8 Super Exciting Winter Festivals In Sydney We Can’t Wait For This Year

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8 Super Exciting Winter Festivals In Sydney We Can’t Wait For This Year

Tis the season to sparkle.

One would think this chilly, grey weather would get Sydneysiders retreating to the confines of their warm bedrooms but that couldn’t be far from the truth. In fact, come Winter, the city starts livening up in almost every area, right from the arts and cultural arena to beachside festivals to illuminated light events. Every corner of the city comes to life and there’s something to suit everyone’s needs and interests. With 2020 being a bit of a sombre year, the city is gearing up to bounce back with a truly terrific lineup of events. Here are a few we are super thrilled for.

1. Nature Illuminated

Sydney has a new immersive experience to add to its bumper winter arts calendar with Fever Originals bringing to town its stunning Nature Illuminated: Life of the Seasons experience.

This winter, Sydney’s Chinese Garden of Friendship will be transformed into a wonderland with theatrical lighting reflecting the four seasons of the year, interactive forest sprites that keep a watchful eye over nature and an augmented reality treasure hunt that will explore the flora and fauna of this fabled realm.

2. Sydney Solstice

Image credit: Destination NSW

If you’re desperate for a return to normalcy and to step out and have some much-needed fun — Destination NSW’s and NSW Government’s brand-new art and food festival — Sydney Solstice is just around the corner.

Set to take place from June 8-June 20, this exciting new festival will be held across four key precincts: the Central Business District, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo and surrounds, Oxford Street and surrounds and Newtown and surrounds. The event is primed to showcase some of the best that the city has to offer in terms of dining, art and culture.

3. Bondi Festival

The Bondi Festival described as a ‘cutting-edge’ arts festival, will be held from June 25- July 11. Things we can look forward to include a Ferris wheel, a skating rink and live entertainment every evening among others. The Ferris Wheel, Bondi Vista, will set you flying above the ground at 22 meters to panoramic views of the beach and everything around.

4. Archie Brothers pop up circus

Image/ Supplied Archie Brothers

Showtime at Archie Brothers. Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq are playing host to a dazzling and immersive circus pop up in the heart of Alexandria. Set to continue every second Saturday night of each month all the way till November 13 this year, the show promises to be a hoot and then some. Highlights of the event include Tarot card reading by Lila Luna, an accomplished tarot card reader of over 16 years, spectacular magic and comedy by ringmaster and unusualist Jerry Hatricks and an epic show by snake charmer Porcelain Alice.


5. Vivid Sydney

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The countdown to Vivid Sydney has officially begun with Destination NSW releasing the line-up of events for 2021 late last month. Complete with brilliant art installations, exhilarating live performances, immersive experiences plus food and entertainment galore, August 6-28 is looking to be a pretty memorable time for Sydneysiders. Australia’s biggest festival of light, music and ideas is back in all its glory after being cancelled last year due to the ongoing pandemic.

6. Winter Village 

The Winter Village, a much-loved pop-up event in Melbourne that takes place every year is gearing up to make an entry into the Sydney art and culture scene. Although dates and events are yet to be announced, you can expect heaps of fun events including an ice rink, igloo dining- complete with plush cushions and fairy lights for a perfect night out and several food and drink pop ups to make sure you have your hands and tummy full of hot, comforting goodies.

7. District X Sydney 2021: Extreme Sports & Live Music

District X, the extreme sports festival landing in Sydney this October, is bringing together an elite line-up of athletes for three days of head-to-head competitions, championship rounds and world record stunts that’ll entertain, enthral and excite even the mildest of adrenaline junkies.

8. Darling Harbour Winter Festival 

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This 14-day party courtesy of the Darling Harbour Winter Festival, aims to celebrate the local food and dining scene. And this isn’t your average winter festival, Sydney Solstice is pulling all the stops to make this an event for the books. Highlights include a live performance stage where some of our favourite local DJs and bands will set the stage on fire, a giant arctic ice slide and a gorgeous themed harbourside ice-skating rink by Cockle Bay where you can learn a thing or two from the ice dancers and skaters.

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