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What to do in Sydney this October

Clear your diary – you won’t want to miss any of these October highlights.

Try-a-bike sessions

Have you been thinking about getting back on a bike but don’t know where to start? Join a free lunchtime try-a-bike session for a safe and easy ride. Sessions are on in Eveleigh, The Domain and Darling Square as part of Sydney Rides 2019.

Various locations
Wednesday 2 October, Wednesday 9 October and Wednesday 16 October

Billy Elliot: The Musical

Billy Elliot: The Musical

More than 12 million people worldwide have seen the stage adaptation of the much-loved film set in a northern English town during the miners’ strike of 1984–8/5. Watch young Billy’s journey from boxing ring to ballet class with music by the legendary Elton John.

Sydney Lyric Theatre
Thursday 10 October to Sunday 3 November

Make Do and Mend: Playful Design for Repair workshop

Sydney Craft Week

Talented makers in everything from ceramics to metalwork and leatherwork to furniture makers, show off their wares (and talent) during the annual Sydney Craft Week. Don’t miss the makers market at Australian Design Centre.

Various venues
Friday 11 October to Sunday 20 October

Spring Cycle

Spring Cycle

Ride the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the 1 day when traffic stops and bike riders rule the city. More than 10,000 riders will ride in the event for all ages and skill levels.

Various locations
Sunday 13 October

Australian Life exhibition. Photo: Burn by David Smith

Australian Life

Visit Hyde Park North to see the finalists in Australian Life. One of Australia’s biggest – and most democratic – photography prizes, it features epic and intimate images of Australia from amateur and professional photographers.

Until Sunday 13 October

The Big Feels Club

Join in an interactive evening to chat about life, feelings, and finding your tribe during Mental Health Month. This isn’t a therapy session. There’s no unpacking your darkest secrets. It’s more like a philosophy tutorial.

Green Square Library
Wednesday 16 October

Antenna Documentary Film Festival 2019

Antenna Documentary Film Festival

See exciting non-fiction filmmaking from around the world. This year’s program includes 50 films from across the world including a number of world and Australian premieres.

Various venues
Thursday 17 October to Sunday 27 October

Bon Fromage Festival of European Cheeses

Bon Fromage Festival of European Cheeses

Cheese lovers: this one’s for you. Experience 3 days of cheese tastings, masterclasses, unique recipes and special guests. There’ll even be a free 60-metre tasting table loaded with over 1 tonne of cheese.

Friday 18 October to Sunday 20 October

Waters of Waterloo tour

Waters of Waterloo tour

Get an exclusive glimpse of a mysterious site open to the public for the first time in almost a century. These limited tours of the Waterloo Pumping Station and Pressure Tunnel are led by Sydney Water heritage advisor Phillip Bennett, together with artists Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline, and Waterloo local Uncle Allan Madden.

Friday 18 October and Saturday 19 October

Twilight harbourside picnic ride

Twilight harbourside picnic ride

Take part in a family-friendly, early evening foreshore ride from Glebe to Barangaroo Reserve as part of Sydney Rides 2019. Once the ride is done you can enjoy a picnic at the beautiful harbourside location.

Saturday 19 October

The dark web explained

The dark web explained

Discover the truth about the mysterious dark web in this free 1-hour chat with one of the world’s leading experts on this subject.

Eileen Ormsby will help you discover the truth behind the myths and hype. Find out who’s really using it and why, whether we need worry, and if it should – or even could – be shut down.

Customs House Library
Tuesday 22 October

Microflix Awards and Festival 2019

A showcase of contemporary Australian short-storytelling showing films no longer than 3 minutes long. Want to learn to make your own? There’s also a free mobile filmmaking workshop on offer.

Green Square Library
Thursday 24 October to Saturday 26 October

Angus Martin, Joi Murugavell, Rebecca Trajkovski and Marisa Mu present their work at The Other Art Fair this October

The Other Art Fair

From tattooing to taxidermy, this independent showcase embraces art in all forms, creating an accessible art experience for everyone. Expect to find thousands of pieces you love, starting from $100. You can even buy directly from the artist.

The Cutaway, Barangaroo
Thursday 24 October to Sunday 27 October

You might spot an Australasian darter at ‘Breakfast with the birds’. Photo: Jon Irvine

Breakfast with the Birds

Embrace National Bird Week by coming along to this morning event. Bird expert Dr Holly Parsons will take a group through the wetland area and show walkers some of the delightful birds that call the park home.

Sydney Park
Sunday 27 October

Megan Washington, We Are Twenty.

We Are Twenty

City Recital Hall celebrates its 20th birthday with a special performance curated by Australian musician and songwriter Megan Washington. The concert will look ahead to the music of tomorrow with a classical crossover theme.

City Recital Hall
Wednesday 30 October

Kids can trick-or-treat their way through spooky activity stations in Centennial Park at [Swamp Monsters](


Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with friends and neighbours. Check out what’s happening in Sydney here.

Halloween parties and trick-or-treating are growing more popular each year, but not everyone celebrates in Sydney. If you’re trick-or-treating, look for homes with Halloween decorations to show they’re participating. Be respectful of people who choose not to take part.

Thursday 31 October

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