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. 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 9.00pm
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. A series of lively events engaging ideas in contemporary art and culture with 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 Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks
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.

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, sunset and 8.30pm, 9.00pm and 9.30pm
Badu Gili — meaning ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people — is a free daily experience that explores ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection. They illuminate the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail year-round.
Free entry

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
2 For 1 For You
Wednesdays
Sign up to Sydney Opera House’s weekly dealmail to receive two for one deals on shows, as well as special deals on parking and food and beverage on Wednesday evenings. You will receive your weekly deals form 5pm on Tuesdays.

Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point
Sydney Observatory Night Tours
Nightly, 6.30pm and 8.30pm
Explore the highlights of the southern sky on a night tour at Sydney’s oldest observatory. Use our telescopes to see the stars, Moon, a nebula, Mars or the planets during this quintessential Sydney experience.
Tours include the Planetarium, a telescope viewing (weather permitting) and a dome tour.
Tickets required


October 2019

Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point
Family Friendly Night Tours
Nightly, October until 7 April 2020, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Discover the wonders of space on this family friendly tour.
Enjoy the sunset over the harbor while learning about the twilight sky. Watch the sky turn from day to night in our digital planetarium and discover the constellations of the southern sky. Look through our telescopes* and observe the sky through a whole new lens, plus visit our Space Theatre!
Tickets required

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks
Mystery tours
9, 16, 23, 30 October, 7.00pm – 7.45pm
Let the friendly MCA guides surprise you with our ‘mystery tours’, where we feature a mystery theme, artist or exhibition.
Free entry

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks
2019 Lloyd Rees Lecture
16 October 2019, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Dang Qun is welcomed to the stage to deliver the 2019 Lloyd Rees Memorial Lecture, a discussion on art and architecture. MAD Architects, of which Dang Qun is a principal partner, is a global architecture firm committed to creating a vision for the city of the future that is based on the spiritual and emotional needs of its residents.
Tickets required

Performance Space, Carriageworks
Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 
17 – 29 October 2019
Performance Space unleashes an illuminating program of experimental work from across Australia and the Asia Pacific at Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art this October. Across eleven days Carriageworks is consumed by performances, installations, parties, workshops and conversations designed to reverberate through your body.
Tickets required

Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Much Ado About Nothing
22 October 2019 – 27 November 2019
Much Ado About Nothing is the original from hate-to-love romantic comedy. Full of sharp, smart language and a rollicking storyline this will be a production of power and humour. Romance comes under threat as lovers spar, villains scheme and weddings are derailed. Find out if truth and honesty win the day, and whether love really does conquer all.
Tickets required

Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point
Adult Astronomy Course: Astronomical Concepts
8 week courses, starting from 22 October, 24 October and 4 February from 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Comprehend the cosmos with one of Sydney Observatory’s astronomy courses, led by Dr Paul Payne. These courses are suitable for all adults. Astronomical Concepts is an 8-week course that explores the concepts that underpin our understanding of the universe. From the planets to the stars and the cosmos, a few simple concepts help explain much of what we observe in the universe today.
Tickets required

Golden Age Cinema, Surry Hills
Golden Age Cinema: Performance
23 October 2019, 8.00pm – 10.00pm
This special event screening will feature a live Q&A and introduction from Australian fashion pioneers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson – who have chosen to present their cinematic favourites Performance and The Wizard of Oz in honour of their immersive new exhibition.
Tickets required

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks
Antenna Documentary Film Festival
23 October 2019, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Antenna Documentary Film Festival returns to the MCA this October, showcasing the most talked-about films on the circuit. The festival is dedicated to programming cutting-edge and independent films that tread new ground in the documentary landscape, presented across multiple venues. The MCA is proud to host 5 films with a strong arts focus.
Tickets required

Powerhouse Museum
In Conversation with Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson
24 October 2019, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Celebrate the launch of the exhibition Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step into Paradise with the brilliant Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson. Part of the Fashion Ideas series curated by writer, curator and academic Dr Sally Gray, this is a unique opportunity to gain insight into Jenny and Linda’s legacy and creative process. Hosted by Glynis Traill-Nash, the evening will explore the challenges and highlights of their fascinating careers, alongside the rich social history embedded within their work.
Free entry

