What’s on in Sydney in July 2024

Sydney in July offers plenty of things to do indoors to help keep warm. When the sun is shining, this is a great time to go bushwalking and explore our national parks.

If you are visiting Sydney in July, it’s worth knowing that the weather can be a bit of a mixed bag, it’s colder than most visitors expect but often the skies are lovely and blue. Snow is falling on Mount Kosciusko 500km southwest 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 for some wine tasting or perhaps to the snow.

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

Major July Events in Sydney

Plenty of this month’s activities take place indoors so you can stay warm, but the Bastille festival and NAIDOC week events are well worth throwing a jumper on for.

  • NAIDOC Week
  • Bastille Festival
  • Christmas in July in the Blue Mountains


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.

Djaadjawan Dancers will perform at the Australian Maritime Museum

When: 7-14 July 2024
Where: Across the country
More: on the official site

Bastille Festival

Food, wine, cheese and the best of French culture with an Olympic twist. The Bastille Festival takes over the waterfront at Circular Quay. The biggest celebration of French Culture in the Asia Pacific to celebrate its 10th birthday, Bastille will be expanding this year to cover much more of Circular Quay.

This year stalls will venture into The Rocks, The Overseas Passenger Terminal, East Circular Quay, Customs House, Quay Quarter Lanes and more. Get ready for the biggest Celebration of French culture in the Asia Pacific.

Tastings, classes, special menus and plenty of stalls to tempt you. Chocolate croissant anyone?

This year’s street festival will offer gourmet French cuisine, art exhibitions, and a 1.4-kilometre wine-tasting tour around the Harbour. 

When: 11-14 July 2024
Where: Circular Quay and The Rocks
More: Check the official site for more details.

Bondi Festival

The Bondi Festival is back 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.

Family Fun at the Bondi Skate Rink

Paid and ticketed events are on offer, two that will run across the entire festival are:

  • Bondi Festival Ice Rink
  • Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel

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

Slip into your best outfit and get ready to glide into an unforgettable communal experience as the sun sets on this year’s Festival.

When: Friday 5 – Sunday 21 July, 2024
Where: Bondi Pavilion, Forecourt

Bondi Festival Ice Rink

Nothing says winter in Sydney like taking the family for a skate on the world-famous Bondi Festival Ice Rink. ice skates of all sizes and push-along penguins for the little ones, so shimmy into some skates and glide across the ice (or shuffle if you’re a first-timer) – all whilst enjoying the best view in town.

When: 30 June -21 July 2024
Where: Bondi Beach NSW
Tickets: $15 – 27, check their website for more details.

Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair

I have to be honest; I have about as much crafting ability as a rock, and the exhibits here blow me away. How are some people so talented? From embroidery to quilting and paper craft to weaving, there is a lot going on.

Attend classes, buy super new gadgets to make your crafting easier, or if you are as talented as I buy some finished projects!

When: July 3 – 6, 2024
Where: ICC Sydney, Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
More: The official site has all the details.

Sydney’s Biggest Pre-Loved Book Fair

This event really should come with a warning for any Bibliomaniacs who may be reading. This is Sydney’s biggest second-hand book fair. On display, you will find over 110,000 pre-loved books and other reading materials on sale at irresistible prices. The quality is excellent and the books are well sorted to save you from rummaging through topics of no interest.

I challenge you to leave with less than five books in your bag. My last visit resulted in two boxes!

When: 13-16 July 2024
Where: Knox Grammar School Weeks Senior Academy Pacific Highway, Wahroonga

Round She Goes Preloved Fashion Market – Winter 2024

A curated event for women’s preloved and vintage fashion.

When: 2024 TBC
Where: PCYC Marrickville, 531 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
Cost: $4 (cash or card accepted).

The Cronulla Winter Market

With more than 250 stalls combined, bringing fashion, art, craft, homewares, kids’ goods, candles, gifts, food and more to these two brilliant locations, showcasing brilliant small retailers from Cronulla and across Sydney.

The Cronulla Winter Market

There will also be a bounty of delicious global food to suit all tastes, live music, and plenty of activities for kids.

