What's on in May

Sydney Metropolitan Area

Sydney’s Writers Festival | Carriageworks, Eveleigh | 29 April – 5 May

Join in on Australia’s largest celebration of literature, stories and ideas at Sydney Writers Festival. Bringing you some of the biggest names in literature, the festival will include hundreds of local and international writers, journalists, authors, scientists, musicians and public intellectuals in talks and events in the week-long conversation.

Spartan Race | Picton | 4 5 May

The world’s best obstacle race will be returning once more. Spartan is all about getting off the fence and committing to a real challenge. Get ready to run through mud, swim through dams, and conquer obstacles such as the Olympus, the Spear Throw, the Hercules Hoist, the Rings and many more!

Think you’re not fit enough? Think again. Spartan Sydney’s got a race and a challenge for all fitness levels – from beginner to elite!

Vivid Sydney – Light, Music and Ideas | Sydney Harbour | 24 May – 15 June

Embark on a night of art, music, technology and innovation. Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, returns to illuminate Sydney. With awe-inspiring light displays, sculptures and music demonstrations, this year’s program is sure to have something for you.

Mould: Cheese Festival | Carriageworks, Eveleigh | 25 May |

Australia’s favourite cheese festival is back in Sydney!

Mould: Cheese festival brings together the best artisan cheese producers from across the country for a day of cheese, masterclasses and more. Alongside the best Australian cheeses available, there will also be a full food program featuring dishes from local cheese mongers and others available to purchase.

P.S. Your ticket includes all cheese tastings!

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney | Sydney | 23 24 August

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney sees over 700 teams walk through beautiful, rugged bushland from the Hawkesbury to the Harbour. It is an inspiring and challenging event that changes lives as teams fundraise to help fight poverty around the world.

This “Headlands to Harbour” walk has 2 options of 50km and 100km to be completed over periods of 24 or 48 hours. So if this is your cup of tea, get a group together and start training to help out for a great cause! We already have a few Talent participants signed up for the challenge – go Talent!


Sydney Regional

Hunter Valley Food and Film Festival | Pokolbin | 1 May – 30 June

From films to cooking classes, the Hunter Valley Food and Film Festival has something for everyone. The annual event showcases the Hunter’s food culture with a range of interactive events and activities. If that’s not your cup of tea, relax under the stars beside an open fire while enjoying the cheese and cuisine of this diverse region.

Narooma Oyster Festival | Narooma | 3 5 May

They say the world is your oyster, and the folk on the New South Wales South Coast take it so seriously that they’re hosting the Narooma Oyster Festival to celebrate and showcase oysters!

Set in the heart of Australia's 'Oyster Coast', you can head to the Big Oyster Bar where you will be able to feast on a variety delicious oysters from eight south coast estuaries on the banks of the stunning Wagonga Inlet. This is a ticketed event with a varying price range of $20–130.

Japanese Festival of Children’s Day | North Coast Regional Botanic Garden | 5 May

Coffs Harbour is hosting the annual Japanese Festival of Children's Day on the first Sunday in May in the Japanese Gardens within the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden.

With more than 100 Koinobori (Koi Kites) flying in the sunshine over the arched bridge and teahouse, there is plenty of food, entertainment and cultural celebrations throughout the day.

Australian International Animation Festival | Wagga Wagga | 17 19 May

Australian International Animation Festival returns for its 15th year at Wagga Wagga. The event features over 120 prestigious films selected from more than 4,000 submissions from all around the world.

The festival showcases an eclectic mix of films and a series of free talks and workshops will be given by talented Australian animators.

Sydney Metropolitan Area

Sydney’s Writers Festival | Carriageworks, Eveleigh | 29 April – 5 May

Join in on Australia’s largest celebration of literature, stories and ideas at Sydney Writers Festival. Bringing you some of the biggest names in literature, the festival will include hundreds of local and international writers, journalists, authors, scientists, musicians and public intellectuals in talks and events in the week-long conversation.

Spartan Race | Picton | 4 5 May

The world’s best obstacle race will be returning once more. Spartan is all about getting off the fence and committing to a real challenge. Get ready to run through mud, swim through dams, and conquer obstacles such as the Olympus, the Spear Throw, the Hercules Hoist, the Rings and many more!

Think you’re not fit enough? Think again. Spartan Sydney’s got a race and a challenge for all fitness levels – from beginner to elite!

Vivid Sydney – Light, Music and Ideas | Sydney Harbour | 24 May – 15 June

Embark on a night of art, music, technology and innovation. Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, returns to illuminate Sydney. With awe-inspiring light displays, sculptures and music demonstrations, this year’s program is sure to have something for you.

Mould: Cheese Festival | Carriageworks, Eveleigh | 25 May |

Australia’s favourite cheese festival is back in Sydney!

Mould: Cheese festival brings together the best artisan cheese producers from across the country for a day of cheese, masterclasses and more. Alongside the best Australian cheeses available, there will also be a full food program featuring dishes from local cheese mongers and others available to purchase.

P.S. Your ticket includes all cheese tastings!

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney | Sydney | 23 24 August

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney sees over 700 teams walk through beautiful, rugged bushland from the Hawkesbury to the Harbour. It is an inspiring and challenging event that changes lives as teams fundraise to help fight poverty around the world.

This “Headlands to Harbour” walk has 2 options of 50km and 100km to be completed over periods of 24 or 48 hours. So if this is your cup of tea, get a group together and start training to help out for a great cause! We already have a few Talent participants signed up for the challenge – go Talent!


Sydney Regional

Hunter Valley Food and Film Festival | Pokolbin | 1 May – 30 June

From films to cooking classes, the Hunter Valley Food and Film Festival has something for everyone. The annual event showcases the Hunter’s food culture with a range of interactive events and activities. If that’s not your cup of tea, relax under the stars beside an open fire while enjoying the cheese and cuisine of this diverse region.

Narooma Oyster Festival | Narooma | 3 5 May

They say the world is your oyster, and the folk on the New South Wales South Coast take it so seriously that they’re hosting the Narooma Oyster Festival to celebrate and showcase oysters!

Set in the heart of Australia's 'Oyster Coast', you can head to the Big Oyster Bar where you will be able to feast on a variety delicious oysters from eight south coast estuaries on the banks of the stunning Wagonga Inlet. This is a ticketed event with a varying price range of $20–130.

Japanese Festival of Children’s Day | North Coast Regional Botanic Garden | 5 May

Coffs Harbour is hosting the annual Japanese Festival of Children's Day on the first Sunday in May in the Japanese Gardens within the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden.

With more than 100 Koinobori (Koi Kites) flying in the sunshine over the arched bridge and teahouse, there is plenty of food, entertainment and cultural celebrations throughout the day.

Australian International Animation Festival | Wagga Wagga | 17 19 May

Australian International Animation Festival returns for its 15th year at Wagga Wagga. The event features over 120 prestigious films selected from more than 4,000 submissions from all around the world.

The festival showcases an eclectic mix of films and a series of free talks and workshops will be given by talented Australian animators.

Page published: 02 May 2019, 15:12