Top 5 things to do in Sydney in January

As summer hits its all-time high in January, the city of Sydney lights up and the summer sunshine opens up a playground of events and activities. From outdoor cinemas to a month-long festival, there are ample activities to brighten up your holidays, whether you’re travelling through or exploring your own home turf. See our top January highlights below.

Mov’In Bed Outdoor Cinema

Have you ever been to an outdoor cinema and wished you could just jump into bed so you don't have to use your backpack as a pillow? Well, the Mov’In Bed Outdoor Cinema presents the chance to do exactly that. Here, you’ll find 150 queen-size beds with LED-lit bedside tables, fluffy pillows and blankets to bunker down in while you watch one of your favourite films. Running until February, take a peek at the schedule and enjoy an outdoor cinema experience like no other. 

Where: Entertainment Quarter Moore Park
When: Until 17 February 2019
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Sydney Festival

Running for three weeks through January, the Sydney Festival kicks off the year with a bang and features free events and ticketed shows that showcase the best of Sydney’s arts culture. Featuring cutting-edge art and performance in various locations around the city, punters can find free art installations at Carriageworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art, UNSW Galleries and Artspace, plus talks, contemporary music shows and theatrical productions.

Where: various locations around Sydney
When: 9-27 January 2019
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So Frenchy, So Chic

Calling all Francophiles, So Frenchy, So Chic has all your French desires covered for a fun and stylish day out on the greens. Combining the best of French music, dance, cuisine and culture, this pop garden party will this year celebrate France's coolest wave of talent via an influential all-female line-up. Lose yourself under the summer sky, soak up the simple pleasures and revel in that joie de vivre that the French do so well. This is also the perfect day out with the kids.

Where: Bicentennial Park Glebe
When: Saturday 19 January, 1pm-11pm
More details here 


This is a must-see for avid art fans and an opportunity to cast your eyes over the work of the stars of tomorrow in a showcase of fresh talent. Every year, the Museum of Contemporary Art invites an artist or curator to take the reins of its Primavera exhibition, which is a showcase for artists under 35. This year, artists from all over the nation have been thrown in the mix to create an eclectic melange of wonder and fascination.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
When: until 3 February 2019
More details here 


Based on Büchner’s Woyzeck, this is a piece for the serious opera lover who’s at home with more avant-garde, atonal music. South African artist and director William Kentridge is using his own illustrations as sets, projecting them onto giant screens. Andrea Molino conducts a cast of Australia's best, led by Michael Honeyman in the title role.

Where: Sydney Opera House
When: until 15 February 2019
More details here 


December 7, 2018