What’s on in Sydney in October 2022

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.

Major Annual Events

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Markets, Fairs and Community Festivals

Neon Playground by Chinatown Block Party

A festival of art, lights, music, community and food kicks off in true style. Get down to the launch party for an evening of live music and the lighting up of an exciting new temporary artwork.

Where: 5-10pm
When: Saturday 15 October
Cost: Free

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 
Cost: Free – More information on the website

Flourish Australia ‘Feel Good Fete’

In recognition of National Mental Health Month this October, Flourish Australia, one of Australia’s most experienced mental health organisations, will host a ‘Feel Good Fete’ in Surry Hills. The fete is designed to unite the community and create a day of fun, festivities, stalls, music and feel good ‘free’ workshops.

Florish fete

Flourish Australia, which has 72 locations around Australia, will open the doors to Buckingham House to invite people who need support or want to have a day out and just feel good and have fun. The day will be jam-packed full of fun activities like yoga, a therapeutic drumming session, origami making, Light & Rituals handmade crystals and delicious local treats from Lucky Pickles, Gabor’s Kurtos Hungarian donuts and many more.

Where: Flourish Australia – 45 Buckingham St, Surry Hills
When: 10am-4pm Saturday 15 October 2022 
Cost: Free – More information on the website

Walsh Bay Art Precinct Open Day

Australia’s newest cultural precinct invites visitors behind-the-scenes with resident performing arts companies
for a one-day free public program delivered by the nation’s foremost musicians, actors and dancers.

Pier 2/3 Photo credit: Brett Boardman

Among the activities on offer will be:

  • Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company, will welcome visitors into their foyer space for artistic and educational children’s activities that are inspired by their first dedicated performance for children, Waru – journey of the small turtle.
  • Sydney Dance Company will offer an opportunity to experience free taster Dance Classes with some of the dance industry’s best dance teachers, along with free Pilates postural assessments, tours of their Pilates & Conditioning Studio and a free workshop to learn about their advanced training programs.
  • Bell Shakespeare will host a behind-the-scenes tour inviting people into the rehearsals of the upcoming world premiere musical The Lovers, as well as Shakespeare workshops for young people. 
  • Australian Theatre for Young People will host a precinct wide treasure hunt as well as drama workshops for children. 
  • Gondwana Choirs will host a 30-minute interactive workshop for children to experience what it’s like to be part of the Sydney Children’s Choir.

Where: Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 Walsh Bay
When: 10am-4pm Saturday 8 October 2022 
Cost: Free – More information on the website

Sydney city council Spring Festivals

Spring brings us another round of fantastic local street parties from the team at Sydney City Council. For one day these neighbourhoods will transform into traffic-free areas to walk, shop and dine. Acoustic musicians and roving entertainers will perform throughout the day.

Harris St Pyrmont 2022
  • 1 October – Crown Street, Surry Hills
  • 8 October – Harris Street, Pyrmont
  • 15 October – Stanley Street, East Sydney
  • 22 October – Redfern Street, Redfern
  • 29 October – parts of Dixon, Hay, Little Hay and Sussex streets, Haymarket

See the full program here

Sport and Outdoor Events in Sydney

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?

Run for Reef

With 1, 5 and 10km fun runs, along with a special elite-running 10km running event, this event is accessible to most people.

Run for Reef
Run for Reef

This very first run4reef will span 21 cities across Australia and New Zealand, bringing 100,000 runners together with a single mission of running as one to save the Great Barrier Reef. The events will leverage world-leading technology to unite thousands of runners at once, seeing Australia and New Zealand home to a world first.

Where: Don Lucas Reserve Cronulla and Tania Park, Manly
When: 16 October 2022.
Cost: $30 for kids (1km) up to $89 for the full 10km
More information on the website

Seven Bridges Walk

This year’s walk will challenge you to cover 28km on 23 October 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: 22 October 2022
Cost: $70 early bird or $90 after Sept 30
More information on the website

Pound Paws Dog Day

Pound Paws Dog Day is hosting the ultimate dog paw-ty at the newly launched colourful Bella Vista Pocket Park, to help raise awareness about pet adoption.

