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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published September 28th 2020
This October enjoy this list of free & ticketed events
Please note that some events may cancel or postpone due to COVID-19- Do check the website for the latest updates.

Be entertained this October with this list of free & ticketed events across Sydney and surrounds. There is something for everyone from child-friendly, school holidays, workshops, classes, exhibits, and more.

1. Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
When: Tuesday, 29 September 2020-28 January 2021
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray St, Darling Harbour
Cost: Adults: $25pp, Children: $15pp, Concession: $20pp, Family: $60 per family
Details: This internationally-acclaimed exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year is back and will be showcasing at the National Maritime Museum. The exhibit will include spectacular images that celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits and wild landscapes. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Australian National Maritime Museum Facebook


2. Spring Family Fair
When: Tuesday, 29 September 2020-11 October 2020
Where: Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing.
Details: This family-friendly school holiday event will be jam-packed with entertainment, carnival festivities, activities for all ages, unlimited amusement rides (ride passes can be purchased online), show bags, Doggie Fashion Parade, talent demonstrations, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Spring Family Fair Facebook


3. Spot On Children's Festival
When: Tuesday, 29 September 2020-2 October 2020
Where: Riverside Theatres, 355 Church St, Parramatta & Online.
Cost: Free & Ticketed events
Details: This festival will be showcasing both live and digital entertainment, including live-streamed shows, performances, acts, workshops, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Spot On Children's Festival Facebook


4. Sea Monsters - Prehistoric Ocean Predators Exhibit
When: Tuesday, 29 September 2020-11 October 2020
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray St, Darling Harbour
Cost: Adults: $25pp, Children: $15pp, Concession: $20pp, Family: $60 per family
Details: This exhibit will showcase the largest, fiercest and most successful predators that live in the earth's oceans. The exhibition combines real fossils, massive replicas, and immersive multimedia and hands-on interactive displays. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Australian National Maritime Museum Facebook


5. Emerge Festival
When: Thursday, 1-11 October 2020
Where: Various locations across Willoughby City
Cost: Free & ticketed events
Details: This festival showcases a spectacular collection of colourful and creative events celebrating spring. Events include art exhibitions, workshops, food & drink, activities, digital events, child-friendly events, and more. Click here for the website.

6. Convict Ladies of the Female Factory Exhibition
When: Thursday, 1 October 2020-21 January 2021
Where: Lucas Gallery of Hambledon Cottage, Cnr Hassall St & Gregory Place, Parramatta
Cost: See website
Details: This exhibition showcases convict women who lived and worked in the Parramatta Female Factory. There are also tours of the furnished cottage and exhibitions. Click here for the website.

7. Paint and Sip Experience
When: Thursday, 1-31 October 2020
Where: Liverpool Paint and Sip Studio, 1/101 Moore St, Liverpool
Cost: From $50pp
Details: This workshop presents a combination of fun and relaxation with a step-by-step group painting and art experiences. The workshop will include painting in acrylic paints guided step-by-step by an artist. Bring your own food and drinks (a fridge is available). Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Paint and Sip Studios - Liverpool Facebook


8. ClassBento Classes & Workshops
When: Thursday, 1-31 October 2020
Where: Online
Cost: See website
Details: ClassBento will be hosting a wide range of classes and workshops for all interests to enjoy this October. Classes and workshops include art, painting, pottery, floral, design, leatherwork, woodwork, cocktail making, dumpling making, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from ClassBento Facebook


9. Antenna Documentary Film Festival (Gunda & Brazen Hussies)
When: Thursday, 1 & 3 October 2020 & 15 & 17 October 2020
Where: See website for all venues
Cost: Adults: $21pp & Concession: $18pp
Details: This festival will showcase documentary films Gunda and Brazen Hussies this October. Gunda is about encounters with a mother sow named Gunda, two ingenious cows, and a scene-stealing chicken. The black-and-white documentary takes us on Gunda's journey. Click here for the website.

Brazen Hussies will showcase on 15 & 17 October and is based on an exciting and revolutionary chapter in Australian history, the Women's Liberation Movement (1965-1975). The documentary showcases freshly uncovered archival footage, personal photographs, memorabilia and lively personal accounts from activists all around Australia. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Antenna International Documentary Film Festival Facebook


10. MS Gong Ride Virtual
When: Thursday, 1 October 2020-1 November 2020
Where: Anywhere
Cost: Fundraising event
Details: This fundraising event helps to raise funds and support over 25,000 Australian's living with multiple sclerosis. The challenge is to choose from eight distances and ride your way. You can ride a distance that suits you to help fight MS.
The virtual ride event will include a ride virtually to the Gong from eight destinations around Australia, ranging from 82km to 3,740km. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from MS Gong Ride Facebook


11. Sunset Drive-in Cinema
When: Thursday, 1-31 October 2020
Where: St Ives Showground,
Cost: $50 per vehicle (8ppl max per vehicle)
Details: Watch classic, indie, new releases, blockbuster hits, and more this October from the comfort of your car at this drive-in cinema. Movies include the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mrs Doubtfire, The Greatest Showman, After We Collided, Tenet, The Conjuring, Pulp Fiction, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Lion King (1994), Slumdog Millionaire, Edward Scissorhands, Space Jam, Dirty Dancing, and more.
Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sunset Drive In Ku-ring-gai Facebook


