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Top 12 Annual Events in Sydney

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by Justine Crowley (subscribe)
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Published February 16th 2012
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There are plenty of great annual festivals and events in Sydney that guarantee a great day or night out every single year. Whether you wish to be entertained through to being involved in such annual events in terms of accomplishing an important milestone, there is definitely something for every Sydneysider or visitor to Sydney to consider and relish. These events are presented in order of date, as opposed to an order of preference. Happy planning.

1. Sydney Cellar Door

A chance to get some of your friends together and sample the best wines, cheeses and small goods that New South Wales has to offer. Hyde Park makes the way for a perfect locale with quality musical entertainment. Succumb to your taste buds at the Sydney Cellar Door.

2. Mardi Gras

The Mardi Gras season in February/March makes way for a never a dull moment kind of experience. Colourful and cheerful, a positive and party like mood is in the air, and Liverpool Street (right near Oxford Street) is one of the best vantage points. You just need to get to the event super early for the best spots if you are not a ticketholder.

3. Sydney Harbour Regatta

Like the Sydney to Hobart yacht race that begins on a boxing day of any given calendar year, the Sydney Harbour Regatta in March is an iconic annual Sydney event that showcases over 300 yachts spanning around 2500 yacht crew. Sydney's Middle Harbour will host a variety of events during March for those yacht enthusiasts.

4. Sydney Royal Easter Show

It was a shame (once upon a time) to see the Sydney Royal Easter Show leave Moore Park at one stage, however the
re-location of the show to Sydney Olmypic Park has been welcomed and embraced in a positive manner. Great animal shows and judging, as well as the different range of showbags on offer. Plenty of walking space.

5. The Sydney Family Show

It is ironic that I just brought up Moore Park in the above event, where the Sydney Family Show is held. This is a free family friendly event that showcases the trends in both kids and ladies fashion with showbags available for sale and entertainment for the kids, such as amusement rides.

6. Mothers Day Classic

Another great event that is put on to raise much needed funds for breast cancer research. Sydneysiders can either compete in the 4km or 8km runs or walks at either The Domain or at Parramatta. The goodie bags, the finishers medal and the pre-event entertainment with a beautiful course in the domain area makes this event well worth it. A great way to start any mothers day.

7. Vivid Sydney

A musical festival with bright lights and creative ideas. The entire city will come to life from late May to mid June every year. Further information on Vivid Sydney can be found by clicking here.

8. City 2 Surf

The City 2 Surf attracts record attendances year in and year out. The great 14 kilometre run or walk from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach is definitely a high energy, feel good experience and you will be rewarded with a sense of personal accomplishment every year. The 'Heartbreak Hill' is not really as freaky as people say. A fun day out. Further information can be found by clicking here.

9. Sydney Running Festival

You can now choose from either competing in the Blackmores Marathon or the Body & Soul Bridge Run. It is a real kick to run the Harbour Bridge and the domain area. My only minor gripe (due to safety reasons) is that photos are generally not allowed to be taken at the Harbour Bridge. Further information can be found by clicking here.

10. Crave International Food Festival

Every October, the night noodle market from 5pm ensures that Hyde Park is swamped with Sydneysiders suddenly allergic to their own cooking. The peking duck is just sensational and the Crave International Food Festival Coopers Beer Garden is a great relaxation oasis.

11. Carols In the Domain

The hit for the children is always The Wiggles. There is great entertainment with the chance to sing along to your favourite Christmas carols. Arrive at The Domain as early as you can, as this event is popular. I love the showbags where for only $15 and you will be contributing to the Salvation Army and you score over $100 worth of goods together with a decent supply of candles for the night. Nice one.

12. New Year's Eve along Sydney Harbour

Personally I would never want to be anywhere else but in Sydney come New Year's Eve. Marc Newson did a tremendous job as the latest creative director, and the Time to Dream theme just felt so right and appropriate to bring in 2012. Truly spectacular, with the brightest fireworks on display. It is a shame they don't go on for an extra five minutes.

Enjoy these and many more annual events in Sydney, and continue to appreciate what this city of lifestyle has to offer.

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When: Throughout each calendar year
Where: Various locations in Sydney
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