October filled the Spring season in Sydney with a month of arts, good food and top films. The celebratory spirit of Spring continues as the new month serve up a fresh platter of events and activities for everyone and even man's best friend to enjoy.
Get November to a great start by celebrating the race which stops the nation at GPO Sydney; grab the family dog and join in the city's first dog lover show; experience Singapore through its first film festival in Sydney; take a tour through the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; immerse yourself in the eclectic festival of Newton; support NSW regional artists at the Walsh Bay Arts Table; enjoy the best of Japanese film; get fit with the biggest yoga class; learn more about the endangered bats of Sydney; be astounded and horrified by Sci-Fi and Horror films; and watch an epic production by NSW public schools.
Whatever you choose, make your November the best ever with these top picks of not-to-be-missed festivals and community events.
GPO Sydney Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival, 4 November
Where can you enjoy the Spring Carnival with glamour, fashion,, cabaret and dancing? Melbourne Cup at GPO Sydney will entertain you for a full day of activities while you wine and dine in any of its restaurants and bars. Highlights include FREE Button Hole Flowers from Pearsons Florist; Endota Spa showcase with FREE treatments; live performances by the GPO Cabaret Performers; roving entertainers; business card draws and giveaways; and Veuve Clicquot special at $95 per bottle or $19 per glass in all GPO venues.
2 and 3-course lunches are available from the GPO restaurants, and menus and reservations are available on the website or phone 02 9229 7700. Sweeps are available in GPO Sydney and TAB facilities on Martin Place for anyone who feel lucky. With all the action from the Melbourne Races televised on the big screen and 14 plasma TVs located throughout the venue and so much more happening at GPO Sydney, you don't need to make that trip to Melbourne.
Date: 4 November Time: 12pm - 11pm Venue: GPO Sydney, 1 Martin Place Sydney 2000
Price: Varies depending on venue
Dog Lover's Show, 7 - 9 November
Photo courtesy of Event Management International Pty Ltd
With Sydney being the largest dog-loving city in the country, it makes perfect sense that it has its own canine show. Now dog-lovers all over the city can rejoice as the largest and most comprehensive event in the Southern Hemisphere dedicated to dogs comes to town from 7 to 9 November. The inaugural Sydney Dog Lovers Show offers 3 days of fun with your pooch and entertainment for people and dogs alike. Highlights include the Rose-Hip Arena where Australia's most talented dogs will amaze you with performances of speed, scent, agility, soccer and high jump; get expert tips and advice on dog care with the KONG Celebrity Vet Stage; learn more about the different breeds for over 30 Breed Clubs in the Royal Canin Breed Showcase; and cuddle dogs of all shapes and sizes at Pat-A-Pooch. There are loads of new products, free samples and Christmas specials to fill the stockings. Visit the Show website or phone 03 9696 9961 for more information.
Date: 7 – 9 November
Time: 10am - 5pm
Venue: Royal Hall of Industries, Driver Avenue Moore Park 2021
Price: Adult $20, Child $10, Senior $13
Temasek Club Singapore Film Festival Sydney, 8 November
Photo courtesy of Temasek Club Singapore Film Festival Sydney
Singapore-made movies will screen in Sydney for the first time thanks to Optus and the Temasek Club. The film scene in Singapore has been flourishing as a result of growing international collaboration, local and foreign film studios establishing themselves on the island and awards at the Canne and Shanghai Film Festivals. The inaugural Temasek Club Singapore Film Festival Sydney will showcase 3 iconic feature films at Baa Theatre in Sydney's Darling Quarter. Uel and Shannelle from My Kitchen Rules will also make a special appearance and sign autographs. Visit the website to grab your tickets today and experience the unique multicultural heritage and nuances of Singapore without leaving Sydney.
Instead of just visiting the Conservatorium of Music for its concerts, join a guided music and heritage tour to learn about its interesting heritage. You will gain access to off-limit areas, walk the corridors underneath the Royal Botanic Gardens, hear stories of musicians past and present and learn how the Conservatorium of Music became a prestigious international school of music. Each tour is approximately an hour and takes place on 8, 15, 22 and 29 November at 10am and 1pm. Spaces are limited to only 40 people and booking can be made via the website, phone 02 8256 2222 or in person at the City Recital Hall in Angel Place.
Date: 8, 15, 22 & 29 November
Venue: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street (next to the Royal Botanic Gardens and the gates to Government House) Sydney 2000
Price: Adult $25, Child (5-15 years) $15, Concession: $18, Under 5 years FREE
Thanks to the generous contributions from sponsors, artists, entertainers, local community, volunteers and general public, the Newtown Festival returns for another year. This popular annual community event presented by the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre continues to bring a smorgasbord of music, arts and grassroots creativity to Sydney's cultural calendar. It attracts more than 80,000 visitors annually who come to enjoy Newtown's burgeoning creative scene. You can enjoy live music and entertainment from 5 stages, roving performers, garage sales, the popular Writers' Tent and almost 300 stalls. Tired of budget blues and political hot air, this year's festival has also declared Newtown's independence. So head over to this iconic suburb and celebrate Australia's newest micronation, the Republic of Newtown and its Independence Day. Entry is via a gold coin donation at the gate which goes to support the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre. For more information, phone 02 9564 7333 or visit the Festival website.
