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Colossus review
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Colossus review
5 out of 5 stars

The Stephanie Lake Company is bringing its large-scale dance work back for Sydney Festival

Triple Threat review
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Triple Threat review
4 out of 5 stars

This monstrously inappropriate take on the New Testament is not for the faint of heart

Yabun Festival
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Yabun Festival

Celebrate the world’s oldest surviving culture at this popular annual festival

Australia Day at the Farm
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Australia Day at the Farm

This family-friendly party in the Hills brings together music, history, food and fireworks

Lunar New Year at the Star Sydney
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Lunar New Year at the Star Sydney

The entertainment hub celebrates Lunar New Year with 3 weeks of dining specials and festive shows

All-you-can-eat Dumplings with Koalas
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All-you-can-eat Dumplings with Koalas

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an Aussie twist and dine with furry tree-dwellers

Lunar Lanes Street Party
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Lunar Lanes Street Party

Join the other revellers in Chinatown to celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year

Betty Blokk-Buster Reimagined review
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Betty Blokk-Buster Reimagined review
3 out of 5 stars

Reg Livermore's celebrated show returns with a brand new Betty

Ball Pit Party
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Ball Pit Party

A CBD bar is transforming into a playpen for grown-ups for the long weekend

Black Cockatoo review
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Black Cockatoo review
3 out of 5 stars

Discover the rarely-told story of Australia’s first Indigenous sporting hero in this Sydney Festival show

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Latest news stories

Parramatta cancels Australia Day fireworks due to bushfires

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Parramatta cancels Australia Day fireworks due to bushfires
The much-anticipated middle level of Merivale's Coogee Pavilion opens today

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The much-anticipated middle level of Merivale's Coogee Pavilion opens today
Stop binning coffee cup lids with this swap'n'go cup scheme

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Stop binning coffee cup lids with this swap'n'go cup scheme
More than 80 Sydney restaurants are cutting your bill in half right now

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More than 80 Sydney restaurants are cutting your bill in half right now
It's curtains for one of Sydney's best vegan restaurants

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It's curtains for one of Sydney's best vegan restaurants
Kylie, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen are (maybe) headlining an Aussie fundraising tour

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Kylie, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen are (maybe) headlining an Aussie fundraising tour
Gelatissimo is donating $1 to bushfire charities for every scoop sold this Saturday

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Gelatissimo is donating $1 to bushfire charities for every scoop sold this Saturday
After six years Sydney's controversial lockout laws are finally gone

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After six years Sydney's controversial lockout laws are finally gone
Everything you need to know about today’s bushfire and climate justice rally

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Everything you need to know about today’s bushfire and climate justice rally
24-hour venue Sly Fox is closing after losing licensing battle with council

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24-hour venue Sly Fox is closing after losing licensing battle with council
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From our critics

Ragazzi
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Ragazzi
4 out of 5 stars

Solid pasta in the CBD from some of the most respected wine-bar operators in the game. 

1917
Film 1917
5 out of 5 stars

This WWI movie marries technical virtuosity, jittery thrills and an emotional core.

Six the Musical
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Six the Musical
4 out of 5 stars

British regal history gets a pop makeover in this high-energy show about Henry VIII's wives.

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Competitions and announcements

Time Out Sydney magazine
Things to do Time Out Sydney magazine

Time Out Sydney magazine is now completely free.  While newsagencies will no longer stock the quarterly magazine, you can pick up a copy at selected cafés, shops, entertainment venues and hotels around the city. In addition, friendly Time Out helpers will be handing out copies at major city light rail stops on the day of publication.  The current issue is the Bar Awards issue, where we reveal our top picks in 11 different categories, including Bar of the Year. The magazine is also packed with food reviews, Sydney Festival coverage, events, things to do and places to go this summer. That's your social calendar sorted!  You can pick up a copy of our Bar Awards issue from 7am, Wednesday-Friday December 18-20, 2019 at light rail stops in Circular Quay, Martin Place, Town Hall and Surry Hills.   Missed out? You can read past issues of Time Out Sydney magazine digitally through the links below: 

Cirque Stratosphere
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Cirque Stratosphere

It’s now an annual tradition that producers Tim Lawson and Simon Painter bring a Vegas-style spectacular to the Opera House each summer, with shows like The Illusionists and Circus 1903 packing out the place with good, old-fashioned razzle dazzle. But their next offering is taking one small step into the future with the spacey-themed Cirque Stratosphere. Expect acrobats flying overhead in the Opera House's biggest venue, the Concert Hall, with a space-age wheel of death, rollerskating stunts and a contortionist soaring through the air in an aerial sphere. While we wouldn't necessarily recommend taking the tiniest of children, it is a show that's appropriate for the whole family, which is why there are special ticket prices for kids and a whole bunch of matinees. Time Out readers can also get 20 per cent off adult and kids tickets when you book through this link and using the promo code 56074.

