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October events in Sydney

The second month of spring is packed with outdoor festivals, live music, cinematic events and sun-soaked adventures

The Plant Library Lauren Brincott MCA C3West 2019 supplied
Photograph: Jaimi Joy

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 coolest 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, as well as all the incredible new theatre productions that are busting out each week. And as a bonus, the second month in spring holds the promise of spooky Halloween events, and the perfect opportunity to plan a trip to these terrifying haunted sites around Sydney.

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October's biggest events

Linda Jackson and Jenny Kee
Photograph: Hugh Stewart
Things to do, Exhibitions

Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step Into Paradise

Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo

In 1973, the Sydney Opera House opened and our city was making headlines around the world. But in the Strand arcade, another cultural revolution was happening: Jenny Kee opened her Flamingo Park Frock Salon. Her creative partnership with Linda Jackson is being celebrated in this major survey.

Primavera MCA 2019 supplied
Zoe M. Robertson, 'Various Protest Banners', 2018
Art, Galleries


Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The Rocks

Each year, the MCA invites an artist or curator to take the reins of Primavera, an exhibition for emerging artists under 35. This year, it's curated by Archibald Prize-winning painter Mitch Cairns, who has brought together seven artists who all incorporate language forms and poetic expression in their practice.

Then White Rabbit 2019 supplied image
Photograph: Supplied


White Rabbit, Chippendale

For ten years now, Judith Neilson's four-storey temple of contemporary Chinese art has showcased an enviable collection of bold, playful and provocative work. The gallery will celebrate some of its finest moments at the end of its first decade in retrospective exhibition, Then.

Cheese at at stall at the Flour Mill Markets Summer Hill.
Photograph: Supplied
Shopping, Markets

Flour Mill Markets

Flour Mill Summer Hill, Summer Hill

There’s a new sustainable, environmentally-focused market joining the mix of Sydney’s regular shopping events. The Flour Mill Markets, which come from the fresh minds behind the Erskineville Farmers’ Market, will be dedicated to fresh produce, dairy-based goods, colourful blooms, locally crafted pottery and other fun trinkets. 

Bring fresh blooms home

Person picking flowers at Grandiflora Florists
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Shopping, Florists

The best boutique florists in Sydney

We’ve picked out our favourite florists, who put together bunches of bloomin’ marvellous buds, from dramatic and sculptural arrangements to subtle and natural bouquets.