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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
January 13, 2022
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    Badu Gili: Wonder Women 2022

    This year's projection series will display an all-female lineup with live performances and a pop-up bar on hand.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    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

    Les Sculptures Refusées 2021

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

  • 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.

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Rooftop Long Lunches

    A monthly rooftop lunch series with stunning harbour views and endless rosé.

  • 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.

  • Food & Drink

    Lunar Lanes

    Celebrate the year of the tiger in the bustling lanes of Haymarket.

  • Casa Aperol

    Empire Lounge is transforming into a tropical oasis complete with cocktails courtesy of Maybe Sammy and Aperol.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Cinema St Ives 2022

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

  • Travel & Leisure

    Nature Illuminated

    Experience the Chinese Gardens of Friendship like never before with this immersive light show.

  • Lunar New Year Dragon Boat Races

    Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at this nail-biting event.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Summer Streets

    Inner-city streets across Redfern, Glebe and Darlinghurst will be shut to make room for COVID-safe al fresco dining spaces throughout summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Yabun Festival 2022

    This annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures returns for its 20th year.

  • Food & Drink

    Kensington Street Chinese New Year

    Dine while dragon dancers take to spice alley and get special meal deals at this Chinese New Year celebration.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Invasion Day March 2022

    This January 26 rally will feature a silent march to the historic Day of Mourning site on Elizabeth Street before finishing at Yabun Festival.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Valentine's Day Champainting

    This paint-and-sip night at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo includes kangaroos, koalas and bottomless booze.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Lunar Lanterns 2022

    Twelve giant lanterns are popping up around Sydney to celebrate Lunar New Year.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hello Kitty Town

    Everyone's favourite fictional cat-like Japanese character is taking over Darling Square at this super-cute three-month-long street festival.

  • Food & Drink

    Lobster & Co

    This indulgent pop-up only serves lobster rolls with truffle fries and glasses of champagne.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Free-kin Weekends at The Factory Theatre

    You'll find bands, brews and barbecue at The Factory Theatre every Sunday.

  • Food & Drink

    Messina Margaritas and Tostadas Bar

    The Harbord Hotel and Gelato Messina have come together to create three summer-ready margaritas — served alongside lobster and crispy prawn tostadas.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hyde Park Barracks After Dark 2022

    This late-night event series is transforming Hyde Park Barracks with art and music once a month.

  • Food & Drink

    Rosé All Day 2022

    Opera Bar is turning pink to send off summer in style.

  • Food & Drink

    South West Brew Fest

    This one-day beer festival is slinging brews from 18 different breweries in Sydney's southwest.

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