There are few things we love more than a good freebie. I mean LBH the world is kind of an expensive place (RIP to all property we’ll never be able to afford) and with our love of brunch, coffee and all things travel, you’ve really got to take every opportunity you can to save a couple of dollars here and there.
And we all know it’s not going to be by cutting out our daily coffee. Don’t worry about budgeting just yet Sydney, we’ve got you covered this month so you can, you know, live a little.
Here are all the best free things to do this July!
24/7 Free FIFA World Cup coverage @ Cheers
Luckily for all you soccer fanatics, we’ve managed to find a place that, regardless of the time, will still be open for you to watch all your favourite teams play (even if the Socceroos bowed out pretty damn early) for free. That’s right, Cheers is open for 24 hours every day of the FIFA World Cup to make sure that you do not miss even a minute of that live action. With extended happy hour and a kitchen that’s open from 10am – 10pm, you’ll be able to watch the matches surrounded by all the other soccer fans.
When: Thursday 14 June – Sunday 15 July
Do you spend hours scrolling through Pinterest looking at homeware and interior designs? Well we’ve got just the exhibition for you. This month, come to the Australian Design Centre and check out the very best of Australia’s emerging and established object and furniture designers. With over 45 pieces, entrants have explored new and interesting ways to answer the brief: Fit for purpose. Come and explore all the latest talent, and take the opportunity to vote in the people’s choice award. For more deets head over here.
When: Thursday 21 June – Wednesday 25 July
Where: Australian Design Centre
Let’s get physical this winter with a free boot camp curtesy of Jump Run Crawl. In a one hour evening class (that’s right, it’s a sports class where you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to participate) you’ll be running, jumping and crawling your way through the circuit. In other words you’re guaranteed to break a sweat. Grab that water bottle and a towel (you’ll need it) and head over here to book your place.
When: Every Monday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Sydney Park, Erskineville
Whether you dreamt of being an astronaut as a kid or you’re just a little bit curious about the world above – this event is for you. Astrofest, hosted by The University of Sydney, is back for another year. Boasting an array of free astronomy activities from talks to night sky viewings and demonstrations (there’s even a planetarium show for a sneaky $2 donation), you’re sure to have a good time.
When: Saturday 7 July, 4pm – 9pm
Where: Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney
Women of Craft: NAIDOC at Barangaroo
Come and celebrate the history and culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As part of NAIDOC week, this day-long event will offer an array of workshops designed to share their knowledge on craft and food. Highlights include weaving workshops, food demonstrations of home-style meals and a Buuja Buujja Butterfly Dance workshop. With a dedicated interactive space for children and food trucks on site, this event is perfect for the whole fam or all your room mates to get out and about for that day. For more info check out their website.
When: Sunday 8 July, 10am – 5pm
Where: Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo Reserve
Ryoji Ikeda Micro|Macro
Internationally acclaimed artists Ryoki Ikeda is back with his latest immersive installation that explores the intersection between art and quantum physics. Come and explore the universe in a new light as Ikeda tests the limits of what is observable and knowable in our universe. Playing with scale, the work uses sine waves, pixels and even data in an attempt to get viewers to question the microscopic and unobservable elements of this world in a theatrical setting. For more info head over here.
When: Wednesday 4 July – Sunday 29 July, 10am-6pm
Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
Free Shakes + Fries at Burger Project
Free food people, that is what we are here for and lucky for you, Burger Project has you covered this July. On one Saturday you’ll be in for a shake on the house with any burger buy and on another Friday (more like #friesday… you’re welcome) you’ll get a small fries totally for free with any burger purchase. Just make sure you’re following the burger joint on the ‘gram and screenshot the freebie post to claim ya goodies!
When: Saturday 7 July (free milkshake), Friday 13 July (free small fries)
Where: Burger Project
Don’t worry about travelling all the way to France to celebrate Bastille Day because Sydney we have a festival right here! With an array of free activities that range from circus acts to Cabaret and live concerts. Plus, there’s a Christmas in July Market held in the Rocks (okay technically this one is only free if you go window shopping), you’re sure to have a blast without touching your wallet. For more details and to check out all the events head on over here.
