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Sydney Entertainment Guide

What's on in Sydney?

Sydney Entertainment not to be missed

Sydney entertainment at its best. What's on in Sydney this weekend through to next month. What are Sydney's top events and festivals. Where are the best places to go for music, theatre, comedy, exhibits and activities in Sydney.

Below you will find a select listing of the top entertainment taking place in Sydney over the next few weeks. At the foot of the page is a link to even more of the best activities in Sydney. For a more comprehensive guide you will need a top Travel Guide.

Happy New Year!

New Years Eve in Australia

I'm writing this for those people who always seem to email me about things to do on New Year's Eve after everything has sold out. Right now there are still places available for front row seats to the greatest fireworks display on earth. So start thinking about what you want to do for New Year's Eve now to avoid watching it on telly afterwards and thinking 'I wish we had booked something'.

New Year's Eve

Martin Place Children's Concert and Tree Lighting - Thursday 28th November

Whilst we're on the subject of Christmas, and let's face it, it's big and it's happening, the annual lighting of the tree in Martin Place will take place next Thursday 28th, at 6pm. If you're quick, the kids can still get an entry in to win the chance to be the one who presses the button! (Colouring competition entry closes Friday 22nd)

Christmas on the Green at Hyde Park - Thursday 28th November 6:00pm - 8:30pm

On the same day, Christmas on the Green is happening at Hyde Park. There will be a free concert, with Christmas entertainment for all the family, plus a sausage sizzle, craft activities and in true Sydney tradition, a fireworks display as the sun goes down.

Sydney Christmas

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The Sands Annual Busking By the Beach, Narrabeen - Sundays until 1st December

If you think you have a talent worth spotting, then here's your chance. The first heat for the Busking by the Beach competition is on this Sunday, 10th November. Local celebrities will be judging the talent and those who make it through will compete in the grand final on December 1st. Come and try out, or just come for the entertainment.

The Sands Annual Busking By the Beach

Tyrannosaurs at the Sydney Museum - Starts Saturday 23rd November

The new exhibition at the Sydney Museum is big, and it's scary. Find out more than you ever wanted to know about the origins of T-Rex and his extended family.

Tyrannosaurs at the Sydney Museum

Corroboree - 14th to 24th November

A Corroboree is a ceremony of singing, telling stories and dancing. Corroboree Sydney is a new annual festival to be held at various sites around Sydney Harbour. It offers a unique experience of Indigenous culture, with leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, writers, dancers and musicians sharing their creativity and their stories. Come and watch, listen or sing and dance!


Christmas Choirs in the City Centre - From 21st November

Christmas is nearly upon us again, or so the shops would have us believe. To enhance the Christmas spirit, the city will be filled with the music of Christmas carols. On Thursday 21st November, late night shoppers will be entertained by the roving Christmas Choirs from 7pm. And they'll be back each Thursday evening until Christmas to entertain you while you shop.

Christmas Choirs in the City Centre

The Rocks Village Bizarre - Fridays in November and December

'A Friday night playground of markets and mystery' - starts this Friday, November 1st in the Rocks. With night markets and bizarre and mysterious performances happening around you, and plenty of options to stop for food or a drink, the Rocks is the place to be on Friday nights until Christmas.

The Rocks Village Bizarre

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Sticky Rock Candy, The Rocks - Candy demonstrations every day

Here's one for the kids. If you're in town, why not take a detour to Sticky Rock Candy in the Rocks. They have a fantastic range of candies with intricate designs throughout. Want to know how they get those pictures into a stick of 'rock'? Then come along and watch a demonstration by the talented confectioners. You can even create your own image.

Sticky Rock Candy

Lego Acropolis - to June 2014

Lego is big on the Christmas list in our house, and dominates the birthday presents. And you know what? I really enjoy helping the kids with it. Sadly they are old enough to pretty much go it alone with their Lego building. Perhaps I could get a job like Ryan McNaught? He is the only Lego certified professional in Australia, and following the success of his Lego Colosseum in 2012, he's back with his pint sized version of the Ancient Greek Acropolis. It’s on display from July at the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney. Definitely worth a look for all those Lego fans out there, young and old.

