The best things to do in Sydney this August

Go on a tasting tour of new activities, challenges and big events in August
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It’s time to tick off some major goals in your Sydney social calendar this month. There’s more than 200 talks, workshops and activities during the Sydney Science Festival and classic theatrical experiences at the Shakespearean Pop-up Globe. We hope you’ve prepared for the City2Surf, but we certainly won’t judge if you're more dedicated to the booze and carbs at the Italian Wine and Food Festival.

You can ride out the rest of the chilly season with evenings spent in a pub keeping your mind keen with these tried and tested trivia nights. Or, emerge from your winter bubble and get out onto the water with a paddle at these top kayaking spots in Sydney.

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August's biggest events

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Theatre, Musicals

Jersey Boys

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Last in Sydney in 2010, Broadway smash Jersey Boys is back in 2018 with an Australian cast led by Bernard Angel, Cameron MacDonald, Thomas McGuane and Glaston Toft. It's a loving recreation of the beginnings of the band, their hits, their behind-the-scenes antics and bitter rivalries that traces the story of four boys from New Jersey through their struggle for recognition, underworld entanglements and exponential rise to stardom.

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Museums, Science

Human non Human

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This intriguing exhibition explores humanity’s core motivations and influences, and asks what we might become in the future. Hosted by the Powerhouse Museum, Human non Human will use architecture, design, robotics, biotechnology, chemistry, organic matter, film and performance across four installation works. These will represent society’s evolution and potential for adaptation across four integral aspects of life: food, work, sex and belief.

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The Comedy of Errors Pop-Up Globe 2018 Sydney
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Theatre, Drama

The Comedy of Errors

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Of all Shakespeare's comedies, The Comedy of Errors is probably the most straight-forwardly funny, and should fit perfectly into the intimate Pop-up Globe. The plot touches on some serious themes of displacement and immigration, but it's driven by slapstick, puns and wordplay, following two sets of twins who were separated at birth. The play will be performed by the Pop-up Globe's Southampton's Company.

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Theatre, Drama

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The open-air environment at Pop-up Gobe will perfectly suit Shakespeare's rambling romp A Midsummer Night's Dream, which follows two pairs of lovers as they become lost in the woods on a particularly magical evening. This production is performed by an all-male cast and draws in elements of Māori culture. 

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Art, Galleries

Spacemakers and roomshakers: installations from the collection

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If you’ve ever walked the halls of the Art Gallery of NSW and smelt cumin, turmeric, paprika and cloves wafting towards you, you’ll be familiar with Ernesto Neto’s huge stalactite-like art installation 'Just like drops in time, nothing'. Neto’s creation, alongside those by seven other contemporary installation artists, is on show as part of Spacemakers and Roomshakers, which brings together works that create an immersive experience. 

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