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Top Picks for What’s On in Sydney in January 2024: Events & Entertainment Guide

Get ready to kick off the new year in style with our ultimate guide to the top picks for what’s on in Sydney this January 2024! From electrifying music festivals to captivating art exhibitions, Sydney has everything you need for an unforgettable month packed with entertainment and excitement. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s something for everyone on our list of events that are sure to keep you entertained all month long with a vibrant array of events and entertainment for all tastes and ages! From the spectacular Sydney Festival to the relaxing beachside activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

1. The 2024 Sydney Festival

This is the crème de la crème of events holding in Sydney January 2024. Immerse yourself in the exhilarating Sydney Festival 2024, which offers music, theatre, culture, arts and so much more. During this Sydney’s high summer season event, the city comes alive with over 150 events, including 26 world premieres, 29 Australian exclusives, and 43 free events, captivating locals and visitors alike. It spans over 24 days, featuring a first-class lineup of over 1,000 artists. The festival focuses on events presented on and around the iconic Sydney Harbour, promising fun-filled days and nights for all the family.

Some of the festival highlights include free-roaming performances by the Seagulls, a creation of the Snuff Puppets, delighting audiences at Summerground, The Thirsty Mile, Bondi Beach, and Circular Quay. Music lovers can’t miss Summerground, a diverse three-day live music event at Tumbalong Park. Featuring genres such as deep soul, dirty funk, reggae, alt-pop, and indie rock, the festival boasts headliners like The Teskey Brothers, Cimafunk and his band of Havana all-stars, Electric Fields, King Stingray, and The Brand New Heavies with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Sydney Festival 2024 promises to be a celebration of Sydney Festival’s local and international highlights that you won’t want to miss!

The Te Wheke a Muturangi Will Be Unveiled

As part of the Sydney Festival, Watermans Cove, Barangaroo hosts an extraordinary harbour spectacle: Te Wheke a Muturangi. Inspired by Māori mythology, this giant inflatable octopus floats on the ocean, symbolising the shifting currents and the power of water.

Conceived by Lisa Reihana, this awe-striking installation showcases the creativity and cultural depth of Sydney Festival 2024, making it worthy of your attention.

2. The Sydney Opera House Open Australia Season 2024

The iconic Sydney Opera House hosts a range of performances during January 2024, including captivating renditions of La Traviata and Orpheus and Eurydice, as well as showcases by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Experience the magic of opera and classical music in the stunning surroundings of one of the world’s most famous performing arts venues.

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3. Sydney’s Iconic Outdoor Cinemas

Take advantage of Sydney’s warm summer nights and experience the city’s iconic outdoor cinemas. You can visit Westpac Open Air Cinema at Mrs Macquaries Point which will be offering movie screenings with the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour, featuring new releases, recent films, and classic movies.

Westpac Open Air Cinema, with its diverse lineup of blockbusters and indie films, caters to both cinephiles and casual movie enthusiasts. Other outdoor cinemas to visit include Moonlight Cinema and Laneway Cinema. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a cinematic experience like no other.

4. Flickerfest at Bondi Beach

Embrace the beachside lifestyle and enjoy community festivities in Sydney this January. With events like Flickerfest at Bondi Beach, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Sydney’s coastal suburbs.

Experience the magic of cinema under the stars at Flickerfest, an annual short film festival held at Bondi Beach. Showcasing the best short films from around the world, Flickerfest has been running for over a decade and is an Academy® Accredited and BAFTA-recognised International Short Film festival.

Flickerfest, showcasing a variety of genres and styles, is a must-attend event for both film enthusiasts and beach lovers.

5. 2024 Sydney Harbour Splash

Embrace the refreshing waters of Sydney’s Iconic Harbour and join the exhilarating Sydney Harbour Splash, a popular open-water swim event that takes place on January 26, 2024. Whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or a novice taking the plunge, this event offers three distances to choose from 1km, 2.5km, and 5km, ensuring there’s a challenge for every level of fitness. As you glide through the pristine waters, admire the stunning scenery of the Sydney Harbour skyline, creating memories that will stay with you long after the race ends.

