Sydney's summer culture scene is all about late-night, alfresco and festival vibes. Here is our guide to the quintessential Sydney summer culture experiences – from cabaret and blockbuster exhibitions to Sydney Festival and starlight cinema.
2. Let your hair down with late-night cabaret
4. See something under the stars
Carmen on Sydney Harbour
In our 5-star review of Gale Edwards' 2013 production of Carmen for the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour series, we described it as "the perfect potion – the glitzy visuals and hyperactive energy of a Broadway musical mixed with world-class opera." It's no wonder it's returning to its harbourside perch at Mrs Macquarie's Point for Autumn 2017. A new cast will take to Brian Thomson's striking stage, including international leads Josè Maria Lo Monaco (as Carmen), Andeka Gorrotxategi (Don José) and Marko Mimica (Escamillo). Read our 5-star review of the 2013 production – then read our guide to doing HOSH like a boss. And get excited. See what else is in the Opera Australia 2017 season.