It’s no secret we are suckers for a freebie. I mean, here we are smashing our way through the big bucks for a solid brunch or lush cocktail for the ‘gram every week, so every penny counts.
There are many ways to cut monthly costs, y’know; sub out your daily soy latte for a home-made green tea, have one leisurely pinot at home this Saturday instead of several espresso martini’s at the local haunt and toast some Wonder White in the morning instead of ordering the handsome salmon eggs benny you’ve been eyeing off at that ultra-stunning beachside café this weekend.
Just kidding, we ain’t life ruiners. Don’t worry about setting budgets just yet Sydneysiders, we’ve got your activities covered for the month of September so you can continue living your best life, for now.
Here are the best free things to do in Sydney this September.
ANDREW BOY CHARLTON POOL OPENING
To celebrate the beginning of swim season and warmer days, Andrew Boy Charlton Pool is serving up a free barbecue brekkie, free entry, free yoga classes on the deck and free harpists. Yep, swim alongside singer and orchestral harp player Jake Meadow as he performs throughout the morning. Well these guys certainly know how to kick start blooming season. If you don’t happen to be within the first 50 peeps in, it’s the standard $6.60 free, but we have faith you won’t hit snooze on that alarm. If you’re feeling ultra-eager, the first three people in line will nab a 12-month 360 Active membership, which gets you access to ABC, Prince Alfred and Victoria Park pools. For more info, head here.
When: Saturday 1 September, 6am
Where: Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, Sydney CBD
EATS BEATS STREETS PARTY
As part of Sydney Fringe Festival, the Eats/Beats/Street Party will invade Kensington Street. We’re talking tunes, theatre performers, art and delish food for five beautiful hours. Artists will be painting walls for live street art installations and auctioning off works to raise money for charity. There will also be weird and wonderful buskers, boutique markets, pop up bars and acoustic sessions. Yep, and entry is free. Time to get grooving folks.
When: Saturday September 8, 3-8pm (after party kick-ons at The Gladdy, Chippendale)
Where: Kensington St, Chippendale
TRIVIA NIGHTS AT THE LITTLE GUY
Okay peeps, NEVER underestimate The Little Guy, because he’s home to one of our fave trivia nights in Sydney. This tiny bar on the main street isn’t your typical trivia night, it’s spread over a bunch of small rooms as opposed to being in one big space. Locals love this joint for a solid four rounds of Monday night trivia (and a few bonus games) covering everything from geography to classic Australian ads. The main hero here is the drinks, but they serve up the most delicious complimentary buttery, salty, spiced popcorn. Yes, we just said complimentary. Monday Funday sorted. For more head here.
When: Monday’s (7pm registration for a 7:30pm start)
Where: The Little Guy, Glebe
SUNDAY YOGA AT LULULEMON
Not all heroes wear capes. Our fave oh-so-farshun tights at Lululemon may be on the pricier side, but they make up for it by serving up free Sunday yoga. Various Lululemon stores all over Sydney are helping us feel darn good and get our Summer rigs in order with an all-levels yoga and meditation class. No need to book, but BYO mat (or get in there early to grab one of theirs). To find a participating store, head here.
When: Sundays at 8:30am
Where: Various Lululemon stores
LET’S GO GREEK FESTIVAL
Queue the souvlaki and baklava because the Let’s Go Greek Festival is back. A fave with tens of thousands of people every year, this event is your one-stop-shop to all things authentically Greek. Get ready to Zorba dance like no one is watching with an eclectic line up of entertainers, a band and DJ’s. You’re going to want to leave your diet at home for this one. Food-wise think delicious Loukoumades (Greek donuts), lamb on the spit, Tiropites (feta cheese triangles) and a whole lot of Greek delicacies. Renowned Greek chef, David Tsirekas will be doing a Greek cooking demonstration and there will obviously be no scarcity of taste testings. For more jump here.
When: Sunday 9 September, 11-6pm
Where: 163-165 George St, Parramatta
PYRMONT FESTIVAL OF FOOD AND WINE
When two of our fave things come together, you don’t have to ask us twice. To celebrate the beautiful Orange region, there will be food, wine, music and art at the beautiful Pirrama Park next to the glistening Sydney Harbour. Expect yumminess and good times. For more info, head here.
When: Saturday 15 September, 11-5pm, Sunday 16 September, 12:30-5pm
Where: Pirrama Park, Pyrmont
SYDNEY VEGAN MARKETS
Hold onto your kale peeps because the Sydney Vegan Markets are back with over 100 stalls and ‘lettuce’ be honest, we’re pretty darn keen. Expect Sydney’s best of the best in food, produce, homewares, bevvies, fashion, art, cosmetics, skincare, activism and education. There are tent talks which act as an education space for members of the community to speak about the amazing work that they do. Live music and talented artists will be performing and you won’t just need those stretchy pants for all the amazing food you’ll be devouring, there will also be free yoga and Pilates on site! Head here for more.
