ICYMI Sydney is kind of expensive. And by kind of, we mean very. Luckily for you and your crew, there are exceptions to this seemingly widespread rule. So many in fact that we’ve found a whole heap (19 if we're counting) happening in Sydney this March.
Think awesome festivals, exhibitions and workshops guaranteed to bring you one helluva time without spending a single centre.
Keep reading Sydney; here are the best free things to do in our fair city this March!
Gear Up Girl
If you want to do something amazing (like set a world record for the largest women’s bike ride), then Gear Up Girl is an event you can’t afford to miss. Bike NSW and National Heart Foundation have teamed up to raise awareness about heart disease in women, and they’re doing it by riding along some of Sydney’s most breathtaking coastlines, finishing at Cronulla Beach for a good cause. And don’t worry, if riding isn’t your forte, there are three different distances to cycle.
When: Sunday 12th of March
Where: Cahill Park, Wolli Creek
Adults Only Night At The Powerhouse Museum
Little people are great and all but when there’s an adult only event our level of excitement peaks. For a night of experts, tours, recreation of archaeological digs (we’re intrigued) as well as an epic telescope viewing of the night sky, you’ll want to hit up the Egyptian Mummies after-hours tour.
When: Thursday 23rd of March, 6-9pm
Where: The Powerhouse Museum
Free Meals Thanks To THR1VE
Remember, you're reading this because you're broke #realitycheck. As far as free things to do go; scoring a year’s worth of free grub is pretty high up on the list, right? That said, boy do we have good news for you—our friends over at THR1VE are giving you the chance to win their relish ready made (fresh!) meals delivered, right to do you door, for an ENTIRE year! So this is really a free thing to do all year, amirite? Just think about it—no meal prepping, no cooking, no dishes, and a whole lot of free food! To enter click here.
Entries close Tuesday 7 March.
Traditional Eel Festival @ Elizabeth Farm
Now here’s something you don’t read every month, an epic eel festival is set to hit Elizabeth Farm and guys, the feasting will be so, so real. Among all the talks, demonstrations (and yes, you’ll be able to touch live eels), tours, tastings and markets, you’ll get to sample traditionally cooked eel with Fred’s Bush Tucker. Plus the renowned Muru Mittigar Markets will make an appearance, selling authentic traditional and contemporary Indigneous paintings, designs and artefacts alongside food stalls and ready-to-eat bush tucker.
When: Sunday 12th of March
Where: Elizabeth Farm, Rosehill
Wendy Sharpe Exhibition
If you’re keen to muse over intriguing works, the Wendy Sharpe exhibition is a must. Packed with unique installations at Juniper Hall, in one of Sydney’s most historic mansions, Sharpe’s work explores a number of works on paper with no precise narrative, and guys, it’s so good that you may or may not find it hard to leave.
When: Until Sunday 26th of March
Where: Juniper Hall, Paddington
There’s no doubt that the annual Art Express has been growing in popularity and for a good reason too, the collection of work keeps getting better and better (let’s just ignore the fact that students do art wayyyy better than us adults do). Featuring a selection of the best student artworks from last year’s HSC, this year’s exhibition promises to show-up all previous years with an extensive range of materials and approaches to works.
When: Until Sunday 23rd of April
Where: Art Gallery of NSW
Join The March Movement
Start spreading good vibes everywhere you go courtesy of the March Movement. Sign up and commit to doing one good deed a day, every day, for the month of (you guessed it) March, and see how what a difference you can make to someone’s day (be it your neighbour, your mum or yourself).
When: The month of March
Transition Film Festival
For the first time ever, Transition Film Festival will be hitting up Sydney with a heap of world-changing documentaries. You’ll come across cutting-edge films about wellness, innovation, ethical fashion and climate change, all showing at various cinemas around good old Sydney. Guarantee your spot to watch by registering here.
When: Thursday 9th of March until Friday 24th of March
Where: Various locations
Free DJ workshop
If you’ve ever thought you have an ear for some pretty sick beats (let’s face it, we all have), then you probably have some untapped potential in mixing tunes. Perhaps being a DJ has never (officially) been on the cards for you, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be any good at it. In fact, after a few of these awesome workshops, we have no doubt you might actually consider it.