Lego Acropolis

Visit Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River and hitch a ride on the Riverboat Postman

The grand Hawkesbury River, the watery divide between Sydney and the Central Coast, is much driven over, less visited. This is a shame as it has dramatic and elegant beauty to it and is steeped in history. You can get a sense of what a wonderful place this is with a visit to Brooklyn, just off of the F3 Freeway and a greater appreciation by getting yourself onboard a cruise, hiring a boat or by going kayaking.

The Hawkesbury River

Sydney Markets

Sydney100 has always listed a number of Sydney's top markets. In addition to the old favourites, many new markets have sprung up around town. An award winning local market guide has been set up to keep us all advised of what's happening. Consequently we have added them to the list as a catchall for any markets worthy of a listing.

Sydney Markets

Whale Watching out of Sydney


Yes I know we have mentioned this before and we will probably mention it again but the whales are coming and they will keep on coming until one ventures into Sydney Harbour. When that happens the media will make a big splash with the story, they like this kind of thing because they can recycle lasts years report. Anyway, the danger is the news coverage fills up on the whale spotting boats for a month. So if you want to see a whale, possibly with her calf, don't leave it too long.

Whale Spotting in Sydney

The speediest whale watching "cruise" is in town. Be quick, seats are going fast - along with the rest of the boat.

Speed Whale Watching

Late Night Libraries

Have you been to the library of late? Well you will be able to soon, not night club late but it's all a bit raunchy for a library. As more and more books have gone digital, libraries are reaching out more to get people in through the front door.

Surry Hills Library

Surry Hills started the late trend and its caught on with a number of other libraries opening their doors for adults only entertainment. We could be laughing all the way from the library with comedy, some weighty, serious topics with some sex, violence and famous people thrown into the mix.

Your local Library

So ask your local librarian what he, or she, has any late nights planned - you might like the answer.

Tours of the Olympic Stadium

The London Olympic Games maybe over, well actually it is definitely over, sorry, but you can still watch the London Paralympics and / or visit the scene of Sydney's triumphant games in 2000.

Best Games Ever

Widely considered the 'best games ever' at the time, the Sydney Games provided the blueprint and people for the successful London 2012 Games. Olympic Park is listed at No. 48 on the top 100 list.

Spooky Sydney

Ghost tours Sydney

Ok, it's still a little chilly, but there are some things well suited to the cooler weather. You could see a whale for instance, as they migrate during the spring months. You could also see a ghost(?). Why are ghosts more common in winter? Because they love the cold. How do we know this? What do people say when they see a ghost? Suddenly, the air got colder.. :)

Sydney Ghost Tours - listed at No. 42

Not Quite Cabaret - Balmain

Not Quite Cabaret has all the credentials of a great Thursday night out in Balmain. This is beers and giggles of a different variety. There are a huge number of cafes and restaurants in Balmain to grab a bite to eat from first. You could even catch a ferry to get there.

Not Quite Cabaret

Justice and Police Museum - Circular Quay


Now 'Wicked Women' has finished and in it's place is the return, of 'City of Shadows'. This even more wicked exhibition will shine light upon Sydney's past "wrong doing" and "illicit pleasures".

Justice and Police Museum

Free old Movies - Every last Sunday of the month - The Newington Armory Theatre - Sydney Olympic Park

Chilling out and watching an old movie on a lazy Sunday afternoon, particularly if it's wet, is good for the soul. Cinewest is going for the "they don't make ém like that anymore" variety. If it's not doing it for you and/or it's stopped raining, there are far worse places to be than Sydney Olympic Park. Go for a bike ride, skateboard, fire off an arrow or fly on a trapeze. Back on the chill theme, you could just take a stroll and catch the ferry back into town.

Free old Movies

Just another day out with Thomas - Thirlmere

Thomas and his steamy friends are on track for another big day out. You can expect to meet Thomas (Hi Thomas, how are you doing?..), take a "genuine steam train ride" in Donald the black engine and watch Henry shunt those 'Troublesome Trucks'.

