Darling Harbor, situated at Cockle Bay in Sydney, is a vibrant waterside area. This beautiful area offers a fascinating view to the locals as well as tourists with its varied attractions including wharves, boardwalks and promenades. It also provides shopping, dining and entertainment options to the visitors.
But, Darling Harbor has another facet as well to its credit. It is the place where Australia’s cultural diversity is celebrated here with much fanfare. A carnival-like atmosphere pervades here with festivals of diverse nationalities being celebrated throughout the year.
Whether you are visiting Sydney’s Darling Harbor during spring, summer or autumn, be ready to feel overjoyed and regale yourself throughout your stay in the city. Here’s a list of various festivals taking place in Darling Harbor.
If you arrive at Darling Harbor during spring, a series of festivals are there for you to keep you engaged and in joyful mood. During this part of the year, you will get opportunity to take part in the Brazilian Festival, Egyptian Festival, Indonesian Festival, Lebanon Carnival, Malaysia Festival, Nepalese Festival and West African Festival. The summer season here will also keep your hands full with many festivals taking place. The festivals celebrated during summer include Armenian Festival, Chinese New Year, Greek Festival of Sydney, Japanese Festival and Polish Christmas Festival. When visiting in autumn, you will enjoy participating in festivals such as Anatolian Turkish Festival, Buddha’s Birthday, Indian Festival, International Capoeira Festival and Thai Grand Festival.
Here’s a brief outlook on the various festivals celebrated in Darling Harbor. The sounds and tastes of Brazil come alive in Darling Harbor during the Brazilian Festival. Capoeira dances are here to regale you with their amazing ‘ginga’ dance performance. The dancers also perform stunning performances with their samba, lambada olodum, forro, axe and pagoda moves accompanied to Brazilian music. The Egyptian Festival is indeed amazing with thousands of years of Egypt’s history packed into one day festivity at Darling Harbor. Treat yourself to the best Egyptian cuisines, along with theatre performances, artifacts, music and folkloric dance. Bring yourself straight to the island nation of Indonesia by participating in the Indonesian Festival. Get enthralled with the music, dance, and of course delicious Indonesian cuisines such as mie goreng, gudeg yogya, otak-otak, bakso and satay.
The Armenian Festival is a key event during the summer season in Darling Harbor. The zourna and duduk are brought to life by Armenian dancers and performers. A host of demonstrations are showcased by Armenian experts in the area of entertainment, sport and business. The day is also marked by dance and musical performances. A wide choice of traditional Armenian cuisine and beer would also be there to satisfy your taste buds. The Greek Festival of Sydney offers the perfect opportunity to explore and celebrate Greek culture and tradition in this multicultural city. Bring your family along with and get entertained with Greek music, dance performances and sumptuous Greek cuisines. Yet another festival that shouldn’t be missed out is the Polish Christmas Festival. The folkloric dance performances, traditional Polish cuisine and Christmas market stalls makes Darling Harbor quite lively.