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Top 5 Events for Queens Birthday Long Weekend, Sydney 2012

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Top 5 Events for Queen's Birthday Long Weekend, Sydney 2012

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Queen Elizabeth II's full official title is "Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith". Now that's a mouthful - I hope she's just Liz to her friends. This year she celebrates 60 years on the throne, and that's a big achievement regardless of what you think about monarchies, republics and Australia's place in the world. So spare a thought for Liz when you're out enjoying one of the many events Sydney is hosting from Saturday 9 June to Monday 11 June.

Sydney Great Train Expo

Described as a "weekend of steam excitement" the Sydney Great Train Expo comes to Central Station for the long weekend. Think Thomas the Tank Engine and Murder on the Orient Express all rolled into one and you'll more or less have the picture. Transport yourself to a bygone era when steam powered the world, see heritage trains and travel the tracks in 1930s luxury.

When: Saturday 9 June to Monday 11 June 2012.
Where: Central Station
What's On: Free heritage train display, 75 minute round trip in 1930's carriages Central - Clyde - Central
Cost: Displays are free. Train tickets: Adults $25, Seniors $20, Children aged 2 to 16 $10, children under 3 not occupying a seat are free.
More Information: You can make a web booking by credit card here or purchase tickets up to 15 minutes prior to departure during the expo (subject to availability).

Sydney Toy and Game Expo

Image from Toy and Game Expo Facebook page.

Sydney comes out to play this June long weekend. Game enthusiasists, role players, couch potatoes, kids and parents can all find something to interest them at this year's Toy and Game Expo at Sydney Showground. Game manufacturers, retailers, game designers and passionate players will get you involved in activities, tournaments and testing.

When: Saturday 9 to Monday 11 June 2012 from 10am to 6pm each day.
Where: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
What's On: Toy and game displays and sales, opportunities to play, compete and test new games.
Cost: You can save up to 40% by pre-purchasing online here. Pre-purchase prices: Adults $15, child under 18 $10, Family of 5 $45.
More Information: Find out about everything that's on here. You can also get involved by volunteering.

Sydney Film Festival

The 59th Sydney Film Festival is in town from 6 to 17 June 2012. Sydney comes alive with celebrities, cinema, screens and sound, mixing it up at venues around Sydney. Highlights include Sounds on Screen (movies about music and musicians), the Big Screen in Martin Place and free events at the Festival Hub at Lower Town Hall.

When: From Wednesday 6 June to Sunday 17 June 2012.
Where: Various venues around Sydney.
What's On: Australian premieres, documentaries, short films, voting and awards, exhibitions, talks, performances
Cost: Festival Hub events are free. Tickets range from $10 for movie tickets purchased at the Festival Hub to $100 for the opening night film and after party. Purchase tickets online here or in person at Dendy Opera Quays Box Office.
More Information: You can download the Program Guide here or read the latest Festival news here.

Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival

Mix together 40 Australian and international jazz and blues acts across three stages over three days and nights in a harbourside setting. Then throw in a jazz parade and the fact that it's nearly all free and you have the iconic Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival.

When: Saturday 9 to Monday 11 June 2012 from 11am to 7pm.
Where: Darling Harbour Harbourside Stage, Palm Grove Stage, Tumbalong Park and Chinese Garden of Friendship.
What's On: Artists include James Morrison, James Valentine, Salvation Street Shout, Dr Lonnie Street Trio and Cat Empire frontman Harry James Angus and his band.
Tickets: The only ticketed event is Moonlight Jazz in the Chinese Garden on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Tickets are $15 at the door or through Moshtix here.
More Information: Visit the website here or access the program here.

Hair Expo Australia

It's glitzy, glamourous, gala fun at Hair Expo Australia 2012. If you think it would be difficult to stage an action-packed three day event that revolves solely around hair then, like me, you'd be wrong. Catwalk presentations, cutting competitions, red carpet events and industry supplier demos will vie for your attention over the long weekend.

When: Saturday 9 June from 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10 June from 9am to 6pm and Monday 11 June from 9am to 4pm.
Where: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
What's On: Shows, demonstrations, products, modelling, awards and gala evening events.
Tickets: Tickets are available though foxtix here. General admission tickets are $34 for a one day pass or $68 for a three day pass. Other packages that give you access to special shows and gala events are also available.
More Information: See the website here.
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Why? Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's sixty years on the throne.
When: From Saturday 9 June to Monday 11 June 2012.
Where: Various venues around Sydney. See article for full details.
Cost: Varies for each event. See article for details.
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