Date: 9 November
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm (No entry after 5pm)
Venue: Camperdown Memorial Rest Part, Bound by Australia St, Lennox St, Church St and Federation Road Newtown 2042
Price: Gold coin donation
Walsh Bay Arts Table 2014, 11 November
Photo courtesy of Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce
The Walsh Bay Arts Table invites food and art lovers to come together and support the continuous development of arts and cultural activities in regional NSW. Set against the backdrop of the Sydney Harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the al fresco event features a 5-course degustation long table dinner with matched wines served by the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct restaurants, entertainment by singer-songwriter Heath Cullen, a silent auction of high quality art from regional NSW artists and special guest Hon Troy Grant MP, NSW Minister for the Arts. This event is the joint initiative of Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce and Regional Arts NSW, the peak body and support agency for arts and cultural development and activities across NSW. For more information, phone 02 9690 2115 or visit the website for tickets.
Date: 11 November
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Venue: Pier 2, Walsh Bay, 13 Hickson Rd Sydney 2000
Price: Adult $165
Japanese Film Festival, 13 - 23 November
Photo courtesy of Japanese Film Festival
The largest Japanese film festival outside of Japan returns to Sydney in November with a line up of top films. Organised by Japan Foundation Sydney, established by the Japanese government to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between Japan and Australia, this annual event will also tour Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Fremantle and Melbourne.
This year's line up curated by Festival Director Masafumi Konomi include 12 of the best in contemporary Japanese cinema, from anime to internationally acclaimed drama, and everything in between. Visit the Festival website for the detailed movie schedule and tickets.
Date: 13 - 23 November
Time: Refer to the movie schedule
Venue: Event Cinemas George Street, 505-525 George St, Sydney and Event Cinemas Parramatta, 159-175 Church St, Parramatta
Price: Adult $18, Concession $15
If you've always wonder what a big group yoga class would be like, then join the 'Biggest Yoga Class' at Rushcutter Bay Park on 16 November. This 1-hour outdoor session will bring together some 500 yogis and a team of instructors including Simon Kerle from Raw Power Yoga, Jenna Leo and Peggy Cuthbert from Sukha Mukha Yoga, Lynsey Willenberg from WatersEdge Yoga, Kim Wainer from Yoga Synergy, Kat Harding from Yoga Kiss, Vivien Speers from Yoga By The Sea and Rebecka Potipa from Yoga by Rebecka. Treat yourself to a morning of exercise, make some new like-minded friends and take home a goody bag with some health and lifestyle products. Visit the website for more information and to buy your tickets.
Date: 16 November
Time: 9am - 10.30am
Venue: Rushcutter Bay Park, Yarranabbe Park New Beach Road Darling Point 2027
Batwatchers Breakfast, 16 November
Photo courtesy of Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust
The historic and picturesque Centennial Park offers many interesting programs throughout the year, from history walks to breadmaking workshop and even a bat tour. Now you can join a Centennial Parklands Ranger and bat expert for an early morning guided tour of Sydney's largest flying fox colony on 16 November. You can learn more about these endangered animals and watch as the bats settle in after a night out foraging for fruit and flowers. Phone (02) 9339 6699 for more information or visit the website to make a reservation.
Date: 16 November
Time: 7.30am - 9.30am
Venue: The Learning Centre in the Education Precinct, off Dickens Drive, Centennial Park
Price: Adult $25
Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festivals, 20 - 30 November
Photo courtesy of Lovecraft 21C Productions
Fans of the annual Fantastic Planet Film Festival and A Night of Horror International Film Festival in Sydney will be thrilled. The country's leading sci-fi, fantasy, thriller, horror and cult film combined festival is back in November. Get ready to teleport yourself to Dendy Cinema Newtown where both festivals will screen the strangest, wonderful, action-packed and blood-drenched movies to keep you glued to your seats. You'll also be able to mingle with the filmmakers at Q&A sessions and after-parties. Don't miss the latest genre films from Australia and the world. For more information on movies and schedules, visit the Fantastic Planet website and Night of Horror website.
Date: 20 - 30 November
Time: Refer to movie schedule
Venue: Dendy Cinema Newtown, 261-263 King Street Newtown 2042 (Phone 02 95505699)
Price: Adult $16, Concession $13
Schools Spectacular 2014, 28 & 29 November
Photo courtesy of NSW Department of Education and Communities
Presented by the NSW Department of Education and Communities, this talent showcase will bring together the most talented singers, dancers and musicians from New South Wales (NSW) public schools. This choreographed and costumed production, which involves the more than 3,000 public school students on an epic scale has been running since 1984 and 2014 marks its 31st Anniversary. This year's theme is 'THIS IS AUSTRALIA' and you are invited to join in the celebration of the beauty of the landscape, community togetherness in the most difficult times and the country's leadership on a global scale. Don't miss the wealth of talent in NSW public schools as they come together and perform at the Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly known as the Sydney Entertainment Centre) over 2 days. Visit the website for more information and tickets.
Date: 28 & 29 November
Time: 28 November - 12pm (preview) & 7:30pm, 29 November - 1pm & 7:30pm
Venue: Qantas Credit Union Arena, 35 Harbour Street Darling Harbour 2009
Price: Adult $40 - $70, Concession $30 - $55, Family Pass (2 adults 2 children) $110 - $195