It's no shame to want to live the life of the well, and truly, cultured. All whilst you have the pockets of a peasant. Oh online shopping, Netflix subscription, brunch; these (plus those 10 margaritas you downed last night) will all be the death of us.
However, if your wallet is feeling rather well, light, we come with some pretty good (actually-fantastic) news. There’s a reason we love Sydney so much, and one of the many reasons is the fact that there are always a heap of fun and free things to do for those of us that are more often than not, financially challenged. One of these days we promise we’ll learn how to save.
Until then here are 13 free things to do in Sydney this April.
Harbour Sculpture Exhibition
Head on over to the Harbour Sculpture exhibition, spread across Clarkes Point Reserve. Yep, getting cultured outdoors is definitely where it’s at, especially when the works are from the best sculptors from around Australia. On a side, walking around these works makes for the perfect way to end your day at sunset (we highly recommend).
When: Until Sunday 2nd of April, 8:30am-7pm
Where: Hunters Hill Sailing Club and Clarkes Point Reserve
AGNSW: The National Exhibition
For works in contemporary Australian art, The National 2017: New Australian Art is a six-year initiative and totally unique series. The mixed-medium (including installations and performance) exhibit will feature a collection of works from emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country, and Aussie artists practicing overseas.
When: Every Day until Sunday 16th of July
Where: The Art Gallery of NSW
Celebrity Talks: Off The Grid
There’s nothing quite like expanding your mind through a range of talks, and this series of discussions explores everything through progress and social engagement. Talks touch on urban beekeeping, the politics of food, what living sustainably really means and what happens when a language dies.
When: Wednesday 5th until Wednesday 26th of April, Wednesdays only, 6:30pm
Where: The Art Gallery of NSW
MCA: Kader Attia
French-Algerian artist Kader Attia works across a range of mediums including collage, photography, video, sculpture and installation; and this exhibit contains over a decade of his work. His installations are an awesome combination of two and three-dimensional pieces focusing on cultural exchange, appropriation, and ideas about the West in the wake of decolonisation.
When: Wednesday 12th of April until Sunday 30th of July
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
Beauty Difference: Street Photography Of Jon Lewis
Celebrating all things multicultural, 20 photographs feature at the Library from the Jon Lewis collection “Sydney Town Street Portraits”. Over the past two years, he’s walked around the streets of inner Sydney every day, creating portraits and paying homage to the street photography of the 1930s to 50s.
When: Until Sunday 4th of March
Where: State Library, Macquarie Street
Heartfulness Meditation And Mindfulness
Take some time out from the chaotic buzz of well, life, and restore a little balance back into your life. Let be honest, everybody needs a little TLC and a moment to tap out of Sydney-life.
You can locate the latest meditation and mindfulness spot here.
When: Wednesdays, 7pm
Where: Various locations
ANZAC Day Dawn Service
Getting up at the crack of dawn is absolutely worth it on ANZAC Day. The dawn service includes a catafalque contingent, an Ode of Remembrance, the Last Post bugle call, a minute of silence and the laying of wreaths. And of course, a day of two-up will follow. Naturally.
When: Tuesday 25th of April, 4:30am
Where: Cenotaph, Martin Place, CBD
Megan Geckler: A Million Things That Make Your Head Spin
It’s time to get cultured with an installation that will have you feeling like you’re inside a rainbow. Coinciding with Art and About Sydney, American artist Megan Geckler has brought her multi-coloured work to Sydney (do it guys, it’s awesome), and you can see it for yourself at Customs House. The hyper-colourful, mathematically based, not to mention giant creation uses 720 colourful strips to make you feel like you’re stepping right into the middle of a rainbow.
Where: Customs House, Circular Quay
When: Every day until Sunday 30 of April
Ok, everybody just needs to breathe. There’s now an urban jungle in Sydney. This is only everything we’ve ever wanted. You can all thank Forest Life for this one; food (supplied by Mama Linh’s), drinks, coffee, tea and then what we’re all reaaaally going for—terrariums!!! There’ll be a heap to purchase, special soil mixes, new glass casings and decoration pieces to pimp your little green forest out! And yes, it’s set to be massive.
When: Saturday 22nd, 10am-4pm, and Sunday 23rd of April, 10am-3pm
Where: 226 Annangrove Rd, Annangrove, NSW
Step one when it comes to adulting: make things. Let’s be honest, if you can master the art of working with hot metal, you’re going to impress a lot of people. As you craft up your metal pièce de résistance (you’ll get schooled on how to make knives and other tools), there’ll be live music, a bar by Young Henry’s and eats to fuel your creativity by Rising Sun Workshop.
When: Sunday 2nd of April, 1pm-5pm
Where: 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh
Sydney Korean Festival
The Sydney Korean Festival lives up to the all the hype. You’ll score a one-way ticket to the tastiest food stalls, K-pop (duh), Korean dance and for the first time, the festivities will also include the Korean Drama and Film Awards. Get ready to severely over-dose on all the bulgogi.
When: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of April
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Your tastebuds have been good to you Sydney-siders, so treat them (even more) and hit up the 2017 Nepalese Food Festival. Which means you have exactly one day to eat all the curries and all the fried noodles. Challenge accepted.
When: Saturday 8th of April, 11:30am-7pm
Where: Belmore Park
Doggy Speed Dating
Yes, you read that correctly. And no, we’re not messing around. You’ll get to help the RSPCA adoption dogs find their new home (that would be your place). You’ll meet rescue dogs, sit back and relax on the ‘doggy terrace’, enjoy coffee and canapes (you know, normal date-y stuff) and there will be an illustrator onsite drawing cute paw-traits (pun totally intended) of your pooch to take home with you.
When: Sunday 2nd of April, 10am-2pm
Where: Storehouse on the Park, Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay, 100 Bayswater Rd
What else is free? Snorkelling! And here are the best spots in Sydney.
Image credit: Elle Borgward