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February events in Sydney

Celebrate love, lunar new year and live music this month

Photograph: Damian Shaw / City of Sydney

It may be the final month of summer but that doesn't Sydney runs out of steam. In fact, the second month of the year is as steamy as ever with saucy Valentine's Day events, spicy markets and feasts for Chinese New Year and movies under the stars at Tropfest and popular outdoor cinemas like Moonlight Cinema and St George OpenAir Cinema.

February's biggest events

Laneway Festival

St Jerome's Laneway Festival has managed to go from just that – a festival in the backstreets of Melbourne for friends – to an internationally renowned tastemaker in a matter of year. 2017 will be no different, when the festival returns to the Sydney College of the Arts for a day of grassy fun, with a line-up of Australian favourites and international acts, including Tame Impala, who'll be playing at the festival exclusively.

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Sydney College of the Arts , Rozelle Saturday February 4 2017

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

Roosters, rats, pigs and snakes will light up the skies in late January for the 21st Chinese New Year Festival in Sydney. It’ll be the Year of the Rooster, and the City of Sydney is putting on more than 80 events around town from a spectacular lantern exhibition to Dragon Boat races and hawker-style food markets. From the festival’s modest beginnings in 1995 as a community street market, Sydney Chinese New Year Festival has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia, led by festival curator Claudia Chan Shaw.

Around Sydney , Sydney Friday January 27 2017 - Sunday February 12 2017

Sydney Sevens

The first weekend in February is when Allianz Stadium will host the Sydney leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series – a travelling men's and women's tournament that pitches the mighty frames of the teams from Argentina, England, Kenya, Samoa, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Scotland, Wales Brazil, France, Japan, Portugal, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Canada, Russia and South Korea against each other for the top spot.

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Allianz Stadium , Moore Park Friday February 3 2017 - Sunday February 5 2017

Explosions in the Sky

If you died your hair purple, wore a white belt with black skinny jeans and fell in love for the first time sometime between 2001 and 2008, then chances are you've got powerful emotional associations with Austin based post-rock outfit Explosions in the Sky. The band, who also penned the soundtrack for Friday Night Lights (the movie, though many of the songs also made it onto the show), will be playing sit-down venues like the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre.

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Sydney Opera House , Sydney Thursday February 23 2017