It really wouldn’t be summer in Australia without Sydney Fest and Symphony Under the Stars!
Sydney Festival 2017
Sydney Fest is a month-long celebration that showcases the best of music, theatre, visual arts, dance and family-friendly events. The tagline for the festival is ‘this is our city in summer’, which I absolutely love. Sydney is such an invigorating, amazing city in the summer, and Sydney Fest absolutely captures that concept.
I recently attended one of the bigger events, Symphony Under the Stars. Symphony Under the Stars is an annual event, dating back decades, and attracts thousands of attendees each year, both tourists and locals alike. It’s a relaxed setting, in which the Sydney Symphony Orchestra serenades onlookers seated on blankets and low lawn chairs. Pretty…freaking…fabulous.
I was a bit concerned it was going to rain; I mean, really, check out the sky in the photo below…beautiful, but not exactly promising of dry weather! We lucked out, though, and made it through the whole event without any rain!
Parking in Sydney is hard, so rely on public transit, if at all possible!
The Domain is an incredibly easy location to get to from many areas in Sydney, as there are three train stations within walking distance (Martin Place, St. James and Museum), and many buses that stop within a couple of blocks.
When to Arrive
The 2017 show commenced at 8.00pm, but the Domain filled out much earlier. If you want to get a good spot reasonably close to the front, you’ll likely need to arrive well before 7.00pm.
I arrived around 7.15pm this year, and ended up quite far back. Did it matter? Not really. The sound is great regardless of where you sit, so if you’re less bothered by the idea of being able to see the stage, the back is probably ok for you!
The good thing about arriving early (before 7.00pm) is that you get to take advantage of all the freebies. We didn’t bother this time, but other years we ended up with photo booth shots, blankets, hats, water bottles, snacks and even an inflatable airplane!
What to Bring
This is my favourite part: bring whatever you want! While there are food and drink vendors onsite, you are welcome to bring your own picnic, including alcoholic beverages. I packed an antipasti board, a bottle of wine, and a picnic blanket. If you run out of food and/or drinks, there are stands set up that will gladly sell to you!
Symphony Under the Stars is a great event to add to your calendar. It’s fun with friends, as a couple or with family…I even saw a few people on their own, reading books and taking in the beautiful music!
Summer vibes, professional music, good food and wine and a relaxed atmosphere…it really doesn’t get much better than this.