October in Sydney is a vibrant month filled with jacaranda trees, spooky season vibes and gorgeous gardens. The Night Noodle Markets are finally returning along with the highly-anticipated Sculpture by the Sea. Whether you’re a foodie, art lover or music buff, this is the perfect month to be out and about in Sydney. Don’t let the rain dampen your mood and get in the spirit of the season with all the brilliant events and experiences the city has to offer. Here are some of the best things happening in Sydney this month.
1. Have a ball at Chaos Lab
Chaos Lab is a brand new event that combines creativity, imagination and colour. Grab your tickets here.
Strap yourself in for a captivating love story like no other: La Traviata. Set against the backdrop of the lavish and luxury of Paris in the salons this unforgettable tale sees young courtesan Violetta Valéry embark on a tumultuous journey after meeting her one true love, Alfredo Germont. Opera lovers and first-timers alike will be enthralled by the unbelievable set design, stunning sets and magnificent melodies! Book your ticket here.
3. Eat your way through the Night Noodle Markets
The Night Noodle Markets are finally returning IRL. And they’re a paradise for foodies. There’s the classic flying noodles, burnt basque cheesecakes, Mi Goreng doughnuts and so much more. The markets are on from October 4-9.
More info here.
4. Fill your bags at the Sydney Vegan Market
The Sydney Vegan Market will be back on October 16 for a day of vegan treats, yoga, music and more. Find more info here.
5. Check out this adorable pup-up cafe
Guide Dogs NSW is bringing a super cute pop-up cafe to town for brunch, coffee and heaps of puppy cuddles. Mark your calender for October 17.
6. Go on a glass bottom boat tour
See turtles, tropical sharks, sawfish and much more at close quarters thanks to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium’s glass bottom boat tours this October.
7. Have fun in the world’s ‘Largest Bounce House’
The Big Bounce is returning to Sydney for two weekends. Taking over the St Ives Showground, the inflatable castle comes with giant slides, ball pits and much more. Grab your tickets here.
8. Get excited for Sculpture by the Sea
After two years of cancellations, Sydney’s iconic Sculpture by the Sea exhibition will make a triumphant return this October. See over 100 artworks across Bondi to Tamarama from October 21 – November 7.
9. Run for a good cause with run4reef
Run4reef is a running event set to take place on October 16 simultaneously in 21 cities across Australia and New Zealand to save the Great Barrier Reef.
10. Watch The Kooks perform live
English indie rock band The Kooks are coming to Australia as part of their Inside In/Inside Out 15th Anniversary Tour. They will be performing at the Enmore Theatre on October 12.
11. Explore this huge vintage market
Round She Goes is returning this October for its final market for 2022. Grab vintage clothing, jewelry and more from over 70 stalls on October 8.
Watch Sydney’s beautiful Candlelight concerts and get lost in these familiar tunes this October. Grab tickets to tribute shows to Hans Zimmer, Radiohead and more. There’s also a special Halloween edition to get into the spirit of the season.
🕯️Candlelight: A Tribute to Coldplay at Hayden Orpheum
🕯️Candlelight: A Tribute to Jay Chou
🕯️Candlelight: Best of Joe Hisaishi
🕯️Candlelight: A Tribute to Adele
🕯️Candlelight: Tribute to Taylor Swift at the SMC
🕯️Candlelight: Best of Hans Zimmer at St. Stephen’s Church
🕯️Candlelight: Chopin’s Best Works
🕯️Candlelight: A Tribute to Radiohead on Strings
🕯️Candlelight: Tribute to Ludovico Einaudi at The Concourse
🕯️Candlelight: Best of Fleetwood Mac at The Concourse
🕯️Candlelight Halloween: Best Soundtracks of Tim Burton
23. Shimmer and shine in Darlinghurst
The Sydney Shimmer Festival is the NSW Government’s latest offering taking over Darlinghurst this October. There’s live entertainment, food, cabaret and more in this four-day event from October 13-16.
24. Watch the dazzling production of The Phantom of the Opera
The historic production of The Phantom of the Opera is playing at the Opera House and it’s an unforgettable experience. Snag some tickets here.
25. Explore the Leura Gardens Festival
The beautiful village of Leura is hosting a Garden Festival filled with a variety of cool-climate plants, striking deciduous trees and more. It’s on this long weekend from October 1-4.
26. Get spooked at this ghostly tour
Have you ever been to the Royal Botanic Garden after-hours? Now’s your chance. At their Ghostly Garden tour you’ll find creepy grottos and dark ponds along with stories from the past. Grab your tickets here.
27. Enjoy the Darling Harbour fireworks
Enjoy glittering fireworks every Saturday in October along Cockle Bay Wharf, Harbourside Shopping Centre, King Street Wharf and Barangaroo.
28. Check out the new and improved Bondi Pavillion
The Pav is back and it’s looking better than ever before. It’s recently reopened with new dining spaces, murals and an art gallery.
29. Don’t miss the electric Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Enter a world of glamour, glitz and extravagance with Moulin Rouge! The Musical. On at the Capitol Theatre, this is one of the most awaited musical offerings of the year.
30. Get immersed in this neon playground
A neon exhibition will take over Chinatown from October 15 until November 20 with art, light, food and music lined up. Get the details here.
31. See this fin-credible shark exhibition
If sharks intrigue you, the Australian Museum’s latest exhibition is one you’ll want to check out. Attend free talks by shark experts, photography workshops and more.
32. Cosy up at this outdoor cinema
Not only is the Laneway Cinema completely free but it also comes with bean bags, fairy lights and no requirement for prior bookings. Just show up to The Rocks on Wednesday and enjoy a movie under the stars.
