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After enjoying part 1 of the Free Sydney list, bring on more fun in Sydney with these free events and activities in August.
Emotional Intelligence Forum - Wednesday 2 August, 6pm to 7.30pm
Since the concept of emotional intelligence (EI) entered popular culture in the 1990s, it is now freely discussed alongside the traditional method of measuring human mental ability, the intelligence quotient (IQ). Learn more about the power of EI to add our community, business and workplace leaders with the self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills to help us all succeed. Speakers at the moderated forum in the UTS Business School on 14-28 Ultimo Rd include experts from Cochlear, PwC and Fairfax. Visit the UTS website for details.
The Roots of Britpop - Thursday 3 August, 5pm to 2am
Celebrate the Britpop with an indie and rock n' roll party at the Soda Factory, 16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills. All the classics from Oasis, Blur, Suede, Pulp, The Clash, Bowie, The Stone Roses, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Verve will be pounding through the factory before the Britpop Novas play live, supported by a trio of DJs. Visit the Soda Factory website for details.
Luminosity and Momentum - until 6 August, 10am to 5pm
In the Black Eye Gallery at 3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst, be entranced by the graceful schools of wild fish swimming through translucent ocean beneath a golden setting sun. The award-winning creators of this art exhibition use inventive photographic methods to capture scenes resembling the most evocative landscape paintings. Visit the Black Eye Gallery website for details.
Diefall Board Games - Mondays, 7pm to 10pm
Master a new board game every week, returning home with bragging rights after rolling double 6s or buying Monopoly's Park Lane. At 49 Goulburn St, Sydney, a range of old favourites and brand new board games will be available for a friendly fun on a Monday night. Visit the Scruffy Murphy's website for details.
Guitar Lessons - Mondays, 3pm to 4.30pm
In awe of guitarists as they play your favourite rock, country or acoustic hit songs? Learn the skills to join them, either on stage or busking on a street corner, with lessons at the Harry Jensen Centre on 17 Argyle St, Millers Point. You'll be guided by a tutor during an informal 90-minute session with your own guitar or one of the spares at the centre. Call 02 9244 3696 for more info.
Latin and Jazz Open Mic - Mondays, 7pm to 1am
Feel the fiery passion of Latin beats or chill with the silky sound from smooth and stylish jazz artists taking the mic at the World Bar, Potts Point. Enjoy the show or step up and live your musical dream. Visit the World Bar website for details.
Kids' Creative Workshops - fortnightly on Mondays, 9am to 6pm
In Surry Hills Library, 405 Crown St, children aged 8 and over can get hands on with robotic toys and digital gadgets to bring the creations in their vivid imaginations to life. On 14 August, use electronic building blocks, linked to sensors and motors to make new toys rivalling the most complex mechanical models. On 28 August, guide robotic balls through challenging mazes. Visit the Surry Hills Library website to book.
Strum a tune (by Harry Jensen Centre)
Traditional Chinese Medicine - Saturday 5 August, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Discover the harmony at the foundation of Chinese philosophy during this lecture about the practice of traditional Chinese medicine, originating over 5,000 years ago. Ponder the wisdom of yin and yang to promote balance and encourage physical longevity and prosperity at the China Cultural Centre, Level 1, 151 Castlereagh St with the deputy director of cardiology from the first hospital in China to incorporate both traditional Chinese and modern Western medicine. Visit the Eventbrite website to book tickets.
Meet Aussie crime writer, A. B. Patterson - Thursday 3 August, 6.30pm to 8pm
Award-winning crime writer, A. B. Patterson, chats about his real-life history of crime fighting as a police detective before reading excerpts from his debut novel, Harry's World, about an old school PI battling in a cruel, modern world. Guess whodunnit at Waverley Library. Visit the Eventbrite website for details.
Public Schools Arts Festival - until 6 August, 10am to 4pm
During Education Week, students are invited to perform the art of dance, theatre or music or display their visual art in a celebration of the arts created by public school graduates, hosted at the Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville. Visit the Addison Road Community Centre website for details.
Dragon Boat Racing - Tuesdays, 6.15pm to 8pm, Saturdays, 8.45am to 10am, Sundays, 8.45pm to 10am
Meet at the dock at 2 Bank St, Pyrmont for a paddle-powered adventure with the Sydney Tsunami Dragon Boat Club. At these complimentary sessions, you'll learn how to power majestic boats in a sport originating over 2,000 years ago in China to encourage life-giving rain. Visit the Sydney Tsunami website for details.
Bicycle Polo - Wednesdays, 6.30pm to 9pm
Unless you're a British Royal or a Packer, it's difficult to gallop onto the polo field. Skip the stables and jump on a 2-wheeler for a round of bicycle polo. Guided by coaches during these co-ed sessions at the cnr Power Ave & Park Rd, Alexandria, you'll learn the rules and basic skills, with all equipment provided, including bike, mallet and balls, in a sport which develops your cycling, fitness and balance skills. You can also bring your own bike, with experts helping to tune it. Visit the Newbie Bike Polo Facebook page for details.
