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Visiting the Opera House during Vivid


From 24 May – 15 June, the Sydney Opera House presents Vivid LIVE, its annual contemporary music program and centrepiece of Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere.

Now entering its second decade, 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, the Opera House sails will be illuminated by Andrew Thomas Huang’s Austral Flora Ballet, a hypnotic projected artwork of dancing digital sculptures inspired by Australia’s native flora. 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 (8-10 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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