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What’s on this summer at the Sydney Opera House

Harbourside brunch, free music in front of the sails, and a dystopian dance party.

Sydney Opera House

The weather is ramping up for summer and there's lots on all week at the Sydney Opera House, from day to night, for adults, kids and the whole family too. The brand new circus extravaganza Cirque Stratosphere premieres this month; see a concert in front of First Nations light projections on the sails; get into trouble with The Midnight Gang as David Walliam's beloved book comes to life on the stage.


Free concerts in front of the illuminated sails

When: Daily

How much: Free

Join us on the Monumental Steps for a sunset music series against the backdrop of the eastern Bennelong sail. Celebrating First Nations culture through art and music, Badu Gili Live welcomes Ursula Yovich, Leah Flanagan, and Bow and Arrow to be the first performers to bring Badu Gili to life.

Meet our Seagull Patrol

When: Daily

How much: Free

As every Opera House visitor knows the local seagulls are adept at making themselves known to anyone enjoying our outdoor dining precinct. Our new Seagull Patrol initiative is already making a real difference! Come by in Jan and meet the crew as they patrol the seawall outside Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen.

Summon the dawn with music full of power and hope

When: Sunday 19 January 2020

How much: Free (register)

Imagine…it’s 5.30am. The horizon is tinged pink as the sun rises over the Sydney Opera House. The Sails glisten in the light as hundreds of voices assemble on the Monumental steps to summon the dawn. Join Sydney Philharmonia Choirs as they sing in a new day, a new season and new era!

A dystopian dance party 

When: Wednesday 29 January to Sunday 2 February 2020

How much: From $49

Celebrate civil collapse with the eagerly anticipated Grand Finale, a new contemporary dance work by critically acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Join us for a theatrical experience that will reach into the depths of nature, humanity, hope and courage.

David Walliam’s bestselling novel leaps off the page

When: From Friday 3 to Tuesday 21 January 2020

How much: From $35

When the clock strikes midnight ... join The Midnight Gang on their quest for adventure!  A story of imagination, friendship, magic and making dreams come true, David Walliams’ best selling novel comes to life on stage, guaranteed to touch the hearts and funny bones of the whole family.

Have a lazy brunch at Portside  

When: From Saturday 26 October

How much: $7 to $22

Your weekend brunch plans have jumped to the next level with full frontal Harbour Bridge views and a delicious new breakfast menu at Portside Sydney.

Opening for breakfast for the first time, grab your brunch crew and try the roast mushroom and parmesan bruschetta, smoked barramundi bowl, or a crowd favourite — shakshouka.

Where kids make magic and explore their love of dance

When: Wednesday 18 December – Saturday 4 January

How much: From $44

Who: The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet bring the world’s most famous ballet to life on stage in a brand new production of The Nutcracker created especially for children aged 3 and up. Storytime Ballet is an interactive, educational ballet production that encourages kids to learn, practise making magic and explore their love of dance!

A two act gin inspired by the Opera House

When: From now

Where: Opera Kitchen, Portside, Theatre Bars

To celebrate the beauty and creativity of the Opera House, we’ve collaborated with Archie Rose Distilling Co. to create a two act gin release. This twin release brings to life the external splendour and natural surrounds of the Sydney Opera House, alongside the creative energy experienced on our stages.

You can enjoy the gins at our bars and restaurants, so make sure you come down to enjoy some signature cocktails at Opera Kitchen, Portside and Theatre Bars.

Spot jumps out of the storybook and onto the stage

When: Wednesday 4 – Sunday 22 December

How much: From $25

Eric Hill’s Spot books have sold over 60 million copies worldwide and in 50 languages, and this December, the beloved puppy jumps out of the storybook and onto the stage! Set to captivate the young and young at heart with puzzles, songs and puppetry, join Spot and his friends on a new adventure to visit Spot’s Dad on the farm. 

Gift a trip to space these holidays

When: Tuesday 24 – Sunday 29 December

How much: From $59

Rocket into the Christmas season with Cirque Stratosphere. Get ready for a journey into the stratosphere with the teeterboard Rocketeers, and hold on tight as the Cosmonaut trapeze artist defies earth’s gravity.   

Get a gift inspired by Australia

When: In store and online now

How much: $7.50 — $55

The Sydney Opera House’s Uncovered program showcases emerging local artists, makers, creatives and artisans and their Australian-inspired products through a three-month residency in our retail shop.

Our first applicant Eggpicnic is a Sydney-based illustration and design studio devoted to wildlife conservation set up by designers and birders Camila De Gregorio and Christopher Macaluso. They produce fine art prints to end wildlife extinction through education. Creating characters that tread a fine line between art and design, Eggpicnic aims to capture the beauty of the natural world with the hope of inspiring others to protect it.

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