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Top Free Things to See and Do around Sydney in January

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Published January 1st 2019
Sydney for Free in January
Enjoy FREE events and activities in Sydney this month

sydney festival
Photo courtesy of Destination NSW


Start the new year with entertainment that takes a festive break from all the Christmas revelry and New Year's Eve celebrations of December. You and your family can look forward to a music festival, circus performances, movies, TV show audience participation, ballroom dancing and even a day for the dogs. You'll be kept busy this month with something for every age and occasion in and around the vibrant city of Sydney.

4 to 20 January – Night Owls

Little Darlings Night Owls Kids' Film Festival
Photo courtesy of City of Sydney


This is the perfect event for families with little ones in Darling Quarter. Each night, a different entertainer will take to the stage to captivate the kids, followed by fifteen minutes of short films made by little ones, for the little ones. At 6.45pm, the full-length featured family film will begin, and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8.30pm, grownups can look forward to more movies tailored especially for them. Visit the website for the programme and schedule.

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Darling Quarter
Address: 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW 2000

7, 14, 21 and 28 January – Ballroom Dancing at Redfern

ballroom dancing feet
Photo courtesy of Spotlight Ballroom


Love dancing or want to try out something new? Ballroom Dancing at Redfern offers you the opportunity to pick up a new hobby or to continue moving your dancing feet. There are two classes, a beginner's class for older people or those just starting, and an intermediate class for those who would like to advance and take it to the next step. Both partnered and single people are welcomed, and classes are inclusive of people with disabilities. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 9.30am - 2.30pm
Venue: Redfern Community Centre
Address: 29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern NSW 2016
Phone: 02 9288 5713

11 to 13 January – Circus Comes to Town

Members of Circus Oz at Circus City, Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta
Photo courtesy of Sydney Festival


A spectacular weekend of festival fun at Paramatta's Prince Alfred Square is something the family can look forward to this month. The programme includes gymnastics, wrestling and aerial yoga performance from India, an aerialist suspended from a giant glowing balloon filled with helium, a workshop to decorate your bicycle pram, scooter or wheelchair, and a grand bicycle parade through Parramatta. For more details, visit the website.

Time: Refer to website
Venue: Riverside Theatres and Prince Alfred Square
Address: Corner Market and Church St, Paramatta NSW 2150
Phone: 1300 856 876

12 to 27 January – Movies by the Boulevard

Movies by the Boulevard crowd at Cathy Freeman Park
Photo courtesy of Sydney Olympic Park Authority


Kick back with family and friends under the stars and enjoy a schedule of movies at the Sydney Olympic Park. Showcasing a selection of well-liked blockbusters of various genres, this year will include an extended Australia Day program alongside a variety of free entertainment and activities on some nights. Arrive a little earlier to purchase food, drinks and snacks, or pack your own picnic and blanket for a wind-down evening. For more details, visit the website.

Time: 6pm onwards
Venue: Cathy Freeman Park
Address: Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Phone: 02 9714 7888

15 to 31 January – Pointless Studio Audience

Dr Andrew Rochford and Mark Humphries Co-Host TEN's New Quiz Show Pointless sydney
Photo courtesy of Network Ten Pty Limited


With production for the hit quiz show Pointless in motion, you can be sure to have plenty of laughs while contestants try to come up with the most ridiculous answers for general knowledge questions. Join in on the fun as an audience member at the marvellous Network Ten Studios with both day and night sessions available. Come face to face with the hosts and contestant vying for the least points while thinking of answers no one could possibly think of. For more information and to register your FREE tickets, visit the website.

Time: 5pm – 9pm (15 Jan), 10.20am - 9pm (16 to 31st Jan)
Venue: Network Ten Studios
Address: 1 Saunders St, Pyrmont NSW 2009

18 to 27 January – Toyota Country Music Festival 2019

Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth
Photo courtesy of Destination NSW


The Toyota Country Music Festival attracts over 30,000 visitors in a span of just 10 days featuring over 700 artists in 2,800 scheduled events across 120 different venues! It is the largest music festival in Australia. While this festival has several major ticketed events, there are still plenty of free activities for everyone. You and your family can enjoy performances from Australian Country Music talent as well as fantastic floats, market stalls, kids activities and over 600 buskers in Peel Street alone. Visit the website for the full programme.

Time: Refer to website
Venues: Peel Street and various venues in Tamworth
Address: Tamworth, Tamworth NSW 2340

19 January – Mazda Opera in the Domain

Mazda Opera in the Domain sydney
Photo courtesy of City of Sydney


Now a local tradition with over thousands of people and their packed picnics in attendance, the Opera in the Domain brings some of the most famous arias to you. Listen to the extraordinary sounds of the opera while you sit under the stars in an evening showcase of the human voice. The line up includes Stacey Alleaume, Anna-Louise Cole, Sian Pendry, Diego Torre, Shanul Sharma and Josι Carbσ supported by the Opera Australia Orchestra. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 8pm – 10pm
Venue: The Domain
Address: Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

26 January – Marrickville Dog Day

pug dog
Photo courtesy of Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic


A community event aimed at bringing together dog lovers and furry friends, Marrickville Dog Day is a collaboration between Pound Paws and The Henson. With a wide range of pet stalls, dog rescue groups, live entertainment, vet checks, rescue dog adoptions, a best dressed and best trick competitions, you and your pet will be entertained. The Henson's golden dog bone race will set your pooch up a paw-some time! For more information, and to register your place in the races, visit this website!

Time: 12pm – 4pm
Venue: The Henson
Address: 91 Illawarra Road, Marrickville, NSW 2204

26 January - Australia Day

australia day sydney
Photo courtesy of NSW Government


Australia Day is an important occasion in the nation's calendar. Everyone in Australia will be coming together to celebrate what it means to be Australian this day. While Adelaide hosts the largest parade in the country, Sydney is certainly not lacking in its celebrations. You and your family can look forward to a 21-gun military salute, ferrython, tall boat race, children's festival and close the day with Australia's biggest music stars as they rock out to music and fireworks. Visit the website for more details on the schedule and locations.

Time: refer to the website
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Why? Loads of free things to do and see in Sydney this January
When: January
Where: Various locations around Sydney and NSW
Cost: Free
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