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Top August Events 2019 - Sydney & Surrounds

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Published July 25th 2019
August entertainment all sorted with this list of events
Sydney will be hosting plenty of fun for all ages, interests and budgets this August with free & ticketed events that are guaranteed to keep everyone happy!

The below list features top events across Sydney and surrounds and includes festivals, concerts, fairs, family-friendly, musicals, workshops, classes, markets, comedy, and much more.

1. Jacob's Creek Kitchen Collective
When: Thursday, 1-4 August 2019: 12pm-10pm
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Macquarie St, Sydney
Cost: $110pp
Details: This foodie workshop event will feature highly regarded wine expert hosts, Kirsty Farrel and Katherine Canddy and award-winning chefs (with Masterchef experiences), Daniel Wilson and Stuart Toon. The event will include a Modern Australian 3-course meal, canapés, each dish paired with Jacob Creek's Barossa Signature. All materials will be supplied in this inspired Masterchef set-up workshop. Click here for the website.

2. Catch Me If You Can
When: Thursday, 1-18 August 2019: 7:30pm-9:50pm & 2pm-4:20pm
Where: Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point
Cost: Adults: $69pp, Concession: $64pp, Friday & Saturday Night Adult: $74pp & Friday & Saturday Night Concession: $69pp
Details: Catch Me If You Can is a high-flying musical comedy about catching your dreams and not getting caught. It is based on the popular biographical hit film that starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Hayes Theatre Co Facebook


3. Hugh Jackman- The Man.The Music. The Show
When: Friday, 2-7 August 2019: From 8pm
Where: Qudos Bank Arena, Edwin Flack Ave & Olympic Blvd, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Tickets range from $57.10-$699pp
Details: Accompanied by a live orchestra, Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe, Grammy and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will perform hit songs from his Broadway and film projects including Les Miserables and of course The Greatest Showman. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Qudos Bank Arena Facebook


4. Peter Hook: Joy Division Orchestrated
When: Friday, 2 June 2019: 8pm-10pm
Where: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong St, Circular Quay
Cost: Tickets range from $98-$199pp
Details: This concert will feature Joy Davidson's legendary bass play Peter Hook performing a string of five concerts which will see him and special guests as well as a full orchestra performing the post punk repertoire with classical elements. Click here for the website.

5. George Michael Relived
When: Friday, 2 August 2019: 8pm-10pm
Where: The Juniors, 558A Anzac Pde, Kingsford
Cost: $25pp
Details: George Michael Relived are a first-class 6-piece Sydney Tribute Band performing songs from the 80s and in the last 3 decades. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Juniors Kingsford Facebook


6. Akmal-Open for Renovations
When: Friday, 2 August 2019: 7:15pm-8:15pm
Where: The Comedy Store, Building 207/122 Lang Rd, Moore Park
Cost: $46.90pp
Details: At this one-night show, Akmal will be asking the audience if they can achieve all the things they want, from getting the perfect body without even trying to having enough confidence to gett out of your car during a road rage to being financially wealthy and not caring...
Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Comedy Store Facebook


7. City of Gold
When: Friday, 2 August 2019
Where: SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross
Cost: Tickets range from $20-$62pp
Details: Returning home, Breythe alienated from country and lore, Breythe and his siblings seem to be struggling with regret and responsibility after their father's death. City of Gold is a play based on rage at the injustice, inequality and wilful amnesia of Australia's 21st century.
Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Griffin Theatre Company Facebook


8. Bondi Salsa & Bachata Jam- White Party Edition
When: Saturday, 3 August 2019: 6pm-1am
Where: Bondi Pavilion, Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach
Cost: See website.
Details: Get your Latino on at beautiful Bondi Beach this August with this White Party Edition dance event. There will be dance workshops, performances, shows, DJ, and more. Click here for the website.

