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Published October 2nd 2019
Great events to attend this month
October is jam-packed with a wealth of events across the state to ensure you will never be short of things to do. Whether you are a participant or an observer. Or whether you like arts or physical activity.
So, check these highlights, note them in your diary and secure tickets now to avoid missing out:
Head to Deniliquin on the NSW Labour Day long weekend to be part of one of Australia's premier rural events, the Deni Ute Muster Festival, which celebrates the iconic Ute, live music and all things Australian.
Event-goers can participate in and experience the quintessential Australian Guinness World Record-breaking Ute Muster and Blue Singlet Count. The two-day festival line-up includes over 24 hours of live music, the Bullride Spectacular (Rodeo), trade and catering stalls, NSW Whip Cracking Championships, woodchop demonstrations, helicopter rides, circus, camel rides and a family centre to name a few.
A perfect pairing of craft beer and picturesque cycling routes, Gears and Beers Festival returns to Wagga. A Community Cycle Challenge run by the local Rotary Club of Wollundry to raise money for charity, the festival encourages community participation and draws the attention of cycle enthusiasts from all over the country. Event-goers can enjoy handcrafted beers and ciders produced in the region, whilst soaking up the rural scenic beauty of the area. Ride distances begin with nine kilometres to 105 kilometres and culminate with their marquee ride 'The Rapha Dirty 130' which contains four challenging dirt sectors.
See some of Australia's finest sculptors in the treasured rural landscape of Dungog. This exhibition includes large scale pieces displayed in the expansive paddocks and gardens of "Fosterton", a picturesque valley property along the Williams River just outside Dungog, as well as smaller-scaled indoor works. Many sculptors will be present over the weekend and available to discuss their works.
For those seeking an active challenge, Australia's boutique mountain bike event of the year, The GV Block Party, returns to Greenvalleys Mountain Bike Park, one and a half hours south of Sydney. Mountain bike riders can participate in three feature events across the three days – the Dual Slalom, NorthShore Challenge and DHaRCO Super D – as well as a series of side events which are expected to attract 600 participants and 2,500 spectators to the Illawarra region.
Experience the blossoming beauty of rural NSW at the Griffith Spring Festival, with a fantastic fortnight of festivities and celebrations. Explore one of the beautiful open gardens, attend a gardening workshop, admire the 70 wonderful citrus sculptures and party at the street launch with live music, local wine and food stalls.
The famous, Sydney Good Food Month returns this October, with a dazzling line-up of dining experiences that celebrate Sydney's innovative, experimental and ever-changing dining scene. From established heavyweights who have paved the way to new-in-town players making their mark, the program heroes iconic restaurants and their ground-breaking chefs that define Sydney food today.
Playing at Sydney Lyric Theatre, the smash-hit Billy Elliot The Musical comes to Sydney in October. Featuring music by the legendary Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot The Musical has been seen by over 12 million people worldwide. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, it is the recipient of over 85 awards internationally, including 10 Tony Awards, five Olivier Awards and eight Helpmann Awards.
Join thousands of sports fans and make the annual pilgrimage to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for the most prestigious race in Australian motorsport. Kids 12 and under receive free trackside admission with a paying adult.
Riverlights Multicultural Festival will return to Central Maitland this October for what is becoming the most exciting community event in the Hunter. Celebrating diversity through food, music, dance and interactive experiences, Riverlights transforms Central Maitland into a global village. This event really shines at night, with the popular festival parade and magical lantern flotilla featured on the Hunter River. Entry to the festival is free.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
17-19 October, ANZ Stadium Sydney
Get ready to witness the largest Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo ever staged when it marches exclusively into Sydney's ANZ Stadium in October. Featuring over 1,500 of the world's finest pipers, drummers, dancers, military musicians and performers, this renowned Scottish spectacular will be brought to life set against the backdrop of a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle.