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Things to do in Sydney this week

Fill up your social calendar with the best things to do in Sydney over the next seven days

By Time Out editors |
Supplied CNY Lunar Lanterns - Rabbit
Photograph: Damian Shaw A previous Lunar Lantern

Although the devastating bushfires continue to rage in NSW despite massive downpours of rain, there are still plenty of things open in Sydney and plenty of businesses, artists and cultural institutions that need your support. Make the most of all our gorgeous city has to offer, even in times of stress. This week the Lunar New Year welcomes the Year of the Rat, and January 26 will be acknowledged in different ways. 

Make sure to check the air quality before you go out, and be extra careful if you have breathing difficulties. Check out our comprehensive listings below and be sure to check out our curated guides to all the fun things to do in Sydney, including top attractions, art exhibitions, theatre productions, activities for kids and more.

More things to do in Sydney this week

Person serving food at Kitchen by Mike
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Restaurants, Cafés

The best new restaurants in Sydney right now

If you love food and live in Sydney, your 'must-try' list of new restaurants, cafés and bars probably takes up your phone's entire storage capacity by now. Luckily, we've put together a curated list of the newest, hottest and coolest restaurants our critics are raving about. 

A smoking cocktail
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Bars, Cocktail bars

The 50 best bars in Sydney right now

Here is Sydney viewed through the bottom of a glass: from its world-beating cocktail lounges to its down-and-divey saloons. These bars represent the pinnacle of Melbourne drinking.

SOCIAL MEDIA - 1:1 Summer in Sydney
Photograph: Filippo Rivetti/Destination NSW
Travel, Short getaways

The best day trips from Sydney

Escape the city for a day by pointing your compass in the direction of one of these nearby towns, regional escapes or beautiful bush walks.

People drinking coffee at Carriageworks Farmers Markets
Photograph: Daniel Boud
Shopping, Markets

The best markets in Sydney

Borrow your nanna's tartan shopping trolley and venture out to one of Sydney's best markets for farm-fresh produce, designer homewares, vintage fashions and tasty street food.

Culture Scouts tour Sydney
Photograph: Emma Joyce
Things to do, Walks and tours

The best tours in Sydney

We’ve tried and tested Sydney’s best tours – from seaside foraging trails to urban graffiti walks – to bring you a list of tour operators who’ll help you discover the hidden gems of this city, whether you’re local or here to soak up the view.

Kids playing with the chickens at Rouse Hill House & Farm
Photograph: James Horan
Kids, Active events

The best activities for kids in Sydney

Looking for ways to entertain the little ones? Here’s a list of what’s on in Sydney for kids and families, from children’s theatre shows to sports camps and events in the school holidays.