Despite the chill already seeping into Sydney, a brand new event is set to heat up the city throughout June.

Sydney Solstice will take over the city for two weeks, from June 8th until June 20th, providing the perfect winter warmer for both locals and interstate visitors looking to restore their social calendars to pre-COVID-19 heights.

A curation of Sydney’s world-class hospitality, music and art will be on display across the CBD, Newtown, Oxford Street, and Darling Harbour

Businesses have surfed tidal waves of harsh restrictions with no dancing, parties, or festivals permitted in 2020.

Restaurants, pubs, live music venues and galleries are bursting to open their doors to welcome in the atmosphere they’ve missed – and what better way to do it than the lead up to the longest day of the year?

With more than 200 different experiences to pick from, there’s something for all tastes and budgets.

With so many choices to pick from here are some of the events you won’t want to miss out on.

For the family:

There’s plenty to see for families with several events taking place that won’t cost a cent.

The sails of the Sydney Opera House will light up every sunset with the work of six female First Nations artists, while Indigenous performances will take place in the famous landmark’s forecourt.

It wouldn’t be a Winter solstice without a little bit of snow.

Darling Harbour Winter Fair will offer up some fairytale magic which is bound to be a hit with the kids.

There’s something on offer for all ages with a themed ice skating rink, an arctic ice slide and plenty of food and drink stalls to pick from.


Matt Moran’s restaurant, Aria, boasts one of the finest views in the city and guests will now be invited to drink it all in, with a menu inspired by New South Wales.

Each evening the restaurant will host some of the state’s very best winemakers sampling a range of their finest drinks.

Even the unconvinced wine drinker will get a kick out of the experience, with a local menu of snacks designed by Executive Chef, Joel Bickford, brilliantly complimenting each sip.


Last Winter we all seemingly went into hibernation, but the CBD’s new small bar precinct is an enticing reason to do away with the cosy night in with Netflix.

Known as YCK Laneways, 15 bars around York, Clarence and Kent streets will serve up the night-life we’ve all been hanging out for a return to.

Venues such as Since I left You, Prince of York and The Barber Shop will offer up a diverse music, dance and theatre program that will entertain between the sips of a shaken martini.


There are almost too many options to pick from when it comes to what Solstice has to offer for live music.

The soundtrack to Sydney will take over venues across the city, including some rather unconventional spaces.

The first-ever Country and Inner Western Festival with the blues taking over Newtown, at a series of free and ticketed events.

Australia’s best artists in bluegrass folk, blues and alt-country will put on a show, but if you’re in the mood for something more upbeat, the Museum of Contemporary Art will cater to dance fans.

The history of Aussie music will take visitors on a trip down memory lane, with a different era recaptured for an intimate audience each night.

The full program of Winter Solstice is now available with the event running up until the 20th of June.

This writer experienced the Sydney Winter Solstice preview as a guest of DNSW.