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The best things to do in Sydney this August

You’ll need to stretch your social calendar to squeeze in all the intriguing talks, exciting theatre and big events happening this month

Woman doing yoga with a dog at the Sydney Dog Lovers Show.
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Sydney gets busy in August. We clip on our thinking caps for more than 200 events at the Sydney Science Festival and the change-making talks at Antidote, all while we’re working on our cardio for the City2Surf. Add to that a smorgasbord of food festivals and a hefty line-up of musical theatre, and you’ve got yourself a pretty packed month.

If you need a moment to gather your thoughts in between the fun, visit one of our favourite spas in Sydney or do a media detox at these yoga retreats in NSW.

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The best events in August

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Tjungu Palyangku 2019 Artbank supplied image
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Art

Tjungu Palya: As We Come Together We Stand Strong For Our Story

icon-location-pin Artbank, Waterloo
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Tjungu Palya is an Aboriginal-owned and run art centre in South Australia, around 450km south-west of Alice Springs at the base of the Mann Ranges. This exhibition from the centre is two years in the making and is taking place across both Artbank in Sydney and Melbourne.

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Stall holder at the Westies Markets displaying her fashion designs
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Shopping, Markets

The Westies Markets

icon-location-pin Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, Western Sydney
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The non-for-profit collective behind this quarterly market, the Westies, is all about showcasing the Penrith region while giving local growers and makers an accessible way to sell their products. They’re aiming to create a lazy Sunday atmosphere, where you get to know the community rather than fight over the bargain bin. 

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People shopping at the Round She Goes Market Sydney
Shopping, Markets

Round She Goes Fashion Market

icon-location-pin Marrickville Town Hall, Marrickville
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Renounce your fast-fashion sins with fabulous finds from this haven for pre-loved fashion and other goodies. There’s a mix of vintage and modern clothing – it leans towards traditionally feminine attire – and accessories, as well as handmade jewellery and funky trinkets.

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A group of people exercising in the sun.
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Sport and fitness, Personal training

Free Active Fitness Camps

icon-location-pin Macquarie Centre, Macquarie Park
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To get out of slouch-mode and smash your fitness targets, join these professionally-run morning workouts. The 45-minute classes at Macquarie Park Elouera Reserve are totally free, and offer training in boxing and yoga Monday-Friday. 

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For when you're flying solo

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