Top Sydney Events this Weekend
The winter festivals are starting and we also have the winter solstice happening this weekend!
There are a few train events to enjoy as well as lots of fruit picking still around.
Whatever you do, try to stay warm. Read on to find out the best free Sydney events to enjoy this weekend.
Please check all events details with event organisers before heading out – with inclement weather upon us event details may change at late notice.
Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 June 2019
The National 2019, Art Exhibitions
The National 2019 Art Exhibition is being held across three Sydney venues – the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition celebrates the work of Australian artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds.
Date: Ongoing until 21 July 2019 at Art Gallery of NSW, final weekend this weekend for Carriageworks and Museum of Contemporary Art
- Art Gallery of New South Wales: 29 March – 21 July 2019
- Carriageworks: final day is 23 June 2019
- Museum of Contemporary Art: final day is June 2019
More info: https://www.the-national.com.au/
Winter Comes Alive at Rouse Hill Town Village
Enjoy a 30 minute skate session on a real ice rink at Rouse Hill Town Village.
Date: 21 June 2019 to 21 July 2019
Cost: 30 minute session: $10.00, Penguin hire: an additional $5.00
Address: Windsor Road and Aberdour Avenue, Rouse Hill NSW 2155
More info: https://www.rhtc.com.au/campaigns/winter-comes-alive
Winter Solstice at Coogee Bay Hotel
Two day, free festival that includes a winter street-food market. Enjoy a great range of food to eat, live fire performances, music and some surprises.
Date: 22 and 23 June 2019, from 12.00pm each day
Cost: Free, pay for what you use
Address: 253 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee NSW 2034
More info: https://coogeebayhotel.com.au/winter-solstice/
World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 – last weekend
Last weekend to view the world’s best photojournalism from 2018. The exhibition features selected photos from the prestigious World Press Photo contest.
Address: The State Library of New South Wales
Date: Last weekend this weekend – on until Sunday 23 June 2019
More Info: https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/world-press-photo-exhibition-2019
Or why not take a day trip to Bilpin Springs Orchard.
Saturday 22 June
Winter Magic Katoomba
Winter Magic is a huge all day festival that will incorporate live performances, full program of arts and entertainment, stalls and fireworks. Check out the full program on their website.
Date: 22 June 2019
Cost: Free entry, pay for what you buy
Address: Katoomba Street, Katoomba NSW 2780
More info: https://www.wintermagic.com.au/
How to get here: make sure to check out the how to get here guide
Disability Expo, City of Sydney, Randwick and Waverley Councils
The Disability Expo is a free event that brings together a range of disability services in one location. This event will include a variety of services including: NDIS registered providers, government agencies and community organisations.
Date: Saturday, 22 June 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address: Lower Town Hall , Sydney Town Hall (enter via Druitt Street opposite Queen Victoria Building), 483 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
More info: https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/community-support/people-with-disability/disability-expo
A Railway Saturday at Illawarra Light Railway Museum
Enjoy a day at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum. Wander through the museum, catch a diesel train or enjoy a miniature train ride. Top the day off with a tour of the shed.
Date: 22 June 2019
Cost: Free entry, pay for rides (from $5.00 – https://www.ilrms.com.au/fares.htm)
Address: Illawarra Light Railway Museum, 48A Tongarra Road, Albion Park NSW 2527
More info: https://www.ilrms.com.au/opening_times.htm
Trams after Dark, Sydney Tramway Museum
Experience The Sydney Tramway Museum like never before in the fresh winters night air. Rare opportunity to experience the tram shed at night.
Date: 22 June 2019, 3.00pm – 8.00pm
Cost: Adults $18.00, Seniors and concession card holders $12.00, Children who are enrolled at school $10.00, Preschool children Free
Address: Sydney Tramway Museum, 2 Pitt Street, Loftus, New South Wales, Australia 2232
5 Lands Walk
The 5 Lands Walk is a day-long festival which will take visitors along 10kms of spectacular Central Coast coastline. The walk will take you through MacMasters Beach, Copacabana, Avoca Beach, North Avoca an Terrigal. There will be activities and entertainment at each location.
Catch the Palm Beach ferry from Palm Beach to Ettalong and they’ll have a free shuttle bus to get you to the start (and one on the way back too!).
Farm Open Day, Pocket City Farm
Pocket City Farm is the first urban farm of its kind in Sydney. The farm includes a 1200m2 ecological market garden growing vegetables for the local community, a community food forest, composting program, propagation greenhouse, and chickens.
On their farm open day you can go on a farm tour, enjoy a twilight lantern walk, take part in a crop swap or join a workshop.
Date: 22 June 2019, 11.00am – 8.00pm
Cost: Donation (workshops extra)
Address: Pocket City Farms, 31A Mallett Street, Camperdown NSW 2050
More info: http://www.pocketcityfarms.com.au/events
Sunday 23 June
Parramatta Heritage Ride
Go on an amazing bike ride exploring more than 20 bridges between Parramatta Park and Silverwater Bridge.
Date: 23 June 2019, 9.00am to 12.00pm
Address: Meet at the George Street entrance, Parramatta Park
More info: http://parramattaheritagerides.net/