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 6 October the days get even longer.
The second 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 11 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.
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- Major Annual Events
- Markets, Fairs and Community Festivals
- Sport and Outdoors
- Food and Wine events
- Theatre and Performance
- Regional Events
Major Annual Events
- Good Food Month
- Manly Jazz Festival
- Sculpture by the Sea
- Seven Bridges Walk
Sculpture by the Sea
Sydney’s best-loved spring festival seems to get half the city out of the house and onto the cities most famous beach walk.
Where: Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Track
When: 24 Oct – 10 Nov.
More: Check out our best tips
Halloween at Q Station
Q Station ranks at the most haunted place in Sydney so it is fitting for this to be the best place to celebrate Halloween. This year they are offering 4 events.
Family Fright Night: A wild adventure through haunted spaces with many unexpected surprises! Suitable for kids 8 – 14 years (plus accompanying adults) the tour runs for 90 minutes and costs $40 per adult and $32 per child.
Halloween Scream: If ghosts are really not your thing but you fancy getting into the spirit of Halloween this is a fun tour. Tour the old Quarantine Station Buildings. Suitable for 15+ $40 pp
Ghostly Encounters: Q Station’s storytelling tour will run every night for those aged 15+. The tour includes some of the quarantine station’s history to set the scene, followed by ghostly tales of unexplained happenings to send shivers down your spine!
By lantern light, your guide will take you through the infamous shower block, historic hospital precinct and the creepy gravedigger’s cottage. Ghostly Encounters costs $49 per person ( a little more on Saturdays
Spirit Investigator: A 4-hour tour for serious ghost hunters only 🙂 Investigate the paranormal presences of the Quarantine Station using the latest ghost hunting equipment! Adults only $125
More details and bookings at Q Station
Manly Jazz Festival
The Manly Jazz Festival, now in its 47th year, sees 100 free performances from contemporary or traditional artists across four stages including the main stage right in front of the beach.
Where: Manly Beach and various
When: 5 to 7 Oct.
More: The full program will be available here.
Markets, Fairs and Community Festivals
William Street Festival
Fashion lovers this is for you – William Street, Paddington home to many of the cities most loved independent designers is closed to traffic and filled with fun.
Market stalls featuring the area’s best-loved producers, fashion, food and homewares will line the street. Food, music and a comfy chill-out space set the mood. Kids will not miss out with a children’s area set up in James Cook Reserve.
Where: William Street Paddington
When: 11.30am to 10pm, 19 Oct.
Marrickville is one of our favourite suburbs, home to diverse cultures and demographic groups; there is always something to do or eat here. The Festival celebrates this diversity with global food and music and plenty of opportunities to get to know the local artists and musicians.
Three stages will feature a mix of hands-on workshops, food demos, tastings and live entertainment by local performers.
Where: Marrickville and Illawarra Roads, Marrickville
When: 10 am – 5pm, 20 Oct.
More: detailed info on the Inner West Council website
Part of this months Craft Fair the Markers Market features jewellery, ceramics, textiles, fashion and homewares made by local craftspeople.
Weaving and jewellery making demonstrations offer a chance to see the artists at work.
Where: Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William Street, Sydney,
When: 10 am to 4 pm, 19 Oct.
More: Check the official site for more
Makers and Shakers Market
If you like to support local artists and producers, this market well worth a look. Meet the maker with artists happy to talk about their work.
The market has over 60 stalls featuring local, handmade products from established and emerging artists. Products include homewares, lifestyle products to, of course, yummy food.
Where: Marrickville Town Hall 303 Marrickville Rd
When: 9 a -3 pm, 12 Oct
More: Check the official site for more details.
Sport and Outdoors
Sydney Spring Cycle
Grab your bike, get your family and friends together and register for Spring Cycle today. Registrations open until 13 October.
Sydney’s largest recreational bike ride participants in the Spring Cycle have the option to choose from a 10km City Ride, 18km River Ride, 50km Classic Ride or the 105km Challenge Ride.
Seven Bridges Walk
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: 7.30 am – 4.30 pm, 27 Oct.
Cost: $70 in advance or $85 on the day
More information on the website
Food and Wine events
Night Noodle Markets
The most popular event of Good Food Month, the Night Noodle Market celebrates the Asian Hawker tradition. A full spectrum of Asia dishes on sale with over 35 stalls to choose from!
Where: Hyde Park
When: 5 pm to 9 pm early in the week 10 pm from Wed-Sun, 11-18 Oct.
More details on the official site
Hunter Valley Uncorked
Save yourself the drive up to Pokolbin and head along to Balmoral to taste wines from 20 of the Hunters best vineyards. Along with the wines, there will be several Hunter restauranters cooking up a storm and the famous Hunter Valley Cheese Company and spirits from the Hunter Valley Distillery.
Where: Balmoral Beach
When: 11 am -5 pm, 20 Oct.
Cost: $26 to $31 per person for wine-tasting packages
More information here
Octoberfest in the Gardens
As close as you will get to experiencing the real thing in Munich without getting on a plane.
Where: The Domain
When: 1 pm – 9 pm, 26 Oct.
More: information here
The Beer Run
We struggled with this one, should it be in the food section or the sport and outdoors. I mean it is a fun run, there is 5km of ground to cover but I am wondering how many of the runners would participate without the lure of the beer.
Runners will stop at five breweries along the way so grab your dirndl or your lederhosen and experience the best October fun you can have this side of Munich.
When: 12 pm to 6 pm, 6 Oct.
More: info and tickets on Eventbrite
Norton Street Italian Festa
For over 30 years the Norton Street Italian Festa has been helping the local community celebrate Italy and all things Italian. With four stages of music, dance and cooking to entertaining and 100s of stalls to fill your belly and your shopping bags, this is a great community day out.
Where: Norton Street in Leichhardt
When: 10 am-5 pm, 27th Oct.
More: Find more information on the event site
Theatre and Performance
The Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival Sydney
An eclectic lineup of films, showcasing strong Greek voices from across the globe.
Where: Palace Theatre Norton Street Leichhardt
When: 8-20 Oct.
More: Check the calendar here
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
1,200 performers with 320 bagpipes and drums – the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo needs no introduction. Part military showcase-part-theatrical extravaganza and certain to be something you will never forget.
Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
When: 17-19 Oct.
Cost: from $79
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 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: 5-7 Oct. and 11-13, Oct.
Cost: $8 per garden or $30 for all the gardens
More: all the details
Hunter Valley Balloon Fiesta
The Hunter Valley Balloon Fiesta is pretty spectacular whether you view if from the basket of one of the 25 balloons or from the ground with your camera pointed skywards.
Where: Hunter Valley
When: 4-7 Oct.
Cost: Flights from $269
More: Tickets and more information
Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival
Sample the Southern Highlands finest food and wines everything from truffles and berries to nuts and olive oil.
Where: Bradman Oval, Bowral NSW
When: 10am – 6pm, 5-6 Oct
More: Event details.