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Visiting the Opera House during Vivid


From 22 May – 13 June, Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House will welcome some of the most ambitious and innovative local and international artists to the nation's most famous stages in a contemporary music takeover - as part of Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere.

Vivid LIVE continues to transform the Opera House’s world-famous stages in a celebration of originality, innovation and excellence in contemporary music and culture. Over 23 consecutive nights, a stunning new digital artwork Yarrkalpa - Hunting Ground, 2020 is being created by the Martu Artists and Curiious Studio, bringing to life the Parnngurr community and its surrounding landscape in this special collaboration with First Nations artists. Lights are on each night from 6pm until 11pm. 

The busiest nights of the festival are expected to be Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and each night of the June long weekend (6-8 June). Major city road closures and extensive parking restrictions will be in place during the festival. 

If you’re planning to travel to the Opera House, please use public transport wherever possible and allow plenty of extra travel time when arriving for a show or dinner reservation. 

Plan your trip to the Opera House during Vivid Sydney 


Eat & Drink

The restaurants and bars at Sydney Opera House are perfectly positioned with plenty of outdoor heaters for prime viewing of the Sails or Sydney Harbour.


Whether you are seeing a Vivid Live show at the Sydney Opera House, or simply planning on taking a walk after dinner, you can enjoy Pre-Vivid dining at Bennelong. From the enviable position beneath the sails of the Opera House, dine in The Restaurant and choose from our 2 or 3 course menu by Peter Gilmore.

Bookings – 5pm (Friday and Saturday) 5.30pm, 5.45pm, 6pm


Enjoy unobstructed harbour views as you enjoy one of Portside’s Vivid cocktails. Portside offers casual table-service dining including children’s meals, or grab-and-go options for pre-theatre goers.

Opera Bar

With a warm and welcoming atmosphere and million-dollar views, there is no better place to soak up the Vivid atmosphere. All menus have an emphasis on Australian produce - drop in for a bite and a Vivid themed cocktail for that picture-perfect Vivid moment.  

Opera Kitchen

Warm up with Opera Kitchen’s exclusive glowing drinks for Vivid Sydney. Perched beside the most famous lit-up sails in the world with uninterrupted views of the famed Harbour Bridge.


Warm up with a bite to eat at our forecourt pop-up by The Fresh Collective during Vivid. Treat yourself to a Mac ‘n’ Cheese Toastie or a veggie soup - there are plenty of family friendly options to grab on your way this Vivid. Open nightly from 5.30pm-11pm during Vivid Sydney.


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