What’s on in Sydney in June 2024

At the beginning of winter, shorter days and colder nights, but we still get blue skies and sunny days. What used to be the quietest month of the year has, over the last decade, become a pretty busy time in the city thanks to the Vivid Sydney Festival.

Vivid runs for the first two weeks of June and Circular Quay, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, and the Botanic Gardens turned into a wonderland of light installations.

Average Temperatures: 18-10 °C (64-50°F)
While each year varies the last June saw 8 days of rain.

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Major June Events in Sydney

It is cool outside but that won’t keep Sydneysiders indoors. Vivid Sydney is one of the biggest annual events in the city and the whale watching season sees hundreds of us board boats every weekend to catch a glimpse of the whales making their way north for the summer.

Festivals, Fairs and Community Events

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.

Carriageworks Night Market

Curated by Australia’s leading sustainable chef Matt Stone, the market will showcase over 45 stalls celebrating sustainable food practices and the best produce from across NSW, in line with Vivid Sydney 2023’s theme – Naturally.

Showcasing an exciting and diverse array of Sydney’s food scene including Native Australian, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, French, vegetarian and vegan, Carriageworks is set to come alive with local hospitality, food demonstrations and live entertainment.

When: TBC 2024
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
Tickets: Tickets $15 + fee. Check more details here.

Cronulla Jazz and Blues Festival

Eleven stages, over 100 artists, and everything from Jazz, Blues, Funk Soul, Alt-Country & Americana. Head to Dunningham Park, Monro Park, street buskers, or one of the ticketed performances at local venues.

When: Early June 2024
Where: Cronulla Street Cronulla
Cost: Most events are free
More: Check the official website for the schedule.

Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel

Everyone loves a Ferris Wheel, and the bigger the better. This winter, climb aboard and be whisked up into the sky for 360 degree views on our 32m high Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel.

Where: Bondi Park, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
When: Mid June 2024
Tickets: $10 adults; $8 children; $50 private gondola (valid for six people)
Check their website for more details.

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.

Where: Bondi Beach NSW
When: TBC
Tickets: $15 – 27, check their website for more details.

Musicals, Opera and theatre in Sydney in June

CHICAGO 

“Chicago,” a dazzling Broadway musical, sets the stage in the roaring twenties with the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her lover and transforms her malicious crime into sensational headlines. Alongside the equally ambitious Velma Kelly and smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn, Roxie navigates the corrupt world of fame, fortune, and the allure of the American criminal justice system, all while vying for the spotlight and acquittal.

Chicago cast
Anthony Warlow stars in Chicago

Zoë Ventoura, beloved for her roles in “Packed To The Rafters” and “Home and Away,” returns to musical theatre as Velma Kelly. She’s joined by Lucy Maunder, currently Mrs. Banks in “Mary Poppins,” as Roxie Hart. Anthony Warlow, renowned for his Broadway and Australian roles, will play lawyer Billy Flynn. Comedy icon Peter Rowsthorn is cast as Amos, Roxie’s husband.This talented ensemble brings depth and dynamism to their roles, promising a riveting production.

When: From 9 June 2024
Where: Capitol Theatre l more details

Death of a Salesman 

Theatre Royal Sydney proudly presents Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” starring Emmy, Golden Globe, and Tony Award-winner Anthony LaPaglia. Directed by Neil Armfield, this critically acclaimed production from Melbourne showcases one of the 20th century’s greatest plays. Featuring leading Australian actors like Alison Whyte and Josh Helman, it’s a timeless masterpiece that has captivated audiences for generations. This promises to be an unforgettable theatrical event.

When: 17 May to 16 June
Where: Theatre Royal

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
Todd McKenney and Shane Jacobson are the Odd Couple

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 

Horizon Bangarra Dance Theatre 

“Horizon” is a pioneering performance born from the unique collaboration between leading Māori choreographer Moss Te Ururangi Patterson and renowned Bangarra alumna Deborah Brown.

Together, they and an award-winning ensemble bring to life stories rooted in their ancestral lands, delving into themes of returning home and the perpetual essence of two of the world’s distinguished First Nations. Audiences are invited into a sacred space where the terrestrial and celestial converge, revealing the resilience and splendor of these cultures through “Horizon.”

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

Trophy Boys

“Trophy Boys,” a new Australian play by Soft Tread, is a queer black comedy that combines the worlds of drag and high school debating to explore themes of power and privilege.

