What’s On in Sydney this February


Sydney is one of the greatest cities in the world, and it has some top events to prove it! In February, make sure to check out all of these awesome events. There are different things on for all tastes and ages, so you’ll be sure to find something to do this month. Make the most out of this beautiful city while you’re here and check out some of the great experiences to be had.

North Sydney Leisure and Lifestyle Festival
Thursday 5 February – Saturday 7 February

If you’re interested in healthy living, good food, and great music, the Sydney Leisure and Lifestyle Festival is your perfect destination. You’ll see guests such as Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll, Michael Clarke, and many more who’ll be performing live and participating in activities to help raise money for charity. Kickstart your health and fitness for 2015 at this unforgettable experience!

Hurley Australian Open of Surfing
Saturday 7 February  – Sunday 15 February

Manly Beach is the place to head out to this February for the free Hurley Australian Open of Surfing event. Running over nine days, the festival combines everything to do with youth culture, music, art, fashion, skateboarding, and of course, surfing. There are surfing tournaments where you can see some of the world’s best surfers in action at what is one of the country’s biggest sport and youth culture festivals.

NSW Food and Wine Festival
Saturday 7 February – Sunday 1 March

Celebrate the great local produce of NSW at the Food and Wine Festival. Showcasing growers, winemakers, artisan food producers, celebrity chefs and more, this event is the best place to try out what the state has to offer. The full program has everything from breakfast to dessert and everything in between. After tasting all the food and wine, be sure to check out one of the many masterclasses to pick up some great cooking and dining tips.

JAM Festival
Friday 13 February – Sunday 15 February

JAM Festival is the perfect weekend away, located along the picturesque Hawkesbury River in Lower Portland. This festival is Australia’s biggest wakeboarding event but also includes some of the best DJs around, who will be playing great tunes all day for festival goers. With accommodation and onsite food, there’s nowhere else you need to go for this great weekend of fun and music. It is a fully licensed, all ages event for everyone to enjoy.

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival
Friday 13 February – Sunday 1 March

Join in on the 2015 celebrations for the Chinese Year of the Sheep. There are several cultural events, markets, tours, exhibitions and entertainment, with most of them free of charge. One of the most popular parts of the festival is the Twilight Parade, which lights up Sydney’s streets with beautiful decorations, dancing, music, and cultural costumes. It is definitely a sight worth seeing!

The Karaoke Climb
Monday 16 February – Saturday 28 February

Exclusive to the Chinese New Year celebrations, for a limited time you can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and join in some karaoke fun once you’ve made it to the top. Choose one of five songs to sing, either as a group or on your own, and have it recorded for you to keep and share with friends and family.

Chinese New Year Twilight Parade
Sunday 22 February

One of the highlights of the Chinese New Year celebrations is the Twilight Parade. Starting with an ancient eye dotting ceremony outside Town Hall, the parade runs through George Street and Chinatown, finishing outside the Sydney Entertainment Centre. The fireworks display really tops off the whole event. Be amazed by the roughly 3,000 performers, dancers, and amazing choreography throughout the whole route.

Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day
Sunday 22 February

A combination of a picnic and party, the Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day is a great day out for everyone, no matter your sexuality. The Fair Day is great for all ages and the kids can have a ball, too. Expect to find around 80,000 people descend onto Victoria Park for a day of good food, rides, drag, dance, music, and market stalls. Best of all, entry is free. Feel free to bring along any four-legged family members, too.

Sydney Mardi Gras Harbour Party
Saturday 28 February

Right in the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens, with views of the stunning harbour and Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Mardi Gras Harbour Party is one of the most spectacular outdoor parties in the world. Around 3,000 partygoers attend the party, which this year features some of Australia’s best DJs and a special performance from Canada’s Kiesza. Be quick as tickets are selling fast!

Saturday 28 February – Sunday 1 March

For the first time ever, Soundwave will be running over two huge days. Some of the biggest names will be headlining this year including Slipknot, Faith No More, The Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson, and Fall Out Boy. Olympic Park will be the hub of alternative music, and weekend or day passes are available for purchase.