year! This 5K run has the participants start the race in whites and after completing each kilometre the participants are drenched in colors from head to toe. Hence very rightly called. The Color Run. The main party starts after the finishing line with music, food and more colors. Unlike other marathons, this one has no winners and no timing is recorded. It is just the fun that matters in the Color Run.