Spring has well and truly sprung as we bid goodbye to September. What better way to enjoy the season than with community celebrations and festivals around Sydney. You can enjoy cool climate wines by the Balmoral seaside; go on Brookvale's carnival rides; take a drive out to Warragamba; get some healthy lifestyle tips; partake in Auburn's cultural celebrations; pick up some cooking tips from a former Masterchef contestant; grab some food truck munchies; take a bush walk; learn how to take better photographs; make a day for bargain hunting; and have breakfast with birds. Whatever event or activity suits the family or your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in Sydney this month.
1, 2, 6, 7, 8 & 9 October - Wet'n'Wild Sydney's Food Truck Festival
To celebrate the spring season, the biggest and best water theme park in Sydney is hosting a Food Truck Festival. Wet'n'Wild Sydney is bringing together the best street food vendors to create a culinary adventure right in front of the theme park. In addition to the variety of food, you and your family can also enjoy live entertainment, kids activities and a pop-up bar.
Grab the family and head over to Auburn for the biggest community event. The annual Auburn Festival is a signature event of the Auburn Municipal Council and one of Western Sydney's flagship events. You and your family can join in the celebration of the diverse and vibrant cultures in the local and surrounding region. Thanks to the amazing cultural diversity, you can enjoy a wide range of music and dance performances, activities, workshops, food and markets stalls that reflect those cultures including Kurdish, West African, Middle Eastern and Chinese. The Council will be running a free shuttle bus service, running approximately every 30 minutes and stopping at Auburn Civic Carpark on the corner Susan Street and Queen Street, Auburn Train Station on South Parade, Lidcombe Multi-storey Carpark on Tooheys Lane, and Lidcombe Train Station at the corner of Church Street and John Street.
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Venue: Wyatt Park, Lidcombe Address: Church Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141
Hunter Valley Uncorked returns to the sunny shores of Balmoral Beach for the 11th year. This annual event showcases the best of wine and food from the Hunter Valley. You can expect to taste wines on offer from some of the region's top wineries and tasty morsels from restaurants and artisan producers while being entertained by live music. Wine glasses and vouchers can be purchased upon arrival. Free shuttle busses will run every 15 minutes from Mosman and Spit Junction to Balmoral Beach during the day. Grab the family and friends and enjoy a day out at the beautiful seaside location of Balmoral.
Head over to the Cumberland Council and the Wentworthville Community gardens annual open day for a live food demonstration by Jay Huxley. This former Masterchef contestant and restaurant owner will be sharing some simple tips for fuss-free family meals that are affordable and healthy. He will also show you how best to make most of leftovers. You will receive a showbag with some goodies as a participant. Jay will be hosting 2 sessions so grab your session 1 ticket or session 2 ticket now before they run out.
Grab the family and make a beeline for the annual Brookvale Show. What began in 1921 as an agricultural and horticultural show has become a giant fun fair with entertainment, rides and thrills. In addition to the carnival rides, there are circus shows, roving street theatre characters, aerial performances and food stalls. There is even an amazing fireworks finale to end the show with a bang! This is one event that will certainly deliver plenty of family fun.
The Warragamba Silverdale Neighbourhood Centre is serving up a fun-filled day for the whole family again this year amidst the beautiful picnic grounds of Warragamba Dam. The annual Dam Fest returns with the support and participation of the local community and organisations like Rural Fire Service, National Parks, Senior Citizens Groups, Men's Shed and Art Group. You and your family can look forward to rides, live entertainment, showbags, swap meet, helicopter joy flights, billy cart derby, a car and bike show and emergency services display. There are also roving entertainers, choir and dance performances and an animal farm for kids to interact with a variety of animals.
If you wanted to take better photographs but didn't know where to start, then head on down to Kogarah Library. This workshop will help you better understand your camera. You will learn about lighting, composition and other techniques that will help improve your photographic skills. Click here to book your space.
Celebrate National Bird Week with Renee Fester Levy from BirdLife Australia's National Education Committee. She is hosting a morning of breakfast and birdwatching at Sydney Park. The picturesque wetlands and creeks that flow throughout the 40 hectares park attract all different types of birds. You will learn about the unusual habits and ability of birds to survive in the urban landscape as well as some of the uncommon migratory species that visit the wetlands on their way to and back from Japan. Remember to bring a pair of binoculars. Click here to reserve your space.
Time: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Venue: Sydney Park
Address: Sydney Park Road, Saint Peters, NSW 2044
Get ready for the biggest day of garage sales in Australia with over 10,000 garage sales happening around the country. More than 2 million pre-loved items will be available to attract over 300,000 bargain hunters out for a day of haggling. There are more than 260 garage sales happening around Sydney on the day. This event helps to promote the reuse message while bringing communities together and helping people make some extra cash and find some treasures. Thanks to the support of the various councils, the Garage Sale Trail is a free event. To find out who's selling what and which location, simply visit the event website for details.
The City of Sydney Council invites you to join them for an urban ecology workshop about small birds and native plants. If you have a balcony or courtyard, you can learn how to create a habitat for small birds and attract birds to it. You will also learn how to choose plants for your small patch as well as gardening tips. Click here to register your place.
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Venue: Brown St Community Hall
Address; 8-10 Brown Street, Newtown, NSW 2042
29 October - Naturopathy with Anthia Koullouros and yoga
ClassPass and Urban Yoga is hosting a session about healthy living with Anthia Koullouros, naturopathist and founder of Ovvio Tea. You will learn about gut health, feminine issues, adjusting to the seasons and cooking accordingly. You can also join the Urban Base class at no cost after the session with Anthia. Spaces are limited so click here to reserve your spot now.
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Venue: Urban Yoga
Address: 409 Cleveland Street #401, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9310 3271
If you're looking for ways to stay active and unwind, then go for a guided bushwalk around Beauty Point with Mosman Council. Walking is an excellent form of exercise and the exposure to nature also improves well being and is beneficial for mental health. All you need is a pair of shoes and water bottle. Click here to register your space.
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Venue: The Spit Reserve
Address: Mosman, NSW 2088
Phone: (02) 9978 4000