Keep your March calendar free as the cultural festivities of February give way to an abundance of FREE outdoor and indoor activities suitable for every age and interest in and around Sydney. You and your family can look forward to the annual Sydney Mardi Gras Parade; a game of chess; learning more about porcelain and media technologies; a Spanish movie; discovering local bush foods; taking a kayak tour; and relaxing to live music by the river. You don't have to look far to find some activities the whole family will enjoy and won't break the wallet in and around the bustling capital of New South Wales.
In a vibrant, colourful display of culture and individuality, the Mardi Gras parade is an annual celebration of the LGBTQI community. It is hosted by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and supported by Destination NSW. An exciting line up of breathtaking floats, dazzling exhibits of glittering colours and spectacular shapes showcase Sydney's flamboyant and exuberant society. Drag Queens, Dykes on Bikes, Sydney Lifesavers, community heroes and many more will come together to celebrate pride, diversity, individuality and sexuality in one of the city's biggest nights of the year. For more information on the parade route, visit the website.
Time: 7pm – 10pm Venue: Oxford and Flinders Streets, Darlinghurst
Calling all chess lovers and players of every age and ability to Esperanto House! Just a few minutes' walk from Redfern Station, Chess Club was started early last year. Dmitry and Sam established this club as a way to connect people from all walks of life together through chess games. All events are free of charge and are aimed at the community. Visit the website for more details and to register your tickets.
Time: 5pm – 7pm Venue: Esperanto House
Address: 143 Lawson St, Esperanto House, Redfern, NSW 2016
Located in the heart of the Sydney CBD, The Studio is the first of its kind innovation centre in Australia that fosters and supports media-tech and creative tech-startups. As part of the Sydney Design Festival, The Studio will be holding numerous events over the course of a week. You can get the chance to meet the interior designer of The Studio, Helen Griffen and hear her approach and methodology of her designs; join UNSW Art and Design students as they contemplate the future of wearable technology in relation to the wellbeing of users; and celebrate the launch of The Studio's Women's Network which connects creativity and technology across the start-up. Visit the website for more information and to grab your free tickets.
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: The Studio, Level 6, Sydney Startup Hub
Address: 11 York St, Sydney NSW 2000
6 March – Mud Australia Open Studio
Photo courtesy of Mud Australia Pty Ltd
Founded in 1994, Mud Australia's porcelain range designed by Shelley Simpson makes use of handmade processes to create minimalistic, yet appealing designs. Combining clean lines, colour palettes and purpose, the final product is ceramics fit for every interior. Located at the Marrickville studio, you will be treated to tours, talks, live demonstrations and art from the creative team. The evening will commence with a talk from Mud's founder and designer Shelley Simpson and refreshments are provided. For more details and to register your free tickets, visit the website.
Look out for some local bush foods which could be your newest addition to your own garden as you wander through the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden Nursery. It is one of the best-kept secrets in Sydney and home to an amazing variety of flora. You will be able to find out more about the local bush foods as well as their uses and plants for your garden from the ranger. Come in appropriate footwear, bring along a hat and some water to keep hydrated throughout the day. Visit the website for more details, and to register your free tickets.
La novia is a tale of unappeased desires, forbidden loves, conflicted choices, deception and the inevitable destiny of a triangle of lovers. This Spanish movie with subtitles in English is inspired on the well-known play "Blood Wedding". You can enjoy this movie for free courtesy of Instituto Cervantes Sydney, which promotes the Spanish language and culture. Visit the website to register your tickets and for more information.
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Instituto Cervantes Sydney
Address: 299 Sussex Street, Level 3, Sydney, NSW 2000
Grab the kids and head out to Jamisontown for a family-friendly event organised by the Penrith City Council. Welcome the cooler season as you sit back on the riverbank of the magnificent Nepean and take in the tranquil, yet marvellous views of the riverside. Revel in the warm weather and take in the beautiful sounds of local musicians performing original and some of the most well-known songs. For more information, visit the website.
Experience the marvels of Cooks River and Wolli Creek first-hand from the river. In celebration of the Cooks River Alliance Wirradjul Festival, the River Canoe Club is offering free river tours with the support of Canterbury Bankstown Council. Spend almost 2 hours on the waters, with a short 15-minute safety talk. Participants must be able to swim and must be over the age of 10. Those aged 10-16 years must have an accompanying adult with them. Visit the website for more information and to register your free tickets.
Time: 12.45pm - 2.45pm
Venue: River Canoe Club of NSW
Address: Richardson Crescent, Marrickville NSW 2204