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18 Things to do in Sydney this Weekend (17-19 May)

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Wondering what to do in Sydney this weekend? Sydney’s hypnotic festival of lights is back with GLOW at Sydney Zoo and Sonic Neon at Luna Park to kick it off. You can also check out Incredibilia or Game Theory at Sydney Opera House. There’s lots happening!


Vivid, Sydney’s hypnotic festival of lights and music is back on Friday 24 May for three weeks…. but events are already starting to pop up across the North Shore and beyond for the whole family to enjoy – like GLOW at Sydney Zoo and Sonic Neon at Luna Park.

Australia’s biggest parenting event, The Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo is on this weekend at Sydney Olympic Park, where you can see, touch and try before you buy with exclusive expo deals.

Check out Incredibilia, a magical theatre experience for kids and families. Come along to see 101 fascinating objects brought to life through music, song and puppetry! Suitable for ages 5 to 10 years.

It’s the last weekend for the Australian Heritage Festival, our largest community-driven heritage event. An annual celebration of natural, historic and Indigenous heritage, 2024 marks the 44th year of the Festival which features hundreds of FREE and ticketed events and activities for all ages, interests and budgets.

There are plenty of markets happening around the North Shore and beyond this weekend! On Saturday there’s Crows Nest Markets, Northside Produce Markets, St Ives Organic Markets and the Cambridge Markets EQ. On Sunday, enjoy some second-hand shopping at GISS Flea Markets, or pop to the monthly East Lindfield Community Markets, Lane Cove Makers Markets or the Mona Vale Organic Food Market at Pittwater RSL.

VIVID 2024: BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS


Things to do all weekend

    1. Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo

    Australia’s LARGEST and the WORLD’S longest running early parenting event! The Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo (PBC Baby Expo) showcases BIG brands, BEST prices, EXPERT talks and classes from our resident midwife and parenting professionals, and all the LATEST innovations under one roof.

    Plus, you’ll get to push, park and compare a large range of pram brands exclusively on our Pram Test Track!

    See, touch and try before you buy with exclusive EXPO DEALS on all your baby and nursery essentials.

    • When: Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May 2024
    • Where: Sydney Showground, Grand Parade, Sydney Olympic Park
    • Cost: $10
    • More: northshoremums.com.au/events

    2. Glow at Sydney Zoo

    Don’t miss the bigger-than-ever GLOW at Sydney Zoo from Friday 10 May to Saturday 1 June.

    Immerse yourself in the largest GLOW yet, featuring NEW, never-before-seen installations, a reimagined and interactive light walk, and returning favourites like the iconic GLOW Lion Lantern, magical KIIS Eye Ferris Wheel, Glowy Golf, and the mind-blowing Vortex Tunnel. Explore the Aquarium after-dark and encounter hundreds of critters in the largest Reptile and Nocturnal house in the world.

    Plus food trucks, rides, GLOW bar and so much more.

      3. Incredibilia

      A magical theatre experience for kids and families, created by author Libby Hathorn and visual artist Kim Carpenter, on at the State Library of NSW from 12–26 May. Come along to see 101 fascinating objects brought to life through music, song and puppetry! Suitable for ages 5 to 10 years.

      4. Game Theory

      Arriving directly from Switzerland is Game Theory – a fast-paced, funny and playful dance celebration of play, sport, big emotions, and the highs and lows of playing games!  This season of performances and workshops at Sydney Opera House will have kids looking at dance from a whole new perspective.

      Game Theory comes to Australia for the first time after delighting audiences across Europe. In this playful and joyous dance performance, explore the building blocks of play and games – big emotions, freedom and rules, adrenaline and flow.

      Gaming is a source of inspiration for Joshua Monten and his dancers. For the creation of Game Theory they focused on the spontaneous beauty of movements that arise in the flow of an intensely played game. Be inspired by the language of sport and competitive games – with the dancers playfully moving through capoeira, table tennis, and Twister!

      The games we like the best are often the ones we probably shouldn’t be playing in the first place. Games that have consequences and risks, games that are more than just a game, games that make our heads spin and can break our hearts.

      • When: Friday 17 May @ 7pm | Saturday 18 May @ 1pm & 4pm.
      • Where: Sydney Opera House, Sydney
      • Cost: Starts at $30. Book tickets.

