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 over the summer. From local artists to international stars, check out these after dark offerings across the city.

Regular offerings


UNSW Art and Design Galleries, Cnr of Oxford St and Greens Rd, Paddington
First Friday of each month, until 9pm
First Fridays

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
Every Wednesday night, until 8.30pm
Lights on Later

The MCA stays open until 8.30pm 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
Every Wednesday, from 7pm until 10pm
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
Every day, 7pm to 7.15pm
Badu Gili

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
Nightly, 6.30-8.00pm, 8.30pm-10.00pm
Sydney Observatory Night Tours

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


The Calyx, Royal Botanic Gardens, Morhead Fountain Gat, Shakespeare Place, Sydney
20-22 February 2019, 6.00pm-8.30pm
Murder in the Garden

There’s been a crime committed and we need your help to solve the mystery!

Tickets required


Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
23 February 2019
Music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington

The Sydney Symphony presents Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra in Concert
Count Basie and Duke Ellington are jazz royalty. So is Wynton Marsalis, leading one of the great bands in a celebration of swing. Basie and Ellington were bandleaders, colleagues, composers and celebrities who wrote dozens of timeless standards and elevated jazz to the position of high art.

Tickets required


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