Doctor Who - Sydney
Opera House - Saturday, 15th December - Friday 21st December
Who will be appearing and then, presumably, disappearing at the Sydney
Opera House to live music combined with stage performances from Alex Kingston
("River Song"), Mark Williams ("Brian Williams"),
the Daleks and Cybermen! A must see for all Doctor Who fans.
Charlie and Lola - Sydney Opera House - Monday, 3rd December - Friday,
A creative combination
of puppets, good acting and music help to bring Charlie and Lola to life,
along with Lotta and Marv (did he ever get that game of football?) and
Sizzles the dog. Suitable for ages 3 to 103.
Santa Fest - Keep
This weekend's line
up includes Karaoke Carols by the Tree outside the Sydney Convention and
Exhibition Centre, Harbourside Christmas fireworks and on Sunday, Capella
Carols at the same place as the karaoke.
Whether you have
completed your Christmas preparations or not, find the time for a Christmas
chuckle, it is, after all, the season to be jolly.
Carols under the
Bridge - Under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bradfield Park, Kirribilli -
Saturday, 15th December
This free Christmas
get-together starts at 5pm with Jazz, food markets and things for the
kids to do. At 7-30pm the main event begins with Christmas Carol singing.
Mattias Klum: The
Last Wild Places - National Geographic Live, Sydney Opera House - Sunday,
Allow Mattias Klum,
one of National Geographic's most gifted photographers, to take you on
the journey of a lifetime. He will open your eyes to Africa's wildest
wildlife, India's ferocious Asiatic lions, Iceland's majestic glaciers,
the precious rainforests of Southeast Asia and the amazing Galapagos Islands.
You won't need a passport, and you'll be on your way home before you know
it, but in your mind you will still be in the midst of the World's Last
Homebake - The Domain
- Saturday, 8th December
Music was Homebake's
first love, but it won't be it's last with comedy, film and art all now
featuring. Mega band Blondie are back, then there's Tim Minchin and a
myriad of 'new' and established bands including Tame Impala, Last Dinosaurs,
The Griswoolds and Parachute Youth.
Carols by the Sea
- Bondi - Wednesday, 5th December
Christmas is coming
fast and the Carol Season has commenced. There will be entertainment for
the kids from 6pm, followed by hearty Christmas tunes with the Waverley
Bondi Beach Band, the Bondi Community Choir and everybody else. BYO rug
or cushion to sit on and any spare dried food you would like to donate.
The Coogee Family
Fun Day - Saturday, 1st December
It is always fun
to spend some time in Coogee. On Saturday there will be numerous market
stalls, rides, a free petting zoo, dance, music, a Scooby Doo Ghostology
show, yoga classes and, of course, Santa Claus. So it should be even more
fun on Saturday, so why not bring the whole family.
Sydney Rock 'n' Roll & Alternative Christmas Market - Sydney University
- Sunday 2nd December
a market with a difference, the Sydney Rock 'n' Roll & Alternative
Christmas Market is all out to entertain and get you rockin' towards Christmas.
If you are into Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, Goth, Ska, Metal, Punk, Alt.
Country, Swing, Burlesque, Roller Derby you won't be alone. The goodies
on offer include Alternative and Vintage Fashion, Jewellery, Accessories,
Record's, CD's, DVDs ,Books, Art and Collectables. To keep everybody entertained
and happy there will be children's activities, food and, of course, live
music. It's going to be a Rock 'n' Roll Christmas!
V8 Supercars Sydney
Telstra 500 - Sydney Olympic Park - Friday, 30th November - Sunday, 2nd
It showdown time
for the V8 Supercars. It's Holden vs Ford, it's Barnes vs Diesel, even
Lighting McQueen is going to be there! it's all going off, it's all going
crazy, there's just so much excitement I'm about to explode!!!!
As if that's not enough, you can inspect a huge number of unique and priceless
Aussie cars. Vrmmm, Vrmmm!
Mud Run - Sydney
International Equestrian Centre - Saturday, 1st December
Here's mud in your
eye, and just about everywhere else as well. Seven kilometres of glorious
Sydney mud await, and just a one kilometre dash for the under twelves.
It is going to be funny, it is going to be challenging and it is going
to be very, very muddy. You can use this event to raise money for charity.
Just think of how many people would love to see you covered in it? May
the grubbiest contestant win.
Aria Week and Aria
Awards - Sydney - Sunday, 25th November - Thursday, 29th November
Did you know that
Australia is the 6th biggest music market in the world? The inaugural
Aria Week is a celebration of this success culminating with the Aria Awards
themselves on Thursday, 29th November at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
You can join this celebration of Aussie music by going to any number of
gigs and special events. Australia's music talent will range from the
raw and up-and-coming to Australia's established music royalty.
Sydney Swings -
Royal Botanic Garden - Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday - 9th November
- 24th November
will Swing for the first time for eight nights during November. Using
the same location as the "must do" Open
Air Cinema, Sydney Swings will seek to match the awesome setting with
some equally great music. Artist include Kate Ceberano and James Morrison.
It's first come,
first serve. No seating will be supplied, so bring a rug or blanket. You
can bring your own chair but you may be banished to the back of the concert
lawn if it is a tall directors style of chair.
BYO - Bring your
You can bring your
own picnic and wine, but you will also be able to buy hot and cold food,
espresso coffees, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, confectionary
and ice creams.
Full Line-up of
Ceberano and James Morrison
Friday, 9th November:
Saturday, 10th November: Tribute to Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller & Co
Sunday, 11th November: Grace Knight
Friday, 16th November: Crazy for Gershwin, Cole Porter & Bernstein
Saturday, 17th November: The Harry James Angus Band
Sunday, 18th November: David Campbell
Friday, 23th November: James Morrison
Saturday, 24th November: Big Band Finale with special guests
- Sydney - Friday, 23rd November - Saturday, 24th November
Imagine 2000 performers
dancing to just about every type of music you can think of. Picture a
choir of 1300 strong accompanied by an 80-piece full symphony orchestra
along with up and coming jazz and rock bands. It would be spectacular
du Soleil Sydney - Ovo Tour Sydney - Sunday, extended to Sunday, 25th
The circus is back
in town in the talented and flexible form of Cirque du Soleil. If you
have never seen these guys perform before then now is your chance. If
you have seen them before you probably already have tickets and there
is no point in saying any more.
Motorcycles Championships - Sydney Motorsport Park - Saturday, 17th November
to Saturday, 18th November
The Barry Sheene
Festival of Sport has kindly donated the Australian Historic Championships
to the now super large Sydney Motorsport Park (ex Eastern Creek). See
lots of motor cycles zoom around and around the longest Australian road
race track again, and again, and again very quickly.
Paspaley Polo in the City - Centennial Park, Sydney - Saturday, 17th November
Polo, not something
you see every day, is coming to Centennial Park in Sydney. Giddy-up and
steady-on! It will cost you $105 to see the action, meet the players and
enjoy a beer in the shade.
Glebe Street Fair
- Glebe - Sunday, 18th November
It is fair to say
that Glebe Point Road is going to be filled with happy, smiling people,
market stalls, interesting aromas and yummy smells, kids' rides, and great
entertainers. There is a possibility that the 'Maybes', a four-piece country
blues band, will be there, along with local Glebe music celebrity, Bridie
to watch the Melbourne Cup in Sydney
Melbourne Cup will
take place on Tuesday, 6th November - ''The race that stops the nation"
they say but that must seem pretty hollow if you work in catering. What
to do for Melbourne Cup? Just about every, pub, club and even office in
Sydney will be hosting an event of some description. The race tracks,
like Randwick and Rosehill, will have their own program of races plus
screens/TVs to see the big one in Melbourne. Seems to me, if we are going
to celebrate Melbourne's big day, lets do it in a typically Sydney fashion.
