October events in Sydney

The second month of spring is packed with outdoor festivals, cinematic events and sun-soaked adventures
Man and woman cycling at Glebe foreshore
Photograph: Supplied

Party season is well and truly on the way when October rolls around. There’s plenty to keep you entertained on weekends and after hours since the sun is starting to shine with more enthusiasm.

This month’s sweetest events include coastal art exhibitions like Sculpture by the Sea, Asian hawker markets in the park at the Night Noodle Markets, the experimental performing arts festival Liveworks, and the Western Sydney party at Parramatta Lanes. And as a bonus, the second month in spring kicks off with a long weekend and finishes up with a spook at Halloween.

Just want to explore your colourful city streets? Seek out the best public art in Sydney.

October's biggest events

Plants at Plants that Bite
Things to do, Exhibitions

Plants with Bite

icon-location-pin The Calyx, Sydney

Budding horticulturalists who like plants with attitude should head to the Royal Botanical Gardens for a free exhibition of carnivorous greenery. The Calyx will be filled with 25,000 of the world’s hungriest, most clever plants.

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

Supernatural: Visions of the Future

icon-location-pin White Rabbit, Chippendale

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. The rest of the exhibition isn’t about biological transformation, but how our world has transformed over the thousands of years that humans have dominated. 

People walking down steps at Opera House at Sunrise on the Steps
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Sunrise on the Steps

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Sydney Opera House is bringing back its popular morning yoga classes on the outside steps of the landmark building. The 60-minute classes take place on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with views of the Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour. 

Julius Caesar Bell Shakespeare 2018 feat Kenneth Ransom hero shot
Photograph: Supplied

Julius Caesar

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Bell Shakespeare is hoping to jolt us out of complacency with its new production of Julius Caesar. While the play mightn't be Shakespeare's most performed, it's certainly one of his stabbiest, and is promising gripping action as Brutus grapples with the idea of political assassination. 

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, so picking works for a single exhibition is a bit of a tough ask. This exhibition, focuses on works from the late 19th century and the early 20th century, showing the evolution from impressionism to modernism.

A Midnight Visit 2018
Photograph: Supplied
Theatre, Performance art

A Midnight Visit

icon-location-pin A Midnight Visit warehouse, St Peters

What happens when Edgar Allan Poe's works burst to life across 30 rooms in an abandoned Newtown warehouse? That's what audiences will experience at A Midnight Visit, a new large-scale site-specific interactive theatre production.

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

For next year's big summer exhibition, the MCA is presenting an exhibition of mostly black-and-white photos by South African photographer David Goldblatt. His images have traced the changing face of South Africa from the start of apartheid through to 1991, when it was dismantled.

Become a spring green thumb

Garden Life 01
Photograph: Garden Life

The best plant nurseries in Sydney

Thinking of starting or adding to your collection of house plants? These plant shops and nurseries have everything you need from on-trend indoor foliage to low-maintenance greenery.