What to do in Sydney this February

Soak in the summer with celebrations for Lunar New Year, Mardi Gras and more! Here are 10 things to do in Sydney this month.

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon

Sydney Lunar Streets in Haymarket

Ring in a prosperous Lunar New Year with daily lion dances, spectacular shows and magnificent artworks. Haymarket transforms into the biggest street celebration of the year and Darling Harbour hosts the biggest dragon boat festival in the southern hemisphere. Find out what else is on at Sydney Lunar Festival.

Friday 5 to Sunday 25 February

Show your pride at Mardi Gras

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Celebrate people of diverse sexualities and genders at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The world-renowned parade makes its way to Oxford Street in full colour and Fair Day returns to Victoria Park with live music and more than 200 market stalls. Vogue your way to Sissy Ball, see queer stories on the big screen or settle in for storytime with the kids. Find out what else is on at Mardi Gras.

Friday 16 February to Sunday 3 March

Eat, shop and play at Sydney Streets

Sydney Streets on Stanley Street

We’re stopping traffic for a day of fun for the whole family. Gather at Potts Point and Darlinghurst neighbourhoods with plenty of live music, entertainers, kids activities and alfresco dining.

Saturday 17 February (Macleay Street, Potts Point)
Saturday 24 February (Stanley Street, Darlinghurst)

Get a taste of bush foods

Bush food discovery tour at Sydney City Farm

Take a tour of Sydney City Farm and learn how bush foods can nourish our city with educators from Koori Kinnections. Taste the flavours of bush foods and take home a plant to grow your own.

Saturday 24 February

Spend Sunday at the museum

The People's House: Sunday sessions

Enjoy a monthly Sunday program of fascinating talks and tours, workshops, DJs and more at the Australian Museum. It all coincides with its current exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Sydney Opera House.

Sunday 11 February, 10am to 5pm

Raise your voice in song

Barayagal: First Nations choir

Sing songs of culture and stories with Barayagal, a First Nations community choir directed by Yuwaalaraay songwriter Nardi Simpson.

Every Wednesday from 7 February

See a record-breaking exhibition of contemporary Chinese art

'A Blueprint for Ruins' at White Rabbit Gallery

Immerse yourself in works exploring the rapid urbanisation and social change of China’s cities at White Rabbit Gallery’s exhibition. It’s breaking records for the highest weekly attendance the gallery has ever seen.

Daily, Wednesdays to Sundays

Recycle old household items

Recycle It Saturday: a free recycling drop-off event

Bring your old household items to this drive-through drop-off event at Alexandra Canal Depot. From household appliances to light bulbs and coffee pods, find out what you can recycle.

Saturday 24 February, 9am to 3pm

Connect the kids to the natural world

Bush school at Centennial Park

Get your kids moving, creating and thinking outdoors at Centennial Park every week. This unique nature play program is led by expert education rangers.

Every Tuesday from 6 February

Try something new at your local community centre

Stitching circle at Maybanke Community Centre

Whether you want to start a knitting project or become a DJ, there’s so much to do and friendly faces to meet at your local community centre. Find an event for you.

Every day, all year

Want more? Find everything happening in Sydney this month.

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