The best free things to do at the Sydney Festival

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Sydney festival free

No money, no problems.

January might be a great time for beaches and bellinis, but it’s definitely not a great time for our bank accounts.

Luckily, there’s plenty of freebies on offer at the Sydney Festival this year so you and your skint mates can enjoy the best of the fest with no money worries.

The Beach at Barangaroo

What better way to cool off from the summer heat than plunging into an ocean – made of one million white balls.

Yeah, it’s as weird as it sounds but BOATLOADS of fun. And there’s no risk of being eaten by a shark.

Entry is free during the daytime but costs $15 after 5.00pm

Sydney festival

When: throughout January

Where: The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo


Create your own dance party in a box of glitter!

The interactive art installation is a glowing cube on top of The Star’s Sky Terrace so you’re in the perfect place for a wine after your confetti-filled dance-off.

Sydney festival

When: throughout January (check specific dates here)

Where: Sky Terrace at The Star, Pyrmont

Roller Jam at Hyde Park

Dust off your skates and glide your way around the Archibald Fountain to live DJs.

Not a skating fan? Grab some food from the Meriton Festival Village and pull up some grass near the skating circle to enjoy some tunes.

Sydney festival free

When: Every Saturday in January

Where: Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park

Scent of Sydney

Can you learn about a city by the way it smells?

Artist Cat Jones distills Sydney into scents and seeks to capture the real substance of our city. We’re predicting odours of beard wax, frosé and craft beer.

Sydney festival

When: throughout January (check specific dates here)

Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh

Night Market at Carriageworks

Welcome in the Year Of The Rooster with street food from the streets of Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai.

The markets are curated by award-winning celebrity chef Kyle Kwong with produce from more than 50 stallholders offering the best of Asian street cuisine.

Sydney festival

When: 28 January from 5.00pm

Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh

Written By Cassie Crofts

Taco bout a great idea.

*immediately books a holiday* 

We’ll cheers to that!