A Guide To Events and Festivals in Sydney

Sydney is such a diverse place that offers so much both to locals and to tourists who come from different places. Surfing, clubbing, eating at international restaurants or visiting pubs, this city has it all. So, if you’re planning to visit this stunning city, one of the most fun things to visit are definitely its festivals, so for that reason, we created a list of events and festivals in Sydney that are worth visiting in the upcoming months:

1. Return to Rio Festival, November 8-10

If you love dancing, boozing and wearing crazy outfits (costumes included!), then this is the right event for you. Since summer is starting, this time Return to Rio is marking the beginning of summer, while the next one will be after the summer’s over. For those who enjoy underground house music, and funny costumes, feel free to check out this festival where you can camp, dance and forget all your daily worries, at least for two or three days.

2. Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, December 26-31

For those who love spending time ashore, this is a perfect event to celebrate Boxing Day, and subsequently, the end of the year. It starts at Sydney Harbor, and continues down the Tasmanian coast, only to be finished at Hobart. So if you love sailing, yachting, speed, and sea salt air, this event will be right up your alley, especially since the entrance to the main event costs nothing.


3. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, each year, February-March

One of the most famed Sydney LGBT events, this festival offers plenty of fun, inclusiveness, and diversity. Even if you’re more of a conservative person, you can surely appreciate the atmosphere during the Mardi Gras parade, and performances by well-known singers such as Cyndi Lauper and Australia’s own Kylie Minogue. This event is surely one that shouldn’t be missed, especially if you like the extravaganza, dancing, and great music. Also, coming to the event is fairly easy, just use public transport. For those who are flying in, it’s best to get a special event private airport transfers to Sydney, mainly so you’ll be able to get directly to the event without any worries. 

4. Days Like This Festival, March 2020

In case you love one-day festivals with a killer lineup, then look no further than Days Like This Festival. The lineup mainly consists of underground techno and house music, but there are other, more diverse genres as well, so chances are, you’ll be able to find something that suits your tastes. Additionally, if you’re going to be in Sydney for a certain period, this festival is a great way to experience the music festival scene, while still being able to experience other tourist attractions and events. 


5. Aussie NightMarket’s Penrith

This event is definitely the most family-friend one on this list, but besides that, the best thing about it that it offers a wide variety of cuisines and flavors from everywhere in the world, so if you’re looking to grab a bite and experience new types of foods, this is a place that you should absolutely visit. Since it offers so many flavors and sounds, this event is a truly unique event not only for visitors but also for locals who look forward to it year after year. 


These are some events that shouldn’t be missed if you happen to be in Sydney in that period. Plus, it’s worth mentioning that, aside from festivals and events, Sydney has a lot of bars, nightclubs, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and pubs so feel free to explore anything that seems interesting, as you’ll definitely have a great time, wherever you decide to go.