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Top Free Things to See & Do around Sydney in July

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Published June 20th 2017
Enjoy FREE events and activities in Sydney this month
Enjoy FREE events and activities in Sydney this month

The icy cold fingers of winter wrap themselves firmly on July as we bid goodbye to June. Fortunately, there are many things to see and do all around Sydney to keep adults and children active and warm. You can celebrate winter at Bondi Beach; admire the longest wall of flowers in Australia; watch movies under the stars; test drive Microsoft's Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Expansion Pack; learn circus acts at Parramatta's Winterlight; raise funds for cancer treatment; shop at a local market in the Northern suburbs; view contemporary art; and celebrate the French National Day. Even your pooch can enjoy a free meal this month. Whatever event or activity suits the family or your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in Sydney this month.

1 & 2 July - Bone Appetit Doggy Degustation

k9 natural
Photo courtesy of K9 Natural

Grab your pooch and head over to the Centennial Homestead for the first dog-friendly degustation menu in Sydney. The 'Bone Appetit' dog menu is the creation of K9 Natural Dog Food Company with cafes Queens Park Shed and Centennial Homestead. K9 Natural's ingredients are human-grade quality with essential vitamins and minerals and sourced in New Zealand. The wholefood ingredients are always grain and gluten free and free from all preservatives. Now you can enjoy your smashed avocados on sourdough while your dog enjoy its own free meal for dine-in or takeaway for the limited-time doggy menu. Visit the website for more details.

Hours: 8am - 4pm
Venue: Centennial Homestead
Address: 1 Grand Drive, Centennial Park, New South Wales

1 to 16 July - Winterlight

Photo courtesy of City of Parramatta

Winterlight returns to the City of Parramatta with 17 days of free and affordable entertainment for adults and kids. You and your family can explore the winter garden and test your circus skills such as juggling and balancing objects. Kids can participate in a variety of workshops including cookie decorating, snowflake making, sand art, hot chocolate making and many more. There are many food options including a 2-for-1 Tuesday lunch meal deal on 4 and 11 July. You can also purchase tickets to enjoy the largest open-air rink and 28 metres long ice slide made entirely of ice in Sydney. Visit the website for the detailed program and schedule.

Hours: Weekday 11am - 10pm, Weekends 10am - 11pm
Venue: Prince Alfred Park
Address: Victoria and Church Sts, Parramatta, New South Wales

1 to 16 July - The National 2017: New Australian Art

Emily Floyd's installation at Art Gallery of NSW
Photo courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW

Head over to the Art Gallery of NSW for the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art by the National 2017: New Australian Art. It is a large-scale recurring exhibition focused on showcasing contemporary Australian art by emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around Australia and Australian artists practising overseas.

You can view artworks in a diverse range of mediums including painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance. The works are displayed across three premier cultural institutions in Sydney, including Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in three editions in 2017, 2019 and 2021. Visit the website for more details.

Hours: 10am - 5pm daily except Wed 10am - 10pm
Venue: Art Gallery of NSW
Address: Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone 1800 679 278

1 to 30 July - All about Flowers

all about flowers at The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Photo courtesy of The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Grab the family and head over to The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for a floral display that is bringing bright and warm colours to winter. The venue located in the south-western corner of the garden is an integrated mix of outdoor and indoor areas ideal for themed exhibitions.

The highlight is an Impressionism-inspired wall of living watercolour painting arranged with exotic plants like Moth Orchids, Begonias, Hydrangeas and Garvineas. Standing 6 metres high and stretching 50 metres across, it is the largest green wall in Australia.

The display is curated by the award-winning team at the Garden.The area around The Calyx will also host a program of events, performances, workshops and science presentations to complement the display. Entry is free and donations to the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens are welcome. Visit the website for the information.

Hours: 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Royal Botanic Garden, The Calyx
Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
Phone: (02) 9231 8111

1 to 31 July - Bondi Winter Magic

bondi winter magic
Photo courtesy of Waverley Council

Bondi Winter Magic returns in July, bringing with more free and affordable fun and entertainment to families in Sydney. Organised by the Waverley Council, you can look forward to street buskers of every genre and an outdoor exhibition by emerging artists in the Roscoe Street Mall. You can also purchase tickets to enjoy a bird's eye view of Bondi Beach from the highest Ferris wheel in Australia and skate in Australia's only beachside ice rink in the day or under the star at the Bondi Pavilion. The Bondi Pavilion will also be transformed into a carnival playground with over 60 performances of comedy, music, theatre, storytelling and visual arts. Visit the website for more information.

