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34 Things To Do In Sydney This November

By Jessica Best - 01 Nov 2017

It’s the second-last month of the year and yes, we’re shocked that we’ve already made it this far too. Here’s to warmer weather, beer festivals, music parties, fancy art shows and of course, The Melbourne Cup.

This month is packed and we’re seriously not even mad about it. Here are 34 things to do this November. 

Hot tip: if you’re just looking for somewhere for you and your crew to park it on Melbourne Cup Day—take a cheeky scrolly scroll to the bottom. Yeah, we got you.

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Note: you will need an American Express account to claim these epic deals, so make sure you bring your card along on the day. 

When: Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 November, 2017
Where: Varies locations around your city.

Day of the Dead Fiesta 

No biggie but the ultimate Day of the Dead Fiesta has hit our shores and it’s set to be one helluva gathering. Expect epic music from the likes of a real Mexican Norteño band and Latin beats, a costume competition, Mexican market stalls and a photo booth! Get your tickets here.

When: November 3, 7pm onwards
Where: Factory Theatre
Cost: $20 per person

Sydney Open 2017

Sydney Open is back people and if you haven’t heard of this major event before (shame on you) it’s where some of the city’s most hidden architectural gems (over 60 of them) are unlocked to the public. Basically, you’ll score total access to places like Legion House, Carriageworks and The Australian Museum thanks to Sydney Living Museums. In other words, your ‘gram will go off. Get your tickets here.

When: November 4-5
Where: Various locations across the CBD, Redfern and Eveleigh
Cost: $49-$148 per person


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The School Of Life Live 

Think of The School of Life talks as the more sophisticated DnM you need as an adult (we all need it). With the busyness that comes with our Sydney lives, this specific chat balls around ideas and exercises to challenge your thinking around wellness, anxiety and self-improvement. Trust us, it’s the pep-talk you never had. Get your tickets here.

When: November 7, 7-9pm
Where: SMC Centre, 279 Castlereagh Street
Cost: $40-$50 per person

Radical Reels: Action Sport Film Festival

For some seriously jaw-dropping cinematography, Radical Reels is airing nine of the most extreme, high-adrenaline films from the latest Banff Mountain Festival and guys, it’s literally the most captivating series of films. Ever. Watch climbers, paddlers, BASE jumpers, skiers, snowboarders and mountain-bike riders conquer ridiculous terrains complete with stunning vistas shot from unbelievable vantage points. We can’t credit this festival enough so make sure you grab your tickets here.

When: November 9-10, 7pm-10pm
Where: Seymour Centre
Cost: $34.50 per person

Newtown Festival

Newtown Festival is back in a big, big way (and P.S. it’s in its 39th year so brace yourselves). It’s the biggest and best festival for social change in Australia, meaning you can bet every dollar you spend is going towards a damn good cause like supporting frontline services for those doing it tough in the inner west. On top of that, cue all the doozy local bands, the ‘Heaps Gay Karaoke Closet’ and as always, bring your furry friends along.

When: November 12, 9:30am-5:30pm
Where: Camperdown Memorial Rest Park
Cost: $5 per person on entry


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MTV Beats and Eats

Note: once you’ve been to one Beats and Eats, you’ll become an absolute fiend for the festival. Yep, it’s that good. Why you ask? Because it’s the massive party down at the Gong that doesn’t only bring the best of the best DJs around but the best feeds too, plus a heap of old school rides to make the day even better. Not that you need more convincing but Rudimental will be headlining, Yolanda Be Cool and Tkay Maidza will also be around on the day PLUS Geordie Shore’s infamous Gaz. Yep. Get your tickets here. Ps. there’s a space theme so dressing up as a cosmic god/goddess is a must.

When: November 18, 2pm-10pm
Where: Stuart Park
Cost: $53.23 per person

The Plot Festival

Oh, how The Plot thickens. Yep, this bad boy of a festy is on the return and serving up some major heavy-hitters on the emerging artist scene. Naturally, that means Airling, Alex The Astronaut, Alice Ivy and Dear Seattle will alllllll be there. Get your tickets here.

When: November 18, 1pm-11pm
Where: Parramatta Park
Cost: $79 per person

Royal Inner West Beer Fest

This month is brewing up the goods and we know you’re going to love it. Royal Inner West Beer Fest is basically a massive party to celebrate 12 local and regional breweries like Wayward Brewing Co. (Camperdown), Young Henrys (Newtown) and Batch Brewing Company (Marrickville)... and we’re totally okay with that. Expect a day of indulging in paella and Asian dumplings with a cold one firmly planted in your hand.

When: November 18-19, Saturday 12pm-8pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm
Where: The Royal Hotel, cnr Norton Street and Carlisle Street, Leichhardt
Cost: Free entry, tasting cup $5, tasting tickets $25 for 10


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Output Festival

Set in the iconic Sydney Harbour National Park at an abandoned fort, Output is hidden away in a remote setting by the ocean and to be honest, it’s the dance music odyssey you need to get to STAT. There’s sound, light, art, and nature all sound-tracked by some of the biggest house, disco and techno artists around. Plus, you’ll get to explore tunnels, stages and indulge in all the cocktails and craft beer. Get your tickets here.

