Best events in Sydney this October

3 September 2015

October’s warm spring days are the ideal opportunity to get out and experience Sydney’s packed calendar of events. Check out our guide to some of the the top events, from spectacular sports festivities to one-of-a-kind art exhibits – all taking place in the harbour city over October.

NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final 2015: 4 October

Manly Sea Eagles vs. Sydney City Roosters at ANZ Stadium, NRL Rugby League Grand Final 2013. 6th October 2013

ANZ Stadium, NRL Rugby League Grand Final 2013

The October long weekend sees Sydney host the NRL (National Rugby League) grand final, with festivities taking place over the long weekend leading up to the big event itself – which kicks off at Sydney Olympic Park on October 4. Get in early and secure your ticket to this key event in Sydney’s calendar and the biggest NRL game of the year. Last year, more than 80,000 fans witnessed the South Sydney Rabbitohs break a 43 year title drought and win the premiership, so anything can happen – don’t miss out in 2015.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi: 22 October – 8 November

Sculpture by the Sea, Tamarama Beach, Sydney.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

Sculpture by the sea is the largest free outdoor sculpture exhibition in the world, drawing crowds of more than half a million each year. Follow the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk and see the spectacular sculptures adorning this beautiful stretch of coastline. It’s a great day out for the whole family. The only tricky part is picking a favourite sculpture.

The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland: 24 October

Three Tahitians 1899 © Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland Decsription: Gaugin's Three Tahitians, from the prestigious National Galleries of Scotland’s collection.

Gaugin’s Three Tahitians, from the prestigious National Galleries of Scotland’s collection.

See paintings from the masters of European art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, including Titian, Botticelli, da Vinci, Monet, Rembrandt and Cézanne. The exhibition showcases some of the world’s most famous works, with over 70 incredible pieces on display. Drawn from the prestigious collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, the exhibition spans from the Renaissance to Impressionism and is a must-see.

Nepean Triathlon, Penrith: 24 – 25 October

The Nepean triathlon celebrates its 34th anniversary in 2015

Nepean Triathlon

Now in its 34th year, the annual Nepean Triathlon is the oldest triathlon in Australia. The event comprises a 1 km swim, 30 km cycle and a 10 km run and attracts professional triathletes from all over Australia. Last year, 1,400 triathletes competed in the event held at the International Regatta Centre in Castlereagh near Penrith.

Parramasala, Parramatta: 23 – 25 October

Performers at the Parramasala festival, Alfred Park Parramatta, Sydney

Parramasala Festival, Parramatta

Parramasala brings the streets of Parramatta and Harris Park to life in a celebration of this multicultural hub in a vibrant blend of dance, music, parade, performance, food and heritage. With fabulous markets and free entertainment, this is one of the best times of year to visit western Sydney, one of the most culturally-diverse regions of Australia.

There’s plenty to see and do in Sydney this October!