Vivid Sydney – Time Out's guide to the festival

Winter shines in Sydney with light shows, talks and spectacular gigs

Vivid Sydney
Photography: Kokkai

Vivid is the largest winter festival in the world, running over 24 days and nights with an extensive program of Light, Music and Ideas events. This year, Vivid Sydney takes place from Friday May 25 to Saturday June 16.

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Vivid Sydney highlights

10 things you need to know about the tenth Vivid Sydney
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10 things you need to know about the tenth Vivid Sydney

1. LOL, Ice Cube is coming to Sydney Opera House.

15 Vivid Sydney events you shouldn't overlook
Things to do

15 Vivid Sydney events you shouldn't overlook

Now that you’ve read about the headliners, here are 15 events you shouldn’t overlook.

10 Vivid Light artworks to see
Things to do

10 Vivid Light artworks to see

There will be luminous light installations every night from 6-11pm, from Botanic Gardens to Darling Harbour. 

Vivid Ideas highlights
Things to do

Vivid Ideas highlights

The brainy sibling in the Vivid Sydney family includes headline speakers to smaller festivals and conferences.

Where to eat and drink during Vivid

Where to eat during Vivid Sydney
Restaurants

Where to eat during Vivid Sydney

Here's a great idea: book an early table for dinner. 

Where to eat and drink near the Sydney Opera House
Bars

Where to eat and drink near the Sydney Opera House

Head down to Circular Quay with plenty of time to spare.

The 50 best restaurants in Sydney
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The 50 best restaurants in Sydney

This is the definitive, ranked list of where to eat in Sydney right now.

The 50 best bars in Sydney
Bars

The 50 best bars in Sydney

Sydney's bar scene has evolved over the last twelve months. 

Where to stay in Sydney

Boutique hotels in Sydney
Hotels

Boutique hotels in Sydney

Luxury interiors and intimate spaces. 

Luxury hotels
Hotels

Luxury hotels

It's a treat that everyone should experience at least once.

Sydney's best spa hotels
Hotels

Sydney's best spa hotels

Book a treatment, stay the night. 

Airport hotels
Hotels

Airport hotels

Super convenient, and better than you'd imagine.