Three weeks of music, visual arts, theatre, food and film on Sydney's streets. The Sydney Festival (opens an external site) brings together the best international artists and performers in genres from opera to hip hop.
A national public holiday held on 26 January each year, Australia Day (opens an external site) means summer, beach, barbeque and friends.
Chinese New Year
Home to Australia's largest Chinese community, Sydney celebrates Chinese New Year (opens an external site) on a grand scale.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
The biggest gay and lesbian festival in the world, the Mardi Gras (opens an external site) attracts participants from around the globe and an audience of hundreds of thousands.
Biennale of Sydney
From March to June, galleries, gardens and landmarks across the city exhibit the latest in contemporary art and performance from around the world at the Biennale of Sydney (opens an external site).
Global Exchange Fair
UTS students can choose their options from more than 150 partner universities around the world at the Global Exchange Fair.
Royal Easter Show
Held at the site of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the Royal Easter Show (opens an external site) brings the Aussie countryside to the city, with animals, wood chopping and more.
Commemorated on 25 April each year, ANZAC day (opens an external site) is a time of national remembrance for those who have died in war. Dawn services and marches are held across the country.
Sydney Fashion Week
Australian and international designers converge in Sydney for a week of runway shows, fashion launches and parties at the Australian Fashion Week (opens an external site).
Sydney Writers' Festival
The Sydney Writer’s festival (opens an external site) features globally acclaimed writers, journalists and commentators. The UTS Writers’ Anthology is launched here.
Unveiling its festival of light, music and ideas across the city, Vivid Sydney (opens an external site) brings together large-scale light installations and creative ideas.
Sydney Film Festival
The second longest running film festival in the world, the Sydney Film Festival (opens an external site) takes over cinemas across Sydney for two weeks in June.
The Archibald Prize
The Archibald Prize Exhibition (opens an external site), one of Australia’s favourite art events, opens in July each year. Visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales and view the extraordinary portraits of well-known Australians, from politicians to sporting heroes and celebrities.
City to Surf
The City to Surf (opens an external site) is the largest timed fun run in the world, with over 85,000 Sydneysiders following some of the world's finest athletes along the streets from the city centre to Bondi beach.
Football Finals Series
Rugby League, Rugby Union, Aussie Rules and Soccer grand finals attract hundreds of thousands of loyal and colourful spectators around Australia.
On one Sunday every September Sydney Technology Park, a short bus ride from UTS, hosts the Earthdance Festival (opens an external site), a massive local version of the international dance festival promoting global peace. The popular, free event features live bands and dance music, markets and cultural workshops.
Crave Sydney International Food Festival
Be there when Sydney becomes the centre of the global fine-dining universe and the world’s leading chefs, writers and TV personalities come to town for the Crave Sydney International Food Festival (opens an external site). Taste your way through the dishes and learn how to recreate celebrity recipes.
Sculpture by the Sea
Australia's largest annual outdoor international exhibition of contemporary sculptures, Sculpture by the Sea (opens an external site) is staged along Sydney's spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk.
This inner city suburb and festival (opens an external site) hosts live music, food and clothing markets, seminars with famous writers and art workshops.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
One of the most celebrated ocean yacht races in the world, the 'Sydney to Hobart' (opens an external site) kicks off each December in spectacular form.
New Year's Eve in Sydney
Sydney explodes with fireworks, street parties and music. The harbour and city centre comes alive with one of the biggest and best fireworks displays in the world to welcome in New Year's Eve (opens an external site).