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The Best Things in Life are Free
The light show begins at sunset (by Sydney Opera House)
After enjoying part 1 of the Free Sydney list, bring on more fun in Sydney with these free events and activities in September.
Badu Gili - Water Light - Mondays and Fridays, 10am to 4.30pm
Missing the lights of Vivid? Enjoy a daily dose of art as the sun sets over the Opera House, with the story of Australia's ancient First Nations portrayed in a spectacular 7-minute light projection. Badu Gili, meaning water light in the language of the Gadigal People, begins at sunset, best enjoyed from atop the Monumental Steps of our Sydney Opera House. Visit the Sydney Opera House website for details.
Tai Chi - Tuesdays, 6pm to 7.15pm
Want to try a martial art without duelling with Jackie Chan? Avoid the black eyes and broken bones with Tai Chi, the gentlest form of martial arts, using flowing movements to improve balance, posture, flexibility, core stability and muscle strength. Originating from ancient Chinese philosophy, this safe exercise encourages mindfulness as you connect with nature, promoting a healthy mind and body. Feel the serenity at 19 Greenknowe Ave, Elizabeth Bay. Call 0425 362 121 for details.
Green Gym - Mondays and Fridays, 10am to 4.30pm
Exercise doesn't need to involve torturous treadmill and weight-lifting sessions. Improve your fitness in one of Sydney's finest parks, Centennial Park, with a team of expert conservation volunteers as you learn the practical steps to maintain the varieties of native and exotic plants. Visit the Green Gym website for details.
SpringVention - daily until 10 September, 9am to 6pm
As spring gardens glow with colourful blossoms, the Galeries at 500 George St serve spring-inspired fusions of foodie treats, served while live music and art is on display. Try fruity flavours of edible balloons, popcorn from the Kettle, Australian tea, and organic ice-cream. Special tote bags are for sale, with prizes for selfies posted on Twitter. Visit the Galeries website for details.
Live music - Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm till midnight
In the exclusive James Cook Room on level 5 of the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth at 61/101 Phillip St, Sydney, enjoy an enchanting evening of soulful music with singer songwriter Kylie Stephens, a popular contestant on The Voice, in the piano bar. Visit the Sofitel Sydney website for details.
Life Drawing Session - 18th, 19th September, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
While Van Gogh's sunflowers are a masterpiece, many priceless artworks portray the beauty of the human body. Practise your drawing skills in a 3-hour session as 3 models pose to inspire your inner-artist. Grab a pencil, charcoal or paintbrush and enter the life drawing competition at the Canvas Bar on 364 Kent St, Sydney.Visit the Canvas Bar website for details.
Karate lessons without the 'wax on, wax off' regime (by Ryan Boey)
During the Fringe Festival, Kensington St in Chippendale will be lit up with live entertainment, food stalls and a lively atmosphere as it becomes the official village for the festival and the best place to mingle with the artists and experience the edgy fringe of Sydney's culture and arts. Visit the Fringe Festival website for details.
Tennis Coaching and Barbecue - Monday 18 September , 3am to 5.30pm
Become the next Australian Open Juniors champion as you serve an ace with tips from the City Community Tennis Centre coaches before enjoying a sizzling barbecue at Alexandria Park on Buckland St. Visit the City of Sydney Youth Workers website for details.
Living Colour floral displays - daily
Nature's colours bloom in spring with over 1,000 hanging baskets, floral towers and planter boxes sprouting across Sydney streets, from Martin Place and Customs House to the QVB, Town Hall, Hyde Park and Greens Square. Don't miss the green wall at Kings Cross. Visit the City of Sydney website for details.
Brain Massage - Wednesday 13 September 2017, 7pm to 8pm
At the Balmain Massage and Wellness Centre on 8/2 Beattie St, Balmain, discover the benefits of craniosacral therapy with the latest discoveries from Swiss osteotherapy clinics. Visit the Balmain Massage Centre website for details.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craniosacral_therapy
The Maladies of the Brontë Sisters - Wednesday 13 September 2017 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Diagnose the ills of the characters from the novels by the Brontë Sisters, discovering new insights into the diseases and disorders of their fictional characters and the painful cures. The illustrated talk by a doctor and avid Brontë fan is hosted at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
Under 5s will love the interactive artwork inside the Room of Lucky Charms, an exhibition with games, books and colourful creations in the Museum of Contemporary Art. Visit the MCA website for details.
Make a racquet on the tennis court with free coaching (by Pixabay)
Tokyo FRUiTS fashion magazine exhibition - until 15 September, Mondays to Saturdays
Tokyo is home to some of the quirkiest and unique pop culture trends, including the vibrant street fashion captured in FRUiTS magazine for over 20 years. Stroll through the wardrobes of experimental fashion, blending a series of Japanese and Western influences which defined the bold, fun identity of Japanese youth. The exhibition is hosted at The Japan Foundation, Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale. Visit the Japan Foundation website 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.
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.
Fusion Magic Club - Fridays, 2pm to 5pm
Before you master Harry Houdini's straitjacket escape act, learn the art of magic, illusion, storytelling and stagecraft with the multicultural Fusion Magic Club. Guided by Thor Blomfield, or should that be Thor Blomfield the Magnificent?, you'll have time between lessons to practise before experiencing the thrill of performing in front of an audience. The magic begins at the Cliff Noble Community Centre on the Corner of Renwick and Suttor Streets, Alexandria. Phone 02 8512 8000 for details.
Sustainable Farmers Market - Saturdays, 8am to 1pm
Savor a weekend alfresco breakfast with fresh coffee while grabbing your groceries, including organic vegetables, fruit, grass-fed beef, fresh flowers, sourdough breads and sweet pastries, olive oil, honey, preserves and fermented foods. Support local farmers and sustainable practices while treating yourself to healthy produce. Visit the Sydney Sustainable Markets website for details.
Free Monday Night Movies - Mondays, 5pm to 11.45pm
At the Soda Factory on 16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, settle in with free popcorn, $5 snacks and $5 drinks until 7pm to see a classic film each Monday. The program continues on September 18 with Charlie's Angels, followed Muriel's Wedding on September 25. Visit the Soda Factory 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.
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.
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.
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.
Zumba classes - Mondays, 10.30am to 11.15am
Break a sweat with the coolest cardio in town at the Harry Jensen Centre, 17 Argyle St, Millers Point. Zumba is the 21st century phenomenon in fitness, an aerobic all-body-workout with dynamic choreographed dance. Each class will boost your balance, stamina, coordination, flexibility and strength. Phone 02 9244 3696 for details.
Karate - Tuesdays, 6.30pm
After you've mastered DIY with the tips for self-defence inspired home maintenance from the Karate Kid, learn more about karate in a free introduction session at the Redfern Dojo at 638 Elizabeth St. Suitable for women and men at any skill or fitness level, the lessons will deepen your knowledge of Japanese culture with principles to strengthen the body and the mind. Visit the Australian Kei Shin Kan Karate website for details.
Forró - Brazilian dance class - Tuesdays, 6pm to 8.30pm
If the lively dance moves during the opening ceremony of the Brazilian Olympic Games in 2016 captivated you, lace up your dance shoes at the Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo St. You'll glide across the floor with your favourite friend for Forró, the art of Brazilian dance for partners. The sessions are perfect for beginners, with a backdrop of energetic Brazilian beats. You can also dance outdoors on Saturday at Victoria Park, Camperdown, from 3pm to 5pm. Visit the Sydney Forró 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 September? Please let us know with a comment.