Sydney @ Night

People viewing the EORA - Dark Emu light projection on the Sydney Harbour Bridge south pylon during Vivid Sydney 2018, Photo Credit: Destination NSW, Photographer: Anna Warr, 2018

People viewing the EORA – Dark Emu light projection on the Sydney Harbour Bridge south pylon during Vivid Sydney 2018, Photo Credit: Destination NSW, Photographer: Anna Warr, 2018

Get an extra dose of art and culture at night in Sydney this winter. From local artists to international stars, check out these after dark offerings across the city.

Regular offerings

UNSW Art and Design Galleries, Greens Rd, Paddington
First Fridays
First Friday of each month, until 9pm
UNSW Art and Design Galleries, Greens Road Paddington
First Fridays is a relaxing and stimulating way to participate in UNSW Galleries program of exhibitions, events, screenings and performances. Once a month we stay open after hours with a series of lively events engaging ideas in contemporary art and culture. Held on the first Friday of each month, join us for a changing mix of music and performance, ideas and debate, food and wine, and first-hand conversation with artists, makers, designers and creators.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Lights on Later
The MCA stays open until 9pm every Wednesday night – perfect for those who can’t visit the gallery during working hours. Lights on Later is a spontaneous and ever-changing event. Enjoy MCA exhibitions alongside hands-on workshops and talks by MCA tour guides. Hear informal talks by curators, artists and other creative thinkers on curious, sometimes controversial, topics. Wander up to the Sculpture Terrace overlooking Sydney Harbour and wind down with live music, a glass of wine and a bite to eat at the MCA Cafe.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
Art after Hours
On Wednesdays the Gallery stays open late for Art After Hours, courtesy bus runs every 15 mins from 7pm until closing from the Gallery to various locations in the city with proximity to public transportation.

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Badu Gili
Every day, 7pm to 7.15pm
Badu Gili, meaning water light in Gadigal language, is a free daily experience that celebrates the ancient stories and rich contemporary culture of Australia’s First Nations. Tuesday 24 July 2018 to Sunday 30 June 2019. Screening times change with the sunset and season. See website for latest screening times.

Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point
Sydney Observatory Night Tours
Nightly, 6.30-8.00pm, 8.30pm-10.00pm
Explore the highlights of the southern sky on a night tour at Sydney’s oldest observatory. Use the telescopes to see the stars, Moon, a nebula, Mars or the planets during this quintessential Sydney experience.
Tickets required

Victoria Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Busby’s Bar @ Victoria Lodge
Daily 10am-7.00pm
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s pop-up bar, Busby’s Bar @ Victoria Lodge, returned to the Garden in spring with a new look and menu! Relax and sit back in sun chairs overlooking one of Sydney’s best harbour views while you enjoy coffees and pastries in the morning, or from midday, Bombay Sapphire botanical infused cocktails, tap beers, charcuterie, picnic boxes and other sweet and savoury small bar bite favourites.

Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks & MCA
The National 2019
Until 21 July 2019
The National 2019: New Australian Art is a celebration of contemporary Australian art. The second of three biennial survey exhibitions, it showcases work being made across the country by artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. Through ambitious new and commissioned projects, the 70 artists featured across three venues respond to the times in which they live, presenting observations that are provocative, political and poetic. The National is a partnership between the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA).

Australian National Maritime Museum
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Until 25 August 2019
See the world through a new lens in this internationally acclaimed exhibition.
On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the exhibition features 100 extraordinary images that celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, running for more than 50 years. It has a pivotal role in providing a global platform to showcase the natural world’s most powerful and challenging imagery.
2019’s exhibition features Australian finalists Georgina Steytler, Justin Gilligan, Robert Irwin and David Gallan.
Tickets Required

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