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20 Epic Things To Do In Sydney This June

By Jessica Best - 01 Jun 2017


Where do we even begin Sydney? June 2017 is packed full with a little bit of everything. Epic light shows? Check. Film festivals? Check. Secret rooftop parties? Check. ICYMI we’re definitely not struggling to find somewhere to spend our time (and money) this month.

Sydney, we’ve made it halfway through the year (we’re shocked just as much as you are) and you’ll want to make June one to remember. 

Here are 20 things to do in Sydney this June.

Vivid Lights

Our favourite colourful light show is back and it’s in even more locations than before! Naturally there are a heap of new and awesome projections and installations scattered around (like the gigantic, glowing sunflowers in the Royal Botanic Garden #saywhat) for this year’s Vivid Sydney, and #nobiggie but we suggest you dedicate an entire week to exploring these mesmerising works.

When: Friday 26 May - Saturday 17 June
Where: Various locations across Sydney      
Cost: Free

Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival 

For those of you who love wine, who love food, and who love to road trip, listen up. If you haven’t already planned your major mid-year #treatyoself event, the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival gives you the chance to getaway for all the right reasons. You know, like eating gourmet dinners every night, taking a vineyard tour (or three), going to winemaking master classes, and cooking classes, plus there are a heap of other exciting events like the Cheese Lovers Festival and Meet the Farmer Dinner. 

Grab more details here.

When: Until the end of June
Where: Various locations across the Hunter Valley Region
Cost: Various prices

Vivid Ideas 

Let’s be honest, you’ve probably planned on dedicating this entire month to Vivid Sydney, but what on earth is Vivid Ideas you ask? Think talks, conferences and exhibitions with the coolest industry professionals from all around. That means talks from the likes of Buzzfeed founder Jonah Peretti, smartphone filmmaking workshops, and exhibitions with tech wearables, robots and 3D printing. 

Grab more details here.

When: Friday 26 May - Saturday 17 June
Where: Various locations
Cost: Various prices

Sydney Film Festival

If there’s one thing us Sydneysiders do well, it’s binge watch like no one else’s business. And on a side—there are 288 films for you to binge your way through. As always, the SFF showcases the best cinema goods from around Australia and across the world with plethora of features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, restorations, animation and more. Trust us, by the end of this month you’ll be well on your way to feeling like the next Spielberg (kind of). 

Grab more details here.

When: Wednesday 7 June - Sunday 18 June
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Various prices

Vivid Sydney Pop-Up Events

Stop it Vivid Sydney, what do you mean there’s more in store for us?! We don’t know about you guys but Christmas has definitely come early this year. Vivid, you’ve well and truly outdone yourself. There’s no way we could turn down a 3-level rave cave, a free silent disco (emphasis on the free) or even a rooftop party in a prime location to down all the drinks, and see all the Vivid lights, from one spectacular spot. And to pack your schedule out even more, Pies in the Sky (a massive rooftop, music, food and wine series set in three different CBD rooftops) is also making one heck of an appearance this month.

When: Friday 26 May - Saturday 17 June
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Various prices

Vivid Rooftop Parties At 107 Projects

Because you can never have too many rooftop parties, in partnership with Vivid Music (which ICYMI is happening this month), 107’s Rooftop Garden is your go-to for one helluva adventure. With an epic fit-out and boasting the very best of Sydney’s independent music scene with six nights of experimental sound, electronica and beats curated by The NOW now, Pretty Gritty, Ears Have Ears, Electrofringe, Bare Necessities and Sydney Now’s For Folk Sake, you’re definitely in for some close encounters of the artist kind. 

Grab more details here.

When:  5-9.30pm 9 Jun 2017 – 17 Jun 2017
Where: 107 Redfern Street, Redfern
Cost: $10 per ticket

Whisky & Watercolour

It’s time you stepped-up your whiskey and watercolour game (well, mostly your whiskey game). Sipping on the finer things in life is great and all—cue single malt Scotch whiskies, but we’ll have you know that there’s an even better way to indulge in the good stuff. Now we’re no Picassos, but if we can learn some failsafe watercolour techniques while whisky tasting in between each mini-lesson, we’re definitely down for that! 

Grab your tickets here.

When: 7pm Friday 2 June 
Where: 100 Harris Street, WeWork Pyrmont
Cost: $75 per person

Good Food & Wine Festival

Yep, we’re low-key having heart palpitations right now. The epic Good Food and Wine Festival is about to touchdown in Sydney for an entire weekend (we suggest you clear your calendar in advance). Expect oyster bars, a massive food market, a food wonderland (as in you get to taste-test all of the things), a high tea, virtual reality tours of the Yarra Valley (yes, you read that right) and a heap more. 

Grab your tickets here.

When: Friday 23 June - Sunday 25 June
Where: International Convention Centre
Cost: Various pricing

High Tea @ Rawsons Restaurant

Basically, it’s the Queen’s birthday this month and it’s kind of a big deal. It also means you’ll score a super cute lunch with delicious cakes, scones and finger sandwiches. We don’t royal often but when we do, we royal ridiculously well (Sunday sesh-style) at Rawson’s Restaurant

Grab your tickets here.