When: November 25, 2pm-10pm
Where: Middle Head Fort, Mosman
Cost: $94.81 per person


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Electronic Music Conference (EMC)

This one’s all about the tunes kids. The Electronic Music Conference is an annual shindig about the latest tech in the music industry and all the other creative and cultural drivers influencing change in how contemporary music is made. You’ll find a heap of talks to go to (we’ll be trying to get to as many as possible), masterclasses and studio tips to take on board. Get your tickets here.

When: November 29-30
Where: Various locations around Sydney
Cost: Various prices

Twenty Motorcycle Helmet Exhibition 

Rev yourselves up for this one because there’s an awesome exhibit on the horizon. Featuring 20 of Sydney’s best artists who’ve put their own design onto motorcycle helmets (which will up for auction FYI) and bevvie offerings from Young Henrys and Sailor Jerry, this night is underpinned by a good cause with all proceeds from the charity event going towards Movember Australia.

When: November 30, 6pm-10pm
Where: Vandal Gallery, Redfern
Cost: Gold coin donation

Day Of The Dead 4 Pines BrewPub

Celebrating Day of the Dead down in their Keller Door Venue, 4 Pines is hosting a damn good Mexican-takeover featuring all the tapas with plates of BBQ pig belly and whole fried snapper with red rice (and that’s just the nosh). The real excitement lies with the two limited edition 4 Pines beers on the night—Habanero IPA and Agave Gose.

When: November 2
Where: 4 Pines BrewPub, Manly
Cost: Free entry


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And to top this November off, our favourite half-day of the year is right around the corner, so we’ve put together the ultimate list of where to get your food and drink (or draaank) on in Sydney this Melbourne Cup. 

The Star 

There’s a handful of super snazzy events happening at The Star for Cup Day including an oyster bonanza (and Moet) at Balla, an all you can eat buffet at Harvest Buffet and of course this is your destination for the after-party and epic beats at Rock Lily featuring DJ Havana Brown. Check out all the Star events here.

When: November 7
Where: Various locations around The Star
Cost: Various Prices

Crows Nest Hotel

Crows Nest Hotel is throwing up three packages to get your fizz on this Melb Cup Day and just an FYI, you’ll want to get in STAT because this one is a major hot spot to hang out on race day.

When: November 7
Where: Crows Nest Hotel
Cost: $40-$50 per person

Paragon Hotel 

The fancy AF rooftop pool bar at the Paragon is hosting one helluva garden party this Melbourne Cup. These legends are serving up a four hour premium beverage and canape package plus you’ll watch the race live and loud on the big silver screens. Get your tickets here.

When: November 1, 12pm-4pm
Where: Paragon Hotel
Cost: $150 per person

Coogee Bay Hotel

The Bay is bringing out the big guns for the ‘race that stops that nation’. There’ll be good vibes throughout the entire venue, live action on the mega screen in the Garden, gourmet food and two pop-up bars bearing freshly shucked oysters, cocktails, champers (duh) and guaranteed seating. Get your tickets here.

When: November 7
Where: Coogee Bay Hotel
Cost: $120 per person


It’s one bloody good day when the set menu reads with confit salmon, grilled halloumi with watermelon and mint, and hay smoked pork belly with pickled rhubarb. Oh, and when you’re handed a glass of champagne on arrival. Firefly has guaranteed they have all your frock day booze needs covered. Get your tickets here.

When: November 7
Where: Firefly
Cost: $85 per person

Hotel Steyne

A major luncheon is happening at The Steyne, equipped with big screens (not that you’ll be watching much), sweeps, drinks on arrival, live music and all the food! Get your tickets here.

When: November 7
Where: Hotel Steyne
Cost: $95 per person

Harbour Bar + Kitchen

Don’t even get us started on the delicious nosh offerings at Harbour Bar (it’s arguably better than the big race itself, just saying). Expect share platters of bruschetta and cured meat, mains of smoked lobster rolls, wood-fired rotisserie mustard chicken, and half racks of beef ribs. And you’ll want to save some room for the choc dome and passionfruit meringue. Because drool. Get your tickets here.

When: November 7, 
Where: Harbour Bar + Kitchen

Watsons Bay Hotel

Whatever your plans, Watsons Bay has you covered this Cup Day. If you’re feeling like a delicious stream of snacks, the Beach Buffet is for you with fresh seafood, antipasto, spiced meats, and delicious desserts. Or if you’re feeling mega luxe (let’s face it—who isn’t on Race Day?), the Grand Feast is served as a three-course feast served in a communal style, from Chilled Seasonal Seafood Platters, to Porchetta Slow Roasted Crispy Pork Belly, and ending with soft lashes of rose infused cream. And not to mention the included four-hour beverage package. Enquire here.

When: November 7
Where: Watson Bay Boutique Hotel
Cost: $85-$215 per person

Hunter & Barrel

The juggernauts of quality meat and produce are doing a set lunch menu with champagne on arrival at their Cockle Bay location. And yes, they’ll even have four 45-inch TVs to show the race  because these are the legends you need in your life.