So that means on the beach or Sydney Harbour.
- Terrey Hills - Saturday, 3rd November
Take a day trip to
Germany in Terrey Hills with rides, sport challenges, games, a reptile
zoo, face painting, art and craft, live entertainment, vintage German
vehicles and loads of German nosh including bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels,
homemade kugelhupf cakes and kipferl biscuits. Another reason to go is
to see the photographic exhibition 'My Favourite Place'. My Favourite
Place challenged its participants to photograph a German, Austrian or
Swiss inspired location within Australia.
- Australian Museum - to Tuesday, 30th October
The Australian Museum
will be open every Tuesday with art, live music, drinks, new ideas and
performances "set against a stunning backdrop of taxidermy and quirky
science specimens". It is becoming trendy to go to a museum.
Sydney Rides (Again)
Festival - from Saturday, 13th October
Bourke Street, in
the City of Sydney, will be transformed
this Saturday by an army of bikes, bands and street performers. It is
all in aid of the Sydney Rides festival which celebrates the rediscovery
of the bike.
take part in a range of games and activities, including Cycle Chic for
Kids, where children will get the chance to 'bling' their bikes".
the Festivals rolls on for another two whole weeks.
Sydney Craft Beer Week - Various Venues - Saturday, 20th October to Sunday,
I enjoyed a beer
once, and I'll probably enjoy another one after I've finished this, so
my first reaction to Craft Beer Week is there will be lots of people rolling
around having enjoyed it an awful lot. How wrong could I be; Craft Beer
is as different from normal beer as a meal in a top class restaurant is
to a burger and chips at Maccas. "Craft Beer is made for flavour
and until you’ve experienced a 14% Barleywine aged on Oak for 3
years or a refreshing Wit Beer spiced with Coriander and Orange peel,
you really can’t claim to have lived." So get a life and taste
the difference 8 days a (beer) week.
International Motor Show - Darling Harbour - Friday, 19th October - Sunday,
Come to the Australian
International Motor Show for the latest in innovation and technology as
the motorcar continues its evolutionary march towards world domination.
The highlight of the Motor Show for many will be the Aston Martin One-77,
the only Aston Martin One-77 in Australia and one of just 77 in the world.
This car is said to be worth over 2 million dollars. Can any car be worth
that much? Come and judge for yourself.
Norton Street Italian
Festa - Leichhardt - Sunday, 28th October
Norton Street will
be transformed this Sunday into a street party full of hundreds of stalls,
fun entertainment, children’s amusements, music, food, drink and
lots of people having a goodtime.
Seven Bridges Walk
- Sydney - Sunday, 28th October
Sydney has some great
bridges, you can appreciate them a little more by taking part in the annual
Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk this Sunday. This is one of those
events where just taking part makes you a winner. The Seven Bridges Walk
is not meant to be a race. The seven event Villages are the hubs of the
walk providing food, drink, entertainment and a starting point. You are
advised to register your participation online as soon as you can.
Fiesta - Darling Harbour - Friday, 5th October to Friday, 26th October
The Darling Harbour
Fiesta has the makings of a wonderful street party with free live music
and dance including an open-air street tango. Don't miss the Rio-style
Fiesta Carnivale Street Parade and the tasty regional dishes and exotic
2012 World Firefighters
Games - Friday, 19th October to Sunday, 28th October
The World Firefighters
Games will commence with a parade lead by participants starting off at
6pm (but aim to be there earlier) from the Games Village at Pyrmont Bay
Park into Darling Harbour and back again for the Opening Ceremony.
The Fire Truck Challenge
The Games themselves
include a large number of events from Arm Wrestling, Billiards and Darts,
to the Fire Truck Challenge and Boxing. This is an international event
intended to be fun but also to celebrate and acknowledge the heroism and
spirit of the men and women who undertake one of the most dangerous and
toughest jobs in world.
Just For Laughs
at Sydney Opera House - Friday, 12th October - Monday, 22nd October
Comedy is said to
be the most underrated of all the art forms - but who are we kidding -
some of the funniest people that have ever graced the Opera House stage
will be taking part (just for a laugh) including Noel Fielding, Drew Carey,
Rhys Darby and Adam Hills. The expensive tickets are just as laughable
as the cheaper ones..
Art and About -
The End - The Closing Party - Saturday, 20th October
To celebrate the
end of the Art and About Festival, George Street, the main street through
the City of Sydney, will be partially closed to traffic. Where there were
cars, vans and taxis, there will be tables filled with food, where there
was the sound and smell of petrol and diesel engines, there will be sound
of music and of people enjoying themselves. It makes me wonder why we
don't just close George Street permanently.
Art and About Opening
Night - Martin Place - Friday, 21st September
Art and About's free
opening bash includes food, music and guided tours of the art, that art
all about, Sydney. Just after 6pm, Martin Place will resonate to the sound
of "The Bamboos - one of Australia's greatest funk and soul bands",
among others. In addition, the $10,000 winner of the Sydney Life photography
competition will be announced, a "smorgasbord of culinary delights"
will be available and / or you can grab a drink at one of the pop up Art
and About bars in Martin Place.
Free Art and About
It might also be
a good idea to get yourself onboard one of the six vintage double-decker
buses to see some more of the Art and About installations. The art on
show includes "The Great Crate - a living, breathing giant green
cube", 3D projections in Hyde Park and a house that rains on the
inside - making a roof seem like an optional extra.
be artworks in Hyde Park, installations in the city's laneways or music
in Martin Place - we hope everyone gets out to experience all the city
has to offer - embracing the moment when art collides with unusual spaces."
says Gill Minervini, Art & About's Creative Director
Art and About Sydney will run from 21st September for a whole month until
Lane Cove Village
Fare - Lane Cove - Sunday, 14th October
The Lane Cove Village
Fair is one of those low key community events full of character and smiling
faces. You might also discover the perfect gift, you might get a kick
out of the funfair rides or be mesmerised by a talented live performance.
You'll never know if you don't go.
NSW Government Spring
Cycle - Sydney Olympic Park - The event is on Sunday 21st October 2012,
registration closes Monday, 15th October
The bikes are taking
over Sydney and nothing, and no one, is going to stop them from cycling
over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Cahill Express Way, Macquarie Street and
all the way down to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Botanic Gardens.
Midnight on Monday, 15th October
Join in and you'll
not only experience a wonderful ride but also discover some of the many
cycleways through the City of Sydney. The Spring Cycle gives you two rides
to choose from. One finishes at Pyrmont, the other at Olympic Park. At
the completion of your ride you can relax and enjoy a little live entertain
and some much deserved refreshment.
Breakfast on Bondi
- Bondi - Sunday, 14th October
If the weather is
fine, and it's not too cold, you can enjoy a great breakfast with sand
between your toes. There will be a full orchestra and soprano Lorina Gore,
breaky of course and the buzz of the best orchestrated breakfast feast
Concord Carnival - Sunday, 14th October
The Concord Carnival
is a fairy tale of great food, wine, amusement rides, stage and roving
entertainment plus loads of magical activities for the kids.
Documentary Film Festival - Sydney - Wednesday, 10th October to Sunday,
The Antenna International
Documentary Film Festival returns after a successful first year with more
docos than last year and this time it's made the Dendy Cinemas. As well
as the movies there will be film competitions, special events and international
guests. If last year is anything to go by you can expect a little controversy
and some news coverage as well.
