Sydney is fast becoming like Melbourne in the cultural and entertainment stakes. The last month of Summer is just warming up in the entertainment and cultural scene for us Sydney siders, and yes there is never a dull moment in having a great and fun filled time out experience. These events are presented in date order.
1. The Magic Flute
A quality Opera experience where animals dance and children fly, and in a world where princesses battle dragons and hope does battle despair with quality music, cast and costumes in a high quality, opulent setting along Sydney Harbour. Another quality Mozart production from Opera Australia.
2. Bronzewing Markets at Tahmoor
The countryside in New South Wales is well known for its handmade crafts and jams. Tahmoor (near Mittagong) is only a two-hour drive from the city along the M5, and makes way for a great mini weekend escape, and these markets are held on the second Saturday of each month. Quality plants and jewellery will also be for sale. The great thing about also living in Sydney is that the farm/countryside (fresh country air) is not really that far considering.
3. Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Fine Food Markets
The hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Fine Food Markets is one of Sydney's emerging highest quality farmer's markets with a farm gate trail. A great area that is well known for its stunning river as you are heading towards the Central Coast.
4. Australian Open of Surfing
Some of the country's best surfers will hit Manly Beach with action sports, music, arts and fashion also on the agenda in this popular Sydney locale for locals and visitors to Sydney alike. Expect to see many hydration stations despite Manly having a few around its beaches already. For further information, click here.
5. Mardi Gras Fair Day
The popular Mardi Gras seasons kicks off in Victoria Park near the University of Sydney. A variety of dancing entertainment will be available at the Foxtel main stage in tandem with over 230 stalls. Ensure you are well hydrated and in comfortable walking shoes as crowds of up to 70,000 plus people are expected to attend this popular and trendy annual event. Expect to see many dog owners with dogs on their leashes with a dog show included. Another crowd favourite is the Gayder Garden lounge. Tis the season to start saying "happy mardi gras."
Bondi Beach is in the spotlight once again, and this popular Eastern Suburbs hotspot has played host to the Sydney annual latin festivals since 1979, and 2012 marks a new name for this event called Bondiesta. Entertainment and learning about the Latin American culture is provided. Zumba and Salsa lovers, rejoice. Dance the night away, and tuition to sharpen your dancing skills is also available. Food is available for purchase at the event.
7. Sydney Royal Wine Show Cellar Tasting
Relish the opportunity to have a chance to try well over 2,200 different Australian wines, including the trophy and medal winners at Sydney Olympic Park. Enjoy different tutorials on knowing how to choose the right wine and cheese combinations, in tandem with a judge's tutorial on the judging process and how to taste wine like a professional with your very own Riedel Ouverture wine glass to take home. Further information on this forthcoming event can be found by clicking here.
8. Drawing Lines in The Sand
The Drawing Lines in The Sand exhibition at Cockatoo Island presented by Peloton is a great way to learn about the history and essence of this unique and treasured island along Sydney Harbour. Your chance to explore a virtual reality simulator and follow a journey descending into a salt mine is available, and therefore you can easily get lost in a pleasurable trance with quality imagery.
9. The Sydney Morning Herald Sydney Cellar Door
The Sydney Cellar Door is undoubtedly one of Sydney's largest wine festivals that is on the 25th of February 2012 at Hyde Park. This event is a celebration of New South Wales' 14 different wine regions and fine local produce in divine ambience as musical entertainment will also be provided. Cheeses and smallgoods can also be sampled, and top culinary dishes will also be available to enjoy for lunch and/or dinner.
This will definitely keep you busy for the rest of February 2012. There is something in here for everyone. I will also be writing up an article on the top things to do in Sydney in March 2012, and March is set to be an even busier month events wise in Sydney, and this is even before the annual Easter Show makes its mark at Olympic Park.
Enjoy the best that Sydney has to offer, and remember to have fun and plan ahead for an even memorable day out. See you in a few more weeks.