Special Events in Sydney

Apia International Sydney
Early January brings the premier tennis warm-up event for the Australian Open, and it's played at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Center. The tournament routinely draws the top players on the ATP and WTA tours, presenting them in an environment that lends itself to getting close to the players. Fans can wonder the grounds and see their favorite players or take part of the off-court activities like concerts or winemaking classes.

Vivid Sydney - A Festival of Light, Music, and Ideas
The transformation of Sydney into a display of vivid light, incredible music, and creative ideas is the largest festival of it's kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The sails of the Sydney Opera House become canvas for light, and the theme carries throughout the city. It's meant to be a celebration of creativity, and it certainly delivers. Vivid Sydney happens each June.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Regarded as one of the premier yacht racing events in the world, the Sydney to Hobart draws huge attention. Leaving out of Sydney and heading out into the sometimes-treacherous waters of Bass Straight, it's also one of the most difficult. The inaugural race took place in 1945 and lasted more than six days. Race times are down to less than two days in modern vessels. People gather to watch the festivities in parks and open areas every Boxing Day to see the start and the early race action.

Sydney Film Festival
The first Sydney Film Festival was held in 1954. Since then, it has grown to be one of the major showcases for films from around the world. The nearly two-week run is a feast for real cinema fans. A host of great restaurants partner with the festival to provide exceptional dining choices to moviegoers. The Sydney event runs each June, shortly after the Cannes Film Festival wraps up in France.

Sculpture by the Sea
The Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk is transformed into a sculpture garden with over 100 works of art created by local and international sculptors. The mixing of sea and sculpture blend to a fine combination, which compliments them both. The exhibition is free to the public, and takes place every November. With an annual attendance of around 500,000, it's become a major event on the Sydney calendar.