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Beach time in November? ...almost there. So...here's what you can do in Sydney while waiting for the water to get warmer.

The weather may be beautiful but spring is not as good for swimming as summer to late autumn.

But you can go to Bondi Beach and enjoy some outdoor art. Each year artists proudly display their works in one of the most beautiful settings in Sydney, the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walkway.

Choices for this month include art, markets and curiosities in the Rocks, ethnic festivals, films from various countries, music recitals and even a legendary ghost festival with a street fair and fun for kids and grown-ups.

What to Do in Sydney - Enjoy Art and Beach

what to do in sydney in spring - visit the outdoor sculptures at bondi

Outdoor art at Bondi

The annual outdoor art event, which has been going on since 1997, started on October 19 and runs till November 5, 2017.

Don't miss it. It is a great free exhibition.

Click here to see some photos of the sculptures overlooking the ocean that we took  in 2014 and in 2013.

For even more photos from previous years, check out below. Hover your mouse on any of the small images to enlarge them.

Hover you mouse over the thumbnails below the large image to see more of the sculptures displayed in 2017 in a wider format.

Bondi Beach Australia Sculpture by the Sea 2017

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And here are some of the sculptures that adorned the magnificent coastal walkway in previous years.

Bondi Beach Australia Sculpture by the Sea 2011

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Want more photos? Visit this page about Bondi beach to learn more about the iconic suburb and see how it celebrates art.

Film and Culture Festivals

Sydney hosts several festivals in November dedicated to international or local communities. Here are some of them:

  • the International Women's Jazz Festival from 8 to 18 November 2017, at The Foundry 616 in Ultimo, Venue 505 in Surry Hills, Lord Wolsey Hotel and the Powerhouse Museum, both in Ultimo, and the Wollongong Conservatorium
  • the festival of Fisher's Ghost, 3 - 12 November 2017, in Campbelltown with a street parade, fun run, crafts, fireworks and so much more...
  • the Glebe music festival - 25th October to 25th November
  • Newtown festival on Sunday 12th November
  • the Japanese film festival - November 16 - 26 at Event Cinemas 
  • the Jewish film festival - 26 October - 22 November 2017, at Event Cinemas in Bondi Junction and Hayden Orpheum in Cremorne

Enjoy your November in Sydney!

Events from previous years

The Rocks Village Bizarre 2015

The Rocks Sydney

The Village Bizzare was in The Rocks every Friday from 6.30 to 10 pm, between November 13 and December 18, 2015.

It was full of surprises and unexpected events including various performances and artists, vaudeville, magic, shows, parties, live music, paranormal sessions, pop-up bars.

How would you not dance in the streets when there's everything to make you look fit for action? You could even book your own make up and styling session to get you ready to swing. 

And if you wanted to stroll around and do some shopping there were market stalls with jewellery, gifts, accessories, food, collectibles, fashion, homewares, books and toys.

What to Do in Sydney, November - Equitana 2013

equitana event in sydney, november 2013

Equitana is an annual show that commenced in 1999 in Melbourne, the horse racing capital of Australia. It continued there almost every year.

In 2011 and 2013 the equine festival alternated between Sydney and Melbourne. Unfortunately Sydney is not on the cards any longer, with the festival currently running every second year in Melbourne only,
 
The public has a broad choice of entertainment, competitions and demonstrations.

For those interested to learn more about horses there is an education program with clinics and masterclasses dedicated to dressage, training techniques,  horsemanship, horse health and care.

And for those who want to own a horse but don't know where to start, there is a breed display village. Horse breeders or members of horse associations will answer your questions and you can learn about bloodlines and breeds and see them in action.

This is an international event with presenters, riders, instructors coming from across Australia, New Zealand, US, UK.

The event hosts an equine shopping area with lots of exhibitors that offer horse related products and services.

The competitions take place indoors (dressage, jumping, reining, cutting) or outdoors (show horse and miniature horse championships, carriage driving, polocrosse, horseball, mounted games).

Venue - Sydney Showground at the Olympic Park, from 10 to 13 November 2013. You can get there by public transport: take the train to the Olympic Park Station, the bus or the ferry to the Olympic Park Ferry Wharf.

Not keen to take the public transport? Drive, there is plenty of parking around.
 
For more information visit www.equitana.com.au



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