9. Sydney Dog Lovers Show
When: Saturday, 3 & 4 August 2019: From 9:30am
Where: Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Adults: $35pp, Pensioner: $20pp, Children (5-15yrs): $17pp & Family Pass (2 adults 2 kids): $95 per family.
Details: This family & pet-friendly Event is Australia's premier dog-dedicated festival which will showcase entertainment, celebrity lineups, dog-dedicated products, market stalls, pop-ups, activities, shows, educational talks, adoption zone and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Dog Lovers Show Facebook


10. Top Dog Film Festival
When: Sunday, 4 August 2019: 2pm-4:30pm
Where: Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, 380 Military Rd, Cremorne
Cost: See website
Details: This film festival is a celebration of our cute furry family members. There will be a collection of heartwarming stories about dogs and their people. The program will include canine-themed films. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Top Dog Film Festival Facebook


11. Living Heritage Festival
When: Sunday, 4 August 2019: 10am-4pm
Where: See website.
Cost: Adults: $10pp, Historic Houses Association Members: $9pp & Children under 12yrs: Free
Details: This festival will feature all-day festivities celebrating the forgotten crafts of the past and the heritage skills of tomorrow. There will be pop-up history talks, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, performances, market stalls, displays, tours and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Historic Houses Association of Australia Facebook


12. Painting Large Landscapes
When: Sunday, 4 August 2019: 10am-3pm
Where: Art Est. Gallery, 67-69 Lords Rd, Leichhardt
Cost: $170pp
Details: Bring a canvas minimum 24"x24" and learn how to paint an expressive landscape from your own photos in acrylics. The workshop will explore ways to simplify shapes, keep your colours bold and bright, colour mixing, composition and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Art Est. Art School Facebook


13. An Evening with Paullina Simons
When: Monday, 5 August 2019: 7pm-8pm
Where: Castle Hill Library, 14 Pennant St, Castle Hill
Cost: See website.
Details: Join Paullina Simons, international best-selling author of novels such as Tully, Tatiana and Alexander and The Bronze Horseman as she celebrates the release of her new trilogy. The evening will conclude with book sales and signing. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Hills Shire Library Service Facebook


14. High Tea at Parliament House of NSW
When: Friday, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August 2019: 12pm-2pm
Where: Parliament House of New South Wales, 6 Macquarie St, Sydney
Cost: Traditional High Tea: $50pp, Sparkling High Tea: $55pp & Sparkling Rose High Tea: $60pp
Details: There will be a selection of freshly brewed teas & coffee, handmade sweet & savoury delights served on the traditional Parliamentary Crested Wedgewood plates.
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Image Courtesy from Parliament of NSW Facebook


15. Seafood & Carvery Jazz Lunch Cruise
When: Saturday, 3,4, 11, 17, 18, 24, & 31 August 2019: 12:30pm-3:30pm
Where: Vagabond Crusies, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour
Cost: Adults: $85pp, Concession: $75pp, Children (5-14yrs): $65pp, Children under 5yrs: Free & Family (2 adults 2 kids): $280 per family. For discount tickets see website.
Details: The cruise will include a 3 hour lunch of freshly prepared seafood and carvery buffet, tempting desserts, fresh fruit platters, tea & coffee, sailing on the spectacular Sydney Harbour, allocated indoor & outdoor decks style dining, photographer on board, alcoholic drinks, live music entertainment and spacious indoor & outdoor decks for panoramic views. Click here for the website.

16. Latino Dinner & Show Cruise
When: Saturday, 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August 2019: 7:30pm-11:30pm
Where: Vagabond Cruises, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour
Cost: Adults: $95pp, Concession: $85pp Children (5-14yrs): $75pp, Children under 5yrs: Free & Family (2 adults 2 kids): $320 per family. For discount tickets see website.
Details: This cruise will include 4-hour shared dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour, allocated indoor seated dining, spacious indoor & outdoor decks, delicious appetizers served upon arrival, international-style buffet, tempting desserts, fresh fruit platters, tea & coffee, live Brazilian shows, audience participation with dance lessons & competitions, live drums, prizes & giveaways, DJ, spacious dance floor, and photographer on board. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Vagabond Cruises Facebook


17. The Food & Wine Festival
When: Sunday, 4 August 2019: 11am-5pm
Where: Mt Penang Gardens & Event Park, 16 The Avenue, Kariong
Cost: Free
Details: This foodie family-friendly festival will showcase fine food, amazing wines, live entertainment, ciders, beers and wine vendors, tasting & sampling, kids activities, pop-ups, stalls, food trucks, food stalls and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Food and Wine Festival Facebook


