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Top May Events 2022- Sydney & Surrounds

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Published April 27th 2022
There's always something happening in Sydney
This May, stay entertained with Sydney's May events. There is something for everyone, including cultural events, festivals, fairs, community fetes, sports, theatre, cinema, musical performances, exhibitions, food festivals, multicultural events, cultural events, and much more.

Some events accept the NSW Dine & Discover vouchers-see the event website for all details.

The list below features May's top free & ticketed events across Sydney and its surrounds:

1. Australian Heritage Festival
When: Now-31st May 2022
Where: Various locations across Sydney
Cost: Free & ticketed events
Details: This Festival will showcase more than 150 free & ticketed events across Sydney. This year's theme is Curiosity, and Events will include activities, displays, exhibitions, workshops, expert talks, films, walking tours, food fairs, tours of historical sites, ceremonies, demonstrations, special lunches and dinners, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Australian Heritage Festival Facebook


2. Sydney Comedy Festival
When: Now-22nd May 2022
Where: Various locations across Sydney
Cost: See the website
Details: The Sydney Comedy Festival is the biggest annual comedy event, and it will showcase a massive line-up of over 150 comedians from Australia and beyond who will perform at many venues throughout Sydney,

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Sydney Comedy Festival Facebook


3. Whisk(e)y On The Rocks
When: Now-1st May 2022
Where: George Street, The Rocks
Cost: Free & ticketed events
Details: This event will showcase craft, innovative and iconic distillers and whiskies of every flavour from across the globe. There will be pop-ups, tastings, giant spinning cocktail shaker wheels, whisky pairings, The Rocks Whisky Trail through the iconic bars and restaurants in The Rocks, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from The Rocks Facebook


4. Taste of The Beaches
When: Sunday, 1st-31st May 2022
Where: Various locations across The Northern Beaches
Cost: Free & ticketed events
Details: This foodie event will showcase a wide range of free & ticketed food-related events, including unique dining experiences, hands-on edible education experiences, taste collaborations, and month-long experiences.

Click here for the website.

5. Australian Cocktail Month
When: Sunday, 1st-31st May 2022
Where: Various locations across Sydney
Cost: See venues
Details: The Australian Cocktail Month is back, and this event will include discounts on cocktails at selected bars and a special cocktail menu. Some of the bars include Burrow Bar, Jolene's, Maybe Sammy, Snitch Bar, The Swinging Cat, The Conservatory Bar (Sheraton Grand Hotel), The Barber Shop, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Australian Cocktail Month Facebook


6. Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
When: Thursday, 5th May 2022
Where: Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney
Cost: $113pp.
Details: Faulty Towers returns to Sydney this May, and this dining experience event will be jam-packed with entertainment. Officially the world's most sought after tribute to the BBC Sitcom, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is an unmissable and hilarious event.

Become part of the action as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve up mayhem on a plate. Tickets include a 3-course meal and two hours of non-stop immersive and highly interactive comedy entertainment.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Faulty Towers The Dining Experience Facebook


7. Meatstock Festival
When: Friday, 6th-8th May 2022
Where: Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Tickets from $40pp
Details: Australia's biggest barbecue Festival returns with a showcase of competitions, entertainment, live music, butcher wars, demonstrations, barbecue expo, activities, displays, guest appearances, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Meatstock Sydney Facebook


8. Eid Festival & Night of Lights
When: Friday, 6th May 2022: 10am-10pm
Where: Auburn Gallipoli Mosque,
Cost: Free
Details: This multicultural family-friendly Festival will celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan with entertainment, food stalls, jumping castles, face painting, market stalls, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Auburn Gallipoli Mosque Facebook


9. Africultures Festival
When: Saturday, 7th May 2022: 10 am-6 pm
Where: Cathy Freeman Park, Olympic Blvd, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: $6.86pp or $27.08 group of five. – pricing includes online fees.
Details: This family-friendly Multicultural Festival is the biggest annual African Festival in Australia and will include a jam-packed program of African cultural entertainment, performances, market zone, music, dancing, shows, roaming performers, African foods, spots zone, children's zone, tournaments, fashion, activities, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Africultures Festival Facebook


10. Comic Book Day
When: Saturday, 7th May 2022: 10 am-3 pm
Where: Campbelltown City Library, 1 Hurley St, Campbelltown
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly event returns bigger and better with a line-up of entertainment, cosplay competition, kids' interactive super wrestling show, medieval combat demonstrations, geek pop singer Meri Amber, henna art and glitter tattoos, comic book sales, giveaways, sausage sizzle, face painting, Pokémon drawing workshop, games and much more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Lions Club of Campbelltown City Facebook


11. Cabramatta Culinary Festival
When: Saturday, 14th May 2022: 11 am-3 pm
Where: Cabramatta Town Centre, Cabramatta
Cost: Free
Details: This foodie festival will showcase a celebration of food, community and culture with pop-ups, demonstrations, street carnival, entertainment, live cultural performances, special guest appearances including Fast Ed and Silvia Colloca, junior cooking workshops, and amusement rides, firework displays, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Fairfield City Council Facebook


