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The Coolest Things to Do in Sydney This October

From Oktoberfest and dumpling feasts to artistic coastal walks and Champagne brunches, Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied throughout October. So you don’t miss a thing, here are our top picks for the month ahead.


‘Plate for a Farmer’

Solotel have launched ‘Plate for a Farmer’ – an initiative designed to support the ongoing drought relief. By ordering an empty plate ($5 for an entrée plate or a main plate for $10) from Solotel and Matt Moran venues during lunch and dinner, Solotel will match each contribution, dollar for dollar, to help a drought-affected farmer.

Participating venues include Aria Sydney, Aria Brisbane, Bea at Barangaroo House, Chiswick Woollahra, Chiswick at the Gallery, Paddo Inn, North Bondi Fish, Opera Bar and Chophouse.


As the world’s largest beer fest rolls back into town, it’s time to dust off your lederhosen and dirndl and get stuck into a month of Oktoberfest frivolities.

Munich Brauhaus

From official Street Parties across three states, 5 imported Oktoberfest biers, BIG feasting menus, Oom-pah-pah bands and your chance to win a trip to Munich, this is set to be one epic Oktoberfest season you simply cannot miss at Munich Brauhaus and The Bavarian restaurants.

1st-28th October, 11am- late

33 Playfair Street, The Rocks

Endeavour Tap Rooms

Endeavour Tap Rooms will be serving up a German-style food and beer special until the end of October. With a nod to traditional delicacies, Smoked German Bratwurst served with Sauerkraut and Mustard ($15) will be available to wash down with a German-style ale, Kolsch ($7 Schmid / $10 Pint).

1st-28th October

39-43 Argyle Street, The Rocks

Good Food Month

Sydney Good Food Month will celebrate 20 years of unforgettable food events this October. The flavour-packed, talent-filled program shines a light on Australia’s mosy influential chefs and restaurants, and the talent that will define its bright and exciting future. From exclusive dining events to the hotly-anticipated return of the Night Noodle Markets, it is gearing up to be an action-packed Good Food Month.

4th- 21st October

Across Sydney

Bottoms Up, Bondi, The Royal

To celebrate opening The Royal, Merivale is giving 49% off all drinks at the Bondi local, this October. Bottoms Up, Bondi will be available on all cocktails, spirits, beer, wine and champagne at the bar, every day between 5pm and 7pm.

1st- 31st October, 5pm- 7pm

283 Bondi Rd, Bondi

Unlimited Dumpling Feast, Old Town Hong Kong

Every Saturday in October the Old Town Hong Kong team are challenging diners to eat as many dumplings as possible in 90 minutes.

Every Saturday in October (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th), 12.30pm-2pm and 5.30pm-7pm

$45 pp for adults and $28 pp for children

300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

The Royal Pink Fling, The Royal Paddington

Coinciding with the Spring Racing Carnival, The Royal Pink Fling is a bottomless brunch that serves delectable share plates and individual brunch dishes, paired with bottomless Rosé Aperol, espresso martinis and Chandon de Peche.

29th September- 10th November, 11am- 1pm (Saturdays and Sunday only)

$70- $85 pp

237 Glenmore Road, Paddington


Campari Red Nights, ivy Precinct

Merivale and Campari are transforming Sydney’s ivy into a world of Campari for this year’s Campari Red Nights series. With a red-inspired Italian Riviera feel, the Pool Club will be pouring iconic Campari cocktails – think classic Campari Soda and pineapple Americano – accompanied by a string of live entertainment, street art and performers.

17th September – 12th October

330 George St, Sydney

AEG Mastery Pop-up with Mark Best

Mark Best, AEG ambassador and one of Australia’s leading chefs, has joined forces with aspiring young cook and Masterchef contestant, Brendan Pang, to cook dinner for 20 lucky people in Sydney. Their shared culinary journey visiting Sydney's most influential food identities, [cc: John Susman (Sydney Fish Market), Darren O-Rourke (Victor Churchill) and Julian Parisi (Sydney Markets Flemington)], resulted in a menu that showcases the country’s finest produce and reflects both Mark’s technical background and Brendan’s more relaxed style, influenced by his Mauritius heritage. To experience this exclusive one-off dinner, you will need to enter the ticket ballot by midnight Friday 12th October to secure your seat.

Ballot closes: Friday 12th October, 11.59pm

Dinner: Friday 19th October


Spring Spritz Party, Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour

To celebrate the season of the spritz, Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour is partnering with spritz connoisseurs, Aperol, to host an exclusive Spring Spritz Party. There will be cocktail tastings, colourful photo-booths, live entertainment, and a spritz party package between 1pm and 3pm, that includes two-hours of Aperol, a bucket of king prawns and signature antipasti platter.

13th- 14th October, 1pm-3pm

$79 pp

Tenancy 2, 14 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour

The American Experience, The Doss House

Cheese connoisseur Claudia Bowman is teaming up with one of Australia’s top whisky ambassadors, Robbie Fazey, to bring you a night of American whiskey and cheese pairings at The Doss House. This Masterclass includes a whiskey cocktail on arrival and nibbles, followed by a 70-minute presentation of four whiskeys and perfectly paired cheeses.

