Winter seems to be an unpopular time in Sydney as the weather gets chilly and wet. You start to hear of pilgrimages to the Gold Coast or even Bali with the warmer climes. However the city continues to beckon with plenty to see and do during the winter months. There is a long activity list for families, couples, singles, teenagers and kids in the city and the surrounds. Best of all, many of them are very affordable. To help you get into your overcoat and walking boots, here are some of the top FREE activities and events to enjoy in Sydney during winter.
Meet the Choir of King's College Cambridge
Photo courtesy of City of Sydney
Fans of choral singing will be excited by the FREE opportunity to meet the most famous choir in the world, known best for their Christmas carol services broadcast to millions worldwide on Christmas Eve. Thanks to the City of Sydney, Musica Viva and Sydney Opera House, you can hear from the Choir Director and men of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge on 19 July between 4 to 5pm in the Barnet Long Room of the Customs House Library. Phone 02 9265 9333 or visit the website to make your bookings for this FREE event.
How often do you get to see images of the earth from space on large projection screens? Customs House is hosting a FREE exhibition displaying extraordinary earth observation (EO) imagery from international space agencies and satellite operators spanning 3 levels.
Entitled 'Spaceship Earth: Observing Our Planet From Satellites', you can view global cloud, wind and carbon pollution flows, seasonal vegetation changes, night lights of cities, commercial aircraft flights and many other spectacular satellite imagery and videos. The display ends 20 July so make sure you catch the images before the exhibition closes.
Join thousands of Sydney public, top chefs and politicians as they come together with OzHarvest and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to fight food waste at the Think.Eat.Save event in Martin Place on 21 July between 11.30am and 2.30pm. Martin Place will be transformed into a bustling city kitchen, colourful garden and market space serving FREE hot lunch. There will also be a panel discussion with leading experts in the field of food sustainability and food security on food waste in Australia and the global food crisis. Grab your tickets at the website.
Rotary Club of South Sydney Christmas in July Movies
Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of South Sydney
You don't have to head off to the Blue Mountains to enjoy Yulefest. The Rotary Club of South Sydney has organised a night of movies and food market to celebrate Christmas in July on 25 July between 5.30pm to 8pm.
Held at Joynton Park, off Gadigal and Victoria Park Avenues in Zetland, this FREE event is a great reason to get together with family and friends. Food stalls are open from 5.30pm. The first movie for kids is screened at 6pm and the second at 7.30pm is for adults. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Idea Bombing Sydney
Photo courtesy of City of Sydney
Idea Bombing Sydney and Object Australian Design Centre have teamed up to offer 7 weeks of FREE creative and innovative design concepts from 7 July to 23 August 2014. The event is the combination of a meet up, pop up, talk series and community brainstorm.
You can visit the Gallery to see the pop up installations of past ideas from 11am to 5pm, between Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can also hear some of Sydney's most exciting business innovators and creative revolutionaries and share your ideas on how Sydney's art spaces can be made better. Check out the website for more information and to join the discussions.
The cornucopia of farmers' and community markets in and around Sydney are FREE ways to enjoy winter. There are city-based markets that make for a fun day out for the family or take a drive around the suburbs and countryside to find some of the best community and regional markets that feature artisan produce, livestock, cooking classes, petting zoo, kids entertainment and good country grub.
NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Exhibition
Tom Carment 'Afternoon Shadow, William Street' / Photo courtesy of NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize
This year's NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize brought together 42 artists who delivered many portraits of the state's varied landscapes. Artists were invited to submit up to 2 paintings made 'en plein air' of a New South Wales subject, painted at any time, for consideration for the Prize. It is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000.
The 2014 winner was Tom Carment for his 'Afternoon Shadow, William Street'. The FREE public at Sydney's Parliament House till 1 August 2014 will feature all 42 finalist works. Doors are open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. For more information, visit the website.
The Alliance Franšaise de Sydney is hosting a FREE exhibition featuring Australia's Diggers during World War I. This exhibition entitled 'The Lost Diggers' commemorates these Australian soldiers and celebrate the friendship between France and Australia.
The rare photographs were taken by a couple between 1915 and 1920, many of which are of the soldiers who survived the battles at Pozieres and Fromelles in France. the photos are on exhibit till 9 August. There is also a talk on 22 Juy which includes a screening of Channel 7's documentary 'The Lost Diggers', a chance to chat with the descendants of the Australian soldiers and a welcome drink. For details on opening hours and reservations, visit the website.
Rifton Records and The Oxford Hotel have teamed up to jazz up Monday nights from July to December in Sydney with the The Monday Jam at Gingers. For fans of the city's music scene, this is the night where you can join the top local musicians for FREE as they come together to network, share ideas and perform. Each week features a difference performer to kick off the night followed by spontaneous and energetic jamming sessions. Guest artists to have "jammed" include Jessica Mauboy, The Blind Boys of Alabama, De La Soul, Chali 2na, Gregory Porter, Steve Clisby, George "Spanky" McCurdy, Emma Pask and many more. Join Danny G Felix and house band The Monday OG's as they host each Monday Jam from 8.30pm to 1am at The Oxford Hotel in Darlinghurst.
The Story Of Our Planet Unfolds is FREE exhibition that addresses the impacts of climate change in Australia and globally through images from critically acclaimed photographer Michael Hall. Michael's work has been widely exhibited and won critical acclaim for the way it helps make the reality of climate change tangible and personally relevant. You can view images that illustrate the impact of bushfires on peoples' livelihoods in Tasmania, the impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, issues of food security in Bangladesh and many more. The exhibition draws on 7 years of Michael's work and is held in Customs House between 31 July to 5 September 2014. Visiting the website for more details on open hours.