Upcoming Events

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/
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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/
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This event is run every August and is the world’s largest run with well over 80,000 entrants each year. At 14km, the distance is somewhat challenging and heartbreak hill can undo some people who haven’t done the training. However this event is not just a run, behind the running groups there is a community of walkers with many pushing prams or dressing up for the occasion. The lovely thing about this run is the level of community involvement, with spectators lining up, cheering and shouting encouragement as well as music along the way. The run finishes at Bondi Beach where the festival atmosphere continues. City 2 surf is a truly iconic Australian run and great day to be a part of.
Website: http://www.city2surf.com.au/
Date: Sunday 10 August Cost: $15-85 to run City 2 Surf image © Fairfax

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Eleise Hale  lives in Wollongong and loves to write about Wollongong, her weekend trips away, food and family! You can find her at iWollongong.com. Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Bob Dylan fans get ready! After decades of anticipation, the world famous singer is finally returning to Australia for a series of concerts. Our beloved ‘Zimmy’ has scheduled a month long tour through Australia and New Zealand and will be live on stage in Sydney between the 3rd and 5th of September. The 73-year-old folk rock legend, with over 50 albums and a career that spans over 6 decades, will be performing all of his hits with a live band. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Hurry though, tickets are selling fast!

Where: State Theatre, Sydney

Website: www.ticketmaster.com.au

This year Sydney’s Darling Harbour will be transformed into a winter wonderland! Join the winter fun for the first Cool Yule, an amazing month-long festival that will bring authentic winter festivities to Sydney. The festival will have some super cool activities and sites to experience, including an outdoor ice rink, a snow slide, a glittering frozen forest and even a floating iceberg in Cockle Bay. Of course, there will be plenty of hot chocolate and food available from the nearby cafes and restaurants. Cool Yule is running from 13 June to 13 July and tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the venue.

Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney

Phone: 02 9240 8500

Website: www.darlingharbour.com

Brace yourself, One Direction fans! The mega-hit boy-band is returning to Australia for their On the Road Again tour early in 2015. The British-Irish pop group will perform in all the major cities around Australia stopping in Sydney for live concerts on 7 and 8 February 2015. The group will sing hits from their albums Take Me Home and Up All Night as well as songs from their latest album, Midnight Memories. If their last tour to Australia is anything to go by, the On the Road Again tour will blow you away. Warning: tickets will sell out quickly so get your tickets sooner rather than later!

Where: Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Website: www.ticketmaster.com.au

The country’s perennial golden brother and sister folk duo, Angus and Julia Stone, are returning to Australian shores in September for two shows at the Sydney Opera House. The tour comes off the back of their self-titled album, which was recorded throughout 2013/2014 with iconic US producer Rick Rubin. The brother and sister pair initially had no plans to reunite, after forays into solo careers with separate records released by both Angus and Julia in 2012/2013, but after the invitation from Rubin, they excitedly did. The result thus far is a new sound full of rich electric guitar licks and co-lead vocals, a new step for the pair who usually write more acoustically, separately. Catch them this September in Sydney.

Where: September 14, 15, Sydney Opera House

Phone: (02) 9250711

Website: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com

Image: Jesse Hill for Angus and Julia Stone