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.
May debuts with Mother's Day on Sunday the 8th 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.
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.
In 2016 it is on May 15th.
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.
Not into running?
How about writing? Or just reading? The writers' festival has some exciting events to keep you interested in literature, poetry, conversations 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 2016 the festival is on at Walsh Bay, between 16 - 22 May. There are other venues in the City, such as the Sydney Observatory, the NSW State Library, ABC TV Studios, City Recital Hall, the Opera House, the Town Hall, Kings Cross Library 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 Woolongong.
From 18th April to 15th May 2016, a number of venues among which Enmore Theatre, Factory Theatre, The Concourse in Chatswood, the Opera House, the Bondi Pavilion, the Metro Theatre, the State Theatre, Seymore Centre in Darlington, Sydney Entertainment Centre will house great comedians from Australia and around the world.
The sails of the Opera House will be full of light and colour again between 27th of May and 18th of June.
Click on the images on your right to see more pictures from previous editions of the Vivid Festival.
From 12 April to 1 May 2016, movie aficionados can watch dozens of films from Spain and Latin America at Palace Verona (17 Oxford Street, Paddington) and Palace Norton Street (Leichhardt).
The festival opens with the screening of "Spanish Affair 2", a record breaking box office comedy in Spain and closes with the Oscar nominated "Embrace of the Serpent".
There are many other great shows and concerts around the city so check out ticketing website.
Have a great autumn!
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