Festivals and Events

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. Held every 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.

July: Ice Skating at Bondi Beach From Friday 1st July to Sunday 17th July 2016, 10am to 9pm, adults $22 including skates per session. Right at the beach, see the web site for more details.

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 2016, it happened on Sunday 14th August.

September: Festival of the Winds - Australia's largest Kite Flying Festival. It's on the beach and free. Goes from 11am to 4pm. Usually not much wind before 1pm, and it finishes promptly at 4pm.

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. Recommended.

October: 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 on Christmas Day the hotels are closed and Waverley Council has make the beach an alcohol-free zone. You need to plan a big party at home with your mates. Bondi Beach comes alive again on Boxing Day, and the biggest celebration is New Years Eve on December 31st.

Last Updated - 3rd April, 2017
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