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Festivals and Events

Top of Page January: Flickerfest: A festival of short films in competition, with talks and workshops. Held at the Bondi Pavilion.

January - February: Alternate and Fringe Arts events are sometimes held at Bondi Beach, in association with the Festival of Sydney. Way back in 1999 there was an event called "nude night surfing". Tabloid journalists and the raincoat brigade have been hoping for a repeat ever since.

February: Latin American Festival day is held in February.

May The Bondi Wave Music Industry Conference is held mid-May on a Friday. It's free and runs all day - expert speakers share their expertise to anyone wanting to learn about the workings of the music industry. There are many other music courses and concerts at the Pavilion throughout the year.

June: World Environment Day. Annual festival to celebrate the environment, Bondi Pavilion. Entertainment, workshops, displays.

July: Mid Winter Festival: Each year Waverley Council organises some sort of festival with activities centred around the Bondi Pavilion.

August: The annual 14-kilometre City to Surf fun run. Usually held on the second Sunday in August, starting around 9am from the city and finishing with picnics in the park at Bondi. In 2013, it happened on Sunday 11th August.

September: Festival of the Winds - Australia's largest Kite Flying Festival. For more information phone Bondi Pavilion on 8362-3400 or email It's on the beach and free. Goes from 11am to 4pm. Usually not much wind before 1pm, and finishes promptly at 4pm. Read the full details and programme from the Bondi Pavilion web page.

October into November: Sculpture by the Sea - Along the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama. Runs for almost three weeks and is free. Now a Sydney institution.

October: Uncle Toby's Iron Man Competition.

November: Bondi Short Film festival.

December: Afro Latin by the Sea Concert; Carols by the Sea.

December: Christmas at Bondi: By tradition, Christmas Day has been a day on the beach for backpackers and tourists far from home. But in recent times, on Christmas Day the hotels are closed and Waverley Council makes the beach an alcohol-free zone. Bondi comes alive again on Boxing Day, and the big celebration is New Years Eve on December 31st.

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