Feeling the winter blues? Below are some great Sydney activities to choose from.
First head to Darling Harbour to get sailing tips and admire the beautiful boats, then participate to a great running event and celebrate ethnic culture and movies.
August is not a month to sit cosy on the couch. The weather is warming up nicely so it's time to head outdoors and enjoy the blue skies and waters.
Get moving and enjoy the experience.
The annual boat show is on again between 2 - 6 August 2018, at two venues:
Above is the old Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, now replaced by a new, vibrant exhibition centre, as the whole site has undergone a major redevelopment.
This edition of the boat show is packed with entertainment and activities for ocean lovers or people looking to enjoy a great day out, see great yachts or pick some tips from the experts in boating and fishing.
If you are into boats, sailing, water skiing, scuba diving or just want to know more about fishing, the Sydney International Boat show is for you.
Here's the Cockle Bay Marina, waiting for the beautiful boats on show. It is just across the convention centre and close to all the other attractions and entertainment in Darling Harbour.
The program is packed with great events, which include:
For more information and for tickets check www.sydneyboatshow.com.au
Don your jeans for work on the first Friday in August, buy a badge or donate a coin or more and help raise money for children with health issues. It is a day to be compassionate and help fund research for a healthier life.
What a better way to support fundraising than an impromptu stage in Martin Place with lots of kids playing and singing and lots of happy smiles.
The City2Surf run has been going on since 1971, more than four decades of running to keep fit and healthy and to help raise funds for charities.
To participate you need to register and pay an entry fee. Otherwise you can just watch.
And if you registered and you are not really into competitions or breaking records, you don't have to run. You can walk and burn your calories.
The start of the run is timed, first it is the athletes, then people who know about their running stuff, then slower runners, followed by joggers, followed by walkers, followed by mums and bubs in strollers and anyone who wants to take it easy and have a great day outdoors.
So you can walk and enjoy a great time with your friends knowing that it helps you stay healthy and it helps others with money you raise for them.
If you'd rather rock than run, go to Great North Road in Five Dock and be part of the all things Italian festival Ferragosto on August 19 between 10 am and 4 pm.
What could be more Italian than music and wine? So listen to the music, pick a couple of dance steps, taste some reds or whites and you'll surely have a great Sunday.
This annual festival includes music, various competitions and yummy food. To get a taste of what it may look like see another celebration of Italian community, including a wedding.
The weather is getting warmer but it's not spring yet, so movies are a good choice for getting away from home. Various ethnic film events bring a large selection of pictures, latest releases, movies participating to prestigious international film festivals, modern classics, animation and documentaries:
A large skating rink was built at Sydney St Mary's Cathedral square for the 2011 winter festival.
Looks too large for the number of skaters?... Not a popular sport in Australia, much less than swimming or surfing. But wait, kids are at school and parents at work.
Nights are busier. And from Friday to Sunday evenings professionals take center stage with hockey shows and skating performances.
If disco is your style then put on your 80s vintage stuff, come on Saturdays and skate to music.
A couple of well placed kiosks tempt you with Alpine food: German bratwurst, French crepes, Dutch pancakes and mulled wine.
The festival was between 22 July to 12 August 2011. If you are not interested in skating at night why not try your hand... uhm... put your feet on the rink during lunchtime?
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