Bella vista Pocket Park
Bella vista Pocket Park

You can expect everything from Doggie Yoga, pet markets, puppi-cinno’s and live acoustic music. Come along and get your doggo fix whilst supporting a great cause!

Where: Bella Vista Pocket Park – Mawson Ave
When: 15 October 2022 12pm to 4pm
Cost: Entry is free, register your attendance here

Theatre and Performance

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge
Credit: Destination NSW

Where: Capitol Theatre, Sydney 
When: Now until -18 December

Mary Poppins

Where: Lyric Theatre, Sydney 
When: Closes 9 October

Cinderella

Kaitlyn Mayse, Lukas James Miller and Cast Credit: Carol Rosegg – US Touring Production

Where: Lyric Theatre, Sydney 
When: Opens 23 October

The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap has been running continuously in London since 1952, making it the longest running play in the West End. You will now have the chance to see the show in Sydney! The play has a twist ending, which the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.

Mousetrap Sydney

Where: Theatre Royal, Sydney
When: Opens 23 October

Anatomy of a Suicide

Seymour Centre, Sugary Rum Productions and Chopt Logic present the Sydney premiere of Alice Birch’s award-winning drama Anatomy of a Suicide.

Anatomy of a Suicide cast Anna Samson, Kate Skinner and Anna Houston

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
When: 6-29 October 2022
Cost: $40-54 book here

Past the Shallows – ATYP

Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and Archipelago Productions are proud to present the Sydney premiere of Julian Lanarch’s adaptation of Favel Parrett’s Past The Shallows.

Past the Shallows ATYP
Past the Shallows ATYP

Harry and Miles live with their father, an abalone diver, on the wild and beautiful south coast of Tasmania. With their mum dead and their alcoholic father largely absent, they look after each other as best they can. Over a school holiday while Miles works on the boat, Harry begins an unlikely friendship that upsets the delicate balance holding this unpredictable world together.

Where: The Rebel Theatre
When: Wednesday 12th October to Wednesday 9th November
Cost: Adult $60 | Concession $45 | Under 26 $40 | Group 8+ $55 | Preview $40-$50 – book here

Looking for Alibrandi

The book and movie that many of us loved in our youth is now a play.

“It’s the last year of school, and 17-year-old Josephine Alibrandi can’t wait for her future to begin. If only she can get past the world of her Nonna, holding on to the values of the old country; and the world of her Mum, full of care and secrets. It’s time to take her place in the real world, beyond her family, beyond being an Alibrandi.

But this is the year Josie gets to know her father. This is the year she falls in love. And this is the year she uncovers the truth – and finds the Alibrandi she has been searching for.”

Where: Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre
When: 1 October – 6 November, 2022
Cost: Full price from $70, Seniors from $60, Concession from $50, 30-Down from $48, Student
Saver from $35
Tickets online or phone 9699 3444

La Traviata

Verdi’s La Traviata is set in the salons of Paris where we find courtesan Violetta and join her as she discovers a taste of love. 

La Traviata Photo Credit Jeff Busby

See it if you like Moulin Rouge, Pretty Woman, My Fair Lady, love stories that overcome barriers of class and prejudice.

Where: Sydney Opera House
When: 5 July – 4 November 2022

Out of Africa

Zimbabwe-born singer-actor Tarisai Vushe, dancer Emilia Nwakpa, and rapper and poet Samuel Barrie,
debut the power-packed musical about their amazing lives at the Seymour Centre Sound Lounge in October.
They’re supported by Kenneth Tusubira (dance, drums) & Jonathan Chaga (keyboard).

Co-written with Playscript’s Geoffrey Sykes, Out of Africa is a celebration of their shared journeys from African villages to suburban Sydney! In an exciting collage of traditional African and modern Australian song, dance, storytelling, rap, legend, comedy and more, their inspiring migrant stories will entrance audiences.

