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Published January 6th 2019
The Best Things in Life are Festive
Warm up with Vivid (by Vivid Sydney)
As Sydney's events calendar bursts with activity, festivals have become a great way to binge on the best of a theme – cinema, literature, music, art, dance, food, history and culture.
Throughout 2019, festivals offer enough WeekendNote-worthy adventures for the young or old thrill-seeker. Don't miss out on the fun - add these festivals, listed in date order, to your diary.
Sydney Festival - 9 to 27 January 2019 – Free and Ticketed Events
To celebrate the start to another year, the Sydney Festival presents visual and performing arts at our favourite spaces in Sydney City and Parramatta.
Serbian Festival - 23 to 24 February 2019 – Free Entry
At Darling Harbour, the largest Serbian Festival in the Southern Hemisphere features cuisine, including pljeskavica (a ground beef/pork patty), and Krofne, doughnuts filled with custard, chocolate, cream or jelly.
Become an honourary Serbin with a sip of Rakija, a strong fruit brandy, while experiencing music and dance, exhibits and activities.
Sydney Writers' Festival - 29 April to 5 May 2019 – Free and Ticketed Events
Catch up on this year's best books in every genre, from romantic fiction and sci-fi to children's fantasy tales and political commentary.
In a boon for booklovers, the SWF will host over 400 writers, discussing the themes, characters, plot twists and ideas shaping Sydney's lit landscape in 2019. Previous guests included Hannah Kent, Liane Moriarty, Richard Flanagan and Kate McClymont.
Sydney Fringe Festival - September 2019 – Free and Ticketed Events
Push your boundaries in NSW's largest independent arts festival.
Over 300 events feature debut and controversial artists.
Previous Fringe highlights were Destructive Steps X, Australia's largest street dance festival, the Whitlams' Tim Freedman with music about Sydney's inner west, an adult retelling of the Pinocchio tale, and Alfie's Kitchen with a plant-based five course feast.
Sculpture by the Sea – 24 October to 10 November 2019 – Free Entry
During autumn, the delightful coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Tamarama is transformed into a magical outdoor gallery of artwork.
The largest free-entry outdoor sculpture exhibition in the world presents over 100 works from local and international artists using metal, wood, plastic, glass and sand. You'll be inspired to build your own sand castle masterpiece before the tide comes in.