12. Boothill Markets
When: Thursday, 1 October 2020-1 December 2020
Where: 10 Swettenham Rd, Minto
Cost: Free
Details: This market features more than 140 stalls jam-packed with best bargains, including fresh produce, plants, toys, games, fashion, accessories, bric-a-brac, crafts, tools, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Boothill Markets Facebook


13. Making Meditation Mainstream Free Beach Meditation Sessions
When: Saturday, 3 October 2020-27 December 2020
Where: Various locations-see website
Cost: Free
Details: This event is a community movement creating free weekly sessions of group meditation. There will be cool tunes, focus on connection, connection to self, nature and each other, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Making Meditation Mainstream Facebook


14. Surry Hills Markets
When: Saturday, 3 October 2020: 8am-4pm
Where: Shannon Reserve, Crown St, Surry Hills
Cost: Free
Details: You will find more than 60 stalls selling unique items, vintage fashion, valuable antiques, books, handmade beauty products, designer labels, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre Facebook


15. Sydney Boutique Markets
When: Sunday, 4 October 2020
Where: Main St, Rouse Hill Town Centre, Rouse Hill
Cost: Free
Details: This market will showcase a wide range of unique products, fashion, accessories, homewares, beauty products, and more. There will also be live music in Town Square, child-friendly amusement rides, and entertainment. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sydney Boutique Markets Facebook


16. Sydney Craft Week
When: Friday, 9-18 October 2020
Where: Various locations-see website.
Cost: Free & ticketed events-see website.
Details: This event will showcase craft and the power of making. There will be a celebration of aliveness, creativity, ideas, connections, and more through digital events, pop-ups, stalls, displays, installations, exhibitions, solo and themed shows, workshops, and more.
Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Australian Design Centre Facebook


17. Pet Festival
When: Saturday, 10 October 2020: 10am-12pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Details: The Pet Festival is back this October, and it will showcase all things adorable. This year the festival will be showcased online with a pre-recorded and live Q&A. The event can be seen via YouTube or Facebook. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Pet Festival 2020 Facebook


18. BonkerZ Presents 10 Comics For $15 Bucks 2 for 1 Seats
When: Saturday, 10 October 2020: 7pm-8:10pm & 8:45pm-9:50pm
Where: Star Bar, 600 George St, Sydney
Cost: From $15 for two people.
Details: Celebrating 13 years of bringing Australia funny people, this event will be reopening this October and offering buy 1 get one free seat. The show will include ten comedians and funny people from all around the globe, for 75-minutes of non-stop laughs. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Comedyinsydney Facebook


19. Concerts In The Dark
When: Friday, 16 October 2020: 7pm-9:45pm
Where: Pittwater RSL Club, 82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale
Cost: $30pp
Details: This concert event is about experiencing music in the dark- you will not know who is going to sing and which genre it will be. The singer will take you on a musical journey in the dark.
Click here for the website.

20. Sydney Salsa & Mambo Convention
When: Friday, 16-18 October 2020: 9am-Midnight
Where: UNSW Roundhouse, University of New South Wales, Anzac Parade, Kensington
Cost: See website
Details: This event will showcase all things salsa and mambo with the best Latin dancers in Australia and overseas bringing dance shows, demonstrations, performances, live concerts, workshops, parties, pop-ups, and more.
Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sydney Salsa & Mambo Convention Facebook


21. Makers Market
When: Saturday, 17 October 2020: 10am-4pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, 101115 William Street, Darlinghurst
Cost: Free
Details: This market will showcase more than 20 Australian-based artists, handmade products, collectables, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, homewares, accessories, and more.
Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Australian Design Centre Facebook


22. Greg Nunan and The General Jacksons
When: Saturday, 17 October 2020: From 8:30pm
Where: The Hornsby Inn, Cnr Hunter and Burdett's Streets, Hornsby
Cost: Free
Details: This event will showcase world traveller, singer, guitar-slinger Greg Nunan will be performing his debut release by his new band The General Jacksons 'Kites For Hurricanes'. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Greg Nunan & The General Jacksons Facebook


23. RunNation Film Festival 2020/21
When: Saturday, 24 October 2020: 7pm-9:30pm
Where: Audley Dance Hall Cafe, 2 Lady Carrington Dr, Royal National Park
Cost:
Details: This film festival is an original and inspiring event that will showcase world premiers among other captivating, fast-moving and dynamic, short films. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Run Nation Film Festival Facebook


24. Suitcase Rummage
When: Sunday, 25 October 2020: 11am-4pm
Where: The Goods Line, 1428 Ultimo Road, Ultimo
Cost: Free
Details: This market event will feature a mini-scaled market with big rewards. There will be a wide range of secondhand items, handmade wares, vintage items, artwork, bric-a-brac, jewellery, handmade goods, records, books, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Suitcase Rummage Facebook
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