Things to do in Sydney in February
February events including things to do on Valentine’s Day
February is a romantic time in Sydney with Valentine’s Day of course but it is also the last month of the season, the last few weeks to enjoy the brilliance of Summer in Sydney. February also marks the start of one of the biggest festivals of its type in the world! The Sydney Mardi Gras.
A box of chocolates and a card that will do it’ is what a lot of us think when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Some of us just refuse to acknowledge its existence. But it does exist and whether we like it or not we will be bombarded with messages pretty much from the start of the New Year.
Do nothing and pay the price
The mistake some people make is to do nothing until the last-minute and end up paying more than they should for seat in crowded restaurant for a lot less than a perfect experience. If you can relate to any of this I suggest you book something special to do now:
The Mardi Gras kicks off in February with its world-famous parade celebrating what promises to be another wonderful festival.
Trop Fest – 10th – 11th February 2017
Tropfest is Australia’s most well-known short film festival and the largest festival of its kind in the world and it’s free! Tropfest boasts live music and entertainment, good food, bars, red carpet arrivals and keenly awaited film screenings and awards ceremony.
Open Air Cinema – Mrs Macquaries Point
The general admission pre-sales tickets for the Open Air Cinema, one of the top 10 things to do in Sydney will have all just about sold out by 1st February. This is unfortunate if you haven’t been yet but happens every year. The season for this top thing to do is clearly too short and should be extended (although it is about a week or so longer than it used to be). You should still be able to get a limited number of tickets from the Open Air Cinema box office 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 than the number promised don’t waste your time. The Open Air Cinema Box Office is located at the entrance to Mrs Macquaries Point.
The expensive Intercontinental Hotel package deal is also still available (at the time of writing) priced from around a big scary number. 🙂 See website for more details.
The Sun Run and the Coles Classic – Dee Why to Manly – Saturday, 4th and Sunday, 5th February 2017
Seven kilometres of fun running in the sun. The views, the atmosphere and smiles. Lots of cheers and happy faces. It’ll be a great day. Early start of 6-30 a.m. but it’ll be worth it. You commence at Dee Why and make your way down to Manly. The run is for everyone from the elite runner to the fit walker. Everyone who completes the course will receive a commemorative medal.
Movies under the Stars in Sydney
Whilst the Open Air Cinema may be winding up but you can still see movies out in the open all over town. We list the best outdoor cinemas in the:
Australian Open of Surfing – Saturday, 25th February to Sunday, 5th March 2017
Where do we find skateboarding, sport (if skateboarding isn’t regarded a sport yet), art, music and fashion snuggled up together like kittens in a basket? (one for the cat lovers). Manly is the place to be in February (and March and April and May… 🙂 )
Chinese New Year – Friday, 27th January 2017 – Sunday, 12th February 2017
The Sydney Chinese New Year is one of the biggest celebrations outside of China itself. One of the highlights not to be missed is the Twilight Parade which illuminates, entertains and enthralls in equal measure.
Voyage to the Deep – Maritime Museum to 19th February
Voyage to the Deep follows the adventures of Captain Nemo, that’s a submarine sadly not the well-loved fish of the same name. Dive below the waves and discover what lies beneath without getting wet. Follow the link below for more on this and other great holiday activities.
Julian Assange – ICC Darling Harbour – 18th February
Does freeing up secrets mean much when so much fiction is portrayed as fact? When ‘truth’ is twisted for political gain? Assange will address a live audience and take questions. You are invited to join Julian Assange, one of the most controversial and divisive figures of our time, for “No more secrets, no more lies’. It promises to be an unbelievable experience. 🙂
Madonna Party and Festival – Auburn and Newtown – Film and Party – February and March
Put on your bra and fishnet stockings and if your girl wear whatever you like :), strike a pose, dance like a virgin and loads of other very famous tunes I really don’t want to remind myself of. This will be fun.
Film Showings are scheduled for January and February with the party to be held in Newtown on Friday 3rd March on Mardi Gras ‘Eve’.
Twilight Concerts at Taronga Zoo
There are more Twilight celebrations in February as Taronga Zoo rocks and sways to some sweet music from a fine selection of talented musicians and ‘iconic Australian artists’.
Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Market – At Manning House and Manning Bar, Manning Road, Sydney University
The Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Market is a unique mix of music festival and market. It is all about Rock ‘n’ Roll, alternative and vintage fashion, jewellery, music, books, art, children’s activities plus a classic vehicle display, the popular Tiki Bar Courtyard and loads more including a massive entertainment line-up and swing dancing lessons. Bars, Cafés, International Food and huge kids games and more helps to ensure no-one misses out on having a good time.
Sunset Cinema North Sydney – Thursday, 19th January to Saturday 18th March
Whilst perhaps not quite in same league as the Open Air Cinema (listed 7) on the other side of the harbour the Sunset Cinema still has a lot going for it. If there’s something you want to see there’s a sunset thrown in for free.
High Tea at NSW Parliament – Every Friday to 31st March 2017
High Tea at Parliament House is a special experience to savour. Held every Friday in the strangely named Strangers’ Dining Room, High Tea the NSW’s centre of power is full of tradition combined with creativity. As you lazily gaze down upon the masses strolling over the Domain delve into a lemonade scone with strawberry gel and cream or smoked salmon and dill cream cheese crepe roulade. Bookings are recommended and can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the link below for information:
Manly and North Head
A visit to Manly and North Head is a wonderful late summer thing to do in Sydney. A ride on the Manly Ferry to get there adds to the experience. It can feel like you are on a trip away from it all even though it takes a little more than half an hour on the ferry and even less on the Manly Fast Ferry. For ideas on what to do when you get there follow the link below to the 4th and 5th top things to do. If the explorer in you needs to be unleashed travel further north up the coast to Palm Beach – listed at No. 8 on the list.
Manly and North Head – Top 4th and 5th things to do in Sydney
More stuff in February in Sydney
We will continue to keep out eyes open for more events in February so come back later if you find you need more things to do and hopefully you will find it here. Alternatively have a flick through the list of the Top 100 and see if you can find something of interest there.