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Published January 31st 2018
The Best Things in Life are Free
Exercise for mind and body (by Cook Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre)
After enjoying part 1 of the Free Sydney list, bring on more fun in Sydney with these free events and activities in February 2018.
Tropfest - Tuesday 13 to Sunday 17 February
The world-famous short-film festival returns with a series of free screenings, talks and awards events in Parramatta Park. Watch the creations from our next generation of local filmmakers with the Trop Jr category, leading to the main event - the premiere of the 16 finalists, judged by Academy Award winner, Susan Sarandon.
Art Class - Mondays, 1.30pm to 3pm
In the Ultimo Community Centre at 40 William Henry St, discover your inner Picasso during a 90-minute session guided by a local artist.
You'll practise techniques to draw with confidence, beginning with simple lines and curves, progressing toward portraits, still-life and landscapes. Visit the Ultimo Community Centre website for details.
Chinese New Year Augmented Reality - daily from 5 February
After the Pokemon craze turned Sydney into a giant online gaming world, the augmented reality experience is now melded into the distinctive red dragon in World Square on George St.
Scan the sculpture with your smartphone to reveal clues on a treasure hunt with prizes and special offers to celebrate Chinese New Year on 16 February. Visit the World Square website for details.
Singing Lessons - Tuesdays, 5pm to 6pm
Whether you're singing in the shower or auditioning for The Voice, improve your technique and stagecraft at the Redfern Community Centre on 29-53 Hugo St.
After impressing Ricky Martin, Juliane Di Sisto will guide you in a series of lessons leading to an end of term concert for friends and family. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Live Music - Fridays, 9pm to 9pm, Saturday 17 Feb 5.30pm and Sunday 18 Feb 5pm
Take a break from your studies at Sydney Uni with Courtyard Sessions of live music at the Seymour Centre. The space is family and dog-friendly, with refreshments served from the food trucks and pop-up bars.
In February, artists include Kid Heron and Lady Lyon. Visit the Seymour Centre website for details.
Latin and Jazz Open Mic - Mondays, 7pm to 1am
Jazz music is best heard live, as you're immersed in the spontaneous creativity flowing from the subconscious of talented musos.
Filling the intimate surrounds of the World Bar at Potts Point, sultry Latin melodies also feature, bringing a smooth passion from the heart of South America into a mellow Monday in Sydney. Visit the World Bar website for details.
Karaoke - Thursdays, 4pm to 7pm
While the Blues Brothers needed a chicken wire screen to deter a rowdy audience, the atmosphere at the Ultimo Community Centre on 40 William Henry St is a haven for budding karaoke stars.
Master your favourite songs in this Japanese-inspired industry, learning the techniques to captivate a crowd. Visit the Ultimo Community Centre website for details.
Sustainable Farmers Market - Saturdays, 8am to 1pm
Savour a weekend alfresco breakfast with fresh coffee while grabbing your groceries, including organic vegetables, fruit, grass-fed beef, fresh flowers, sourdough bread 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 Facebook page for details.
Capoeira Class - Thursdays, 6pm to 7.30pm
While mixed martial artists batter each other in 8-sided cages, try a gentler Brazilian technique where rhythm beats rip-and-tear boxing, jujitsu and wrestling.
Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art, is being practised at 103 Foveaux St, Surry Hills, with a free class for newcomers to experience the joyous energy of acrobatic dance. Visit the Capoeira Topazio website for details.
Chinese New Year Dance (by Adhi Anindyajati / BY-ND 2.0)
Serbian Festival - Saturday 10, Sunday 11 February
At Darling Harbour, the largest Serbian Festival in the Southern Hemisphere features cuisine, including pljeskavica (a ground beef/pork patty) Krofne, doughnuts filled with custard, chocolate, cream or jelly, and Rakija, a strong fruit brandy, music and dance, exhibits and activities.
Intermediate Guitar Lessons - Thursdays, 6pm to 8pm
At the Redfern Community Centre on 29-53 Hugo St, practise your guitar / mandolin / bass / ukulele / banjo technique in an intermediate to advanced class with a TAFE-certified musician.
You'll learn songs during a 10-week term, leading to a live performance for proud friends and family. Visit the Redfern Community Centre website for details.
Write your will - Tuesdays, 10am to 11am
If your headache after NYE partying makes you feel old, don't die wondering! Guided by a local solicitor at the Harry Jensen Centre, 17 Argyle St, Millers Point, write or update your will, ensuring your intentions for your estate distribution will be recorded in a legal document.
If you're receiving a government pension or support payment, this service is free. Visit the Harry Jensen Centre website for details.
Balance Bike Clinic - Saturdays, 11am to 3pm
Once you've learnt to ride a bike, you'll never forget, but the initial attempts can be awkward, especially when the training wheels are removed.
Help your 3 to 8-year-old son, daughter or relative discover the joy of riding a bicycle at these clinics at the Sydney Park Cycling Centre on 416 Sydney Park Rd, Alexandria. Instructors will lead interactive classes to turn 4 wheels into 2. Visit the Sydney Cycleways website for details.
Singing Classes - Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4pm to 5pm
Whether you're on a journey to pop stardom or want to sing your favourite song, the after-school classes at Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo St are ideal for school students to find their voices as they are guided by an instructor. Phone 0405 027 165 for details.
Music Academy - Wednesdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
In the Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo St, learn how to handle a Music Production Centre, with lessons to develop skills in finger drumming, sequencing, effects, sampling chops and song presentation.
While Border Force raid cargo containers, seizing massive drug hauls, shipping containers have become a vital piece of our prosperity, allowing global trade and bringing a variety of consumer goods we didn't think we'd need.
Discover the secrets of the ubiquitous metal box at the Australian National Maritime Museum, as we celebrate 70 years since its first voyage. Visit the Container - The Box That Changed The World website for details.
Twilight Food Fair - Fridays, 5.30pm to 9pm
Have a night off from the kitchen as you're drawn by the live music into Civic Park at 200 Miller St, North Sydney to sample your favourite international cuisine.
Choose from Thai, Malaysian, South American, Chinese, German, Turkish, Italian, Japanese, Indian and Middle Eastern dishes, while children try the free activities during a warm spring evening. Visit the Twilight Food Fair 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.
Art Play - Wednesdays, 10am to 12pm
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.
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.
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.
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 February 5 with My Neighbour Totoro, Crazy Stupid Love on the 12th, 21 Jump Street on the 19th, and King Kong on the 26th. 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 collectable 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.
Tudor Comedy - 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.
Zumba classes - Mondays (except New Years Day), 10.30am to 11.15am, Fridays, 10am to 10.45am
Break a sweat with the coolest cardio in town at the Harry Jensen Centre, 17 Argyle St, Millers Point on Mondays at 10.30am and the Ultimo Community Centre on 40 William Henry St on Fridays at 10am.
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.
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 February? Please let us know with a comment.