Things to do in Sydney in August

There is plenty to do in Sydney in August! Finally, the last month of winter! By most people’s standards, a Sydney winter is pretty mild, but if you are travelling to Sydney this month, you will want to pack a warm coat or jacket.

There is plenty happening this month from peak whale watching to our favourite road race, the City to Surf.

Accommodation prices are good and crowds are lower this month than June and July, so it’s a perfect time to enjoy Sydney.

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

New events and updated content are added to these pages as it becomes available.

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.

When: 20-28 August
Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens
Cost: $11.75 (Free for residents of Cumberland Council area)
More: Check the Cumberland Council website for details.

Festivals and Special Events

Ferragosto Street Festival

Fivedock is home to some of the best of Italian culture and this festival has it all. Fantastic food, with a strong focus on cooking and more than 300 stalls selling everything you could possibly need in an Italian kitchen.

When: 10am-4pm, 21 Aug.
Where: Great North Road, Five Dock between Lyons and Queens roads
Cost: Free
More: Get more details here.

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.  

Mechanical Flying Bird by Lehmann, Germany, c. 1895. Photo by Zan Wimberley
Mechanical Flying Bird by Lehmann, Germany, c. 1895. Photo by Zan Wimberley

International Guest Keynote Address: Dr James Williams will examine Ethics in the Attention Economy on 19 August, at Powerhouse Ultimo

Other events include: 

  • Addicted to Dopamine – 15 August,Dr Anna Lembke discussing the science of addiction, delving into her New York Times bestselling book Dopamine Nation.
  • ABC’s Dr Ann Jones will discuss humans’ powerful relationships with birds, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, in For the Love of Birds 
  • To Boldly Go will feature former NASA astronaut Dr Mary Ellen Weber sharing inspiring recollections from an outstanding STEM career at Powerhouse Ultimo on 12 August.
  • ABC’s Nate Byrne will join leading climate innovators on 12 and 19 August as part of Powerhouse’s 100 Climate Conversations, i
  • Family Science Day at Parramatta Square, Western Sydney University

When: 12-20 August
Cost: All events are free (registration required)  except opening Keynote address ($30) 
More info: https://sydneyscience.maas.museum/

Sydney Folk Festival – A world of music in the heart of the city!

The 3-day event will feature bespoke concerts, workshops and interactive sessions with 35+ acts in two Surry Hills festival hubs,

Penny Davies & Roger Ilott

A special focus of SydFolkFest22 will be a celebration of the creativity and diversity of folk arts and artists from across NSW and it will open with a unique Indigenous acknowledgement and cultural immersion. Plus world music / multicultural folk in focus! 

Where: The NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir St and the Gaelic Club, 1/64 Devonshire St.
When: 19-21 August celebration
More info: visit www.sydneyfolkfestival.com.au  

Sound West

A first for Western Sydney, SOUND WEST will bring together Australia’s biggest technology and creative brands, entrepreneurs, artists and innovators in a program of conferencing and live music events to inspire creative people to achieve their goals.

When: 20-28 August
Where: Parramatta (various venues)
More: Visit soundwestsydney.com.au

Waterfront Whale Tales – Dive into a sea of Sydney stories

Thirty sculptural whale tails are migrating their way around Sydney’s Western Harbour. From Barangaroo to Sydney Fish Market, the 6km harbour path will be home to 2metre tall whale tails created by some of the city’s best artists. 

Along with the tails will be food, stories and more…  Best of all the trail is wheelchair and pram friendly!

Where: Darling Harbour,
When: 11 Aug 2022 – 24 Sep 2022
Cost: Free 
More: www.waterfrontwhaletales.com.au

Sydney Fringe Festival

Running for 15 weeks, Fringe is Sydney’s largest independent arts festival, and the 2022 program is better than ever. With over 2000 artists and 500 events, there really is something for everyone. 

More details coming soon. 

Where: 50 venues across Sydney
When: 16 August – 30 September

Exhibitions

Shaken To His Core: The Untold Story Of Nolan’s Auschwitz

50 never-before-seen artworks by Sidney Nolan are now showing at Sydney Jewish Museum. The exhibition Shaken To His Core: The Untold Story Of Nolan’s Auschwitz  features a series was painted with great intensity in late 1961, during the trial of the infamous Nazi, Adolf Eichmann, and as Nolan prepared to visit Auschwitz on an art commission.

© The Sidney Nolan Trust all rights reserved, DACS _ Copyright Agency 2022 (1)

Until recently, these paintings remained mostly hidden away, their stories untold for over half a century – yet they reveal a darker side of the late artist, who was best known for his depictions of the mythology of bush life in Australia, including his paintings of bushranger Ned Kelly.