Hours: 9am - 9pm
Venue: Bondi Beach
Address: Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach, New South Wales

6 & 13 July - Kids Flicks On the Terrace

Moana disney movie
Photo courtesy of Disney

Grab the kids and head over to St Marys Rugby League Club for FREE movies on the outdoor terrace. The Club is screening Disney's Moana on 6 July and Illumination Entertainment's Sing on 13 July. There are sofas and roof heaters for kids to get warm and $13 kids pizza meal deals. The event opens at 5pm and the movie commences at 6pm. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times as is a legal condition of entry to the Club. There is no reserved seating. Visit the website for more details.

Hours: 5pm - 8pm
Venue: St Marys Rugby League Club
Address: Cnr Forrester Rd and Boronia Rd, St Marys, New South Wales

8, 9, 14 & 16 July - Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Workshops

Forza Horizon 3
Photo courtesy of Microsoft

Race over to the flagship Microsoft Store in Sydney for exclusive Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Workshops this July. This 2-hour program celebrates the release of the new Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pack featuring the Hot Wheels toy brand.

You can look forward to play with actual cars and learn about scientific and engineering practices and experiment with speed ramps and mini collision courses.You can also test drive the Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Expansion Pack on Xbox One which takes players to a new location in Australia with Hotel Wheels vehicles like the Twin Mill, the Rip Rod, and the Bone Shaker.

Everyone in the workshop goes home with an exclusive swag bag that includes a Forza Horizon 3 t-shirt, hat and a special Hot Wheels starter pack. Children 14 years and below require parental guidance. Spaces are limited so visit the website to register now.

Hours: 10am - 12pm
Venue: Microsoft Store
Address: Pitt Street Mall, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

9 & 16 July - That Great Market

that great market
Photo courtesy of That Great Market

Sydney is home to many popular suburban markets as well as enjoying easy access to fantastic farmers and community markets around New South Wales. That Great Market is hosting two local markets in Willoughby and Lindfield this July. Operated by founders Jacqui and Peter Landis, these family markets bring a variety of homewares, fashion, jewellery, art, fair trade, artisan, ethical products and children's goods from local small business to the public in the north. Visit the website for more information.

Date: 9 July
Hours: 9am - 2pm
Venue: Club Willoughby
Address: 26 Crabbes Ave, Willoughby, New South Wales

Date: 16 July
Hours: 9am - 2pm
Venue: East Lindfield Community Hall & Surrounds
Address: 9 Wellington Rd, East Lindfield, New South Wales

13 to 16 July - Bastille Festival

Bastille Festival Sydney
Photo courtesy of Bastille Festival Sydney

The Bastille Festival - the Food Wine Art Revolution, will take over Circular Quay this July. Formerly known as the BBR Festival, this FREE street celebration attracted over 500,000 attendees from all over Sydney as well as international visitors in 2016. You can look forward to four days and nights of Bastille Day-related festivities.

There are over 100 performance artists and screening of international award-winning films at the open-air cinema. You can also enjoy more than 100 specialty food offerings from France, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Switzerland as well as beer and wines from some of the most reputable vineyards in France, Spain and Italy. Visit the website for more information.

Hours: Thurs - Sat 8am - 11pm, Sun 8am - 6pm
Venue: Circular Quay
Address: Circular Quay, Sydney NSW 2000

28 July - Dry July Fundraiser Sausage Sizzle

Westmead Hospital chemotherapy chairs
Photo courtesy of Dry July

End the month with a good deed at Westmead Hospital. An average of 11,181 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in July and the hospital is working with Dry July to raise funds for people affected by cancer. Donations raised through the sausage sizzle at Westmead Hospital will go to additional items and services that improve patient care, comfort and well-being while they are admitted to hospital. Visit the website for more details.

Hours: 10am - 1pm
Venue: Westmead Hospital
Address: Cnr Hawkesbury & Darcy Roads, Westmead, New South Wales
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Why? Loads of free things to do and see in Sydney this July
When: July
Where: Various locations around Sydney
Cost: Free
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