November events in Sydney

See out spring with a host of community festivals, comedy shows and arts exhibitions
Musician on stage at Newtown Festival
Photograph: Supplied

While we love our spring beach days, and it may be warm enough to lose the jacket, it's not guaranteed bikini temperatures every weekend in November. Luckily, this month is packed with annual festivals like Newtown Festival, Sydney Open and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas to keep us occupied no matter the forecast. Plus, Sydney's best laneways are everpresent for exploring hidden streets, little shopping lanes and wonderful food and drink venues. 

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November's biggest events

Nick Cave "Until"
Photograph: James Prinz
Art, Installation

Nick Cave: Until

icon-location-pin Carriageworks, Eveleigh

American artist Nick Cave – not to be confused with the Australian singer-songwriter – is bringing 16,000 wind spinners, 24 chandeliers, ten miles of crystals, thousands of ceramic birds and one crocodile to Sydney. Cave’s Until is a mammoth new installation work coming to Carriageworks from November 23. 

The Norman Conquests Ensemble 2018
Photograph: Supplied
Theatre, Drama

The Norman Conquests

icon-location-pin Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli

Ensemble Theatre is presenting Alan Ayckbourn’s long-form trilogy, The Norman Conquests. The three parallel plays follow the unravelling of the romantic but philandering Norman as he deals with his wife Ruth, her sister Annie and his sister-in-law Sarah over one disastrous summer weekend. 

David Goldblatt Museum of Contemporary Art 2018
Image courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg © the artist
Art, Photography

David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948–2018

icon-location-pin Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The Rocks

The MCA is presenting an exhibition of mostly black-and-white photos by South African photographer David Goldblatt. If you're not part of the art world, you probably won't have heard of Goldblatt, whose images have traced the changing face of South Africa from the start of apartheid through to its dismantling. 

A wide shot of the crowd sitting down in front of the large scre
Photograph: Moonlight Cinema
Film, Outdoor cinema

Moonlight Cinema

icon-location-pin Centennial Park, Centennial Park

There's nothing quite like a film under the stars in the beautiful surrounds at Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park. Settle in for a movie and as always, the Moonlight Cinema food truck and bar can supply you with comestibles, but you're welcome to BYO food and drinks, too.  

The Dance of Death Belvoir 2018
Photograph: Daniel Boud
Theatre, Drama

The Dance of Death

icon-location-pin Belvoir St Theatre, Surry Hills

Belvoir are bringing out the big guns for their last upstairs show of 2018 with a new production of Strindberg’s classic play. It follows Alice and Edgar, a married couple who loathe each other living on a remote island, thinking of ways to kill each other. 

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition
Museums, Science

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

icon-location-pin Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo

Have you ever wondered which Star Wars character you most resemble? In this new exhibition you’ll be invited to journey to a galaxy far, far away to create your own Star Wars identity, using specialist technology and rooms of Star Wars costumes, models, props and artwork. 

Aspects of Love Hayes Theatre 2018
Photograph: Chris Parker
Theatre, Musicals

Aspects of Love

icon-location-pin Hayes Theatre Co, Elizabeth Bay

Aspects of Love is an intimate piece focusing on the relationship between an actress called Rose and a young student Alex, who becomes obsessed with her while travelling through France. It's based on a David Garnett novella of the same name and takes place across 17 years.

Modern masters from the Hermitage 2018 AGNSW Matisse
Art, Galleries

Masters of modern art from the Hermitage

icon-location-pin Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

There are more than 3 million items held in the Hermitage – and most aren't on permanent display – so picking works for a single exhibition is a bit of a tough ask. But this exhibition focuses on works from the late 19th century and the early 20th century.

Art hanging from roof at White Rabbit Gallery Super Natural Exhi
Art, Galleries

Supernatural: Visions of the Future

icon-location-pin White Rabbit, Chippendale

The foyer installation at White Rabbit always sets the tone for each exhibition, but the one that greets visitors to Supernatural is a pretty big statement. Hanging high above the gallery are ten life-like nude figures, with the body of a man, but from the chest up they’re dragonflies.

Woman drinks cocktail on the bar.
Photograph: Supplied
Things to do, Games and hobbies

The Lock In

icon-location-pin The Wanderer, Surry Hills

You’ve been flung back in time to 1988 Indiana and your mystery-solving skills are required to investigate the disappearance of local residents. This is the premise of the Lock In, which blends theatre, puzzles and cocktails to create a role-playing adventure similar to an escape room. 

Mov'in Bed Outdoor Cinema
Photograph: Supplied
Film, Outdoor cinema

Mov'in Bed Outdoor Bed Cinema

icon-location-pin The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Crawl under the blankets with a glass of wine and settle in for another season of movies at the Entertainment Quarter in the Showring. The concept is irresistible – a large inflatable bed to snuggle into, food, drinks and a great movie to get your teeth into – but this year they're introducing a few innovations. 

Make the most of those sunny evenings

A panoramic view of Camp Cove beach in Watson's Bay
Photograph: David Iliff
Attractions, Beaches

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It's sunny outside. You want to go to the beach. But the drive to Bondi is looking like absolute hell. And besides, you haven't shown one of our many harbour beaches much appreciation lately. But which ones are worth the trip?