What’s on at Novotel Sydney Darling Square

Stay up-to-date on the latest activities and things to do taking place just moments from Novotel Sydney Darling Square. Conveniently located near the Darling Quarter and Sydney CBD, our hotel is just minutes away from the best that Sydney has to offer.

If you’re planning on visiting Novotel Sydney Darling Square soon, here’s what’s on in and around Darling Harbour in the very near future:

  • Sydney Lunar Festival 2020

    Celebrate Lunar New Year at more than 100 events - talks, tours and workshops, exhibitions, live performances, festive feasting, shopping, larger than life Lunar Lanterns and loads of family fun!

    It all begins with the Lunar Lanes street party at Haymarket on Lunar New Years Day.

    Find your zodiac among 12 spectacular Lunar Lanterns at Circular Quay foreshore featuring a massive tower of nine gold metallic rat robots..

    Cheer on thousands of paddlers as they churn the waters of Cockle Bay in the southern hemisphere's biggest Dragon Boat races.

    Catch lion dances every day of the festival including LED lion or dragon dances under the glow of Lunar Lanterns. With thunderous drumming these flamboyant performers sweep through the festivities.

    Sydney Lunar Festival is produced by the City of Sydney and celebrates the city's cultural diversity!

    For more information regarding full activities, please click here>>

  • Australia Day in Darling Harbour Precinct

    AUSTRALIA DAY | 26th January 2020

    Celebrate Australia Day at Darling Harbour with a fantastic line up of free entertainment.

    Multicultural Stage
    12pm – 8pm
    Stake out a prime spot at the Harbourside Amphitheatre Stage, located next to the Ferris Wheel, to enjoy a fantastic line-up of multicultural live entertainment programmed by Settlement Services International (SSI). SSI’s vibrant and innovative arts and cultural program celebrates the creative work of artists and makers from refugee and migrant backgrounds. What better time to celebrate our nation’s unique multicultural makeup than Australia Day?

    Tumbalong Entertainment
    3pm – 6pm, live entertainment and roving performers
    6.30pm – 9.30pm, Australia Day Official Concert screening
    Settle in for a fun-packed afternoon and evening of entertainment by the harbour. Tumbalong Park’s main stage will feature acoustic musicians and DJs, while roving performers – including giant bouncing kangaroos! – will entertain the crowds. Come evening there’ll be a live broadcast of the official Australia Day concert.

    11am – 3pm
    Tumbalong Park
    Who hasn’t dreamed of running away and joining the circus? Well, here’s your big chance! A fun and interactive program of circus workshops and games for the whole family will have kids and adults alike living out their circus dreams. Pedal your heart out on a unicycle, try your hand at juggling, learn how to spin plates, test your balance on sky-high stilts, and get your hula hoop twirling. 

    True Blue Bush Games
    11am – 3pm
    Village Green South
    Take on true-blue bush challenges and get into the Australia Day spirit. A hilarious line-up of fun and games will let the whole family show off their uniquely Aussie skills. Munch your way to victory in a watermelon eating competition or take on the challenge of who can throw their thongs the farthest. Grab your family and friends and hurl, heave and hoist the rope to win the Tug-o-War Competition.

    Tattoo Stall
    10am – 4pm
    Village Green North
    After competing in the True Blue Bush Games, get yourself a fun temporary tattoo of the Australian flag to commemorate the day.

    For more information, please click here>>

  • School Holidays in The Heart of Darling Harbour

    Schools out! Get the kids amongst the excitement and head to Darling Harbour, where there are a wide range of events and activities on offer to keep the kids occupied over the break. After all the action of a day out, stop and refuel at over 35 family-friendly places to eat.

    For more information, please click here>>

  • Syd Festival Dodecalis



    Explore an immense, radiantly lit, inflated labyrinth of winding paths and soaring domes in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park.

    Wander through the otherworldly interior of the Dodecalis Luminarium bathed in the radiant colours of daylight shining through its translucent fabric.

    Architects of Air create enormous air-filled domes and mazes inspired by natural forms, geometric solids, and Islamic and Gothic architecture. Designers Alan and Meko Parkinson’s creation expands on the geometry of a dodecahedron, with three jaw-dropping Dodecadomes joined by a web of tunnels, awash in intense, neon-bright natural light.

    There are two different ways you can experience the sensory wonderland of Dodecalis Luminarium.

    For more information, please click here>>

  • Shrek The Musical | Sydney

    The Broadway smash hit SHREK THE MUSICAL is coming to Australia - From 1st January 2020

    This lavish multi-million dollar musical, starring Ben Mingay as Shrek, Lucy Durack as Princess Fiona, Todd McKenney as Lord Farquaad (Sydney & Melbourne) and a special guest appearance by Marcia Hines as The Dragon (Sydney & Brisbane), will open at the Sydney Lyric in January 2020 followed by seasons in Melbourne and Brisbane.

    SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favourite ogre to life on the stage.

    Featuring a terrific score of 19 songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, it’s no wonder The New York Times called it ‘True Happiness’ and The Daily Mirror said it’s ‘the most fun you’ll ever have’.

    SHREK THE MUSICAL, part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

    For more information, please click here>>

  • School Of Rock The Musical | Sydney

    Based on the hilarious hit movie, this ass-kicking new musical follows dropout Dewey Finn, a failed rock star forced to earn some extra cash by posing as a teacher at a prestigious prep school. But Dewey isn’t going to teach them algebra or arithmetic, oh no. These kids are going to learn what it takes to become the most awesome rock ‘n’ roll band of all time! But can his new group win the Battle of the Bands without being schooled by their parents and headmistresses, or will Dewey have to face the music?
    With a new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Julian Fellowes and an incredible cast of kids shredding guitars, pounding drums and rocking out live, School of Rock is a treat for all ages. You are invited to tune your guitar, raise your rock salute and discover the show that hits all the right notes.

    For more information, please click here>>

  • a-ha | play hunting high and low live



    Frontier Touring and Roundhouse Entertainment are excited to announce that Norwegian pop icons a-ha are returning to Australia for the first time in 34 years.

    a-ha will be performing their seminal debut album Hunting High And Low in full to celebrate its 35th anniversary as well as other favourites from across their career.

    Selling more than 11 million copies worldwide, it includes the unforgettable ‘Take On Me’ , which reached #1 on the Australian charts, as well as follow-up hits ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV’ , ‘Train Of Thought’ and the title track, ‘Hunting High And Low’.

    Joining a-ha to cement this tour as a pop extravaganza is another superstar who dominated the ’80s, Mr ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, Rick Astley.

    For more information, please click here>>

  • Jonathan Van Ness | Road to Beijing | Sydney

    Television personality, podcaster and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness, is set to bring his Road to Beijing world tour to Australia and New Zealand this February!

    As the star of the Emmy-nominated web series Gay of Thrones, and the Emmy-winning reality show Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness has become known in the entertainment industry for his fabulous, unstoppable energy.   For the first time, he will bring that energy to the stand-up stages of Australia and New Zealand, with his unforgettable live show, serving cirque-du-so-gay-realness between stand-up sets so good your face will be in need of a massage from all the smiling.  It’s all inspired by his ongoing attempt—and lifelong obsession—to become a figure-skating prodigy just in time for the next Olympic cycle, which just so happens to be in 2022 in Beijing!

    For more information, please click here>>

  • SHEN YUN with Live Orchestra

    New York-based Shen Yun returns to Capitol Theatre 4-15 March 2020 as part of its global tour. It’s all-new program of around twenty masterful dances and songs bring Asia’s celebrated past to life on stage with live orchestra. 

    The culture of ancient China was divinely inspired. Shen Yun’s works reflect this rich spiritual heritage...Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. 

    Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away!

    For more information, please click here>>

  • 2020 Professional Bull Riding Origin

    It is the ultimate battle of STATE PRIDE as the very best cowboys from Queensland and new South Wales go head to head in the ultimate expression of state versus state, mate against mate in a bull riding showdown like no other. The PBR Origin will establish a new State order in rider and fan bragging rights for the Toughest State on Dirt.

    This is Australia’s ultimate bull riding battle, three hours of nail-biting, edge of your seat action and the premium entertainment experience. Don’t miss the PBR’s Origin event at the First State Super Theatre on 20 June, 2020.

    This is the one and only PBR Origin. Expect the unexpected.

    For more information, please click here>>

  • Dolly Parton | 9 To 5 The Musical | Sydney

    Tumble outta’ bed and stumble to Dolly Parton’s rip-roaring musical!

    Inspired by the hit film, 9 TO 5 is a hilarious musical about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business! 

    This smash-hit West End musical features a book by the iconic movie's original screenwriter Patricia Resnick and an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton including her much-loved hit song, 9 to 5.

    9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy - three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist, egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the ladies manage to reform their office - or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

    This Australian Premiere will be playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from April 2020.

    For more information, please click here>>

  • Disney's Frozen | Sydney

    You’ve never seen FROZEN like this!” - Good Morning America

    From the producers of Aladdin and The Lion King, Disney’s new hit musical Frozen is storming Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from July 2020.

    Adapted from the Oscar-winning film, Frozen the Musical is expertly brought to the stage by acclaimed Director Michael Grandage, giving life to this beloved story in an all new, unforgettable theatrical experience.  

    An inspiring tale of sisterhood and true love, it features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. With gorgeous sets and costumes as well as sensational special effects, Frozen is everything a Broadway musical should be – moving, spectacular and pure joy.

    Be one of the first to witness this global phenomenon on stage!

    For more information, please click here>>