12. Riverstone Festival
When: Saturday, 14th May 2022: 9am-3pm
Where: Mill Street Park, Mill St, Riverstone
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Festival will showcase a day of entertainment, activities, food stalls, market stalls, live performances, amusement rides, workshops, local community groups, car clubs, marching bands and schools, a street parade, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Blacktown City Council Facebook


13. Riverstone Night Market
When: Saturday, 14th May 2022: 5pm-9pm
Where: Bambridge Lane, Riverstone
Cost: Free
Details: These night markets will showcase a wide range of food and sweet stalls, some of the best food trucks, live entertainment, kids' activities, amusement rides, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Blacktown City Council Facebook


14. Brighten-Le-Sands Alive
When: Saturday, 14th & 15th May 2022: 9am-10pm
Where: Bay Street, Brighton-Le-Sands
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly community event will showcase non-stop entertainment, live music, roaming performers, mural displays, exhibits, open-air cinema, a community hub, market stalls, ice-skating rink, activities, food stalls & trucks, and much more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Bayside Council Facebook


15. The SECC Family Day
When: Saturday, 14th May 2022: 12pm-7pm
Where: Jack Mundey Reserve, 10 Evans Ave, Eastlakes
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly event will showcase entertainment, activities, children's entertainment, open-air cinema, petting zoo, live performances, demonstrations, food trucks, parade, displays, exhibits, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Bayside Council Facebook


16. Autumn Festival
When: Sunday, 15th May 2022: 9am-3pm
Where: Rouse Hill Estate, 356 Annagrove Rd, Rouse Hill
Cost: Free & ticketed events
Details: This Festival will showcase a wide range of festive celebrations of seasonal harvest. There will be activities, talks, demonstrations, stories, ready-to-eat vendors, historic house tours, petting animal farm, market stalls, cooking workshops, food-focused tours, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Blacktown City Council Facebook


17. Family Fun Day
When: Saturday, 15th May 2022: 10am-4pm
Where: Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 89 Shaw St, Kingsgrove
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Fair will showcase entertainment, kids' activities, market stalls, live performances, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Foodies and Farmers Markets Facebook


18. Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon
When: Saturday, 15th May 2022: 6am-12pm
Where: Hyde Park, Sydney
Cost: Fundraising event
Details: This event is one of Australia's largest and most iconic half marathon events. This year the event will be celebrating 29 years and will showcase Sydney's beautiful landscape views, including the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, and Pyrmont Peninsula.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from SMH Half Marathon Facebook


19. Sydney's Writers Festival
When: Sunday, 16th-22nd May 2022
Where: Various locations across Sydney
Cost: Free & ticketed events
Details: Australia's most loved celebration of literature, stories, and ideas returns this May, and it will showcase a massive program that includes free & ticketed events including, seminars, talks, Q&A's, award ceremonies, open night events, galas, storytelling, lectures, family day (May 22nd), and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Sydney Writers' Festival Facebook


20. GABS Craft Beer & Cider Festival
When: Friday, 20th & 21st May 2022
Where: Sydney International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
Cost: Tickets range from $35-$199pp
Details: There will be over 100 new and unique craft beer and cider tastings, meet & greet opportunities, pop-ups, exhibitors, street food, entertainment, silent disco, beer education, games, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from GABS Festival Facebook


21. Illuminate Wollondilly
When: Friday, 20th- 22nd May 2022
Where: Menangle Street, Picton
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Arts Festival will feature a spectacular range of local artworks projected onto landmark buildings, market stalls, kids' carnival, live entertainment, fire dancers, live performances/concerts, firework displays, lantern parades, and more. There will also be a long table dinner ($155pp), including a 4-course meal, beverage & entertainment package.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Illuminate Wollondilly Facebook


22. Blacktown City Medieval Fayre
When: Saturday, 21st & 22nd May 2022: 10am-4pm
Where: Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Rd, Doonside
Cost: $5pp online or $8pp at the Gate.
Details: Blacktown's favourite event returns and will transform Nurragingy Reserve into a medieval fayre with medieval culture, Birds of Prey Show, medieval displays, exhibits, demonstrations, combat artillery, art & crafts, free camel and pony rides, Blacksmith hut, jousting competitions, best-dressed competition, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Blacktown City Council Facebook


23. Blacktown Festival
When: Saturday, 21st-29th May 2022
Where: Various locations across Blacktown
Cost: Free & ticketed events
Details: This 10-day Festival will showcase a wide range of free & ticketed events, including the Medieval Fayre, food events, entertainment, activities, shows, performances, workshops, child-friendly activities, and much more.

Click here for the website.

