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Five Free May Events in Sydney 2013

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May's the time for free fun and festivals in Sydney
Five Free May Events in Sydney

sydney writers festival
Image from Sydney Writers Festival Facebook page.

It's almost winter. The days are getting shorter, the nights are cooler and you're running the shower just a little hotter. Enjoy Autumn's last hurrah in Sydney by getting out and about and enjoying all the freebie fun the city has to offer. You can be dazzled by design, lured by light and ideas, celebrate Buddha's birthday, have fun with food and wine, or wax lyrical with writers. The choice is yours.

Home Food and Wine Weekend: 17 to 19 May

This weekend of innovation and inquiry is brought to you by some of Australia's favourite home and lifestyle magazines. You can join the experts in decorating, design, food and wine for a host of cooking displays, design classes and tips about renovation, garden design, flooring, paint, even dinner parties and beauty makeovers. Presentations on the Kitchen Stage and Lifestyle Stage will be running over the course of the show. All sessions are free but you must register to attend

Phil and Amity, the Block Allstars, home food and wine weekend
Phil and Amity from the Block Allstars will be appearing. Image from event website.

Details

When: Friday 17 May from 2pm to 6pm, Saturday 18 May from 9am to 7pm, and Sunday 19 May from 9am to 4pm.
Where: Byron Kennedy Hall, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney
More Information: Visit the website here. Click on the session/s you'd like to attend and follow the instructions to register.


Vivid Sydney: 24 May to 10 June

Vivid Sydney is set to once again illuminate Sydney but it's not all about the lights. Vivid is a festival of music and ideas too. The light installations and projections are all free and include The Electric Canvas at Cadman's Finger, Lighting the Sails at the Opera House and Move Your Building at Customs House.. There are a number of free events as part of Reportage Festival 2013, where documentary photographs are displayed in surprising ways, and The Digital Playground, a "celebration of photography".

sydney opera house, vivid sydney, lighting the sails
Image from Vivid Sydney website.

Details

When: Vivid Sydney from Friday 24 May to Monday 10 June. The Digital Playground from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June. Reportage Festival from Saturday 25 May to Thursday 13 June.
Where: Various venues. See websites for details
More Information: Visit the Vivid Sydney website to see what's on for Light, Music and Ideas.


Buddha's Birthday: 11 and 12 May

Darling Harbour is the venue for the nineteenth Buddha's Birthday Festival in Sydney. There will be official ceremonies, lion dancing, lectures, multicultural performances and a costume competition, as well as copious amounts of vegetarian food and traditional arts and crafts.

buddha birthday festival, darling harbour
Image from Nan Tien Temple website.

Details

When: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May 2013 from 10am to 4pm..
Where: Darling Harbour - Tumbalong Park and Chinese Garden Forecourt.
More Information:


Sydney Writers Festival: 20 to 26 May

Whether you're an experienced writer, a budding author, or you just love language, literature and the power of words, the Sydney Writers Festival has many free events, talks, book launches, performances and workshops that could interest you. For some free events you can just turn up on the day but others require bookings so check the requirements for the event/s of your choice here.

sydney writers festival, free events
Image from event Facebook page.

Details

When: From Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May 2013.
Where: Various venues around Sydney. see program for details.
More Information: You can find the full list of free events here, download the festival guide here or find a printed copy of the program at these venues.


Wine, Food and Art in Pirrama Park: 18 and 19 May

As part of the Pyrmont Festival of Wine, Food and Art, this weekend outdoor free event combines wine tasting with art appreciation and photography. You can taste more than 100 wines from Mudgee winemakers, view the entries in the 7th annual Pyrmont Art Prize and have your photo taken at the pop up photographic studio.

pyrmont festival, pyrmont art prize
Image from festival website.

Details

When: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May from 11am to 5pm.
Where: Pirrama Park, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
More Information: Visit the website here. Entry is free, wine tasting packages are available to purchase.
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When: Various dates throughout May. See article for details.
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Cost: Entry to all the described events is free.
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