Things to do in Sydney in January

Things to do in Sydney in January

January events leading up to the Australia Day Long Weekend and beyond

January is a busy month in Sydney with the Sydney Festival and Australia Day celebrations. We are also well into the Summer School Holidays offering many different ways to enjoy the Summer in Sydney.

Movies by the Boulevard – Sydney Olympic Park – Wednesdays till Sunday, 17th January

The series of free movies listed below will be shown at  Cathy Freeman Park.

Date Title Advice
Saturday 2 Jan Minions * PG Mild Animated Violence

3 Jan

Avengers: Age of Ultron * M Action Violence

6 Jan

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel PG Mild coarse language and sexual references
Thursday 7 Jan Paper Planes * / ** G General
Friday 8 Jan Cinderella * G Very Mild Themes and Course Language
Saturday 9 Jan Home * PG Mild Threat
Sunday 10 Jan Pixels * PG Mild themes, violence, coarse language and sexual references
Wednesday13 Jan Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials M Violence. Science fiction themes and sustained threat
Thursday 14 Jan Oddball * G General
Friday 15 Jan Inside Out * PG Mild Themes
Saturday 16 Jan Jurassic World * M Violence
Sunday 17 Jan Short Soup various

* activities may include balloon animals, face painting and Starman (and why not :) ).

** activities may include cricket, that’s help with batting, bowling and catching.

Visit Sydney Olympic Park for more details

Short and Sweet – Wednesday, 6th January to Sunday, 13th March

Have you ever been stuck in a theatre wondering when you’ll get out, perhaps thinking about getting home or what to do the next day but not much about what’s going on in front of you? Well that’s unlikely to happen at Short and Sweet unless your attention span can be measured in seconds in which case you probably stopped reading already. Ten minute plays, YES just 10 minutes. Like mini choc bars these mini theatrical masterpieces will leave you wanting more. You might even say “bite-sized dramatic treats!” but I wouldn’t. :)

Short and Sweet

Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinemas’ – Bondi – Thursday, 21st January to Sunday, 28th February

Ben and Jerry fill the Bondi air with music and film as the waves roll onto one of the world’s most famous beaches. The music commences proceedings and movies play out in the cool evening air. It’s kind of magical. There will be food, drink and Bondi’s nightlife to end the perfect day thanks to Ben and Jerry, whoever they are. :)

Openair Cinemas’ 

Kids in the Park – Sydney Olympic Park, Summer School Holidays

This is one for the kids, or to keep the kids busy while you check out the other great things happening in Sydney. Kids in the Park provides a huge range of school holiday activities, lots of which are free. There are activities for creative kids, sporty kids and adventurous kids, including cookies and craft, archery, AFL, gymnastics, a flying trapeze and gory science experiments. For more on this and other school holiday activities in Sydney, please click on the link below.

Summer School Holidays

New Year’s Eve

We wouldn’t be able to sleep till next year if we didn’t have a list of ideas on how to celebrate New Year’s Eve. :)

Sydney Latin Festival – Sydney Olympic Park – Friday, 29th January – Sunday, 31st January

The world’s best Latin dancers are coming to Sydney; moving gracefully towards Olympic Park to show us how to Salsa, Zouk, Bachata and Samba. There will be Latin DJs, teachers and dancers all proving that the art of dance is alive and thrusting. This is what hips were made for, among one or two other things perhaps, so get yours ready for action.

Latin Festival

Flickerfest – Friday 8th January to Sunday 17th January

You are likely to find a visit to the Sydney Flickerfest a highly rewarding experience with awards being given for the best Australian and International Short Film, Best Animation Short Flick and most aptly dressed patron… Ok I made the last one up but why don’t they reach out more to their audience? It is the audience that makes these festivals work so where is the love?


Apia International – Tennis Centre, Sydney Olympic Park – Sunday, 10th January to Saturday, 16th January

How about a spot of tennis? The Apia International includes superstars of today and tomorrow all battling it out for the championship. Tickets were still available at the time of writing.

Apia International

Summerama – Pittwater to Sutherland

Summerama is a wonderful program sponsored by Sydney councils up and down the coast. The program consists of various activities from sea kayaking to adventure boat tours to sustainable arts and crafts workshops for kids.


Happy Australia Day! – Sunday, 26th January

There is a big juicy Australia Day long weekend to celebrate Australia’s National Day and there’s a lot to be done:

Lots to do on Australia Day

There’s the barbie, the snag, the beer and the cricket. There’s the drive, the beach, the surf and the who forgot the bottle opener? There’s the kids, the parents, the oldies, the flags and the face painting. We could go on but I know you wish we wouldn’t.

Australia’s Big Day Out

The Big Day Out is an arguably Sydney’s biggest music festival of the year and is all part of the Oz Day celebrations. Follow the link below for more info.

Australia Day Events

Suffice to say that there’s lots to do but don’t forget all clubs, organisers, media, government officials and politicians who need you to attend all the official events. How silly are they going to feel if no one shows up? So do your patriotic duty and go to an official Australia Day celebration and yell out ‘Happy Australia Day Sydney100!’ as loud as you can into the nearest microphone – we would love hear from you.

Sydney on Australia Day

The Sydney Festival – the last days

Richard Hawley

Richard Hawley (from last year unfortunately)

The Sydney Festival ends at the end of the Australia Day Long Weekend. There will be tears, there will be sorrow but you can’t party forever(?) Just a hunch but my guess is attendance is tracking down a little on last year, so do your bit for the City of Sydney and go see something.

The Sydney Festival

Things to do over the School Holidays

Apologies to any school teachers reading this, but education is very important right? So let’s have more of it. How about optional free schooling over the school holidays?

School Holidays

Open Air Cinema – Royal Botanic Gardens

When the tickets go on sale for the Open Air Cinema they go fast. This is one of the best things you can do in Sydney and consequently it is extremely popular. Pick out the movies you want to see and get those tickets before they are all sold. Good luck and savour the experience.

Open Air Cinema – Listed at No. 7

Chinese New Year

We get two new year’s celebrations to enjoy with Chinese New Year celebrations commencing on the 8th February. This which makes me wish that every country had its own calendar. That way we could celebrate new year all year-long.

Chinese New Year

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