what’s on in Sydney in August 2024

Accommodation prices are reasonable in August, and you won’t have to deal with the enormous crowds that summer brings. It’s the last month of winter, which means it’s still pretty chilly, so it’s a good idea to bring a jacket. Having said that, we have plenty of gorgeous blue skies and sunny days.

Looking for things to do in Sydney in August? We have searched far and wide to come up with a variety of things to do from comedy to sport so get comfortable, and let’s plan your month!

From prime whale-watching season to our the city’s favourite road race, the City to Surf you will find something fun to do, we are sure.

Average Temperatures: 18-9°C (64-48°F)
While each year varies the last August saw only four days of rain.

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Annual Events in Sydney in August

Auburn Botanic- Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

For 2 weeks each August, Auburn Botanic Gardens turns Japanese with a stunning display of Cherry Blossoms. Add to this Japanese food, culture, and music and a visit here can make you think you have found yourself in Tokyo in April.

Cherry Blossom Festval

When: Usually from the last week in August between 9am & 5pm
Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens
Cost: $13.50 (Free for residents of Cumberland Council area)
More: Check the Cumberland Council website for details.

Festivals, Fairs and Community Events

Ferragosto Street Festival

Fivedock is home to some of the best of Italian culture and this festival has it all. Fantastic food, focusing strongly on cooking and over 300 stalls selling everything you could need in an Italian kitchen.

Ferragosto Street Festival

When: 2024 dates TBC
Where: Great North Road, Five Dock between Lyons and Queens roads
Cost: Free
More: Get more details here.

Penrith Show

Entertainment, rides, side show alley, trade stalls, competitions, exhibitions performances and so much more!

When: 2024 dates to be confirmed
Where: 141-147 Station Street, Penrith
More: Check the website for more info

Sydney Science Festival

Enjoy a curated program of free (and one-ticketed) events that include talks, workshops, and activities. This nine-day festival will explore the theme of Revival.  

When: Mid to late August 2024 (dates TBC)
Where: Across Sydney
Cost: All events are free (registration required) except opening the Keynote address

Musicals, Opera and Theatre in Sydney in August

Film Festivals

The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) 

The Korean film industry has produced some huge international hits over the last few years. This year’s festival features 13 films from a range of genres including drama, crime, fantasy, mystery, and romantic comedy.

Korean Film Festival

All films are presented on the festival screen with English subtitles.

When: Dates TBC
Where: Event Cinemas George Street 
Cost: $12-16 – More info here

Lebanese Film Festival

Experience the enchanting allure of Lebanese cinema and its lively essence at the extraordinary 11th iteration of the Lebanese Film Festival Australia. Immerse yourself in a range of compelling films that provoke thought, partake in cultural festivities, and engage in enlightening conversations.

When: 2024 dates TBC
Where: Bankstown Arts Centre 5 Olympic Parade Bankstown, NSW
Cost: Free, full guide here

Music, Comedy And Dance

Art and Exhibitions

Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail

This premier event on the Hawkesbury Arts calendar gives visitors an opportunity to explore Hawkesbury, visit the studios, meet the Artists and Artisans, learn more about their Art and watch them create.

A group of artists displaying their creations at the Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail in August.
Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail invites you to explore a showcase of creativity and craftsmanship in August in Sydney

Here you can find out the Artists’ stories and why they are driven to create and purchase affordable fine Art direct from members.

When: 2024 dates to be confirmed
Where: 366 George Street, Windsor NSW
Free, more info here

Food and Drink Events

Sport and Outdoor events


City2Surf Run, the city’s favourite fun run draws more than 80,000 people. Runners and walkers make their way along a 14-km route from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach.

When: 11 August 2024
Where: Hyde Park to Bondi Beach
Cost: $65, check the website for training schedules and more

Yoga in the Park

Get fit and flexible every Sunday morning with FREE Yoga in The Park! The focus on breathing, the concentration required to find balance in certain poses, the flow of the movements – it’s all an active meditation that can help clear the mind, quieten anxieties and strengthen your body.

When: 9:30 am, every Sunday (All Year)
Where: Corner of Lower Fort St and George St at Dawes Point Park, right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Tickets: Free, more info here 

Plan Ahead

Paula Sydney Expert

About the author: Paula Morgan, a born-and-bred Sydney resident, has been sharing this city and its secret spots for over 15 years. She’s not just about the iconic landmarks; she’s all about the hidden alleys adorned with street art, and the joy of discovering a new café or a fabulous restaurant tucked away in a corner you never knew existed and weekends away exploring regional NSW.

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