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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 09, 2023
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By Ben Hansen
January 09, 2023
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  • Travel & Leisure

    Vital Means: One-Day Mental Wellbeing Retreat

    Check your stress at the door on this communal one-day retreat in the rainforests of the Central Coast.

  • Food & Drink

    In Good Taste Festival

    This free night market is returning to Hurstville with more than 40 culinary stalls and a food-based art workshop.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mopoke 24-Hour Cinema

    A free 24-hour outdoor cinema playing Studio Ghibli and Wes Anderson films is popping up on Macquarie Street — but just for one day and night.

  • Food & Drink

    Disney at The Grounds

    Be The Grounds of Alexandria's guest to celebrate 100 years of Disney and its on-screen gems.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Great Club Marrickville Block Party

    The Great Club is hosting a Hottest 100 party with its mates Baba's Place, Pepito's and Grumpy Donuts.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Salón del Amor

    This monthly party brings laidback DJ sets to Norfolk Hotel's sun-soaked beer garden.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Yabun Festival 2023

    This annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures returns in full to Victoria Park, with Tia Gostelow and Aodhan.

  • Food & Drink

    Hello Auntie x Philter Brewing Lunar New Year Pop-Up

    Hello Auntie and Philter Brewing are coming together for a Lunar New Year feast featuring exciting street food creations from Chef Cuong and his mum.

  • Travel & Leisure

    KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix Sydney

    The world's most exciting race on the water is coming to Sydney Harbour this February.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    For The Love

    A star-studded lineup of Australian and international artists is taking over Thomas Dalton Park — and there's an exclusive package that'll have you stay nearby, sip refreshing summer bevs and dance under sunset skies with a VIP experience on the day.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Greek Summer Festival

    This massive celebration of Greek culture will take over Carss Bush Park with loukoumades, souvlaki, a huge barbecue and a fireworks display synchronised to Greek music.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Warner Bros. 100 Open Air Cinema at Darling Quarter

    Enjoy classic films and brand-new blockbusters under the stars at this free outdoor cinema.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Sessions at Cockatoo Island

    Catch great live music and gorgeous views over the harbour every Saturday as the sun goes down.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sydney Lunar Festival

    Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit as Haymarket is taken over by performances, market stalls, themed feasts, lion dances and dragon boat racing.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Retrosplash!

    Retrosweat is taking its throwback 80s aerobics classes to the pool.

  • Food & Drink

    The Harbour

    Enjoy fish and chips under the sails of the Sydney Opera House at this summer pop-up restaurant.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Cupid's Koi Garden

    This multi-sensory family of inflatable characters will spark wonder and help you beat the heat.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Flickerfest International Short Film Festival Sydney 2023

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Vigil: Awaken

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sydney Symphony Under the Stars 2023

    Grab your picnic rug for a spectacular night of classical music in the park.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sydney Festival 2023

    Sydney's major arts festival returns for 2023 with more than 700 performances across 50-plus venues.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mopoke

    This free 24-hour arts and cultural festival is taking over Macquarie Street.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Summer at Bondi Pavilion

    The Pav is celebrating its first summer since relaunch with a stellar line-up of events.

  • Chatswood Year of the Rabbit Festival

    Celebrate the year of good fortune with food stalls, fiery dancing dragons and inflatable bunny figurines floating across the streets of the lower north shore.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Cockle Bay Wharf Pedal Boats 2022–23

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

  • Food & Drink

    Casa Aperol at Promenade Bondi Beach

    Expect an Amalfi-inspired escape when Casa Aperol pops up on the shores of Bondi Beach this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Cinema North Sydney 2023

    Settle in for an al fresco screening of 'The Menu' or 'There's Something About Mary'.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Cinema St Ives 2022–23

    Cinema under the stars is returning to St Ives Showground with Christmas films, big-screen blockbusters and a three-day doggo fest.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Huxleys at Oxford House

    Escape into the fantastical androgynous world of Will and Garrett Huxley.

  • Food & Drink

    EQ Dining Festival

    This summer, Thursday night at the Entertainment Quarter is for street food, drinks to match, live music and play for all ages.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Westpac Openair Cinema 2023

    Mrs Macquaries Point's stunning outdoor cinema is back for another summer, screening new, recent and classic flicks across 40 nights.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Pixar Putt Darling Harbour 2022–23

    A Pixar-themed mini golf course is popping up at the Pier St Underpass this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Maho Magic Bar

    This January, a neon-lit Shinjuku-inspired bar and a performance space is hitting Tumbalong Park as part of the 2023 Sydney Festival.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema Sydney 2022–23

    Moonlight Cinema is back for another huge summer of cinema under the stars.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Laneway Festival 2023

    HAIM, Joji and Phoebe Bridgers headline Laneway's huge comeback lineup for 2023.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    So Frenchy So Chic 2023

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Inner West Night Market

    An easy-going market packed with food, drinks and produce in the heart of the inner west.

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