Sydney could be argued as on of the major capitals of fun of the southern hemisphere because the party never stops in the land down under. All year round visitors of this happening city have a wide selection of amazing events that will keep them overwhelmingly entertained throughout their stay – and plenty more activities to keep everyone entertained for when a break is needed! Festivals are a great vacation for anyone from a neighbouring city or country, or the perfect stay-cation for locals.
Check out some of Sydney's most popular festival events that go down throughout the year – and then decide which ones you want to explore!
Taste of Sydney
Food lovers unite in Centennial Park over this event, as it is described as an "unmissable foodie day out," by its official website. Taste of Sydney celebrates the unique dining scene that has been growing in the area. The city's hottest chefs and award-winning restaurants come together to serve visitors some of their signature dishes. Enjoy more than 60 restaurant specialties over the four days of tasting sessions and snack your way through the artisan stalls and attractions.
Just 25 years young, Australia's Tropfest is a film lover's dream, being the biggest short film festival in the country. They recently welcomed Australian Film Director George Miller to the festival's board to help plan many events for years to come. This festival supports local filmmakers on a grandiose scale, as it attracts an audience of 150,000 people. The festival gets over 600 short film entries every year, so the board selects only the best of the best – perfect for your viewing. In the past, Hollywood actors like Rebel Wilson and Sam Worthington have been present in films before they made their debut on the big screen, so you never know who you'll see there.
Australian Surf Festival
Would any list of Aussie festivals be complete without a mention of one of Australia's favourite pastimes? Surfing gets its own festival that sweeps in over 500 competitors and many more spectators, reports Visit NSW. Surfers hit the waves of Coffs Harbour, though you do have to keep an eye on the schedule because competitions are held at different beaches down the way. And when onlookers aren't watching the battles, they can enjoy live music, artwork and presentations at the Hoey Moey. Of course, if you consider yourself a pro, you might just be able to sign up for the competition and take on the waves yourself!
Byron Writers Festival
For those who like something a little more low key, however, Byron Writers Festival is the destination for you. This is a three day event full of storytelling, writing and discussing. According to the official festival site, the goal of the event is to promote literature, develop better writing skills and cultivate a love for the crafts of reading and writing for international attendees of all ages. Come for the workshops and panel discussions, and of course all the writing at this unique festival.
Splendour in the Grass
Be sure to get tickets as soon as they go live for Splendour in the Grass because previous years have sold out within days. This music festival features a weekend of nonstop music in North Byron Parklands. As it is one of Australia's most popular music events, it even attracts famous musicians who aren't included in the lineup to come and enjoy the music themselves (like Taylor Swift). With so many performers, it's nearly impossible to have a bad time. Check out the set and grab your tickets because you're in for an unforgettable weekend!
When you're done enjoying the day's festivities, get away from the crowds and come rest your feet at the Macleay Hotel located right nearby in Potts Point. Book your room here today!