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Spring into Sydney’s exciting events

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017Credit: Destination NSW

Runners heading to the finish line at the 2017 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.

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Spring into Sydney’s exciting events

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017 Credit: Destination NSW

Runners heading to the finish line at the 2017 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.

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Supercharged Sydney 30s Highlights Credit: Destination NSW

Sydney welcomes visitors from all over the world with an unmissable calendar of events this spring and summer

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Supercharged Sydney 30s Highlights Credit: Destination NSW

Sydney welcomes visitors from all over the world with an unmissable calendar of events this spring and summer

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With its dazzling harbour bejewelled with architectural icons and its always warm and welcoming energy, Sydney has long been a bucket list destination that both international and interstate visitors love coming back to.  

But it’s not just natural attractions and genuine hospitality that makes Sydney a must-see city. This spring, Sydney launches its biggest calendar of music, art, culture and sporting events yet, in a never-before-seen line-up that travellers won’t want to miss. 

From World Cups, spirited football clashes, concerts, momentous museum openings and all the fanfare of an elegant Spring Racing Carnival, no matter when travellers descend on the city this season, Sydney will be buzzing with festivities where all are welcome. 

The season of landmark sporting events bounces into action with the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022, between 22 September and 1 October, which sees the prowess of our own Opals hit the court in competition with countries such as the USA, China and France. This championship is followed swiftly by the live-wire energy of the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final on 2 October, which electrifies the city with the collective passion of dedicated league fans. 

The Manly beachfront isn't the first location you'd think of when seeing a pro rugby game unfold, but the Aqua Rugby Festival (10–12 November) isn't your usual sporting match. Watch from the shore or from a boat as professional and amateur teams battle it out on a floating pontoon. Spoiler alert: there’s plenty of tackles into the water. 

Switching footy shorts for fascinators, spring also sees the arrival of the eight-week ATC Sydney Everest Carnival at Royal Randwick from 17 September to 5 November, with the world’s richest race, The Everest, on 15 October. With plenty of field-side fun and awe-inspiring fashion, this is a much-anticipated event. 

Warm, long days punctuated by such must-see events bring an effervescence to the city that you can only find in Sydney. Join the throngs cheering for their Premier League favourites during the Sydney Super Cup (17, 20 and 23 November), ICC Men’s T20 Men’s World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground (From 22 October to 9 November), and the Australia SailGP (18–19 February 2023) on the sparkling Sydney Harbour.  

Australian Opals Basketball Team Credit: FIBA

The Australian Opals Women's Basketball Team are set to take on the world's top female basketball players at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022.

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Australian Opals Basketball Team Credit: FIBA

The Australian Opals Women's Basketball Team are set to take on the world's top female basketball players at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022.

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ATC - Racing Carnival Credit: Paul McMillan

ATC - Racing Carnival

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ATC - Racing Carnival Credit: Paul McMillan

ATC - Racing Carnival

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This applause-inducing line-up of sporting events is equalled by a brilliant roster of cultural festivities. Things kick off on a musical note with the lyrical stylings of Bruno Mars at the brand new, world-class Allianz Stadium (14 & 15 October). And with Sydney the home of Opera Australia, it’s only fitting the venerable institution enjoys the weather and takes things outside for their production of Carmen at the historic arts venue Cockatoo Island from 25 November. 

Musical theatre fans won’t be disappointed: the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Rodger & Hammerstein's Cinderella, is opening at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in October 2022. This lush production is a modern retelling of the classic tale with a few surprise twists, starring Shubrishi Kandiah as Ella and Ainsley Melham as Prince Topher. Kids will be entranced by the hilarious and highly entertaining Madagascar the Musical, opening in time for the December school holidays at Sydney Coliseum Theatre. 

Sydney’s artistic prowess continues to grow this year, as December 3 heralds the opening of the important and hotly anticipated addition to the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Modern. This expansion of the museum overlooking Sydney Harbour will double the space with a new, standalone building and a public art garden. At the Museum of Contemporary Art, the blockbuster exhibition of the summer will be South Korean-born artist Do Ho Suh’s first major solo exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere, opening on 4 November. Expect to be awed by his architectural installations, which are inspired by the relationships between the body, memory and space.  

