Sydney loves to party, nowhere more so than at these outdoor music festivals.
Big Day Out
Held on the Australia Day weekend (late Jan; around $185; bigdayout.com) at the Showground at Sydney Olympic Park, this is an institution and features big international names such as Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire and Blur.
Future Music Festival
This alternative music fest takes place in March at the Royal Randwick Racecourse. In the past, The Progidy and Dizzee Rascal have featured (around $200; futureentertainment.com.au).
(mid-Feb; around $100; goodvibrationsfestival.com.au). A dance/hip-hop festival held at Centennial Park.
An open-air music festival in early December (around $100; homebake.com.au), at The Domain, with food and market stalls, rides, roving performers and a line-up of up to forty famous and underground Australian bands.
Three stages, two hundred stalls and varied live music at this event, held at the Camperdown Memorial Park on the second Sunday of November.