Things to do in Sydney in October

Things to do in Sydney in October

October Events

October Long Weekend – Saturday, 1st October to Monday, 3rd October

That’s right! We get Monday off work! Enjoy the top things to do in Sydney in October during your day off:

Things to do during the October Long Weekend


Burwood Festival – 16th October

The Burwood Festival claims to be the ‘largest Spring celebration in Sydney’s Inner West’, so head on over to Burwood for fun hands-on activities, creative workshops, face painting, show bags, a barnyard petting zoo and plenty of rides and amusements for children of all ages.

Burwood Festival


Oktoberfest on the Rocks – To be Confirmed

In Germany, Oktoberfest usually starts in September. I figure having waited a whole year since the last one, they just can’t wait till the beginning of October. Next year in fact, it will start in August. Just kidding. Oktoberfest is all about celebrating a love of German beer, food and custom and it’s always good to have excuse to party in the Rocks.


New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Prize – Parliament House – NSW Parliament, Macquarie Street Sydney – Tuesday, 4th October to Friday, 28th October

Meet the best ‘en plein air’ painters in the state and view their handiwork. En plein air basically means painting the great outdoors, outdoors. The finalists of the Plein Air Prize are exhibited at Parliament House. The winner picks up a cool $20,000 and is hung in NSW Parliament House (that’s the artwork not the painter 🙂 ).

Plein Air Prize


Art and About – Sydney City – Friday, 19th September to Tuesday, 11th October

“O Art, Art, wherefore art thou Art?” 🙂 Get ‘Art and About’ all over Sydney from Friday 19th September to Tuesday 11th October. Art will be thought-provokingly and intimate [blush, gosh! :)] in all the unusual places.

Art and About


Hunter Valley Uncorked at Balmoral – TBC

The Hunter Valley is threatening to completely lose its cork at beautiful Balmoral. Enjoy the vibe, love the wine, savour the food and feel fine. 20 of the best producers from the Hunter will drink with you, well probably watch as you do, but they will share in a bit of banter as they decanter (if you’re lucky). Apart from the serious wine there will be family entertainment all served up on one Sydney’s largest and most scenic beach suburbs looking out across Sydney Harbour to the sea. It promises to be a corker of a day.

Hunter Valley Uncorked at Balmoral


Manly Jazz Festival – Saturday, 1st October to Monday, 3rd October

The Manly Jazz Festival’s blend of great music and awesome scenery provides the non-essential impetus to make the voyage across the water to a faraway shore. Well, half an hour once you have lined up for your ticket. It’s a must to do if you are into Jazz, and pretty close even if you aren’t.

Manly Jazz Festival


Strathfield Food Festival – Strathfield – 30th October

Turn your Sunday lunch into something a little special with a trip to the Strathfield Food Festival. The festival boasts its own exclusive food stalls and live cooking demonstrations.

Strathfield Food Festival


Marrickville Festival – Marrickville – Sunday, 23rd October

Marrickville Festival is a local affair of art, craft, great food and entertainment. Around 30,000 showed up last year, and subject to the weather, more are expected this year.

Marrickville Festival


Sydney Serious Craft Beer Week – Friday, 21st October to Sunday, 30th October

A week or more of beer may sound like heaven to some but this is serious beer, made by serious people and seriously drunk by discerning beer connoisseurs. So no fun? Of course it is – it’s just serious fun with seriously entertaining live music, seriously yummy food and (of course) seriously awesome beer. Just remember there are also seriously serious police around so no drink driving please, seriously.

Craft Beer Week


Norton Street Italian Festa – Sunday, 30th October

The colourful Norton Street Italian Festa returns to a street called Norton in Sydney’s inner west. This year ‘Little Italy’ is going to town, actually it is staying precisely where it is but that’s not important right now, what is important is the music, the song, the dance, the coffee, the pizza, the gelato. Think Italian and you’ll find it somewhere among the numerous stalls and activities. There will also be lots of fun stuff for the small people and classic, vintage, contemporary and of course, sexy Italian cars, motorbikes and scooters.

Norton Street Italian Festa


World Time Attack – Friday, 14th October to Saturday, 15th October

Put this in your calendar, three glorious days of the quickest time attack teams in the world. We have the Outlaw Drift Shootout, Turbosmart Flying 500 along with Australia’s largest outdoor car show to look forward to and many other attractions to keep everyone entertained.

World Time Attack


NSW Seven Bridges Walk – Sunday, 30th October

Walk the Seven Sydney Bridges and help to raise money to cure cancer. This is a wonderful way to both see and experience Sydney. You’ll find event Villages along the way with fun stuff to do and you don’t have run the whole way if don’t want to. Follow the link below for more info.

NSW Seven Bridges Walk


Sydney Zombie Walk – Free – Saturday, 29th October

Let the Zombie rise-up from within you and takeover the streets of Sydney. All for charity of course as you raise awareness for the Brain Foundation. There will be lots of other Zombies to chat to and groan at. It will be fun! There will be Zombie food, Zombie makeovers and much more.

Sydney Zombie Walk 


Spring Cycle – North Sydney – Sunday, 16th October

The Spring Cycle is a great opportunity to see many of the major attractions in Sydney. You have three routes to choose from taking in North Sydney, The Rocks, Botanic Gardens and Sydney Olympic Park. Follow the link below for more details and to register your interest.

Spring Cycle


Sydney Indie Film Festival – Gladesville – Monday, 10th October to Thursday, 20th October

The Sydney Indie Film Festival show cases the best independent cinema from around the globe. The festival contains a selection of the award winning films from action,adventure and science fiction through to comedy and family movies.

Sydney Indie Film Festival


Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Australian National Maritime Museum to Sunday, 16th October

There were over 42 thousand entries into the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition from 96 countries. This huge number has been whittled down to just 100 for your viewing pleasure.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 

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