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Published October 22nd 2014
Top Free Things to See and Do in November

sydney town hall grand organ
Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ

Bid goodbye to the good food and top films of October and march right into November where a hamper of FREE activities await you. Start your month with another visit to Halloween; keep your eyes open for nudity; discover the best of arts and crafts from NSW's emerging artists; hear the musical notes of the Grand Organ; experience the buzz of daytime Glebe Street Fair and the night market of Redfern; enjoy the largest indigenous event in the city; celebrate the humble toilet; enjoy the great outdoors with family; ignite your sense of adventure; and be inspired by the Festival of Change. Even Christmas will come early. Whichever event or activity suits your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in Sydney this November.

Halloween at Green Square Markets, 1 November
Halloween at Green Square Markets
Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of South Sydney

If you're still suffering from Halloween withdrawal syndrome, then head over to the Green Square Market where the spooky festival is still celebrated but in a 'HallowGreen' way. While there are no scary hauntings the likes of London, the event organised by the Rotary Club of South Sydney at Joynton Park in Zetland will still offer plenty of creep stories, spooky movies, Halloween art and craft and a 'Ghosts and Goblins Parade' for kids, adults pets and even public awards for the best costumes. Make sure you grab the kids and head over to 'HallowGreen' and enjoy the combination of the fantastic with the beauty of the Green Square community outdoors. Visit the website for more information.

Date: 1 November
Time: 10am - 2pm
Venue: Joynton Park, Gadigal & Victoria Ave Zetland 2017

Nudity in Art Exhibition, 1 - 22 November

Better known for producing programs and documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and TV channels in Australia and New Zealand, Harley Oliver is not your conventional artist. What even more unconventional is launching his first solo exhibition with nudes. Entitled 'Inappropriate Nudity', Harley changes the viewer to explore nudity in mundane situations.

Housed in Stanley Street Gallery in Darlinghurst, you can explore the artist's provocative, striking and cheeky exploration of nudity through his 14 large oil paintings created in the recent 12 months. The exhibition may not make the world's naked festival list but there's enough nude art to get under your skin for the month of November. Visit the gallery website for more information.

Date: 1 - 22 November
Time: Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Venue: Stanley Street Gallery, 1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst 2010
2014 Emerging Artist Craft Awards Exhibition, 1 and 2 November

2014 emerging artist craft awards exhibition
Photo courtesy of The Society of Arts and Crafts of New South Wales

Organised by The Society of Arts and Crafts of New South Wales, the 2014 Emerging Artist Craft Award Exhibition features creative works by award winners. You can enjoy Tanya Da Silva's 'Tree of Life', Meredith Woolnough's 'Amazonian Water Lily', Tomomi Otobe;s 'The Autumn Leaf', Andrew Stinnear's 'Apsis', Denise McDonald's 'Flannel Flower Teaset' and Alison Kelly's 'Rainbow Flower'. Works by finalists are also on display in Craft NSW at The Rocks. Visit the gallery website for more information.

Date: 1 and 2 November
Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm daily
Venue: Craft NSW, 104 George Street The Rocks 2000

Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ Recital, 3 November

sydney town hall grand organ recital
Photo courtesy of City of Sydney

Installed since 1890, Sydney Town Hall's Grand Organ was completely cleaned, repaired and re-tuned by Sydney organbuilder Peter D. G. Jewkes in the past 3 years. The beloved instrument of great historical significance will come alive with Soprano Elke Hook, Tenor Daniel Tambasco and Sydney City Organist Robert Ampt during a FREE lunchtime concert on 3 November. For more details contact City of Sydney at phone 02 9265 9333.

Date: 3 November
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney 2000

Redfern Night Markets, 7 November

107 projects
Photo courtesy of 107 Projects Inc

Launching on the 1st Friday in November is Redfern Night Markets. Presented by local event management company, All About Entertainment, this new and FREE monthly night market at creative space 107 Projects offers everyone a fun evening out. you can browse stalls by local and emerging artists, designers and makers offering arts and crafts, fashion, homewares and jewellery. There will also be food,wine, beer and live music. Stalls are available from $30 for interested parties. Visit the Market website for updates.

Date: 7 November
Time: 5.30pm - 10pm
Venue: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern NSW 2016

Think Education's Festival of Change, 7 - 9 November

think group festival of change
Photo courtesy of Think: Colleges Pty Ltd

The inaugural Festival of Change offers more than 150 FREE events in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Hosted by Think Education, which encompasses 8 different colleges in NSW, QLD and VIC, this 3-day event in Sydney features a range of exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops led by industry experts in areas of health, business, design, fashion, beauty, food and hospitality. There's also a cocktail lounge, live music, entertainment and even free massage to add to the fun mood. The festival will take place in a number of locations including Ultimo Campus, Pyrmont Campus and North Sydney Campus. The full program schedule, venue addresses and bookings are available here. So check out this new festival and you may just pick up a new skills or be inspired to change your world.

