Sydney in July

July in Sydney can be a bit of a mixed bag weatherwise, it’s colder than most visitors expect but often the skies are lovely and blue. Snow is falling on Mount Kosciusko 500km south west and that can bring some crisp winds. On very special (and rare) occasions we get snow closer to Sydney in the Blue Mountains and Orange. So if you are visiting at this time of year, please bring a jacket!

The first half of the month is the winter school holiday causing prices of family accommodation and attractions to skyrocket.

It’s a great time to plan a winter getaway to the snow or head north for some Queensland or Pacific Island sunshine.

Average Temperatures: 17-8°C ( 79.7 – 67.3°F)
While each year varies the last July there were only 5 days of rain.

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

MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS IN JULY

  • NAIDOC Week
  • Archibald Prize
  • Bastille Festival
  • Christmas Winter Wonderland (Christmas in July)

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC week is a celebration of the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by all Australians. Events will be held across the country in the second week of July, but some of the big Sydney events include:

Where: Across the country
When: 2nd week in July
More: on the official site

Burramatta NAIDOC 

The event is a family-friendly celebration for the whole community featuring children’s workshops, market stalls, delicious food as well as some great performances by Budjerah, Kobie Dee, The Merindas, Tilly Tjala Thomas and more, and Uncle Col Hardy and MC Luke Caroll hosting the celebrations of Burramatta NAIDOC.

Check the full schedule here

When: Sunday, 10 July, 10.30am – 5pm
Where:
Pavilion Flat, Parramatta Park
Free event, no tickets or registrations required

Bastille Festival

Food, wine, cheese and the best of French culture hit town when the Bastille Festival takes over the waterfront at Circular Quay. Tastings, classes, special menus and plenty of stalls to tempt you.

Where: Circular Quay and The Rocks
When: TBC – a few days before Bastille day unusually
More: Check the official site for more details.

MARKETS AND FESTVIALS IN JULY

Bondi Festival

Bondi Festival is back after a 2 year break to add some fun to your winter. There will be a bunch of free family friendly events along with ticketed comedy, music and drama events. A feature of the festival is the Bondi Festival Local events, which showcase local artists and grass-roots organisations within Bondi.

Paid and ticketed event are on offer, two that will be running cross the entire festival are:

  • Bondi Festival Ice Rink
  • Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel

Ticketed events are very affordable and expected to sell out quickly!

Where:
When: 1-17 July
More: Check the official site for more details.

Christmas Winter Wonderland

Coinciding with the first week of the school holidays, the EQ will transform into a Christmas fantasy land. Taking inspiration from some of the beautiful, whimsical Winter Markets dotted around the globe at Christmas. Christmas Winter Wonderland is a fun, festive experience for children and their families.

Christmas Wonderland

Embrace the magic of Christmas and explore the streets of the EQ, adorned with strings of fairy lights and illuminated baubles throughout. Find the giant Christmas tree and take a walk down Selfie Lane where you can snap the night away and purchase a Selfie Snow Globe to let the memory live on at home. There’s even a selfie moment for your four-legged furry friends.

Hop on board the Santa Express before heading to the main event in the Show Ring. This is where the magic truly happens. Let your kids and your inner child run wild in Santa’s Workshop, home to a carnival of rides and amusements.

Where: EQ Moore Park
When: Friday 1st through to Sunday 10th July, 2022. Open daily from midday.
Cost: Entry to the main event at Christmas Winter Wonderland (in the Show Ring) is $10 per child (4-14 years) and $16 per adult (years 15+), children 3 years and under are free.
More: Check the official site for more details.

FOOD AND DRINK EVENTS IN JULY

Bankstown Bites Food Festival

Join celebrity chefs and hungry visitors at this much-loved food festival. Bankstown is home to a diverse range of cultures and an amazing range of food, both beautifully highlighted at this annual event.

Where: Olympic Parade, Bankstown
When: Saturday 30 July
More: Check the festival site

THEATRE, FILM AND STAGE IN JULY

Madam Butterfly – Opera Australia

The Puccini classic tale of an American naval officer and who marries a young geisha and then leaves her and returns home at the end of the war. His bride waits his return, but will he come? This production, by Australian Choreography Graeme Murphy, features towering LED screens that provide the backdrop.

Madame Butterfly
Madame Butterfly Credit: Opera Australia

Where: Sydney Opera House
When: 29 June–30 July 2022
More: Tickets and more details

La Traviata – Opera Australia

Set in Paris in the Autumn, this production of Verdi’s La Traviata features lavish sets and stunning costumes. A fun romance with lots of grand party scenes, La Traviata is a brilliant choice for your first opera experience.

la Traviata Opera Australia
La Traviata Credit: Opera Australia

Where: Sydney Opera House
When: 5 July – 4 November 2022
More: Tickets and more details

Il Trovatore

Verdi’s dramatic Opera,Il Trovatore, which translates as The Troubadour, will have you on the edge of your seat. With four Arias and a story filled with witchcraft, murder and recompense, this is an opera that has been popular since its debut in 1853.

The Sydney production features Leah Crocetto as Leonora, Elena Gabouri as the haunted Azucena, audience favourite Yonghoon Lee as the title character Manrico and Maxim Aniskin as Count di Luna.

Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
When: 15, 19, 23, 25, 28 and 30 July
More: Tickets and more details

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza featuring over 70 songs including many of the iconic hits from the movie, as well as additions from Adele, Katy Perry, Sia, Beyonce, Rihanna and more.

Moulin Rouge
Credit: Destination NSW

Where: Capitol Theatre
When: Opening 28 May
Check full details here

Mary Poppins

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Mary Poppins adapted from the beloved stories by PL Travers and the original film arrives in Sydney this month.

The world’s favourite nanny comes to life on stage in a spectacular and unforgettable production. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster.

Where: Sydney Lyric Theatre
When: 15 May to 17 July
Check full details here

ART AND DESIGN EXHIBITIONS

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

The Archibald is one of the most popular annual events at the AGNSW.

The Archibald Prize is awarded the best portrait, the Wynne Prize goes to the best Australian Landscape or figure sculpture and the Sulman is awarded to the best mural project, genre, or subject painting.

Where: Art Gallery of NSW
When: Mid May till Mid September
Cost: $20

Mel O’Callaghan: All is Life

“All is Life, which expands on the artist’s continued exploration of the relationship between life and nonlife. An ambitious sculptural installation activated by performances, a new sound work, and a two-channel film capturing the sacred ritual Dhalo, shot by the artist on a recent trip to Ambaulim, Goa in India.

Mel O’Callaghan, First sound, last sound (performance), All is Life, 2022, Carriageworks. Photo credit: Zan Wimberley:

To understand how the inanimate relates to the animate, O’Callaghan traces cultural practices centred around sites on earth that are said to remain similar to when life first emerged. Looking at the significance of these sites through time, as places to gather and enact ritual, the artist contemplates the generative experience of these practices. Split across two spaces at Carriageworks, All is Life presents a meditation on modes of experience.”

Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
When: 23 June – 21 August 2022 Wed – Sun, 10am – 5pm, with performances each Saturday.
Cost: Free

NSW REGIONAL EVENTS IN JULY

Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

We may not get a nice traditional white Christmas in December in Oz but that just means we get two Christmases. Since 1980 the villages of the Blue Mountains have spread yuletide cheer across the region.

Where: The villages of the Blue Mountains
When:
More:

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