Live like a Sydney local

Sydney is unstoppable, and nobody knows that better than the people who live there.

Here's our local's guide to finding a great Sydney moment at any time of the year.

Major Sydney events coming up

No matter what time of the year you visit, Sydney is always putting on a show. Whether you're looking for bright lights, a great night out or world-class sport, there'll be something exciting happening around every corner. We've picked out some highlights from the upcoming Sydney events calendar to get you started.

ICC T20 World Cup 2020 men's matches in Sydney

T20 is cricket's most exciting format; it's super-fast and electrifying to watch. If you want to see some of the best T20 teams in the world, the ICC T20 World Cup is one of Australia's premier sporting events for 2020. The men's competition of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 gets off to a flying start with the opening match in Sydney on 24 October. Matches are also booked for the Sydney Cricket Ground on 29 and 30 October, 2 and 8 November, with the exciting Semi Final 1 on 11 November. There are 16 countries involved, including the world's top cricketing nations, so the competition will be fierce.

Vivid Sydney

Experience the largest annual festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. From 22 May to 13 June 2020, Vivid Sydney will once again transform the CBD with amazing light installations, excellent music and stimulating workshops. The excitement spills into the surrounding streets, as everyone gets wrapped up in the colour, light and ideas.

 

Disney's FROZEN The Musical

Coming to Sydney's Capitol Theatre in 7 July 2020, FROZEN has been melting hearts on Broadway in this all-new production created for the stage by an award-winning team. It features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, FROZEN is everything you want in a musical: It's moving. It's spectacular. And above all, it's pure theatrical joy. Sign up to the mailing list to receive the latest news and priority access to tickets when they are released by visiting frozenthemusical.com.au

La Traviata on Sydney Harbour

Sydney's put a new spin on opera with an extravagant production of La Traviata on Sydney Harbour, from 27 March to 26 April 2020. As outdoor events go, this one's unique – a spectacular operatic production, twinkling night-time harbour views, pop-up food and wine venues, and a fireworks show. The harbour stage is a work of genius, complete with a 9-metre high chandelier and lighting that will have you spellbound. Tickets are selling fast, so don't delay.

Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival

Enjoy the good life in the Hunter Valley wine region with a festival that serves up wine and food experiences you'll never forget. The Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival spans two whole months, from the 1st of May until the end of June. That means plenty of scope for you to book a delightful sojourn that includes cellar doors, gourmet dinners, vineyard tours, winemaking workshops and cooking classes. There are signature events too, like Music in the Woods on 6 June 2020 and Handmade in the Hunter markets every Saturday.

NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final

Sunday 4 October 2020 is a big day for rugby league – the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground. A grand finale resulting from 16 teams battling it out over 25 rounds of games, this match is guaranteed to be one of the most stirring sporting events of 2020. The Provan Summons Trophy is at stake and it'll be delivered to the field by helicopter as part of the pre-game entertainment. The Sydney Roosters nabbed the trophy last year in a nail-biting finish. This year's finale could be just as dramatic.

Shopping the way the locals like it

Everyone knows Paddington; it's been the mainstay of alternative Sydney shopping for years. But have you discovered some of the other inner-city suburbs? We have a few recommendations, based on where the locals like to shop in central Sydney.

  • Right next to Paddington, Surry Hills is the place to add to your vinyl collection or buy an edgy piece of art
  • Newtown is bohemian and arty, with food and fashion to match. Wander down King Street to discover vintage shops, themed boutiques and healthy café food that is truly delectable
  • Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet, because everyone loves a bargain or three. This brand outlet area has close to 200 stores and you can get there by Shopper Hopper ferry, which leaves from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour
  • Balmain, which is also accessible by ferry, for fashion, homewares and jewellery. At Balmain Markets, held the second and fourth Saturday of every month, you can hunt for vintage fashion, pre-loved books, antiques and collectables
  • Rozelle on the weekend. The open-air market (every Saturday and Sunday) has a bit of everything; there's great food too

History, culture and art at Carriageworks

Housed in the Eveleigh Rail Yard, Carriageworks offers up a little something for every sense. Regular exhibitions show off world-class art, while performances from local musicians - such as the Aboriginal collective Klub Koori and the design and creativity festival Semi Permanent - are treats worth flying to Sydney for. A Saturday farmers' market offers delicious local breads, meat and veggies, as well as flower stalls loaded with scented wonders from the region.

Carriageworks is Australia's biggest multi-arts centre and a great stop for anyone with an appetite for culture. The unique venue is a heritage site complete with an original railway carriage and blacksmiths' workshops, giving the whole experience an authentic industrial feel. The artists, stalls and performances change regularly, with new exhibits and features popping up all the time.

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