Sydney is a multi-cultural city. The Chinese New Year celebrations begin and end in a bang...literally. At Darling Harbour you'll discover some smaller events unique for each culture. Where is the best cultural event in Sydney?
Buddha's event at Darling Harbour is magical. Great food and entertainment. If you're lucky you get to wash the buddha. Otherwise Chinese New Year - anything and everything, even at Marigold Citymark (Yum Cha) is divine.
Not so much an event, but Sydney is lucky to be home to Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia's leading Indigenous dance company. The dancers are all Aboriginal or from Torres Strait Island, and their performances are influenced by both cultures. If you get the chance to see them, definitely do, as they are a wonderful company and an important part of the Australian performing arts industry.
Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras are always really fun to experience in the Sydney CBD. there are parades, great food and all kinds of shows!
The Biennale of Sydney is also just finishing up at the moment and is a great opportunity to see art from all over the globe.
There are so many awesome cultural events in Sydney, and I'm a bit reluctant to call any 'the best'. However, as well as the terrific ones mentioned already, some of the traditional Gaudiya Vaisnava festivals held at the Hare Krishna temple at the corner of Falcon and Miller Streets in North Sydney are really beautiful. As well as the traditional devotional music (bhajans), there are often dramas and lots of yummy vegetarian food.
Other wonderful cultural events in Sydney are the ballet and opera...especially when they're performing at the Opera House!