Free February: 28 ideas for free things to do this month | City of Sydney

Sometimes the best things to do are right at your doorstep, and even better, they’re often free!

Every day in February, we’re sharing something for free that you can do in the area. Some days we share events that take place that same day, but we also share free activities that you can do anytime.

Check out our Instagram daily for inspiration or view the list below.

Sunrise over the harbor. Photo by @suchetasinghal on Instagram

tuesday 1 february

Wake up early and watch the sunrise over the harbor. Some great places to watch the sunrise near the harbor are Circular Quay, Hickson Road Reserve and Observatory Hill.

Find the moon lanterns along George Street

wednesday february 2

Take a walk along George Street and discover the Lunar Lanterns. The Lunar Lanterns are a creative, contemporary interpretation of an age-old tradition. They light up our city until February 13th.

You will find the lanterns between King and Goulburn streets. If you are traveling to the city by public transport, we recommend starting at Sydney City Hall and heading towards Haymarket.

thursday 3 february

Take part in free workshops and learn to make kimchi, fortune pouches and lanterns at The Powerhouse Museum. Explore the Five Hundred Arhats exhibit on a guided tour and watch IMI Dance Studio K-pop performances.

Laneway Cinema at The Rocks

friday february 4

Watch a free movie under the stars at The Rocks Laneway cinema. Tonight’s Lunar-inspired movie is The Joy Luck Club. More films can be seen until February 14. In the neighborhood you will find street food and restaurants for dinner and snacks.

The Garden Social at Royal Botanic Gardens

Saturday 5 February

Enjoy a day of relaxed live music, food, drinks and a beautiful view at The Garden Social. On weekends, the doors open at 11:00 AM, admission is free and you don’t need a ticket.

The Garden Social is open from Thursday to Sunday until February 13.

sunday february 6

Today we stop traffic on Crown Street and host a day of live music, entertainment and unique things to do.

Free activities:

  • flower arranging workshops at Buds and Bowers
  • free pet exams and dog competitions at Vets on Crown. Compete with your furry friend to win ‘tail wagging’, ‘best pet party trick’ or ‘biggest smile’
  • Fight rope competition at Hiscoes Gym to win a free gym membership.

Monday 7 February

The Glebe Foreshore makes for a wonderful walk or bike ride. Start at Blackwattle Bay Park and walk to the Sydney Fish Markets in Pyrmont.

The Lantern Project at Kendall Lane by Art Pharmacy. Photo credit: Anna Kucera

tuesday 8 february

The Rocks is brimming with color and creativity thanks to a series of intriguing installations by local artists. The artists were asked to explore the themes of revival and renewal. The result is a series of installations that are unique and create a new way to see The Rocks.

Art After Hours: Family is co-produced by 2 Sydney Stylists

Wednesday 9 February

Celebrate Sydney’s wealthy African diaspora community tonight at Art After Hours at the Art Gallery of NSW. Join a block printing workshop with textile artist Jo Kalute and enjoy DJ CMJ’s smooth Afrobeat mixes.

This event is co-produced by 2 Sydney Stylists, a creative agency founded by Wanyika Mshila and Niwa Mburuja who work at the intersection of design, business and community development.

thursday 10 february

Spend some time in Australia’s oldest park in the heart of the city. Hyde Park is home to the Archibald Fountain, YININMADYEMI You dropped and the Sandringham Garden, as well as 580 mature and exotic native trees.

Bring your friends and a picnic or bring your book and re-acquaint yourself with this well-known gem.

You can even play a free game of giant chess that is available to the public 7 days a week until 4:30 PM.

Performing at MCA Late. Image credit: Lexi Laphor.

Friday 11 February

Start the weekend with a culture fix from the Museum of Contemporary Art. Every Friday, the MCA keeps its doors open for free until 9 p.m. Every week a different musician, artist or poet gives an intimate performance.

Once you’ve admired the galleries, head to the rooftop bar for live music from emerging talent.

Summer Streets on Crown Street

Saturday 12 February

Today’s stop for Summer Streets is Glebe Point Road. Spend an easy, breezy afternoon browsing the local businesses and enjoying the live music and performers that line the street.

Moon Sea at Maritime Museum

Sunday 13 February

Today is the last day of the Sydney Lunar Festival and the Maritime Museum has an exciting day of free activities to celebrate.

  • Cat themed print workshops from 12 noon to 4 pm
  • Lions, dragons and martial arts at 3 p.m.
  • Snack making workshops for children at 3 pm and 4 pm
Sunset at Observatory Hill

Monday 14 February

Happy Valentine’s Day. Whether you celebrate it or not, watching the sunset from Observatory Hill is a wonderful way to spend an evening. Get off your couch and enjoy the last hours of the day from above.

