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11 Free Things To Do In Sydney This June

By Jessica Best - 30 May 2017

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There’s no denying it, June in Sydney is going to be busy. And if you, like us, have overestimated the amount of spending money you actually had—this one’s for you. 

Cue silent discos (on ice!), photography workshops, talks, free movies and uh, did we mention the silent disco on ice? Here are 11 free things to do this June!

So if you’re after some cost effective fun, and aaaaaall of the cheap thrills, you’ll want to strap yourselves in team, because we’ve got all these and more.

Vivid Sydney

No money? No fear! It’s Vivid time and that means an awesome array of projections and displays across the night sky for free! Yep, you’ll be able to walk near and far and explore the electric hopscotch installation, The Octopoda, Spectral House, the Electric Forest, Dreamscape and—you get the picture. 

When: Friday 26th of May until Saturday 17th of June
Where: Various locations across Sydney      

The National: New Australian Art

For works in contemporary Australian art, The National 2017: New Australian Art is a six-year initiative that brings one truly unique series to our fair city. 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 as well as Aussie artists practicing overseas. 

When: Every Day until Sunday 16th of July
Where: The Art Gallery of NSW

Tokkotai Exhibition

Marking the 75th Anniversary of the Japanese submarine attack on Sydney Harbour, Mosman Art Gallery has organised a multi-media site-specific exhibition overlooking the scene of the WWII account. You’ll find six Australian and Japanese artists who have interpreted the event for a modern context through large–scale installations, paintings, and immersive works—and guys, it’s incredible!

When: Daily until Monday 12th of June
Where: Mosman Art Gallery

HeadOn Photo Festival

Tear yourselves away from your screens and lay your eyes on some insane photography (we’re talking the damn-I-wish-I-took-that kind). The greatest thing about HeadOn is that it takes images from photographers at all stages of their career, which means you’re in for a super diverse exhibition that highlights a range of issues! Cultured and entertained, that’ll be you.

When: Until Sunday 4th of June
Where: Juniper Hall, Paddington

Vivid Sydney: Photography Workshop

Vivid Sydney is sure putting on some sneaky free-gigs and here’s one you’re guaranteed to be all over. In this workshop you’ll score hands-on advice from profesh photographer Jeremy Shaw (he’s reached near God-like status in the photography world), and a handful of Canon staff all amongst the setting of a live-music performance in low-light. Plus, all the gear is supplied! Register here.

When: Wednesday 7th of June and Wednesday 14th of June
Where: Canon HQ, MCA Foundation Hall, The Rocks

Vivid Sydney: Silent Disco Ice Skating Festival

Not much beats a silent disco. On the other hand, nothing, and we mean NOTHING beats ice-skating at a silent disco. Thank you Vivid Sydney you glorious thing, you. Back for their second year running, the team from Silent Sounds are giving us two whole weeks to enjoy this epic event, which means all you need to do is choose your own tunes and try not to stack it. Are we asking too much? You got this.

When: 4pm, until Friday the 9th of June
Where: 28 Broadway, Chippendale

Big Fun Presents Earl Jeffers

Everybody calm down. Earl Jeffers, like THE Earl Jeffers, is hitting up the Gladstone’s famous beer garden for a solid music sesh! You can expect (as always) the sets to be completely eclectic and full of genre-spanning affairs, from house, soul, and disco, to boogie and funk.  Give him too us now.

When: Sunday 28th of May
Where: The Lord Gladstone

Movie Monday: The Rocky Horror Show

We can always count on The Soda Factory to turn up the general fun levels on a Monday night. So yes, we can confirm that The Rocky Horror Picture Show is coming to Movie Mondays at The Soda Factory and with tradition, popcorn is free (that’s dinner sorted) and if you can spare a fiver (or borrow one off your mate), then you’ll even have something to wash it all down with too.

When: Monday 5th of June
Where: The Soda Factory

Vivid Sydney: Nick Murphy In Conversation With Lauren Taylor

If you love music and performance then this bad boy is for you. Producer and bonafide hit-maker, Australia’s Nick Murphy (AKA Chet Faker) talks to Triple R broadcaster Lauren Taylor about his latest EP, artistic transformation, and how he goes about mixing past and present influences like heavy beats and those soulful jams (you know, the tunes you’re playing on repeat) like only he can.

When: Saturday 3rd of June
Where: Concert Hall, Northern Foyer, Sydney Opera House

Vivid Sydney: Golden Age Cinema & Bar

Think bronzed velvet curtains, a mirrored stage, and sub-street level vibes. Yep, you may or may not be transported to the actual golden age with this one. Drop by for Australia’s most progressive bands and cutting-edge line-ups, and a cheeky travel through time (we know, how cool does THAT sound?). These live performances are on for the entire month of June! Get your tickets here.

When: Various dates throughout June
Where: Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Lower Ground Floor, Surry Hills

Vivid Sydney: Purple Rain, Prince Tribute

So this one’s kind of a biggie (read: it’s massive guys, M-A-S-S-I-V-E). The first thing you need to know is that the venue will be rained in purple lights, and will feature some of Sydney’s finest artists filling the venue with six hours to a repertoire of all-time favourite tunes. You can expect more than 16 performers from solo acoustics to live bands, jams, DJs and more! Plus, dollar chicken wings. Yep, we know, gather the crew.

When: Wednesday 7th of June
Where: The Soda Factory, Surry Hills

Looking for more things to do this June? Check this out.

Image credit: Vivid Sydney

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