When: Sunday 16 September, 9-4pm
Where: Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
OKTOBERFEST STREET PARTY
Whip out those dirndls and lederhosen because Sydney’s biggest Oktoberfestivities are coming in September. Munich Brauhaus are doing as they do in the famous bier tents of Bavaria under a giant outdoor marquee in The Rocks. Get ready to do all the thigh-slapping, toe-tapping, schnitzel-chomping and stein-swilling you desire because there are good times on tap, non-stop entertainment and tunes, food, and, of course, bier to be had. From the ceremonial keg taps of 5 official Oktoberfest Biers, a dogs of Oktoberfest costume contest and sausage eating championship, you’re not going to want to miss this one. Entry is very much free so you can spend more buckaroos on frothies, you’re welcome. For more info and to book your table, head over here.
When: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September, 12pm-late
Where: Munich Brauhaus, The Rocks
90S OUTDOOR CINEMA AT CENTRAL PARK
Okay so technicaaaally, this baby isn’t free but hear us out. Let’s be real, we’re all suckers for a 90s flick and Central Park Mall are launching an outdoor silent cinema dedicated to this oh-so-fab decade. Every Thursday during September, the Chippendale Green behind Central Park Mall will be transformed into a moonlight cinema with a 15 square metre screen, blankies and ultra-fashion headphones. Expect movies like Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You and of course, our ultimate fave feat. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts… yep, you guessed it, Pretty Woman. Now back to the dosh aspect of things. Tickets are just ten buckaroos and all proceeds will be donated to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale to help local Australian farmers. AND you will also receive a $10 food voucher to stock up on pre-movie snacks at the lower dining precinct in the mall. So technically, you’re getting your money back, that works, right?! For more, jump here.
When: Thursday’s in September from 7pm
Where: Chippendale Green, Chippendale
We’re thinking it’s time you stop being one of those Nike and suit-clad office workers you trying to get their steps up during their lunch break. I mean no offence, but that look is soooo August 2018. Now we’ve got a cracking bootcamp which runs twice a week and you’re guaranteed to not only get those steps up but break a serious sweat. It’s located in Hyde Park so you can hit the ground running straight from the office and make those legs hurt (in a great way) for Friday. Every sesh is different but revolves around traditional bootcamp drills with some Crossfit inspired exercises thrown in there also. Sign up for the free session here.
When: Monday’s and Wednesdays, from 6:30pm
Where: Hyde Park, Sydney CBD
SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY AT BARANGAROO
As part of Sydney Contemporary, aka the ultra rad contemporary Australasian art event that takes over multiple galleries across the city, there will be three works placed in Barangaroo that you’re not going to want to miss. These large-scale, site specific commissioned works will sit throughout the financial, retail and dining precinct before and during the event all through September. Barangaroo is participating for its second year and it welcomes artists Callum Morton, Mel O’Callaghan and Cameron Robbins. Art lovers are gonna dig this. For more details about these mind boggling pieces of art at Barangaroo, head here.
When: 27 August – 21 September
Where: Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo
We’re always up for exercise that is so fun it doesn’t really feel like you’re working out (kinda). We know your hips don’t lie so get down to Ultimo Community Centre on Friday’s for some groovy fun that also happens to get your Summer body hip n happenin. Don’t panic, this one is targeted at beginners so you can shake that booty at your own pace. If you want more deets, shake your way on over here.
When: Fridays, 10-10:45am
Where: Ultimo Community Centre
SUNDAY COMEDY NIGHTS AT THE EVELEIGH
Who doesn’t love a good ‘LOL’, especially when it comes without a not-so-lol-worthy price tag. Ben Kochan and Jamie Kirk run this show every Sunday at Redfern's Eveleigh Hotel, with a night of stand-up featuring up and comers alongside the more established giggle masters. Grab yourself a mighty burger, a bev and spend your Sundee in this cosy spot with free entertainment! That’s livin’ folks. For more deets, head over here.
When: Sunday’s from 7pm (September 1 to December 30)
Where: The Eveleigh, Redfern
TRIVIA NIGHT AT THE TERMINUS
This is one of our fave trivia nights in Sydney down at the oh-so-stunning Vera’s Cocktail Lounge at The Terminus. Pop your thinking caps on, grab the squad and head out for this free night of fun. Think of it as an education tool, with a side of rosé spritz, considering your totally saving money on the activity side of things. Jump over here for more deets.
When: Tuesday’s from 7pm
Where: The Terminus, Pyrmont
Trump Head down at barangaroo
We’re pretty much a sucker for anything Trump related (for the Lols of course) so when this massive as hell Trump head hit the boardwalk of Barangaroo, we absolutely had to check it out. It’s popped up harbourside for Sydney Contemporary and you (and the seagulls) can sit on it too. Check here for more epic installations around Syd this month.
When: Until Monday 24 September
Where: Near Barangaroo House
And here's where you can sink your teeth into a metre-long vegan pizza.
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