Things to do in Sydney in July

Things to do in Sydney in July

July Events

Arsenal in Sydney – Sydney Olympic Park – Thursday, 13th July and Saturday, 15th July 2017

The Arsenal is arguably one of the greatest football (soccer) clubs in the world. They are certainly one of the oldest and they are coming to Sydney in July! They will take on the might of Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium. It will be interesting to see how well the local teams against the might of the Arsenal.

Arsenal in Sydney


 Australian International Music Festival – July 9-16, 2017

One of the great things to do in Sydney in July is to go to the Australian International Music Festival. This 27-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.

Australian International Music Festival


Winterlight – Parramatta – TBC

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

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 – TBC

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 – TBC

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


Sydney International Boat Show – 3rd – 7th August 2017

The Sydney International Boat Show includes an 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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