A really useful Outing

If you are, or know a small engine who is, into Thomas then you'll probably find this event really useful. You'll even meet the Fat Controller. But before we get too steamed up, you'll have book your train ride beforehand and it costs. Tickets go on sale online. Beep, Beep, all aboard!

Just another day out with Thomas

Art After Hours - The Art Gallery of New South Wales - Every Wednesday - 5pm - 9pm

The late Wednesday night opening features a free events program with films, talks, performances, food and wine, alongside the exhibitions.

•All exhibitions - permanent and temporary - are open.

•The ArtBar is open late and serves wine and an evening-themed menu from 5pm.

•The Gallery Shop and Research Library are open until 8.45pm.

•The Members' Lounge is open and also serves evening refreshments.

•Parking: The Domain Carpark is open until 9pm. Parking is also available along Art Gallery Road.

•Complimentary Bus - From the Gallery to Martin Place every 15 minutes, from 7.15pm until after the last film.

Art After Hours - The Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Australian Reptile Park

The Australian Reptile Park is a mere hour's drive north of Sydney and yet many Sydneysiders have never been. There are many Aussie animals to meet, along with all the amazing reptiles. You might also decide to make use of the good picnic and BBQ facilities and children's play park.

Australian Reptile Park - listed at no. 30

The Wiggles are back at the Powerhouse Museum

wiggles exhibition powerhouse museum

The Powerhouse are attempting to keep everybody happy with this reincarnation of the Wiggles Exhibition. Grown ups, and older kids, can investigate the rise and rise of The Wiggles whilst the kids play and interact with high-tech interactive exhibits. The fact that the Wiggles Exhibition is free with museum entry might also please Mum and Dad.

The Wiggles Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum

Manly What's On

Manly is one of the top places to visit in Sydney with an abundance of natural attractions. It is also host to many excellent events and festivals including the Manly Jazz Festival and the Manly Food and Wine Festival. Below you will find a link to the Manly Council Events Calendar and a link to the top things to do in Manly and Sydney.

Manly What's On

Manly things to do (No.1, 4, and 5)

Beast or Beauty of Barangaroo?

Beauty of BarangarooWhat Barangaroo will look like in 4 years time(?)

Not an event as such but in the Tele and SMH so worth a mention. Not everybody loves the idea of the development but you can walk and jog where no one could easily walk / jog before so we listed the "Barangaroo Walk". It is only at the bottom of the pile as it's not finished yet. Let us know what you think of Barangaroo. Good, bad or just plain ugly. Maybe we shouldn't list it at all..

Skip, Skip, Skip to Woolloomooloo

But you could just walk, all the way from Barangaroo in fact, or drive and when you get there, swim it. The local water-hole, The Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, has had a bit of a refit. Beyond that, Woolloomooloo is an interesting place with a mix of new, old and rich. From Finger Wharf, the hang out of celebs and the well-heeled, to the local pubs and public housing estates. Well worth a stroll, a swim, cappuccino or even lunch with a spot of people watching.

Barangaroo to Woolloomooloo

Royal Botanic Gardens - Free Twice Daily Guided tours

Explore the world of plants and the history of Sydney's magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens with a knowledgeable Royal Botanic Gardens volunteer guide. Tours are held daily at 10.30 am (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday) and take approximately one and half hours to complete. Head for the Information Booth outside the Gardens Shop at the Palm Grove Centre.

Royal Botanic Gardens - Free Guided tours

Summer School Holiday Fun

The big Summer School holidays are creeping up on us again and whilst we all love spending time with our little darlings, I'm sure there are just a few of us who breath a sigh of relief when it's all over. We've tried to make it a little easier for you, with a list of all the great activities in Sydney especially for your kids over the school holidays. Check out our school holiday page, and also take a look at the Christmas in Sydney page for things that are not just for the kids.

School Holiday Fun

What's on North of Sydney

It's been a long week, been working hard, time for a break. Lets get out of here and head north:

North of Sydney

More Entertainment and Top Activities

There is more top entertainment and magical activities in Sydney for you to enjoy. Just follow these links to Festivals and the top things to do in Sydney.

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