When: From 3pm Sunday June 11
Where: Epping Club, 45-47 Rawson Street, Epping
Cost: $50 per ticket

Bar Liberty @ Hartsyard

Ok heads up, an insanely good feast will be happening this month featuring Melbourne chef Casey Wall (Bar Liberty) and Gregor Llewellyn (Hartsyard). We’re talking the kind that draws inspiration from the deeeeeep south and in culinary terms means Creole classics like étouffée with local marron and duck, along with pitchers upon pitchers of cocktails starting with Ramos Gin Fizz. 

Grab your tickets here.

When: Thursday June 1
Where: Hartsyard, 33 Enmore Road, Newtown
Cost: $65 per person

Vivid Sydney: Chatswood Octopoda

This month you’ll want to get yourselves to Hawker Lane, STAT. Keep it on the down-low, but there’s a seriously cool (and ginormous) Octopoda hanging above one of our fave foodie precincts. We’re talking eight tentacle drums; each activating a different and unique AF display of colour and light.

When: Friday 26 May - Saturday 17 June
Where: Hawker Lane, Chatswood
Cost: Free

Sipping Cocktails With Vivid Views

Not much tops delicious cocktails and epic views so pair Vivid Sydney with some of Sydney’s top watering holes, and you have yourself a winning situation. Hit up the likes of Hacienda, GPO in Martin Place, The Argyle, The Ternary and Sip, Bit, See at Martin Place Bar.

When: Friday 26 May - Saturday 17 June
Where: Various locations across Sydney      
Cost: Various prices

Stay Vivid Style @ The Hilton Sydney

Trust the Hilton to completely top all Vividesque shenanigans with the first ever, Vivid-inspired suite. We’ll give you time to read that again. An actual Vivid-inspired suite. But what does that even mean Sydney? Let us tell you. It means a personal wireless lighting system inside your own hotel room. Light strips, in-room light shows with a synchronized music playlist, in-room marble bar cocktails, and Caffe Cino high tea cuisine. We’re just putting this out there but this is luxe AF. 

Book here

When: Friday 26 May - Saturday 17 June
Where: Hilton
Cost: $759 per person

Jatinga @ Bakehouse Theatre

For a spot of culture this month, Jatinga is the highly acclaimed and breathtaking play that’ll be one you won’t soon forget. The play follows five girls trying to desperately change the course of their lives from the slums of Mumbai to the tribal regions of north and east India, all while aiming to provoke social change. 

Grab your tickets here.

When: 9 - 24 June
Where: Kings Cross Theatre
Cost: $25/$30/$35

Truck Stop Food Festival

Naturally, this one means you’ll need to get your stretchy pants ready. Just in time for winter, Truckstop will be touching down on Sydney shores with six ridiculously tasty rolling eateries including Over The Moo and Shiso Fine. Plus, to wash these feeds down, Archie Rose Distillery will be churning out the alcohol-filled cups o’ goodness.

When: 5pm to 9pm, the first Thursday of every month
Saporium, Rosebery

Vivid Sydney Happy Hours

FYI Vivid brings more than just pretty lights to the table. Behold, Vivid Happy Hours! Bluntly put, that means cheap craft beers, house wine and spirits at El Camino Cantina, Munich Brauhaus (remember these legends serve up $1 chicken wings), and Fratelli Fresh (complete with $15 pizzas from 4-6pm) and a heap more!

Save Our Sirius Art Exhibition

The Save Our Sirius Exhibition is set to be something pretty special, an exhibition made solely from the skills of every day people. Three years ago the residents of Sirius were told they were being relocated and the building was to be sold, with the NSW government calling for its demolition. People responded with protests and media campaigns, which have been pulled together to create the exhibition, along with artworks celebrating the building and its residents.

When: 10am-5pm Thursday 8 June - 16 June 
Where: National Trust, Observatory Hill
Cost: Free


It’s back. And we’re so, so excited (and you should be too!). TedX is no doubt one of the biggest events of any year heading the conversation of Australian ideas, creativity and innovation. That means a heap of incredible films, music, debates, and presentations—and of course, you’re annual chance to actually witness TedX LIVE (and not on Youtube!). 

Register here.

When: Friday 16 June
Where: International Convention Centre
Cost: $350 per person

Truffle Specials @ The Star

Sydney, it’s truffle season and The Star (being the legend that it is) is plating up quite a truffle feast to kick off winter. We’re talking a truffle degustation, truffle specials, truffle fusions, and of course, pizzas upon pizzas of truffle perfection!

When: Wednesday 7 June until end of August
Where: The Star: Balla, BLACK Bar & Grill
Sokyo and Pizzaperta

Ode To Syria

Alongside Refugee Week, Ode To Syria will be a massive evening of Syrian music, art and stories featuring the world-renowned composer and pianist Malek Jandali. Works and music are inspired by Syrian people, their stories, and their quest for freedom and human rights so needless to say, you’ll want to mark this one down in your diary! 

When: 7:30pm Friday 24 June
Where: St. Stephens Uniting Church
Cost: $35 per person

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Image credit: Brooke Larke

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