      5. Maho Magic Bar

      Take a seat, select a drink and be ready to disbelieve your eyes as Japan’s leading close-up magicians and sleight-of-hand specialists perform exclusive magic shows at your table.

      Returning by popular demand, Maho Magic Bar will transport you and your family to a glittering Tokyo night! Following a sell-out season for Sydney Festival 2023, Japan’s close-up magic masters are ready to astound audiences afresh in 2024 with fresh tricks and Maho Magic Bar’s signature charm. Maho Magic Bar features incredible magic, lots of laughter and delicious cocktails and mocktails! You’ll see these masters at work at point blank range, putting a wild contemporary spin on Japan’s magic traditions.

      Maho Magic Bar has special family-friendly performances* before 4pm every weekend during our Sydney season and select weekday afternoons during the school holidays. Experience world-class magic up-close at your table, while sipping on delicious Japanese-inspired drinks. Bring the whole family for a magical afternoon, book a unique birthday party activity or book an adults-only date night for one of the evening sessions.

      6. Australian Heritage Festival 2024

      The Australian Heritage Festival is the nation’s largest community-driven heritage event. An annual celebration of natural, historic and Indigenous heritage, 2024 marks the 44th year of the Festival which features hundreds of FREE and ticketed events and activities for all ages, interests and budgets.

      The NSW programme of the 2024 Australian Heritage Festival will open on World Heritage Day Thursday 18 April and continue daily until Sunday 19 May 2024 (inclusive).

      Spanning metropolitan and regional areas of the state, this year’s Festival theme is ‘Connections’ and the 2024 NSW calendar includes special exhibitions, walks, tours of historical sites, performances, food experiences, ceremonies, demonstrations, and other attractions curated to bring heritage to life for all.

      7. Sonic Neon at Luna Park

      Dust off your hypercolour t-shirt, get some colourful gear for the kids and make your way to Sonic Neon at Luna Park, a playful experience where music is transformed into captivating visuals.

      Located within Luna Park Sydney’s iconic fantasy palace on the water’s-edge of Sydney Harbour, this family-friendly experience showcases innovation, turning light and sound into an immersive, breathtaking spectacle.

      This is a self-led walk-through immersive experience that spans over 150 metres and includes eight meticulously crafted rooms for you to explore!

        8. & Juliet

        From pop music’s #1 hitmaker and the Emmy-Winning writer from Schitt’s Creek; the international smash hit & JULIET is playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre until 16 June 2024.

        What if Romeo’s ending, was Juliet’s beginning?

        The Emmy®-winning writer from Schitt’s Creek flips the script on Shakespeare in this hilarious and poignant story of self-discovery and second chances. Legendary songwriter; Max Martin delivers one of the most addictive and joyous soundtracks to ever hit the stage, in this inspiring new musical that proves there’s life after Romeo.

        After premiering on the West End and earning a staggering 8 x Olivier Awards nominations, & JULIET has also been one of the most unexpected and spectacular theatrical triumphs on Broadway, with Forbes Magazine boldly saying: “This is easily the best musical of the year”


          Things to do in Sydney this Friday

                            9. Chatswood Mall Market

                                The Chatswood Mall Markets are held in Chatswood Mall every Thursday and Friday from 9am-9pm.

                                You’ll find pastries, pizza or pork buns. There’s Japanese, Malaysian, Greek and Gozleme and a whole host more to explore including fresh produce. Pop down for lunch, dinner and shopping in the Chatswood Mall.


                                    Things to do in Sydney this Saturday 

                                    Wondering what to do around Sydney this Saturday? There’s plenty of fun events to choose from!

                                    10. Crows Nest Markets

                                    The Crows Nest Markets are held on the third Saturday of the month, and feature up to 50 stalls including arts, crafts, giftware, toys, jewellery, homewares, jams & condiments and more…

                                    Have a relaxing lunch, coffee or gelato!

                                    Free 2 hours parking in the three nearby parking stations: Alexander Street, Holtermann Street, Hume Street.

                                    This market is organised by the folks at Rotary North Sydney.

                                        11. St Ives Organic Markets

                                        The St Ives Organic Food Markets are held at St Ives Showgrounds every Saturday from 8am-2pm.