National Art School (NAS), Darlinghurst
NAS Art Auction 2019
25 October 2019, 6.00pm – 10.30pm
Funds generated on the evening will support the school’s outreach programs; making art accessible by providing opportunities for emerging artists and art education for all. Featuring a live auction, silent auction, raffle door prize, artist DJs and a live band (with surprise guests), the National Art School’s 2019 Art Auction promises to be a fantastic evening, celebrating the school’s history and securing its future.
Tickets required

Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
Talk by Architect Jeanne Gang
28 October 2019, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Internationally renowned architect Jeanne Gang will discuss her practice and recent work in this Australian exclusive. Jeanne Gang is visiting Sydney in her role as a member of the Powerhouse Precinct International Design Competition Jury.
Free entry

Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
ADGA presents: Craig Black/Craft Your Future
29 October 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Craig Black shares the story of his career so far — spanning from professional football player (soccer player) to independent designer, sharing how it has shaped him and what he has learned along the way. Craig dives deep into how he got his business up and running with no financial safety net. He speaks the truth about money worries and facing fear; remaining resilient and focused in achieving his dream, even in the toughest of times.
Tickets required

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks
Patrón Pop-up
Every Wednesday to Sunday, 31 October 2019–16 February 2020 from 4.00pm – 10.00pm
Spend a summer evening overlooking Sydney Harbour with one of the world’s ultra-premium spirits in hand at the Patrón Pop-up. The MCA has created its latest summer bar inspired by magical realism. The outdoor terrace will be brought to life with designers, award-winning bartenders, VR experiences and DJ sets.
Free entry


November 2019

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks
Sounds on the Terrace: Oly Sherman and Megan And The Vegans
6 November 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Experience the magic of Circular Quay from the prime vantage point of the MCA Sculpture Terrace. Don’t miss our next event in this series featuring Oly Sherman and Megan And The Vegans.
Free entry

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks
Sundown Sketch Club: November 2019
6 November 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Using a combination of models and props this session looks at the figure from a new perspective. This will include some traditional and contemporary inquiry into the anatomy of the figure.
Tickets required

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks
Imagine…Danger! (2016): Cornelia Parker documentary
6 & 13 November 2019, 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Step behind-the-scenes as artist Cornelia Parker shows you her creative process, as she delves into her past, America’s history, cinema and art.
Free entry

National Art School (NAS), Darlinghurst
NAS Postgraduate Exhibition Opening
7 – 17 November 2019, 6.00pm – 10.00pm
This exhibition celebrates the achievements of our Master of Fine Art students, with new art from new artists on show throughout NAS. Celebrate their artists with a night of music, food and pop up bars – a great time to explore the studios, discover more about the iconic NAS campus, catch up with friends and purchase artwork from Australia’s very best graduating artists.
Free entry

Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
The Mobility of Ideas: Sydney Then and Now
12 November 2019, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Part of the Fashion Ideas series curated by writer, curator and academic Dr Sally Gray, this panel discussion brings together creative experts, academics and activists to unpack the key concepts and rich social history embedded within Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step into Paradise.
Free entry

Museums Discovery Centre, Castle Hill
Twilight Teachmeet
28 November 2019, 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Digital Technologies and STEAM Projects for Hour-of-Code and Hour-of-Robot. Start new conversations and play with the concept of the 4P’s (Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play). Connect with other like-minded educators and tell us what are you particularly curious or excited about, and why?
FREE for teachers

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks
ARTBAR: Canopy
29 November 2019, 7.00pm – 11.00pm
Move and sweat into the tropics this summer’s eve at ARTBAR: Canopy, curated by powerhouse Hannah Brontë. ARTBAR takes your gallery experience and flips it on its head. This after-dark, adults only art party transforms all levels of the Museum. Enjoy exclusive, free entry to our major exhibition Cornelia Parker after hours and dance into the night with DJs on our rooftop terrace with our incredible harbour views.
Tickets required


December 2019

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks
Sounds on the Terrace: Moreton and Gypsys Of Pangea
4 December 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Summer’s here! Sip on a cocktail, enjoy the harbour view and relax with live music by Moreton and Gypsys Of Pangea on MCA’s rooftop terrace.
Free entry

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks
Sundown Sketch Club: December 2019
4 December 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
An evening with a canine model. Be challenged by a model who is by its very nature dynamic, curious and social. This fun challenge provides plenty of attention to details as we strive to capture the essence of the animal.
Tickets required

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