While it might be known for its sunny climate and world-famous beaches, there are still plenty of exciting events taking place all across Sydney over the colder months. With art exhibits, pop-up markets, festivals and even wine and whisky tastings, there is something for everyone. So grab your coat and rally the troops because you won’t want to miss these exciting winter events!
- 1 Sydney Film Festival
- 2 Good Food & Wine Show
- 3 The National : New Australian Art
- 4 Igloos on the Pier
- 5 Vivid Sydney
- 6 Carriageworks Winter Night Market
- 7 Bondi Winter Magic
- 8 Winter Wonderland Wholefood Night Market
- 9 Vinosphere Sydney
- 10 Whisky Live Sydney
- 11 The Rocks Christmas in July Market
- 12 Business Chicks Presents: Breakfast with Mark Manson
- 13 CitySurf
- 14 Sydney Tea Festival
- 15 Fleetwood Mac
1. Sydney Film Festival
The Sydney Film Festival will bring the most exciting international new releases to our cinemas this June. The annual film festival will screen more than 200 of the best new films from around the world. Primarily taking place at Sydney’s iconic State Theatre, the inspiring and entertaining films can also be viewed at various participating cinemas throughout Sydney.
When: 5 – 16 June 2019
Where: Various Locations
2. Good Food & Wine Show
Enjoy a delicious day out at Australia’s largest food and wine exhibition. With over 250 local and international exhibitors, the Good Food & Wine Show is the ultimate foodie heaven. There is no better place to sip and sample the best in fresh produce. You will also get a chance to learn from the experts with live demonstrations from celebrity chefs including Maggie Beer, Matt Moran and George Calombaris.
When: 21 – 23 June 2019
Where: International Convention Centre Sydney
3. The National 2019: New Australian Art
The National 2019: New Australian Art is a major exhibition held across three Sydney institutions: the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Each venue will house a unique showcase of new Australian art. Featuring work from both emerging and established contemporary Australian artists, you can expect to see a myriad of forms including painting, sculpture, video, installation, performance and much more.
When: 29 March – 21 July
Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks & Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
4. Igloos on the Pier
Experience a little bit of luxury this winter in your very own private igloo overlooking the harbour. Located at Sydney’s iconic Pier One venue, the pop-up igloos are perfect for a special celebration or to treat yourself. Choose from one of the uniquely designed igloos for various occasions and group sizes. Each one is fitted with luxurious furnishings and comes accompanied by a delicious selection of food and drinks.
When: 17 May – 31 August 2019
Where: Pier One Sydney Harbour
5. Vivid Sydney
Back for its eleventh year running, Vivid Sydney is once again coming to all locations around the city. See this year’s stunning projections light up the sails of the Sydney Opera House. The extensive open-air gallery then continues across nine precincts including Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay, the Royal Botanic Garden, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Luna Park, The Rocks, Chatswood and Taronga Zoo. Furthermore, as the festival of light, music and ideas, explore the jam-packed program of corresponding live music and future thinking events as well.
When: 24 May – 15 June
Where: Various Locations
6. Carriageworks Winter Night Market
A night out at this year’s Carriageworks Winter Night Market is the perfect antidote to winter blues. Curated by Biota’s James Viles, the iconic precinct will host over 50 hand-picked stalls from Sydney’s top restaurants and bars. With Archie Rose Distilling Co, Batch Brewing Company, Gelato Messina and Three Blue Ducks just a few amongst the stellar lineup. The theme this year is Wild, so guests can expect dishes that spotlight premium local and native produce.
When: 19 July 2019
7. Bondi Winter Magic
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the shores of Bondi will again turn into a winter wonderland with Bondi Winter Magic. Strap on your skates for Sydney’s most unique ice skating rink located on the iconic shores of Bondi Beach. Or enjoy stunning panoramic views of the seaside town from the 22-metre Ferris wheel, Bondi Vista. Guests can also take part in one of the many exciting events taking place throughout the festival, including an art trail, history walks and music on the streets.
