If you’re done with December and all the partying, drinking and dancing attached, you’re probably ready to start properly relaxing this month. Though on the other hand, January is known to be plentiful in the party department so why stop now, you know? Either way, we have your January in Sydney plans sorted with art shows, festivals, walks and outdoor cinemas—is that a yes, or a Y-E-S!?
If you’re in need of something to distract you from the heat and sweat that is Sydney in January, my friends, consider yourself covered.
Yep, just when you thought the festive season was over, Sydney Festival slides in all of our metaphorical DMs (and we’re damn keen). From a Jamie XX ballet collab to the Jurrasic Plastic art show, the Sydney Festival this January will have oh so many musical, theatrical, dance and comedy acts, plus a bunch of talks, workshops and art installations. Have a geese online cause’ you won’t want to miss out, trust us.
When: Saturday 6 January – Sunday 28 January
Where: Various locations across Sydney
Cost: Various costs
Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean Art Exhibition
Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist is currently exhibiting a major video art and multimedia show at the MCA. Her work has been described as experimental, exploring the relationship between nature, the body and technology (sounds uber funky doesn’t it?). If a side of culture has been on your list of things to do, go tick it off this January at the Sip My Ocean exhibition and we guarantee you’ll be glad you did.
When: Until Sunday 18 February
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay
Cost: Adults $22, concessions $17, youth $12
Take A Coastal Walk
January = good weather galore, so embrace the Sydney sun in some of the best coastal walks out. From the northern beaches to South Sydney, no coast should be left un-walked. Head here for the ultimate coastal walks Sydney has to offer, and BYO your swimmers, you can’t pass up a cheeky post walk dip in the ocean.
Where: Various Sydney coasts
Cost: So free it’s too good to be true
The Wizard Of Oz Musical
Let’s be real, who even are you if The Wizard Of Oz isn’t one of your top fave flicks of all time, amirite? This January is your chance to catch the production of the legendary film (as voted by us) at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Make it a mandatory to-do and check out The Wizard Of Oz before it packs up shop (it would be a crime not too). Book yourself a ticket here ASAP.
When: From Saturday 30 December to Sunday 4 February
Where: Capitol Theatre, Haymarket
Cost: Tickets from $49.90
A new year means a new bed, people—well at least it does now with Billy’s Beds. Billy’s Beds (named after an incredibly cute rescue pup) donate money from every bed sold to The Lost Dogs’ Home. Here’s your chance to have the ultimate sleep thanks to a super luxe new bed, knowing you’re helping make a difference in animals’ lives across Australia.
Where: Billy’s Beds
Cost: Bedframes from $750
BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical
To all the musos out there, this one’s for you. The chart-topping music legend, Carole King, has an entire musical dedicated to her true life story and rise to stardom, and by stardom we mean writing number one hits for Aretha Franklin and The Monkees (insert very loud OMG). Book your tickets here, fam.
When: From Tuesday 2 January to Sunday 4 February
Where: Sydney Lyric Theatre, Pyrmont
Cost: Tickets from $95
The Surf Lodge X Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Summer totally screams cocktails, water views and DJ’s, which is why Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is delivering the goods this New Years Day. Your entire day is sorted with complimentary drinks on arrival, VIP sections, pop-up bites and specialty cocktails which will have your (hung over) friends uber jealous. Get the deets here.
When: Monday 1 January, 12pm-10pm
Where: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay
Cost: Tickets from $179
Freedom Time Festival
Get your boogie on this January at the Freedom Time Festival with a line up so sweet, you’ll be buying your tickets after this very paragraph. The line up includes (drum roll please) Ben Fester, Johnny Osborne, Nai Palm (Haitus Kaiyote) and Simon Caldwell, to name a few, so assemble the crew and get on it.
When: Sunday 7 January, 2pm-12am
Where: Manning Bar, University of Sydney
Cost: Tickets $106.60
Flickerfest Short Film Festival
Flickerfest has been around for yonks, we tell you, and they’re back in 2018 with some mighty fine international and national short films. If you fancy yourself a bit of a film fanatic, an unlimited season pass is the way to go, but for the rest of us, a ticket will only set you back $20 (a bargain if ever we saw one). Head here for more info and to get booking.
When: Friday 12 January to Sunday 21 January
Where: Bondi Beach, Bondi
Cost: Tickets from $18 per person
Leura Shakespeare Festival
Calm down everyone, Leura is legit only a 1.5 hour drive from Sydney city, acting as the perfect lil’ getaway or road trip you’ve been hoping for this January. Fare thee well to the bustle of Sydney city and catch Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure and Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters at the outdoor festival this January.