Another expression of creativity is the ever-bedazzled, annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which, next year, combines with WorldPride 2023 for a two-week celebration of diversity from 17 February to 5 March. Vibrant, glittering and a rollicking good time, this iconic Sydney event is bigger than ever and not to be missed. 

Taking its place as one of the world’s truly connected, progressive and vibrant cities, Sydney’s roll-call of festivals, concerts and tournaments puts the city on the map as a world-class events capital. Supercharged from spring with heart-racing, inspiring and thought-provoking events, Sydney is ready and positively raring to welcome the world to its beautiful shores this season.  

Opera on Cockatoo Island: CARMEN Credit: Opera Australia

Opera on Cockatoo Island, launches this November with a gritty new production of Bizet’s much-loved 'Carmen'

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Opera on Cockatoo Island: CARMEN Credit: Opera Australia

Opera on Cockatoo Island, launches this November with a gritty new production of Bizet’s much-loved 'Carmen'

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Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella Credit: Tyler Eisenreich, Kaitlyn Mayse and Gage Martin Credit: Carol Rosegg - US Touring Production

One of the most loved fairytale musicals of all time, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, will have its Australian Premiere in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre in November, presented by Opera Australia and the Gordon Frost Organisation.

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Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella Credit: Tyler Eisenreich, Kaitlyn Mayse and Gage Martin Credit: Carol Rosegg - US Touring Production

One of the most loved fairytale musicals of all time, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, will have its Australian Premiere in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre in November, presented by Opera Australia and the Gordon Frost Organisation.

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Add these key events and dates to your diary:  

Sport: 
Blackmores Sydney Running Festival: 18 September 2022
UCI Road World Championships: 18-25 September 2022 
2022 Qatar Airways IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney: 22 September 
ATC Sydney Everest Carnival: 17 September – 5 November 2022 
FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022: 22 September – 1 October 2022 
NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final: 2 October 2022 
T20 ICC WC Games at SCG: 22 October – 9 November 2022 
Sydney Super Cup: 17, 20 and 23 November 2022 
Australia SailGP: 18 – 19 February 2023  

Arts and Culture: 
Phantom of the Opera: Now until 16 October 2022 
Moulin Rouge! The Musical: Now until February 2023 
Night at the Barracks: 9 September – 9 October 2022 
Surry Thrills Festival: 15 – 30 September 2022 
Sydney All-Nighter: 17 September 2022 
The Mousetrap:  8 – 29 October 2022 
Bruno Mars Concert at Allianz Stadium: 14 & 15 October 2022 
Rodger & Hammerstein's Cinderella: From 23 October 2022 
Museum of Contemporary Art – Do Ho Suh: From 4 November 2022 
Come From Away: 5 November – 23 December 2022 
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia Tour 2022: 8 & 9 November 2022 
ARIA Awards 2022: 24 November 2022 
Zampatti Powerhouse: From 24 November 2022 
Opera on Cockatoo Island - Carmen: From 25 November 2022 
Guns N' Roses: 27 November 2022 
Sydney Modern Opening: 3 December 2022 
Madagascar The Musical: 16 December 2022 – 1 January 2023 
The Killers - Imploding The Mirage Tour 2022: 19 December 2022 
Sydney Festival: From 2 January 2023 
Elton John at Allianz Stadium: 17 – 18 January 2023 
Sydney WorldPride: 17 February – 5 March 2023   
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade: 25 February 2023   
Handa Opera on the Sydney Harbour – Madama Butterfly: 24 March – 23 April 2023 
TINA: The Tina Turner Musical: From 4 May 2023 
Vivid Sydney: 26 May – 17 June 2023 
Beauty and The Beast: From June 2023 
SXSW: 15 – 22 October 2023  

First ride of part of the Wollongong 2022 UCI Road World Championship Elite Road Race course Credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships

Sea Cliff Bridge - part of the Wollongong 2022 UCI Road World Championship Elite Road Race course

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First ride of part of the Wollongong 2022 UCI Road World Championship Elite Road Race course Credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships

Sea Cliff Bridge - part of the Wollongong 2022 UCI Road World Championship Elite Road Race course

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The Phantom of the Opera Australia Credit: Opera Australia

The Phantom of the Opera Australia 2022 - Masquerade

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The Phantom of the Opera Australia Credit: Opera Australia

The Phantom of the Opera Australia 2022 - Masquerade

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