24. Food Truck Party
When: Saturday, 21st May 2022
Where: Winnererremv Bay, Mona Street, Mona Vale
Cost: Free
Details: Part of the Taste of the Beaches program, the Food Truck Party will include a massive selection of food trucks and live music entertainment. Do not forget to bring your picnic rug and enjoy a day out feasting on food truck delights.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Northern Beaches Council Facebook


25. Campbelltown Challenge Walk
When: Sunday, 22nd May 202: 8am-10am
Where: Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan, Narellan Rd, Mount Annan
Cost: $17pp
Details: This event will feature a 6km and 12km course in the beautiful scenic Australian Botanic Gardens.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan Facebook


26. NSW Cars & Culture
When: Sunday, 22nd May 2022: 8am-11am
Where: Entertainment Park, Moore Park
Cost: Free
Details: This event will showcase a diverse car line-up, including supercars, custom cars, JDMs, classics, 4x4s, live DJ entertainment, food and coffee, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Motor Culture Australia Facebook


27. Sweet Indulgence Dessert Festival
When: Thursday, 26th May 2022: 5pm-9pm
Where: Village Green, Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown
Cost: Free
Details: This foodie family-friendly Festival is a sweet tooth's dream come true! The Festival will showcase pop-ups, live music, candly land-style props, free face painting, roving performers, dessert stalls galore, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Blacktown City Council Facebook


28. Mind Body Spirit Festival
When: Thursday, 26th May-29th May 2022
Where: International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
Cost: Free- must register online.
Details: The Mind Body Spirit Festival returns to Sydney this May, and it will showcase a wide range of exhibitors, demonstrations, free inspirational seminars, psychic readings, stage performances, displays, health foods, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Mind Body Spirit Festival Australia Facebook


29. Vivid Sydney
When: Friday, 27th May 2022-18 June 2022
Where: Various locations across Sydney
Cost: Free & ticketed events
Details: Sydney's much-loved light Festival returns and will include a stunning showcase of free and ticketed events, including light installations, displays, exhibits, interactive displays, performances, cruises on the harbour, shows, concerts, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Vivid Sydney Facebook


30. F.A.M Fest (Food, Art & Music)
When: Friday, 27th – 29th May 2022: 27th: 5pm-9pm, 28th: 9am-4pm & 29th: 9am-3pm
Where:
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly community Festival will showcase entertainment, live performances by local artists, craft workshops, lawn games, activities, kids' entertainment, shows, displays, and more.
Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Blacktown City Council Facebook


31. Sydney Home Show
When: Friday, 27th-29th May 2022: 10am-6pm
Where: International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
Cost: Free
Details: There will be hundreds of exhibitors showcasing innovative home products, exclusive show specials, free seminars, expert advice, showbags, prizes to be won, displays, pop-ups, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Sydney Home Show Facebook


32. Fairfield Culinary Festival
When: Saturday, 28th May 2022: 11am-3pm
Where: Fairfield City Centre, Fairfield
Cost: Free
Details: This foodie festival will showcase a celebration of food, community and culture with pop-ups, demonstrations, street carnival, entertainment, live cultural performances, special guest appearances including Fast Ed and Silvia Colloca, junior cooking workshops, and amusement rides, firework displays, and more.

Click here for the website.

33. Hot Rod & Custom Auto Expo
When: Saturday, 28th & 29th May 2022: 9am-5pm
Where: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Rosehill
Cost: Adults: $30pp, Pensioner: $25pp, Concession: $20pp, Children: $10pp, Family Pass (2 adults 2 kids): $70 per family and Weekend Pass: Adults: $50pp.
Details: This Expo will showcase the stunning elite level hot rods and street machines. There will also be custom motorcycles, car clubs, trade shows, entertainment and activities for all ages, displays, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Hot Rod & Custom Auto Expo Facebook


34. Taste of Manly
When: Saturday, 28th & 29th May 2022:
Where: Manly Oval, Manly
Cost: $10pp
Details: This foodie Festival will include food stalls from the local Northern Beaches restaurants, cafes and caterers, local breweries, local distilleries and select wineries. There will also be pop-ups and entertainment from local musicians.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Northern Beaches Council Facebook


35. Streets Alive & Parade Day
When: Saturday, 28th May 2022
Where: Blacktown CBD, Fluchombe Road, Main Street and Campbell Street, Blacktown
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly event will showcase a wide range of entertainment, live performances, activities, international food market, roving performers, amusement rides, street parade, and more.

Click here for the website.

Image courtesy from Blacktown City Council Facebook


36. Parramatta Heritage Festival
When: Sunday, 29th May 2022: 10am-5pm
Where: 1 Fleet St, Parramatta
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Festival is part of the Australian Heritage Festival, and it will showcase a wide range of activities, live music, entertainment, heritage tours, access to heritage buildings, and more.

Click here for the website.
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When: 1st-31st May 2022
Where: Sydney & surrounds- see above
Cost: Free & ticketed events
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