Bid goodbye to the icy cold of August as September bring warmer days and more reasons to fill up your monthly calendar with interesting things to do outdoors and indoors. You can join in the mid-autumn festivities; take a walk around Barangaroo and Johnston Street; stretch to vinyasa yoga; interact with a community band; admire rare landscape photographs; engage with indigenous craft; pick up some delicious recipes; try a wing at golf; and chuckle at live stand-up comedy. Whatever event or activity suits the family or your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in Sydney this month.
2, 5, 7, 9 and 23 September - The Streets of Barangaroo Walking Tour
Courtesy of the resident tour guides from the Sydney Theatre Company comes a walking tour of Barangaroo. Now you can walk through the streets and discover the history of the newest neighbourhood in Sydney as well as the innovative architecture and building designs that call this area home. You'll also find out who Barangaroo was and the environmentally sustainable projects that make Barangaroo unique. Each walking tour runs for 30 minutes and you can reserve your ticket here.
Venue: Information Point, near Napoleon Bridge Time: Tours depart 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm
If you're looking for a blast from the past, then head on down to Ettamogah Hotel. This family friend pub in Sydney's northwest is bringing back the 80s with favourite hits songs like Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', Bon Jovi's 'Living on a prayer' and Witney Houston's 'I wanna dance with somebody'. You'll soon be recalling images of moonwalking, parachute pants and leg warmers with this tribute to the 1980s. Click here to grab your tickets.
Grab the family and head over to Cabramatta Town Centre for the largest Asian festival in Sydney. Organised by Fairfield City Council, the Cabramatta Moon Festival attracts more than 90,000 visitors each year. Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival in cities like Singapore and Hong Kong, it is an important cultural event in the Lunar calendar. You and your family can look forward to lion dances, annual Moon Goddess and Archer Lantern Parade, food stalls and fireworks. There are also free rides and activities for the kids and guest appearances by the Avengers, K-pop idol 'Prince Mak' and Australian pop sensation, Tim Omaji. Please note that road closures will take place in John Street, Park Road, Dutton Lane, Dutton Lane Loop, Railway Parade and Arthur Street in Cabramatta.
Join Jason Chatwin and Amie Zar as they explore the social history, heritage buildings and grand architecture from the crescent up to Parramatta Road. You will view a diverse range of buildings including the Gothic revivalist Abbey 1881, restored Victorian Italianate and Victorian Filigree architecture, Old Annandale Theatre, Goodman's Building and the Empire hotel. Click here to reserve your ticket.
Venue: base of Bayview Stairs, Johnston Street, Annandale
Address: Johnston Street, Annandale, NSW 2038
Time: 10am - 12pm
If you're looking for a laugh during the week, then head on down to Hotel Sweeney's. Held on the second floor, Sweeney's Comedy serves up a platter of established acts and newcomers to live stand-up comedy. You can enjoy new material, new faces, cheap beer and even chicken wings at only 50 cents each. If you're interested to join the line up, simply check out the hotel's facebook page to sign up online and there may be room for last minute participation on the night too. Click here to grab your ticket.
Enjoy a FREE session of vinyasa yoga courtesy of ClassPassAU and BodyMindLife. ClassPass is a monthly subscription service that offers unlimited access to the world's largest network of fitness studios and gyms including 250 in Sydney. BodyMindLife Yoga & Pilates offers yoga and pilates classes in 4 locations including Potts Point, Surry Hills, Redfern and Bondi Beach. The class is held on the rooftop of Glenmore Hotel so you can watch the sun rise over the city's skyline during the practice. Breakfast refreshments will also be served. Remember to bring you own yoga mat, towel and water bottle. The class size is limited so click here to reserve your space.
Venue:The Glenmore Hotel
Address: 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000
Time: 7am - 8.30am
17 & 18 September - Gardens of Stone Exhibition
Photo courtesy of The Colong Foundation for Wilderness
The Gardens of Stone located near Lithgow is marked by significant natural assets such as stunning rock formations and swamps. This rugged region near the Blue Mountains was the focus of groups of professional and non-professional photographers who tried to support its conservation through images. These breathtaking images have been curated into a photographic exhibition courtesy of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, the longest-serving community advocate for wilderness in Australia. You can visit the exhibition and chat with some of the photographers. Click here to reserve your space.
Venue:University of Sydney, New Law Building level 3
Address: Eastern Ave, University of Sydney, Sydney NSW 2006
Time: 10am - 2pm
Grab the kids and head over to Leichhardt Town Hall for some live music entertainment and education courtesy of the Inner West Community Band. It is a concert band in Stanmore that provides community members of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to play, enjoy and perform great music, while having fun and becoming better musicians. The Band will playing several familiar and upbeat scores including themes from TV show, nursery rhymes and the popular 'Let it Go' from Frozen and 'Under the Sea' from the Little Mermaid. Your kids can join in the music making, see the instruments up close, meet members of the band and even get a chance to conduct the band. The concert runs for 40 minutes and is suitable for kids of all ages. Get your tickets to the 10am session and 11.30am session before they run out.
Venue: Leichhardt Town Hall
Address: 107 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2040
Time: 10am - 11am & 11.30am - 12.30pm
26, 28 and 29 September - Kaldor Public Art Project 32
Photo courtesy of State of New South Wales and Office of Environment and Heritage
Kids age 8 to 12 years can look forward to a Children's Holiday Program by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. It is the oldest scientific institution in the country and home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas. The Program is led by indigenous and Kaldor Public Art Project educators. Children can enjoy grinding native kangaroo grass seed and baking and tasting simple bread. They will also learn about the ancient Cadigal life by the harbour, the almost-forgotten dramatic history of the colonial Garden Palace and explore contemporary Indigenous art in Jonathan Jones' installation barrangal dyara (skin and bones). Spaces limited so click here to reserve your seat.
Venue: Meet at the Learning Centre, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Time: 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
Phone: (02) 9231 8111
If you always wanted to try your hand at golf but didn't know where to start, here's your chance. Empower Golf and Return2Sport are hosting a FREE golf clinic that will introduce the sport to first timers. Empower Golf facilitates and promotes golf for Australians of all abilities, and Royal Rehab's Return2Sport initiative helps people discover community-based sport, recreation and leisure opportunities. You can try out the equipment both on the range and the practice area. There's even a ParaGolfer for the disabled. To participate, simply click here to register your interest.
Venue: Moore Park Golf
Address: Cleveland St, Sydney NSW 2021
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Join Simmone Logue for a cooking class at Woollahra Library. This well-known caterer grew up in the Hunter Valley and comes from a family of cooks. She will share some easy and simple recipes from her new book that can be used for breakfast, dinner, cocktails and picnics. She will also prepare a special morning tea for this event. Click here to reserve your seat.
Venue: Woollahra Library at Double Bay
Address: 451 New South Head Road Double Bay, NSW 2028
Time: 10am - 11am