What’s on at the Sydney Festival

What’s on at the Sydney Festival in January?

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 8th 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 attempt to dazzle and mesmerize you with an array of high quality offerings of dance, theatre, music and visual art.

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.

In 2015 there appears to be less for free including still a few ‘stolen’ free events such as the Ferrython on Australia Day. Never mind, perhaps the best free event is the Parramatta Free Opening Night. See the links below for more information about Parramatta’s party and the free stuff at the foot of the page.


Musically speaking, or singing, an interesting, if not compelling, list of artists include Archie Roach, Ed Kuepper, Tiny Ruins, Seu (Bowie) Jorge and many more.

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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”.


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 – from 9th January

Parramatta hosts its own opening party on 8th January with ‘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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