Australia’s most iconic city, Sydney is known for its urban chic, world-class seafood, and unmistakable skyline. Its attractions like the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, and Sydney Harbour Bridge are universally recognised around the world.
Planning to visit Sydney in springtime, from September to November? Party and play like a Sydneysider! Here are 7 Sydney events and festivals happening close to PARKROYAL Darling Harbour that you must try to catch.
||Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127, Australia
||+61 2 8765 2000
||1 October 2017, entertainment starts 6:30pm
You haven’t experienced Australia if you’ve not seen a footy match in all its adrenaline-pumping glory. The NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Sydney is the culmination of a blood-and-tears battle involving 16 teams jostling for the coveted Provan-Summons Trophy.
Hailed as the most entertaining and exhilarating Aussie sporting spectacle, don't miss your chance to catch the rugby league’s pinnacle event on Sunday, 1 October 2017, at ANZ Stadium!
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||The Domain, Art Gallery Road, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney 2000
||15 October 2017, noon to 8:00pm
Come Sunday, 15 October, Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens will be filled with merry revellers soaking up the sun, tunes, and a gourmet picnic spread. They will look all but lost at Lost Picnic.
This year’s line-up includes juicy acts such as Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Beatle Boys with George Ellis, and the Australian Symphony Orchestra. You can also catch musicians Montaigne, Sarah Blasko, The Teskey Brothers, and All Our Exes Live in Texas. Get ready for the biggest and most exciting Bohemian Sydney event of the year.
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||Various locations and timings
Fancy something bold and exuberant?
The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales with events spread across the city. Happening throughout the month of September, the Sydney festival celebrates diversity and independence, and showcases the creative offerings of the city’s local artists, makers and performers – especially those previously undiscovered and under the radar.
Harry Potter fans, be sure to catch Unplotted Potter to relish some seriously improvised fan fiction theatre. Or check out the up-and-coming comedy acts at the Kensington Street Festival Village.
||Slide, 41 Oxford Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 (Between Pelican Street and Brisbane Street)
||Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays till New Year’s Eve: 7:00pm to 11:30pm
El’ Circo is not your typical circus act. It is a visual and gustatory feast combining an intimate setting of circus and Parisian-style cabaret accompanied by a 9-course degustation dinner.
Get set to be entranced by a host of stunning aerial twists, unique comedy acts, and pole dance performances as El’ Circo brings the concept of dinner theatre to a whole new level.
El’ Circo is running till the end of 2017 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, at events destination Slide.
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It’s filly season, so get ready your fancy hats, fascinators, and racing outfits!
The Sydney Spring Carnival is the best-dressed event of the year. Some of the key races to look out for are TAB Epsom Day on 29 September 2017, Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day on 7 October 2017, and The Everest on 14 October 2017.
Remember, your ticket to the races includes complimentary travel on public transport to and from the event, including rail, bus, and ferry services.
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||15 October 2017, various timings|
If walking around Sydney’s twinkling harbour proves too tame for you, get on two wheels instead.
The Sydney Spring Cycle will take you places that you can’t drive through in a car - Sydney Harbour Bridge’s main deck, Cahill Expressway and the historic Rocks area. Check out the 10 km Sydney City Ride or the brand new 16 km River Ride, which will take you along Parramatta River.
Sydney’s sparkling harbour needs little introduction. Combine the iconic gems of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House with a dazzling Spring sunset, and you’ll end up with views that are stupendously gorgeous. If you’re hoping to create some romantic moments, the 45-minute Sydney Harbour Sunset Cruise will provide the perfect backdrop.
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