When: Every Monday and Tuesday until Monday the 8th of May, 6-8pm
Where: Redfern Community Centre
Colourful large-scale installations and interactive art? Sign us up. Featuring newly commissioned and recent works, Superposition of Three Types has been created by 13 Australian artists and is bound to be a jaw-dropping exhibition. Its creators play with the idea of colour abstraction and its relevance in an increasingly commercial world. Basically, if you like the idea of practically walking into a kaleidoscope, you’re going to love this.
When: Friday 10th of February until Thursday 17th of April
Where: Artspace, Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
Aside from the fact that the first week of March is (unofficially) national party week, thanks to the abundance of Mardi Gras celebrations on offer, you (and your bank account) will be super pleased to know that there’s a heap of free comedy and exhibits to get around. Choose from fun nights out like the Queer Art After Hours; or save your glitter for the Mardi Gras parade AKA THE parade of all parades. And just so you know, this one’s set to be a technicolour super-party.
When: Saturday 4th of March
Where: Oxford Street and Flinders Street, Darlinghurst
Hold onto your Nikes, The Nike Run Club is back and they’ve relocated to Centennial Park (that’s right, basically in our very own backyard). As usual, whether you have a need for speed, or haven’t taken a jog since year 9 P.E class (we feel you), you’re guaranteed to have an absolute ball at this event.
When: Every Monday and Wednesday, 6:30pm
Where: Centennial Park
Chairs In Squares
Lay back and put your feet up Sydney, it’s time to wind down and soak up the (remaining) sunshine in style. We’re talking the like of candy-striped deck chairs. All one hundred of them.
When: Every weekday, 9am until 6pm,
Where: Sydney Square, Wynyard Park, Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Harry Jensen Community Centre, Llankelly Place
Courtyard Sessions At Seymour College
Let’s be honest, we’re all keen to catch the best musicians before they get all famous and cool on us. And where do you find this up and coming talent before everyone else does? At the sunset sessions in the Seymour courtyard, obviously. Not only will your afternoon be decked out with awesome tunes, there’s also a bar, BBQ and vintage games (and on the side, it’s little human and pet friendly).
When: Every Friday until Friday 17th of March
Where: Seymour College courtyard
Movie Night At The Exchange Hotel
Can we just take a moment to thank the legends at the Exchange Hotel for blessing our Tuesdays with an epic movie night filled with all the classics. Yep, it’s free, films are played on the projector and you’ll get a glorious, tasty box of popcorn. And that friends, is how movie night is done.
When: Every Tuesday, 7pm
Where: The Exchange Hotel, Balmain
Chilly Philly Crochet Social
If you don’t find adults wearing gigantic crochet tacos, burgers and slices of pizza on their heads hilarious, then we can’t be friends. We promise you, Chilly Philly is a not to be missed exhibition, and we’re wondering why something like this wasn’t done sooner? Please, tell us. This is the first solo major exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Phil Ferguson who (being the legend he is) creates wearable crochet art, takes self-portraits in them and uploads them to Instagram. Like we said, you don’t want to miss this one.
When: Until Wednesday 15th of March, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am-4pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, William Street, Darlinghurst
Table Tennis At Ultimo
Look, Sydney needed a space to play the odd game of table tennis and now, we have it. Whether you’re keen for a game during your lunch break, or want to finish off the week with a table tennis showdown between you and your mates, there are six tables to play on and we’re pretty sure one of them has your name on it.
When: Weekdays, 10am-8pm, Weekends, 10am-4pm
Where: Ultimo Community Centre, William Henry Street, Ultimo
Coogee Comedy Night
Yep, while Coogee is known for its rock pools and picnic-perfect promenade, you’ll also find a spot of comedy here every Monday night (we all need something to cure our start-of-the-week blues). And we’ll have you know that Sydney’s own Dirty Thunder and Coogee Bay Hotel have collaborated to bring you world-class comedians (and cheap schooners to go with it).
When: Every Monday, 8:30-10pm
Where: Coogee Bay Hotel
International Women’s Day Yoga
If there’s a time to do yoga, it’s pre-work and it’s down at The Rocks. In conjunction with International Women’s Day, the International Yoga Teachers Association will be hosting one helluva yoga and meditation morning at the KGV Recreation Centre. There’ll be a dawn meditation, a yoga session and yep, delicious refreshments afterwards.
When: Wednesday 8th of March, 6:30am-9:30am
Where: King George V (KGV) Recreation Centre, Cumberland Street, The Rocks
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Image credit: Jeffery Feng