Festival of Walking
- Blue Mountains - Saturday, 6th October to Sunday, 14th October
If your boots are
made for walking, then that's just what you should do in a World Heritage
listed National Park. The Blue Mountains Festival of Walking has a long
list of different walks to go on from forays into the wilderness to a
heritage street stroll ably assisted by a little local wine and cheese.
Now that doesn't sound too bad does it. There is nothing to stop you from
doing the serious bushwalk one day, followed by a more laid back day of
eating, drinking and sightseeing.
Leura Village Fair
Leura will be hosting
it's Village Fair during the first two days of the festival so there's
another reason to go. Life is an adventure, enjoy it at your own pace.
Spring has arrived
but there is still time left to head to the slopes:
Justice and Police
Museum - Circular Quay - Saturday, 12th May - Sunday, 7th October
May the Force be
with you? Or maybe not. The Justice and Police Museum has been charge
with displaying and portraying 150 years of the NSW Police Force. You
should find this investigation into the oldest and largest police force
in Australia quite arresting. Of particular note is the use of "wooden
rattles"(?) and "phrenology" - which is about reading bumps
on the head. You will have to go to find out about the wooden rattles.
(The Gigantic) Splash
Festival - Sydney Olympic Park - Sunday, 7th October
Make a big splash
at the Sydney Olympic Park with giant pool inflatables, a giant coke slide,
a 7 metre dive tower, a giant inflatable obstacle course and a ‘Tarzan
Swing’ in the Training Pool. The smaller 'splashees' can take a
ride on a giant Crocodile inflatable and Splasher’s Water Playground
has a new feature ‘Aqua Tune’.
Beams Festival -
Chippendale - Saturday, 22nd September
Clearly Art and About
didn't make it out to Chippendale as the Beams Festival commences the
day afterwards. Beams gives us "a kaleidoscope of artistic work from
over 250 Chippendale creatives, all working across light, video, performance,
dance, site-specific sculptural installation and live music" - all
to be enjoyed with wine and tasty morsels from the local morsel providers.
The Mysterious Muogamarra
Nature Reserve - Weekends to 16th September, 9.00am to 4.30pm
If you would like
to escape the 'big smoke' you don't have to go far. Just north of Sydney
you'll find the Mysterious Muogamarra Nature Reserve. It is mysterious
because it is closed for most of the year, and it is huge! Who knows what
is in hidden in there, buried alien spacecraft? lost dinosaurs? an undiscovered
tribe of honest politicians??..well probably not, particularly not the
last one, but a tour might provide some clues.
North of Sydney
If you are contemplating
going further north, check out the link below for potential stops and
ideas of what to do.
Better Homes and
Gardens - Sydney Showground - Friday, 14th September - Sunday, 16th September
It is nice to see
the back of winter but it does mean that everything starts growing again
and there's that thing that needs fixing and the inevitable "while
you are at it". Maybe a trip to the Better Homes and Gardens (LIVE!)
might provide some much needed motivation and incentive. Rather than DIY,
watch DIY, be entertained, eat free food, visit the gardening and pet
displays and just generally have a pleasant day not fixing anything.
Family Fun Pirate
Day - Sunday, 16th September
The National Maritime
Museum has surpassed itself with this belter of a pirate fun day with
special guests Captain Feathersword and his right hand (leg?) octopus
named Henry. You are encourage to dress like a pirate, follow a treasure
trail, get your face painted and get crafty.
18th Biennale of
Sydney - Wednesday, 27th June - Sunday, 16th September
It has been two years
since the last Biennale as the festival alternates between Melbourne and
Sydney. The lack of an annual presence only serves to makes it harder
for the 100 or so international artists to keep us all interested. That
said, of interest is that the Biennale venues that will all be "connected".
So you should be able to go from one venue to the next (or the one after
) and enjoy the experience
of doing so. Let's hope it's destination and the journey that connects.
Included in this endeavour is a free Biennale Ferry across Sydney Harbour
to Cockatoo Island.
Father's Day in
Sydney - Sunday, 2nd September
My guess would be
that most Dads don't really expect much of anything on Father's Day. Just
another day really. So what more excuse do you need than to surprise him
with something special. That said, he might expect it every year so make
it clear that this a one off, socks next year and that's if he is lucky.
Waiters Race - Woolloomooloo - Sunday, 2nd September
We can't wait for
the great Waiters Race at Woolloomooloo. It is going to smashing great
fun but this is no laughing matter. For far too long, too many Sydneysiders
have sat idly by waiting to be waited on. This has a huge knock on effect
on the economy, relationships and the ability to drink your coffee whilst
it is still hot.
Truly Great Waiters
of our Time
This race of the
Titans, the greatest waiters from the around the globe, will demonstrate
the speed and agility, grace under pressure and shear talent of the truly
great waiters of our time. Why this was not an Olympic event I've no idea.
The people of Sydney have waited long enough, let the race begin.
All British Day
- North Parramatta - Sunday, 26th August
You might have thought
that the British had finally had their day after winning so many medals
at the Olympic Games, well they are going to have another one. North Parramata
will host an All British Day on the 26th August with lots of old British
Cars, amongst other things.
Euro Festa - Wentworth
Park (near Sydney Olympic Park) - Sunday, 26th August
The Euro lives on
at the Waterfront in Wentworth Park on the same day as the All British
Day. What a strange coincidence. Spanish Flamenco Dancers, music and cooking
demos, pizza, and flash cars like the Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini
and Maserati. The family stuff includes Bocce competitions, face painting,
a bouncy castle and petting zoo. Why don't the two events work together?
If they could merge maybe they might start something, it could save the
whole of Europe.
There's a lot going
on at Customs House at the moment. Outside we have the Olympics with Sydney's
official big screen entertaining the crowds from 6am to 6pm. Inside, along
with all the usual Customs House attractions and facilities, there is
an interesting little free exhibition on Aboriginal Sydney, pre Captain
Cook. The exhibition is called "Virtual Warrane II - Sacred Tracks
of the Gadigal" and runs until Sunday, 19th August. Chucking out
time isn't until midnight, Monday to Saturday and 5pm on Sunday.
A Martin Place Taste
of Orange - Sydney - Thursday, 23rd August - Friday, 24th August
There will be just
a couple of days for you take a trip to Orange for a spot of free Orange
wine and tucker tasting, and you only have to travel as far as Martin
Place in the city to do it. As well as the Orange food and wine, there
will be music, entertainment and cooking demos by last years Master Chef
Winner, Kate Bracks. Just about everyone has painted the town red at some
point, but how about orange?
V8 Supercars Championship
- Eastern Creek - Saturday, 25th August - Sunday, 26th August
For some heart thumping
excitement catch a round of the V8 Supercar Championship. See the best
Aussie drivers around take their V8s to the max at the Sydney Motorsport
Park at Eastern Creek.
The Bledisloe Cup
Festival - Rivals in Rugby, Brothers in War - Museum of Sydney - Friday,
3rd August - Sunday, 19th August
The Museum of Sydney
has an exhibition on that should appeal to sports fans. The very first
Bledisloe Cup Festival will showcase Rugby artefacts, photos, memorabilia
and the actual Bledisloe Cup (3rd and 4th August only). The festival also
covers the history of the Bledisloe Cup epitomising the idea of warriors
on the field, but mates off of it.
The Olympic Welcome
If the past is history
to you, then make your way to the city on Monday for the welcome home
party for the returning triumphant Australian athletes. The welcome home
parade will commence at the Rocks end of George Street at around midday,
and then proceed down to Town Hall at a cheering pace until an expected
finish at 1.30pm. My guess is there will be a huge number of people there
if only to show that the press should have been more supportive. Sydneysiders
are proud of our Olympians who trained so hard to deliver for Australia.
