The month of May has a lot to offer to people who love everything from music to food and even sports. When planning your Sydney itinerary, it is a good idea to find out the events planned during this month. Knowing this will help you to organize your trip more effectively. Whether you will be in town for a couple of days or for the entire month, there are events that will interest you. Most of the events are free, and you can soak in the festivities without worrying about your budget.
The cultural extravaganza that kicked off in September last year continues until Sunday 31st May 2015. This free event offers live performances from a wide range of musicians. The Darling Harbour Culture Beats program includes a talented line-up of musicians performing at Tumbalong Park during various weekends. You can enjoy everything from the rhythmic beats of Africa to the exotic sounds of Asia. With music and cultural features from more than 20 countries, you can lose yourself in all the festivities.
If you are in Sydney from 15th to 24th May, you can join in celebrating 10 days of the best food, wine and art from the Pyrmont and Mudgee Region. The event in the premier dining precinct in Sydney promises to be bigger and better this year. The Pyrmont Festival showcases the very best in food from the more than 50 hotels, restaurants, wine bars, winemakers and food artists featured. This is the ultimate event for those who want to experience a blend of the best city and regional produce. Apart from the food, you can enjoy wine tastings and dinners, art displays and photographic exhibitions.
Whether you love running competitively or for fun, get out your training kit and prepare for the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on 18th May 2015. The events attract more than 15,000 people who come from all over Australia to converge on the Sydney streets. This is the largest and most prestigious half marathon in Australia. The 21.1 kilometre one-lap course that weaves its way around Sydney highlights numerous spectacular landmarks like The Rocks, the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Pyrmont Peninsula. The running event will include a relay to cater for individuals of all skills levels.
For those who love to laugh, Sydney is the perfect place to be in May! The Sydney Comedy Festival is the city's biggest annual comedy event! You can enjoy the excitement that the 11-year-old festival brings. Bringing together the best Australian comedians, big international stars and hot new talent, the festival has stages all across the city. With more than 165 shows to choose from, you can enjoy the funniest month in Sydney. The shows include massive Gala events and the Festival has something that will suit every kind of humour. The festival that begins on 20th April runs until 17th May 2015.
For those with kids, Sydney has plenty to offer for the entire family. From 17th to 23rd May, make your way to Shellharbour for the KidsFest Shellharbour. The vibrant week-long event targets kids and their families. The festival that is now in its seventh year celebrates and connects children and their families with carers. Past events have drawn crowds of over 5000 people who participate in the more than 60 events around Shellharbour.
Colin Thiele's stage adaption of Storm Boy is a runaway hit that is a treat for both kids and adults. Enjoy this home-grown classic at The Sydney Theatre Company from 24th April to 17th May 2015. The hit has entertained people of all ages for decades and the experience in the theatre will not disappoint. Take your family or friends with you and enjoy the show in great company!
One of the places that you must visit when in Sydney is the Royal Botanic Garden. On 20th May 2015, you can discover the beauty of the Garden at night. Come prepared to have memorable encounters with some of the garden's many residents, such as possums and owls. You also have a great opportunity to hear about the garden's history and learn about some of the plants. Enjoy the Garden After Dark Walk, an experience that you will not soon forget. Carry a torch and prepare for two hours of walking up and down steps and on uneven surfaces in the dark.
From Friday 22nd May to Monday 08th June 2015, Sydney comes alight in the most spectacular way. Vivid Sydney is an annual event that is all about light, music and ideas! The unique festival features amazing lighting sculptures and cutting-edge contemporary music among other events. Described as an "outdoor gallery", the program includes some of the most creative industry forums. The highlight of the show is the breathtaking illumination of the Sydney Opera House. You can look forward to creative inspiration and innovative live entertainment on a massive scale.
Sports lovers are in for a treat with the Australian Badminton Open that runs from 26th to 31st May. The competition features top players from more than 20 countries who compete for the largest prize money. The competition will take place at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.
For anyone who loves shoes, the Ultimo Event that started last year and goes on to 31st May 2015 is the perfect place to be. Powerhouse Museum is showcasing a wide and diverse collection of shoes ranging from the latest designer labels to the world's first pair of elastic-sided boots that were worn by Queen Victoria. Whether you are a fan of Yves Saint Laurent, Louboutin or Lacroix, you will feel at home at the exhibition that provides important visual insight into shoe fashions and history.
To move from one place to the next with ease and in style, you need reliable transport hire. If you are travelling in a group, consider hiring a coach or minibus to take care of all your transport needs. You can easily find a vehicle that is the right size for your requirements, to bring you zooming from one event to the next!