What's on in Sydney this July?

The Sydney Life
The Eventful Life

With the school holidays fast approaching it means there’s plenty of time for families to get out and about to explore what’s on in the city this month. With ample family friendly adventures to put on the must-do list, plus a few culture-focussed ones for the parents, July is brimming with an array of things to do. See our top picks below and happy school holidays!


It’s the unique nature of this popular attraction that keeps the punter coming back each year. Where else in the world can you ice-skate while listening to the sound of waves crashing on the beach? The Bondi Ice Rink is one of Sydney’s most popular winter activities and is a must-do for families. Usually the beach and the snow don’t go hand-in-hand, but this is a time to get the best of both worlds.

Date: Friday 29 June until Wednesday 22 July
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The words ‘Luna Park’ are enough to incite plenty of excitement from the kids, but even better is the winter-fied version of Sydney’s most popular theme park. These July school holidays, Luna Park will transform into a winter wonderland with its ‘back-by-popular-demand’ ice skating rink. The ice rink is accessible with any Unlimited Rides Pass.

Date: from Friday 6 July to Monday 23 July
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Video owned and produced by Luna Park Sydney.


Celebrating all things French, Bastille Festival Sydney takes over iconic Circular Quay, for a fiesta of French food, wine, culture and arts. Held over the Bastille Day weekend, the city’s Frenchies will congregate to showcase their best of their culture, while unifying people and countries behind the beautiful spirit of Bastille Day in a giant street celebration.

Date: 12 – 15 July
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As dusk sets in, at 4pm the Christmas spirit takes over the streets of The Rocks, which will be set up with an array of stunning pop-up stores, food and more for this annual Christmas in July celebration. Suffusing the streets with the unmistakable scent of pine and the delightful sounds of carols, this event is ideal if you are looking for early presents or are a fervent lover of all things Christmas.

Date: 12 – 15 July
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Held each year at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the iconic Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best artist’s portrait, with subjects usually depicting distinguished men and women in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia. Spot many a well-known face creatively depicted at this highly regarded arts award. You can also take a peek at the Wynne Prize entries for best landscape painting and Sulman Prize for best subject painting.   

Date: on until September 9
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Since the musical adaptation of Stephan Elliot's 1994 Priscilla Queen of the Desert premiered in Sydney in 2006 it has travelled the world, picking up a Tony and an Olivier award, plus a swag of other accolades. Finally, Priscilla has returned to her homeland ten years after the musical closed in Australia, with the show's original director Simon Phillips at the helm. Mums and Dads, this is the perfect opportunity to ring in a babysitter and get entertained!

Date: until Saturday July 21
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The Scandinavian Film Festival is a national film festival showcasing the best in contemporary cinema from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. This year’s festival includes a line-up of 21 films showcasing new talent and including award-winners recognised both at home and abroad. Screening at Palace Cinemas around Sydney.

Date: 10 – 29 July
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June 27, 2018