What’s on in Sydney this August

The FIFA Women’s World Cup, City2Surf, and free events – here are 14 things to do this August.

It’s the final month of winter and there’s plenty to do before spring.


Join the world's largest fun run

Whether you walk, jog or run the famous 14km course from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach, City2Surf is all about hitting the streets and having fun with your family, friends and thousands of others while also raising an incredible amount of money for charity.

Sunday 13 August from 7:40am to 2pm

FIFA Women's World Cup at Tumbalong Park

Watch the FIFA Women's World Cup

With matches taking place across Australia and New Zealand, you can keep up with all of the action and cheer on the Matildas at a FIFA Women’s World Cup viewing event near you.

Thursday 20 July to Sunday 20 August

Wicked the Musical

Sing along to Wicked the Musical

The Broadway sensation is hitting Sydney this August, giving audiences a look into what happened in the Land of Oz long before Dorothy arrived.

Every day, 7pm to 9pm
Friday 25 August to Sunday 12 November

Badu Gili

Immerse yourself in a celebration of First Nations culture

Gather from sunset for Badu Gili, a free outdoor event that will transform Sydney Opera House’s Monumental Steps into a festival that celebrates First Nations music, art and food.

Friday 11 August from 6pm to 7:45pm

Portrait painting for beginners

Learn how to paint

Discover how to capture your friends or family members through paint at this Portrait painting for beginners workshop at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre.

Saturday 26 August from 10:30am to 2:30pm

Deaf Festival Sydney

Enjoy a day out at Deaf Festival Sydney

Everyone is welcome to come along and celebrate the Deaf community’s rich culture, language, history and achievements. There will be performances from Deaf artists, workshops including an introduction to Auslan, kids activities as well as stalls showcasing Deaf businesses, services and initiatives.

Saturday 26 August from 10am to 4pm

Wear it Purple

Celebrate Wear It Purple Day

Wear purple on August 25 to support young LGBTQIA+ communities and celebrate diversity at Wear it Purple in the Park. Reginald Murphy Community Centre will also host a fun day of activities including a rainbow Road Mario Kart Tournament, party boardgames and lots more.

Wednesday 23 August and Friday 25 August

National Science Week

Get involved in National Science Week

Learn about urban ecology and organic farms with free activities for all ages at Sydney City Farm. Come along to a free, community open event to celebrate Indigenous and Western science and technology at Redfern Community Centre.

Saturday 12 August to Sunday 20 August

Walking together toward reconciliation

Attend a free workshop to learn about the Voice to Parliament

At a 'Walking together toward reconcilliation' workshop you will learn about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and how a Voice to Parliament will improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Led by Nicole Laupepa, a proud Gomeroi woman and Jacqui Parker, a non-Indigenous educator, you'll join a growing community of thousands who have already completed this transformative training.

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Wednesday 9 August to Thursday 31 August

The Big Bike Film Night

Watch the best cycling short films

The Big Bike Film Night is riding into town showcasing 2.5 hours of moving bike films that has everything a cycle-centric audience could want – action, drama, humour, and plenty of inspiration.

Tuesday 22 August from 7pm to 9:30pm

ASSI National Recognition Day

Celebrate Australian South Sea Islander National Recognition Day

Connect with culture and learn through storytelling, performance, workshops, history talks and sports competitions. Check out the full program of events.

Friday 25 August

Sydney Stand-Up Comedy Championships

Have a laugh at a comedy show

The Sydney Stand-Up Comedy Championships features the city’s best stand-up comedians. You’ll get to vote for your favourites and the winning comedian gets a cash prize.

Tuesday 29 August from 7:30pm to 9:15pm

Nangamay Mana Djurali: First Nations LGBTQIA+ Poetry

Celebrate Australian Poetry Month

Explore poetry and stories at a two-part event from a ground-breaking collection of First Nations Australia LGBTQIA+ poets, writers and storytellers published in NANGAMAY MANA DJURALI: dream gather grow (BLACKBOOKS 2023).

Saturday 5 August from 2pm to 3pm
Saturday 12 August from 2pm to 3pm

The Collectors Mark Antique and Collectables Fair

Find an antique gem at a weekend market

Browse vintage fashion, jewellery, art and more at The Collectors Mark Antique & Collectables Fair. Bring your friends and family and see what you can find.

Sunday 20 August from 9am to 3pm

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