Daylight savings is ending, but obviously our money savings are still going strong. Well… we try. If you’re like us and you haven’t been great at saving your paycheck, boy do we have some events for you this month. Your bank account will be smiling from all these freebies. So, with that extra cash you’ve saved, go and splurge on a chai tea latte or acai bowl.
Here are the best free things to do in Sydney this October.
This is something that you immediately think of in October. Beer and lots of it. So, get out your lederhosen and rustle up that beer mug because Oktoberfest is coming to Bondi Junction this month. Think of giant pretzels and washing them down with speciality German beers. For more info, head here.
When: Every day in October, 11am-11pm
Where: Tea Gardens, Bondi Junction
Sweethearts Rooftop is aptly named because they legends are bringing us some cult classics on their big screen this month. The Devil Wears Prada, Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski and so so much more. We can hardly contain our excitement. Book a table online and enjoy one of their delicious pizzas while watching the bend and snap of Legally Blonde. For reservations and more details, head here.
When: Every Monday and Tuesday, 7:30-12am
Where: Sweethearts Rooftop, Potts Point
If you love food and drinking then head over to Dove & Olive for some trivia madness to spice up your Tuesday. You’re playing for food and drink vouchers so that gives an extra incentive to conquer everyone there. Pull out your trivial pursuit and brush up with some BuzzFeed quizzes to practice. Head here for the deets.
When: Every Tuesday, 6:45-9pm
Where: Dove & Olive, Surry Hills
NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS
You know it, you love it, you’ve probably maxed out your card there, it’s the Night Noodle Markets. Cue the applause and tears. Yes, they’re back. With over twenty food stalls each night this one is definitely something you don’t want to miss. With just any Asian cuisine you can think of, the Noodle Markets is one of Sydney’s most anticipated events, so get down early in the night to avoid the hour-long queues. Head here for more.
When: 4-21 October, 5-10pm
Where: Hyde Park, Sydney
HARRY POTTER TRIVIA
Hey Potter heads, get ready to Slytherin-to UNSW Roundhouse for a night of quizzing your faultless knowledge of the biggest series in the world. Watch the movies to remind yourself of all the Horcruxes, spells and Patronus’ you can think of. If that’s not motivating enough, then maybe this’ll help. There is a $300 bar tab up for grabs. Jump on your broomstick and chase the snitch all the way to this epic trivia night. For more details, check this out.
When: Tuesday 2 October, 6pm-9pm
Where: UNSW Roundhouse, Kingsford
AUSSIE NIGHT MARKETS
Aussies aren’t defined to just one culture, so skip down to Brighton Le Sands this weekend and celebrate our multicultural-ness. These heroes are bringing down just about every type of food you can imagine. We’re talking BBQ, pizza, burgers, dumplings, gozleme and curries. There will also be tonnes of dessert stalls and trucks so you can get your sweet-tooth fix. For more info, head here.
When: Sunday 7 October, 4pm-8pm
Where: Cook Park, Kyeemagh
The most talked about event of the west is back and bigger than ever. They’ve got curated eats, chilled beats and art installations, something for everyone. And foodies, you need to listen up because Gelato Messina, Butter and Daisy’s Milkbar are only just a few of the legends popping up in this lane. I know there’s going to be a hella long line, but it’s worth it. Jump here for more details.
When: Church Street, Parramatta
Where: 9-12 October, 5pm-10pm
DISNEY TRIVIA NIGHT
Remember the days when you used to dress up as Disney princesses and watch those movies on repeat? Well, now’s your chance to blow the dust of those old movies and give them another looksie. Bella Vista Hotel is giving free mini desserts to all trivia contestants and there’s cocktail specials from $9. We’re loving the kidult vibe here. Click here for more info.
When: Wednesday 10 October, 7pm
Where: Bella Vista Hotel, Baulkham Hills
SCULPTURE BY THE SEA
Our favourite seaside activity is coming to our shores once again for their 22nd anniversary this October. Sculptures by the Sea is our favourite way to spend the weekend, strolling along the Bondi to Tamarama coastline and getting a rockin’ tan in the process. For more info, head here.
When: 18 October through to 4 November, 6am-8pm
Where: Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sydney
SUPER FURRY FESTIVAL
Regardless if you’re a pet-owner or not, you need to run over to Surry Hills for this glorious celebration of our furry friends. Filled with stalls with all you can possibly want for your fur babies as well as shelters for those who are interested in adopting a new family member. You’ll also be witness to a special doggy fashion show, which is something everyone needs to see at least once in their lifetime. For details, jump over here.
When: Saturday 20 October, 9-3pm
Where: Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills
There’s a tonne of festivals this month but honestly, it’ll keep our tummies happy all month long. Marrickville festival is bringing us a feast of international cuisines, live music and entertainment. There’re over 120 stalls with absolutely everything you can of. For more info, head here.
When: Sunday 21 October, 10-5pm
Where: Marrickville and Illawarra Roads, Marrickville
LIGHT THE CITY
Missing vivid? This Light the City festival is going to be the solution. Mrs Macquaries Road will be closed for one night only and will be host to special lighting effects. Imagine a rainbow path, tunnel of light along with a tonne of fun activities. You’ve got your roller racing, glitter ball arena and a Halloween silent disco. Head here for more.
When: Saturday 27 October, 6-11pm
Where: The Domain, Sydney
SWIM CO LAUNCH PARTY
This is the biggest party event of the month with the 2016 Bachelorette Georgia Love hosting the launch of Swim Co. Australia’s summer line. The launch party will be followed by a pop-up store where you get the chance to buy some summer goodies at 30 percent off! You’ll also see a runway show and be surrounded by influencers and Instagrammable photo ops. To register, click here.
When: Saturday 27 October, 1-4pm
Where: The Bucket List, Bondi Beach
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