What’s on at the Sydney Festival

What’s on at the Sydney Festival in January?

When does the Sydney Festival start? First week in January and ends on 26th January 2017

You might think that, after all the Sydney New Year’s celebrations and world-famous fireworks, things might calm down a little bit in Sydney. Well, you’d be right, they do, but not for long. The Festival takes a hold of Sydney on 7th January and doesn’t let go until the Australia Day long weekend.

The most popular cultural festival in Australia

The Sydney Festival draws in around a million people from far and wide making it the most popular cultural festival in Australia. Many top Australian and International artists will dazzle and mesmerize you with an array of world class performances in dance, theatre and music.

Not what it was?

In the past, much of the Festival was free, then we went through a period where it was more about making money, then we switched back to the free stuff, particularly with the Festival First Night.

Get with the Program

The 2016 Program is arguably the most exciting for some time and yes loads of free stuff. The Chills, Girlpool, Tolu (Circus for Kids), The Flaming Lips, Symphony in the Domain are just some of diverse offerings to be enjoyed. This is the Festival’s 40th Birthday and it looks as though it is going to be some party.

See the links below for more information about the entertainment at Parramatta and the Free Stuff at the foot of the page.

 Program of Events

What’s on at the Sydney Festival? The best way to approach this is to flick through the program (link below). If you intend to see a few different things make use of the planner on the Festival website.


I Love the Nightlife – The Festival Village in Hyde Park

As you might have guessed, Sydney will be alive and buzzing during the festival and it doesn’t stop till… well I’m not sure it does stop actually. Anyway, the Festival has its own bar in Hyde Park complete with all kinds of entertainment to keep you in a festival mood including “The Famous Spiegeltent”.

Spiegeltent and Meriton Festival Village

During the day, “The Famous Spiegeltent” is family friendly but after dark however it is a different story. As kids go home to bed the grown-ups come out to play.

Festival Village

Parramatta Festival

Parramatta has ‘free events galore’. Maybe Parramatta is taking over the festival as there appears to be some pretty cool things happening in the middle of Sydney.

Parramatta Festival

Free and Top things to do

There are a myriad of things to do in and around Sydney which are not part of the program. Once you have planned your outings, fill in the gaps with some top things to do in Sydney:

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