Sydney Festival 2018: More than 150 Events to Enjoy

WITH more than 150 activities to pencil into your fridge calendar — many of them free and family-friendly — Sydney Festival opens today with something for everyone.

“It’s a great celebration of the city,” festival artistic director Wesley Enoch said.

At Hyde Park North, festival headquarters, this weekend’s highlights include shipping containers converted into swimming pools (yes, you can hop right in from 4.30pm today and tomorrow), 10-minute Glitterbox dance parties from 6pm, and a virtual reality Ghost Train from 4.30pm ($10).

Dave Stabback and Fez Faanana at the Sydney Festival’s converted shipping containers into swimming pools at Hyde Park in Sydney. Picture: Richard Dobson

Meriton Festival Village in Hyde Park offers food, alcohol, free shows and ticketed entertainment in the Spiegeltent from 4.30pm.

In other parts of the city, dinosaurs made from recycled toys can be seen at Lower Town Hall (9am-5pm), and you can help release Four Thousand Fish into Sydney Harbour at Barangaroo Reserve (4pm-9pm).

Danish band AquaSonic will perform while submerged in huge tanks of water at Carriageworks in Eveleigh today and tomorrow (ticketed event).