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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 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
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 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.
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.
- Help keep e-waste out of landfill and recycle your unwanted electronic goods at e-waste drop-off day.
- Take part in the Global Cities After Dark forum.
- Enjoy a night of laughs with Sydney’s best storytellers at A Likely Story: Best Laid Plans.
- Join the conversation on cycling cities as we learn lessons in Dutch city design.