25 September 2017
Held on the first Monday of October, Labour Day is a popular holiday celebrated across NSW. Spring is in full swing all over the city, and there are a wide range of events and cool things to do to be found in Sydney. From whale watching to soulful jazz melodies, there are events and attractions sure to make your weekend memorable.
Check out some of the best events in Sydney this October Long Weekend below and start planning.
Don’t miss your last chance to catch the majestic whale migration along the shimmering New South Wales coastline. There’s lots of places to see this natural phenomenon in the city, from harbour cruise whale watching tours to Manly’s North Head Lookout. Whale watching season runs from May to November each year, as humpback whales, southern right whales and occasionally, blue whales traverse the waters around Sydney. Make a day of it and head to the heritage-listed Royal National Park to enjoy bushwalking, secluded beaches and breathtaking views.
Head down to Sydney Olympic Park on October 1st to see some of rugby’s best players battle it out for glory. Kicking off at ANZ Stadium, experience one of Australia’s most spectacular sporting celebrations. Grab tickets to the game before they sell out, or head to a traditional Sydney pub to get a taste of the electric atmosphere. Alongside the world-class rugby on show, US rapper Macklemore will also be taking part in the festivities with an exclusive halftime performance.
Take some time over the October long weekend to explore some of Sydney’s eclectic weekend markets. Whether you’re looking for fresh, local produce, vintage finds or gorgeous homemade crafts, there’s something for everyone across the city. Check out Glebe Markets for flea-style fashion hunting, or Paddington Markets to find luxe, artisanal arts and crafts. If the beach is more your thing, head to Bondi Markets for stunning ocean views and cool second-hand finds.
Lovers of art and performance should check out the final days of the Sydney Fringe Festival this October long weekend. WIth over 300 shows held in over 50 venues across Sydney, there’s a lot of fresh talent to discover. Head to the Kensington Street Festival Village to rub shoulders with the performers and catch live shows, or take a trip to the Factory Theatre in Marrickville to catch some hilarious comedians at Sydney Fringe Comedy.
Get into the festival spirit with beachside beats from a wide range of artists at the 40th annual Manly Jazz Festivals. Check out over 100 performances across four indoor and outdoor venues and stages on the shores of the famous Manly Beach. The acclaimed festival features musicians from across the globe showcasing the best music from New Orleans jazz, roots and swing to funk, latin and fusion sounds. Don’t miss a special performance from Eric Alexander and the Centenary Big Band on Sunday evening!
Spend a day at the races at the Royal Randwick Racecourse. One of Spring Carnival’s biggest events, the TAB Epsom Day will feature three Group 1 races and exciting food and wine options. With prize money hitting $3.4 million, tensions will be running high. Place your bets on Saturday 30th! Tickets include complimentary public transport to and from the event on NSW trains, buses and ferries.