Vivid attractions cancelled due to ‘severe weather’ across Sydney

Week-long inclement weather, which has dumped rain on Sydney, has forced the closure of one of the city’s most popular winter events.

A number of attractions at this year’s Vivid event were canceled on Saturday due to “severe weather” hitting the Harbor City.

In a statement, Destination NSW said a number of events had been canceled for Saturday, including the Vivid Light Walk and Tumbalong Nights at Tumbalong Park.

The Vivid Fire Kitchen at The Goods Line and the Lightscape experience at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney were also ruined by the inclement weather.

“Public safety is always Vivid Sydney’s top priority,” the statement read.

“We encourage everyone to continue following our social media updates to keep track of future program changes.”

A number of other attractions were expected to remain open on Saturday despite the rain, including music and food events.

Vivid is one of Sydney’s largest annual events and attracted more than 3.4 million people in 2023, including nearly 500,000 on its opening weekend alone – a record for the event.

The cancellation comes just a week after this year’s event, with the Sydney Opera House and Carriagworks attractions among those to remain open.

Tracking a 5000km cloud band across the country has raised the possibility of a week of wild weather across the country.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts the weather pattern will have brought rain to a huge 90% of the country by Sunday.

Sydney was forecast to have a 100% chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday, with 3 to 20mm forecast for the latter.

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