18. 1979- The Hits
When: Friday, 9 August 2019: 8:30pm-11pm
Where: Dee Why RSL, 932 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why
Cost: $35pp
Details: This event will present songs that were released 40 years ago, yet remain fresh and timeless. The performances will include hits from The Babys, Joe Jackson, Bee Gees, Chaka Khan, Styx, Nicolette Larson, Kiss, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Supertramp, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from 1979 - The Hits Facebook


19. 10 Comics for $15 Bucks
When: Saturday, 10 August 2019: 8pm-9:20pm
Where: Star Bar, 600 George St, Sydney
Cost: $15pp, VIP Drinks: $25pp & VIP Dining: $50pp
Details: Celebrating over 12 years of supplying the country with funny people. There will be a showcase of non-stop laughs from 10 comedians from around the world in this 75-minute show.
Click here for the website.

20. Em Rusciano- The Rage & Rainbows Tour
When: Saturday, 10 August 2019: From 8pm
Where: State Theatre, 49 Market St, Sydney
Cost: See website.
Details: Stand-up comedian, singer, writer and broadcaster Em Rusciano will be unleashing her rage, dunking it in white wine, rolling it in glitter, and giving it an eight-piece back-up band and four costume changes. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Em Rusciano Facebook


21. The Songs of the Sixties
When: Saturday, 10 August 2019: 7pm-11:55pm
Where: The Brass Monkey, 115 A Cronulla St, Cronulla
Cost: $28pp
Details: This performance will showcase songs of the 60s including Shadows, British Invasion, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Beach Boys, Mamas & Papas, the Animals and the Doors, Woodstock with CCR and Santana, Elvis Presley and much more Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Brass Monkey Cronulla Facebook


22. Giants Netball v Sunshine Coast Lightning
When: Saturday, 10 August 2019: 9pm-5pm
Where: Quaycentre, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Adults from: $39pp, Concession from $33pp & Children under 15yrs from: $29pp
Details: With important points up for grabs at the back end of the season, this game is one you do not want to miss!Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from GIANTS Netball Facebook


23. Spirit of The Island Dance Cruise: Dinner Session
When: Saturday, 10 August 2019: 6:45pm-10pm
Where: Harbourside Cruises, King St Wharf, Darling Harbour
Cost: Adults: $99pp, Children: $99pp & Children under 2yrs: Free
Details: This dinner cruise will feature Polynesian Dance Show, 3 hours of entertainment, buffet dinner with hot dishes, salads, fruit platters and dessert, DJ, and dance floor. Click here for the website.

24. Vin Diemen Festival
When: Saturday, 10 August 2019: 12pm-5pm
Where: The Cell Block Theatre, Forbes St, Darlinghurst
Cost: Early Bird Tickets: $55pp & General Admission Tickets: $65pp
Details: Explore Tasmania's culinary delights without leaving Sydney! The festival will showcase flavours from sparkling and Riesling to chardonnay and pinot noir from every corner of the island, with wines from Tamar Valley, Great Eastern, Southern and North West Wine Trails. There will be 20 producers and over 100 different wines, Tasmania's outstanding produce, seafood, signature dishes from Vineyard Seafood Restaurant, tastings, sampling and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Vin Diemen Facebook


25. Snow Patrol: Live & Acoustic
When: Sunday, 11 August 2019: From 8:30pm
Where: Sydney Opera House, 1 Macquarie St, Circular Quay
Cost: See website.
Details: The band will playing all the favourites from classic Snow Patrol albums as well as performing songs from their 2018 release 'Wildness', which was their first studio album in seven years. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Snow Patrol Facebook


26. City2Surf
When: Sunday, 11 August 2019: From 7:50am
Where: Hyde Park, Elizabeth St, Sydney to Bondi Beach, Bondi
Cost: Fundraising event
Details: City2Surf will be back on again this year and it will feature a 14km run from Hyde Park in the City finishing at Bondi Beach. There will also be live entertainment, food trucks, kids activities, and more. The event is suited for all fitness levels, all ages from toddlers to centenarians, walkers to piggy-back riders, those in wheelchairs, those smashing their personal goals, and those raising money for charities. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City2Surf Facebook


