Top Sydney Events in Autumn

2 Mar: Twilight Food Fair

Enjoy the long summer evenings at the annual Twilight Food Fair. It’s a great way to end the week with delicious hot food and live entertainment!

3 Mar: Mardi Gras

With 40 incredible years of passion, pride and protest, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade has grown to a bustling extravaganza that brings Sydney to a standstill, and shines a light on the issues affecting LGBTQI people around the world.

11 Mar: Latin American Festival

The Latin American Festival is a festival packed with events for the whole family:
Latin American crafts, art, traditional food, clothing & drinks. Music and dance groups on multiple stages. Latin American folkloric performances. Latin dance lessons and more.

15 Mar: St Patrick’s Day

Experience the festivities of this iconic day at one of the many happenings around Sydney. Don your greenest of greens, grab a brewski and kiss your nearest Irishman/woman!

23 Mar – 22 Apr:  Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Experience the romance of the original Bohemian love story at the magnificent Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. You’ll taste the best of Sydney in a single night out: food, fireworks, singing and spectacle under the stars.

Now-1 Apr: Moonlight Cinema

Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema. New releases and cult classics in an open-air amphitheatre with a food truck and bar, plus BYO.

8 Apr: Colourfest

Enjoy a fun-filled day at one massive festival of color, non-stop music, and dance. This one-of-a-kind colour festival will showcase EDM to R&B, pop to house, as well as live performances from the city’s best DJs.

15 Apr: Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day 2018: Sydney

Inspired by Argentina’s answer to Robin Hood, Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day is Australia’s biggest celebration of Argentina’s most famous grape. Well over 90 examples of Malbec from Argentina, Australia and France will be on tasting, plus there will be empanadas, tango dancing and ales.

23 Apr – 20 May Sydney Comedy Festival

Every April and May, hundreds of the world’s funniest comedians take to stages across Sydney to entertain an audience of more than 122,500 people, followed by a 50+ stop Showcase Tour across Australia that performs to over 25,000 annually.

20 May SHM Half Marathon

The iconic SMH Half Marathon is back. Challenge yourself to join thousands of runners for the SMH Half Marathon on Sunday, May 20. Crave the pursuit of 21.1km around Sydney’s most iconic sights, putting your mental and physical limits to the ultimate test… are you up for it?

13-17 May Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is a celebration of fashion and culture. Sydney becomes the nation’s style attraction for Australia’s most innovative fashion designers, red carpet celebrities and retailers.


26th May – 17th Jun 2017 VIVID Sydney

Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring many of the world’s most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures, a cutting edge contemporary music program and the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.



17 Mar – 11 June Biennale of Sydney 

The Biennale provides a platform for art and ideas and is recognised for commissioning and presenting innovative, thought-provoking art from Australia and around the globe.


BONUS EXPERIENCE: Ferris Wheel Dining

Picture yourself sitting opposite someone special, a perfect sunset silhouetting them in your vision as you look out over Sydney Harbour, glistening gold in the last rays of sunlight. A glass of wine in your hand and a delectable entrée platter set before you, you feel as if you’re floating above the Harbour, as the slow turn of the Ferris Wheel carries you up and out above the water.