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Sydney Festival

Last updated: 24 June, 2023

This annual three-week January festival is the major showpiece of Sydney’s vibrant and internationally renowned performing arts scene. It’s Australia’s premier arts and culture festival and a highlight of the city’s vibrant annual event calendar.

It attracts big-name musical, theatrical and dance acts – primarily international performers, with a smattering of local and indigenous acts – many of whom would otherwise never come to Australia.

From major spectacles to small-stage performances, the rich programme of over 100 events involving more than 1,000 artists offers something for all ages and tastes. Dip in and dip out.


Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
Frequency: annually
When: First 3 weeks of Jan
Duration: 3 weeks

Getting there & doing it

Events are held in venues across the city, and the major events are ticketed. There are also a number of free events such as the Opening Night, Symphony Under the Stars and the Ferrython on Sydney Harbour, which are often the best events of all.

When to do it

The festival is held in the first three full weeks of January each year.

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  • New South Wales, Australia

Sydney opera house at night

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One of the world’s most dynamic and glamorous cities, with golden beaches, world-class eating and dining and effervescent, friendly people. Home to the eye-popping Opera House and the indescribable Sydney Bridge Climb.