                                        At these markets, you’ll find Certified Organic food, artisan gourmet produce and conventional fresh fruit & veg*, freshly baked bread and patisserie, seasonal produce from the farmer, salami, local and French cheese, smoked salmon and other delicacies, Aussie truffles…..in fact all the goodies you love to eat are at the markets, every week, rain or shine.

                                        At these friendly community markets you will find everything to fulfil your weekly shopping needs and an exciting choice of fashion, home wares, plants and of course, eco-friendly, sustainable fare trade and healthy products.

                                        You will all enjoy mixing with other like minded fun-loving, friendly foodies…people like you, that care about the environment and the health of the people they feed.

                                        12. Northside Produce Markets, North Sydney

                                        Northside Produce Markets, North Sydney

                                        Northside Produce Markets, North Sydney

                                        The Northside Produce Markets are held at Civic Park in North Sydney on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 8am-12pm.

                                        Their passionate, hardworking stallholders offer fabulous fresh produce straight from the farm and exceptional artisan food goods, breakfast, brunch and lunch. More than 70 stallholders come from all over regional NSW: Orange, the Riverina, the Central Tablelands, Southern Highlands, Brother Mountains, Crescent Head and the outskirts of Sydney. Inner city makers and bakers are here too!

                                        • When: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 9am-4pm
                                        • Address: Civic Park, Miller Street, North Sydney
                                        • Cost: Free
                                        • More: northshoremums.com.au/events

                                        13. Cambridge Markets EQ

                                        The Cambridge Markets EQ are on every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am – 2pm at The Entertainment Quarter. These markets are a vibrant celebration of community, creativity, and culture that promises to add a splash of excitement to your day.

                                        Up to 50 stallholders come together to sell an amazing variety of goods, ranging from fresh produce to gourmet French fare specially imported for our customers. Be sure to pop by to enjoy some fresh air and fill your basket with beautiful, seasonal produce and gourmet treats. Check out the amazing stalls full of one off a kind and artisan gifts for that special someone in your life (or just treat yourself!), or stop past one of the most beautiful stores for flowers you’ll ever see.

                                        14. Darling Harbour Fireworks

                                        What better way to end dinner or entertainment than with an incredible array of fireworks at one of Sydney’s most glorious waterfront locations? Watch the Sydney sky above Darling Harbour come to life every Saturday night at 9pm, from anywhere along Darling Harbour’s edge, including the many waterfront restaurants or bars along Cockle Bay Wharf, Harbourside Shopping Centre, King Street Wharf and Barangaroo.

                                              Things to do in Sydney this Sunday

                                                15. GISS Flea Market

                                                Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the annual Flea Market at the German International School Sydney! Join us for a day filled with treasure hunting, delicious German sausages, homemade cake, and the chance to reconnect with friends and family.

                                                Browse through a diverse collection of stalls offering pre-loved items, each with its own story waiting to be discovered. Support local small businesses and families while enjoying the thrill of finding unique bargains.

                                                Feeling inspired to declutter your space? Reserve a table today to sell your own pre-loved items and make some room in your garage. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to be a part of our community event.

                                                Book your table now and mark your calendars for a memorable day at the GISS Flea Market!

                                                                16. East Lindfield Community Markets

                                                                The East Lindfield Community Markets are held at East Lindfield Community Hall on the third Sunday of the month from 9am – 2pm.

                                                                These markets provide a great family atmosphere, good vibes and quality, sustainable products. The markets provide a platform that supports local growers, foodies and artisans to share their amazing produce and handmade/designer products with the community. 

                                                                17. Lane Cove Makers Market

                                                                The Lane Cove Makers Market are held on the 3rd Sunday of the month, from 9am – 3pm.

                                                                Located at Lane Cove Plaza, these markets feature wonderful products made by local artists and designers who showcase jewellery, ceramics, kids clothes, plants, homemade jams, linen and more. There’s also live music with some of the best musical buskers in Sydney.

                                                                18. Mona Vale Organic Food Market

                                                                The Mona Vale Organic Food Markets are on every Sunday from 8:30am-1pm at Pittwater RSL. These weekly markets offer gourmet food and produce market specialising in Certified Organic food, artisan gourmet produce and conventional fresh fruit & veg*, freshly baked bread and patisserie, seasonal produce from the farmer, salami, local and French cheese, smoked salmon and other delicacies, Aussie truffles.


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