Sydney Festival 2019 Family Program in the City

Every January, Sydney Festival starts the new year with a bang, transforming the city with a bold cultural celebration based on critical ideas and cutting-edge art and performance. 

Sydney, NSW

The Indigenous program BLAK OUT returns with powerful new theatre including Man With The Iron Neck and The Weekend, as well as art installations, music and dance-theatre by First Nations artists, and the third edition of our popular Indigenous language classes Bayala.

Sydney Festival returns to Hyde Park with the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent and Festival Garden, where you can drop in for a drink and some food before or after a Spiegeltent show, plus enjoy free until-late weekend parties with Sydney's fabulous DJing duo The Dollar Bin Darlings.

There’s plenty to do and experience that doesn’t cost a cent, from the moon art installations at World Square, Darling Harbour and Barangaroo South to the return of the beloved Sydney Symphony Under The Stars in Parramatta Park and our Circus Comes To Town weekend in Prince Alfred Square.

You’ll find free art installations at Carriageworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art, UNSW Galleries and Artspace, and free talks with artists and experts at UTS, NSW State Library and more.

Best FREE Events

Moon Drops at Darling Harbour

Experience weightlessness inside the earth’s gravitational pull and float through the air, with giant bouncy droplets Moon Drops at Darling Harbour.

Fly Me To The Moon at World Square

To celebrate the immense collective human achievement that was landing on the moon 50 years ago, we’re inviting all Sydneysiders and visitors to come together and help us collectively cycle 384,400 kilometres to the moon. 
Dates: 9th – 27th January
Where: World Square

Nick Cave: Until at Carriageworks

Visit Carriageworks to experience Sydney Festival’s immense (free) installation by American artist Nick Cave, Until: a wonderland of shimmering crystals, thousands of wind spinners and ceramic birds, millions of plastic beads, 13 gilded pigs and a crocodile (plus a deeper political meaning about gun violence and race in America).

Dates: 23 November–3 March 
Where: Carriageworks 

The Nutcracker and I

Beneath fairy dust and swirling snow, this is an uncommonly faithful retelling of Clara’s magical journey from Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of the Sweets and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Innovatively, it also follows Dariescu’s story of a little girl dreaming and working hard to become a concert pianist.
When: Saturday 19th JANUARY at 2pm and 7pm. 
Cost: $40–$70
09 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Age Group
All Ages
Various, including many free. Check website for details.
Location and Details
Sydney, NSW