33. Experience Australia’s largest suspension playground
Wildnets is a recently opened adventure playground that lets you see koalas up close and enjoy slides, ball pits, interactive toys and more. Although Cowarra is a fair drive from Sydney, the experience promises to be worth the trip.
The Magician’s Cabaret is super popular for its extravagant shows and excellent dinners. There’s no other show in Sydney quite like The Underground Burlesque Experience or La Belle Rose—Sydney’s longest-running cabaret show.
Dining in the Dark is back with an Italian edition and it’s an experience like no other. Get tickets here.
36. Catch a free movie at your local park
Parramatta’s Spring Outdoor Cinema Series is here and the family-friendly event is bringing free movies, food trucks and music in and around Parramatta. Check out the line-up here.
Walking through the Blue Mountains never gets old. On this guided tour, you’ll be accompanied by an astrophysicist who will answer all your questions. Get all the details plus tickets here.
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38. Feel your spirits soar at the Gin Festival
The Sydney Gin Festival is bringing 300 boutique gins to the city with some of Australia’s most exciting craft gin distillers. It’s on from October 28-30.
39. Head to this Oktoberfest celebration
Munich Brauhaus and The Bavarian have kicked off Oktoberfest celebrations with free-flowing beer, plenty of German food and an unforgettable party.
Elizabeth Bay House is the scene of a crime and you and your team need to come together to try and solve the mystery. The task at hand requires you to put on your detective hats and put two and two together in this unique and fun experience. Get all the details plus ticket info here.
41. Dine at Sydney’s newest alfresco restaurant and bar
Rafi is the newest kid on the restaurant block and it packs quite a punch. The 300-seater comes with a cocktail bar, an outdoor terrace, private dining rooms and a glass house.
42-47. See jacarandas in bloom
Jacaranda season is here and these are the best spots to see these lovely blooms.
💜 The Royal Botanic Gardens and the City
💜 University of Sydney
💜 Oxford Street and Glenmore Road
48. Drive out for this vibrant exhibition by two Aussie greats
‘Spring Collection’ is the exhibition that has taken over the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery Ngununggula. Even more excitingly, it sees Rosie Deacon and Ken Done join forces for a colourful and nostalgic display.
A Magical Soirée, by Bruce Glen combines fantastic stories with fascinating magic tricks to leave audiences in awe and wonder inside a heritage building. Grab your tickets here.
50. Have fun at Pleasures Playhouse
A new creative event called Pleasures Playhouse has taken over the long abandoned Harbour City Cinema in Haymarket. Enjoy music, art and cinema until October 31.
51. Burn the dance floor with DJ/Producer Pablo Sanchez
Experience a unique audiovisual experience at Shuffle Studio Art Gallery along with a fun party featuring DJ producer Pablo Sanchez. Grab your tickets here.
52. Go stargazing at the Sydney Observatory
Powerhouse has announced a new monthly program presented right under the stars at Sydney Observatory starting this October. On the line-up is stargazing, music and food.
53. Grab dumplings for 80 cents
Chef Chen Dumplings is a recently opened Chinese restaurant and they’re slinging 80-cent dumplings for an indefinite time in celebration.
54. Get immersed in this romantic exhibition
‘I Loved You’ is the White Rabbit Gallery’s new exhibition and it’s a must-visit if you consider yourself somewhat of a romantic. It’s on now until November 2022.
55. Snack on these hearty cob loaves
Vapiano is doing pasta with a fun Aussie twist. Get delicious cob loaves is three flavours — carbonara, Bolognese or Pomodoro until the end of October.
56. Treat yourself to a staycation
The Harbour Rocks hotel is a lovely spot in the heart of the city with easy access to The Rocks, Circular Quay and the CBD. Relax and unwind in this historic hotel this month.
57. Try fluffy Japanese air cheesecakes
Harajuku Gyoza is now doing super fluffy and moist Japanese air cheesecakes. Known for their Instagrammable desserts, you can grab this tasty creation for just $6.
58. Check out Harris Farm’s fancy new outlet
Harris Farm has opened its fanciest outlet yet in Lane Cove. Expect a Salumi deli, a hot counter with ‘grab n go’ meals and fresh seafood along with a Messina.
59. Celebrate Oktoberfest in the Gardens
Australia’s largest Oktoberfest celebration returns this October with mega pints, silent discos, music and heaps of fun competitions.
60. Dip your toes in this thermal pool
The Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool is a sight to behold with lush greenery, local wildlife and aquamarine waters.
61. See the magical Cinderella musical
The long-awaited Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella opens at the Sydney Lyric Theatre this October.
62. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Opera House
The 50th-anniversary celebrations of the Opera House begin this month with a nightly projection on the sails from October 19-30.
63. Explore this abandoned glowworm tunnel
NSW is blessed with pink caves, hidden waterfalls and more. You can also see glow worms in an abandoned rail tunnel in Helensburgh but please be mindful, the bioluminescent worms are part of a very delicate ecosystem.
64. Try a minions-themed high tea
The Langham is hosting an adorable minions-themed high tea for kids just in time for the school holidays.
65. Meet Alice in Wonderland at the RBG
The Royal Botanic Gardens is taking you on an interactive Alice in Wonderland-themed adventure with song, dance and games on the card. More info here.
66. Shop at the Castle Hill Book Fair
From October 7-9, Castle Hill is hosting a huge book fair with over 50,000 books on offer. There’s fiction and non-fiction plus heaps of CD’s and DVD’s. Read about it here.