The Blue Picnic Sydney

Sydney’s best events in June 2017: where to eat, drink, and party

June kicks off winter – but there are plenty of ways to keep warm in Sydney. We have a firey Chilli Festival for you in Newtown; the lights of VIVID to bask in; and some dogs to cuddle. Read on our for our top picks of events in Sydney in June 2017!

VIVID Sydney Ford Mobility Revolution

photo: HK Blogger

VIVID Sydney (26 May-17 June)

One of the best festivals in the city, nay, the country, VIVID has it all. And we’ve put together a guide for you of the best events across Music, Lights, and Ideas. Plus check out all of our coverage.

Hendrick’s Gin The Awakening (2-4 June)

A sensory overload starring one of our favourite gins, Hendrick’s promises a ‘delightfully peculiar theatrical cocktail experience’. Tickets include three cocktails — what could be better?

The Blue Picnic (Sat. 3 June)

The title says it all: this is a place where you wear blue clothing, while eating and drinking blue food. (Yes, food colouring is encouraged.) It’s all happening in a hidden harbourside park to boot.

happy end Sydney Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival – Happy End

Sydney Film Festival (7-18 June)

The grandmother of all film festivals in Sydney, SFF heralds all that is wonderful in the world of film. Catch a movie or two with your mates — and make sure to suss out our top five picks while you’re at it.

Newtown Chilli Festival (Sun. 11 June)

The inaugural Chilli Festival promises chilli (the stew) and chillies (the firey peppers). You can eat, you can watch — you can even drink chilli-infused cocktails at the host The Bank Hotel.

Supanova (16-18 June)

Comic Con fans, this one’s for you. This huge multi-day convention sees cosplayers rubbing shoulders with aficionados of all stripes. Lovers of fantasy, sci-fi, comics can all find something to enjoy.

Game of Rhones Sydney

Game of Rhones

Game of Rhones (Sun. 18 June)

Our favourite Game of Thrones-esque wine festival returns! Costumes are encouraged (the winemakers will all be wearing them, too). Why not dress as a follower of R’hllor, the Red God, while you sample red wines?

The Moth: GrandSLAM (Thur. 22 June)

Storytelling behemoth The Moth (of podcast fame) hosts its first ever Sydney grandSLAM. 10 of the best storytellers at previous incarnations of The Moth will compete to have the winning tale.

Underground Cinema: DREAM (Thur. 22 June)

A secret film, in an unknown location — these are the two main ingredients in all UGC productions. Part immersive theatre, part movie, all fun. There are still some spots in their Thursday screening, so snap them up!

Underground Cinema DREAM Sydney

Underground Cinema DREAM Sydney

Dragfest (22-25 June)

For the second year, RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants are gracing Australia with their presence. Get up close with the famous drag queens from your fave tv show, in addition to Sydney’s best local queens.

Double Bay Dog Day (Sat. 24 June)

Doggos, puppers, and floofs will be out in force in Double Bay. Pick up some food, listen to some music, and watch the canine massages, doggie finger/paw painting, or just pet your favourite long bois.

Dragfest 2017

Dragfest 2017

Suitcase Rummage (Sun. 25 June)

New season = wardrobe refresh. And what better excuse than a Suitcase Rummage? Re-use, recycle, upcycle — any way you cut it, you’re helping the environment while becoming more stylish. Win-win.

MCA ARTBAR (Fri. 30 June)

As always, the month ends with a bang thanks to the MCA ARTBAR series. The view from the fourth-floor cafe can’t be beat — and speaking of beats, there’s live music, interactive stalls, and some great art.

MCA ARTBAR JANuary 2017 Sydney


There you have it: your June, sorted. Pencil in a few of these plans and get your friends together. We guarantee if you head to a few of the events listed here you’ll have a fantastic month.

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– Theresa and Team TPO
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Theresa can’t wait to get amongst it this June. She put together this list with the help of the entire TPO team.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones are invited guests of Cardinal Spin, Agent99 PR, Bottle Shop Concepts, The Moth Sydney, Secret Squirrel Productions.
Image credit: Gik Wine, HK Blogger, Cardinal Spin, Game of Rhones, Underground Cinema, Dragfest, MCA.