When: 2024 dates TBC
Where: Don Lucas Reserve Wanda Beach, Cronulla

Musicals, Opera, and Theatre in Sydney in July


Kip Williams concludes his Gothic trilogy with the most ambitious adaptation yet, featuring literature’s famed Count Dracula. Teaming up again with Designer Marg Horwell and Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper, this production delves into the monstrous nature within us all. Zahra Newman, acclaimed for her roles in “Fences” and “Julius Caesar,” takes on the monumental task of performing every role.


This production blends live video, film, and live acting, introducing ‘cine-theatre’ to depict Dracula’s reign of terror from his Transylvanian castle to Victorian London. This groundbreaking combination of technology, design, and storytelling marks an unforgettable theatre experience and the finale of an innovative trilogy.

When: 2 July – 4 August
Where: Roslyn Packer theatre 

The Odd Couple 

The Odd Couple,” Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning comedy, is set to entertain audiences at Theatre Royal Sydney in June with Australian comedy icons Shane Jacobson and Todd McKenney leading the cast.

The Odd Couple Sydney
Shane Jacobson and Todd McKenney

This hilarious story follows Felix and Oscar, two divorced men with polar opposite personalities who decide to share an apartment, leading to a series of comedic conflicts and misunderstandings.

When:  27 June – 13 July
Where: Theatre Royal 


If you are one of the unlucky Sydneysiders who missed it on its last run Hamilton is back for a short season.

Hamilton is a revolutionary musical that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers, through a dynamic mix of hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway music.

Hamilton Cast

The show captures Hamilton’s ambitious rise in American politics, his personal struggles, and his impact on the formation of the nation, all while exploring themes of legacy, leadership, and love.

When: July 2024
Where: Lyric Theatre 


“Chicago” is a captivating Broadway musical set in the 1920s, telling the tale of Roxie Hart, a housewife turned nightclub dancer who gains notoriety by murdering her lover, then sensationalizing the crime to catapult herself into fame. Along with Velma Kelly and the cunning lawyer Billy Flynn, Roxie delves into the murky depths of celebrity, greed, and the American justice system, fighting for both the limelight and her freedom.

Chicago Musical Sydney
Chicago will run in Sydney from June

Zoë Ventoura, known for her performances in “Packed To The Rafters” and “Home and Away,” makes a musical theatre comeback as Velma Kelly. Lucy Maunder, playing Mrs. Banks in “Mary Poppins,” takes on the role of Roxie Hart. The celebrated Anthony Warlow steps into the shoes of lawyer Billy Flynn, bringing his extensive Broadway and Australian stage experience. Comedy legend Peter Rowsthorn joins the cast as Amos, Roxie’s husband, adding a touch of humor to the ensemble.

When: From 9 June 2024
Where: Capitol Theatre

Trophy Boys

A new Australian play by Soft Tread, Trophy Boys is a queer black comedy and drag extravaganza about power, privilege, and high school debating. 

Trophy Boys
Trophy Boys

Using a winning combination of satire and camp, it interrogates the well-documented toxic masculinity, misogyny and homophobia of our elite private boys’ schools, and their prevalence in the backgrounds of those holding the highest offices in the country.

When: 19 June – 7 July 2024
Where: Seymour Centre

Music, Comedy and Dance

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

Join Mickey Mouse and his friends for Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures, a thrilling journey filled with iconic Disney destinations. Follow Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy as they embark on an interactive adventure, from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins to the sun-soaked Motunui with Moana.

Safari through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa, then soar into a whole new world with Aladdin and Jasmine. Join Woody and Bo Peep in a comedic carnival, and sing along to beloved Disney tunes with Mickey and pals. Expect surprises and up-close character interaction at this unforgettable event in Sydney!

When: 17-21 July
Where: Qudos Bank Arena


Bob The Drag Queen, celebrated for his victory in season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and acclaimed work on HBO’s We’re Here, is bringing his first headline stand-up comedy world tour, THIS IS WILD!, to Australia.