Sir David Attenborough,
A Life on Earth - State Theatre - Friday, 10th August - Sunday, 12th August
Sir David Attenborough
just has one of those voices that you could listen to forever, and he
can be quite funny and entertaining. Sir David's "A Life on Earth"
show will give you an insight into one of the world's foremost naturalists
who ever had a wild Gorilla's bottom in his face.
City to Surf - Sunday,
There is still time
to commit yourself to pain, exhaustion and the potential embarrassment
of appearing on TV struggling up Heartbreak Hill. The hard to miss Sun-Herald
City2Surf is the world's most popular (fun?) run. Sydney beats London
and New York on the masochism stakes. I jest of course, you will run /
stagger past, and through, some great parts of Sydney, it is a whole of
Sydney community thing and you have the opportunity to raise money for
a good cause. There are only a few weeks to go so come on and let's start
pounding the pavement in preparation.
- Five Dock in Sydney's Inner West, Sunday 12th August
What is Ferragosto?
Ferragosto is an Italian celebration of the Virgin Mary going to Heaven.
What happens during the festival? Just about all things Italian plus a
few that aren't. There will be three stages of music, dancing and children's
entertainment. There will be cooking demos, pizza (of course), awesome
coffee, cars, animals, rides, the list goes on. If you like to set yourself
a challenge, try to find something that's not there..
– 395 Oxford St, Paddington, Sydney NSW. - Saturday, 28th of July
- 10am – 4pm
have organised a Children's Market day In order to raise money for charity
and attract a few more people to the market. You can expect a little bit
of clowning around, face painting, balloons, a bouncy castle and a puppet
show. Small donations will be requested in aid of the homeless and it
might be wise to reserve your seats to the puppet show to avoid any tears
The Sydney Antiques
(and Fine Arts) Show - Byron Kennedy Hall, Entertainment Quarter, Moore
Park - Thursday, 2nd August - Sunday, 5th August
The Australian Art
and Antique professionals have Australia's finest, fully vetted, collection
of antiques and fine arts in their care. The nation's best old stuff is
being gently dusted off for your visiting pleasure. For a break from the
past, take a stroll through EQ,
[No 130], there is usually something going on and it's a good spot for
a drink and / or lunch.
Show - Darling Harbour - Thursday, 2nd August - Monday, 6th August
See some awesome
craft and use the show as an excuse to catch the ferry from Circular
Quay to Darling Harbour. The Boat Show will have hundreds of large
vessels to look at and say 'one day, I'll own one of those' along with
six halls of undercover displays, fishing clinics and fashion parades.
An Officer and a
Gentleman - Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star - Saturday, 12th May - Sunday,
An Officer and a
Gentleman is a classic take your mum/girlfriend/wife kind of movie (but
not at the same time).
Oh, sorry, no, not a movie, this is a live, in the flesh, world premier
musical. Will it have the same tissue effect as the flick? It's a high
bar, "the 1982 film has become a phenomenon in cinema history, recently
listed by the American Film Institute as one of the top ten love stories
in cinema history." If you have never seen the movie then it's "a
classic modern day love story about a working class boy and girl who must
overcome their upbringing and personal weaknesses to accept life and love."
In other words, love lifts them up where they belong..
Le Tour Lounge -
118 Oxford Street (between Crown and Flinders Streets) - ends 23rd July
Cyclists and sports
fans can catch the highlights of the Tour de France at the Le Tour Lounge
on Oxford Street until 23 July. As well as a large viewing screen there
will be cheap coffee, baked goods and you can even buy a bike and ride
it home (might be cheaper than a cab). The Le Tour Lounge will be open
daily from 11am to 7pm with race highlights broadcast at 12.30pm and 6.30pm.
It is worth checking out if you are partying around these parts this Wednesday
or Saturday night as the cafe will be running, or maybe that should be
pedaling, all night.
Things to do during
the School Holidays - 30th June to 15th July
school holidays are almost here once more. The kids will soon be underfoot,
in your ear and demanding of your attention so it might be helpful to
have a few ideas up your sleeve.
Winter Festival - Friday, 29th June – Sunday, 15th July,
Winter doesn't have
to be a time to start counting the weeks down to spring. The Australian
Winter Festival is back and it's bigger than a big thing. The four year
old festival's main attraction is one of Australia's largest open air
ice skating rinks. If you aren't into skating yourself, you can just go
along to enjoy atmosphere of the Alpine Ski Hut. From here you can watch
the ice action and indulge in alpine food and drinks beside cosy woodfires.
Riders - Luna Park - Saturday, 29th June - Sunday, 15th July
We are promised that
Australia’s top Trials Riders will perform 360 degree back flips,
helicopter drops, jumps, transfers, wheel-stands and ramps. Which all
sounds very nice indeed. You will have the opportunity to ask them afterwards
"are you totally mad?"
It is quite amazing
how quickly the money disappears with a trip to luna park but you can
save at least $5 by buying the tickets from the luna park website. Shows
commence at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. There is also a 17:00pm planned
for Fridays and Saturdays.
Hunter Valley Gardens
Snow - Sunday, 30th June - Sunday, July 15
Over the School Holidays
the Hunter Valley Gardens will be white with artificial snow. They will
be hosting a range of activities including ice skating, snow tubing, a
snow ball challenge, a snow angels play zone, and of course, the obligatory
jumping castle (but only to 2pm). If you book online, a family of four
can get in for $65.
William Cox Historical
Festival Open Day - Sunday, 15th July
For those that remember
Sydney Old Town (now the Australian
Reptile Park) there is an event being held by the foot of the Blue
Mountains that has a similar feel to it. Around this time every year you
can hear the sound of musket fire as we go back in time to when the first
brave settlers started settling out over the Blue Mountains. The William
Cox Historical Festival doesn't cost anything to attend, includes things
for the kids to do, has live entertainment, music, displays, market stalls,
food and lots of folk in costume.
Food Festival - Griffith Park and Bankstown Arts Centre - Saturday, 14th
Bankstown Bites is
taking place on Bastille day, so vive la Bankstown! I'd be amazed if there
isn't a baguette or two in the offering amongst the mix of gourmet food
stalls, demos, celebrity chefs and I'll just stop there for second if
I may. Why are chefs who entertain better than the more reserved types
who are just great chefs(?). Back on message, 'we' also have live entertainment,
things to keep the kids happy and 'Discovery Food Tours'. There will be
demonstrations by local artists, craft stalls and just about everything
that Bankstown has to offer, so come on and have an entertaining nibble.
Safari, Sydney - Kings Street Wharf - Monday, 25th June - Sunday, 8th
Having had your fill
at the Good Food and Wine Show you can embark upon a global safari without
having to even leave the ground. Just eat, close your eyes and you'll
Under the Beach
Umbrella - Spirit of the Tent Embassy, Hyde Park - Monday, 2 July.
Australian Idol fans
can see it's youngest ever winner, Ms Donovan, perform some of her ARIA
Award and Deadly Award winning songs at this free event. Among the many
other attractions will be a kids zone with a song writing workshop.
Good Food &
Wine Show - Sydney Convention and Function Centre, Darling Harbour - Friday,
22nd to Sunday, 24th June
It will set you back
$30 to sample, taste and indulge in an array of yum-some food, chocolates,
cheese and great wine. You will also be able to take a stroll down Cheese
Alley, get healthy at the Healthy Living Zone or just raise a glass at
the Gray’s Online Wine Bar. For those looking to further enhance
their culinary skills, there will be cooking and wine appreciation classes.