When: Thursday 12 July – Sunday 15 July
Where: The Rocks, Circular Quay
It’s everybody’s favourite Latino aerobics class and we’ve managed to find one for you legends that is totally free. And let’s be honest, it’ll keep you pretty toasty during the colder weather too #bringbacksummer. Perfect for beginners of all ages, come and shake those hips like Shakira down at the Ultimo Community centre. You’re bound to have a good time dancing away to charting songs, as you learn all the original moves in this modified Zumba class. Need more deets, head over here.
When: Every Friday, 10am – 10:45am
Where: Ultimo Community Centre
NAIDOC in the city
As part of NAIDOC week, the city is holding a celebration of the world’s longest living Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. With this year’s theme being ‘Because of her, we can’, activities are centered around celebrating the all things women (and frankly we’re not surprised because #GRLPWR). You’ll find a bunch of things to do like workshops, dance classes and cooking tutorials. For a guide to all the activities on offer, head over here.
When: Saturday 14 July, 10am – 2pm
Where: Hyde Park
The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever
Get out your prettiest red frock and head on over to Sydney Park on the second Saturday of this month to help celebrate Kate Bush’s masterpiece ‘Wuthering Heights’. In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Bush’s single release, fans are having a flash mob and yep, you’re going to live your best life and join ‘em as they dance freely and frollick in the grass before celebrating Bush’s birthday with some cake. For more info and to learn the dance, head over here.
When: Saturday 14 July, 12 – 2pm
Where: Sydney Park, Erskineville
Small Business Digital 101: Instagram
LBH social media is the latest big thing and if you’re anything like us you probably spend hours scrolling through feeds, namely Instagram’s. So, what better way to spend your time than by getting a crash course in how to utilise the platform to grow your own business or brand. Held in the Custom’s House on the last Wednesday of the month, you’ll get the total low-down on how to make Insta work best for you which means you’ll be killing the ‘insta-story game’ in no time.
For more deets head over here.
When: Wednesday 25 July 6pm – 8:30pm
Where: Customs House, Circular Quay
Free Coffee Friday @ Three Blue Ducks
Yes you read that right, on the last Friday of this month (and every month for that matter), Three Blue Ducks is giving away free coffee. In a bid to do their bit for the environment and reduce the number of disposable cups thrown away every year, their restaurant in Bronte will offer you a free cup of liquid gold in exchange for you bringing your own reusable cup. So not only do you get a free cup of joe but you get to help the environment while doing so. It’s a win-win!
When: Friday 27 July, 6:30am – 3pm
Where: Three Blue Ducks Bronte
National Tree Day @ Glebe
Let’s get that enviro streak rolling and put that green thumb to good use. Head on over to Glebe on the last Sunday of this month and come plant a tree for national tree day. In an effort to increase understorey vegetation, in existing bushlands, you’ll help the local community plant native flora and participate in a pretty spesh movement that will help keep our big blue planet flourishing for that lil’ bit longer. For more info head over here.
When: Sunday 29 July, 10am – 12pm
Where: Arthur Paddy Gray Reserve & Sydney Park
All Sweat No Tears Club
Get an early start on that summer bod, with the All Sweat No Tears Club. Held every Thursday, join the BUF girls and head down to Nimble Activewear to participate in a brisk run around the iconic suburb of Bondi. Yeah, we’re thinking this is the perfect way to keep active during the colder months. Plus with 6:30amstarts you’ll get a perfect #gram of the sunrise. Need more deets head over here.
When: Thursday 10 May - Thursday 9 August, 6:30 – 7:30am
Where: Nimble Active Wear, Bondi Beach
Be inspired by the beauty that surrounds us in the natural world this month at the Viewfinder photo exhibition in The Royal Botanical Gardens. Taken from the lenses of four local #boss ladies, come and check out heir take on the world. Capturing the essence of people’s lives and the wonders of the world (many of which we often take for granted), you’ll view breathtaking photos of everything from animals and people to landscapes and light. If you need more info check out their website.
When: Tuesday 31 July – Monday 6 August
Where: Royal Botanical Gardens
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Image Credit: Carriageworks