Winter is finally upon us guys, there’s no denying it. And if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent the last week preparing for hibernation—AKA spending all your hard-earned cash on things you definitely cannot afford. It’s not your fault—you need those tickets to swap winter for a European summer.
The piggy bank may be feeling a little empty ATM, but Sydney, we’ve got your back. Here are all the free things to do in Sydney this June.
I know we say this every year but seriously we mean it this time—Vivid is back and it’s better than ever. Marking the festival’s 10th anniversary this year (we know, time flies), this time ‘round our favourite winter event has expanded to over 11 different locations. Highlights include the Tumbalong Lights at Darling Harbour, Harmony Valley in The Rocks and the Snugglepot & Cuddlepie projection over at Customs House. Aside from the installations, don’t forget to check out all the music and parties going on around town too (these ones might not be free though). It’s going to be lit (get it?). Head over here to read more.
When: Friday 25 May – Saturday 16 June
Where: Various locations around Sydney
Wondrous Walkabout Goes Vivid
Don’t trust yourself to find all the great Vivid installations on your own? Never fear, because the Wondrous Walkabout’s crew have got you covered. They’ll take you to all the must-see spots at the multi-award-winning festival and they’ll make sure you get enough photos ops to fill your Insta for the next month. To grab your tickets, head over here.
When: Tuesday 8 June, 6pm
Where: Darling Harbour
Enigmatic Sydney-based musician Phanos Proestos and his band are celebrating Vivid this year by hosting an art pop extravaganza. You can expect this Phanos Proestos to perform with a constantly-changing bunch of instrumentalists t bring their dark-pop music to Golden Age Cinema & Bar and we are so into it. To book your spot, register here.
When: Friday 8 June, 9pm – 12am
Where: Golden Age Cinema & Bar
World Press Photo Exhibition
Nowadays everyone’s a photographer and while we can all stand there and take snaps with our smartphones, nothing quite compares to the power of a photo captured by a trueprofessional. Come and check out the best of the best this June, at this year’s World Press Photo exhibition. Featuring over 150 breathtaking images that capture some of the most important global issues and noteworthy moments from 2017, you’ll be amazed at the work from the world best photojournalists. More details here.
When: Saturday 26 May – Sunday 24 June
Where: Exhibition Galleries, State Library of NSW
Movie Monday’s @ The Soda Factory
Head over to The Soda Factory errry Monday to watch a selection of your favourite films—this month they’re screening everybody’s favourite Disney film The Little Mermaid and you can expect other winners coming up like My Best Friend’s Wedding, Sliding Doors and Bruce Almighty. While the screening is free, they do also offer a date night pack complete with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and burgers if you want to impress bae. Monday’s aren’t looking so bad all of a sudden. For more deets head over here.
When: Every Monday, 6.15pm
Where: The Soda Factory
Full Moon Mystery Hike & Picnic
Watch the full moon in style this month with a mystery hike and picnic at Manly Beach. Bring along a BYO picnic and join an intimate group of people in a private viewing station off a cliff. Sounds pretty magical, right? With a great view for photos and a serene background to boot, it’s an experience that’ll take your breath away. To reserve a spot, head here.
When: Saturday 30 June, 6.15pm – 8pm
Where: Manly Beach
There’s a fully immersive surround-sound space popping up at Barangaroo and FYI, that means you’ll be stepping into the Blak Box to take a listen to the First Peoples’ concept of ‘deep listening’. You’ll listen to voices of the Barangaroo’s past, present and future in the work titled HumEchoChorus and it’s all thanks to Urban Theatre Projects. Head over here to book your ticket.
When: Saturday 2 June – Sunday 24 June
Where: Barangaroo Reserve
Martial Arts Class
Everybody loves Kung Fu fighting and now you can try it out for free on Saturday 2 June. Located in Sydney’s Hyde Park, you’ll be able to channel your inner Jackie Chan as you learn the fundamentals of Kung Fu have a cracking (not literally) workout. To book your class head here.
When: Various dates in June, 9am – 11pm
Where: Hyde Park
Anime Architecture Exhibition
Get ready to discover the amazing cityscapes and architectural backdrops in the world of Japanese anime team, because this month, The Japan Foundation is putting on an anime architecture exhibition that will showcase the incredible detail that goes into building the urban landscape for Japanese animated sci-fi films. From location photos to concept sketches and the final colour illustrations too, the exhibit will feature original works from Metropolis, Ghost in the Shell and Patlabor. To learn more check out their website.
When: Friday 1 June – Saturday 11 August
Where: The Japan Foundation
Sounds On The Terrace
Kick back, relax and take in the beauty of the Sydney Harbour from the MCA’s sculpture terrace on the first Tuesday this month. There’s going to be live music, plenty of nibbles and flowing local beer throughout the night, plus, with a prime vantage point to view the Vivid lights, it’s the perfect place to get your mid-week pick-me-up while dodging the Vivid crowds.
When: Tuesday 5 June, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Swing Nights At Palmer & Co
Celebrate the fact that you made it half way through the week with a drink and a boogie at Palmer and Co. every single week in June. each Wednesday you can head to one of our favourite speakeasys for a night of swing and delish cocktails—featuring live DJs, live bands and all the charcuterie you want. So, grab the crew and hit the town, roaring 20s style. To check out the line up for the month head here.
When: Every Wednesday, from 5pm
Where: Palmer & Co
The Community Music Project—Sunday Lounge Sessions
Join the music-lovers of Sydney on Sunday 24 May for a relaxed and informal jam session down in Marrickville. Located in the cosy lounge room of the CMP organisers, this is the perfect opportunity to meet, play and socialise amongst other artists that share your same passion for music. Plus they provide wine & cheese to share at the end of the session and TBH, that’s reason enough for us. To register your interest head over here.
When: Sunday 24 June, 4pm – 6pm
Where: Agar St, Marrickville
Kick off your Fridays bright and early this month with a run through the CBD courtesy of Lululemon. Starting at The Ivy, this 45-minute high intensity interval based workout will have you feeling energised and ready for the weekend ahead, and also sweaty AF. Plus it’s the perfect excuse to buy more activewear because let’s be real, having too many pairs of leggings just isn’t a thing. Find more deets here.
When: Every Friday 7am – 7:45am
Where: Starts at Lululemon, The Ivy
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