2023 Sydney Summer of Fun

January 13th, 2023 - by Brad Gillespie

Staying in the city this summer?

That means lots of time to enjoy Sydney’s many local delights. Put some of that money you’ve saved on airfare and accommodation toward doing new, fun things instead.

Festivals are back!

Summer means festivals. Or at least it used to. Happily, they’re back on again this summer, with the Sydney Festival running until Sunday 29 January. This “city-wide celebration of culture, creativity and the questioning mind” boasts a free and ticketed program of theatre, music, dance, visual art and experimental live performance.

The Sydney Lunar Festival is on from Saturday 21 January to Sunday 5 February 2023. Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with dumplings, dragon boat racing, workshops and cultural activities for the kids.

Celebrate creativity and diversity at The New Beginnings Festival 2023 on Saturday 28 January. This multicultural festival showcases the talents of artists and entrepreneurs from refugee, migrant and Indigenous backgrounds. It’ll be bustling with live performances, DJs, markets and food stalls. It’s on this year at the Australian National Maritime Museum, another great venue to visit with the kids this summer.

Picnic with Parisian flair as Sydney’s chicest summer picnic and live music line-up returns. So Frenchy So Chic will be held on Saturday 21 January in Bicentennial Park.

Australia’s famous short film festival, Flickerfest also returns for its 32nd year at the newly revamped Bondi Pavilion.

Check Eventbrite and Sydney.com for more upcoming summer festivals.

Hop in the car for a quick day trip

There are many accessible national parks in Sydney and surrounds where you can hike, swim and spot native wildlife. From the beautiful Blue Mountains to spectacular Kangaroo Valley, there are plenty of great getaways within a two-hour drive from Sydney.

Play tourist for a day

Don’t forget the tourist classics we neglect when we’re locals. From the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge to the beautiful beaches of Bondi and Manly. Take a ferry ride around the harbour, visit Cockatoo Island or Taronga Zoo, or spend a day exploring the Royal Botanic Garden or Barangaroo. Other ideas: Finally do that BridgeClimb. Go for a swim and sauna at Bondi Icebergs Club. Eat fish and chips by the beach in Watsons Bay. Take the whole family to Luna Park or the Sydney Aquarium. Get on your bike and take a tour of our fabulous inner city and inner west cycleways.

See a film al fresco

Moonlight Cinema returns to Centennial Park with its usual mix of family-friendly fun, cult classics and new releases. Westpac Open Air is on again at Mrs Macquaries Point and The Rocks Laneway Cinema will be screening free holiday classics. Or you can drive to Blacktown and experience the nostalgia of one of Sydney’s last remaining Drive-In Cinemas.

Support local businesses

The City of Sydney’s Summer Streets initiative returns in 2023, with road closures, entertainment, extra chairs and tables and more to support local businesses in Glebe, Redfern, Ultimo, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and other inner city locations.

Go for a swim in one of our area’s amazing pools or waterparks. Discover the latest and tastiest food vans in Sydney this summer or check out the best new local cafes, bars or pooch friendly cafes and pubs. Take the kids to a park, visit a local market, see what’s new in Chippendale or go on an eating tour of South Eveleigh’s new food precinct.

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