Date: 7 - 9 November
Time: 10am to 4pm
Where: Ultimo Campus, Pyrmont Campus and North Sydney Campus

Adventure Travel Expo, 8 and 9 November

 Adventure Travel Expo
Photo courtesy of Adventure Travel Expo

Sydney's only Adventure Travel Expo is back in November with plenty of amazing destinations on show. This FREE entry event is where you can find out more about what to do, where to go, what to see and where to stay from the experts including tour operator, accommodation networks and even employment and volunteering agencies. Whether you're planning an adventure around Australia or heading off on a National Geographic like expedition to remote parts of the world, there's something to excite the adventurer in you at the Expo. Check out the Expo website for more information.

Date: 8 and 9 November
Time: Saturday 12pm - 6pm, Sunday 11am 5pm
Venue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney 2000 V
Glebe Street Fair, 16 November

Glebe Street Fair
Photo courtesy of Glebe Street Fair

Sydney's oldest and biggest street festival returns to transform Glebe Point Road into a 1-day celebration of food, artists and entertainment. Organised by the Glebe Chamber of Commerce, this annual fair will bring together more than 100,000 visitors and 200 stalls offering arts & crafts, vintage fashion, exotic coffees and gourmet food. Some stall holders come from as far away as Perth and Byron Bay to join the festival. There will also be 3 stages featuring 40 entertainers and roving street performers along the entire length of Glebe Point Road. So grab your family and friends and enjoy a great day out in this vibrant neighbourhood. Visit the Fair website for more information.

Date: 16 November
Time: 10am - 5pm
Venue: Glebe Point Road, Glebe, 2037

World Toilet Day, 19 - 21 November
world toilet day
Photo courtesy of

With modern sanitation available all around Sydney, you would give little thought to the humble toilet. However 1 in 3 people globally still do not have access to this facility. The end result is poor public health and even death from diarrhoea in young children under 5 years.

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) is bring your attention to water and sanitation during World Toilet Day with a loo-dicrous exhibition at the Forecourt of Custom's House. Entitled 'Loos. Life. Art.', this 3-day exhibition brings together 25 Sydney based artists who will transform the humble loo into art for everyone to enjoy.

Date: 19 - 21 November
Time: 7.30am - 7.30pm
Venue: Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000

Corroboree Sydney 2014, 20 - 30 November

Corroboree Sydney
Photo courtesy of Corroboree Sydney

Sydney's largest indigenous event is back in 2014, showcasing the best in contemporary and traditional Indigenous art, craft and culture across the city's iconic foreshore. For over 10 days, you can enjoy a variety of FREE performances from indigenous artists, writers, dancers and musicians who will showcase their talents and share their stories. Highlights include the colourful Gurung Parade from Hyde Park to the Royal Botanic Gardens; Black Arts Market in MCA Foundation Hall; Conversation with Adam Goodes about being an Indigenous role model and community-focused leader at the Art Gallery of NSW; and the debut of 'The Boatshed', a purpose built venue located on the MCA forecourt. Visit the festival website for the detailed program.

Date: 20 - 30 November
Time: Varies according to events
Venue: Sydney foreshore and other Sydney locations

Family Nature Play Day in Centennial Parklands, 29 November

Centennial Parklands
Photo courtesy of Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust

The historic and picturesque Centennial Park offers many interesting programs throughout the year, from history walks to breadmaking workshop and even a bat tour. On 29 November, the Park is hosting a FREE Family Nature Play Day. You are invited to bring your kids (age 3 years and up) to the Park and enjoy it wonderful surrounds and activities including wildlife spotting, treasure hunts and mini raft building. Make a booking here to secure spaces for you and your family.

Date: 29 November
Time: 10am -12.30pm
Venue: The Learning Centre in the Education Precinct, off Dickens Drive, Centennial Park

Christmas in Pyrmont, 30 November
christma in pyrmont
Photo courtesy of Jacksons Landing Community Association

Christmas comes early to Pyrmont again this year as it did in 2013 when more than 7,000 residents and visitors gathered for a fun afternoon out. Supported by sponsors like Morton & Morton, The Star Sydney and Blue Eye Dragon, this year's event includes plenty of activities for the kids including craft, petting zoo and jumping castle. For everyone else, there's a variety of market stalls, Christmas cakes, Christmas carols and bike testing and cycling advice from Try2Wheels. All funds raised will support the local community. Remember to make a date with Christmas in Pyrmont and Santa.

Date: 30 November
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Address: John Street Square, Cnr John Street and Harris Street, Pyrmont 2009
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Why? Loads of free things to do and see in Sydney this November
Where: Various venues around Sydney
Cost: Free
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