Trophy Boys
Trophy Boys

Through satire and camp, it critically examines the toxic masculinity, misogyny, and homophobia prevalent in elite private boys’ schools.

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

STOLEN

Sydney Theatre Company is proud to present a new production of “Stolen,” a pivotal Australian play by Muruwari playwright Jane Harrison, first introduced in 1998. Directed by STC Resident Director Ian Michael, known for his work on “Constellations,” this production revisits the profound narratives of the Stolen Generation through the lives of five characters: Jimmy, Ruby, Shirley, Sandy, and Anne.

Their stories unfold in a room marked by childhood shadows, suitcases of painful memories, and beds awaiting children separated from their families. “Stolen” powerfully explores the impact of policies aimed at stripping away cultural identities, proving its enduring relevance and emotional resonance.

When: 6 June-6 July
Where: Wharf Theatre

Film Festivals

Sydney Film Festival

The 70th Sydney Film Festival offers another exciting season of cinema amidst a whirlwind of premieres, red-carpet openings, in-depth discussions, film guests, and more. 

Sydney Film Festival
Tickets sell out fast for the Sydney Film Festival

When: 2024 dates TBC
Where: The State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Newtown, Palace Central, Palace Norton Street, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, Ritz Cinemas Randwick, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Art Gallery of NSW
More: Visit the official site for ticket information

Children’s International Film Festival

Featuring daring adventures in the Himalayas, a journey through the fascinating world of art, heartwarming friendships, and an exciting blend of live-action and animation, the Children’s International Film Festival (CHIFF) returns for its fifth year, showcasing a program filled with family-friendly films.

When: 2024 TBC
Where: Sydney: Ritz Cinemas Randwick; Melbourne: Classic Cinemas Elsternwick, Lido Cinemas Hawthorn and Cameo Cinemas Belgrave
Tickets: Single Admission $15.00, Member tickets $13.00, Family Pass $52.00. Full details here

Music, Comedy and Dance

Art and Exhibitions

Food and Drink Events

Mould

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: 2024 dates TBC
Where: Carriageworks, BAY 22-24
Tickets: $40.

Good Food & Wine Show

Sit back and be entertained by your favourite chefs, a perfect day out for food and wine lovers. Enjoy a fantastic day out with friends and wander through the show, sampling from hundreds of stalls, chatting to winemakers and distillers and hearing their stories.

Good Food & Wine Show

When: 21-23 June 2024
Where: ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour
Tickets: $35. Full guide here

Sports and Outdoor Events

Kiama Coastal Classic

A Super Trail event with a ‘2km Bolt’, ’12km one way classic’ or full 21km Kiama Coastal Classic, runners from all over the state will take on the Kiama coastline’s rolling hills

When: 2024 dates TBC
Where: Surf Beach, Kiama

NSW Regional Events in June

Dubbo Winter Whiskey Festival

Join distilleries from around Australia and the World in a celebration of whiskey and craft spirit culture. Sample and purchase rare and limited-distribution spirits or enjoy some of the distillers favourite spirits in mixed drinks.

Our Saturday night event is a real festival vibe, where you can take a moment to sit back and listen to the Entertainment or visit one of our amazing food vendors and grab some local cuisine

When: 14-15 June 2024
Where: Dubbo NSW

Borealis Bowral

No need to travel across the world to see the Northern lights this year. You can experience the magic of the Borealis at this year’s Bowral Winterfest.

Mulled wine, steaming hot winter treats and a captivating lightshow await you at Centennial Vineyards, in the Southern Highlands, 90 minutes south of Sydney.

Shuttle services will operate from Moss Vale, Mittagong and Bowral.

When: 2024 TBC
Where: Bowral – 252 Centennial Road Bowral

Orange Winter Jazz Festival

Get set for a long weekend of great music and fine wine in picturesque Orange this winter. The beautiful country township will play host to the Orange Winter Jazz Festival.

50 artists across 8 fantastic venues. Follow the festival on Instagram for announcements.

When: 7-10 June 2024
Where: 8 venues across Orange – ranging from pubs to churches!
More: Check the official event website

Henry Lawson Festival of the Arts – Grenfell

One of Australia’s greatest poets, the town of Grenfell commemorates Henry Lawson’s birth and his amazing legacy with this annual Henry Lawson Festival on the June long weekend. The festival promotes and recognises aspiring Australians in their artistic endeavours.

Enjoy verse, short stories, painting and photography, and more!

When: 6-10 June 2024
Where: Grenfell NSW
More details on the official site

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