What to do in Sydney this November

Go off-limits, get the giggles, step into Christmas and hit the festivals. There’s so much to see and do this November in Sydney.

Jacarandas in Kirribilli. Pic: PomInOz for iStock

Enjoy Sydney’s jacaranda trees

November in Sydney is jacaranda season. The purple blooms come out in spectacular fashion at this time of year and you can spot them all around the city, including the Royal Botanic Garden, Kirribilli and Oxford Street.

Inside Sydney Town Hall.

Sydney Open

Unlock the doors to over 60 of the city’s most important and architecturally inspiring buildings usually off limits to the general public at Sydney Open.

Bill Bailey at Just For Laughs.

Just for Laughs Sydney

The international comedy festival returns to Sydney for its 8th year. With a stellar line-up featuring the likes of Bill Bailey, Ken Jeong, the stars of Whose Line is it Anyway? and Becky Lucas, it’d be a joke to miss out.

Make the most of the sunshine

As the weather warms up, head outdoors to one of Sydney’s many parks and green spaces. Pack a picnic, take a book or just enjoy the view.

Choirs in the City.

Christmas in the City

See the heart of the city centre come alive with the festive spirit as it all kicks off on 24 November. With entertainers, stage shows, choirs, lights and more, you’ll be eating, drinking and shopping your way around the Christmas tree.

Newtown Festival.

Newtown Festival

Celebrate Newtown’s uniqueness and vibrancy at the fundraising festival’s 40th year. Live music, kids zones, dog shows and 300 stalls selling everything from food and drink to bespoke fashion. This is the biggest and best incarnation of the festival for social change so far.

While you’re in the area, stop by some of Sydney’s favourite places to shop, eat and play. See a local’s guide to Newtown.

The Finders Keepers Spring/Summer Market.

The Finders Keepers Spring/Summer Market

Taking place in The Cutaway, Sydney’s newest cultural venue, The Finders Keepers brings hundreds of emerging and established makers to a market you’ll be talking about for a while.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Sydney’s original disruptive festival returns with leading thinkers and creators from Australia and beyond to debate the critical issues affecting our world today. The 2018 edition of the festival also launches its first exhibition of dangerous art.

Don’t Go To This Show.

Late Night Library: Don’t Go To This Show

The second installment of the series investigating the nature of humanity with provocative performance. This event asks if our children are free to be truly creative, as the audience is invited to explore the role of swearing in young people’s language development.

New Beginnings Spring Festival.

New Beginnings Festival

Head to Tumbalong Park for a 1-day festival celebrating the talent and creativity of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. New Beginnings Spring Festival features live performances, creative workshops, food and market stalls.

Adobe Creative Classes.

Adobe Creative Classes

Get some new creative skills or hone the ones you have at an Adobe Creative class. Workshops are designed for beginners through to advanced students. Learn how to edit and enhance images using Adobe Photoshop, or how to use Adobe InDesign.

The Dance of Death.

The Dance of Death

The 2-time Academy Award nominee Judy Davis directs The Dance of Death, one of the blackest comedies of the 20th century. The wickedly dark play is as hilarious as it is morbid.

Life drawing with a model.

Drawing: Life drawing with a model

Gain a new skill and meet other budding artists in a fun figure drawing class. In the class designed for beginner to intermediate level students, you’ll become familiar with good drawing processes and habits with full instruction provided.

City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture

Hear from Nobel Prize winning economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz as he accepts the 2018 Sydney Peace Prize.

Gin on the Lawn

Anyone for a gin? Gather your friends and enjoy live acoustic tunes, garden games and most importantly, gin, at Chiswick Woollahra this spring.

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