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What’s On: Sydney in October


The tenth month of the year isn’t just a precursor to Halloween and Christmas – overhaul your October with trips to every corner of Sydney, indulging in great food and fantastic entertainment along the way. With everything from bike rides to tea ceremonies, you can enjoy your month however and whenever you want:

Night Noodle Markets

Eat better than well with a trip to the unmissable Night Noodle Markets, returning to Hyde Park in October – there are over thirty Asian food and dessert stalls, including Mr Bao, Teppanyaki Noodle, Thai Riffic, May’s Malaysian Hawker, N2 Gelato, and Black Star Pastry. [Image: Good Food Month/Facebook]

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Hyde Park 4 - 21 Oct Free entry

Sydney Mind Body Spirit Festival

For three days in October, learn how to manage your mind, boost your body, and soothe your spirits, with over 200 exhibitors offering everything from psychic readings to body pampering. You’ll feel like a new person in no time. [Image: Mind Body Spirit Festival Australia/Facebook]

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ICC Darling Harbour 4 - 7 Oct Free entry

Sydney Rides Festival

You can find everything you could possibly imagine doing with a bike in Sydney right here, at this year’s Rides Festival – there are guided tours, film nights, and picnics. If you don’t have a bike, you can cheer on a bike polo tournament, or try one for yourself in Barangaroo. There’s even a chocolate bike ride and cycle speed dating, so you could probably spend your entire October enjoying the ride. [Image: SydneyCycleways/Facebook]

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Sydney 6 - 27 Oct Varies

Pinot Palooza

If you’re in the mood to Pinot, there’s no better place than the Pinot Palooza, the biggest festival of Pinot Noir you’ll ever find – for the price of one ticket, you get unlimited wine tastes, a take home wine glass and a fantastic array of musicians to accompany your experience. [Image: Pinot Palooza/Facebook]

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Carriageworks 7 Oct $65 - $105 Tomich Wines

Parramatta Lanes

Do you like reggae, ice-cream waffle sandwiches, or roller discos? If you want all of those and more, Parramatta Lanes is a must-add to your October schedule. With everything you could possibly imagine to see, listen to, and eat, this is the perfect way to have a great night out. [Image: Parramatta Lanes/Facebook]

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Parramatta Lanes 9 - 12 Oct Free entry

Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

As the year starts to wrap up and life becomes busier, take a moment to relax and enjoy the simple elegance of a Japanese tea ceremony. In addition to the demonstration of two different tea ceremonies, you’ll get to indulge in green tea, delicious Wagashi sweets, and good conversation with other enthusiasts. [Image: rawpixel/Unsplash]

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The Royal Botanic Garden 14 Oct $25

Newtown Good Food Fair

Immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Newtown with a trip to the 2018 Good Food Fair, where it delivers what its name promises – over 30 food and drink stalls, offering the best of the best in Sydney street food. So leave the stove off at home, and join over 8, 000 people celebrating Newtown and everything it has to offer. [Image: Newtown Good Food Fair/Facebook]

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Newtown Square and Eliza Street 14 Oct Free entry Young Henry's

Oktoberfest in the Gardens

October wouldn’t be complete without celebrating Oktoberfest, and what better way to enjoy the Bavarian holiday than at the biggest celebration in Sydney? There are two enormous beer halls, food stalls, a silent disco, and a dazzling array of musicians and performers of all kinds – all coming together to truly make the most of October. [Image: Oktoberfest in the Gardens/Facebook]

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The Domain 27 Oct $69.90 Hofbrau Original Lager

Light the City

Make something magical out of your night with a trip to Mrs Macquarie Road, where the 2.5km stretch of road contains a silent disco, roller racing, and a glitter ball arena, as well as plenty of bike-friendly places (as part of the Sydney Rides Festival). Not to mention, there’s also a fantastic selection of food trucks and plenty of picturesque spots to fill up your Instagram queue for the next month. [Image: SydneyCycleways/Instagram]

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Mrs Macquarie Road 27 Oct Free entry

Norton Street Italian Festa

‘Festa’ means ‘party’ in Italian, and that’s exactly what you’ll find on Norton Street – At the heart of ‘Little Italy’ and with cooking demonstrations, street performers, and dancing, you’ll get the full Italian experience to accompany the best Italian food found in Sydney. [Image: Norton Street Italian Festa/Facebook]

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Norton Street Leichhardt 28 Oct Free entry

Experience Sydney's First 4DX Cinema

Want to really experience a film? Well, Sydney’s first four- dimensional cinema will open at Event Cinemas on George Street in October! Specially designed motion chairs move to match the action-onscreen and feature vibration effects, ticklers, facial water jets and air jets! You’ll also be able to smell food & other scents, feel rain, snow and wind. Films you’ll be able to watch include Venom, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Aquaman and Bumblebee. Get in quick before tickets sell out.

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Event Cinemas, George Street Sydney From 05 Oct $24 - $30 Per Ticket

[Feature Image: Oktoberfest in the Gardens/Facebook]