What's on in Sydney in May?

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Wondering what's on in Sydney in May? Here are some events you should join, whether to attend or just watch: the half-marathon, lots of creative and fun festivals such as the writers' festival, the comedy show, the Vivid Sydney.


A highlight of May is Mother's Day on Sunday the 14th to celebrate all the special women in our lives.

It is not a public holiday but it is a big day to organise a nice lunch or high tea for mum. And to buy her a beautiful bunch of roses.

It is also the end of autumn, days are shorter and cooler so we do need good events to keep us warm and entertained.

And Sydney has plenty of stuff to offer in the entertainment and food department.

Such as some awesome panna cotta. For mums and...their loved ones.

sydney restaurants offer eautiful panna cotta

The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

If you are into running, this is one event you shouldn't miss. The annual half marathon (21.5 km) race is raising money for charities.

It attracts huge crowds and over 11,000 runners.

In 2017 it is on May 21st.

The race starts at 6.45 am near Hyde Park, takes you onto Macquarie street, past the Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the Parliament House. Then head to The Rocks where you can see the Opera on your right and continue your run under the Bridge.

From there, make your way past Darling Harbour, turn via Pyrmont Street and go back towards the northern part of the City, take the Art Gallery Road, into the Royal Botanic Gardens, past Mrs Macquarie's Chair with the beautiful views of the Farm Cove.

Then back into the City, past St Mary's Cathedral and into Hyde Park, where you started.

You're done when you reach the Archibald Fountain in the park.

What's on in Sydney in May - The Writers' Festival

Not into running?

How about writing? Or just reading? The writers' festival has some exciting events to keep you interested in literature, poetry, conversation or workshops.

The festival brings together Australian and international authors, really interesting and inspirational people, whether philosophers, journalists, international prize winning authors, emerging writers or activists. 

In 2014, Vince Gilligan the  creator and producer of the famous Breaking Bad show that captured audiences around the world was present. And in 2013 one highlight was having around the people behind Obama's digital campaigns for presidency.

In 2017 the festival is on at Walsh Bay, between 22 - 28 May. There are other venues in the City, such as the City Recital Hall, the Opera House, the Town Hall, ABC TV Studios, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Customs House, State Library of NSW, as well as in various suburbs across the Greater Sydney.

Regional New South Wales is also part of this festival with events in the Blue Mountains and Wolongong.

Sydney Comedy Festival

Metro on George Street

From 24th April to 21st May 2017, a number of venues among which Enmore Theatre, Factory Theatre, The Concourse in Chatswood, the Opera House, the Bondi Pavilion, the Metro Theatre, ANZ Stadium, Riverside Theatre in Parramatta, The Entertainment Quarter will house great comedians from Australia and around the world.

Vivid Sydney

The sails of the Opera House will be full of light and colour again between 26th of May and 17th of June.

Click on the images on your right to see more pictures from previous editions of the Vivid Festival.

Spanish film festival

From 18 April to 7 May 2017, movie aficionados can watch dozens of films from Spain and Latin America at Palace Verona (17 Oxford Street, Paddington), Palace Norton Street (Leichhardt) and Chauvel Cinemas in Paddington.

The festival opens with the screening of comedy "Kiki, Love to Love", and closes with the "The Trip to Spain".

Theatre shows

Capitol Theatre SydneyCapitol Theatre

There are many other great shows and concerts around the city so check out ticketing websites.


Have a great autumn!




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