Every year, the city’s streets, theatres, galleries and parks are abuzz with major festivals. People visit Sydney’s festivals seeking creative challenges, inspiration and the opportunity to celebrate as a community.

The Major Festivals Program is an invitation-only initiative, under which the City seeks to recognise our eight major festivals and their significant contribution to the social, cultural and economic life of Sydney.

These festivals include:

  • Sydney Festival
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival
  • Biennale of Sydney
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • Sydney Mardi Gras
  • The Australia Day Council of NSW
  • Yabun Festival
  • Sydney Fringe Festival