27. Science in the Wild- Dinosaurs vs Superpowers
When: Sunday, 11 August 2019: 11am-3pm
Where: Australian Botanic Gardens, Narellan Rd, Mount Annan
Cost: Free
Details: Join the gardens scientists at their stalls as they show you what amazing superpowers you will find in nature. Don't forget to put on your cape and dress up as your favourite superhero. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan Facebook


28. Mudgee Wine & Food Fair at Balmoral Beach
When: Sunday, 11 August 2019: 11am-5pm
Where: Balmoral Beach
Cost: Free
Details: This foodie & wine event will showcase the winemakers of the Mudgee Region with their award-winning wines, pop-ups, exhibitors, sampling, tastings, entertainment, market stalls, a diverse range of prepared foods, animal farm, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Mudgee Wine and Food Fair Facebook


29. West Side Story Musical
When: Friday, 16-30 August 2019
Where: Sydney Opera House, 1 Macquarie St, Circular Quay
Cost: Tickets from $49pp
Details: This popular and much-loved musical will be back this August and it will showcase unforgettable songs including 'Maria', 'Tonight', 'Somewhere', 'America', and 'I Feel Pretty'. Click here for the website.

30. Grape, Grain & Graze Festival
When: Saturday, 17 August 2019: 2pm-6pm
Where: Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Single Ticket: $90pp & Double Pass: $164pp
Details: There will be over 2,200 varieties of wine, beer and cider from all across Australia, selected products from the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show, grazing stations of delicious Sydney Royal medal-winning food, the lineup of live music and more. Click here for the website.

31. Picnic under the Stars
When: Saturday, 17 August 2019: 5pm-7:30pm
Where: Australian Botanic Gardens, Narellan Rd, Mount Annan
Cost: $15pp
Details: This family-friendly event will include telescopes for you to peer into; local astronomers will explain what you can see in the wide sky over the beautiful garden. Do not forget to bring your own picnic! Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan Facebook


32. Full Day Workshop: Transparent Water
When: Sunday, 18 August 2019: 9:30am-4pm
Where: CPAS Studio, 4-14 Hunter St, Parramatta
Cost: $140pp
Details: This full day oil painting workshop will demonstrate in steps how to execute a painting focusing on painting clear water and under water elements. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Artist Christopher Vidal Facebook


33. Ferragosto Festival
When: Sunday, 18 August 2019: 10am-4pm
Where: Great North Rd, Five Dock
Cost: Free
Details: This multicultural and family-friendly festival will feature all things Italian with cultural entertainment, market stalls, live cooking demonstrations, live music, cultural performances, amusement & carnival rides, roving performers, Italian food galore, fashion shows, displays, automotive displays, shows and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City of Canada Bay Facebook


34. Sydney's Annual Wedding Expo
When: Sunday, 18 August 2019: 10am-3pm
Where: Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Free
Details: The expo will feature some of the most talented and creative wedding vendors, live entertainment, pop-ups, hand-picked vendors including florists, bridal gowns, photography, invitations, wedding cars, hens parties, makeup, fitness, men's suits, shows, videography, reception venues, honeymoon and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Wedding Expos Australia Facebook


35. Sydney Tea Festival
When: Sunday, 18 August 2019: 9am-4:30pm
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
Cost: Adults Early Bird: $16.95pp, Adults Full Price: $20.95pp & Children under 12yrs: Free
Details: This festival will showcase all things tea-related with sampling, pop-ups, demonstrations, exhibitors, stalls, tea market, workshops, talks, masterclasses, DIY tea blending station, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sydney Tea Festival Facebook


36. Top Dog Film Festival
When: Sunday, 18 August 2019: 2pm-4:30pm
Where: Ritz Cinema Randwick, 39-47 St Pauls St, Randwick
Cost: See website.
Details: This film event will showcase heartwarming stories about dogs and their people from all walks of life. The event is a celebration of canine connection.
Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Top Dog Film Festival Facebook


37. Science in the Swamp
When: Sunday, 18 August 2019: 11am-3pm
Where: Centennial Parklands, Cnr Parkes & Grand Drives, Centennial Park
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly fun event will showcase science displays, shows, activities, pop-ups and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Centennial Parklands Facebook


