Sydney Activities for a Winter Month - August

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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 International Boat Show

Sydney International boat show

The annual boat show is on again between 2 - 6 August 2018, at two venues:

The new Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

  • The International Convention Centre (ICC) 
  • The Cockle Bay Marina in Darling Harbour
sydney convention centre

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.

cockle bay marina

Cockle Bay Marina

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:

  • sailing fashion;
  • sailing experts sharing their knowledge and tips;
  • tips and advice from fishing gurus;
  • guest speakers who will share boating, kayaking and sailing stories;
  • various education activities
  • and much, much more.

For more information and for tickets check

Jeans for Genes Day

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.

jeans for genes show in martin place sydney

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.

Sydney Activities - City2Surf

sydney activities august - City2surf banner

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.

Almost a million and a half people participated to the annual events during this time and millions of dollars were raised and donated to over 500 charities. This really makes the race the largest of its kind in the world.

It happens every second Sunday of August. In 2018 it is on the 12th of August. The race takes participants from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach on a 14 km road with scenic views. It gets pretty tough on the 2 km Heartbreak Hill on the New South Head Road, which has a steep rise followed by a long downhill.

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.

Sydney Activities - Ferragosto

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.

Sydney Activities - Ethnic Film Festivals

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:

  • The Korean film festival opens in Sydney on August 9 2018. You can watch Korean movies until  August 18.
  • The  Lebanese film festival opens in Sydney on August 16 2018 and travels to other cities (Newcastle, Adelaide, Canberra during the months of September and to Melbourne and Bowral in October.

Sydney Activities from Past Years

The Winter Festival

sydney activities 2011 skating near St Mary's Cathedral

Winter at St Mary's Cathedral Square

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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