The Best Things To Do In October

Drink, Eat, Guide, Play, Sydney / 25 September 2020
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The Best Things To Do In October

Drink, Eat, Guide, Play, Sydney / 25 September 2020

From annual foodie festivals to pop-up cellar doors, discover the best things to do in Sydney this October.

Sydney’s social calendar is jam-packed with great things to eat, drink and do this month. Not sure where to start? Discover the best things to do in Sydney this October below.

World Vegetarian Day at Yellow (October 1st)

Ground-breaking Potts Point vegetarian restaurant, Yellow, will mark World Vegetarian Day (October 1st) with a Yellow Presents dinner by all four Bentley Group head chefs, alongside chef and owner Brent Savage. The chefs taking part that will all be preparing a vegetarian course include:
  • Aiden Stevens – Bentley Restaurant
  • Ben Parkinson – Monopole
  • Sander Nooij – Yellow
  • Chris Benedet – Cirrus

To secure your spot ($110 per person for snacks and five courses) at Yellow, click here.

Image: Anna Kucera

Archie Rose x The Gantry Restaurant’s Sensory Dining Experience 

Get ready for a hands-on discovery of food, wine and cocktails at The Gantry. This experience, created in collaboration with Archie Rose, allows guests to experiment with botanical distillates including honey, raspberry, pink peppercorn and juniper alongside the best Australian produce, wine and cocktails. Plus, the experience includes a six-course tasting menu complete with two wines and two Archie Rose cocktails. Diners will get to experiment with the different distillates and taste how the flavours change!

Get in quick, this sensory experience at The Gantry is running for one-month-only. To secure your spot ($200 per person), click here.

Darling Square Moon Festival (Until October 11th)

Get ready for a festival of light and colour this October at Darling Square. Celebrating the South East Asian tradition, Darling Square’s Moon Festival will run from September 25th to October 11th with a large-scale lantern installation, limited-edition mooncakes and over 40 cuisines to sample. Find out more and explore the full program of events here.

Sydney Good Food Month Returns (October 1st to 31st)

This year, the Good Food Month promises another dazzling line up of culinary experiences from the 1st to 31st October 2020. Presented by Citi, this year’s food-fuelled extravaganza aims to shine a light on Sydney’s innovative, experimental and ever-changing dining scene. Find out more here.

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2020 (Ongoing)

Australia’s favourite art award is back with its annual exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Running from October until January 2021, get ready to explore works by some of Australia’s best artists. Find out more here.

Cherry Blossom Festival at Daniel San (Until October 31st)

Kicking off from September 23rd, Daniel San’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival (in partnership with Strongbow Blossom Rosé Cider) is back for the second year running. Bringing a month-long celebration of pink-themed treats, this Okinawa-inspired, neon-drenched eatery is the perfect place to wine and dine this spring. Find out more here.

Free Virtual Korean Film Festival (October 29th onwards)

The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) returns for its 11th year from 29 October – 5 November, presenting a dynamic and FREE virtual program of cinematic gems to audiences across Australia. Showcasing a kaleidoscopic selection of films direct from Korea’s booming film industry – Hallyuwood, the program will feature the very best in contemporary Korean cinema. Find out more here.

Aria x Maybe Sammy Pop-Up (Every Wednesday in October)

Get ready for an exciting collaboration between Aria nad Maybe Sammy this October. Aria, Sydney’s preeminent harbourside dining destination, is pleased to announce the launch of “Maybe Aria” – a collaboration with the award-winning cocktail bar, Maybe Sammy bringing some fun back to the city. Every Wednesday in October, Aria is inviting the team from Maybe Sammy behind the bar to serve up a selection of bespoke cocktails for four nights only, paired alongside Aria’s new snack menu. Find out more here.

Young Henrys’ ‘Best Served Loud’ Gigs (October 23rd & October 30th)

Young Henrys and Waywards are bringing back live music to Waywards at The Bank in the heart of Newtown. The two will be hosting five ‘Best Served Loud’ gigs across five weeks, with a genre-spanning bill showcasing the best of local talent. Kicking off from Friday, October 23, tickets will be $10 with all proceeds going towards Support Act. Find out more here.

Image: Kimberley Low

New Talent Joins Redfern’s Three Williams’ Cafe

Big things are happening at Redfern’s Three Williams’ Cafe. The crew has just welcomed new Head Chef Fabian Mucke (ex-nel. restaurant) to their team, adding a fine-dining twist to this casual destination cafe. Three William’s new all-day dining menu offers a selection of dishes and weekly seasonal specials, including salmon and zucchini fritters ($24), guava French toast ($20) and this drool-worthy cheeseburger ($18). Find out more here.

Coogee Wine Room & Ten Minutes by Tractor (October 22nd)

Mornington Peninsular winery, Ten Minutes by Tractor, will be bringing their cellar door experience to Sydney this October for a special wine tasting at Coogee Wine Room. Part of the CellarDoor@Coogee series, this wine tasting with Ten Minutes by Tractor provides Sydney-siders with the opportunity to explore and enjoy the cellar door of this exceptional Victorian winery, otherwise inaccessible due to the Covid-travel restrictions. Secure your spot at one of these 45-minute tastings (bookings are essential) by clicking here.


The Butler In Bloom (From October 1st)

Celebrate spring at The Butler, Potts Point’s annual ‘In Bloom’ festival. The Butler will once again transform into a flowery oasis complete with fresh floral and art installations, as well as introducing a new Spritz cocktail menu in collaboration with Lillet aperitif wines, and a limited-edition pop-up dessert bar in partnership with Royal Doulton tableware. Find out more here.