Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Join us on March 3rd, from 7.45pm for one of Sydney's most loved celebrations. As more than 9000 people make their way down Oxford and Flinders Streets in a rainbow extravaganza of LGBTQI pride, hundreds of thousands of spectators line the Darlinghurst streets to watch the glittering procession of exotic costumes and political slogans.
Grab a spot on the sidelines or watch the parade from the balcony of an Oxford St bar. Cheer as Dykes on Bikes rev their engines at the front of the parade. Copy the dance moves of the Asian marching boys. See gay and lesbian police officers march alongside student pride groups, and Jewish and Arabic gays and lesbians. Mix with queer lifesavers from Bondi Beach!Date: 12 February 2012 - 4 March 2012
Handa Opera on the Harbour
Handa Opera on the Harbour - Beautiful music. Breathtaking spectacle. An unforgettable evening under the stars.
For three weeks only beginning in March 2012, one of the greatest operas ever written is performed on a shimmering stage, afloat on Sydney Harbour. Extravagant and devastatingly romantic, La Traviata is perfect for first time opera goers.Date: March 2012
With a staggering 49 Group races over six consecutive Saturdays, and over $20 million in prize money, the Sydney Carnival offers spectacular entertainment both on and off the track to keep revelers at all six days busy well into the night.
Sydney's flagship racing Carnival is held at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens. Myer Ladies Day kicks the Carnival off on 24 March and is followed by five successive Saturdays of Group 1 Classic racing featuring the running of the AAMI Golden Slipper on Easter Saturday, April 7.Date: 24 March 2012 - April 2012
Vivid Sydney - A Festival of Light, Music and Ideas
Sydney will once again be transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark from 25 May - 11 June 2012.
Vivid Sydney will color the city with creativity and inspiration, featuring the breathtaking immersive lighting of the iconic Sydney Opera House sails, performances from local and international musicians at Vivid LIVE and a free large scale multi-media outdoor exhibition of interactive light sculptures and building projections around the harbor precinct.
The event will also include a range of artistic collaborations, public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers from Australia and around the world, celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia Pacific.Date: 25 May 2012 - 11 June 2012
Sydney Film Festival
The Sydney Film Festival is one of the longest running events of its kind in the world. Each year the festival brings the best new films from around the world to audiences right here in Sydney. As well as brand new features from over all over the world.Date: 6-17 June 2012
Australian International Music Festival
Celebrating its 23rd year in 2012, the Australian International Music Festival is an educational event for school and community music groups. It is an extremely popular event with an average of 900 - 1,300 participants each year including groups from Australia, China, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and the USA providing a fantastic musical and cultural experience.Date: 24 June 2012 - 1 July 2012