The Australian Burlesque
Festival Presents - Saturday 23rd June
The Australian Burlesque
Festival presents three different live shows with the promise of "a
journey of mystery and adventure" consisting of a "heady and
potent concoction of Australia's most seductive and mysterious burlesque
artists". The world of Burlesque is an expanding art form to some
and a load of old.. to others. If you are tempted, you are encouraged
to dress for the occasion. If nudity offends, don't go.
Truck Stop - Various
dates and times - Wednesday, 6th June to Saturday, 23rd June
“I dare you
and Kelly lead teenage lives obsessed with mobile phones, texts messages
and boys. Escaping boredom and double maths the girls hang out at the
truck stop on the highway. When a young handsome truckie comes by, life
starts to look a little more interesting. What else could Sam say but
“I dare you to….”
Twilight of the Idols - Robin Gibson Gallery - Tuesday to Saturday - ends
Wednesday, 20th June
“We are the
sum of all our experiences, good, bad and stupid,..[the] making of a painting
is the sum of many parts. Ideas and images are collected, sorted and stored…
Everything is grist for the mill, nothing is sacred, off limits, or restricted”
You can judge for yourself if Mr Thompson's work reflects his words.
Opera Warriors -
Sydney Opera House - Thursday, 14th June to Saturday, 16th June
A bit of advance
warning [for a change] on this one as you may only get a few chances to
see it. Opera Warriors will premiere the best of Chinese modern theatre
arts. The show tells a story of Peking Opera through a memorable mix of
the martial arts and modern dance.
The Imperial Ice
Stars, The Nutcracker on Ice - Capitol [Frozen] Theatre - Wednesday, 6th
June — Sunday, 10th June
The Imperial Ice
Stars championship skaters have been practicing their skills across five
continents and in front of millions of people. By all accounts they have
become quite good at it. Their new production, The Nutcracker on Ice,
offers the promise of "high-speed leaps and throws, and awe-inspiring
acrobatics, coupled with the most graceful and sublime ice dancing."
So it should be worth seeing.
Film Festival - Wednesday, 6th June - Sunday, 17th June
The Sydney Film Festival
offers a range of quality movies to choose from including Mobo, Not Suitable
For Children, The Beasts of the Southern Wild and Woody Allen: A Documentary.
If you think you might see a few movies consider buying a FlexiPass. If
you are unsure of what movie(s) to see, pay a visit to the "Festival
Hub" for ideas, information, free live music and cheap tickets.
Sydney Craft and
Quilt Fair - Darling Harbour - Wednesday, 13th June - Sunday, 17th June
I tell you, if as
much care has gone into Sydney's Craft and Quilt Fair as its web site,
it should be a couple of hours well spent, assuming you are a bit crafty
of course. The fair is tuned towards those with a thirst for knowledge
along with seasoned creatives in search of new ideas and inspiration.
If you can't see yourself stamping, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting,
cardmaking, embroidering, sewing, quilting, or jewellery-making from here,
then you'll never make it anywhere. It's up to you, at the Sydney Craft
and Quilt Fair.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
- Walsh Bay, ends Saturday, 9th June
Dangereuses" could be a little too intense for some, but anything
starring Hugo Weaving is worthy of consideration. Expect lots of naughty
seduction and nasty revenge riveting you to your seat whilst simultaneously,
stirring up the emotions to the point that, well, you might need a nice
cup of tea afterwards. Pamela Rabe stars alongside Mr Weaving.
Birthday - June Long Weekend
One of the nice things
about the start of winter is we get a long weekend to get used to the
But of course, the
main thing is it's the Queen's Birthday ..I guess my party invite must
have got lost somewhere..
Vivid Sydney - Friday,
25th May - Monday, 11th June
Vivid Sydney has
the wonderful power to draw people out onto Sydney's streets to point,
stare, gasp and even endure relatively inclement weather whilst holding
their smart phones and cameras aloft. Is there more to Vivid than clever
and pretty visual effects? Yes, but the laser art and special effects
are really cool. If you don't bring your camera you will hate yourself.
Sydney Ski Expo
- Australian National Maritime Museum - 11am to 4pm, Sunday, 3rd June
Beware the International
Ski Travel Expo! It is a slippery slope to your next ski trip. Entry to
the Expo is free and you could win a Aspen Snowmass Ski Holiday. Make
sure you RSVP and register on the day to win. There will also be other
prizes up for grabs. If you have never been skiing, or don't think it's
worth skiing in Australia, have a read of "Skiing
New South Wales
Parliament Plein Air Prize - Parliament House - to 31st May (with a special
Sunday opening on 20th May)
Meet the best ‘en
plein air’ painters in the state and view their handiwork. En plein
air basically means painting the great outdoors, outdoors. The finalists
of the Plein Air Prize are exhibited at Parliament House. The winner picks
up a cool $20,000 and is hung in NSW Parliament House (that's the artwork
not the painter).
Craft Beer and Cider Fair - Saturday, 26th May
Sydney Craft Beer & Cider Fair is really for those who take their
drink very seriously. The fair will give you the chance to taste quality
brew and talk to the people that produce it. You get four hours to fully
appreciate the finest in the land. As all beer lovers know, "the
greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you
the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly
as well with pizza.”
The St Ives Show
- Saturday, 19th May - Sunday, 20th May
The St Ives Show
has a fair bit to offer including a display of the exotic Macaws of South
America (some of the world’s most spectacular birds), the CareFlight
Helicopter Rescue Simulator, creatures great, small and cuddly, a display
by the Australian Light Horse Brigade’s A Troop, NSW Mini Pipe Band
Championships, a roving man of magic, a woodchopping championship, clowns,
face painting, a championship cat show and a free fireworks display at
8pm on Saturday evening.
The Sydney Morning
Herald Half Marathon - Sunday, 20th May
It costs over a $100
to run in "Australia’s largest and most prestigious half marathon"
but it does raise money for the Breast Cancer Network of Australia. You
will race over 21kms around Sydney's major landmarks with a big finish
in Hyde Park. Be quick.. (places are limited).
TomahROMA Food &
Wine Festival - Blue Mountains - Saturday, 5th May
You'll get free entry
into the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in order to try some food and wine
and enjoy live music. It's a hard life. There will also be free guided
walks through the gardens and a plant sale which will include the alleged
dinosaur plant, the Wollemi Pine.
The Australian Museum
I for real?
The Australian Museum
has a couple of interesting exhibitions on at the moment. The Wildlife
Photographer of the Year, with some amazing and cute animal photographs
and the 'Yiwarra Kuju -The Canning Stock Route' containing almost 100
contemporary Aboriginal paintings and traditional stories. The Wildlife
photography ends mid March whilst 'Yiwarra Kuju' expires 29th April.
Community Open Day
at Q Station - Manly - Sunday, 29th April 2012, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Q Station's "Community
Open Day" gives you free licence to explore this picturesque and
historically rich area of Sydney. The day includes tours, native animal
encounters, kids' activities and water activities such as sailing and
kayaking (but spaces are limited). Some of the tours and activities will
require booking. A portion of the proceeds from the day will go to Bear
Cottage and Q Station would like you to RSVP on their website before you
The City of Sydney's
Youth Week - Friday, 13th April - Sunday, 22nd April
Youth Week celebrates
young people's contribution to Sydney. There will be numerous events including
the opportunity to shoot hoops and kick goals with some of the best sports
people in Australia.