When: Saturday 13 January to Sunday 28 January
Where: Leura Everglades Garden, Leura
Cost: Adults $38 and concessions $32
Parkes Elvis Festival
Parkes isn’t close but it isn’t too far either, think 365km from Sydney, rural AF and bang on in the centre of NSW. Thank goodness road trips exist because the Parkes Elvis Festival will have you packing your car with pillows and snacks and making the trip out to Parkes, all for the love of Elvis. With five whole days of entertainment, food, live music and drinks, the Elvis Festival is bound to be a goodie, so get your tix here.
When: Wednesday 10 January to Sunday 14 January
Where: Parkes, NSW
Cost: Ticket prices vary
So Frenchy So Chic
The So Frenchy So Chic festival is back, people, and it sure as hell is looking to be très bon. When dancing, picnicking and partying comes together on Sydney’s foreshore on a summer’s Saturday, it’s awfully hard to resist—oh and did we mention endless French wine?
When: Saturday 20 January, 1pm-11pm
Where: Bicentennial Park, Glebe
Cost: Tickets $89, book here.
If an outdoor cinema is not on your summer bucket list you need to re-evaluate your life plans. Kicking off on January 18, the Sunset Cinema in North Sydney is where you should be checking out all those 2018 new releases: The Greatest Showman On Earth, Downsizing and the super adorbs Coco. We legit can’t say no to an outdoor picnic and movie under the stars, so head here to get booking guys.
When: Thursday 18 January – Saturday 24 March
Where: North Sydney Oval, North Sydney
Cost: Concession $15 and adults $19
Nigella Lawson On Why Food Matters
If you’re still not over the fact that Christmas is over and therefore the Christmas food specials have gone with it, this one’s for you. Nigella is coming to Sydney and if you want to hear this woman speak about all things food and specifically its connection to pleasure, belonging and creativity, you’ll want to be here. She’ll be sitting down with psychologist, Hugh Mackay, and obviously, we’re all over this one. Book here.
When: Monday 22 January, 7pm
Where: Enmore Theatre
Cost: $35 (concession), $45 (general admission)
American Express Openair Cinema
Movie buffs, food fanatics and lovers of the outdoors (aka everyone), listen up. American Express Openair Cinema is back for a wonderful season of flicks in the glorious Sydney summer air. Running from 25 January to 4 March at Sydney’s Bondi Beach, there will be all kinds of purveyors of food and booze on hand to keep your taste buds happy—sounds amazing right? Get yourself and your mate a ticket here.
When: Thursday 25 January to Sunday 4 March
Where: Bondi Beach, Bondi
Cost: Tickets from $10
An IceBar in the middle of summer kind of sounds like a gift from God. For one day only, you’ll be able to drink, eat and cool off in one of the strangest bars you’ve probably ever been to, and the best part of all is that a Game Of Thrones ice throne will be present, so yeah, kind of a big deal for all you GoT fans.
When: Saturday 27 January, 12pm-10pm
Where: M2 Gallery, Surry Hills
Cost: $65 per person
Australia Day At The Opera House
You can’t really name a more iconic Australian duo than the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, which is why your Australia Day plans better involve the insane festivities going down at the Opera House with views of Sydney harbour and the bridge. Prepare to overload Instagram with snaps of our #gorg city and the all the entertainment happening at the House.
When: Friday 26 January, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay
Cost: Keep an eye out here.
If you’re stuck on what to do this January 26, we reckon you should head to Yabun. ICYMI, the Yabun Festival is the largest one day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia that goes down each year on January 26 in Victoria Park. The all-age family event will see a huge line up of Indigenous Australian music, dance and art, so bring your mates and get on board.
When: Friday 26 January
Where: Victoria Park, Camperdown
Cost: TBC, head here for more info.
Pride Nightclub Spin
Gone are the days of boring AF exercise and it’s all thanks to the incred idea of Nightclub Spin classes, being held at Home Bar in Darling Harbour. Imagine sweating it out on a Spin bike with the help of an insane DJ, lights, smoke machines and some of Australia’s best Spin instructors, let this dream become a reality, people.
When: Wednesday 31 January
Where: Home The Venue, Darling Harbour
Cost: $43.29 per ticket, here.
Avoca Beachside Markets
When our two summer faves, beaches and markets, collide—it’s kind of a huge deal. The Avoca Beachside Markets are back this year serving as the perfect Sunday hang out and we’re quite sure you won’t want to spend your Sunday anywhere else.
When: Sunday 28 January, 9am-2pm
Where: Heazlett Park, Avoca
Cost: Free entry
Hit up all of these hidden beaches this month too.
Image credit: Opera Bar