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November events in Sydney

See out spring with a host of community festivals, gigs and long-awaited art exhibitions

People shopping at stalls at the Southeast Aboriginal Arts Market Carriageworks.
Photograph: Supplied / Daniel Boud
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Come November, we’re on the verge of abandoning our jackets and jumping headfirst into Sydney’s blistering days and balmy nights. But we’re not quite there yet. While we’re keen for an occasional splash at Sydney’s best beaches, we’re also partial to a hideout in the city’s cool underground bars or a sunny afternoon ignored at these top notch breweries. Plus, this month is packed with huge annual events like the Newtown Festival, major art exhibitions, and a huge line-up of live music.

If you want to add to your budding spring garden, head to our favourite plant nurseries, or brighten up the living room with fresh blooms from Sydney’s best florists.

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November's biggest events

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Japan Supernatural AGNSW 2019
Photograph: Courtesy Art Gallery of NSW
Art

Japan Supernatural

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

For the last two years, the Art Gallery of NSW has focussed on Europe in its big summer exhibitions, but this summer is all about Japan with an epic exhibition of more than 200 artworks from artists past and present. It features work from the country's most influential artist, Katsushika Hokusai.

Float away this month

Young boy looking over Sydney harbour
Photo: Murray Fredericks
Things to do, Walks and tours

The best ferry trips in Sydney

This love affair with the crushed sapphire liquid expanse of the Harbour dates back many, many thousands of years to when the Gadigal people of central Sydney paddled their canoes around the bays. Today, those journeys of discovery are provided by Sydney Ferries when you clamber aboard one of the picture-postcard green-and-yellow ferries that still scoot across the harbour as they have for the past century-and-a-half. 

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