Events in Sydney in October 2021

Spring is in full bloom in October, in Sydney and the weather is generally lovely. Warm but not hot, and with daylight saving beginning on 2 October the days get even longer.

The first Monday in October is a public holiday, labour day, which honours the mid-19th-century fight for an 8-hour working day.

The School Holidays continue from last month until 5 October. Combined these see an increase in both prices and activity at the beginning of the month. Book accommodation and tours in advance if you are visiting Sydney at this time.

Average Temperatures: 22-14°C (72-57°F)
While each year varies the last October we had fifteen days of rain.

2021 events are in a constant state of flux. New events and updated content are added to these pages as it becomes available. If you would like to have your event added please email us.

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Major Annual Events

All of these have been cancelled or will move online for 2021.

  • Good Food Month
  • Manly Jazz Festival
  • Sculpture by the Sea
  • Octoberfest
  • Seven Bridges Walk

Markets, Fairs and Community Festivals

Sport and Outdoors

Seven Bridges Walk

This year’s walk will challenge you to cover 28km either on 24 October or across that week in a location of your choice. “Walk in your own place at your own pace!:

Aerial view of Anzac Bridge and buildings in Sydney, Australia.
The 7 Bridges walk includes the Harbour Bridge, Pyrmont Bridge, Anzac Bridge and more.

A major fundraiser for the Cancer Council, the Seven Bridges Walk is a fantastic event that along with providing a great challenge for walkers and source of funds for the Cancer Council is just a brilliant walking route for anyone to take.

The walk is long, 28km in total but there is plenty of fun along the way with entertainment set up at Pyrmont, Rozelle, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, Wollstonecraft and Milsons Point. Buses will be available for transport along the route if needed.

Where: Starts and ends in Milsons Point
When: 24 October 2021 (24-31 Oct.)
Cost: $70
More information on the website

Theatre and Performance

Come From Away 

Tony® and Olivier award-winning musical Come From Away shares the incredible true story of the passengers on the 31 planes that on September 11, 2001, were diverted to the small town in Nova Scotia Canada that the community that welcomed them all. 

Where: Capitol Theatre, Sydney 
When: 20 October-28 November

Hamilton

The show that needs no introduction is back on stage from 19 October. Tickets will be hard to come by so befriend someone who has some or prepare to pay top dollar.

Where: Lyric Theatre, Sydney 
When: 19 October-27 February 2022

Regional Events

Grafton Jacaranda Festival 

If you are heading north schedule a stop in Grafton for one of the most colourful festivals in the country. With the streets full of purple blooms the markets, exhibitions, concerts and parade will play second fiddle.

Grafton Jacaranda Festival
Grafton Jacaranda Festival Credit: Destination NSW

Where: Grafton 
When: 29 October-7 November 2021
Details: Check the festival website

Leura Gardens Festival

The festival has been cancelled for 2021

Leura is the prettiest village in the Blue Mountains and every October for the last 55 years their gardens festival has attracted visitors keen to check them out in full bloom

This year ten gardens are open to the public. Highlights include stunning displays of azaleas, tulips, bluebells, rhododendrons and my favourite peonies. There is a festival bus to ferry visitors between the properties and art and music events to complement the garden displays.

Where: Leura NSW
When: 2022
Cost: $8 per garden or $30 for all the gardens
More: all the details

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