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Chinese New Year at Aria
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Chinese New Year at Aria

A meal at Aria is always a special occasion, but even more so when it features a once-off menu available for just one week. From January 22-29, the fine dining establishment is offering a six-course, Chinese-inspired degustation to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The limited edition menu, designed for the occasion by executive chef Joel Bickford, showcases prestige ingredients to match the dining room’s prestige view of the Opera House. The feast opens with South Australian rock lobster, dressed with smoked apple vinaigrette, oyster emulsion and sterling caviar. This is followed by slow-cooked pork jowl, green lip abalone and king oyster mushroom in XO sauce.  Red Emperor from the Great Barrier Reef comes traditionally steamed, accompanied by the untraditional flavours of creamed eggplant, buttermilk, almond and miso. Next up is organic, free range Maremma duck breast, aged in-house for seven days and glazed with cherry, black vinegar and molasses. Dessert is no less spectacular. A sorbet of seasonal blood plums refreshes the palate, served with sorrel, shiso and elderflower jelly. And finally, a showstopping red chocolate square is filled with lychee and mango and finished with gold leaf, resembling a lucky New Year gift.  The Chinese New Year menu costs $260 per person; bookings are available now.

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Five outdoor hotspots for making the most of your summer in Sydney
Things to do Five outdoor hotspots for making the most of your summer in Sydney

Sunshine just makes things better, and summer is when Sydney truly comes alive. Ready to get outdoors, soak up the sun and make the most of Sydney with your friends? Whether it's kicking back in the great outdoors or trying out the latest event that guarantees a good time, here are five great places to be with your mates this summer. Fresh ideas for catch-ups deserve a refreshing drink like Lipton Ice Tea to help you cool down. Find out more about Lipton Ice Tea.

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Eat your way around town in January with Sydney Festival Feasts
Things to do Eat your way around town in January with Sydney Festival Feasts

January in Sydney means the arrival of Sydney Festival, with mind-bending art installations, thrilling theatre performances and live music turning the city into an exciting cultural playground. Our city also loves to express its creative spirit through food, with a melting pot of cultural cusines as diverse as the people that live here and modern culinary creations to excite your palate. Eateries across the city are joining the creative momentum of Sydney Festival, offering Sydney Festival Feast menus to enjoy before you head into a show or to debrief over afterwards. From the city centre to Parramatta, from Circular Quay to the Inner West restaurant district, there are options covering everything from Chinese feasts to modern Australian cuisine with sharing in mind. Check out the full list of participating venues and their menu options. 

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Seven summer barbecue spots in Sydney
Things to do Seven summer barbecue spots in Sydney

Sydney is an outdoor city and summer is its traditional time to shine. When the weather's gorgeous, locals are enticed down to the water's edge. The temptation to stay here all day is strong when there are so many stunning places to swim, play cricket and generally revel in nature. Among Sydney's many attractions are the free outdoor electric barbecues to be found along the harbour foreshore, by the beach and in hundreds of inland parks. Australians' love of barbies is not just a tourism catchphrase, it's an integral part of life – so pack up your meat (or veggo) patties, hit up the petrol station for some refreshing Lipton Ice Tea, and make the pilgrimage to one of these top Sydney barbecue spots... and don't forget your tongs! Find out more about Lipton Ice Tea.

How to spend 48 hours in Redfern
Things to do How to spend 48 hours in Redfern

Redfern has a deep-rooted history of Indigenous culture, as well as an industrial past, that’s now home to exciting new bars, creative community hubs and historically significant street art. There's alot to take in and if you find yourself wanting to tackle it all in a swift two days, we've got you covered with this ideal skip around bars, eateries, and cultural hot spots. We think you’ll like it. 

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Five essential highlights of Sydney Festival for your diary
Things to do Five essential highlights of Sydney Festival for your diary

January in Sydney is set to be magical again with the announcement of the program for Wesley Enoch’s fourth Sydney Festival (January 8-26, 2020).  It’s another ambitious line-up spanning eye-opening art installations, boundary-pushing drama and dance, gravity-defying circus, and thrilling musical performances. There are 75 events happening across the city, from new Australian work through to blockbuster international shows.  Not sure where to start? Try these five essential events. Tickets are on sale now. Want more? Read Time Out’s 20 top picks of Sydney Festival.

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The best of Sydney

The best ways to experience Sydney Harbour
Things to do The best ways to experience Sydney Harbour

You can't call yourself a Sydney local till you've seen the Harbour from all these angles.