The Sydney Kings
and Sydney FC
The members of the
Sydney Kings basketball team and Sydney Football Club will be at KGV Recreation
Centre in the Rocks on Thursday, 19th April. Players and staff from the
Kings and Sydney FC will play alongside teenagers, youth workers and even
the local police.
Phineas and Ferb’s
Brilliant Backyard!’ - Warringah Mall - Wednesday, 18th April -
Sunday, 22nd April
I must confess to
not being up to speed with Phineas and Ferb but your kids will be if you
take them to Warringah Mall towards the end of the holidays. They can
"participate in a series of fun and interactive activities"
including Phineas and Ferb games and the watching of Phineas and Ferb
episodes, which hardly seems all that active but anyway, they also get
"a free Phineas and Ferb photo frame" so how can you stay away.
Week - Saturday, 14th April - Sunday, 22nd April
Share in the celebration
of Australia's natural, historic and Indigenous heritage during the Australian
Heritage Week. Highlights include a free guided tour of the Royal National
Park to Bungoona Lookout for panoramic views of the Hacking River valley.
Webers Circus -
St Ives - Friday, 30th March - Sunday, 1st April and Penrith, Friday,
6th April - Sunday, 22nd April
Webers Circus is
all the things you might expect from a professional circus plus, for one
month only, dancing, music and entertainment with a South American twist.
It's Circus Plus.
The Wiggles - Enmore
Theatre - Wednesday, 18th April - Friday, 20th April
The original yellow
Wiggle, Greg Page, has reunited with his old band to dish us up a generous
helping of Hot Potatoes, Fruit Salad and Vegetable Soup along with other
classic Wiggly masterpieces. Be quick, tickets are going, like, well,
La Traviata under
the stars - Saturday, 24th March to Sunday, 15th April
You can see La Traviata
floating on Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Harbour is a great stage and backdrop
on its own, add to this an enormous chandelier and fireworks, and it's
going to be quite a spectacle. La Traviata is said to be a great introduction
to Opera, so even if you have never seen an opera before, you can look
forward to a very special night by Sydney Harbour.
Harry Potter and
the Powerhouse Museum extended to 9th April
The Powerhouse is
continuing to go potty over Harry. They have extended the Harry Potter
Exhibition into April. The weeks ahead will simply be magical.
The Rocks Markets
- The Rocks - Saturday, 7th April - Monday, 9th April
The Rocks Markets
are a great excuse to have a wander around town on a cruisey holiday and
it doesn't need to cost anything if you don't buy anything. You can browse
your way through dresses, bags, jewellery, original artworks and prints.
The Rocks Markets will be trading on Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and
Easter Monday from 10am - 5pm.
Open - Darling Harbour - Tuesday, 3rd April - Sunday, 8th April
Any one for tennis?
Nah..Tennis is pretty lame without Lleyton, how about something a little
different. Anyone for Badminton? Not just any old game, we are talking
international competition from all over the globe. Promised teams include
China, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Russia, Chinese Taipei and USA. It could get
An evening with
John Cleese - State Theatre - Friday, 30th March to Monday, 2nd April
I'm pretty sure I
once heard John Cleese say he wasn't funny unless he had a script, but
he could have been joking. Cleese describes his one man show as “an
evening of well honed anecdotes, psychoanalytical tit-bits, and unprovoked
attacks on former colleagues, especially Michael Palin.” This is
your chance to get to know a little more about a legend of comedy.
Twilight at Taronga
Zoo - Saturday, 28th January - Saturday, 31st March
The Twilight concerts
at Taronga Zoo continue to be a roaring success. This year the big names
include The Church, Bjorn Again, Richard Clapton and Wendy Mathews. There
will also be tributes to Queen and Michael Jackson.
If you arrive a little
early you will be rewarded with free entry into the Zoo (that's from 3pm
the same day). Head for the Elephant enclosure at 6pm for the concert
lawn opens up for picnics. The actual concert starts around 7:30pm and
is scheduled to finish at 9-30pm (with a break in between).
Fair - Overseas Passenger Terminal,Circular Quay - Saturday, 31st March
- Sunday, 1st April
It costs $25 to
get into International Wine Fair, which might be a disincentive, but when
you think there will be over 300 wines to try from 10 countries from around
the globe, then maybe not. It's a chance to sample a few wines you might
not otherwise see, let alone taste. You might even discover that you actually
quite like them!
You need to be over
18 to get in and ID will be required of persons who look under 25 years
of age, so if you don't get stopped - complain!
Bouncers by John
Godber - Cat & Fiddle Hotel, Balmain - Thursday to Sunday to 1st April
you lookin at?…got a problem Sunshine?” Prepare to be "charmed"
by John Godber's comedy "Bouncers". Enjoy a night of clubbing
with a variety of characters in various states of disrepair.
Morning" Unplugged by Candle Light - Marble Bar - Saturday, 31st
Well, it's good to
get out during Earth Hour, the Marble Bar is good spot any day of the
week and it should look pretty neat in the candle light. The Hello Morning,
"Melbourne's coolest rock and roll sextet", will play an acoustic
set for one-night-only.
Should be good. So
save the planet, save money (it's a freebie) and have fun at the same
time, well at least for an hour anyway.
Faith Hill and Tim
McGraw Tour Australia - Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park - Tuesday,
The Tim McGraw &
Faith Hill are country music superstars and they are coming to Sydney.
Their performances will include international hits such as Live Like You
Were Dying, Everywhere, Real Good Man and Hill’s Breathe, This Kiss
and The Way You Love Me, as well as duets It’s Your Love, Let’s
Make Love and I Need You.
Cinema - Thursday, to Sunday, 25th March excluding Mondays
is an open air affair, Now given that the rain won't leave us alone you
might be thinking 'no thanks' - but you'd be missing out on new releases,
classic and cult films in one of Australia’s most beautiful parks.
During December through to January the gates open at 7:00pm. From February
to March they open at 6:30pm. Screenings begin at sunset each night. You
will find the Moonlight at Centennial Park by the corner of Parkes and
Grand Drive and all over Sydney, after dark, if it's not cloudy and it's
up there, in full, ish.
Art Month, Almost
- Sydney's Top 100 Galleries - to Sunday, 25th March
visual art scene will be out to draw you in as Gallery doors are "flung
open" allowing visual masterpieces to "vibrant" safely
outside. It's going to be a treat for the eyes in March. During Art Month
you can see 100 commercial and public galleries hosting 200 events with
contributions from 300 artists. That's a lot of vibrant stuff to look
at. The scheduled events include talks, tours, performances, art bars
and late night gallery openings.
Picasso - National
Art Gallery of NSW to 25th March 2012
"Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris"
This exhibition has
only been made possible by the closure of the Musée National Picasso
for renovations and the brilliance of the National Art Gallery of NSW
in persuading the French to let us look after them. You won't see anything
like this again in Australia. The exhibition will attract people from
far and wide but thankfully we have the masterpieces - that's over 150
paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings - until March.
Annie the Musical
- Lyric Theatre, Star City - Friday, 5th January - Sunday, 25th March
Starring Alan Jones
no less! No, no sorry - I mean Anthony Warlow - but Alan is in it. Little
orphan Annie is just a great musical filled with great songs like "Tomorrow,
Tomorrow, we love you, Tomorrow, your always a day away" and many
more but that's the song you walk out with in your head.
