Live music, food festivals and winter vibes is what August in Sydney is all about. The Cherry Blossom Festival returns for its first physical edition in 2 years along with a reimagined Garden Social. Things are also looking up for culture vultures with over 500 events lined up thanks to Sydney Fringe. Whether you’re a foodie, theatre lover or music fiend, August is the perfect month to be out and about in Sydney. With the bitter cold and rain behind us and warm spring days within reach, we’re keen to take advantage of all the brilliant events and experiences the city has to offer. Here are some of the most exciting things happening in Sydney this month.
1. Head to the delightful Cherry Blossom Festival
One of Sydney’s most photographed and Instagrammable events is making a much awaited return after a two-year hiatus. For 9 days this August stroll under cherry blossom trees, enjoy delicious Japanese food and take part in themed craft activities.
2. Soak up the sun at the Garden Social
The Garden Social is always a fun time and this time it’s coming back reimagined with live music, food trucks and a huge celebration of First Nations cultures from August 12-14.
3. Enjoy this exciting new show at the Opera House
Oracle explores the 12 Zodiac signs through tantalising acrobatics, live vocals and more. Blending immersive circus elements, exciting burlesque routines and more, this is a show you don’t want to miss.
4. Binge on raclette and s’mores at Opera Bar
Opera Bar is serving hot rum cocktails and s’mores toasted at your table this winter. Even better, they’ll be brought to your table in roving carts as you get toasty around heaters with harbour views to boot.
5. Immerse yourself in the arts with Sydney Fringe Festival
With it’s first physical edition in two years, Sydney Fringe is promising to pull all the stops for a memorable show. Enjoy over 500 events across the city from August 15 – September 30.
6. Explore this fascinating exhibition at the MCA
Ultra Unreal features the works of six artists and collectives as they explore belief systems and the concept of fluidity. It’s completely free to visit until October 2.
7. Check out A.P Bakery’s new venue
Once you try A.P Bakery’s baked goods, there’s no going back. Now the humble bakery has launched a new standalone venue in Newtown and it’s serving excellent coffee, pastries and more.
8. Try delicious flavours with the Hot Chocolate Festival
Victoria’s hot chocolate festival is dropping 31 new flavours across the 31 days of August and you don’t have to worry about missing out because they’re delivering across Australia.
9. Experience the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
As part of Sydney Fringe, Runaway Gardens is also making a comeback with a host of events lined up including the excellent Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent.
10. Geek out at the Sydney Science Festival
This year, the Sydney Science Festival will be exploring the theme of revival with some of Sydney’s leading academics, scientists and researchers coming together for the 9-day event.
11. Enjoy the last of Jagged Little Pill
The 15-time Tony Award nominated Broadway musical, Jagged Little Pill has suspended its Australian tour but you can still catch a show until August 14. Snap up your tickets here before they sell out.
Sydney’s beautiful Candlelight music concerts are pumping a number of magical shows. And in this cosy weather, they just hit different. Grab tickets to tribute shows to Queen, Amy Winehouse and more.
🕯️Get lost in Candlelight Jazz: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse at The Linseed House
🕯️Experience Candlelight: The Best of Danish Folk Songs at St. Stephen’s Uniting Church
🕯️Watch Candlelight: Tribute to Queen at The Holme Building
🕯️Welcome August with Candlelight: Tribute to Taylor Swift at The Holme Building
🕯️Experience the soulful Candlelight: Tribute to Coldplay at the Grand Lodge
🕯️Go for the magical Candlelight Ballet: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake & More
🕯️Step back in time with Candlelight: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons St. Stephen’s Uniting Church
Whale watching season is not yet over and if you want to see these majestic creatures up close, Sea Monkey Sailing is giving whale enthusiasts a chance to do just that out in the open waters. Grab your tickets here for an experience of a lifetime.
20. Catch the Korean Film Festival
13 commercially and critically acclaimed movies from the Korean film industry are coming to Sydney this month. Enjoy thrillers, rom-coms and more courtesy of the Korean Film Festival from August 18-23.
