Venues To Open Later For Vivid Sydney 2024


Eligible venues can operate until midnight on these 3 Sundays as part of the NSW Government’s year-round trading extensions for special events.

Inner Sydney licensed venues can stay open an extra 2 hours on Sundays from 26 May to 9 June, allowing festival-goers to continue enjoying Vivid Sydney 2024 longer after dark.

Eligible venues can operate until midnight on these 3 Sundays as part of the NSW Government’s year-round trading extensions for special events.

Under the extensions, venues can open their doors longer for special cultural and sporting events, helping to boost local night-time economies.

In addition, hotels can now also apply to trade until midnight on Sundays permanently under the NSW Government’s Vibrancy Reforms.

As an added boost, Special Event Extended Trading allows venues to keep their doors open until midnight on Sundays regardless of whether they have applied for a permanent extension.

As the year progresses, the NSW Government expects to list additional special events, further enriching NSW’s nightlife and cultural offerings across the region

For Vivid Sydney 2024, extended trading on Sunday nights is available to hotels, general bars, clubs, small bars and dedicated live music and performance venues in the CBD, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Pyrmont, Woolloomooloo and Potts Point in the City of Sydney local government area.

Get a full list of special events and more information on extended trading.

Get more information on the NSW Government’s Vibrancy reforms.

Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy John Graham said:

“Vivid Sydney is the biggest free festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere as families enjoy a night out that does not hit the hip pocket. Last year’s event attracted a record 3.48 million people and brought in $206 million in spending, the largest in its history.

“We are expecting another big event in 2024 and look forward to welcoming everyone back to enjoy the light, music, ideas and food.

“Hospitality venues are a vital part of the city and the Sydney economy, and they are always there to support major events such like Vivid Sydney, helping people make the most of a night out.

“Special event extended trading will provide more options for people to enjoy our live music and celebrate together for longer.”

Minister for Gaming and Racing David Harris said:

“Having more late-night dining and hospitality options during major events such as Vivid Sydney is key to the NSW Government’s commitment to creating a safe, inclusive and vibrant night time economy across NSW.

“The NSW Government is dedicated to creating additional opportunities for hospitality venues during special events, especially for the 23-night Vivid Sydney Festival.

“Allowing for extended trading hours across a diverse mix of special events helps locals and visitors to really soak up the atmosphere, delivering a better experience for everyone across our finest cultural and sporting events.”

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