Bob the Drag Queen

Fresh off guest starring on Madonna’s The Celebration Tour, Bob, a Peabody and GLAAD Media Award winner, is set to engage Australian audiences with his dynamic blend of humor, storytelling, and performance art.

When: Friday 19 July
Where: Sydney, Darling Harbour Theatre

Horizon – Bangarra Dance Theatre 

In an innovative cross-cultural collaboration, “Horizon” emerges as a groundbreaking performance, blending the talents of leading Māori choreographer Moss Te Ururangi Patterson and esteemed Bangarra alumna Deborah Brown.

This new work, performed by an award-winning ensemble, weaves together stories from their native lands, exploring themes of homecoming and the enduring spirit of two of the world’s great First Nations.

“Horizon” invites audiences to witness the resilience and beauty of these cultures, set in a sacred realm where earth meets sky and new light is born.

When: 12 June-13 July 2024
Where: Sydney Opera House l More details

Art and Exhibitions

Archibald, Wynne, and Sulman Prizes

The Archibald Prize is awarded to 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.

Packing Room Prize 2023 winner, Andrea Huelin Clown jewels © the artist, image © AGNSW, Jenni Carter
Packing Room Prize 2023 winner, Andrea Huelin Clown jewels © the artist, image © AGNSW, Jenni Carter

Along with the official prize the team in the packing room vote for their favourite as do the public. If you can visit on a week day it’s usually a much more relaxed experience.

When: May to Sept 2024
Where: Art Gallery of NSW

National Indigenous Art Fair

Enjoy a vibrant program of live Indigenous music and dance performances for adults’ and children’s artwork from remote ethical art centres across the country. More than 25 Blak Markets stallholders from around NSW sell art, jewellery, gifts, homewares, and Indigenous bush food and plants.

When: Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 June 2024
Where: Circular Quay, The Rocks NSW l Full guide here

Food and Drink Events


Presented by REVEL, the team behind cult wine event Pinot Palooza in collaboration with Nick Haddow of Bruny Island Cheese Co. and Dairy Australia, MOULD will see Australia’s best cheese makers and more come together for tastings, conversations, demonstrations, and plenty of drinks.

Mould – A Cheese Festival celebrates the crumbly cheddar, gooey Camembert, and bitey blue by the best artisan producers from across the country. There is a great range of hand-picked wine, beer, cider, sake, and nibbles for you to enjoy between cheese tastes and to take home.

When: 26 July 2024
Where: Carriageworks, BAY 22-24
Tickets: $40.

Sports and Outdoors

Tuff Nutterz Sydney

Australia’s largest inflatable obstacle course promises a fun-filled event suitable for all ages. No need to worry about age restrictions – all are welcome to join in the excitement. Parents with children under 5 receive a complimentary accompanying ticket.

Navigate through climbing walls, slides, and more, as you race to the finish line with family and friends.

When: 11 July 2024 to Sunday 21 July 2024
Where: Centennial Park
Tickets: $40.

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.

Check out the following hotels who offer Christmas in July dinners and packages:

Where: Various hotels across the Blue Mountains
When: Throughout July

Winterfest Camden

Get ready for an amazing event that offers a jam-packed program over a massive three days The Winter Wonderland has fun for the entire family with winter-themed activities and entertainment every day.

When: 7-9 July 2024
Where: Onslow Oval Cawdor Road, Camden

Bundanoon Winterfest

Picture a lovely little village in the Southern Highlands brimming with charm, throw in an array of fun with workshops and a street party, and you’ve got a colourful weekend the whole family will enjoy. That’s Winterfest in Bundanoon and it’s just 2hrs from Sydney, making it a great escape from the big smoke.

When: 5-7 July 2024
Where: Cnr Church St & Railway Ave, Bundanoon
For more details, check their website.

Kiama Winter Festival

Six days of school holiday fun, centered around an authentic ice rink on our beautiful foreshore, with themed nights, igloos, a pop-up bar, delicious food, illumination experiences, entertainment and more!

When: 2024 TBC
Where: Harbour Foreshore, Kiama

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