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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Best Outdoor Events to Head to in Sydney This Summer

Fresh air, sunny skies and a jam-packed calendar of outside events await.
By Ben Hansen
January 13, 2022
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By Ben Hansen
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    This That

    The Newcastle music festival is returning for its sixth event with an all-Australian lineup.

  • Food & Drink

    Fellr Garden of Fizz

    Head to the Royal Botanic Gardens throughout spring and summer for Australia's first pop-up hard seltzer bar.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Twilight at Taronga 2022

    Spend an evening at the zoo with the musical legend of your choice.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Pixar Putt 2021–22

    Sydney's Pixar-themed mini golf course returns with 'Toy Story', 'The Incredibles', 'Wall-E' and 'Inside Out'-themed holes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Art Pharmacy Installations at The Rocks

    Discover these five public art installations that have popped up in The Rocks.

  • Food & Drink

    'Beauty and the Beast' at The Grounds of Alexandria

    Be The Grounds of Alexandria's guest to celebrate the Disney animated favourite's 30th anniversary.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Summer Camp

    This touring pride festival is set to be the first Aussie festival with international headliners since the pandemic began — with Years & Years and Big Freedia topping the bill.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema Sydney 2021–22

    Watch everything from 'The Suicide Squad', 'Cruella' and 'Free Guy' to 'Dirty Dancing', 'Love Actually' and 'Home Alone' under the stars.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema Western Sydney 2021–22

    Get ready to watch flicks under the stars at Western Sydney Parklands.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    So Frenchy So Chic 2022

    Spend an afternoon in Bicentennial Park drinking champagne, eating cheese, listening to French music and frolicking on the lawn.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mardi Gras 2022

    Mardi Gras is back in 2022 with the parade taking place at the SCG and a host of fan-favourite events making their return.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    For the Love

    Get your dancing shoes on for this waterfront festival.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Les Sculptures Refusées 2021

    Head to the second year of the Q Station's free sculpture exhibition.

  • Food & Drink

    Le Diner en Blanc Sydney 2022

    The world's poshest picnic is back for another round — and it'll only let you in if you're wearing white.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Waterworld Central Sydney

    Race your mates on the multilane Epic Racer slide, or cool off in a giant inflatable pool.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Westpac Openair Cinema 2022

    Mrs Macquaries Point's outdoor cinema is back for another summer, screening everything from 'King Richard' and 'No Time to Die' to 'The French Dispatch' and 'The Matrix Resurrections'.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Monster Jump

    An inflatable obstacle course is coming to Sydney for some action-packed summer fun.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Cockle Bay Wharf Pedal Boats 2021–22

    Cruise around Darling Harbour in an old-school pedal boat this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Flickerfest International Short Film Festival Sydney 2022

    Spend a balmy summer’s night watching a stellar lineup of short films right by Bondi Beach.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Cinema North Sydney 2021–22

    Settle in for an al fresco screening of 'Home Alone' or 'No Time to Die'.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Inside the Tide

    Over 20,000 plants have been installed, including one of the largest vertical green walls in the southern hemisphere.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Speakers Corner

    Sydney Festival's new openair gig space is set to deliver a four-week serve of live music, comedy and art.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Airship Orchestra

    Vivid six-metre-high figures are popping up at Darling Harbour during this year's Sydney Festival.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Vigil: Songs for Tomorrow

    This annual Sydney Festival event provides a thoughtful way to collectively reflect on January 26.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Erth's Prehistoric Picnic

    Take a trip back to 65 million years ago at this picnic filled with realistic dinosaur recreations.

  • Food & Drink

    The Garden Social 2022

    Food, a cocktail bar and live tunes — all in The Domain for another summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hunters Hill Open Air Cinema

    Pair new releases and classic flicks with wine, food truck eats, starry skies and water views.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Watsons Bay Summer Markets

    Browse through 180-plus stalls by the water.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sweet Summer Sounds

    This two-week live music event sees some of Australia's most exciting musical talent taking the stage in an iconic location — and entry is absolutely free.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Cinema St Ives 2022

    Cinema under the stars is returning to St Ives Showground with a 20-film lineup.

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