Natural wonders worth a day trip from Sydney
Travel Natural wonders worth a day trip from Sydney

Visit these beauty-spots in a day and be back home by bedtime.

The coolest lighthouses to visit in Sydney
Attractions The coolest lighthouses to visit in Sydney

These mystical wayfinders are a beacon for Sydney sightseers.

The best vegan restaurants in Sydney
Restaurants The best vegan restaurants in Sydney

Opt for more plants on your plate.

Where to find your perfect Sydney swim
Attractions Where to find your perfect Sydney swim

No matter what your poolside ambitions, we'll help you find the Sydney swim that’s right for you. 

Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney
Things to do Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney

Really get to know the city of Sydney through a connection to land First Nations peoples continue to uphold.

The best ocean pools in Sydney
Sport and fitness The best ocean pools in Sydney

Dive in as the sun rises and you’ll have the salty baths to yourself or wade in at hightide for a thrilling swell as waves crash against the walls. 

Where to find the best high tea in Sydney
Restaurants Where to find the best high tea in Sydney

Pass the cucumber sandwiches, please...

The best museums in Sydney
Museums The best museums in Sydney

Head out on a journey of discovery as you learn about fascinating histories, scientific endeavors and design innovations.

The most Instagram worthy places in Sydney
Things to do The most Instagram worthy places in Sydney

Sydney is one seriously photogenic place. Here's where to find the best Instagram gold in the city.

Where to see Sydney’s city skyline
Attractions Where to see Sydney’s city skyline

Head to these parks, walks, beaches and lookouts to gaze on the Emerald City in all its glory.

The best playgrounds in Sydney
Kids The best playgrounds in Sydney

Got a wriggly little one? Let them run off some of that energy. 

Wheelchair accessible restaurants in Sydney
Restaurants Wheelchair accessible restaurants in Sydney

There's far more to accessibility than wheelchair access alone... 

The best spas in Sydney
Health and beauty The best spas in Sydney

Whether you want hardcore results, or just a bit of chill time.

The best markets in Sydney
Shopping The best markets in Sydney

Whether it’s the brekky pho or racks of vintage threads that gets you out of bed in the morning. 

The best Filipino restaurants in Sydney
Restaurants The best Filipino restaurants in Sydney

These dishes that are born and bred in the Philippines have a distinct deliciousness all their own.

Where to find the best Sydney parks
Attractions Where to find the best Sydney parks

While away an afternoon or simply catch a break at lunch time. 

The best day trips from Sydney
Travel The best day trips from Sydney

Escape the city for a day. 

The 50 best bars in Sydney right now
Bars The 50 best bars in Sydney right now

Ensure your evenings never run dry.

The 50 Best Restaurants in Sydney Right Now
Restaurants The 50 Best Restaurants in Sydney Right Now

Welcome to the Time Out EAT List, our handpicked ‘best of’ for Sydney's food scene.

50 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life
Things to do 50 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life

Take a read and get cracking on that ultimate to-do list. 

The best op shops in Sydney
Shopping The best op shops in Sydney

Secondhand doesn’t have to mean second best. 

Sydney sightseeing
Attractions Sydney sightseeing

Sydney packs a punch when it comes to spectacular views and thrilling activities.

101 fun things to do indoors in Sydney
Things to do 101 fun things to do indoors in Sydney

For those days when it's wet, gloomy or particularly windy.

Top Sydney attractions
Attractions Top Sydney attractions

Let us be your guide to the sights you need to see and the ones you can wave to from an open-top bus. 

The best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney
Attractions The best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney

Every dog loves a trip to the beach. 

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Neighbourhood guides

Manly
Manly

Every day’s the weekend at this beachside suburb.

Cronulla
Things to do Cronulla

It's the rough-edged beachside gem in Sydney's Shire crown. 

Newtown
Newtown

We love Newtown for the music. We love it for the food.

Chippendale
Chippendale

Chippo packs a lot of punch for a little fella. 

Bondi
Bondi

The beachside 'burb has amazing cafés, diners and shops.  

Ashfield
Ashfield

Ashfield holds onto the charming remnants of its ageing looks.

Parramatta
Parramatta

Parramatta's food and drink scene is on the rise.

Fairfield
Fairfield

Flavours dominate this multicultural hub in Western Sydney.

Crows Nest
Crows Nest

It's one of the highest points of all of the northern suburbs.

Petersham
Petersham

Make Sydney’s ‘Little Portugal’ your first port of call.

Penrith
Penrith

There’s more to Sydney’s adventure capital than adrenaline highs.

Neutral Bay
Neutral Bay

Get around the Lower North Shore suburb's food, drink and entertainment. 

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