With the weather warming up and daylight savings just around the corner, Sydney is ready to welcome back its signature sunny days with warm, open arms. What better way to celebrate than by attending some of these great events over the October long weekend?
From film screenings and pop-up art exhibitions to festivals of music, food and architecture, here are our favourite things to do in Sydney this Labor Day long weekend.
Jazz fans, rejoice! The Manly Jazz festival is back for another year—its 39th year, in fact. Join thousands of music lovers in their pilgrimage to Manly, where you can all enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz musicians from Australia and around the world. Featuring four stages and a number of external performance venues, the 11-day program is sure to keep you entertained. Jump on a ferry or make your own way there to relax as incredible jazz, blues and soul music fills the spring air.
Good Food Month
Good Food Month is the biggest food festival in Australia and lasts, as the name suggests, for the entire month of October. Highlights include cooking classes, pop-up food stalls, midnight feasts with celebrity chefs, and the iconic Night Noodle Markets. Most events will take place around the Sydney CBD, with a few “secret locations” thrown in for good measure. Check out the full program at www.goodfoodmonth.com/sydney.
Oktoberfest in Sydney
Couldn’t make it to Munich this year? Don’t worry—the guys at the Löwenbräu and Bavarian Bier Café have got you covered. Whether you’re boozing on some of the finest beer this side of Germany or just here for the entertainment and huge servings of schnitzel, you can enjoy a stack of great events throughout the week and daily meal specials all long weekend. For those visiting the Löwenbräu at The Rocks, why not keep the good times rolling with a bar crawl? This area contains Sydney’s biggest cluster of traditional pubs serving a huge range of craft beers and local favourites.
Art and About Sydney
This October, Art & About are using the city of Sydney as their canvas. From pop-up galleries to outdoor performance art, there’s plenty happening in Sydney streets as part of the packed program. In Hyde Park North, near Archibald Fountain, the ‘Australian Life’ photography exhibition allows you to examine the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of Australian life. Meanwhile, ‘Hidden Sydney – The Glittering Mile’ is a thrilling cabaret experience set over four floors of The Nevada, a former brothel which once boasted the biggest bed in the world. Get your tickets now!
Italian Film Festival
Sponsored by Lavazza, the 2016 Italian Film Festival will be taking place in three different venues across Sydney. Choose from a fine selection of films showing at the Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema, and the Palace on Norton Street. Festival highlights include Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers), Veloce come il vento (Italian Race) and that beloved classic, Roman Holiday. If you like the sound of an all-Italian evening, we recommend hitting the Palace Theatre on Norton Street, Leichhardt. That way, you can indulge in some authentic pizza or pasta before or after the show!
Sydney Architecture Festival
With so much changing in recent years, it’s an exciting time to explore the architecture of Sydney. The Sydney Architecture Festival celebrates all things architecture and design, diving into the creative ideas which are shaping the city, its policy and the public. Join in discussions, take a tour of the city, view installations and exhibitions, and learn to understand the spaces in which we live and work.