21. Go on a truffle trail in Darling Square
Eateries around the city are packed with the black gold this truffle season. Now Darling Square is serving up a winter warming special in the form of a Truffle Trail and a host of Sydney favourites are getting in on the action.
Elizabeth Bay House is the scene of a crime and you and your team need to come together to try and solve the mystery. The task at hand requires you to put on your detective hats and put two and two together in this unique and fun experience. Get all the details plus ticket info here.
26. Get your dancing shoes on for Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Enter a world of glamour, glitz and extravagance with Moulin Rouge! The Musical. On at the Capitol Theatre, this is one of the most awaited musical offerings of the year.
27. Get your dumpling fix at this new diner
Lotus Dumpling Bar, Summer Hill is the latest offering from the Lotus Dining Group and it’s all about their signature dumplings, shared plates and an extensive drinks menu to dazzle your tastebuds.
28. Cosy up in Pier One’s igloos
If you’re feeling extra fancy this winter, you should add Pier One’s opulent igloos to your radar. With harbourside vistas, fancy canapes and drinks, this is a winter essential you won’t want to miss.
Sydney’s brunch culture is alive and thriving. If you’re a bottomless brunch enthusiast and on the lookout for new options, you’ll want to add Mama Saan to your list. With 2 hours of unlimited Patrón margaritas, palomas, wine and beer and a 5-course Japanese menu, your weekend is well taken care of.
30-35. Unplug at these relaxing hot springs in NSW
There’s nothing better than a tranquil hot spring to beat the winter blues. Plan a getaway to one of these scenic spots a few hours from Sydney for an au naturel pampering session.
The Independent Theatre is hosting a new classical music series from the Live at Yours platform with Live at The Independent: Concert and Cake Sundays, where the music is marvelous and the cake is complimentary.
37. Snuggle up at this outdoor cinema in The Rocks
An outdoor cinema? In August? Yep! And even better, it’s completely free complete with bean bags, fairy lights and no prior bookings needed. Just rock up to the beautiful Atherden Street on Wednesday and enjoy a movie under the stars.
38. Dance it out at this K-Pop music festival
HallyuPopFest is finally making its much anticipated Australian debut in Sydney. Touted as the largest K-Pop festival ever held in Southeast Asia, the inaugural event is set to take place on August 13-14.
39. Grab all the wine at Junipalooza
Junipalooza, is finally making its way to Sydney this August. The international gin festival which has found much acclaim in London, Hamburg and Melbourne is bringing over a 100 varieties of gin to town.
The Magician’s Cabaret is super popular for it’s extravagant shows and excellent dinners. There’s no other show in Sydney quite like The Underground Burlesque Experience. Get tickets to La Belle Rose—Sydney’s longest-running cabaret show—and A Tribute to the Women of Soul—an evening of powerful live music by Sydney songstresses.
According to studies, your sense of taste is heightened by your loss of sight. But, Fever isn’t asking to do away with their eyes. Instead, all you need to do to put this trick to the test is step inside a darkened restaurant, don a blindfold and dig into a three-course meal. You might struggle at first with the cutlery, but soon the flavours and textures of what you’re eating will seem as if they’re on another level. Sounds a little bit incredible, right? Get tickets here.
42. Watch a new production of The Phantom of the Opera
If you missed Handa Opera’s production of The Phantom of the Opera earlier this year, a brand new show is coming to the Opera House and it promises to be a night to remember.
Walking through the Blue Mountains never gets old. But the historical site is even more beautiful lit up under the night sky. If you want to learn more about the stars, constellations and the universe at large, keep this stargazing tour in your radar. You’ll be accompanied by an astrophysicist on the evening. Get all the details plus your tickets here.
44-49. Experience snow at these beautiful spots in NSW
There are heaps of places in NSW where you can experience cosy nights by the fireplace, exciting ski trips and hot cocoa by the window, check out some of our favourites.
❄️The Blue Mountains
☕The Snowy Mountains
A Magical Soirée, by Bruce Glen combines fantastic stories with fascinating magic tricks to leave audiences in awe and wonder inside a heritage building. Grab your tickets here.