The party season may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean it has to stop entirely. Sydney in January is still alive with hundreds of exciting events, from markets and exhibitions to sporting events and summer holiday fun.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
For one whole month, the Bella Vista Farm Park will be transformed, when more than 400 tonnes of sand gets carved into spectacular sculptures. This year, the event will be celebrating all things Disney Pixar.
When: 26 December 2014 – 26 January 2015
Where: Bella Vista Farm Park, Windsor
Children will be captivated by The Magic Flute, when the stage comes alive with a pure-hearted prince, damsel-in-distress, a queen, mysterious temples, dancing bears and a levitating picnic. With brilliant colour and the sounds of Mozart, children will be entranced.
When: 2 – 30 January
Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre
In Sydney’s beautiful Botanical Gardens, discover the magic as fairies, witches and dragons interact through fun, dynamic stories.
When: 2 – 16 January
Where: Royal Botanical Gardens
Come and see the best cowboys and cowgirls of Australia as they battle to take out $15,000 in prize money. With trade stands, a bar, great live music and ten hours of wild rodeo action, this is fun for all the family.
When: 3 January
Where: Picton Showgrounds
Celebrate this unique sport at the iconic Bondi Icebergs, as the Aussie Sharks take on the International All Stars. A fun and exciting sporting event with an incredible backdrop.
When: 3 January
Where: Bondi Beach
One of Australia’s most popular alfresco cinema events, Movies by the Boulevard is FREE and features family-friendly movies every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night throughout January.
When: 3 – 18 January
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
Australia’s first portable water park will debut at the Blacktown International Sportspark. It features giant inflatable pools, slides, and palm trees. If you’re feeling adventurous, try plunging 10 metres down the Colossal Dino Slide.
When: 3 – 26 January
Every January, the Sydney Festival keeps the celebrations from Christmas and New Year going by transforming Sydney into a showcase of the highest quality arts and ideas. Event highlights include theatre and dance shows, such as Tabac Rouge and Masquerade, Opera at the Sydney Opera House, circus and cabaret spectaculars, plus a fun-filled Festival Village.
When: 8 – 26 January
The 24th International Short Film Festival is back, and will include competitions for: International, Australian, Documentary, Green Flicks, and Australian School Students.
When: 9 – 18 January
Where: Bondi Beach
The best 16 teams in Asia will meet to compete for the AFC Asia Cup, the most sought-after trophy in Asian football. A match not to miss is the Socceroos clash against Oman on January 13.
When: 10 – 31 January
Where: Sydney Olympic Park & Newcastle
The Apia International Sydney 2015 will be one of the must-see sporting events of 2015 and will see players, such as Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic and Sam Stosur battle it out on the courts.
When: 11 – 17 January
Where: Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre
Inspired by the famous cabarets of Paris, Risque Revue follows a tangled narrative of love, lust and jealousy. A super-sexy soundtrack and spectacular choreography make this event something no adult should miss.
When: Jan 14 – March 25:
Where: Slide Lounge
Pack up a picnic and head to Sydney’s iconic Domain for a night of opera under the stars. Dress in your best or stay relaxed and enjoy Traviata, Butterfly, and a night of beautiful sounds.
When: 24 January
Where: The Domain
All across the country, the 26th of January will see people celebrating all things Aussie. Whether it’s enjoying a BBQ in a park, a game of cricket on the beach, a swim, a beer, or an event such as the Opera House’s Australia Day Concert, there’s plenty to see and do. Event highlights include: Australia Day Big Breakfast, Australia Day at Bella Vista Farm, Celebrations at Sydney Olympic Park and the Opera House Australia Day Concert, which features acts, such as Jessica Mauboy, The Justice Crew and Russell Morris.
When: 26 January
The industry-assessed AACTA Awards celebrate the excellence in screen achievement in Australia, with more than 40 awards bestowed across a range of arts, including screenwriting, producing, costume design and acting.
When: 29 January
Where: Star Casino
To mark the 200th anniversary of Bungaree’s Farm and the first land grant to an Aboriginal person by colonial authorities, Mosman Art Gallery curator Djon Mundine has put together an incredible display of Aboriginal art that interprets the character and life of Bungaree.
When: 31 January – 8 February
Where: Bungarees Farm, Mosman