What’s On in Sydney This Summer
Whale Watching Season
1st May - 30th Nov
Whale watching in Sydney is a magic event. Every year, from Autumn until Spring, you can witness the humpback whales making their way up the coast to the warmer North Queensland waters and back down south again with their calves. You can watch the whales make their journey from the land or sea. National parks, coastal walks and headlands are great places to watch the whales for free. For a closer experience, hop on a whale watching cruise! The absolute best time to see them is late June and early July – probably the last week of June and the first week of July, around about the winter solstice.
Sydney Mardi Gras Parade
Oxford & Flinders Street
"The Sydney Mardi Gras parade is Australia's largest LGBTQIA+ pride parade and every year it attracts hundreds of thousands of people. Born from a single night of political protest in 1978, the annual Parade has grown into a dazzling spectacle of creative self-expression, with hundreds of thousands of supporters lining the streets. This year we’re expecting approximately 190 floats and over 12,000 participants to be dancing down the Parade route, which travels from Oxford Street, via the iconic Taylor Square and Flinders Street, to Moore Park. The Parade is a global beacon of diversity and inclusion with the aim to raise the visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex communities. Whether you’re a Parade veteran or first-timer, whoever you are, whoever you love, the Parade is a spectacular event which brings us all together."
1st May - 16th Jun
If there’s one place in the world where creativity, innovation and technology shine bright, it’s Vivid Sydney, a festival of Light, Music and Ideas. Each year Vivid Sydney brings together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to share their creativity with you. The festival celebrates Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific with large-scale light installations and projections, free family events, cutting-edge music performances and thought-provoking ideas talks, workshops and conferences. Heading into its twelfth year in 2020, Vivid Sydney is the largest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest event in Australia. Vivid Sydney comprises three pillars: Vivid Light, Vivid Music and Vivid Ideas and spans across many areas in Sydney although Sydney Opera House, Botanical Gardens, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour are the most visited.