For those who are strapped for cash and are still saving for that Europe trip (whenever it comes), this list has rounded up the best and cheapest events around the city this month. From a winter festival to national fry-day and even a day dedicated to your special furry friends, Sydney has got everything.
Here are 10 free things to do this July in Sydney.
Bondi Winter Magic Festival
It’s officially been ten years of the Bondi Winter Magic Festival and this year is going to be bigger than ever, with history walks, live music lining the streets and Bondi Feast (a fringe-style winter festival celebrating everything art-wise). Head here for more details.
When: Until Sunday 28 July
Where: Bondi Beach
Yes, an absolutely free movie venue, The Soda Factory has been holding epic Monday Movie nights for a long time. This month, gear up for screenings of some absolute classics. Think Pocahontas for the Disney fanatics, The Breakfast Club, Mrs Doubtfire and High School Musical, for those who shamelessly know all the words and dance moves.
When: Every Monday, 5pm-8:30pm
Where: The Soda Factory, Surry Hills
Enter into the typical Tuesday trivia nights down in Paddington. Brush up on your knowledge of absolutely everything and anything for a chance to crack your spot as the winner. With prizes going up to $50 you can use that to spend on a $6.50 craft beer or a $12.90 rump steak. Book a table here.
When: Every Tuesday, 7pm-9:30pm
Where: 105 Sutherland St, Paddington
Sea Sound Presents: Milan Ring + Okenyo
Inner West queens Milan Ring and Okenyo are hitting up the fabulous Marrickville establishment for a live set. Milan Ring is bringing to the stage her orchestrated balance between analogue and digital worlds, mixing raw guitar and live percussion with electronic drums and synths. Okenyo is bringing forward her powerful evoking storytelling through her lyricism. Check out more information here.
When: Saturday 6 July, 9pm-12am
Where: Vic on the Park Hotel, Marrickville
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, one of the most spectacular moments in human history, Australian Geographic are hosting special stargazing nights. Another milestone to recognise is the 60th anniversary of NASA, for whom none of this would be possible. Head into selected Sydney stores and talk to any team member about telescopes, space photography, star guides and anything else you can conjure up. Head here for more details.
When: Thursday 11 July, 5pm-8pm
Where: Australian Geographic Store, Miranda Westfield
To celebrate Bastille Day, Circular Quay is turning into our very own French province. Every day you’ll spot a brand-new activity and event happening so keep your eyes peeled. On the list already are wine tasting tours, wine and cheese festivals, oyster and champagne bars and a mulled wine cinema. Join the revolution and head down to the harbour. Learn more about the festival here.
When: Thursday 11 through to Sunday 14 July, 10am-10pm
Where: Circular Quay, Sydney
When anyone hears those two words, there is guaranteed to be a stampede. For National Fry Day (even though it’s on Saturday), at any of the Lord of the Fries stores around Sydney to get your fry fix for absolutely free. Knowing the obsession of hot chips with any Sydneysider, you’ll definitely have to queue up, so get there early.
When: Saturday 13 July, 1pm-2pm
Where: All Lord of the Fries Stores, Sydney
Timezone Haymarket Launch
It’s time to feel like a child again because another Timezone has been resurrected into Sydney’s own Haymarket area. With bumper cars, a dance stage and of course new and the ever-classic arcade games. But for their grand opening, you’ll be able to grab yourself free fairy floss, competitions on the games and a tonne of giveaways. Head here for more details.
When: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July, 9am-12am
Where: 9-13 Hay St, Haymarket
Head along out towards Parramatta for a celebration of everything indigenous, also known as, what makes this country great. A whole program full of events and activities will be held on the day including traditional and contemporary dancing. The free workshops will also be utilising native Australian ingredients. Hit here for more information.
When: Sunday 14 July
Where: George St, Parramatta
A day dedicated to your pups, how special. This doggy day will be head down at The Marly, so leash your good boy (or girl) up and walk them down for a whole line up of fun stuff. With professional paw-traits, homemade dog treats and doggy coats, collars and bandanas being sold, your pooch will be the talk of the town. All proceeds will go towards Paws & Recover. Head here for more information.
When: Saturday 20 July, 12pm-5pm
Where: Marlborough Hotel, Newtown
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