What’s On In Sydney This Summer


Summer has officially hit Sydney shores, and with the promise of spectacular weather and holiday celebrations comes a whole variety of cool and exciting events to experience and enjoy.

We’ve perused the interwebs and compiled a list things to do and ways to spend the sunny season in Sydney – at home and on the town.

Sydney Festival 2017

Image: Sydney Festival Banner (SydneyFestival.org.au)

The Sydney Festival kicks off on the 7th of January and hosts a whole bunch of exciting events and activities.

There something for everyone, whether you’re a theatre-buff, a foodie, or just want to enjoy a family outing.

The Festival covers all parts of Sydney from the harbour to the suburbs and runs until the 29th of January with different events on every day. You’re bound to find something to love!

Free Events

Christmas In The City

christmas-collage sydney city
Images (clockwise): Martin Place Carols; Townhall Illuminations; LEGO Exhibition (CityOfSydney.nsw.gov.au)

Sydney loves Christmas. This season there’ll be free Christmas events running throughout the city, including:

  • Carols (The QVB; Martin Place)
  • Light shows (Pitt Street Mall; Martin Place)
  • Markets (Argyle Street, The Rocks; Belmore Park, Haymarket)
  • Exhibitions (LEGO display in Martin Place; David Jones Windows on Elizabeth Street)

Getting into the spirit is so much more fun when it’s free! 😉

Download The ‘Culture Walks’ App

Image: Culture Walks App (CityOfSydney.nsw.gov.au)

For a bit of exercise and exploration, download the free Culture Walks app by City of Sydney.

The app is easy to use, super convenient and takes you to some of the best hidden gems Sydney has to offer. You might meet some cool people, or find a new awesome hangout.

Free Music Gigs In Sydney

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Image: Let’s Dance (SydneyFestival.org.au)

Hyde Park North is celebrating David Bowie on the 10th of January for Let’s Dance. 

Leadbelly in Newtown hosts free performances for over-18s from the talented likes of rising artists Letters to Lions (Saturday 10th Dec.) and That Red Head (Friday 16th Dec.). 

A complete list can be found the “What’s On” page of the City of Sydney website.

For the Kids

A Family Picnic

Images (from top): Observatory Hill (Matt Lauder Gallery); Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (Forte Catering and Events)

Sydney has a collection of amazing places to picnic, including Observatory Hill, the Botanical Gardens, Hyde Park, and the Rocks.

Pick the spot you like the best or make it a weekly deal and find your favourite. For all your picnic needs, head to Zanui and set your Sydney summer picnic style.

Fun and Games At Luna Park

Luna Park
Image: Luna Park Sydney (Gavin Jowitt)

Look no further than Luna Park for fun and laughter for the whole family. Whether it’s a trip to Coney Island or challenging yourself to riding everything, Luna Park is a guaranteed fun day out for the big kids and the little ones.

All-Ages Favourite: Taronga Zoo

Image: Taronga Zoo Bird Show (Taronga Zoo)

Taronga Zoo is a beloved Sydney attraction. Take the ferry across the harbour and spend the day. There are animal talks at selected exhibits, free bird and seal shows, and a range of guided walking tours.

Taronga also hosts an awesome range of events like Twilight at Taronga music festival, as well as its very own New Year’s Eve party, so visit their website to find out more!

Savings With Experience Oz

Images (clockwise): SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium (Trip Advisor); WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo (Sydney.com); Sydney Tower Eye (Sydney.com); Madame Tussards Sydney (EventFinda.com.au)

This season Experience Oz is offering discounts on their Sydney Multi Attraction Combo Passes.

Spend the holiday exploring Sydney Aquarium and experiencing Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Pose with the models at Madame Tussauds, or take in the view of the city with discounted tours of the Sydney Tower Eye.

For the Adults

Head To The Markets

Images (from left): Kirribilli Markets; The Rocks Markets; Glebe Artisan’s Markets (CityOfSydney.nsw.gov.au)

With Christmas around the corner a trip to the Markets might be in order. For unique and interesting gifts, head to Glebe, Redfern, or Kirribilli.

For tasty treats and delicious delights, Carriageworks at Eveleigh, Green Square and Chinatown have a banquet to choose from.

Visit the “What’s On” page of the City of Sydney website for a full list of markets and times.

Art and Culture

Image: “Huff” – A wrenching darkly comic tale about life on a reservation (SydneyFestival.org.au)

If you love art and culture, there are so many cool and exciting installations and performances on this month.

Whether you want to visit the gallery for provocative pieces, or the theatre for humour or tears, there is something for you.

Culture is cool, so head to the Sydney Festival website and check out dozens of showcases that are happening this month.

Race The Harbour

Image: Jet Boat Adventure (Ozjetboating.com.au)

Summer is also the perfect time to get out on the harbour. If you’re the cruisy type, hire out a boat to float for the day.

If you’re after something a little wild, try out the jet boat adventures running around the harbour.

Sydney’s Nightlife

Images: Leadbelly Bartender; Leadbelly Performance (Anna Kucera)

Sydney nightlife is still going strong if you know where to look. Certain reductions to the lock out laws mean events like live music gigs have extended playing hours, meaning we get more music with less compromise.

Sydney has hundreds of clubs and bars to fill your summer nights. Ask around or just get out there to find your favourites for fun experiences you’ll want to remember.

At Home

There’s no place like home. If you’d rather stay in for the season, there are always things you can do to celebrate summer. Check out this post for some crafty ideas for the kids.

Whether it’s hitting the pool, throwing a barbecue, or hosting your very own cocktail night for all your friends, you can find all the things you’ll need for your very own summer celebration at Zanui.

For décor ideas, you can head here and here to find the best ways to spruce up your house for entertaining on summer nights.

Get the most out of this summer! It’s only as good as you make it 😉

Courtney is currently studying Communications at the University of Technology Sydney, majoring in Creative Writing. Her ultimate goal is to break into the publishing/editing world. She is interning at Zanui until February 2017. Her hobbies include writing, talking, daydreaming, and hanging out with her cat.