What to do in Sydney this October

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

Sydney Rides Festival

You don’t need to be an avid bike rider to make the most of Sydney Rides Festival. The jam-packed program kicks off with a family-friendly day out (think: rock-climbing, mountain-boarding, kite-flying) at The Big Adventure. The ever-popular Light the City returns to dazzle us all. Jump on a bike on a Sunday to take part in Spring Cycle, Sydney’s largest recreational bike ride. Or join new and regular riders for breakfast and to celebrate the 2 wheeled commute on National Ride2Work Day.

Sydney Night Noodle Markets

Sydney Night Noodle Markets

The yearly highlight of every foodie’s calendar returns to Hyde Park. The Night Noodle Market will see 35 food stalls serve up the best street food from across the Asian region. Yum. It’s part of Good Food Month.

Sydney Craft Week

In case you hadn’t noticed, craft in all its forms is in revival. Talented makers across a range of disciplines, from ceramics to metalwork and leatherwork to furniture makers, show off their wares (and talent) during the second Sydney Craft Week. Don’t miss the Makers Market at Australian Design Centre.

Garage Sale Trail

Garage Sale Trail

Garage Sale Trail

Australia’s biggest garage sale is back! Run over a whole weekend, the Garage Sale Trail is a national movement of reuse-loving, community-minded individuals. Sign up to clear out your pre-loved stuff, or hunt down some treasure from sales around Sydney.

Antenna Documentary Film Festival

See exciting filmmaking from around the world at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival. This year’s program includes 48 films from 23 different countries.

William Street Festival

William Street Festival 2018

Head to the heart of Paddington for this year’s William Street Festival. Expect a fun-filled day of delicious food, shopping and live entertainment.

The Big Feels Club

As part of Mental Health Month, the newly opened Green Square Library is hosting the Big Feels Club. The interactive, 90-minute workshop will address the question: Does everyone else find life this hard? Hosted by Honor Eastly and Graham Panther, it’s not a therapy session but more like a philosophy tutorial.

Silvereye. Pic: Nevil Lazarus

Backyard bird count

Celebrate National Bird Week 2018 by taking part in one of Australia’s biggest citizen science projects. It only takes 20 minutes to join Aussie Backyard Bird Count (and you don’t even need a backyard!). Plus, join in a bunch of workshops and talks during National Bird Week: find out how to create a habitat for urban wildlife in your garden, go for a  night walk with the birds in Sydney Park or wake up to take a breakfast guided tour in the early morning. Head to Glebe to learn habitat garden design features.

The Makers and Shakers Market

The Makers and Shakers Market

The Makers and Shakers Market

The Makers and Shakers Market will transform Marrickville Town Hall into a hotspot for handmade homewares made by local artisans and designers and delicious gourmet food. Early Christmas shopping opportunity?

The Museum of Faces

Record your story and become part of the 12-headed story-telling installation, The Museum of Faces. The giant artwork will tell the diverse stories of the local community and beyond.

The Lost Picnic

The Lost Picnic

Lost Picnic

Family-friendly outdoor experience Lost Picnic returns to The Domain. Try meals from some of Sydney’s finest restaurants, dance barefoot on the grass and be entertained by performers and live music, on-stage and off.

Australia Who: Scenes from dystopia

Don’t miss the free multimedia and live theatre performance Australia Who: Scenes from dystopia. Held at Kings Cross Library, it features the performance of 4 scenes adapted from the award-winning satirical novella Australia Who by Kings Cross author and poet, joanne burns.

Invictus Games Sydney 2018

Invictus Games Sydney 2018

Invictus Games Sydney 2018

500 competitors from 18 nations will contest 11 medal sports and 2 feature events over 8 days of fierce but friendly competition at the Invictus Games. Don’t miss your chance to be in the stands to cheer on the wounded, injured and ill former and current servicemen and women as they compete.

Drawing & painting: Creating through mindfulness

Drawing & painting: Creating through mindfulness

Slow down and join an experienced artist for an evening of creative mindfulness. In this 2.5 hour workshop, take your creative mindfulness activities beyond colouring in and find inner focus while learning new drawing and painting techniques. No prior experience or creative ability is necessary to take part.

Adobe Creative classes

Adobe Creative classes

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

Wasteland

Head to Customs House to see the thought-provoking Wasteland installation by Sydney-based creative studio Mundane Matters. Made from 120kg of marine debris collected from the Great Barrier Reef, Wasteland delves into 2 of the world’s most urgent problems: plastic pollution and food waste.

Milly Dent: Blanc Feelings

Milly Dent: Blanc Feelings

Milly Dent: Blanc Feelings

Sydney ceramicist Milly Dent furthers her investigation into textures and the material of porcelain in the Blanc Feelings exhibition at Saint Cloche.

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