Where: Hunter & Barrel, Cockle Bay
Cost: $99 per person


The party at Mojos starts at 11am with delicious Flemington Fling cocktails on arrival and freshly shucked oysters and antipasto. After lunch there’ll be bottomless sparkling, red and white wine between midday and 3:30pm and Asahi beer on free-flow. Plus, you’ll be insanely entertained all day with prizes for the best dressed, gourmet canapes, sweepstakes and a heap of lawn games! Get more details here.

When: November 7, 11am-3:30pm
Where: Mojo, Waterloo
Cost $90 per person

Mrs Sippy

There are two things you need to note this Cup Day at Mrs Sippy—it’s hosting a massive lunch AND an after-party. So that means you can just stick around here for the entire day for ultimate #convenience. During the day expect a constant flow of Moet & Chandon with TV presenter Laura Csortan hosting the Mrs Sippy Melbourne Cup and at night, continue the celebrations with live entertainment from Oberon Lane Trio and the crew from Onestop DJs. Enquire here.

When: November 7, lunch @ 12pm-4:30pm, after-party @ 4:30pm-12am
Where: Mrs Sippy, Double Bay
Cost: $150 per person


It’s a big day which means you shouldn’t really indulge in anything less that a big meal. Behold, the ‘bigger feast’ at Nomad featuring an 8-course banquet (we’ll just let that sit for a while). Think house-baked sourdough, roasted rainbow trout, BBQ lamb rump and the real winner of the day—the olive oil and halva crumble parfait. TBH, Nomad is always a good idea.

Where: Nomad, Surry Hills
Cost: $115 per person

CHISWICK At The Gallery

Think three courses (created by Chef Matt Moran and Head Chef Tim Brindley) and an arrival glass of NV Taittinger Champagne within the lush AF surroundings of The Gallery. Enquire here.

Where: Chiswick Restaurant
Cost: $139 per person

North Bondi Fish

Whether you’re into the race or into the good views, North Bondi Fish is the ultimate location to spend your dosh on Race Day (and also just because of the four complimentary drinks, obvs). And FYI, the best dressed female gets a little somethin’ somethin’ provided by the beautiful people at Sass and Bide. No biggie. Book your spot here.

Where: North Bondi Fish, Bondi Beach
Cost: $155 per person

NOLA Smokehouse & Bar

Because on the biggest race day of the year, a waterfront situation is totally necessary. Plus, southern BBQ feeds and booze is always a go (and so is live music, canapes and champers while we’re at it). Book here.

Where: NOLA Smokehouse & Bar, Barangaroo
Cost: $90 per person

3 Weeds

This lil’ pub institution is the place to go for a massive feed come Melbourne Cup Day. Think ocean trout poke, chorizo croquettes with smoked chilli mayo, quesadilla with goats cheese, and steak steamed buns with Japanese BBQ sauce. Yeah, it’s friggin’ amazing. Book your spot here.

When: November 7, 12pm
Where: 3 Weeds, Rozelle
Cost: $35 per person

District Brasserie

This one’s pretty damn schmancy and boasts all the tropical vibes ever. We also can’t say no to a four-course meal created by Head Chef Mark Knox (he’s a ledge guys) and there are even prizes for the best dressed table which means rounding up your squad and looking totally and undeniably chic is compulsory. Book your spot here.

When: November 7, 11:30am onwards
Where: District Brasserie, Chifley Square
Cost: $120 per person


Veuve champagne, harbour views and one helluva seafood feast. Stand outs at Manta include the Sydney rock oysters (these guys plate up some of the best), chargrilled Cape Grim eye fillet and for dessert; a mascarpone and passionfruit cheesecake. Just casually. Book your spot here.

Where: Manta, Woolloomoolloo Wharf
Cost: $180 per person


Get set for a super four-course Turkish set menu. There’ll be dishes including cured salmon pastirma with fennel and pickled chillies; and lamb shoulder tandir with house pickles (because with great sporting events comes great feeds). Plus if you’re keen (and you will be), you can get the drinks flowing with an optional three-hour drinks package of Turkish wines. Book your spot here.

Where: Anason, Barangaroo
Cost: $95 per person

The Argyle

Major alert: a massive garden party is happening at The Argyle this Cup Day. If you’re even remotely into being amongst the action and antics of the day, you’ll want to be all over this epic gin garden. Grab your tickets here.

Where: The Argyle, The Rocks
Cost: $99 per person

Nel. Restaurant

This one is already known for its insanely delicious degustation menu so expect nothing less on this mass sporting day (plus tunes by Cam Nacson). And sure, you’ll be able to watch the race on the big TV screen but we all know what everyone’s really going for. The cheese station. Book your spot here.

Where: at nel., Surry Hills
Cost: $189 per person

InterContinental Double Bay

You can choose your own adventure at this one. Go all out on the buffet in the Stockroom Restaurant (with free flowing Perrier-Jouet obvs) or keep it casual with the three-hour canape package in the Stillery Cocktail Lounge. Or go all the way up—to the rooftop that is. They’ll be opening it especially for cup day. Enquire here

Where: InterContinental Double Bay
Cost: $95 - $190 (depending on package)

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Image credit: Tim Wright

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