What to do in Sydney this November

Explore unique Sydney spaces, be mesmerised by colourful artwork, get a head-start on your Christmas shopping and more. There’s heaps happening this month 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 First Fleet Park in Circular Quay.

Inside the Queen Victoria Building dome. Pic courtesy Sydney Living Museums

Sydney Open

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

Pipilotti Rist, Administrating Eternity, 2011, installation view, Pipilotti Rist: Eyeball Massage, Hayward Gallery London, London, 2011, courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine © Pipilotti Rist, photograph: Linda Nylind

Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

Walk through a forest of hanging lights, traverse a maze of floating fabric or lie down on beds at the MCA. The museum’s summer blockbuster, Pipilotti Rist’s Sip my Ocean, will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work in Australia to date.

Native bees on a citrus flower - Image supplied by Bees Business

Native bees on a citrus flower – Image supplied by Bees Business

Get the buzz on local pollinators

Pollinator Week is on from the 12 to 19 November. We’re marking the occasion with a native bee habitat-making workshop.

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool

Aquatic Centre open days

Test the waters at your local pool. Over a number of weeks, City-run centres are opening their doors to the public for free. Visit Cook+Phillip, Andrew (Boy) Charlton, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre … or all 3!

Live music at Leadbelly, Newtown

Make the most of Ausmusic Month

From rocking your favourite Aussie band shirt to soaking up some local talent in the flesh, celebrate the magic that is Australian music during Ausmusic month.


MS Sydney to Gong

Join thousands of bike riders for the annual cruise down the coast. The 90km ride is a tough one, but rewards the effort with spectacular views.

Ones Country: The spine of our stories

The triple bill from Bangarra, created especially for Carriageworks, is a moving exploration of Australia’s people and landscape.

The Australian Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Romance, opulence and, of course, beauty. This one-of-a-kind production of the classic The Sleeping Beauty will leave you in awe.

New Beginnings Festival

New Beginnings Festival

Head to Tumbalong Park for a one-day festival celebrating the talent and creativity of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. New Beginnings Festival features live music, dance performances, workshops, food and market stalls. It’s on 18 November.


The Big Design Market

The Big Design Market

How’s that Christmas shopping coming along? Pick up unique, handcrafted items for everyone on your list at the Big Design Market.

Martin Place Concert & Tree Lighting

Christmas concerts

The festive season in Sydney officially kicks off on 25 November, when we light the huge tree in Martin Place. There are simultaneous family friendly concerts in Hyde Park and Martin Place on the night.

Our City: 175 years in 175 objects

It’s our 175th anniversary and to celebrate we’re throwing open the doors of Sydney Town Hall. Get a unique look at Sydney’s civic and social history at the free exhibition, Our City: 175 years in 175 objects.

DP World Australia container terminal, Port Botany, photo Glenn Duffus, 2015. Reproduced courtesy DP World Australia.

DP World Australia container terminal, Port Botany, photo Glenn Duffus, 2015. Reproduced courtesy DP World Australia.


When was the last time you really thought about shipping containers? Never? Well, Australian National Maritime Museum is hosting an exhibition entirely dedicated to the humble metal box. You’ll never take a shipping container for granted again.

Sydney Peace Prize Lecture

Hear from the founders of Black Lives Matter as they accept the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize.

Bottomless Bellinis at The Winery

Did someone say bottomless Bellinis? Grab your #squad for a long Sunday lunch at The Winery. It’s for charity!

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