Things to do in Sydney in July

Things to do in Sydney in July

July Events

Singing in the Rain – City Centre – Thursday, 7th July – Sunday 7th August

Singing in the RainThe classic musical Singin’ in the Rain is coming to Sydney! This fun and romantic comedy is one of the world’s best-loved movies and has now been turned into a wonderful musical. Sit back and enjoy some brilliant dance routines live on stage along with lots of singing in the rain. An opportunity not to miss.

Singing in the Rain


Australian International Music Festival – To Be Confirmed

One of the great things to do in Sydney in July is to go to the Australian International Music Festival. This 26-year-old festival allows us to appreciate the musical talents of musicians that we might not otherwise get to appreciate. We can look forward to hearing from groups from Asia including both Chinese and Japanese performers to U.S. and Kiwi groups. Australia is also well represented. Jazz, orchestra and various choirs all perform at the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall at Angel Place and Darling Harbour. Don’t miss this for the world.


Winterlight – Parramatta – Friday 1st July to Sunday, 17th July

Winterlight is a cool event held in Parramatta every year. It is mostly about skating around being cool, looking cool, thinking you’re looking cool or not looking cool at all. In the end it doesn’t matter provided you are having fun. From 10am till bedtime its stalls, free stuff for kids and lots of light and heavy winter treats.



Go Skiing!

Whilst on the subject of winter:

Go Skiing!


Winter Festival – Darling Harbour – Cool Yule – 2nd July to 17th July

Cool Yule is going to be massive this year. For starters Sydney’s favourite radio station (well, one of them) Nova 97 less a bit is aiming to get everybody on the Ice Rink. There will be extensive skating lessons. Learn to twirl and whirl like a champion. A whole new career could await you. Alternatively just enjoy the spectacle. If skating is not your ‘bag’ how about a play in the Snow Pit, an adventure in an enchanting Frozen Forest (by the harbour?) or just enjoy a winter’s tale. There will be lights, there will be action and the will be the cool Cool Yule Selfie Station. So get your scarf and skates on and slide on down to Darling Harbour and support a Cool Yule Christmas in Sydney.

Darling Harbour – Cool Yule


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


Christmas in July

Christmas in July started life as Yulefest in the Blue Mountains. The idea was to replicate a European Christmas celebration during the coldest month of the year. Trouble is it doesn’t get that cold in Sydney. Add to this a degree of cynicism that’s it’s just a marketing ploy and you end up with a less than qualified success. Still worth ‘doing’ if you can’t wait for the ‘real thing’.

Christmas in July


The Rocks Aroma Festival – 24th July

Did you know coffee is a multi-million dollar business? Work it out. If you buy a coffee a day, at say $4 a cup, then that’s $1,460 a year, and let’s face it, if you’re a coffee addict, you probably don’t stop at one… Someone out there is making a lot of money, and I’d hazard a guess it’s not the guy or gal who makes your coffee. But, if you love the stuff, you will not care. It’s an addiction! If you are a coffee fan, the Rocks is the place to be in July. Just the smell will draw you in as all that’s good about coffee is celebrated in style. Check out the Turkish, the Italian, the French and the Australian coffees and vote for your favourite coffee. Apparently it’s good for us, in moderation…

Rocks Aroma Festival


Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes – Art Gallery of NSW

Of the three prizes the Archibald Prize, given for Australia’s best portrait, is the most famous. The subject can be anyone who is in the limelight including politicians, the sporting elite and well-known artists. The People’s Choice award gives you the opportunity to vote for your favourite.

The Wynne Prize goes to the best landscape painting whilst the Sulman Prize is for the best subject painting.

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes


Carmen at the Sydney Opera House – Monday, 13th June to Friday 12th August

Carmen Sydney Opera House

This classic Opera tells a story of love lost and betrayal. Carmen is about the seduction of Don José, a soldier by Carmen the fiery gypsy. José gives up everything  for Carmen only to lose her to another lover. José then kills Carmen in his pain and rage.

Carmen at the Sydney Opera House


Sydney International Boat Show – Glebe Island and Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour – 28th July – 1st August

The Sydney International Boat Show is going where no international boat show has been before – Glebe Island. The show will have its own customised, purpose built complex for its undercover world class exhibits. A stone’s throw away… well more of a mighty rocket propelled sling shot away will be the Boat Show afloat with its outdoor exhibits at the Cockle Bay Marina in Darling Harbour. Follow the link below to discover something which will (hopefully) ‘float your boat’:

Sydney International Boat Show


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


School Holidays

We also list a few events with the kids in mind for the Winter School Holidays:

July School Holidays


More things to do in July

Continue having fun in July and enjoy a few of the Top 100 Things to do in Sydney.

Events and Festivals in August

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