Where: Seymour Centre
When: 14-29 October
Tickets: Adults $38, Seniors $36, Conc $28, Youth $25, Family $83, Group $33 ($6 transaction fee applies)
Book: www.seymourcentre.com/event/out-of-africa-oct-2022 or (02) 9061 5344

A Practical Guide to Self Defence

A Practical Guide to Self Defence is a witty and action-packed account of growing up Asian in ‘80s Australia.
Part play, part instructional guide, it is sprinkled with practical demonstrations, like how to trip and how to
fall as we hurtle towards our existential contradiction–defeating the beast within.

A Practical Guide to Self Defence

Australian-Chinese playwright, Hung-Yen Yang, deftly blends creative storytelling, martial arts and
multimedia, as he takes us on a time-travelling journey with his younger self to witness his unlikely
transformation from pacifist, asthmatic geek to brutal fighting machine.

Where: National Theatre of Parramatta
When: 20-29 October
Tickets:Adults $49, Concession $45, 16 & Under $42, Groups 8+ $44, Previews $39. Discounts available
for Riverside Theatres’ Members. Transaction fee $4.60.
Book: Book online or (02) 9061 5344

The Caretaker – Howard Pinter

“Howard Pinter’s classic The Caretaker delves into the turbulent relationships between a man experiencing homelessness and two polar-opposite brothers. Pinter cranks up the tension, piles on the laughs and teases out the
emotional foibles of three lonely men in this compelling absurdist theatrical event.”

Where: Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli
When: 14th October to 19th November 2022
Tickets: $40-$80
Book: Book online

Film Festivals and Major Releases

11th Antenna Documentary Film Festival

Over the course of 10 days, Antenna will once again celebrate the best in documentary cinema from the past year, with 52 of the most creative and thought-provoking documentaries from Australia and around the world. 

Age of Rage

Highlights include:

  • Juanita Nielsen Now (Zanny Begg / Australia) – Bringing together actors, performers, activists, stripers, sex workers and beekeepers, artist and filmmaker Zanny Begg explores the unsolved murder of Sydney anti-development campaigner and glamorous style icon Juanita Nielsen in 1975.
  • Age of Rage – The Australian Punk Rock Revolution (Jennifer Ross / Australia)- In 1970s Australia, radical punk musicians pushed the status quo as they battled the harsh realities of housing, police, drugs and grief. A raucous tour into an unfiltered subculture; like punk itself, this film is a force to be reckoned with.

Where: Chauvel Cinema, Dendy Newtown, Event Cinemas Parramatta, Palace Verona, Ritz Randwick and the MCA and Powerhouse
When: 14–23 October 2022
Cost: $22 adults, $18 students, multi passes available
More: For complete program information and to purchase tickets and festival passes, go to www.antennafestival.org

The 2022 Greek Film Festival Sydney

Celebrate the best of contemporary and classic Greek cinema at the 2022 festival. Thirteen narrative features, three documentaries and the Student Film Festival make up the diverse festival line-up that will transport you to exuberant Athens (Monday), explore generational history (Smyrna) and highlights ambitious, local art (The Greek Bar Jacket).

Dodo (2022) Credit: Greek Film Festival

Other highlights include:

  • I Love Greece (2022) – Jean and Marina, a Franco-Greek couple, are going to Athens for their summer holiday. There they meet up with Marina’s exuberant Greek family and a country in economic crisis. As they prepare to spend a romantic getaway on a small Cyclades Island, Marina’s entire family decides to come along. Nothing will go as planned under the fiery Aegean sun.
  • Broadway (2022) – Nelly is escaping from her wealthy and controlling family. As she dances in a strip club, she meets Markos, a small yet charismatic gangster, who soon becomes her protector and lover. He brings her into Broadway, an abandoned entertainment complex in Athens squatted by a small community of dancers, tramps, thieves and a captive monkey. When Markos gets arrested and imprisoned, a mysterious newcomer, wanted dead by Athens’ most dangerous mafia, will take an unexpectedly important place in the gang.

Where: Palace Norton Street, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt   
When: Thursday 13 October – Sunday 23 October, 2022
More: www.greekfilmfestival.com.au

Exhibitions running in Sydney in October

Unrealised Sydney

Have you ever wondered what the engineers and architects of the previous decades envisioned for 21st century Sydney? 

