Published in Featured on 1 October 2015

6 Things to do in Sydney this October Long Weekend

We’ve put together the best of the best for your October long-weekend adventures.



RSPCA’s Cat Film Festival, the first ever International Cat Film Furstival in Australia, is coming this long weekend!

Yes, it’s exactly as it sounds. The festival is a showcase of homemade cat clips from around the world that have turned into Youtube sensations, screened in an open-air pop-up cinema on the Glebe Foreshore. Stars of the show include Grumpy Cat, Henri (Ie Chat Noir), Lil Bub and Maru.

The evening will also feature the Golden Whiskers Award; Cattoo Purrlour, and the Kitten Cuddle Cube – where you can adopt a frisky feline for life. You can also get your face painted.

Yulli’s, the Veggie Patch Van, American-style restaurant The Nighthawk Diner and Chinese Let’s Do Yum Cha will roll up in their food trucks if you’d like a bite to eat. Unfortunately, you can’t bring your own cats, but perhaps you can go on a cat video YouTube spiral with your furry friends when you get home.

Where: Bicentennial Park, Glebe
When: Sun 4 Oct, 6-10pm
How much? From $10 – $50


This October long weekend, head along to the spectacular Giant Picnic, which includes a packed program of live music, art, talks, workshops, family fun and a delectable feast of picnic-style food and drinks from some of Australia’s best chefs and producers.

The next installment explores the theme of ‘sea’ in honour of Barangaroo’s 200-year history of maritime activity.

Check out the lineup here.

Where: Barangaroo Reserve
When: Sunday 4th October


Food trucks and stalls take over King Street Wharf outside Bungalow 8 over the long weekend for the Sydney Harbour Street Food Fair. Sample tasty treats from the likes of Caminito, Cantina Movil, Madame Waffle Sydney, Nighthawk Diner, The Rook, Sundweesh, Baker Bros and Urban Pasta. All your favourites in one spot and available from midday to 8pm.

Where: Bungalow 8, King Street Wharf
When: 3-4 Oct, noon-8pm



The Goods Line is Sydney’s answer to New York’s High Line. Originally a good line train that connected the city to Darling Harbour with wheat, wool and meat, repurposed and opened as a much-anticipated pedestrian walkway and urban park.

As part of Sydney Architecture Festival, this Saturday presents #TheGoods. A massive day of hands-on interactivity, creativity, talks and a symposium. The Symposium, held at UTS, will feature leading thinkers and practitioners discussing Australian architecture in a global context. Six panel discussions, including a talk from the team behind the Goods Line will take place outdoors on a giant communal yellow table.

There’ll be drawing classes, photography workshops and walking tours, too. Take time to watch the Moveable Park, teams will rearrange and recreate the space all day, and see if you can’t find some inspiration. Stop at the Ultimo Road Bridge and browse the handmade offerings at the zine fair featuring independent publications and architecture zines. After dark in the amphitheatre you can catch films focussed on ‘architecture as storyteller for the city’.

Where: The Good Line, between Harris St and Darling Dr, Ultimo
When: Sat 3 Oct, 8am – 9pm
How Much: Free


Now in it’s tenth year, the Sydney Latin Film Festival will take over Darling Harbour this October long weekend with free films and live music. Come and grab a spot on the Village Green at Darling Quarter to catch a live band, followed by a free screening of an award-winning Latin American film from 6pm each night.

Where: Village Green, Darling Harbour
When: October 2-4
How Much? FREE


Once a year, during the Spring school holidays, Riverside Theatres is transformed by thousands of children and their families, dozens of artists and oodles of imagination with the annual Spot On Children’s Festival.

There’s live theatre, quirky circus, sensational storytelling, marvellous music and far-out films.

Spot On Children’s Festival includes both free and ticketed events and is for children of all ages, their families and carers. It offers something for everyone with easy access, relaxed performances for children with specific needs, a variety of session times, a mixture of live performances and hands on experiences.

Spend a day or three hanging out at Spot On enjoying the festival atmosphere, seeing shows, having a movie marathon, playing in the courtyard, eating food and letting little imaginations run wild.

Where: Riverside Theatres
When: 29 September – 04 October
How Much? Prices vary per event

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