Sydney events fill the calendar with with exciting opportunities to turn your holidays to Sydney into something even more special. Imagine gathering with people around the world to celebrate the arts or to catch a wave. Whether you're planning to attend a surfing festival or one of the Sydney Opera House events, you'll have the chance to add a distinctly Australian experience.
In the spring, the month of October in this part of the world to be exact, food lovers and gourmets gather for one of the best festivals in Sydney. The Crave Sydney International Festival also offers family-friendly fun, so people of every age can have fun and enjoy great food. One of the best-attended Sydney events happens on one of the Saturdays—breakfast on the Harbour Bridge. Thousands of people gather for a morning meal with a view and chance to experience some of the most amazing scenery in all of the city.
After Breakfast on the Bridge has passed, the Crave festival still has plenty of fun things to do on the schedule. For two weeks in October, the Night Noodle Markets draw families and others who come to enjoy the reasonably priced street food, live music, and amazing atmosphere. Other Sydney events during October include a chef's showcase, a picnic on Clark Island, and chances to dine at the local restaurants.
While the month-long culinary celebration is one of the best events in Sydney, it's just the beginning of the fun. No matter your answer to the question of when to go, chances are good you'll visit the city at a time when something special is happening. At the end of January (the beginning of the summer season for Sydney) many people gather to celebrate for Australia Day. Independence celebrations are held throughout the neighborhoods and surrounding communities on January 29 each year. Neighboring Wollongong hosts a daylong celebration packed with live music, good food, and plenty of fun, all proving that the best events in Sydney don't need to take place in the city proper. You'll also have the chance to watch a sailing regatta and enter the sand sculpture competition right along the beach.
It's not unusual to find some of the best events in Sydney along its beautiful beaches. Surfing competitions draw the biggest crowds. Even if you've never stepped on a board before, you can still join in the fun and cheer on your favorite rider. Many of the surf events include special fun just for kids and lessons for newbies. Held in November, the Manly Festival of Surfing is many people's choice for the best festivals in Sydney. A celebration of the entire surf culture, this festival is packed with four days' worth of fun, including surf contests, of course, along with music and movies.
While beach bunnies and sun worshipers rank the surfing festivals on the top of the list of the best festivals in Sydney, the city has a rich cultural scene. Throughout the year, the galleries and museums host an array of open houses and special exhibits, while the performing art venues brings all types of arts to their stages. The options for Sydney Opera House events are as diverse as the city itself. This collection of stages, all gathered under that distinctive white roof, hosts all kinds of concerts, everything from the symphony orchestra to punk rockers. You'll also have the chance to take behind-the-scenes tours to learn more about this amazing world landmark and see up close where the Sydney Opera House events take place.
Image: Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW