Sydney’s magnificent energy lends itself to some incredible events and this year, there are a few big-ticket items making their way back to the city’s calendar. Here are the ones coming up you may want to book the babysitter for…
What a spectacular Sydney event! Forget setting up your picnic blankets on the grass to catch a film outdoors. Instead, book a floating cinema experience on Sparkling Cockle Bay where a 1000 sqm floating platform features 40 rowboats for hire, 65 summer lounge beds and two floating bars! You will be treated to an immersive show courtesy of a 15-metre screen and 30 surround speakers set up on the shore. There are four ways to experience your favourite movie:
- Hire a rowboat (perfect for date night)
- Queen size day beds on floating pontoons that come equipped with a bedside table and room for up to three people
- Inside the Star VIP Area – Enjoy a first-class travel experience with The Star Sydney where you’ll be treated to bedside tables, umbrellas, complimentary drinks, popcorn, and access to The Star’s VIP Bar
- BYO Boat Area – Head down to Darling Harbour and park your own dingy or luxury yacht to enjoy a screening
When: Tuesday, 23 February to Sunday 21 March
Where: Cockle Bay Sydney
Are you ready to meet the life of the party at Sydney Harbour from March through to April? Raise your glass and get ready to be swept away by the fluttering lashes of Violetta – she’s got both spirit and a heart of gold but can love change it all? You’ll experience both joy and heartache as you watch Opera Australia’s spectacular Harbourside production, La Traviata – a story that inspired Moulin Rouge. Fireworks will light up the sky for each performance. A giant chandelier will shimmer over the Harbour stage as you take in “a ravishing visual spectacle” (Huffington Post). You will also have the chance to enjoy drinks or dinner at one of the five pop-up bars and restaurants before taking to your seats.
When: 26 March to 25 April
Where: Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point
IMAX-sized impressionist paintings will light up Moore Park as it hosts another blockbuster multi-sensory art exhibition. Monet and Friends – Life, Light and Colour is dedicated to the lush brushstrokes of Claude and co, the Impressionists who gave the world a true gift in their effervescent depictions of light, love and life. “Produced in the same immersive multi-sensory format as the hugely successful Van Gogh Alive, this very new and unique experience will captivate and enthral audiences young and old as we enjoy some of the colourful works of art from the French masters of the 19th century, combined with a wonderful musical score and special aromas permeating throughout the venue,” says Grande Experiences founder Bruce Peterson, according to Time Out.
When: 12 March to 31 March
Where: Royal Hall of Industries
Prepare yourself for multiple doses of laughter and then some more. Sydney Comedy Festival – Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event – is going to bring to you the world’s funniest comedians, starting 19 April. It’ll kick off in the grandest of styles. Expect lavish gala events: the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala at State Theatre, Enmore Theatre, The Concourse Chatswood and Riverside Theatres in Parramatta. As well as performances from your favourite Australian acts, big international headliners and emerging talent who will treat you to anything from stand up to sketch, satire, improv, musical, absurdist, theatre, magic and kids comedy.
When: 19 April to 16 May
Where: Multiple venues
Looking for more exciting events? Maybe sunset drinks on the platform at the Coal Loader in Waverton (click for details)? Or how about a picnic while watching a film under the stars at North Sydney (click here)?