It’s worth rugging up and heading out to some of these wonderful winter events happening nearby and across Sydney…

Paint It Red, St Ives 


This family winter festival is a community event to remember, held at St Ives showground over two days in July.  It will feature a diverse food truck line-up, a huge market stall selection, as well as all your favourite carnival games and rides. There’s entertainment for everyone including face painting and fireworks, all for an entry fee of just $2. You can purchase wristbands for the rides at the event.

Friday July 7, 4pm – 10pm & Saturday July 8, 12pm-10pm 

St Ives Showground, 450 Mona Vale Road

$2 entry

Wideview Public School Winter Wonderland Fete 

Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy a fun day out at Wideview Public School in Berowra Heights. Everything has a Winter Wonderland theme – including frosty frenzy laser tag, and snow cones.  There will be amusement rides, bouncy castles, a farm petting zoo, live entertainment and market and book stalls.

No need to pack a picnic, this fete has food trucks, a cake stall, a chocolate wheel, and the usual fete favourites of popcorn and fairy floss.  Tickets must be purchased for rides and laser tag. 

When: Saturday 25 June 10am-3pm

Location: Wideview Public School Wideview Road, Berowra Heights 

Cost: Free entry 


Monster Jump, Moore Park

The Monster Jump is an inflatable obstacle course suitable for everyone, including adults! Children under 4 need to be accompanied by an adult. 

You can slide, climb, bounce your way through more than 30 obstacles in the giant structure which is a colourful air filled adventure set up in the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter.

You just need to bring socks (or you can also purchase at the gate) for those taking part and a picnic rug for those observing, then sit back and enjoy the fun! Bookings recommended, and you’ll need to arrive 30 minutes before your session. 

Where: Sydney Entertainment Quarter 

When: July 1 – 16 

Cost: 2 hour pass (5 years and over) $35; 2 hour toddler ticket (under 5 years + caregiver) $35

Loctation: 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park


Bastille Festival, Circular Quay

This is the 10th anniversary of the Bastille French Festival, a free celebration of French culture. There are food, wine, and art components to explore at the Rocks around Circular Quay over 4 days.  Take your pick of tasty offerings at the Parisian Foodie village at Customs House, showcasing culinary delights such as raclette, crepes, saucisson, fresh baguettes, soups, and croque monsieur.

Next to the MCA is the main entertainment stage, with live concerts, DJ’s, and dance classes. You can even watch a French movie on a deck chair while sipping on mulled wine. A selection of restaurants will also be delivering specialty dishes with a French twist, which you can pair with wines from each region from Bordeaux to Provence and Loire to Burgundy.

When: Thursday July 13 – Sunday July 16. Sessions every hour between 9 – 4.30pm

Cost: Free entry 

Location: Circular Quay


Cherry Blossom Festival

Head west in August to see one of Australia’s most photographed events at the Auburn Botanic Gardens. The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival brings a slice of Japan to western Sydney across nine days when pink blossom trees are in full bloom. The stunning experience is located in the Cherry Trail within the traditional Japanese Garden.

But its not just about the trees, there will celebrations of Japanese culture with an exciting program of activities, workshops and performances. It wouldn’t be complete without an array of delicious Japanese food on offer at the Japanese Food Village.

When: Saturday August 19 – Sunday August 27

Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens, Chiswick Road, Auburn

Booking: Tickets on sale in July

Bondi Festival 

Set on the iconic shores of Bondi Beach, the Bondi Festival is an arts festival that takes place across a number of different venues over 17 days and nights.

There’s an ice rink on Campbell Parade, a ferris wheel on Queen Elizabeth Drive, and events at the new Bondi Pavilion.

Performances include live shows from artists and comedians, theatre and cabaret shows, art exhibitions and interactive experiences. 

There are some ticketed and some free events, but its recommended to buy tickets in advance. 

When: June 30 – 16 July 

Where: Bondi Beach 



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