Unrealised Sydney
Learn more about what was planned for Sydney

“Unrealised Sydney presents a fascinating insight into the future of our city as it was imagined in the past. The imagined city precedes the built city. Ideas for new buildings and precincts can reveal much about the time of their conception: economic drivers, politics, technological change, and prevailing views on society, environment and design. Cities evolve as a dialogue between the possible and the actual, with change often contested. Many visions are left behind, unrealised, ghostly reminders of the city that might have been.”

When: 6 August – 13 November 2022
Where: Museum of Sydney
Cost: free

Sharks

Go back in time and meet the ancient ancestors of today’s sharks, see an 8m long whale shark and learn all about these magnificent creatures via interactive displays and plenty of hands on objects from the collection.

Sharks Australian Muesum

To accompany the blockbuster exhibition, the Australian Museum is hosting a series of program events including talks, workshops and activities for visitors to further engage with the history, science, cultural connections, and the future of sharks.

Capturing Sharks with Valerie Taylor: Pioneering diver, conservationist and filmmaker Valerie Taylor discusses her life under the sea and her hopes for the future of shark conservation. Wednesday 5 October | 5.30pm – 7:00pm and 7:00pm – 8:30pm | $72 Members, $90 Non-Members, $81 Concession | Ages 16+ | Includes complimentary canapés and a drink on arrival

More events will be offered in November and December

When: Saturday 25 September 2022 – Tuesday 31 January 2023
Where: Australian Museum, 1 William St, Darlinghurst
Cost: $17.50-$76

Catalina Flying Boat ‘Frigate Bird II’

In 1951, the Catalina undertook the first return flight from Australia to South America, piloted by Sir P G Taylor. The two-week journey represented the first crossing of the South Pacific Ocean and the final link in the global aviation network. Departing from Sydney’s Rose Bay, the aircraft made many stops, including the Pacific Islands of Noumea, Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Mangareva, French Polynesia and Easter Island, before reaching Chile.

The Catalina flying boat

The Catalina flying boat Frigate Bird II will feature in an exhibition of previously unseen collection objects, oral histories and archival material documenting the pioneering flight from Australia to Chile, including material from the Pacific Islander communities visited on the flight, the crew onboard and the Taylor family.

When: 6 October
Where: Powerhouse Museum Pyrmont
Cost: free

Unpopular

Go behind the scenes of alternative music in the 1990s, Unpopular exhibits never-before-seen archive of music promoter, record company founder and entrepreneur Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic.

Hole Australian Tour, paper, Credit: Sophie Howarth, Sydney, Australia, 1995

See over 200 objects from Pav’s extensive collection, including footage of live performances, unheard music demos and live audio recordings, photographs, original graphic art, posters and fanzines. The exhibition also features Kurt Cobain’s Martin guitar plus new commissions by artist and film maker Julian Klincewicz and artist Lillian O’Neil.

When: 27 October
Where: Powerhouse Museum Pyrmont
Cost: free

Story makers in Contemporary Japanese Art

Featuring a selection of works by contemporary Japanese artists, this exhibition evokes images of traditional fairy tales across cultures, including The Little Match Girl and tales of interspecies relationships and transformations.

Curated by Emily Wakeling and Mayako Murai, Storymakers features works across a variety of media, including drawings, animation, sculpture and performance art. Included in the exhibition are a newly created work by interdisciplinary artist Tomoko Kōnoike, videos by Yūichi Higashionna and Fuyuhiko Takata, paintings by Maki Ohkojima and a flip book animation by Masahiro Hasunuma.

Where: The Japan Foundation, Level 4, Central Park 28 Broadway, Chippendale 
When: July 29, 2022 to January 28, 2023.
Cost: free
More: Japan Foundation Website

Foodie Events

17th Aussie Hotel Beer Festival

Head to the Australian Hotel in the Rocks for a weekend of celebrating the best of Aussie beer and cider. With over 30 different craft breweries to taste, meet the brewers and enter the home brew competition.

