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Don’t miss these Sydney Solstice events

luminoSYDNEY, Darling Harbour Winter Fair, Sydney Solstice 2021, Darling HarbourCREDIT: Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour Winter Fair featuring ice-skating rink; fireworks displays each weekend; and a first-time offering of night-time sea kayaking launching from Darling Harbour.

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Sydney Solstice events

luminoSYDNEY, Darling Harbour Winter Fair, Sydney Solstice 2021, Darling Harbour CREDIT: Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour Winter Fair featuring ice-skating rink; fireworks displays each weekend; and a first-time offering of night-time sea kayaking launching from Darling Harbour.

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Sydney Solstice redefines the longest night of the year, with a 12-day celebration highlighting the city’s outstanding music, food, drink, arts and culture offerings. From 8-20 June, four local precincts surrounding the CBD, Darling Harbour, Oxford Street and Newtown will feature more than 80 attractions for every age and appetite. Here’s your chance to revisit your favourite city locations and see how Sydney Solstice has transformed them into a dance stage (Chinatown), winter wonderland (Darling Harbour) or unexpected music venue (Sydney Observatory, the inner west and beyond). Sydney Solstice also invites you to discover new places – such as the CBD’s buzzing new small-bar district and the new South Eveleigh precinct – while also allowing you to explore the city’s hidden corners. Get to know the city’s charms through a choose-your-own adventure of dining experiences, spontaneous dance performances, eclectic music shows, surprising art events and lively family-friendly entertainment. 

Opera Bar, Sydney Solstice 2021, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Opera Bar is the most iconic bar in Sydney that offers a wide selection of beer, wine and food for different cravings and tastes.

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Opera Bar, Sydney Solstice 2021, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Opera Bar is the most iconic bar in Sydney that offers a wide selection of beer, wine and food for different cravings and tastes.

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Food and drink experiences to savour at Sydney Solstice

Aria After Dark will take place at Matt Moran’s harbourside restaurant, with each dinner featuring a star NSW winemaker and a sampling of their drinks, brilliantly paired with hyper-local snacks by Aria’s executive chef Joel Bickford.

Combining music, art and mealtimes, Heaps Gay takes over Sydney Town Hall with a ‘Queens Feast’ of Sydney hospitality (Bloodwood’s Claire Van Vuuren, Bart Jr’s Georgia Woodyard and MasterChef stars Sarah Tiong and Anna Polyviou) ruling the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in an immersive dining, art and music experience.  

The reinvention of the CBD: new small bar precincts and laneway takeovers 

There’s more to Sydney’s CBD than post-work drinks and lunch meetings, with the CBD’s buzzy new small bar precinct, known as YCK Laneways. Across Sydney Solstice, these 15 bars around York, Clarence and Kent streets (such as Sammy Junior, Since I Left You, Prince of York) will be serving Night Over Light with their cocktails: expect an eclectic program of cultural events (dance, theatre, music, art and more), plus there’ll be gigs at a pop-up outdoor stage and a big closing party to cap off the fun. 

Sammy Junior, Sydney Solstice 2021, Sydney CREDIT: Time Out and Cassandra Hannagan

15 bars in the CBD’s buzzy new small bar precinct around York, Clarence and Kent streets, known as YCK Laneways, includes Sammy Junior and Since I Left You.

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Sammy Junior, Sydney Solstice 2021, Sydney CREDIT: Time Out and Cassandra Hannagan

15 bars in the CBD’s buzzy new small bar precinct around York, Clarence and Kent streets, known as YCK Laneways, includes Sammy Junior and Since I Left You.

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On the taps: beer festivals that offer special brews and a good time

As two-time winner of Australia’s best beer venue (as awarded by Beer & Brewer), Bitter Phew in Darlinghurst is already a drawcard for drinkers. But its two-week Phew-Ture festival celebrates other kinds of well-fermented wonders, too, with meet-the-maker sessions and food samplings by cheesemakers, bakers and winemakers. For ‘Brew, Beats and Burgers’, head to Pyrmont’s Terminus Hotel. At this craft beer festival, you can meet boundary-pushing brewers from around the state, who are doing inventive and surprising things with ales, lagers and stouts.

Introducing: the new food destination that’s on the rise 

Sydney’s hottest new food precinct at South Eveleigh also has plenty of appeal. It’s home to Re, which aims to be Sydney’s first zero-waste bar, and features furniture made from 82,000 recycled milk bottles. It’s also the site of Kylie Kwong’s much-anticipated upcoming restaurant and current eateries such as RaRa Chan, Steve Costi's Famous Fish, Yoho Loco and Eat Fuh. So get to know this dining district better, as South Eveleigh properly showcases itself for the first time ever: what was once the historic location of the Eveleigh Railway Workshops will be highlighting its impressive makeover with a two-day South Eveleigh Solstice Festival. Expect art installations, free performances, live music and good food.  

Sydney's first Country and Inner Western festival brings the blues to unique venues

Nearby, inner-west venues of all kinds (including some unconventional music spaces) will host sets of bluegrass, folk, Americana and other sadness-evoking strums at Sydney’s first-ever Country and Inner Western festival. Looking for the next big act? Head to Songwriters @ The Rocks, a free series of gigs that will culminate in a momentous finale on the last day of Sydney Solstice in the historic Rocks region.