38. Blockbuster Super Netball Double Header
When: Saturday, 24 August 2019: Giants Netball: From 3pm & NSW Swifts v Qld Firebirds from 5pm
Where: Qudos Bank Arena, Edwin Flack Ave & Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Adults from: $39pp, Concession from: $33pp & Children under 15yrs from: $29pp
Details: All teams are looking to secure their places in the Finals as West Coast Fever and the NSW Swifts face off against Queensland Firebirds.
Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Qudos Bank Arena Facebook


39. South West Motor Show
When: Saturday, 24 August 2019: 10am-3pm
Where: Thomas Hassall Anglican College, Kingsford Smith Ave, Middleton Grange
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly festival will feature a lineup of entertainment, carnival rides, motor show, international food stalls, festivities, sports activities, silent auction, activities, games, animal farm, reptile display, live music, market stalls and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Thomas Hassall Anglican College Facebook


40. Engadine Public School Family Fete Fun Day
When: Saturday, 24 August 2019: 9am-3pm
Where: Engadine Public School, Waratah Rd, Engadine
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly fete will be loaded with entertainment, activities, carnival rides, games, market stalls, food stalls, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Engadine Public School - Family Fete Fun Day Facebook


41. Penrith Show
When: Saturday, 24 & 25 August 2019
Where: Station St, Penrith
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly event will be jam-packed with entertainment, art & craft, events, poultry pavilion, dog high jump events, shows, activities, sideshows, animal farm, demonstrations, photography, displays, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Penrith Show Facebook


42. Pub2Pub Charity Fun Run & Festival
When: Sunday, 25 August 2019: 7:30am-2:30pm
Where: Dee Why Surf Club, The Strand, Dee Why
Cost: Entry Fee: $60pp
Details: This charity event will start at Dee Why Beach (13km), Warriewood (6km), and Mona Vale (3km) and ends with a family-friendly Festival at Newport Beach. The festival will showcase entertainment, activities, food stalls, games, market stalls, amusements and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Pub2Pub Charity Fun Run & Festival Facebook


43. Wildflower Art & Garden Festival
When: Sunday, 25 August 2019: 9am-4pm
Where: Kur-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives
Cost: Free
Details: This festival will include talks by horticultural experts, native plant sales, wildflower displays, guided walks, exhibitors, food & drink stalls, trackless train for transport, pond dip netting, live music performances, kid's craft workshops, storytelling, Australian wildlife display, entertainment and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden Facebook


44. Suitcase Rummage
When: Monday, 26 August 2019: 11am-4pm
Where: The Good Line, 14-28 Ultimo Rd, Ultimo
Cost: Free
Details: This mini scaled market will showcase vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, second-hand, handmade items, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Suitcase Rummage Facebook


45. Bring It On- The Musical
When: Tuesday, 27-31 August 2019
Where: State Theatre, 49 Market St, Sydney
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing
Details: Bring It On, the Musical is a hilarious, high energy hit featuring explosive choreography with aerial stunts and was inspired by the film with the same name. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Bring It On The Musical - Australian Tour Facebook


46. Fleetwood Mac in Concert
When: Wednesday, 28 & 29 August 2019: From 8pm
Where: Qudos Bank Arena, Edwin Flack Ave & Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing
Details: Legendary, Grammy Award-winning band Fleetwood Mac will be touring Australia this August and the Concert will feature a new lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Fleetwood Mac Facebook


47. George Michael Relived
When: Friday, 30 August 2019: 8pm-10:30pm
Where: Wests Leagues Club, 10 Old Leumeah Rd, Leumeah
Cost: Non-members: $23pp & Members: $20pp
Details: George Michael Relived are a first-class 6-piece Sydney Tribute Band performing the biggest hits of George Michael from the 80's and spanning the last 3 decades. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Wests League Club Facebook


48. Extended Play
When: Saturday, 31 August 2019: 12pm-11:55pm
Where: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney
Cost: $35pp
Details: This event will present over 20 concerts of new music in 12 hours. The program will be jam-packed with eclectic, contemporary, challenging, dynamic music, soloists, duos, and ensembles from across Australia and internationally. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City Recital Hall Facebook
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