Sydney is just the right kind of city for enjoying the outdoors and major events. This is also true in winter, when light shows, food fairs, and music festivals keep the city alive with sound and energy. These are some of the top Sydney events held during the winter months. Accommodation in the Sydney CBD can be hard to find during the busiest times of the year, so book in advance if you are visiting Sydney during a major festival.
Vivid Sydney is probably one of Sydney’s best-known winter events. The event, which runs for around two weeks in late May through to June, transforms the city into a spectacular display of art and light. It features large light installations on various buildings include the Opera House, public talks from international and local thinkers, and musical performances.
Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
The Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival has been running for nearly three decades. This is a major community event that is held along Manly Beach every year. The event has a strong tourism benefit, and it attracts around 15,000 local and interstate visitors. It features local restaurants, wineries, live performances, and cooking demonstrations.
Sydney Film Festival
The Sydney Film Festival has been running for six decades. The festival features the best in local and international cinema, covering many different genres and categories such as animation, short films, and documentaries. The winner of the Festival’s Official Competition is awarded $60,000 in cash. If you are film buff, this could be well worth exploring.
Ice at Circular Quay
Ice at Circular Quay is Australia’s largest winter entertainment event. The event runs from June to July in 2013. Located in Circular Quay, the event features the installation of a giant ice skating rink next to the Overseas Passenger Terminal. If you have ever dreamt of ice-skating in Sydney, visit Ice at Circular Quay this winter.
Bondi Winter Magic
Bondi Winter Magic features dozens of events including Bondi the Beautiful Fair, Art in the Streets, Bondi History Walks, and Sculptures by the Sea. This festival will open your eyes to local attractions, restaurants, and art.
Australian International Music Festival
After more than two decades, the Australian International Music Festival has a well-establish presence in the Australian events calendar. Around 1,000 performances participate each year, and musicians from all over the world come to take part in the festival. The festival covers different genres, including wind bands, jazz groups, choirs, and orchestras.
The Rocks Aroma Festival
The Rocks Aroma Festival is one of the largest events held in The Rocks area. The festival runs in July of each year, and offers drink and spice tastings, as well as live music and belly dancing.
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival is Sydney’s top fashion and lifestyle event. It is held every year in late August at Sydney’s Town Hall. If you are a fan of fashion, this festival will appeal to you. It showcases a range of leading designers, runway shows, and fashion events. There are also style workshops, live performances, and a chance to shop for your favourite pieces.