It’s worth rugging up and heading out to some of these wonderful winter events happening nearby and across Sydney…
Paint It Red, St Ives
This family winter festival is a community event to remember, held at St Ives showground over two days in July. It will feature a diverse food truck line-up, a huge market stall selection, as well as all your favourite carnival games and rides. There’s entertainment for everyone including face painting and fireworks, all for an entry fee of just $2. You can purchase wristbands for the rides at the event.
Friday July 7, 4pm – 10pm & Saturday July 8, 12pm-10pm
St Ives Showground, 450 Mona Vale Road
Monster Jump, Moore Park
The Monster Jump is an inflatable obstacle course suitable for everyone, including adults! Children under 4 need to be accompanied by an adult.
You can slide, climb, bounce your way through more than 30 obstacles in the giant structure which is a colourful air filled adventure set up in the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter.
You just need to bring socks (or you can also purchase at the gate) for those taking part and a picnic rug for those observing, then sit back and enjoy the fun! Bookings recommended, and you’ll need to arrive 30 minutes before your session.
Where: Sydney Entertainment Quarter
When: July 1 – 16
Cost: 2 hour pass (5 years and over) $35; 2 hour toddler ticket (under 5 years + caregiver) $35
Loctation: 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park
Bastille Festival, Circular Quay
This is the 10th anniversary of the Bastille French Festival, a free celebration of French culture. There are food, wine, and art components to explore at the Rocks around Circular Quay over 4 days. Take your pick of tasty offerings at the Parisian Foodie village at Customs House, showcasing culinary delights such as raclette, crepes, saucisson, fresh baguettes, soups, and croque monsieur.
Next to the MCA is the main entertainment stage, with live concerts, DJ’s, and dance classes. You can even watch a French movie on a deck chair while sipping on mulled wine. A selection of restaurants will also be delivering specialty dishes with a French twist, which you can pair with wines from each region from Bordeaux to Provence and Loire to Burgundy.
When: Thursday July 13 – Sunday July 16. Sessions every hour between 9 – 4.30pm
Cost: Free entry
Location: Circular Quay
Cherry Blossom Festival, Auburn
Head west in August to see one of Australia’s most photographed events at the Auburn Botanic Gardens. The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival brings a slice of Japan to western Sydney across nine days when pink blossom trees are in full bloom. The stunning experience is located in the Cherry Trail within the traditional Japanese Garden.
But its not just about the trees, there will celebrations of Japanese culture with an exciting program of activities, workshops and performances. It wouldn’t be complete without an array of delicious Japanese food on offer at the Japanese Food Village.
When: Saturday August 19 – Sunday August 27
Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens, Chiswick Road, Auburn
Booking: Tickets on sale in July https://www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/sydneycherryblossomfestival
Set on the iconic shores of Bondi Beach, the Bondi Festival is an arts festival that takes place across a number of different venues over 17 days and nights.
There’s an ice rink on Campbell Parade, a ferris wheel on Queen Elizabeth Drive, and events at the new Bondi Pavilion.
Performances include live shows from artists and comedians, theatre and cabaret shows, art exhibitions and interactive experiences.
There are some ticketed and some free events, but its recommended to buy tickets in advance.
When: June 30 – 16 July
Where: Bondi Beach
Pooches at the Greens: Christmas in July
Calling all pups and their pawrents!
Celebrate Christmas early at Pooches at the Greens: Christmas in July edition.
We’ve got something for everyone – including a pop up doggie market, roasted smores around the fire pits, Santa Clause photos, best dressed competitions & more.
Kicking off from 12pm, don’t miss out on all the tail wagging fun.
*Please note, pooches will need to be kept outside and on a leash for the event.
When: July 22
S’mores at The Greens, North Sydney
Do a little campsite cooking in the School Holidays around the campfires at The Greens! Step 1 -Melt the marshmallow to your liking over the fire Step 2 – Make a sandwich using the biscuits on the outside and the chocolate on the inside Step 3 – Place the warm, gooey marshmallow in between, and watch it all melt together ready for you to eat
Australia’s pre-eminent installation artist Keith Courtney, known for House of Mirrors and 1000 Doors, will bring his breathtaking new interactive mirror maze, Kaleidoscope, to Sydney’s Powerhouse Ultimo from 29 July 2023 for a strictly limited season.
Since premiering at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2022 as part of RISING festival, the epic 700 square-metre structure has toured six Australian cities from Brisbane to Bendigo to Bathurst, with over 160,000 people around the country experiencing the mesmerising symphony of light and sound.
Now it’s Sydney’s turn to step inside the intricately formed, ever-shifting optical illusion designed to be enjoyed by all ages, day and night. While the sun shines, Kaleidoscope is a sparkling crystal playground of wonder, and as the sun sets, visitors become part of a spectacular colour field of light under the night sky.
“I’m humbled that Sydney will finally experience this incredibly ambitious work, truly befitting of such a majestic city,’ shared Courtney. “Sydney is a place of captivating light and reflection, bouncing across the water, the sandstone, the skyscrapers. Kaleidoscope is my expression of a shimmering, ephemeral sensory experience, and I think it will resonate strongly with Sydneysiders and their environment.”
Like its iconic namesake, this giant, human-sized kaleidoscope contains internal mirrors, luminous glass, and translucent beads of colour, so as the light shifts and the delicate tubular structure rotates, an entirely unique, refractive interplay takes shape
Courtney explained, “No two people will have the same experience in Kaleidoscope. This is a multi-sensory and physical experience where the visitor is completely submerged in sound and light – a vortex of serenity. Their experience is entirely personal, and I think that’s what I’m most proud of with this artwork. It makes my heart sing knowing that each person can walk through and create their own feeling of magic.”
Produced in collaboration with visual artist Ash Keating, artist Samantha Slicer, and a team of highly skilled technicians, Kaleidoscope is completed by a hypnotic soundscape composed by violinist and producer Tamil Rogeon featuring the National Boys Choir of Australia.
“It’s like stepping into a giant version of the childhood toy, a light-filled maze of moving prisms, mirrors, glass and steel where no two experiences are the same.”
“Kaleidoscope is more than art; it brings out your emotions and senses to create your own personal experience.” Escape
Where: Powerhouse Ultimo
When: 29 July – 10 September 2023
Wednesday to Sunday 2pm-9pm, last admission 8.30pm
Tickets: $15 + booking fee. Ages 5 and under, and over 75, enter free.