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.

CHICAGO The Musical

Don't miss CHICAGO coming to Sydney's Capitol Theatre from 20 August 2019, starring Natalie Bassingthwaighte as Roxie Hart, Alinta Chidzey as Velma Kelly and Casey Donovan as Matron 'Mama' Morton. A true New York City Institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the slickest dancing in town. No wonder CHICAGO has been honoured with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations.

2019 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final

Rugby league is huge in Australia and the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final will decide the premier team for 2019. Scheduled for Sunday 6 October at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, this event will once again offer 80 minutes of adrenalin-packed entertainment. With seating for over 80,000 fans, easy transport links and excellent facilities, ANZ Stadium knows how to turn on a world-class sporting event. The crowd vibe here is amazing, so get your friends together, organise tickets and flights and enjoy a long weekend of full-on fun in Sydney.

ICC T20 World Cup 2020

Get ready for the thrilling, fast-paced action of T20 cricket when the ICC T20 World Cup comes to Sydney in 2020. The Women's Tournament which takes place 21 February - 8 March and the Men's 18 October - 15 November, will see matches played at both Sydney Showground Stadium and the SCG.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a spectacle like no other and is coming exclusively to Sydney's ANZ Stadium from 17 - 19 October!

Prepare to witness the BIGGEST military tattoo the world has ever seen - even bigger than Edinburgh. Set against a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the show features over 1,500 performers including signature Pipe Bands, Highland Dancers, Fiddlers and Precision Drill Teams, together with Australian Defence Force Bands.

Gather your clan, get your tickets and don't miss your chance to see the largest Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo ever!

HSBC Sydney 7s

Rugby's biggest party weekend returns to Sydney from 1 - 2 February 2020, this time in a new venue at the world-class Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta. HSBC Sydney 7s 2019 was a huge hit with sell-out crowds for finals day, so don't miss out in 2020! Visit the HSBC Sydney 7s website and sign up for updates. Then get a group of friends together, secure your stadium tickets, book your flights and you're all set for a legendary weekend across the ditch.

Vivid Sydney

Experience the largest annual festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. From late May to mid-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 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

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, 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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