Credit: Australian Hotel

Where: 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
When: 14-16 October 2022
More: Visit the festival website

The Sydney Gin Festival

This three day gin soaked festival will bring together some of Australia’s most exciting craft gin distillers and showcase over 300 boutique gins from Australia’s top crafters.

Sydney Gin Festival

Taste various G&Ts from all your favourites and find a new one or two! In attendance is Hickson House in the Rocks, Prohibition Liquor Co, Kangaroo Island distillery, Cape Byron, Barossa Distilling, and multi trophy winners Archie Rose, Turner Stillhouse and Never Never Distilling Chat to the distillers and enjoy some gourmet treats.

Where: Ground Floor WINX Stand, Alison Road. Randwick,
When: Friday 28 – Sunday 30 October 2022
Cost: $70 or four for $120
More: Visit the festival website

Spring High Tea

It might not feel like spring yet, but a Gin and Rose themed Spring High Tea, complete with a glass of rosé, gin and tonic, or Champagne is a good way to get in the mood.

Delicious sweet and savoury bites, think; gin-cured salmon crostini, wild scampi caviar, smoked chicken tea finger and chilli chutney rose cured watermelon.

Credit: Yusuke Oba

Any sweet tooth will be satisfied with the sensational dessert treats, including candied lemon chess board cookie with fresh local berries. Jam and Chantilly cream, plain scone and chocolate orange scone. All complimented by a choice of rosé or gin and tonic on arrival and flowing pots of luxe hand-picked tea, Vittoria Coffee or velvety, Lindt hot chocolate.

This high tea is also available for a takeaway (by pick-up only) and can be enjoyed picnic-style in Hyde Park or from the comfort of your home or hotel room. The Spring High Tea is available now until late November.

When: Daily from 08:00 am – 9:00 pm
Where: The Gallery | 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Price: $79 – $99 pp
Bookings: https://www.galleryonthepark.com.au/

Jackalberry brings us La Dolce Vita

Throughout the whole of November JackalberryBar on the lobby level of Hyatt Regency Sydney which will transform into an alfresco oasis for one month. 

In true La Dolce Vita fashion, guests will be able to perch up at casual Italian dining seating whilst overlooking a mini-Trevi Fountain, all set against expansive curtains that reveal picturesque scenes from some of Italy’s most iconic locations.

Jackelberry La Dolce Vita in October and November

Exclusive Disaronno cocktails curated by Jackalberry’s master mixologist will ensure Italian aficionados feel at home, paired with an Italian menu featuring Piatto di Formaggi and Homemade Gnocchi di Manza Brasati.

When: Wednesday 26th October to 26 November
Book or learn more

Xstatic Wonderland Party – Sober Party

Xstatic Sunsets are thrilled to announce that the Wonderland Festival will take place on October 22, 2022, at the strikingly exquisite Sydney Town Hall. 

A pioneering sober festival that is paving the way in the healthy party movement by inviting people to a night off the booze to have a good time without the hangover while also continuing to support mental wellness. 

When: 22 October
Where: Sydney Town Hall George St Sydney
Price: $79 – $99 pp, Kids $49
Bookings: Humanitix

Regional Events

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: 13 – 23 October 2022
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: 28 October-6 November 2021
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: 1-4 October 2022
Cost: $10 per garden, $20 for 3 gardens or $40 for all the gardens
More: all the details

Red Hot Summer Tour

Where: Kiama Showground
When: Sunday 16 October 2022
More: all the details

Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival

Update: 13/10 – Sadly due to wet weather the festival has been cancelled for 2022

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: Sat 29 & Sun 30 October 2022
Cost: $16.50-$55
More: all the details on the festival website

Strawberry Fields 2022

Make your way to the iconic Murray River and the town of Tocumwal, NSW for three days of music, adventure and art.

Strawberry Fields
Credit: Strawberry Fields 22

If your birthday falls between the 28-30 October, you can claim a free entry ticket!

Where: Moss Vale Showground
When: Friday 12 pm 28 Oct – 12 pm 31 Oct.
Cost: $388
More: all the details on the festival website

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