Late-night beats and club legends: essentials for dance fans 

After something more upbeat? DJs at Tank nightclub in the CBD will be dropping after-hour beats until 3am for Midnight Feast and you can fuel your dance moves with a dim-sum menu from Dan Hong’s award-winning Mr Wong restaurant. Nearby, Merivale keeps the party going at its other venues, with Poof Doof FT Sneaky Sound System and more hitting the Ivy. Over at the Museum of Contemporary Art, club pioneers Ministry of Sound will be highlighting the history of Australian dance music across three evenings at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Foundation Hall. Each night will be a sonic trip down memory lane, with a specific era represented and recaptured for an intimate audience.
 

Ivy, Sydney Solstice 2021, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Merivale keeps the party going with a series of events planned for Sydney Solstice.

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Ivy, Sydney Solstice 2021, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Merivale keeps the party going with a series of events planned for Sydney Solstice.

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One-of-a-kind Sydney experiences

Sydney Solstice also soundtracks the city in inspired and imaginative ways, with  award-winning composer and didgeridoo player William Barton premiering a new work – Songlines of Our Universe – on the Sydney Observatory grounds in Millers Point, with astronomers sharing the star-gazing perspectives that inspired the very notes that guests will be hearing. For another unique experience of the city, there’s the Sydney Solstice Moonlight Sea Kayaking Experience. This is no ordinary lap around the harbour: this is the first time that the public has been allowed to kayak through this memorable and beautifully illuminated stretch of the city.

Don’t forget to book in for the Tone Deaf Live Series at The Star in Pyrmont and make sure you catch FBi Radio’s Sunset stars (Deepa, Simon Caldwell, Ben Fester, Kato & Friends) spinning their picks at the Golden Age Cinema & Bar in Surry Hills. Don’t overlook the return of The Metro Theatre – the beloved CBD venue will celebrate its relaunch with 7-Day Weekend, a week full of unforgettable headliners, including a Mardi Gras at the Metro program of scene-stealing drag, music, arts and talks by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Sydney Harbour Kayaks, Sydney Solstice 2021, Darling Harbour CREDIT: Sydney Harbour Kayaks

The Sydney Solstice Moonlight Sea Kayaking Experience is no ordinary lap around the harbour: this is the first time that the public has been allowed to kayak through this memorable and beautifully illuminated stretch of the city.

#lovensw #ilovesydney

Sydney Harbour Kayaks, Sydney Solstice 2021, Darling Harbour CREDIT: Sydney Harbour Kayaks

The Sydney Solstice Moonlight Sea Kayaking Experience is no ordinary lap around the harbour: this is the first time that the public has been allowed to kayak through this memorable and beautifully illuminated stretch of the city.

#lovensw #ilovesydney

All-ages attractions: free and family-friendly things to do

From the Sydney Opera House and beyond, there are family-friendly that don’t cost a cent. Every sunset, the work of six female First Nations artists (including Sally M Nangala Mulda, Marlene Rubuntja and Judith Inkamala) lights up the Opera House sails as part of Badu Gili: Winter Nights. Inspired by this project, a 12-night festival will take place on the iconic landmark’s forecourt, and will include live dance performances. 

Also worth seeing: A Harbour Garden, a phenomenal display of inflatable sea creatures at the Australian National Maritime Museum. This colourful, pattern-rich collaboration is a project with Goldberg Aberline Studio (which is known for creating monumental public art wonders that are scale-defying and joyous) and Studio A (a social enterprise that works closely and creatively with artists that have intellectual disabilities). 
 

Just dance: cutting a rug in Chinatown

During Sydney Solstice, Chinatown will become an interactive art gallery and a wide-ranging, genre-spanning dancefloor, too, thanks to Wanna Dance. There’ll be daytime ballroom lessons, and DJ-led sessions of night-time grooves, new dance stars busting their impressive moves in demonstrations and performances, as well as a dance ‘stage’ by a Haymarket heritage building that’s open to everyone.

Cool as ice: Sydney’s new fairytale winter wonderland

For some snow-dazed magic, head to Darling Harbour and Tumbalong Park for the two-week Darling Harbour Winter Fair. Cut a figure eight on the ice-skating rink and take an invigorating dip down the arctic ice slide, take in a live performance or be charmed by the German-themed chalets and wintry decorations. 

Across history, solstice has been a festive occasion for thousands of years. With this new Sydney incarnation, the city offers plenty to celebrate on every corner – from frosty fantasylands to one-of-a-kind feasts and Chinatown choreography to sounds that span the far-ranging stars. 
 

Wanna Dance, artist render, Sydney Solstice 2021, Sydney CREDIT: Studio Chris Fox

During Sydney Solstice, Chinatown will become an interactive art gallery and a wide-ranging, genre-spanning dance floor, too, thanks to Wanna Dance. There’ll be daytime ballroom lessons and DJ-led sessions of night-time grooves.

#lovensw #ilovesydney

Wanna Dance, artist render, Sydney Solstice 2021, Sydney CREDIT: Studio Chris Fox

During Sydney Solstice, Chinatown will become an interactive art gallery and a wide-ranging, genre-spanning dance floor, too, thanks to Wanna Dance. There’ll be daytime ballroom lessons and DJ-led sessions of night-time grooves.

#lovensw #ilovesydney

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