When: 28 June – 28 July 2019
Where: Bondi Beach
8. Winter Wonderland Wholefood Night Market
The whole food hotspot, The Grounds of Alexandria, will host the Winter Wonderland Wholefood Night Market again this year. Presented by GoodnessMe Box, the event celebrates all things winter with a whole food twist. There will be a snow-filled arena with organic mulled wine, vegan s’mores, a superfood latte fountain, healthy cocktails and more. Be inspired by talks and demonstrations from leading health gurus and sample the best whole food products on the market. Finally, guests can put it all into practice at home with their very own special edition GoodnessMe Box to take home.
When: 19 June 2019
Where: The Grounds of Alexandria
9. Vinosphere Sydney
If wine tasting is your idea of a fun night out, you won’t want to miss Vinosphere returning to Sydney this June! The large scale wine tasting event will showcase over 500 of the finest wines from all around the world. Sample rare and exotic wines and chat to their makers in this exclusive and intimate setting. Tickets include a complimentary Riedel Ouverture Magnum wine glass and are extremely limited so be sure to secure your spot!
When: 24 June
Where: Sydney Town Hall
10. Whisky Live Sydney
With a premium lineup of whiskies and fine spirits, Whisky Live Sydney is the perfect winter event for the true whisky lover. Sample from a wide selection of top quality whiskies and learn from the internationally renowned distillers exhibiting at the event. Head to the exclusive Rare & Old Bar for an unmissable chance to sample whiskies from closed distilleries, limited releases or otherwise unaffordable and hard to find offerings.
When: 5 – 6 July 2019
Where: Hilton Sydney
11. The Rocks Christmas in July Market
Take a trip to France’s famous winter markets this July with The Rocks Christmas in July Market. Wander through the winding laneways of The Rocks amid Christmas trees and fairy lights to the magical sounds of Christmas carols. Discover treasures at the pop-up gift stalls and enjoy a hot meal with a glass of mulled wine from 4 o’clock each day.
When: 11 – 14 July 2019
Where: The Rocks
12. Business Chicks Presents: Breakfast with Mark Manson
For a morning full of inspiration, head to Breakfast with Mark Manson presented by Business Chicks. Following the success of his first book, the New York Times bestselling author is here to talk about his highly anticipated follow up, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope. Be inspired over a delicious breakfast as Mark discusses how to stay hopeful in a world that seems to be falling apart everywhere you look. Guests will also be able to take part in a live Q&A and meet and greet following what is set to be one of the year’s best talks.
When: 23 July 2019
Where: The Star Sydney
This August will see the return of the world’s largest fun run, The Sun-Herald City2Surf. The famous 14km course takes off in Hyde Park and spans through city streets, up Heartbreak Hill and ends on the stunning shores of Bondi Beach. The popular event brings together over 80,000 runners and walkers and has so far raised 36 million dollars for over 900 charities. Grab a group and challenge yourself this winter for a good cause!
When: 11 August 2019
Where: Hyde Park to Bondi Beach
14. Sydney Tea Festival
The Sydney Tea Festival will return to Carriageworks this August to celebrate all things tea. The festival will feature tea stalls, tea tastings and tea masterclasses where you can learn about the history and benefits of tea, plus how to brew, blend and pair to perfection. From speciality loose leaf offerings, artisan brews and innovative new products, the world of tea is waiting to be discovered this winter!
When: 18 August
15. Fleetwood Mac
Following the band’s hit North American tour, Fleetwood Mac will be heading down under for a limited run of shows across the country. The Grammy-award winning band will play two must-see shows at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena. The tour will also be the first look at the band’s new line-up, with two new additions Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. Fans can look forward to a night of much-loved hits, as well as surprise tracks from the band’s historic and extensive catalogue.
When: 27 & 29 August 2019
Where: Qudos Bank Arena
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