The Best Things to see and do at Vivid Sydney 2022

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Vivid Sydney 2022 is returning and we couldn't be happier because the lineup for this year's biggest light display is pretty incredible!

With big scale events largely laying dormant for the last year or so due to COVID-19, we’re positively chuffed to see our glorious Sydney city lighting up again, quite literally. Spectacular light installations, live music performances and talks with some big thinkers to spark your mind are on the agenda for Vivid 2022.

Here are our picks for the best things to see at Vivid Sydney 2022.

When is Vivid Sydney 2022?

Vivid Sydney will run from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2022 with a bustling programme of free and ticketed events for you and the whole family to enjoy. The biggest drawcard at Vivid Sydney is the packed schedule filled with mind-bending light installations that push the boundaries of your imagination and perception. Some of the most impressive artists in the world are preparing to showcase their talents at Vivid Sydney using innovative tech to broadcast their installations on bridges, the sides of towering buildings and around the corner on Sydney’s most iconic alleyways.

Vivid Sydney 2022 Locations

To really soak in the Vivid 2022 light installations you won’t have to search far - the entire city becomes one giant light bulb! Our best advice is to go exploring through either Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and The Rocks or Barangaroo as soon as the sun goes down to really feel the full dazzle of the light installations against the night sky. We’ve carefully perused the programme to bring you our brightest picks of the best things to see at Vivid Sydney.

All the Vivid events listed below are free events and generally run from 6 pm until 11 pm, although it’s best to check the official Vivid Sydney website for details.

Darling Harbour

Sydney Infinity
Bask in colours with Darling Harbour's Sydney Infinity! 

Sydney Infinity

A testament to how much we all love our city—to infinity and back—Sydney Infinity features hundreds of multi-textured jets and nozzles that fan water into shifting shapes and expressive fountains, all set to a soundtrack that delves into the soul of Sydney. The cannons blast water up to 80 metres into the air – delivering a powerful crescendo of visual wonder that's guaranteed to be a real crowd-pleaser of Vivid Sydney!

Our Place

Spend a day with some of Sydney’s most exciting and engaging musicians, performers, artists and cultural leaders to explore the meaning of Our Place - Sharing Story, Film, Dance and Song. Head to Darling Harbour for a vibrant and interactive program of live performances, music, workshops, conversation and film in what is set to be a cultural highlight of the Vivid Sydney line-up!

Circular Quay and The Rocks

Lighting of the Sails
An icon of Vivid, the Lighting of the Sails is an awe-inspiring mainstay of the program.

The Lighting of the Sails

This year, Sydney-based creative technologists Curiious will bring to life the stunning Martumili collective painting Yarrkalpa - Hunting Ground, Parnngurr Area 2013 for the Lighting of the Sails on the Sydney Opera House, extending the Martu Artists’ stories far beyond a gallery. The artwork presents an ideal moment in time to offer a new perspective on ancestral practices and knowledge of Country.


A cool, quirky and futuristic installation at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, EQUILATERAL features a canopy of kinetic equilateral triangles. In unison, they create a stunning geometric lighting display that develops into infinite patterns, changing at every glance.

Future Natives

Future Natives
Follow the Vivid flock along the Light Walk where you’ll spot stylised light sculptures resembling Australia's native birds.

Dotted along the walk from Circular Quay to Central Station, the Future Natives birdwatching adventure is a tale of Greater Sydney's feathered friends. There are Rainbow Lorikeets, Kingfishers, Red-rumped Parrots and more along the way to discover!

Genext x Vivid Ideas

If you have a child aged 12-18, listen up! The Genext x Vivid Ideas one-night event is the perfect pick for all bright young people. The Museum of Contemporary Art has created a festival-style ‘museum takeover’, imagined by young people, for young people! This free event includes a three-hour program of art-making, performances, live music and interactive experiences that intertwine with the museum’s exhibitions.

Vivid at Barangaroo

Vivid at Barangaroo
ChronoHarp at Vivid Barangaroo.

