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Published September 28th 2017
The Best Things in Life are Free
Zumba - exercise can be fun (by Ultimo Community Centre)
After enjoying part 1 of the Free Sydney list, bring on more fun in Sydney with these free events and activities in October.
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.
Ribfest 2017 - 1 October, 12pm to 9pm
Bring your bib for this meaty festival of fun at the Bank Hotel on 324 King St, Newtown. With chicken, beef, pork and lamb ribs sizzling on the grill, you'll be feasting on the juiciest cuts of meat, slathered in sweet and savoury barbecue sauces. Once you've got a taste and licked your fingers (and chin) clean, try the vegan ribs (i.e. no animal products, not actual vegans), local craft beers, enter the eating competitions or relax to the live blues from the Low Down Riders. Visit the Bank Hotel website for details.
Poppy in the Park Storytime - 1, 10, 24 October, 10am to 10.45am
Poppy the Possum, the popular children's character, is the star of these storytime sessions at the Bicentennial Park Education Centre in Sydney's Olympic Park. While Poppy boosts early childhood literacy, arts, crafts and musical workshops will keep younger children entertained and engaged while they tap into their creative talents. Visit the Sydney Olympic Park website for details.
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.
School Holiday Imagination Sessions - daily until 8 October, 9am to 6pm
No more teachers? No more books? School holidays might be a break from the classroom but children can still learn to love learning at Darling Harbour with a sights, sounds, scents and flavours to experience. Activities include 3D cinema with sharks at the Australian National Maritime Museum, feeding the koi fish at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, and planetary art in the Darling Quarter. Visit the Darling Harbour website for details.
Comedy Nights - Sundays until 22 October, 7.30pm to 10pm
Join Daniel Muggleton, star of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival after a sold-out season, as he hosts 4 of our best comedians in the intimate surrounds of the At the Eveleigh Hotel on 160 Abercrombie St, Redfern, guaranteed to tease the edgiest jokes from their comedic grey matter. Visit the Mug and Kettle Comedy website for details.
The Rocks Discovery Museum - weekdays until 6 October, 11.15am and 12pm
Discover the Aboriginal and European history of the Rocks on a 30-minute tour back in time to hear the tales of our earliest European settlers, the traditions of Aboriginal elders, and see the exhibits from the 18th and 19th centuries. Begin the experience at the Rocks Discovery Museum on Kendall Lane. Visit the The Rocks 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.
See Daniel Muggleton's comedy moustache (by Mug and Kettle Comedy)
Life Drawing Session - 3, 17 October, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
While Van Gogh's sunflowers are a masterpiece, many priceless artworks portray the beauty of the human body. Practice your drawing skills in a 3-hour session as 3 models pose to inspire your inner-artist. Grab a pencil, charcoal or paintbrush and enter the life drawing competition at the Canvas Bar on 364 Kent St, Sydney.Visit the Canvas Bar website for details.
Living Colour floral displays - daily
Nature's colours bloom in spring with over 1,000 hanging baskets, floral towers and planter boxes sprouting across Sydney streets, from Martin Place and Customs House to the QVB, Town Hall, Hyde Park and Greens Square. Don't miss the green wall at Kings Cross. Visit the City of Sydney website for details.
Art Play - Wednesdays (except school holidays), 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.
Geotour in the Rocks
The sport of orienteering, where participants use a physical map and compass to find hidden treasure via waypoints, has been revolutionised in the 21st century with geocaching. In the Rocks, you can use your smartphone's smarts, connecting with GPS (Global Positioning Satellites) to find hidden containers or 'caches'. If successful, you'll discover colourful interpretations of our history created by local contemporary artists. Download the Geocaching app, choose a geocache from The Rocks website and sign the logbook once you've succeeded. You can also find plenty more geocaches throughout NSW at the Geocaching website. Visit the Geotour in the Rocks 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.
Fusion Magic Club - Fridays, 2pm to 5pm
Before you master Harry Houdini's straitjacket escape act, learn the art of magic, illusion, storytelling and stagecraft with the multicultural Fusion Magic Club. Guided by Thor Blomfield, or should that be Thor Blomfield the Magnificent?, you'll have time between lessons to practice before experiencing the thrill of performing in front of an audience. The magic begins at the Cliff Noble Community Centre on the Corner of Renwick and Suttor Streets, Alexandria. Phone 02 8512 8000 for details.
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 October 2 with Almost Famous, Dirty Dancing on the 9th, Strictly Ballroom on the 16th, Kill Bill Vol. 1 on the 23rd and a special edition on the 30th. 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.
Latin and Jazz Open Mic - Mondays, 7pm to 1am
Feel the fiery passion of Latin beats or chill with the silky sound from smooth and stylish jazz artists taking the mic at the World Bar, Potts Point. Enjoy the show or step up and live your musical dream. Visit the World Bar website for details.
Tudor Comedy - Mondays and 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.
Social gardening project - Wednesdays, 4pm to 7.30pm
At the Ultimo Community Centre on 40 William Henry St, discover the fresh, delicious results from your own sustainable vegetable and herb garden. Join the project with other locals as you select plants then reap the rewards while learning to prune, water, feed and fertilise your new crop. Call the Ultimo Community Centre on (02) 9298 3111 for details.
Zumba classes - Mondays, 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 October? Please let us know with a comment.