As far as months go in Sydney, it doesn’t get more fun than the month of February. Highlight events include the Mardi Gras Festival, Chinese New Year and the ICC Cricket World Cup, and there’s so much happening you won’t know where to start!
To help you on your way, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best February events. Have fun!
Taronga Zoo is home to one of the world’s most spectacular harbourside amphitheatres and from the 30th January to 21st March it will be in good use every Friday and Saturday night as it hosts the 20th annual Twilight at Taronga. This years sees 16 brilliant concerts, including acts Bernard Fanning, Paul Kelly and Sarah Blasko.
When: 30 January – 21 March
Where: Taronga Zoo
To celebrate 200 years of Bungaree’s Farm at Mosman, George’s Heights Oval (the original farm site) will stage a nine day art event from inside a large and unique Camouflage Fuel Tank (T5). The event explores Bungaree’s legacy as the first land to be granted to an Aboriginal person by colonial authorities, while pushing the boundaries of contemporary art making.
When: 31 January – 8 February
Where: Mosman Art Gallery
The international phenomenon that is Shen Yun will return to Sydney this year for a strictly limited season. Shen Yun is a performance featuring the world’s most classically trained dancers, ancient legends, modern heroic tales, and 5,000 years of Chinese culture. With a unique orchestra and sold out shows across the globe, Shen Yun is not to be missed.
When: 6 – 15 February
Where: Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell St Haymarket, Sydney
Celebrate NSW’s finest food and wine regions and producers with the Sydney Morning Herald NSW Food and Wine Festival. From dinner and dessert to breakfast and brunch events, there’s plenty of opportunity to explore the tastes of the state or opt for a masterclass and learn the art of cooking or wine-making. To cap off the event, make sure you pay a visit to the Sydney Cellar Door from 27th Feb to 1st March.
When :7 February – 1 March
Combine the world’s best surfers with nine days of music, art, fashion, skateboards and sport, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for one really great event. Even better, it’s free! The Australian Open of Surfing is the country’s largest action sports and youth culture festival, inviting world-class athletes to Manly Beach – the birthplace of modern surfing.
When: 7 – 15 February
Where: Manly Beach
Almost 300 years after Vivaldi penned the Four Seasons, Richard Tognetti and Joseph Tawadros have brought their own blend of music alchemy to the program. The set features Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and selections from Tawadros’ Permission to Evaporate, Marcello and Gabrieli.
When: 9 – 23 February
JAM Festival is Australia’s biggest wakeboarding event, combining a music festival with water activities on the Hawkesbury River. Back for its fifth year, festival goers can enjoy a Stand Up Paddle Board competition, a fully-licensed bar, and a great lineup of seasoned and fresh artists.
When: 13 – 15 February
Where: Lower Portland, NSW
The Chinese New Year Festival in Sydney is a colourful event that celebrates the turning of the New Year into the Year of the Sheep for the strong Chinese culture in Australia. The Sheep is the eighth sign in the Chinese calendar and, as the number eight is significant in Chinese culture, this year’s event looks set to be an amazing one. Highlights include the festival launch on Friday 13th, when the Hickson Road Reserve is illuminated with larger than life lanterns inspired by the ancient Chinese terracotta warriors. On Feb 14th, the city’s Chinatown, Thaitown and Koreatown are transformed with long outdoor tables full of flavoursome food. And from the 28th Feb to March 1st, Cockle Bay will play host to a heart-stopping competition as dragon boats race to the beat of a drum.
Of course the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade is the main highlight, and will be held Sunday 22nd Feb at Sydney’s Town Hall.
When: 13 February – 1 March
Sick of the standard candlelight dinner on Valentine’s Day? Why not try something different and take part in Australia’s largest undie run, which aims to raise money for the Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia. Last year’s event raised more than $150,000, so slip on some undies and start running!
When: 14 February
Where: The Rocks, Sydney
Celebrate everything tomatoes for one whole weekend, and enjoy Sydney’s Tomato Festival being held on the Band Lawn in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Bring your prized tomatoes for the popular Best in Show competition, take part in the Chutney/Relish Challenge, or enrol in a masterclass, workshop, or guided walk.
When: 14 – 15 February
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
The ICC Cricket World Cup will be held jointly across Australia and New Zealand, with Sydney hosting its first game, South Africa Vs West Indies on Feb 27th at the Sydney Cricket Ground. On March 8, check out Australia Vs Sri Lanka, a match not to be missed.
When: 14 February – 29 March
Where: SCG, Moore Park
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras serves as global beacon of diversity, acceptance, and lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTQI) rights. The Mardi Gras is a statement of pride, anchored by a parade known the world over. It attracts thousands of visitors to Sydney, and this year’s highlights include photographic exhibitions, theatre productions, and even the take-over of an iconic Sydney water park. Fair Day in Victoria Park officially kicks off Mardi Gras, and is a free community event. The Sydney Harbour Party on the 28th Feb is a must for those who love a dance and an incredible view, the Sunset Cruise on 3rd March takes you on an amazing Harbour journey, and of course the parade is a day not to be missed. Held on 7th March, the Mardi Gras Parade is one of Australia’s most famous events, where hundreds of thousands of spectators come to witness 10,000 paraders dance the streets in a joyous celebration.
When: 20 February – 8 March
Wanderlust is a multi-day retreat that gathers yoga enthusiasts, families, foodies, and mindful adventurers to historical Cockatoo Island. The event features a range of lectures, workshops, live music, outdoor activities, and delicious treats.
When: 20 – 22 February
Where: Cockatoo Island
This year’s Soundwave Festival looks better than ever with acts such as Marilyn Manson, Slash, Fall OUt Boy, Incubus, Judas Priest and Exodus all gracing the stage. Go for the day or go for the weekend, as this is the first year the event will be held over two action-packed days.
When: 28 February – 1 March
Where: Sydney Olympic Park