The Rocks Markets - Night Edition
Every Friday afternoon, thousands of Sydney-siders have one phrase on repeat in their heads - woohoo, it’s Friday! To celebrate the best time of the week (and make it even better), The Rocks Markets are now open every Friday Night from 4pm to 9pm.
Knock off and start your weekend early in Sydney’s oldest and most charming precinct, with fairy lights hanging overhead, boutique shopping, live music from local artists and, of course, scrumptious food and treats.
This is Sydney culture at its finest, with a focus on supporting smaller local chefs, makers and creatives and a bustling, electric energy that feels like Friday night should.
Events & activities
Kick the weekend off early under mysterious blue lighting and a bright moon with exciting events, experiences and classes at The Rocks Friday Night Markets.
Dr Sketchys: Anti-art class
6pm - 8pm
The Rocks Square
Dr Sketchys are hosting art classes like you’ve never experienced before at The Rocks Friday night markets! This unconventional sketch class is part performance, part live drawing experience with a little cabaret and burlesque thrown in for good measure.
Watch flamboyant and colourful performers striking poses and dancing while you get sketching and listen to the charismatic MC. Drop-in sessions are 20 minutes each and promise a visual feast of anti-art, LGBTQI+, burlesque and circus fun that is guaranteed to entertain and delight.
The award winning Dr Skechys company was founded in New York 14 years ago and has been sharing their unique combination of art and performance around the world ever since.
COURTYARD CABARET – presented by Vintage Allsorts
The Rocks Square
Courtyard Cabaret is a site specific, immersive music and quirky circus experience that will surprise and delight curious minds.
A CELEBRATION OF THE CABARET CLUB - Featuring VINTAGE VAUDEVILLE
We’re inviting Sydney's socialisers, Vintage Culture aficionados, jazz devotees and swing dancers to rediscover and fall in love with The Rocks.
4.00pm - 6.00pm - Vintage 1940's DJ Set
5.00pm - Roving performance - Interactive Vaudeville
6.00pm - 9.00pm - THE SHOW
Hosted by the much loved Monica Trapaga, and will feature Queenie and The Cavaliers
'5 piece live swing band'
Stage Sets by Beeswax and Bottlecaps
Quirky Circus, Vaudeville and Comedy
Curated light stories - Love & Revolution
19 - 23 May
Cnr 47 George St & Atherden St
From 19-23 May a poetry piece ‘Love & Revolution’ will be projected onto the facade of 47 George Street with sound from 5.30-11pm. The light-artwork brings poetry and street art to life with 2021's most-awarded poet Arab-Australian human rights lawyer Sara Saleh, queer priestess Candy Royalle (RIP) and artist Ms Saffaa.
“We are dawn and dusk, there is no light without our dark, we are growing new worlds and new worlds are growing us.”
On Friday 21, May Candy Royalle's brother Tonalist will perform behind the DJ decks, joined by Sara Saleh providing accompanying spoken word. Live on Atherden Street from 630pm to 830pm.
DISCO ALFRESCO – presented by Culture Beat Creative
Disco Alfresco will be the coolest, dance floor and disco in town. Featuring Sydney's hottest Vinyl Vintage DJs, performance artists and sophisticated socialites. This will be the place to be and be seen.
An outdoor drop in, Disco to dance away the working week blues and step back in time for a nostalgic boogie as you Soul Train your way into the weekend. An immersive dance experience, come and find the infamous Rocks Discotheque.
Get Four on the Floor from 4pm
Soul Train Sessions on the hour from 6pm - 9pm
Hosted by Sydney Vintage Dance and Sheena Misdemeanour
Stay for a soul train or dance all night.
Get fancy in the photo booth
Sip cool cocktails and feast on some funky chicken
Feast on some gourmet food and enjoy the spectacle
Hosted by performance artists Brendan De la Hay
DJ Boo Boo Muck & Piero Sgro