7 things you’ve probably never done before in Sydney

From parties on helipads to wellness festivals and outdoor opera, expect the unexpected this summer.

After a quiet 2020, the Covid-hit city centre is reawakening. More people are returning to the office and feeling safe to venture back. We’ve rounded up the best of Sydney’s new and noteworthy events to give you even more reason to love the city again.

Find the latest events happening in the city centre.

A party on a helicopter landing pad

What: Audamus

When: Friday 5 March

Why you’ll love it: Sink your teeth into an evening picnic on the helicopter landing pad of the HMAS Vampire. Expect Turkish-themed decorations, welcome gin-based cocktails and most importantly, a Barangaroo backdrop you won’t forget.

Hear ambient electronic beats alongside a specially curated food and drinks menu on.

A free 2-day wellness festival

What: The Conscious Space in Barangaroo

When: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March

Why you’ll love it: The Conscious Space is a true first-of-its-kind in Australia. Uniting inspirational businesses with mindful people, you can expect yoga workshops, a sober-curious bar, meditations, live music and even a permaculture talk.

A dance class at Sydney Opera House

What: Every Body Dance Now

When: Most Tuesdays in March

Why you’ll love it: Get your groove on and learn new moves at the world's most spectacular outdoor stage – the grand steps of Sydney Opera House. The free classes offer something for all levels, ages and abilities.

Fashion and music take over Powerhouse Museum

What: Romance Was Born

When: Thursday 11 March

Why you’ll love it: Australia’s beloved fashion duo Romance Was Born have got their hands on the Powerhouse Museum program.

Discover past fashion parades, favourite film clips and video works as you sip on a Campari and listen to live DJs.

An interactive 8-metre kaleidoscope

What: Interactive kaleidoscope experience at International Towers

When: Until 3 March

Why you’ll love it: Light and mathematical artists have created a kaleidoscope of gigantic proportions. Take a look through and see the natural world reshaped into a shifting orb of beautiful hues and patterns. Or join one of the workshops and make your own kaleidescope with recycled plastics.

Music meets architecture

What: Music & Architecture

When: Thursday 25 February

Why you’ll love it: A program of free concerts from Sydney-based musicians in some of the city’s most architecturally significant buildings.

Locations include Barrack Place, Martin Place and Phillip Street.

Sketch at a harbour rooftop

What: Sundown Sketch Club at the Museum of Contemporary Arts

When: Friday 5 March

Why you’ll love it: Unleash your creativity with one of the best views in the harbour. Practice life drawing with wine and cheese in hand at this Culture Up Late show-stopping event.

Some of the events listed in this article received a CBD activation grant. The City of Sydney grant has given $3 million to support businesses and creatives activate city spaces with cultural events.

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