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Vivid Sydney: Highlights for the Long Weekend!

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Vivid 2024: Drone Show
Don't miss the Vivid 2024 Drone Show on Saturday & Sunday night

Vivid Sydney has some incredible events happening this King’s Birthday Long Weekend.., including an all-new drone show for 2024 over Circular Quay on Saturday and Sunday night, as well as an exclusive event with Commbank Matildas superstars Mackenzie Arnold and head coach Tony Gustavsson.


If you’ve not been to Vivid Sydney yet (or even if you have!)… this long June weekend is a great opportunity to experience the Southern Hemisphere’s leading multi-arts festival across Light, Music, Ideas and Food.

With so many things to see and do, we’re bringing you the “must-see” highlights of Vivid for this long weekend. So whether you want to take the family or do it without the kids, here’s our top recommendations for the weekend ahead!

Must-see highlights of Vivid Sydney this long weekend:

Drone Show: Saturday & Sunday night

Love is in the Air: The Vivid Sydney 2024 drone show is set to be an unabashed love story in the sky at 9.10pm on both Saturday and Sunday night, taking visitors on a journey that will have hearts beating fast as over 700 drones form universal symbols of love in spectacular colours and formations across the night sky.

Tumbalong Nights in Darling Harbour (great for kids!)

Tumbalong Nights: The beating heart of Vivid Sydney’s Light Walk, Tumbalong Park is your festival go-to for free and contemporary music. Celebrate our shared humanity as the best international voices and local talent take to our stage under the stars for 12 nights of free live music. Djs keep the vibes spinning from Sunday to Wednesday nights. Live music starts at 7.30pm each Thursday to Saturday (and Sunday 9 June) with kids shows each Saturday from 5pm.

The line-up for this June long weekend:

Enjoy a decadent dining experience

Organise the babysitter so you can experience these Vivid events child-free… whether it’s a date night with hubby or a lavish night with the girls, indulge in an extra special dining experience:

Aster Vivid @ Intercontinental

Aster Vivid @ Interncontinental: InterContinental Sydney’s premium rooftop bar will offer both a 270-degree vista of our harbour and a bespoke Vivid Sydney cocktail and two-course meal this weekend and for the rest of the festival. $169 per person.

Aurorae At Bennelong Bar @ Sydney Opera House

Aurorae At Bennelong Bar @ Sydney Opera House: Under the stewardship of Peter Gilmore, visitors this long weekend can elevate their sensory experience with a bespoke bar snack and cocktail offering crafted to match Vivid Sydney’s brilliance – all with one of the city’s best views. Tickets from $55.

Champions of Change @ Sydney Town Hall: Monday night

Champions of Change: Mackenzie Arnold and Tony Gustavsson: Hot off the Olympic squad announcement for Paris 2024, join Tony Gustavsson, head coach of the CommBank Matildas, and Mackenzie Arnold, celebrated CommBank Matildas goalkeeper and captain of West Ham United, for this insightful conversation on Monday, 10 June at Sydney Town Hall hosted by Matildas Alumni and now journalist Grace Gill.

Window Dressing @ University of Sydney

Window Dressing

Window Dressing: A short stroll from the Goods Line, visitors can embrace their inner crypto-scopo-philiac with this work from Lisel Badorrek which sees eight performers living out their lives in the windows of the historic Frank Gehry building. Free!

Supper Club (Friday Night)

Join Vivid Sydney Supper Club: curator/hosts and lifelong miscreants Rhys Nicholson and Georgia Mooney this Friday night as they explore the flip side of this year’s festival theme, humanity. Enter: a night exploring tales of inhumanity. 

Vivid Fire Kitchen, Ultimo

Vivid Fire Kitchen features flame-seared street food from globally renowned pitmasters, live demonstrations and dishes from around the world – including the incredible Messina Milk Bar, transforming beloved classic sweets into modern gelato delights.

Machine Hall in Sydney’s CBD (18+ events)

Machine Hall Precinct: Experience this 100-year-old substation turned contemporary event space as part of Vivid Sydney 2024, this long weekend features a bumper line-up:

Head along for a seriously electrifying weekend.

Vivid Sydney is now on until Saturday 15 June! Click here for more information and to plan your visit.


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