Sydney Solstice 2021 is Sydney's newest winter festival event that promises to be an extravaganza of world-class food, music, entertainment, arts and culture. Running from 8-20 June 2021, the two-week long festival will take place in four major precincts of Sydney and their surrounds, including the CBD, Darling Harbour, Oxford Street and Newtown.
Events will be held in both daylight and at night bringing locals and interstate visitors to urban laneways and city landmarks, inside hidden bars to glittering harbourside locations, and more. As a festival to celebrate winter and the very best of Australia's truly global city, you won't want to miss this carefully curated event. Sydney Solstice will bring together Sydney’s best venues, chefs, artists and musicians with live music and performance, culinary experiences, local art, comedy and immersive workshops.
The program is jam-packed throughout the two weeks. To make it easy to find something you will enjoy, we have curated some top highlights set for food, beverage, music and arts & entertainment as well as accommodation deals for your trip to Sydney. To view the full Sydney Solstice program click here.
Food & Beverage
The Sydney Solstice program really spoils you for choice for new culinary experiences this winter. Some of the highlights will include:
- Flavours of Opera Kitchen, Saturday 19 June – Sunday 20 June
Flavours of Opera Kitchen will be a two-day foodie celebration by the harbour from 12-5pm each day. Partnering with Aperol and Gelato Messina there was be over 10 food and drink stalls with Italian and pan-Asian cuisine. Cost is $30 including entry and 4 food selections.
Image: Opera Bar by Destination NSW
- Five Ways Festival, Saturday 19 June
The inaugural Five Ways Festival is coming to Paddington in a big way with this all-day street party from 11am – 8pm. This free event will feature international food and drinks from Paddington’s leading chefs and bartenders, and what’s more – there will be live music, arts and shopping to boot! There will also be exclusive and original cocktails to taste at the event from Charlie Parker’s and you can grab a marg and porchetta taco from Tequila Mockingbird for $15. Entry to the festival is free.
Image: Five Ways, Paddington by Destination NSW
- Brew Beats and Burgers Craft Beer Festival, Saturday 12 June – Monday 14 June (long weekend)
Enjoy some of the best brews in NSW with this free Craft Beer Festival at the Terminus Hotel in Pyrmont. Apart from the tasty brews on tap, enjoy live music and a delicious burger menus. Cost is free and opens at noon daily.
What’s a festival without music? Nothing, that’s what! So you can bet that there will be many live music performances during the Sydney Solstice program, which also merges with many food and drink experiences. This is what you shouldn’t miss:
- Darling Harbour Winter Festival, Tuesday 8 June – Sunday 20 June
This is a two-week long festival within a festival! There is so much going to be happening at Darling Harbour include a live performance stage with DJs and live bands but also a winter foodie market in Tumbalong Park, a giant arctic slid and harbourside ice-skating rink by Cockle Bay. Mark your calendar for Thursday – Sunday from 7:30-9pm when the fireworks shows will light up the Sydney sky. If you have Dine & Discover vouchers they can be redeemed on ice-skating (cost $18-22 for adults depending on the day) and food!
Image: Darling Harbour by Destination NSW
- Boogie at Ivy Pool Club, Saturday 12 June
Get your boogie on at one of Sydney’s most well-known nighttime establishments. This dance party on the rooftop will have you grooving to uplifting disco and house with fellow music lovers ‘til the early hours. General admission entry is $25 and beats will be spinning from 9pm – 3am.
- Ministry of Sound Testament – A Warehouse Experience, Saturday 12 June – Monday 14 June (long weekend)
Remember the days of warehouse parties? Or perhaps you just wish you could! Well, this is your opportunity to live it up and celebrate 30 years of house music thanks to Ministry of Sound. Over the June long weekend there will be three nights of epic back to back dance parties at Campbell’s Stores that will let your soul dance the night away and use the extra day off that weekend to its full potential. Get in quick though, tickets are selling fast at $96.90!
Arts & Entertainment
Art, theatre and comedy are all here and you can enjoy some of the very best Sydney can offer during Sydney Solstice. Check out some of the top drawcards:
- A Comedy Brew at Stonewall, Saturday 19 June
Laugh the night away with some of the funniest talents in queer comedy during this live show hosted by Rosie Piper and supported by fellow comedians Jake Howie, Bau Barbeau-Scuria and John Glover. An intimate slaon style show in the Hello Darlings Theatre at the infamous Stonewall Hotel, because where else? Cost is $25.
Image: Stonewall by Destination NSW
Held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, witness artist Deborah Kelly will bring together dance, projections, iconography and music in a ceremony that encourages audiences to take part in collective creativity against the climate crisis. Cost is free with no booking required, but audience members are encouraged to wear white.
Image: Museum of Contemporary Art by Destination NSW
The Sydney Solstice program is the best time to experience and celebrate winter in Sydney, especially when you can take advantage of some amazing accommodation deals as well as free gift value adds on select hotels. Book your Sydney trip today and save 50% OFF* selected accommodation when you stay for 2 nights. To get the best Sydney Solstice accommodation deals click here.