6. Australia Day Celebrations

Celebrate Australia Day with a range of events and activities that showcase the diverse and rich culture of the nation. From the Australia Day Regatta in the Harbour to the Yabun Festival in Redfern, there are plenty of opportunities to come together and recognize the unique heritage and history of Australia.

Yabun Festival: A Cultural Gathering

The Yabun Festival is held in Redfern and is the largest one-day gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia. It’s an event that celebrates and recognizes the rich cultural heritage of these communities. The festival features:

  • Cultural performances
  • Music
  • A bustling stalls market
  • Panel discussions
  • Community forums

The festival provides a platform for Indigenous artists and communities to share and preserve their traditions. This inspiring event serves as a celebration and acknowledgment of the resilience and richness of Indigenous cultures in Australia.

7. Take A Trip Around NSW And Partake In A First Class Line Up Of Festivals

In January, hit the road for an unforgettable journey through the vibrant regional events of NSW. From January 10-14, 2024, experience the rhythm of the Elvis Festival in Parkes, followed by the Tamworth Country Music Festival from January 19-28, and the Guyra Lamb & Potato Festival spanning January 17-28, 2024. Immerse yourself in the unique charm of each festival, where music, culture, and local flavours blend seamlessly. These events promise a road trip filled with melodies, festivities, and delectable experiences, creating lasting memories against the backdrop of New South Wales’ diverse and lively communities.

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  • Unparalleled Location: Situated just steps away from the iconic Bondi Beach, Bondi38 grants you immediate access to the festivities, including the exhilarating Ferrython race and the spectacular Australia Day Regatta.
  • Panoramic Ocean Views: Indulge in breathtaking beachfront vistas from the comfort of your apartment. Witness the captivating sunrise over the ocean, soak up the sun’s warmth on the balcony, and unwind with the soothing sounds of the waves.
  • Modern Amenities and Luxurious Comfort: Bondi38’s stylish apartments are equipped with modern amenities to ensure your stay is nothing short of exceptional. Enjoy keyless entry for hassle-free access, relax in air-conditioned rooms, and stay connected with complimentary Foxtel and Wi-Fi. Well-equipped kitchens allow you to prepare delicious meals, and laundry facilities provide added convenience.
  • Vibrant Surroundings: Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Bondi Beach, renowned for its trendy cafes, bars, and restaurants. Stroll along the beachfront promenade, discover hidden gems in the coastal neighbourhood, and savour the vibrant culinary scene.
  • Convenient Access to Sydney’s Attractions: Bondi38 is conveniently located near public transportation, making it easy to explore Sydney’s must-see attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Royal Botanic Garden.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for the Sydney Festival 2024?

Get ready for an amazing time in 2024 – the Sydney Festival will take place from January 5 to 28!

What type of performances and events can I expect at the Sydney Festival?

Experience the best of theatre, music, contemporary art gallery exhibitions and more at the Sydney Festival with its wide variety of events – over 150 in total, including 26 world premieres, 29 Australian exclusives and 43 free events!

Are there any outdoor cinemas in Sydney during the festival season?

Yes, you can enjoy the outdoor cinematic experience with Westpac Open Air Cinema in Sydney during the festival season. Enjoy the spectacular view of Sydney Harbour while you watch your favourite movies!

What is the Yabun Festival and why is it important?

Yabun Festival is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia, providing a platform for Indigenous artists and communities to share and preserve their traditions. It’s an amazing event that highlights the richness and resilience of Indigenous cultures!

What are some regional NSW road trip destinations to consider during the festival season?

Celebrate the festival season by heading to Morpeth for the Soundswell Festival at Queens Wharf – enjoy an evening of free all-ages live music and entertainment!


From the exhilarating Sydney Festival to the serene beachside activities, and the enchanting opera performances to the inspiring hands-on art making exhibitions, Sydney in January 2024 offers a treasure trove of events and experiences for all ages. Embrace the vibrant atmosphere, explore the city’s iconic landmarks, and indulge in the captivating culture that makes Sydney truly unforgettable.


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