It's big! Join us in kicking off Sydney Festival 2013 in style at Day One, a trilogy of free outdoor spectacles spearheading a weekend full of Sydney Festival openings and premieres. You'll find us in some of Sydney's favourite pedestrian precincts, with entertainment for families and folk of all ages, and events going from morning 'til night when we party hard at the Daptone Super Soul Revue in The Domain.

ACT 1: FUN RUN - Hyde Park

When the Greek messenger Pheidippides ran to Athens to announce the Persian's defeat in the battle of Marathon, he ran 42.2 kilometres without stopping, burst into the Athenian assembly, delivered his news and died on the spot. Fun Run is his story...

- Darling Harbour 2pm-4pm

Day One's family friendly party in the sunshine continues with The Arrival at Darling Harbour. Directed by Legs on the Wall's Patrick Nolan, The Arrival is a harbour-warming welcome celebration for Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant bobbing artwork Rubber Duck at Darling Harbour.

- The Domain 7.30pm-11pm

When day turns to night, it's time to party in the park, Sydney Festival style. Join 60,000 of your closest friends for the Daptone Super Soul Revue; a huge outdoor dance party featuring Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band Budos Band and Sugarman 3. We dare you not to dance!

ANZCity of Sydney702 ABCSydney harbour ForeshoreBotanic Gardens

Events at Day One

January 5
Day One
January 5
Day One

Access and staying safe

Information about accessible parking and public transport in the City of Sydney is available online.

Access maps on the City of Sydney website include where to find accessible parking, toilets, telephones and ATMs. They also provide information on public transport options and identify some of the steeper gradients of the city's geography to assist you in getting around.

City of Sydney SydneyCycleways at Sydney Festival
Ride to Day One and take advantage of the free bike valet parking service from City of Sydney in Hyde Park and the Domain.

The service runs from 9am until 3pm in Hyde Park and from 5.30 until 11.30pm in the Domain.
Plan your ride to the Festival using the Sydney Cycling Map available at

Try2Wheels in Hyde Park!
The City of Sydney will be bringing their Try2Wheels program to Hyde Park on Day One.
If you're new to riding, or just getting started, Try2Wheels will get you pedalling with confidence. From route planning advice to buying a new bike the Try2Wheels team provide expert advice tailored to you. Participants will also be able to try a range of bikes of all shapes and sizes and can also bring their bike along for a free tune up. The Try2Wheels team will be located next to the bike valet parking in Hyde Park and will available from 9.30am till 2.30pm.