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What’s on in Sydney November 2020

The last four weeks of spring see the city enjoying some of the loveliest weather of the year. It is also Jacaranda season when a purple haze covers the footpaths of many Sydney suburbs.

No huge events mean prices in hotels are reasonable and attractions are not as busy at the next few months.

Average Temperatures: 24-16°C (61-75°F)
While each year varies the last November saw seven days of rain.

New events and updated content are added to these pages as it becomes available.

Major Annual Events

Most major events for 2020 have been postponed or will be delivered virtually. Please check for specific advice before making any plans.

  • Sydney Open – going virtual this year.
  • National NAIDOC Week 2020 – 8-15 November
  • The Colour Run – Cancelled
  • Newtown Festival – At home this year.

Markets, Fairs and Community Festivals

Blak Markets

Blak Markets at The Rocks for NAIDOC Celebration is the perfect spot to start your Christmas shopping this year.

Aboriginal Art design market goods
Blak Markets

When: 10am-5pm Saturday & Sunday 14-15 November 14, 2020
Where: Tallowolladah Lawn, The Rocks

Sydney Vegan Market

November is World Vegan Month so no better time to check out the Sydney Vegan Market at EQ Moore Park.

Check out Sydney Vegan Market in World Vegan Month

More than 90 stalls offering all plant-based, cruelty-free & vegan goods meaning you don’t need to worry about checking labels and ingredients!

When: 15 November 2020- 9am-4pm
Where: The Entertainment Quarter, Cnr Errol Flynn Blvd & Lang Rd, Moore Park

 

Woodstock Artisans Christmas Market

Make your way to Woodstock Community Centre on Sunday 15 November for the third annual Woodstock Market. Just 10 minutes walk from Burwood Station the market will host more than 60 high quality stalls perfect for unique gifts, making your Christmas shopping a little bit easier. At the same time you know your dollars are going directly to the creators

Details of the woodstock Christmas Market in Burwood
Get your Christmas shopping sorted

Where: Woodstock Community Centre, 22 Church St, Burwood
When: 15 Nov 10am-3pm
More: More details here

Mosman Twilight Christmas Market

Christmas shopping, an evening stroll, dinner at the food stalls, all perfectly good reasons for visiting the Mosman Christmas Market.

Where: Mosman Square, Spit Junction, 573 Military Road, Mosman
When: 7 Nov and 5 Dec
More: More details here

Newtown Festival

Newtown Street Art Graffiti Mural
Newtown Festival brings together all the best parts of this vibrant community.

The Newtown Festival is the major fundraiser for the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre. The festival celebrates Newtown’s uniqueness, vibrancy and accepting community; it bills itself as “A festival By the People, For the People.”

This year due to Covid they are instead asking supporters to host a backyard party.

Where: Your place
When: 8 November
More: Check the official website

You might also like to check out some of the murals in Newtown while you are there

Exhibitions

Arthur Streeton at the Art Gallery of NSW

Australian impressionist artist Arthur Streeton spent decades painting the Australian landscape from his 1880s until the late 1930s.

The Railway Station, Redfern, 1893, Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Railway Station, Redfern, 1893, Art Gallery of New South Wales Credit: Wikimedia public domain

Over 150 of his works from public and private collections will be displayed together for the first time. Tickets are on sale now.

Where: Art Gallery of NSW
When: 7 Nov 2020 – 14 Feb 2021
Cost: $22 adult
More: Check the official website

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2020

The country’s national favourite art exhibition is coming to its final months with weekend sessions booking out quickly. If you have not made it yet now is the time to book your tickets.

Where: Art Gallery of NSW
When: 26 Sep 2020 – 10 Jan 2021
Cost: $22 adult
More: Check the official website

Van Gogh Alive

Coming to it’s final weeks Van Gogh Alive, the multi-sensory experience has been a huge hit in Sydney.

Van Gogh Alive
Grab your tickets now before it closes next month

Where: Royal Hall of Industries, 1 Driver Ave, Moore Park
When: Closing 20 December, limited sessions available.
Cost: From $35 for adults
More: Check the official website

Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop

Seventy pieces from influencial Australian Chinese artist Lindy Lee who hails from Brisbane are currently on display at the MCA Sydney. The works which range from a 500kg solid bronze statue to works

“Lee draws on her Australian and Chinese heritage to develop works that engage with the history of art, cultural authenticity, personal identity and the cosmos. Key influences are the philosophies of Daoism and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism, which explore the connections between humanity and nature.”

Lindy Lee Sculpture
Exploding Suns – Lindy Lee
Lindy Lee Installation
This one is very popular with Instagrammers

While you are here pop up to the rooftop cafe for a drink with a view.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
When: Friday 2 October to Sunday 28 February 2021
Cost: Free
More: Check the official website

Maton: Australia’s Guitar

Music lover’s need no introduction to Maton, the guitar company founded in 1946 by Australian Jazz musician Bill May.

Exhibition Maton Sydney Powerhouse

This ehibition at the Powerhouse in Ultimo features over 130 guitars, including the one used by the Easybeat’s Harry Vanda to write Aussie classic, Friday on My Mind.

Where: Powerhouse Museum
When: now till 31 January
Cost: Tickets are free but must be booked online

 

Sydney Open

Explore the inside some of Sydney’s most beautiful buildings

This year we won’t be visiting any of Sydney’s buildings but we will have access to online talks, self-guided walking apps

Where: Access the talks and online content here
When: 3-4 Nov.

Foodie Events

Cinderella at the Grounds

One of the most photogenic and instafamous dining spots in the city, the Grounds at Alexandria has a Cinderlla themed event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the film.

Cinderella Grounds of Alexandria
Image credits: Grounds of Alexandria

With food inspired by the film in a picture perfect settings with plenty of great photo opportunities including stunning floral displays and even a pumpkin shaped carriage

Where: 7a/2 Huntley St, Alexandria
When: 7am to 5pm to January 3
More: Check the website

 

Theatre and Music

Pippen

PIPPIN tells the story of a young man at a crossroads in his life. Does he follow in the
footsteps of his father, one of the most powerful men in the land? Or does he strike out on
his own, to find his own ‘corner of the sky’?

Sydney Cast of Pippen
Sydney cast of Pippin

The Sydney cast features Ainsley Melham as Pippin, Gabrielle McClinton as Leading Player, Kerri-Anne Kennerley as Pippin’s saucy grandmother Berthe, and Simon Burke as Pippin’s demanding father Charles.

Where: Lyric Theatre 
When: 24 November to 16 January 2021
Cost: From $69.90 (Transaction fees apply)
Book at Ticketmaster.com.au

Regional Events

Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

Rhododendrens flowering in November
We snapped this beauty in Blackheath last November.

It’s a flower festival with a whole lot more, including a grand street parade, wood chopping, coal shovelling and lots more.

Where: Wentworth Street Blackheath Village, Blue Mountains.
When: 9 am-4:30 pm, 2 Aug.
Cost: Free
More: Check the festival website

Check out our weekend in Blackheath for ideas of other sites to see if you visit the Rhododendron Festival

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