Where: Sydney Jewish Museum
When: 21 July – 23 October 2022
Cost: $21 Adults, $16 kids
More info and tickets: link.sjm.com.au/nolantickets

Sol LeWitt: Affinities and Resonances

Affinities and Resonances is a new exhibition exploring American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt’s affinities with Australian Central Desert Painting and revealing the musical resonances of his work. The exhibition is a collaboration between Kaldor Public Art Projects and the Art Gallery of NSW.

It features works by American artist Sol LeWitt in conversation with paintings by Anmatyerre artists Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Gloria Tamerre Petyarre. The exhibition includes 3 new musical commissions.

When: 27 August to 12 February
Where: John Kaldor Family Hall, Art Gallery of NSW 
More info: https://kaldorartprojects.org.au/projects/project-37-sol-lewitt/

Fleurs de Villes

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will come alive with artful flower displays for Fleurs de Villes FEMMES, a ticketed 10-day stunning showcase of local floral talent – all in celebration of culturally, politically, and historically significant women throughout the ages.

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
When: 19-28 August
Find out more: on the event website

Theatre and Performance

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 genre including drama, crime, fantasy, mystery and romantic comedy.

Korean Film Festival

All films presented at the festival screen with English subtitles.

Where: Event Cinemas George Street 
When: 18-26 August 
Cost: $12-16
More info: 
Website: www.koffia.com.au

ORACLE

A fusion of circus, burlesque, dance and contemporary storytelling, ORACLE is an exciting new show hitting Sydney this month. And it is a show for the Gods!

The Oracle
Oracle will play at the Studio Sydney Opera House

Let Oracle and her haunting, powerhouse vocals guide you through the 12 zodiac myths, explored thematically through live vocals, world class circus acts, mesmerising aerials and steamy burlesque numbers, interlaced with ballet, contemporary and commercial dance.

Where: The Studio, Sydney Opera House
When: 3-14 August Wed-Sun 8pm, Sat matinee 3pm
Price: Tickets from $75 (transaction fees apply)
Bookings: sydneyoperahouse.com or 02 9250 7777

Sleeplessness

Part mystery, part documentary, part forensic investigation, Kaz Therese’ solo work Sleeplessness maps a remarkable Australian story told across three generations of Western Sydney women, and the unimaginable impact of institutionalisation in Australia. It is the story of Kaz Therese trying to uncover their identity as one of the Forgotten Australians.

Riverside theatre Parramatta August
Kaz Therese

From Budapest to Sydney, Kaz Therese took on a 20-year journey to create Sleeplessness, uncovering family history, werewolf mythology, and bearded ladies.

Sleeplessness fuses film, text and choreography to create a compelling new Australian work.

Where: Riverside Theatres Parramatta
When: 19-20 August
More:  https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/sleeplessness/

Jane Eyre

Witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature retold in a faithful yet fiercely original, new stage adaptation from the nationally renowned shake & stir theatre co.

Following a childhood spent suffering at the hands of her cruel aunt, Jane finds employment at Thornfield Hall, the impressive yet mysterious home of Edward Rochester. As Jane and Rochester become inexplicably drawn to each other, the dark secrets locked within the walls of Thornfield start to unravel, forcing Jane on a heart-wrenching journey toward truth and freedom.

Jane Eyre Riverside

This stunning new production, featuring original music, written and performed live on stage by multi–ARIA award-winner Sarah McLeod, will set a fire blazing in your soul.

Where: Riverside Theatres Parramatta
When: 31 August – 1 September
More: https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/janeeyre/

In a Nutshell

Presented by Bell Shakespeare In a Nutshell will feature an ensemble cast performing scenes from some of the favourites of Artistic Director Peter Evans. 

The cast switch between characters and scenes from a range of Shakespeare’s most loved works. 

When: 4-7 August
Where: Pier 2/3Walsh Bay Arts Precinct

HallyuPopfest

International K-pop music festival event, HallyuPopFest, is coming to Sydney this August following its huge success as one of South East Asia’s largest Korean music festivals. The best of Korean music and lifestyle will converge at this electrifying K-pop extravaganza across two days at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena.

Where: Qudos Bank Arena
When: 13-14 August
More: Visit qudosbankarena.com.au/Event-Calendar/HallyuPopFest

Sport and Outdoor

City2Surf

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.

Where: Hyde Park
When: Second Sunday in August
Cost: $65
More: Check the website for training schedules and more

Duel in the Pool

Catch the biggest rivalry in swimming as some of the best swimmers from the Australian Dolphins and the USA go head to head in the most entertaining and exciting swim meet of the year. The Duel in the Pool starts in Bondi on 18 August (free) before moving to Sydney Olympic Park in August.

When: 18 August at Bondi then 19-21 August 
Where: Bondi and Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: $10-15
More: Visit https://www.swimming.org.au/events/2022-duel-pool

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