What’s on in Sydney in October 2023

Spring is in full bloom in Sydney in October, and the weather is lovely, warm, but not hot. Daylight saving beginning on 2 October, makes the days longer, giving you more time to get out and explore.

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 7 October. These events combined 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 in early October.

Average Temperatures: 22-14°C (72-57°F)
While each year varies the last October, we had fifteen days of rain last year and we are expecting another wet October with La Niña still causing disruption.

We update this page as new events are made available to us. If you would like to have your event added, please send us an email.

Annual Events in October

festivals, fairs and community

Granny Smith Festival

Back in 1868, Ryde resident Maria Ann Smith grew the first crop of shiny green apples. Now known as Granny Smith’s, these crispy, crunchy apples are sold all over the world. The Granny Smith Festival celebrates the woman, the apple and is just a fun day out for the whole family.

The program provides more information on:

  • Paw Patrol meet and greets
  • Dami Imm
  • Fireworks
  • Parade
  • Circus Playground
  • The Core Youth Zone
  • Batlow Cider Bar
Credit: Ryde Council

When: 9am – 8:30pm Saturday 15 October 2022  2023 dates TBC
Cost: Free – More information on the website

Musicals, Opera and Theatre in October

Film Festival


Nights at the Museum

Enjoy live music and a drink at the pop-up bar as Sydney’s favourite FREE after hours culture fix is back! Explore our incredible galleries and exhibitions and be inspired by our natural history and cultural collections.

Where: Museum-wide
When: Every Wednesday at 5pm – 9pm
Cost: Free. More info on the official site.

Art and Exhibitions

Waranara Tours

Expand your understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures on this unique tour of objects from the Australian Museum’s exhibitions, led by a First Nations guide.

Where: LG, Patricia McDonald Education Rooms
When: Saturday 20 May 2023 at 10.30am – 1pm & 2pm – 4.30pm
Tickets: $100 Members, $125 non-Members$100 Members, $125 non-Members. For more details, check their website.

Food and Drink

Sport and Outdoor

Our two first sport related events this week are also fundraising for incredibly worthwhile causes. Why not get outdoors, get some exercise and do some good this month?

Seven Bridges Walk

The Seven Bridges walk will challenge you to cover 28km as you walk around the spectacular harbour and across 7 iconic bridges.

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 a 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: date TBC for 2023
Cost: $70 early bird or $90 after Sept 30
More information on the website


Get fit and flexible every Sunday morning with FREE Yoga in The Park!
The focus on breathing, the concentration required to find balance in certain poses, the flow of the movements – it’s all an active meditation that can help clear the mind, quieten anxieties and strengthen your body.

When: 9:30am, every Sundays (All Year)
Where: Corner of Lower Fort St and George St at Dawes Point Park, right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Tickets: FREE. More Info here 

Regional Events

Where: Capitol Theatre, Sydney 

Where: Lyric Theatre, Sydney 

Where: Lyric Theatre, Sydney 

Where: Theatre Royal, Sydney

Told as a theatrical triptych, Anatomy of a Suicide sees three generations of mothers and daughters’ lives intertwine on stage, delivering a haunting tale of motherhood, mental health and female pain.

Where: Seymour Centre Chippendale

Where: The Rebel Theatre

Looking for Alibrandi

Where: Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre

Where: Sydney Opera House

Where: Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli

Film Festivals

The 2022 Greek Film Festival Sydney

Where: Palace Norton Street, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt   
When: TBC
Full guide here



A series of special fundraising events offering a rare opportunity to hear directly from the artists and creative team. The Pier Group are a group of dedicated volunteer fundraisers who have been generously supporting STC for over 30 years, and throughout the year they host a series of fun events for theatre lovers and friends. Everyone is welcome to attend! Proceeds from the events go towards the company’s creation of ambitious new works.

Where: The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf
When: 31 July 2023 – 23 October 2023
More details here

Art, Exhibitions and Workshops

The North Sydney Living Futures Sustainability Festival

An event not to be missed! This is a day for inspiration and information, entertainment, fun, networking and socialising. Stage entertainment, workshops, stalls, kids’ activities, guided walks and tours are just a few of the things that will be on offer for a great day out at one of Sydney’s most iconic harbourside sites.

When: Sunday 29 October 2023, 10am to 4pm
Where: The Coal Loader
More details are here.

Where: Museum of Sydney
Cost: free

Where: Powerhouse Museum Pyrmont
Cost: free

Foodi and Drink Events

Pinot Palooza

For wine lovers, this is for you! Join the Pinot Palooza Community and get loads of perks including hard-to-get ‘drops’, event tickets, merch, free shipping and more.

When: 6-7 October 2023
For more information about tickets and the venue, check their website

The Burton Bar – A Halloween Pop Up: Sydney

Love Halloween & Tim Burton is an immersive Halloween bar coming to town this October!

It offers a variety of activities, including 1 x Boozy Welcome Drink, 90 minutes in the themed Halloween bar, Games, additional activations and a Ghost Host.

When: 04 October 2023 to 31 October 2023
Where: 280 Cleveland St., Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Tickets: From A$15.00 pp – A$16.00. Full details here

NSW Regional Events in October

Dubbo Dream Festival – Connect | Celebrate | Illuminate

Dubbo DREAM Festival celebrates all forms of creativity from lights, lanterns, music, markets, art competitions and more.

Check out the program jam-packed full of things that are new and interesting to spark the imagination of attendees. From enlightening experiences such as lantern making workshops or Fong Lees Lane to the well-known favourites: DREAM Lanterns, which includes the lantern parade, market stalls and entertainment to suit everyone.

Feature events include Sky Castle by ENESS, the Aussie Night markets, Catching Dreams – Pinot & Picasso, Zoocoustic and more!

Where: Dubbo NSW
When: 2023 dates TBC
Cost: free
More: Visit the festival website

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: 2023 dates TBC
Details: Check the festival website

Leura Gardens Festival

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, eight 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: 29 Sept – 2 October 2023
More: all the details

Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival

We are big fans of weekend getaways to the Southern Highlands, but if you need an extra push, this is the month to do it. The Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival showcases the very best producers in the region.

You can leave the car at home and travel to Moss Vale by train from Sydney, where transport will be provided to get you to the event.

If you have never visited the area before, check out our beginner’s guide to the Southern Highlands, it will help you decide what else to see and do while you are here.

Where: Moss Vale Showground
When: 2023 dates TBC
Cost: $16.50-$55
More: all the details on the festival website

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