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The largest short film festival in the world, this free summer event draws a huge buzzing crowd. Pack a picnic blanket and bottle of wine, sit back and catch a couple of short films under the stars. The crowds can be massive but the vibe is relaxed - and you might even spot a local celeb or two!

Where: Centennial Park, Paddington, NSW 2021

When: December 08, 2013

Website: http://tropfest.com/au/

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The Sydney V8 Supercars 500 is a revhead dream. Long-time rivals Ford and Holden will take to the street circuit this year, in what could prove to be the "Championship Finale of the modern era". Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom are behind the wheel this time around, with a host of brand new V8 Supercars for enthuasiasts to ogle. For the first time ever the twilight race will be held at Sydney Olympic Park and there will be plenty of exciting activities for the kids to get involved in too. Don't miss the Disney-Pixar Fun Zone featuring characters from Cars, Toy Story, Monsters and Finding Nemo.

Where: Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush, NSW 2127

When: December 06 - December 08, 2013

Website: http://www.v8supercars.com.au/events/sydney-500

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Future Music Festival has been a stalwart on the festival scene for some years. Set on the grassy Royal Randwick Racecourse, this full day event will appeal to lovers of the electronic and indie music scene. Alt rock band Phoenix is headlining this year, alongside Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Deadmau5, Knife Party and a host of others. Gates open at 12noon and the capacity has been bumped up by festival organisers this year, so expect a sweaty and packed to the brim all day party vibe. 
Where: Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
When: Saturday 8th March, 2014 Website: http://www.futuremusicfestival.com.au/

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Dolly Parton is back in Australia as part of her Blue Smoke World Tour beginning this February. The buxom blonde American country singer is renowned for her energetic on-stage presence, and has been in the business for over 30 years. The tour will promote her latest studio album, Blue Smoke, which is set for release this year. Tickets start from $99 all the way up to $695 for a VIP Museum package that includes seating in the first five rows, backstage tour, private merchandise booth, gift bag, framed autograph and a bunch of other Dolly-fanatic loot.
Where: Sydney Entertainment Centre
When: Tuesday 18th February, 2014 Buy tickets

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Oxford St comes alive on March 1st for the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. Bring a milk crate, a picnic blanket or a foldout chair and park yourself street-side to witness the colourful parade for the LGBTQI community. Spectacular floats line the streets, costumed dancers and enthusiastic revelers make for an exciting evening to remember. With 10,000 people in the parade, and celebrators joining from all walks of life, be sure to get down early to mark your turf. The parade route can get really packed out with partygoers late into the night, so for a family-friendly viewing experience we suggest buying tickets for a seated view.
Where: Oxford St, Darlinghurst
When: Saturday 1st March, 2014
Website: http://www.mardigras.org.au/

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The Major Baseball League series has only been played outside of the United States five times – and now it’s Australia’s turn. The first two games for the Opening Series of 2014 Major League Baseball runs over six days, and will see LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks gracing our shores. The Sydney Cricket Ground will be converted especially for the event, with an infield clay area, pitcher’s mound, dugouts and additional grandstand. General Admission tickets to the Sydney Arizona Diamondbacks vs. LA Dodgers games start at $69.   Buy tickets 

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Sydney creatives come out to play for the annual Vivid Festival. Running from the end of May to mid June, Vivid festival comprises countless events, summits and forums - some free and some ticketed. A free light exhibition with sculptures and installations takes over Circular Quay, and makes the perfect backdrop to an after dark stroll. Locals and tourists alike flock to the harbor to see the illumination of the Sydney Opera House, and contemplate the animated light shows projected onto Customs House. Where: Sydney CBD When: 23rd May – 9th June 2014 Website: http://www.vividsydney.com/contact/ Contributed by: Cambridge Hotel Image © Vivid Festival
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is arguably Australia’s biggest fashion event of the year. With a ticket in hand, you can catch next season’s biggest trends before they hit the streets at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend Edition. MBFWE is a two-day event held at Carriageworks – a Sydney cultural institution with sweeping high ceilings and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. The coveted ticket gets you designer runway seats, style seminars, beauty how-tos and more.   Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015 When: 12th – 13th April 2014 Website: http://mbfashionweekended.com.au/ Contributed by: Cambridge Hotel