You can also check out our guide to romantic things to do in Sydney.

City model at Customs

tuesday 15 february

Discover the miniature sights of Sydney in the Customs House 3D city model. Upgraded annually to reflect our ever-changing city, the city model stands out even more at night when it comes alive with hundreds of fiber optic lights illuminating the streets.

While there, visit the Customs House exhibit and learn the history of the building.

Free access 7 days a week. On weekday evenings, the Customs House is open until 10:30 PM – a great place to visit if you’re in town after work.

Big in China at White Rabbit Gallery

Wednesday 16 February

It is not easy to attract the attention of more than 1 billion wandering eyes and minds. In White Rabbit Gallery’s latest exhibition, artists explore how China has transformed into a global powerhouse. The collection of works by 12 artists will fully stimulate your imagination. At level 1, you can play a multi-level video game by artist Feng Mengbo. Once you’ve browsed the gallery, visit the tranquil teahouse for a cup of tea and some dumplings.

Nights at the Museum. Photo by Anna Kucera

thursday 17 february

If you’ve ever wanted to explore a museum at night, now’s your chance! The Australian Museum opens its doors every Thursday evening until June. Explore their exhibit and galleries, including the ever-popular dinosaur exhibit.

You can find them every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. The Australian Museum is open to the public free of charge every day of the year, except on Christmas Day.

Rainbow Path in Prince Alfred Park

Friday February 18

Today marks the beginning of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Mark the occasion with a walk along the rainbow trail in Prince Alfred Park to Equality Green. Equality Green was named to celebrate the yes vote for marriage equality in 2017. Prince Alfred Park is perfect for a picnic with friends. It has plenty of green space, as well as barbecue and picnic areas.

Today Oxtravaganza also kicks off with 2 weeks of partying in Oxford Street. Browse the local businesses that will ramp up the glitz and shine.

Baro Lolo Orchestra and the Gypsy Caravan Stage

Saturday 19 February

Head to The Rocks today and enjoy live Romani and Gypsy swing music on the Caravan Stage. The show will pay tribute to Roma music from around the world.

Driving over the Harbor Bridge

Sunday 20 February

Walking across the Harbor Bridge is one of the best ways to experience panoramic views of the harbour, Circular Quay and Kirribilli. The one way pedestrian path can be started in The Rocks or Milsons Point. Fun fact: next month is the 90th anniversary of the Harbor Bridge.

Inside the Tide at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Monday 21 February

Step into a world of water fun at The Royal Botanic Garden. The family-friendly, interactive Inside the Tide exhibit has more than 20,000 plants on display. Wander through a magical undersea experience and see one of the largest living green walls in the Southern Hemisphere.

You can find the exhibition in the Calyx every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Royal Botanical Garden is open to the public free of charge all year round.

Warren Langley aims under the highway

tuesday 22 february

Go on a self-guided twilight tour of the hidden treasures of Pyrmont and Glebe. Here’s a little more about some of the artworks you’ll find:

To strive by Warren Langley is nestled in a concrete jungle of highways and humming cars. It’s also just a block from the narrowest pub in NSW, the Lord Wolseley Hotel.

Tied to the tide by Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford is a kinetic sculpture that moves hypnotically with the tide. In calm conditions the bars will bob gently, but if it’s choppy the action will be more staccato.

Earth vs Air by Allan Giddy is powered by our first wind turbine. Technology continuously samples the color of the sky and bathes 2 beautiful Moreton Bay fig trees in a spectrum of colors that complement the true night sky.

wednesday 23 february

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Powerhouse late: Mardi Gras

thursday 24 february

It’s Mardi Gras and Powerhouse Tonight! The museum organizes an evening full of art, lectures and music. On the agenda is a Mardi Gras Executive Producer lecture on the history of Mardi Gras, a tour of the Glitterati curator and a Mardi Gras costume making workshop.

Friday 25 February

End the work week with mischief and get involved on the water with Sydney Dance Company. Happenings celebrates Mardi Gras with DJs, musicians and queer performance artists.

Venue: Sydney Dance Company Wharf Studios, Wharf 4/515 Hickson Rd, Dawes Point, Gadigal Land

Self-guided ride through parks and gardens

Saturday 26 February

Pack your picnic blanket and explore some of the city’s verdant gems on our self-guided drive through parks and gardens.

This leisurely eight-mile drive takes you past the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, Price Alfred Park and more with a mix of separated bike paths, shared paths and quiet streets.

Sunday 27 February

Get fit, flexible and find your Zen with a free yoga class every Sunday at First Fleet Park.

Monday 28 February

Stay tuned for a surprise at the end of the month.

Want more? Discover the latest events in town.

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