Sydney Writers' Festival presents both ticketed and free events.


Ticketed Events

Ticketed events in Walsh Bay and the city can be purchased via this website.

Roslyn Packer Theatre box office also sells tickets for all events at Walsh Bay and Sydney Town Hall, either online, by phone on 9250 1988 or in person at 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

City Recital Hall box office also sells tickets to events at their venue online at, by phone on 8256 2222 or in person at 2–12 Angel Place, Sydney.

Tickets for All Day YA can be booked via Riverside Theatres, Parramatta on 8839 3399,

Tickets for Family Day events at Pier 4/5 are free, but advance bookings are essential and can be made at

Temporary box offices will operate at Pier 2/3 and Pier 4/5 in Walsh Bay, and at Sydney Town Hall for ticket purchases on event days. For events presented outside of Walsh Bay and the City, please refer to individual event listings on this website for booking information. Live and Local events are managed by individual venues, so please visit their website for booking information.

Concessions apply for children under the age of 16, full-time students and Australian Health Care Card or Centrelink pension cardholders. Family tickets are available to select events and apply to two adults and two children. Transaction fees apply for all bookings.

Free Events

Many events held at the Walsh Bay precinct are free and seats cannot be booked. These often fill up quickly, so we recommend you arrive early. Venues must be vacated at the end of each event.

Festival events at many other venues are also free. A number of these do require you book a place. Please see individual event listings for information. 

Ticket Packages

Create your perfect Festival with our My Perfect Festival packages. Enjoy a selection of the Artistic Director’s Festival highlights and relax between events at our private lounge in Walsh Bay.

Rush Tickets

Each day we will announce $10 tickets to a small handful of events that take place that day. The events will be listed online each morning and tickets can be purchased from the Walsh Bay box offices.

Accessible Events

Sydney Writers’ Festival offers Auslan interpreted and Close Captioned events.