Clear your diary – you won’t want to miss any of these October highlights.
Have you been thinking about getting back on a bike but don’t know where to start?
Wednesday 2 October, Wednesday 9 October and Wednesday 16 October
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
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 .
Friday 11 October to Sunday 20 October
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.
Sunday 13 October
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
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.
Thursday 17 October to Sunday 27 October
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sunday 27 October
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
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