Sydney's cracking calendar

Laughs and light shows, cinema and coffee, writers and winter. Sydney is bringing some of the biggest, loudest, and funniest events to town this season.

Laughs and light shows, cinema and coffee, writers and winter. Sydney is bringing some of the coolest, loudest, funniest and most eye-opening events to town this season. 


Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney

26 May – 17 June 2017

Sydney’s Vivid festival takes light shows to a new level, when the Harbour city lights up for the biggest international music, art and light festival in the Southern Hemisphere. The festival expands to Barangaroo for the first time, illuminating the laneways and eateries of the boom waterfront precinct, and has extended its walking trail through the Royal Botanic Gardens, popping out at the Opera House, which will be lit up by dozens of fantastical imaginary creatures scampering around its sails.

And it’s not just the light installations you need to check out, as Sydney transforms into a creative hub with a jam-packed three-week program of Vivid Music and Vivid Ideas.  

Take advantage of Sydney Harbour YHA’s City Break Package


 Sydney International Film Festival

Sydney International Film Festival

7-18 June 2017

Are you a film buff? Get along to the annual Sydney International Film Festival and discover new and independent films from around the world. From star-studded red carpet premieres and forums with famous filmmakers, to animated shorts and red hot docos, this celebration of celluloid will freak you out, make you laugh, get you thinking and take you on some extraordinary journeys.

Stay at Sydney Central YHA


Sydney Winter Festival

Sydney Winter Festival

30 June - 17 July 2017

Get your skates on and hit the Sydney Winter Festival from 13 June to 13 July 2014 for some "cool Yule". Much missed last year, this enchanting mid-year favourite is back. Darling Harbour will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with outdoor ice rink, alpine huts serving winter warming goodies like bratwurst, gluwhein and roasted chestnuts, plus there's free festive entertainment including themed nights, skating performances, live music and DJs. Entry is free, however ice skating should be booked ahead online and costs from $28.50 for adults including skate hire and booking fee.

 Bastille Festival Sydney

Bastille Festival - the Food Wine Art Revolution

13 July - 16 July 2017

Enjoy food, wine and art at the Bastille Festival this July. This 'feastival' celebrates French cuisine and other cuisines around Europe. Definitely worth a visit! 

Stay at Sydney Harbour YHA - take advantage of the YHA's Sydney City Break deal

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