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SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL - until 21 May.
Hundreds of comedians appear at diffent venues across Sydney.
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OZTRONOMY: ED HURST - every day until Sunday 28 May, 10am-5pm, official opening
Thursday 11 May, 6-8pm. Free event.
Astrophotography exhitibition featuring the photographs of artist Ed Hurst. His work features both the deep darkness of the outback and the interesting skies over our cities. His star trail pictures involve techniques that he has created himself, producing results that even respected astronomers believed to be impossible in an urban environment.
Exhibition location: 3 Blackfriars Street, Chippendale. Click here to book free tickets.
SILARD TOTH: SYDNEY HARBOUR SERIES - every day until Saturday 20 May. Opening times: Saturdays, 9am to 4.30pm, Sundays, 9am to 2.30pm. Free event.
Photographic exhibition featuring the work of Transylvania-born artist Silard Toth. His photos portray vibrant cityscapes and serene landscapes. Settling in Sydney in 2015, Toth's deep passion for photography and his love for this city - coupled with his perfectionist drive to capture the most beautiful scenes in Sydney - let his work stand out.
Silard’s Sydney Harbour series shows Sydney’s spectacular harbourside and its landmarks in a breathtaking, unique and refreshing way. This ﬁne art photography series capture the tranquil beauty of one of the most famous harbours in the world and is an eyecatcher from every angle. Each shot showcases magical moments of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay, and turn these rare glimpses of time into eternal pieces of art.
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, 199 George Street.
SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL - 22-28 May.
International and Australian writers feature in talks, exhibitions, films, performances and workshops at different venues around Sydney. Writers appearing include British crime author Ian Rankin, the bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox novels; New York Times columnist, internationally renowned author and recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes, Thomas Friedman; Roxane Gay, the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times best-selling Bad Feminist, Difficult Women and Hunger; Lauren Child, MBE, an English writer and illustrator best known for the Charlie and Lola picture books and the Clarice Bean series of picture books and novels.
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TASTE OF MANLY - Sat 27 & Sun 28 May
Set along the stunning surrounds of Manly's famed beach front, Taste of Manly is a weekend festival that attracts more than 70,000 food and wine enthusiasts from across Sydney, Australia and the world.
The road running alongside Manly Beach - South and North Steyne - is closed off to traffic and filled with food and wine stalls.
There is a variety of food cuisines provided by a host of pop-up restaurants and more than 15 wine and beer stalls. Erected at both ends of the food and wine stalls are two stages for live music, featuring popular bands.
The many restaurants, cafes and pubs along South Steyne and The Corso join in making the event a great day.
Location: Manly beachfront, near corner of The Corso and North Steyne.
VIVID SYDNEY - 26 May - 17 June.
The Sydney CBD, harbourside and surrounding areas are lit up with stunning light sculptures and special light effects as part of Vivid Sydney. Music and technology are also a big part of this "festival of light".
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HOME EXHIBITION - October 5-31 (except Friday 21)
Habitat for Humanity Australia photograph exhibition at Customs House Library raising awareness of housing poverty around the world. Exhibition showcases 10 individuals and their stories of how a safe and decent home has transformed their lives. Free event. Location: Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney. Open: weekdays, 10am to 7pm, weekends, 11am to 4pm.
NIGHT NOODLE MARKET - October 6-23
Asian market stalls in Hyde Park and main stage entertainment. Enter from Elizabeth Street. From 6pm to 12am.
NEWTOWN GOOD FOOD FAIR - Sunday, October 9
Newtown's most prominent bars and eateries offer up their signature favourites in street food form. The Newtown Good Food Fair will be centred around two main venues: Newtown Square, opposite the train station, and Eliza Street. From 11am to 6pm
HOMEGROUND - October 8, 9
Homeground celebrates the very best First Nations artists from Australia and around the world with music, dance, food, workshops and markets over two big days. Free event. Details
ANTENNA DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL - October 11-16
Documentary film-making from around the world over five days. Details
TARONGA ZOO 100TH BIRTHDAY PARADE - October 15
Marking 100 years since the Zoo officially opened, a parade of giant animal light sculptures will make its way down Macquarie Street to the Sydney Opera House, escorted by a cast of school children singing and dancing. Parade starts from Hyde Park North at 8pm. Free event.
WILLIAM STREET FESTIVAL - Saturday, October 15
Stalls, stores, bars, restaurants, light projections and an outdoor cinema. In William Street, Paddington, from 11.30am to 10pm. Free event.
SYDNEY CRAFT BEER WEEK - October 21-30
Sydney's largest celebration of craft beer with more than 100 events across 75-plus venues around Sydney. New and unique brews, beer-fuelled feasts, international guests and masterclasses. Details
LIGHT THE CITY - Saturday, October 22
Nightime walk or ride along Mrs Macquaries Road in the Domain. Enter from Art Gallery Road. From 6pm to 11pm. Free event.
TOUR DE HUNTERS HILL - Sunday, October 23
A leisurely family bicycle ride following the Hunters Hill Bicycle Route. Ride features harbour vignettes between landmarks of historically rich heritage framed by scores of blooming Jacaranda trees. A community picnic breakfast on The Priory Lawns ends the ride. Starts at 8.30am in Manning Rd, Hunters Hill and finishes about 11.30am. Free event. Details
WAHROONGA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL - Sunday October 30
Taste more than130 wines from 30-plus wineries and browse gourmet food stalls offering a variety of international and Australian cuisines. Free event however wine tasting prices apply. From 11am-5pm. Details
SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL - September 1-30
An alternative arts and culture festival that happens to be the largest independent arts festival in NSW. Featuring more than 300 music, theatre and literature-related productions in 50-plus venues. Details
SYDNEY SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL - September 2- 16
Two weeks of diverse events celebrating music, ceremony and art. Details
FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS - September 3,4
Challenging, inspirational and robust discussion bringing together leading thinkers and cultural creators from around the world. Details
KOOZA - September 4
Acrobatic spectacular by Cirque du Soleil
Venue: The Showring at the Entertainment Quarter 122 Lang Road Moore Park. Details
SYDNEY LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL - September 8-12
Five days of some of the best South American films of the past year. Details
FESTIVAL OF THE WINDS - Sunday, September 11
Australian and international kite flyers will show off their great flying skills and wonderful handmade creations at Bondi Beach. Details
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - September 12 - October 22
a modern take on Shakespeare's classic play.
Venue: Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. Details
MUSICA VIVA PRESENTS QUARTET OF JERUSALEM - September 13-27
The Jerusalem Quartet is a highly acclaimed Israeli string quartet that has toured extensively worldwide and recorded 13 albums for the Harmonia Mundi label. Details
LIVE @ ST LEONARDS PARK - September 25
This free community music festival brings indie-pop rock, jazz, rockabilly blues, roots and reggae, funk and soul to St Leonards Park. Details
FIFTIES FAIR - Sunday, August 21
Sydney Living Museums is celebrating the 21st running of its annual Fifties Fair on Sunday, August 21 with a day of 1950s fashion, music, entertainment and perhaps even some shopping. Details
SYDNEY ITALIAN WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL - Sunday, August 21
A day devoted to Italian food and wine at the Sydney Town Hall. Food market and food program with guest chefs Giovanni Pilu, Alessandro Pavoni and Armando Percuco. Details
SYDNEY SCIENCE FESTIVAL - Ended August 21
A festival of science-related events in Sydney over a 10-day period. Details