What’s on in Sydney in October 2022

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

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

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

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

The Phantom of the Opera

Experience the phenomenon of one of the most successful musicals of all time, when Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary show makes its Sydney Opera House debut. Visit 

Where: Sydney Opera House
When: 19 August – 16 October  
Cost: $40-54 book here

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

Western Sydney Philharmonic

Don’t miss the first orchestral concert by the Western Sydney Philharmonic this month featuring:

Anna Da Silva Chen 

Where: Sir Ian Turbott Auditorium, Western Sydney University, Victoria Rd Parramatta
When: Friday 30th September
Tickets: Adults $30, Kids $15
Book: https://www.westphil.org.au/

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

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

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: 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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