Tuesday 16th October, from 7.30pm

$135 pp

77/79 George St, The Rocks

Wine Dinner at The Wine Library

The Beechworthy Wine Dinner will showcase two of Beechworth’s finest wine makers; Adrian Rodda from A.Rodda wines, and Keppel Smith from Savaterre, and The Wine Library have put together a specially designed menu for the night with five courses to go alongside eight matching wines.

Wednesday 17th October, from6:30pm

$120 pp

18 Oxford Street, Woollahra

Hendrick’s Pop-up Bar, The Tilbury

The Hendrick’s Assistance Dispensary for Advantageous Cocktail Mixing Bar will take up residency at The Tilbury Deck for a month of glorious cocktail concoctions. In addition to serving up four bespoke cocktails, you will also be able to sample the brand new, limited edition Hendrick’s Orbium.

19th October- 18th November

From $14

12 – 18 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo

World Pasta Day, Fratelli Fresh

In honour of World Pasta Day, all eight Fratelli locations across Sydney will treat guests to $10 pasta dishes. From linguine and spaghetti, to orecchiette and gnocchi, diners can choose from any pasta dish on the menu for $10.

Thursday 26th October


Alexandria, Bridge Street, Crows Nest, Darling Harbour, Entertainment Quarter, Macquarie Street, Walsh Bay and Westfield CBD


Paint and Sip at The Night Noodle Markets

Iconic winery Brand’s Laira from Coonawarra in South Australia has teamed up with local art studio Cork & Chroma to offer Sydney food and wine lovers a unique Paint & Sip experience at the Night Noodle Markets. Head to their pop-up ‘cellar door’ and sip some wine as you create your own personal masterpiece.  


Friday 12th , Wed 17th , Fri 19th October

Sydney Craft Week

Sydney Craft Week celebrates contemporary craft and unites all kinds of crafters: from knitters and quilters to ceramicists and jewellers. Set across 89 venues in 48 suburbs, there are over 200 events to attend and experience.

5th- 14th October

Sculpture by the Sea

Sculpture by the Sea will take over the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk. Over three weeks, the coastal walk will be transformed to showcase over 100 sculptures from both Australian and International artists.

18th October- 4th November


Bondi Beach to Tamarama Coastal Walk

John Russell: Australia’s French Impressionist

During his life, this Aussie artist flew under the radar – but this exhibition thrusts him into the spotlight. And it’s about time! In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Russell was friends with Van Gogh, Monet and Rodin, and taught Matisse the basics of colour theory. Thanks to his talent and impressive connections, he was a big deal in the art world. His paintings and drawings are finally on display in Oz at the Art Gallery of NSW. Along with impressionist and pure colour paintings, there’s a series of stunning works showing Rose Bay in the 1920s, which is where Russell lived in his later years. 

Until 11th November 2018


Art Gallery of NSW

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

The MCA is home to the biggest – and most beautiful – collection of Australian contemporary art. While exhibitions come and go, the gallery has a ‘hang’ of carefully curated artworks that stay on display. Before this, the last time the hang got a shake-up was back in 2012 (MCA Collection: Volume One), so there are plenty of fresh works to feast your eyes on. The collection showcases 40 of the country’s best artists from the 1960s to now, but don’t expect to talk a walk through history. The works aren’t in chronological order. Instead, they draw from the Aboriginal concept of time, which is circular and believes that the past, present and future are connected.

Until 29th March, 2020


Museum of Contemporary Art


SOUTH EAST | Aboriginal Arts Market

A curated showcase of over 30 artists and collectives reveals the ‘here and now’ of the unique culture of South East region of Aboriginal Australia. Featuring over 30 stalls, showcasing traditional and contemporary practices including weaving, literature, ceramics, carving, photography, painting, shellwork and textiles.

Saturday 6th October 10am-6pm, Sunday 7th October 10am- 3pm

Free Entry

245 Wilson St, Eveleigh

Orange Wine Festival

In its 13th year, the annual 10-day festival celebrates the best local produce and cool climate wines from Orange – the highest wine region in Australia – across more than 90 food and wine events, from long lunches and degustation dinners, to winery tours and masterclasses.

12th -21st October

Lost Picnic

Bohemian outdoor music experience, Lost Picnic Sydney, will return to The Domain and feature a proudly Antipodean music line-up including Tash Sultana, Meg Mac, Marlon Williams, Odette, Sons of the East, Big Words and Hot Potato Ban. Festival goers will experience curated picnic menus from some of the city’s leading restaurants and food vendors, for a food line-up that’s as impressive as its music.

Saturday 13th October, 11am-8pm

Adults- $119 (Under 3- Free, Under 12- $25, Under 18- $69- Family passes available)

The Domain, Sydney

Newtown Good Food Fair

The 2018 Newtown Good Food Fair boasts over 30 food and drinks stallholders showcasing the diverse offering in the Newtown precinct. For one day only, you can sample your way through Newtown relishing on fare by the likes of Queen Chow, Mary’s, Acre, Black Star Pastry and Gelato Messina.

Sunday 14 October, 11am- 6pm

Newtown Square and Eliza Street, Newtown


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