Newtown Market - Saturdays, 10am to 4pm
Meet your friends at a local market, browsing the stalls for collectible music and books, vintage clothes and unique treasures. Find beautiful second-hand stuff at bargain prices, hosted at and supporting the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford St, Newtown. Visit the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre website for details.
Be. Live the City. - Weekdays, 8am to 11pm, Saturdays, 10am to 11pm, Sundays, 10am to 5pm
In Customs House on 31 Alfred St, question your sense of reality in an audio visual exhibition merging Sydney's history via recorded stories and nostalgic photographs with our present time. As you delve into the past, you'll help create a future for Sydney which builds on these personal moments in time. Visit the Sydney Customs House website for details.
Marvel at nature, captured by the camera (by Black Eye Gallery)
The latest designer fashions modelled during exclusive fashion shows all begin with an imaginative creator, a needle and thread. Master the sewing skill to mend your own clothes or transform your forgotten fashions into chic outfits. During the casual sessions at the Harry Jensen Centre on 17 Argyle Street, Millers Point, you learn to sew seams, alter hems, operate a sewing machine, knit scarves for the needy or knit your own colourful creation. Call 02 9244 3696 for details.
Social gardening project - Wednesdays, 4pm to 7.30pm
At the Ultimo Community Centre on 40 William Henry St, discover the fresh, delicious results from your own sustainable vegetable and herb garden. Join the project with other locals as you select plants then reap the rewards while learning to prune, water, feed and fertilise your new crop. Call the Ultimo Community Centre on (02) 9298 3111 for details.
Geotour in the Rocks
The sport of orienteering, where participants use a physical map and compass to find hidden treasure via waypoints, has been revolutionised in the 21st century with geocaching. In the Rocks, you can use your smartphone's smarts, connecting with GPS (Global Positioning Satellites) to find hidden containers or 'caches'. If successful, you'll discover colourful interpretations of our history created by local contemporary artists. Download the Geocaching app, choose a geocache from The Rocks website and sign the logbook once you've succeeded. You can also find plenty more geocaches throughout NSW at the Geocaching website. Visit the Geotour in the Rocks website for details.
In the Ultimo Community Centre at 40 William Henry Street, grab a paddle for a hit and a chat at one of 6 table tennis tables. The games are open for all ages but watch out if Forrest Gump arrives. He's a pro. Visit the Ultimo Community Centre site for more info.
Royal Botanic Garden Guided Walk - daily, 10.30am and 1pm on weekdays
Explore 30 hectares of lush green gardens in the heart of Sydney, discovering the historical and floral highlights of our Royal Botanic Garden with a learned guide on a 90-min tour. Join the tour at the info booth in the garden shop. Visit the Royal Botanic Garden website for details.
Adult Capoeira class - Thursdays, 6pm to 7.30pm
While Dancing with the Stars appeals to the oldies, and the thrills of Parkour can be bruising, Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian practice with fascinating origins in the 16th century, blends dance, acrobatics and martial arts. The guided sessions at 103 Foveaux St, Surry Hills will foster the best aspects of martial arts - confidence, focus, discipline and respect, while enjoying the playful rhythmic dance and graceful acrobatics. Visit the Capoeira Topazio website for details.
Tudor Comedy - Mondays and Thursdays, 7.30pm to 10.30pm
At the Tudor Hotel, 90 Pitt St, Redfern, follow the laughter (or the heckling) to find the show, hosting a mix of seasoned comedians and new talents eager to test their jokes, skits, gags, satire and dry wit. Stay for drinks, dinner and the show or take the mic to try your latest knock knock jokes on an unsuspecting audience. Visit the Tudor Comedy FB page for details.
Double Bay Market - Thursdays, 10am to 2pm
Rain or shine at Guilfoyle Avenue, Double Bay, browse the stalls of gourmet food, organic produce, flowers, gifts and arts and crafts. Visit the Organic Market Foods website for details.
Tai Chi - Thursdays, 10am to 11am
Since the 16th century, Tai Chi has been practised to find a gentle harmony in mind and body. Enjoy increased flexibility in body, peace in mind and serenity in spirit, guided by an experienced instructor in a session suitable for all physical levels. Join the session at the Cliff Noble Community Centre, cnr Renwick and Suttor Streets, Alexandria.
Chinatown Markets - Fridays, 4pm to 11pm
Snake your way through lanterns and lights in Little Hay and Dixon Sts, Haymarket, browsing the quaint market stalls while sampling Asian dishes including yum cha, teppanyaki, takoyaki, sushi, Szechuan, pho, roti and bibimbap. Visit the Chinatown Markets website for details.
Looking for more free fun in Sydney? Check out part 1 here.
Is there another free activity or event you're looking forward to in August? Please let us know with a comment.