How to Train Your
Dragon - Allphones Arena (formerly Acer Arena) - Friday, 16th March -
Sunday, 25th March
Being the year of
the Dragon, there has never been a better time to slay your Dragon into
shape. No more eating of guests at the dinner table and burning down of
houses, it's time to bring your Dragon to heel. Be warned though that,
during the training process, fire-breathing dragons are likely to soar
overhead, the trainers will get physical and all up, it could be quite
Sydney St Patrick’s
Day Parade and Family Day - Sunday, 18th March
It may come as a
surprise to know that Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade (and Family
Day) is the largest Irish Event in the Southern Hemisphere. Only New York,
Dublin, Boston and London are ahead of Sydney, with over 30,000 people
expected to attend.
will feature music and dancing on George Street, opposite Town Hall (10.20am
- 11.50am). The parade marches off from the corner of Bathurst Street
and George around midday. The Family Day starts about an hour later in
Hyde Park. The Main Stage will host several local Irish bands, musicians
and the winners of the 2012 Gaels Got Talent competition. There will also
be a children's area. The Family Day wraps up around 6.30pm with the odd
glass of Guinness sure to be consumed nearby. Should be good craic.
Cronulla Shark Island
Swim - Cronulla - Sunday, 18th March
Ummm, I wonder how
Shark Island came by its name. Never mind, I'm sure you'll be fine. There
are two choices, the serious 2.3km Cronulla Shark Island Swim or the less
serious 1km Cronulla Beach Swim. It costs $45 for the former and $35 for
the latter. If you want to take part in both events it will set you back
$60. Enter before 16th March or pay more.
Sharks, Snakes and
If you are worried
about being chewed up by Aussie Jaws click the link below. The stats are
a little dated but the point is still valid.
Sydney Mardi Gras
Parade - Saturday, Oxford Street - 3rd March
If you are anywhere
near Oxford Street this Saturday night watch out! An army of thousands
of people will be parading down Oxford Street on colourful floats with
even more people cheering on in support.
Mardi Gras Party
Once the parade has
paraded, thousands will party till the early hours at the official Mardi
Gras Party, held at the E.Q. in Moore Park. International artists and
DJs including Wynter Gordon, Alexis Jordan, Larry Tee and Calvin Harris
along with many talented Aussies will make it a night to remember and
you will, no doubt, be able to read about the nights activities on Sunday,
but more likely, on Monday morning.
10,000 free pot
plants - Cathedral Square in front of St Marys Cathedral - 8am Sunday,
In a move that is
bound to "please" Sydney's florists and garden centres, Sydney's
premier council is giving away more than 10,000 pot plants. It's on a
first-come first-served basis. So get up early on Sunday and give some
petunias, celosia, ornamental chillies, marigolds, impatiens, apple mint,
and oregano a good home.
Bard on the Beach
- Balmoral Beach, Mosman - ends 4th March
As the sun sets amidst
the tranquil setting of Balmoral Beach, do not be fooled into thinking
all is well. What Passion, Love, Deceit and even Death awaits any man
or woman who dares to tread the sands of Balmoral. Beware the eyes of
Bondi Open Air -
Bondi Beach - also ends 4th March
Lets all celebrate
breathing! Not really, Bondi is one of the better open air cinemas in
terms of location and a consolation if you couldn't get tickets to the
Open Air Cinema at Mrs Macquaries Point.
Sydney Cellar Door
(part of the NSW Wine Festival) Hyde Park - 25th - 26th February
The Sydney Cellar
Door is Sydney’s biggest outdoor wine festival. Just think of the
petrol you'd save sampling NSW's best wines without having to leave Sydney.
It's the environmentally friendly thing to do.
14 NSW Wine Regions
Around 90 wineries
are expected and you'll be able to meet the winemakers from all over NSW’s
14 wine regions (no I didn't realise there were that many either). Thanks
to the weather, the current crop of grapes are expected to produce a classic
year of fine wine so this is a great chance to get the insiders opinion
on what to buy before it disappears on release.
Wine and Cheese
Other reasons for
going? Well there's the cheeses and smallgoods, terrines, delicious barbecued
meats on a roll and the opportunity learn a little, drink a little and
relax a lot. Maybe leave the car at home for this one.
Free Movies Under
the Stars (with any luck) - Red Dog - Forest Park, Forest Grove, Epping
- Saturday - 18th February - 8.15pm
Red Dog is based
on the true story of a small town of miners who develop a close bond with
a stray dog. This heart warming story stars Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor
and, of course, a dog (Koko). Red Dog won seven 2011 Inside Film Awards
including Best Feature Film.
Sydney Royal Wine
Show, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park - Saturday, 18th February,
'Drink in Moderation'
I believe is the slogan but it might prove to be challenge with the "opportunity
to experience over 2,000 new and established Australian wine styles from
across the country. Head to the Southee Pavilion at Sydney Showground
to learn from [the] expert judges and be one of the first to taste the
Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show medal and trophy winners at the
Sydney Royal Cellar Tasting."
Sydney Mardi Gras
- Sunday, 12th February - Sunday, 4th March
Happy Mardi Gras
all round as the Sydney Mardi Gras makes it's slightly subdued start to
it's calendar of events. Sit in the park and catch up, meet, plan for
headier days and nights ahead or just watch as the "largest parade
and celebration of its kind in the world" gets off the grass.
Open Air Cinema
- Mrs. Macquaries Point - ends Saturday, 18th February
The general admission
pre-sales tickets for the Open Air Cinema have all sold out. This is unfortunate
if you haven't been yet, but no great surprise. The season for this top
10 thing to do in Sydney is clearly too short and should be extended.
You can still get tickets as a limited number of will be made available
at the Open Air Cinema box office from 6:30pm for that night’s movie.
The number of available
tickets should be disclosed on the Open Air Cinema website around midday.
So if the queue is longer the number promised don't waste your time. The
Open Air Cinema Box Office is located at the entrance to Mrs. Macquaries
The expensive InterContinetal
Hotel package deal is also still available (at the time of writing) priced
from $330. See website for details.
Lovers - Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst - Friday 17th February
If you have seen
the Undies before, all you are probably interested in is where and when
they are playing. If it's little inconvenient, perhaps you are already
booked, just consider this could be the last time you'll ever get to see
them. If you have never heard of the Undies before, here is your chance:
Luna Park - ends 12th February
Much research and
no observations have confirmed that dinosaurs became extinct many millions
of years ago.
Yet, a mere 3.5 million
dollars later, the big boys are back! Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus
Rex and friends have to come to Sydney in the biggest come back in 65
million years. This interactive exhibit also deals with climate change,
robotics and has games, fossil pits, dinosaur footprints and loads of
other big stuff. Opening times vary, see website for more details.
Free Movies Under
the Stars (hopefully) - Mr Popper's Penguins - Westleigh - Saturday, 11th
I know it's likely
to be a long way to go but Mr Popper sounds fun. This family comedy tells
the story of Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey), a businessman who's life undergoes
a dramatic transformation when he inherits six penguins. In order to make
them feel at home he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland.
As a result, Mr Popper's life away from his penguins ends up on thin ice.
The movie is rated PG. Light refreshments and coffee will be available.
If it's still raining rent out the DVD and watch it at home.
(formerly South American Festival) - Bondi Pavilion - Sunday, 12th February,
1pm - 8.30pm
Headline acts include
Mi Tierra “The best Latin band in Australia” and Club Havana
Band, aka “La Bomba de Sydney”, with special guest Carlos
C-Major. In addition, three DJs will be performing back to back with the
able bodied assistance of exotic dancers to keep things moving. Free open
dance workshops are there to help get everyone going. A selection of South
and Central American dishes will be available to maintain energy levels.
There will be art and craft stalls for lasting memories and unique gifts
and an exhibition of remarkable photographs by Franco Brazilian photographer,
Shakespeare Festival - Bicentennial Park, Glebe Foreshore - 5th January
to 12th February, Thursday to Sunday 8pm
Hamlet and The Taming
of the Shrew will be performed on alternate nights under the stars, clouds,
rain, whatever the weather brings. So pack a picnic, umbrella, a friend
or two or several. Free for kids and oldies.
priced at $29 / $23 conc / $17 high school students
New Year Festival - The Year of the Dragon - 20th January - 5th February
Soon, we will enter
the Year of the Dragon. There will be Kung Fu, Tales of the Dragon, Dragon
Boat Races and even dancing (just the odd lion though). The Chinese markets
will be colourful, there will be crafty stuff and something for lovers
and slayers of Dragons everywhere. More than 100,000 people are expected
to line the streets from Sydney Town Hall to Darling Harbour on Sunday
night, 29th January, as Sydney experiences its biggest-ever Chinese New
Year Twilight Parade to ring in the Year of the Dragon.
Art of the Brick - Sydney Town Hall - Druitt St Entrance - 12th December
- 5th February
not a boring exhibition about bricks! But these are no ordinary bricks,
these are Lego bricks that look like this:
The Art of the Brick
is open daily (10am – 6pm) and the organisers expect it to book
World Wetlands Day
Walk - Education Centre in Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park - Saturday,
4th February 2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Given the weather
we have been 'enjoying', a walk in the wetlands seems like an appropriate
thing to do. Go for this guided tour for an educational and enjoyable
experience in the wet-lands. Bookings are required as is a phone call
02 9647 1033 or email email@example.com
Australia Day -
Thursday, 26th January
all let us rejoice, for we are here in Sydney" isn't that how it
goes? Anyway. here we are in the greatest city on the planet - seemingly
designed for bit of rejoicing on Australia Day.
Annie the Musical
- Lyric Theatre, Star City - Friday, 5th January - Thursday, 9th February
Should you take the
kids to see Annie? Well it's a tricky one given the price tag, and there's
no guarantee they will enjoy it. But on the other hand, little orphan
Annie is such a great musical filled with wonderful songs like "Tomorrow,
Tomorrow, we love you, Tomorrow, your always a day away" and many
more. Maybe it's worth the risk:
Circus Oz - Darling
Harbour - Wednesday, 4th January - Sunday, 29th January
Circus Oz are back
in town - oh how we have missed you. They will be performing in the Big
Top in Darling Harbour in their new show 'Steampowered'. Expect to see
some amazing acrobatics and old fashioned knock-about comedy combined
with superb music that brings the whole act to life. Should be good, these
guys are world class performers and, sadly for us, seem to spend more
time overseas than in Australia.
If you take the kids
to the circus when they are young, maybe they won't join up when they
grow up. Performing in the slightly out of place (should be in a park
really) Big Top in Darling Harbour, their new show, 'Steampowered', may
impress upon you the need to keep feet firmly on the ground.
Croc Stars (Australian
Outback Experience) - Hunter Valley Gardens - to Sunday, 22nd January
Ever wondered, over
a glass of wine, whether the kids should experience just a little of Australia's
great outback? Well fear not, you can do both. Croc Stars lets the reptiles
loose with a meet and greet for the kids, then there's the snakes, lizards
and turtles and, of course, no 'Outback Experience' would be complete
with a bouncy castle, a face painting fairy and art and craft activities.
There's more, including train rides, and it's not that expensive, This
is an opportunity to take the family to an almost outback winery with
educational values, such as, where does wine comes from(?), and maybe
even try some and then let someone else drive home.
International Sand Sculpting Championships - Windsor
Sand Sculptures are
becoming more and more popular and the competition to win, the Hawkesbury
International Sand Sculpting Championships, is gritty. The theme of the
competition is ‘Mystical Creatures’ and the competition entries
will be on display so you can wander through the event at your leisure.
Two sculptors will be on site creating display pieces of 50-60 tonnes
of sand so you can see how it is done. In addition to the sculptures there
will be stuff for the kids including sand sculpting workshops, sand art
and sand bottles.
- Bondi Pavilion - ends Sunday 15th January
is where you can get to see a 100 of the best short films from Australia,
and around the globe, at the world famous Bondi Beach. If that's not enough,
the panoramic festival bar is a great place to hangout and discuss what
you have seen, what's to come and to check out everybody else. The bar
opens daily, serving organic food and drinks.
on Sydney Harbour
Harbour - its a cracker
your special Sydney Harbour memories with this special Christmas cruise.
Not only will you be able to feast upon all the sights and fun of a Sydney
Harbour Christmas but you can also enjoy a Christmas Carvery and Seafood
buffet, followed by scrumptious Xmas Pudding. This
is a great way to escape the the worst of the Christmas feeding frenzy
and enjoy your meal and Sydney Harbour at the same time. Relax on the
alfresco decks and windows for a picturesque Xmas Evening and who knows?
If you're good you may even get a surprise visit from Santa!
Things to do on
Christmas Day in Sydney
A good place to be
in Sydney on Christmas Day, or any day for that matter, is Sydney Harbour.
The traditional thing to do on Christmas Day is (of course) to have a
big lunch. Guess what, you can do both and it does away with having to
cook! Seats are limited (they can't make the boat any bigger) and this
will probably sell out like last year.
Find things to do
this Christmas in Sydney and beyond. Whether you are into thrills and
spills or prefer to wile your days away relaxing, you will find things
to do in Australia, to suit you. You can book online instantly and secure
your slice of Christmas joy.
- 25th December, 12pm - 8pm
A Sunburnt Christmas
may make you consider dumping your family and heading straight off to
Bondi Beach but don't! have breakfast first. Bondi Pavilion will be the
focus for thousands of Christmas happy backpackers and international travellers
and, no doubt, a few absconds from family celebrations throughout Sydney.
Just don't forget the sunscreen..
Christmas at Sydney
Town Hall - Tuesday, 20th December from 20.00 to 21.30
with the whole family in the glorious splendour of Sydney Town Hall. Experience
the thrill of singing your favourite carols led by the mighty Grand Organ,
Royal Australian Navy Band (Sydney) and combined adult and children’s
The Downunder Spirit
Christmas Classic Cheer & Dance Event - Sunday, 13th November from
09.00 to 18.00
Championships has been one of Australia’s leading All-Star Cheerleading
& Dance Events for 10 years now, we have decided to start a BRAND
NEW cheerleading and dance event to finish off the All-star Cheerleading
Paddle Pop Adventure
Park - Macquarie University - Saturday, 28th January - Sunday, 29th January
Paddle Pop Adventure
Park has, apparently, the world's longest slip-and-slide, the Jungle Vines
climbing wall, elastic rope Jungle, River Rapids slide, Adventure maze,
Jurassic Jumping Castle, bungee trampolines, bumper boats, river rollers,
and face painting. Then there's a special screening of the Paddle Pop
BEGINS movie on a massive outdoor cinema screen. The "Hungry Lions
Den" provides sustenance with "a range of healthy options"
and there will be water bottle re-fill stations on hand.
Maclary and Friends - Based on the books by Lynley Dodd - Sydney Opera
House - Selected dates throughout January
is woofing down the tales of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.
Following hit performances at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, Hairy Maclary
and co-stars Hercules Morse (as big as a Horse), Bottomley Potts (covered
in spots), Schnitzel von Krumm (with the very low tum) and Scarface Claw
(the toughest tomcat in town) are generating rave reviews in Sydney
"… so numerous and vociferous was the audience that sometimes
the performers were drowned out…they were, however, able to keep
the kids in stitches, no matter the volume…’ – THE HERALD"
"The best thing
out of New Zealand since Split Enz" SMH