Corpi Celesti

Get a little closer to the space ‘out there’ by visiting Corpi Celesti, which celebrates the first landing on the moon by displaying giant inflatable planets lit up along the path.


Even if you don’t consider yourself a musical maestro, you’ll be able to tug at the strings of a massive Harp-like immersive installation. Each time you pluck a string it will reverberate sound and light around the space in synchronicity.

Make sure you check out the full Vivid Sydney 2022 schedule and plan to get out and see some spectacular light installations!

Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo

Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo
Don't miss these stunning spectacles at Taronga Zoo during Vivid!

For an immersive experience that combines lights with nature, look no further! Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo allows guests to explore the Zoo after dark on an illuminated night walk, all while connecting with wildlife and conservation. See over 70 festival-favourite lanterns from 14 species as you explore this after-dark experience and take in the best views of Sydney Harbour while you're at it!

Light It Up At Novotel Sydney Central

Light It Up At Novotel Sydney Central
Novotel Sydney Central is celebrating the return of Vivid with the Light It Up package!

If you want to really make the most of Vivid and totally immerse yourself in the energy, light and colour of the vibrant festival, book an overnight stay in the heart of the action. Take your time exploring the streets aglow with Vivid installations, let the kids stay out later and skip the dreaded trip home! A winter staycation at Novotel Sydney Central is the perfect mini-break.

Novotel Sydney Central is a short walk to the city’s leading entertainment precinct with easy access to all the events and activations - perfectly placed for Vivid! Their limited-edition Light It Up at Novotel Package includes overnight accommodation in a twin room, daily buffet breakfast daily at Thomas St Kitchen for two adults and two kids, two special Vivid Sour Power Cocktails and fun Glow Packs for the family. Book now!

Audible Live: Stories Made to be Heard

Audible Live
Over three Vivid Sydney nights, Audible will provide access to its creators like never before—including Melissa Doyle, Adam Liaw, Marc Fennell and Laura Nagy.

The ultimate Vivid Sydney event for grownups, Audible Live: Stories Made to be Heard is an intimate, engaging and explorative series by Audible which brings Audible creators to the forefront to discuss a plethora of unique topics. We're talking about the stigma around ageing for women, the shady underbelly of competitive chilli eating and a BTS look at the world of ASMR. There really is something for everyone, tickets are just $10 - and the events promise to be a highlight of Vivid Sydney's cultural lineup. See you there!

A Whimsical World of Light at Park Regis City Centre

Whimsical World of Light at Park Regis City Centre
Whimsical World of Light at Park Regis City Centre

Forget the traffic and stay in the city with a Vivid special offer at the Park Regis City Centre. Not only will you have a modern hotel room within walking distance of Sydney's buzzing highlights, but guests are also invited to experience the rooftop outdoor pool and sundeck with incredible 360-degree views over Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour and the city - perfect for a bird's eye view of Vivid.

The value-packed offer at the Park Regis City Centre includes a discounted rate, 10% off Vivid Sydney Cruises, complimentary Wi-Fi, loyalty points and free membership.

Love Vivid? Don't Miss Western Sydney's Brand New Light Festival!

GLOW At Sydney Zoo
Discover Sydney's newest illuminating experience - GLOW at Sydney Zoo.

GLOW at Sydney Zoo

Sydney's newest zoo is launching a brand new light festival this autumn, hailed as the biggest and brightest ever seen in Western Sydney. Promising to rival Vivid Sydney with an impressive array of installations and entertainment, GLOW at Sydney Zoo will be a magical event with over 50 luminous sculptures and activations, thousands of sparkling lights, interactive experiences and a Secret UV Safari for kids to discover.

Get the unique opportunity to explore Sydney Zoo after dark while experiencing a roaring good time with loads of festival fun for the whole family, including the GLOW Light Walk, GLOW Ice Rink, the KIIS Eye Ferris wheel, Glowy Golf by Carnival Cruise Line and so much more. Due to overwhelming demand, GLOW at Sydney Zoo is extending by two weeks and will now end on Saturday 18 June!

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